Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Strollergate

I have twins. In order for me to have any freedom or do anything ordinary I MUST have a stroller. A double stroller. Have you ever seen/pushed/owned a double stroller? It's like a land train. It's like being a bull in a china shop wherever you go. I started my journey with a Graco tandem stroller that the car seats fit into. This stroller was as long as I am tall. The boys hated it because they didn't like not being by each other. I started researching and asking around and was told by numerous sources that the best stroller was the Peg Perego Aria.

I priced new ones and searched Craig's List and found one for a reasonable price. I was very excited. Now, the stroller is light weight enough for me to carry in one hand. The boys were happy with it because they could see/touch/steal toys and snack from each other. Very important to them. However....the canopy barely covers the boys heads. Not good with the Oklahoma weather. And see those double wheels on the front. Those wheels are the bain of my existence. Every door I go through those wheels get turned and stuck on the door jams. Every time I stop pushing the stroller the wheels turn and it takes 5 minutes to get it to go again. I could lock the front wheels to keep them from turning, but that stops the stroller from turning. I either need a 25 foot birth to make a turn or do a wheelie and turn it. Not a problem in wide open spaces. Not so good in Target or the daycare. I cuss this stroller daily because it makes any outing I go on even more difficult.
Mr. Mayer recently bought me another stroller to go walking with the boys and big outings. I was super excited. My plan was to use the new stroller as my everyday every occasion stroller. It is a Baby Trend Navigator stroller. LOVE IT!

This stroller is easy to push. It has an audio jack to plug an ipod into. Cup holders and large canopies to cover the boys. I seriously love this stroller. then we went on our first outing with this little gem. It is 1/2 an inch to wide to fit through doors. WHAT?! Yup, doesn't fit through doors. In addition to weighing 50 pounds it is wide. Disappointed doesn't begin to describe what I felt. Also- I drive a van. I have 3 kids and they have a lot of accessories. This stroller took up the entire back end of my van. Not good. So, Mr. Mayer and I started using the Peg Perego stroller for trips to the store and places we would need to fit through doorways. We would switch strollers and use "the big stroller" if we were going for a walk or doing anything out doors. Not the best situation. It was a pain in the a$$ to say the least. But, I really loved the "big stroller." Ugh.
Mr. Mayer had doubts about what I said about the Peg Perego stroller being a nightmare to push. Then we went to the grocery store with it on a crowded day. Mr. Mayer no longer had any doubts about why I disliked this stroller. That was Saturday....
This arrived yesterday....


3rd time's a charm right (yes I realize that it's really my 4th*)? It's a Bob. According to Internet research this is the top rated stroller available. No double wheels in the front. It's half the weight of my big stroller. Door tested and it fits. Large canopies to cover the boys. Easy to push. Decent basket on the bottom for storage. Side by side so the little dudes can see/touch/steal toys and snacks from each other. Oh, and takes up only half the back of my van! Granted, I haven't taken it out of my garage yet since it just arrived last night. But, so far I'm a fan. Diva likes it also because it's "Go Pokes" color. I am going to take Shrek and Donkey out somewhere today to give it a try. And, of course I will have to use it when I go pick Diva up at daycare. I'll let you know what my thoughts are.

*I'm spoiled. I have never denied this fact.

3 comments:

  1. Let me know what you think.... I sometimes HATE the stroller issues. Ok, not "sometimes" ... I pretty much ALWAYS hate stroller time! LOL

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  2. from one BOB stroller lov'n mommy to another...it's heaven. plain and simple. i have a tahoe. my only complaint at first {before i got the hang of it} was the getting it in and out of the back. but, i've got it down now and not a one complaint anymore. you'll enjoy every minute of it. i'm just sure of it!!!

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  3. OOH! Glad to see this. I need to buy a new one, but deciding on the first one was such a nightmare, I've been putting it off. I picked up a side by side at the sale for super cheap. It's getting us buy, but getting worn out quickly.

    (And yes, you are spoiled. lol)

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