In my 2 & 3 month favorites post I mentioned that I LOVED my Peg Perego Book Plus Stroller.
“Peg Perego Book Plus Stroller – I went with my mom to get the stroller. I had registered for the Uppababy Vista in Jake (all black) and had full intentions on getting it. When we went to Buy Buy Baby to get it the stroller guy (who was amazing, super knowledgeable and answered all 700 questions I had) completely talked me out of it and into this stroller (which I had never heard of). Once he found out that I had the Peg car seat he said that I really should look at the Book Plus stroller. It is 6 or 8 lbs lighter than the UB Vista, has a bigger basket, the car seat snaps on WITHOUT an attachment, the toddler seat fully reclines back to make a bassinet, and it is $250 cheaper. The main selling point for me was being able to eliminate 2 extra pieces. Not having to have a car seat attachment, a bassinet and a toddler seat to lug around and then have to store is amazing. Plus it is a dream to fold (I can fold it and put it in the trunk with one hand while holding the baby. Amazing!). The only negative is that it feels a little “flimsy”, but I think that it is the way it’s supposed to be to keep it super light. I don’t think it’s because it’s cheap or not well made. It also does not have an attachment to make it a double stroller, so when we have a second baby we will have to get a new stroller. However, I have not read good things about the UB Vista 2nd seat attachment, so we probably would have gotten a new stroller at that time anyway.”
I really do love that stroller for all of the reasons I mentioned above.
However the flimsy-ness of the stroller really started to bother me, but I do think that’s what kept it super light. The deal-breaker was when the brakes didn’t work THREE times. The first time I thought that I forgot to put the brakes on. Once that happened I became super paranoid about the brakes, so when it happened two more times after that happened I knew that this was a MAJOR safety defect and it needed to be immediately remedied.
I took the stroller back to Buy Buy Baby and explained my concern to them. The Peg Perego rep happened to be at BBB that day and was very concerned about what I had to say. She told me that they would be happy to replace my stroller with a new one. However, given my bad experience with that particular stroller I did not want another Peg. The kind folks at BBB (and the Peg rep) totally understood and let me choose whatever stroller I wanted.
For the record, the Peg rep said they haven’t heard of this happening on any of their other strollers, so it could just be a defect of my particular stroller.
As I mentioned before, I went in to get the Uppababy Vista originally, so that is the one I ended up getting. (picture from instagram)
I’m in LOVE. This stroller is amazing. It’s heavier and more awkward than the Peg which kind of stinks, but overall it’s a better stroller. I love that you can lean the seat back and forward and you are moving the whole seat and not just the back (does that make sense?). I love how sturdy it is and it’s obviously a beaut! I also considered getting the City Select since that seems to be a better double stroller (thinking way ahead here), but they didn’t have the all black frame, which I really wanted. I’ve heard the Uppa doesn’t have the best double stroller option, but I figure we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
I’m really happy that with the Uppa and wish that I would have done it all along!
Stroller Swap #2.
That’s right, we’ve had not one, but TWO stroller swap-a-roos.
When I was pregnant and we were talking about what strollers we wanted to get, Tony and I knew that we wanted a running stroller. I also knew that I wanted a standard stroller too (high maintenance say whaaaat?). For whatever reason I did not want our running stroller to be our everyday stroller. However, spending almost $1,500 on strollers seemed excessive. I thought that getting a running stroller second hand would be better to get rather than our everyday stroller. People tend to not use the running everyday and therefore are usually in better condition. Sure enough, I found a practically (like, I couldn’t even find one mark on it) new stroller on Craigslist.
^^that’s E on the right with our walking buddy
We picked up the BOB Ironman for $225. I didn’t start using it until about the beginning of 4 months (walking, not running – we still haven’t done that). Before I was using our Peg and she would SCREAM almost the entire time. Around that time I put her in the BOB, bought a stroller fan and put her on a schedule (Moms on Call). Those three things changed our world. I think that she liked sitting up and looking out in the stroller (versus laying down flat in the bassinet), the fan cooled her off, and being on a schedule I could plan walks when I knew she wasn’t tired or hungry. (I’ve been asked to do a post on the Mom’s on Call schedule, I’ll definitely do that soon!) I was in love with the BOB. It was sturdy and smooth ride. Then I pushed my friends BOB (Revolution SE) and her front wheel swiveled, making it easy to turn corners/steer in general. The Ironman has a stationary front wheel (which is great if you are just running) so if you are turning you have to lift the front wheel off the ground to make a turn. Kind of a pain. Sooooo, I sold the Ironman on Craigslist for the same price we bought it for and bought a BOB Revolution CE (kind of wish I would have gotten the SE, but it’s really not that big of a difference).
This stroller wasn’t in quite as good of condition as the last. It has some fading from the sun as well as a little rust around the screws at the bottom from moisture, but overall its in excellent condition and was barely used. E and I walk either a 3 mile loop or a 4.5 mile loop (depending on how much time we have) about 5 days a week with our friends and having a good running/walking stroller is awesome. However if you are just planning on walking it is totally not necessary to have a running stroller. I do plan on starting to jog (because lets be real, I’ve never really ran – I’m a jogger at best) again soon, so I’m hoping to make our running stroller purchase a necessary one :).
In conclusion. Do a little homework (like I didn’t do) and go with what you want when it comes to stroller purchasing. Otherwise you will just end up regretting/returning your purchase. A stroller is a big investment and something that you are going to use all the time (at least we do), so you really want to be happy with what you get.
Any other stroller pointers out there?