A dad-to-be from NYC emails with a gear question
Living in the city with space limited-my wife says we need three strollers: a snap & go, a jogger, and a pram.After my initial reaction ["dude, you're lucky you're not trapped next to me on an airplane when you ask that."], it seemed there were a couple of underlying questions here: there's the specific, car seat carrier vs carseat adapter/travel system debate. But there are also the larger issue of finding gear that suits your actual lifestyle and usage patterns, and the impending takeover of your house by tons of baby stuff--most of which has very specific functionality and a limited useful life. For suburbanites, who cares, right? Just stick the junk in the basement or in one of your many garages. For us cityfolk, however...
I am all for the jogger and the pram but do I really need a snap & go, also? This assumes that I'll have the obligatory "umbrella" stroller as well. I'm also a gear geek so researching product and comparing isn't foreign to me, but making sense of all the options is proving to be a challenge. Do you have any thoughts on the subject?
As for us, we don't jog, at least outside, so the jogger was a non-issue for us. [Aplogies to all joggers for this blindspot on the site, btw.] Rolling with a carseat was important, though, but we used the Bugaboo in full-on Snap & Go mode quite often. [We also used it in bassinet mode, both in and out of the house.] From a space constraint standpoint, it kept our foyers pretty clear.
We put off the umbrellas stroller until we actually needed it, months later when the kid could sit up on her own. Then we got a Volo, which rocks.
But while Bugaboo was our answer, there are no points off for having a different one. If there's more taxiing and driving and less extended walking in your city life, I can see how a carseat carrier like the Snap & Go [I actually like the lines of the Universal much better] or the Mac Easy Traveller could be all the stroller you need for a while. Since the price is about the same [$45 or so for carseat adapters vs $50-80 for a car seat carrier]
Or maybe I'm missing the real dilemma here: maybe the real question is, "How's a guy supposed to approach the gear decisionmaking process when your baby mama spends seven months jacked into the urbanbaby messageboards?"