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14/08/2013 at 18:52
Sorry I know this has been done before but would like to pick your brains!
A will be starting nursery in January and it's a 15-min walk away, then the bus to work. H and I both work at the same place which makes things easier as we can easily have one dropping off using a buggy/sling and then bringing it to work and giving it to the other one to do the pick up.
Our plan to begin with is to use a sling, we have the Beco which goes up to 35lbs, but I'm aware this can't be a long-term solution (not for me anyway) and even in the beginning we'll have days where we don't want to sling e.g. if it's too hot. Can't use our Stokke Xplory pram because we can't leave it at nursery and it would be a nightmare getting it on the bus in rush hour and then storing it at work. So we need a lightweight buggy.
OK so I LOVE my Xplory, I've seen that Stokke have brought out a new lightweight buggy but I don't want to drop £500 on a buggy just for the nursery runs (will continue to use the Xplory for everything else) and it's too new to have any kind of secondhand market yet.
I have tried a Maclaren Quest and I hated it, but that was compared to the Xplory. Also I might like a different Maclaren better? I just didn't like that A was so far down, the brakes were odd (mind you it is a vvvv old buggy so maybe it's just knackered), basket was tiny and you couldn't get into it if he was reclined, you couldn't hang anything off the back either as it tipped. It just didn't feel right.
What should I do?! I'm not convinced trying them out in a store is going to give an accurate reflection. Is Maclaren the best? I guess we're prepared to spend up to £200 or so but we're more than happy to get second-hand.
14/08/2013 at 18:58
Zia from nurseryvalue.com they have an extta £10 off atm too
14/08/2013 at 18:59
Or if you want to spend the babyjogger city mini is good, or we have a quinny senzz which is fab but not sold anymore.
14/08/2013 at 19:04
Hmm I think going from your stokke to a regular pushchair will always be strange as you will be used to A being so high up. Most buggies will tip with a heavy bag on the back and no baby sitting in it. I had a maclaren xlr which I loved but no you couldn't get into the basket when reclined which was a pain with a sleeping baby. That was my only gripe with it - oh the fact he would put his feet on the footrest on top of the wheels causing me to brake without warning, the sod.
I have a Baby Jogger, it only tips if my bag is particularly heavy which is hardly ever. I can get into the basket from the side when the seat is fully reclined and I manage to get in a big towel, small football, bag of lunch, suncreams, swim things for example. When you take it to work are you pushing it or folding it down and carrying it on the train? If you're going to be carrying it a lot you'd want a very very lightweight one, I'm not sure a maclaren would be light enough to lug around.
14/08/2013 at 19:08
I can carry my 4yo comfortably in a sling, that seems like a lighter weight option than a buggy! Though if it folds small will nursery let you leave it there? For one 15min walk I'd go cheap as poss.
14/08/2013 at 19:41
I just bought a stroller today second hand - nothing special not evena brand but I figure I will use it so infrequently as I love my oyster that there was no point spending a fortune. I didn't like any of the buggies we tried for all the reasons you say so I changed my mind and decided to go cheap as having these issues doesn't feel as bad when I've spent next to nothing!
14/08/2013 at 19:48
I second a Baby Jogger though I've got the Micro version, which is smaller than the Mini. I folds fairly flat, easy push, lightweight and has a one-handed fold mechanism.
14/08/2013 at 20:01
Baby jogger city mini. I love ours! It's within your budget, lightweight, easy to push, large seat so will last until LO much bigger, good sized basket which is easy to access, fold easy and is easy to carry
14/08/2013 at 20:33
Oooh now lots to think about, thank you all. Isis I have a bad back and I think A is already starting to test my limits, I'll almost certainly be stopping before he's old enough to walk confidently himself sadly otherwise sling would be ideal. LittleMonkey I see your point about going as cheap as possible. And everyone else is suggesting a baby jogger so I will look into those :)
14/08/2013 at 21:14
I have had a lot of stroller, mainly because I didn't want to spend the money on a baby jogger so was trying to find a cheaper alternative. I didn't and eventually bought a Baby Jogger City Micro. Unfortunately they discontinued the micro but if you could find one second hand I would definitely go for that (it is slightly smaller than the City Mini and doesn't recline totally flat). Great for using on public transport because if you do have to fold it it is ridiculously easy.
14/08/2013 at 21:57
Can you not leave a buggy (folded up) at nursery? Seems a bit of a pain to have to take a buggy - even empty - all the way to work.
I have a Maclaren XT, but if I were to buy again I'd go for the baby jogger city mini.
14/08/2013 at 22:37
No we can't leave anything at nursery which is a real pain, my first choice nursery had a buggy store so I could have taken my Stokke and left it there but they had a huge waiting list and the second-choice nursery which we have gone for just don't have the space, which understandably is at a premium in central-ish London :(
15/08/2013 at 06:48
I've got a Maclaren Techno XT and it's fab. I didn't really try out any others (except a really cheap Red Kite one which was awful) so I don't have much to compare it to. My main requirements were that it be easy to fold, narrow enough to fit through small doorways, easy to push and steer. What I really liked about this was the extending hood/canopy for sun protection - as initially I bought this to take abroad it fit the bill perfectly.
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