Today I officially feel like a mom. Oddly, the protruding belly and back pain didn't spiral my mind into the official land of mommyhood as much as buying my first stroller! Is it odd that I found this activity extremely thrilling? It might have been even more exciting than buying my first Balenciaga purse (and not much cheaper!). I kid, I kid. Seriously, buying the stroller was a major step in preparing our lives for our little guy, and I am very happy with our choice.
My husband and I have actually been debating stroller choices for months. My husband, being the very German, very Euro man that he is, insisted on top quality, preferably European design, and a bassinet. I had a difficult time wrapping my head around the high price tag of the bassinet strollers, but then I had to admit to myself that if I am willing to pay $$ for designer diggs for myself, than I should be willing to pay a few extra bucks for my baby gear. So with the budget firmly decided, we set out on the daunting course of choosing the right stroller for our little boy.
Honestly, I am amazed by how many options there are to choose from! Fortunately, there weren't a lot of basinett strollers, so that helped keep the decision list limited. Our top choices were the Orbit, the Mutsy, the Uppa Babby, and the Bugaboo strollers. However, after several baby store visits, lots of testing, speaking with moms, and reading reviews, we finally agreed on the Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller.
What I really like about the Cameleon is the light weight aluminum frame (25lbs) that is easy to collapse and expand. Also, the stroller can take my little one from infancy to toddler, as it holds up to 40 lbs. Another feature that eventually sold me was the the stroller base compatibility with the Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat. This was an important option to me because the bassinet can be a bit big and bulky for some occasions, especially since we live in the city. However, with the ability to snap on the Graco SnugRide instead of the bassinet, this gives me a more realistic option for the days when I take the baby out to restaurants, cafes, or on boutique shopping trips. Also, the Graco SnugRide is one of my favorite infant car seats with its top safety and ease of use ratings. Other features I adore about the Cameleon include the reversible and height adjustable handlebar, reversible seat (so baby can look at you or out to the world), a 360 degree turning radius, and an option to adjust the wheels so the stroller can roll on sand!
So, I've got the stroller, now I just need the baby to go in it!