The stroller is typically one of the most researched and important new-baby purchases that parents make. For good reason, it is expensive and gets used a lot. Or does it get used a lot? The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that we might not need a stroller. At least for the first few months, I think we can get by with a baby sling or wrap to tote our bundle around (and a car seat when we have to drive, of course).
So what are strollers good for anyway? Will we use the stroller for these purposes?
- Walks to the park – sure, but I’d rather use a sling/wrap, especially for the first few months.
- Walks around the neighborhood – yes, but again, baby-wearing is cool with me.
- Shopping at the grocery store – nope, with Baby1 we put the carseat in the cart (in the big basket part). Pushing around a stroller AND a cart doesn’t work. Using just the stroller doesn’t work either because the basket is too small and awkward to reach.
- Hanging at the mall – I don’t hang at the mall (and if I went to do some serious shopping, the stroller is too big for most of the stores I’d want to go in anyway).
- Trips to the zoo – it bothers me when big strollers take up all the exhibit room. A wrap is better here.
- Traveling via airplane/walking the airport – simply because lugging the carseat around sucks, this is the only place I could see the stroller winning out over the wrap. But we don’t plan on traveling with Baby2 for awhile so this one doesn’t carry much weight (haha, get it?).
See, I don’t think we’d really use it all that much. The most we’d use it for is walking to the park when we take Max (which is every day) but we’d have to push it in the grass, up hills and around dog poop; that could be more trouble than it’s worth. Just to be sure, though, I examined some pros and cons:
|Pros of Stroller||Cons of a Wrap||Pros of a Wrap||Cons of a Stroller|
|You can put your child and stuff in it and push it around||Only room for baby||You can wear a back pack too to even out the weight and carry your stuff||The basket is only so big (but, then again, so is the back pack)|
|It isn’t as hard on your back when baby gets a bit too heavy for the wrap.||Baby can get heavy||There are good wraps that distribute the weight pretty well.||Only light when you’re pushing it (not when loading in the car, getting on the bus, etc.)|
|??||??||Completely hands-free||It isn’t hands-free, you’ve got to use at least one hand at all times (even when stopped – you’ve got to be safe!)|
|??||??||It doesn’t take up any room!||It takes up a lot of room (in the aisles, on the bus, in the trunk, stored in the house, etc.)|
|It’s super cute!||??||Compared to a stroller, it’s cheap ($300-500 compared to $30-50). And you can get them in all sorts of colors!||It’s expensive|
|??||??||Baby is right there next to you! It’s easy to soothe baby if he/she gets fussy.||Baby seems so far away from you and maybe a tad isolated too|
I’m biased now, but I’m thinking the pros of a wrap and the cons of a stroller are really backing up my hypothesis here.
The good thing is, we still have several months to make this decision. I know we’ll end up getting a stroller at some point, but I’d much rather spend $20-30 on a little umbrella stroller when Baby2 is big enough rather than a having huge expensive stroller at birth that we’ll barely use.
Now on to research all the baby sling and wrap possibilities!