It is easy to say that your first baby will, by far, be the most expensive. You are starting from ground zero: buying clothes, diapers, blankets, sleeping arrangements, car seats, strollers…the list goes on. It can be quite overwhelming, and, depending on your budget, you may be looking at where you can cut costs. One of these areas you can consider, without compromising the safety of your baby, is your stroller.
If you have ever looked at the selection of strollers available today, you have probably been surprised by the variety (and cost!) of some of them. These can range from the cheap, little umbrella strollers (ideal for limited trunk space, but not super comfortable), to the expensive, rugged jogging strollers (for the off-roading, sweat-loving, gotta-keep-it-moving mom), and everything in between. With all of these options, my advice to you is to keep it simple.
You may have big dreams of exercising with your baby, going out for runs with that nice jogging stroller. Reality: you will just be too tired, or your baby will just hate it. And that really nice set…you know, the one with the car seat carrier that locks into the stroller frame: impractical. Your baby will only fit in it for so long, and that carrier is too big, bulky, and heavy to carry on a regular basis, even for most men.
Choose a stroller that makes your life easy. That is likely one that reclines flat for your infant to lie down, has one-handed steering capabilities, folds up small enough to fit in your trunk (while still being comfortable), and keeps your baby safe with a belt and sun shade. You will be thankful for the practicality and cost savings a stroller like this will give you.