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Read This Guide Before You Buy a Baby Stroller

It’s been months since baby was born and now you’re ready to get active again. The easiest way to do so is to get outside with baby in a jogging stroller. But with so many brands and models out there, how do you know which one is the right jogging stroller for you? We’re here to help you make an informed buying decision.

Types of Baby Strollers

The options can be perplexing. Our handy overview will help you figure out what’s out there and what would work best for you.

UMBRELLA STROLLERS

Umbrella strollers are extremely popular with on-the-go parents because they fold easily and fit into tight storage spaces like car trunks and overhead compartments. Featuring curved handles (hence the name), umbrella strollers offer less comfort and features than larger strollers but are ideal for caregivers who travel often by bus, train or car since they occupy less space and can be easily folded and tucked away.

LIGHTWEIGHT STROLLERS

While there is something to be said for a sturdy, heavy stroller that will last for the duration of a child’s need, the practicality of a lightweight stroller cannot be undermined. And lightweight strollers no longer describe the basic umbrella stroller either. Indeed, today there are many lightweight strollers that offer some of the same features as larger strollers, including storage space, multiple reclining positions, adjustable handlebars and stylish accessories.

PRAM

If you’ve seen a period movie set in England and that involved babies, chances are you’ve seen what a pram looks like. Traditionally, these old-fashioned baby carriages feature large spoked wheels and a bassinet-style sleeping space. Prams are ideal for newborns, since they need to lie down when they ride around. Beautiful and offering a certain classic vintage image, prams are safe for babies up to three months old.

Today, many modern strollers offer a bassinet attachment that provides your baby with a similar pram experience.

TRAVEL SYSTEM

Popular with new parents, these traditional strollers include a detachable color-coordinating infant car seat carrier. Instead of waking baby to take him out of a car seat and put him in the stroller when you leave the car to run a quick errand, the travel system lets you easily pick up the carrier and attach it directly onto the stroller. While practical in the first few months, many parents complain that travel systems are heavy and impractical for folding and storing in the trunk of a car.

CONVERTIBLE STROLLER

Similar to a travel system, a convertible stroller grows with your child from the newborn to toddler stage. Convertible strollers feature a seat that folds back so the newborn can ride flat. The seat back can be folded up at around six months when the baby can sit upright. Though these strollers can be on the pricier side, keep in mind that you will be able to use it well into the toddler years. Continue reading

Hushed Tones

when i picked up our romantic, valentine’s day manufactured holiday dinner from a favorite local bistro last night, i struck up a conversation with a fellow pregnant woman. she was dining alone and a piece of me envied her quiet solitude. like me, she had roughly 9 weeks left in this pregnancy. also, like me, she has another child at home, and therefore had forgotten about the fact that the last 2 months of pregnancy suck your will to live. we chuckled together and then she was seated at her table.

we wished each other luck and went our separate ways.

a longtime friend and confidant texted me a couple of weeks ago to tell me that she is taking the time to read my blog in its entirety. she most recently finished reading through 2013, which only solidified the decision i made back then to not share the video footage we had taken of our then infant son’s wretched feedings on this blog.

Perhaps i’m hibernating. “nesting” in a way. quieting down. preparing myself for change. big change. taking inventory. reading. observing.

perhaps i’m wigging out. burying my crazy and stuffing it down deeper and deeper into the crevices from which it eventually seeps out of. people can suffer in silence. not that i’m suffering. i’m pregnant with a preschool age son and a husband shortly deploying. some people have it worse. others have it better.

perhaps i’m just listening… which is not something i am particularly strong suited to do, and certainly not something i practice often. (i think this makes people nervous. when i am quiet, others around me aren’t sure what to do with themselves. are you ok? are you upset? is something going on? is there anything you need to talk about?)

life is noisy. the abundance of sound, words, opinion, vitriol, speculation. it’s exhausting.

i am someone who loves words. LOVES. one of the things i truly enjoy the most about life is discussion. just simple discussion with people. agreeing. disagreeing. problem solving. expressing oneself with words. to me, it’s intoxicating. it’s powerful.

it’s meaningful. it CAN BE meaningful.

but it doesn’t feel that way to me right now. words aren’t feeling productive and insightful. drafts are being written without edits. submissions and speculations are being made without confirmation. words are being shared without a true sense of the message being put out in the universe. people are writing and speaking for the sake of writing and speaking. for a deadline. for cash. to be heard. to say SOMETHING. anything.

but what is truly being said?

when i find myself at a place where i am questioning words like this, i tend to quiet down.

someone needs to listen.

(this knowledge of her reading my archives also confirms my decision to not read through my own archives. ever.)

another trusted friend was emailing back and forth with me just yesterday and mentioned how quiet my blog has been lately. she’s correct (as she usually is). i have been quiet here… not for any particular reason. certainly not for lack of content. i shrugged when i read her astute observation. she was spot-on, and i had no insightful response to return. just a shrug. an acknowledgement.

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