Joggers Are The New Strollers

Strollers – they’re expensive, they’re essential, and there are just so many of them to choose from!

We stood in Babies”R”Us turning back and forth like a pair of meerkats.

“This one has really big tires, it’ll be so smooth walking over streetcar tracks and through grass!”
“It’s just SO BIG! This one is so much smaller…”
“It’s only an inch wider…”
“Yeah, but it’s like 5 feet long!”

I really wanted that jogging stroller…

“Yes, but look how easily it turns… and that basket! *whistles* HUGE!”
“It doesn’t recline all the way”
“So we use the car seat.”

I was loosing ground -I could tell this one was all over.

“Ok, if you really like the Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System, we can go with that one…”

And that was the end of that conversation. Shortest blog post ever.

Or so we thought.

The Wee Baby T is 6 months old now.  We have rarely folded his stroller and put it away, instead we have created a permanent parking space for it in the living room.  It’s convenient really – no need to empty the diaper bag out of the bottom when you get home, no fumbling around trying to fold the stroller up while holding a baby, plus it is a great flat surface for folding laundry!

After 6 months of use, the Graco Modes is still a great option.  It is light, compact, and it has plenty of seating options for the Wee Baby T. We have had literally NO problems with it.  I still highly recommend these strollers.  However when someone posted the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger in our local buy and sell, and said she was looking to trade for something smaller, I jumped at the chance.  K agreed and we’ve got ourselves a new stroller to talk about!

It may only have an outward facing option, but the Wee Baby T seems to enjoy watching the world around him.

First impressions:

I’m always weary about 2nd hand baby gear, particularly anything that is covered in safety warnings.  I drove out to pick the jogger up and gave it a good look before making the exchange.  It appears the owner took equally good care of it.  The wheels needed some air, but it was clean and properly assembled.  Thanks to the Click Connect system, we kept our original car seats and the swap was complete.
We face the same issues with the jogger that we did initially:
  • It is a little wider, so it won’t fit through the aisles of the new streetcars as well as other strollers, however with the large handicapped areas that’s not such a big deal.
  • It is a little deeper when folded, but we never folded up the other strollers, and we pretty much keep this folded and stored in the closet when not in use.  Really, we gained space back in our home!
  • The only inward facing option is to use the car seat, adding significant weight, but since the Wee Baby T is 6 months, he is eager to see the outside world.  He is ready to sit up and see what is going on around him.

But then the benefits!

  • It is much smoother to push.  Those big tires just eat any bumps for breakfast, and there is minimal rolling resistance.
  • It’s taller.  This may just be a benefit to me, but it has a much more comfortable arm position.
  • It’s so easy to get on the streetcar.  The big wheels are easy to roll up and down stairs.  I’m even less concerned with stairs at subway stations or when we are out on a walk.  Curbs not cut down at the street corner? No problem.

T is obviously WAY too young to be joining me for a jog, but even as a walking stroller this one takes the cake.  Sure the phone holder is gimmicky (and is too small for any phone made in the last 3 years), and the front wheel squeaks when it’s wet, but all in all, I definitely prefer the jogger!

Note from the editor: While my giant of a husband prefers this stroller, I still prefer the Graco Modes for day-to-day use.  The frame is considerably lighter and I like being able to face T back towards me.  We are a divided household when it comes to strollers… 

Note from the author:  Yeah, but the basket seriously is huge.  Couldn’t do this with our old stroller:

Good luck out there!
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