Now you’ve got your little one home all day, and you realize one of the great truths of being a stay at home parent: it gets boring. You’re going to want to get out of the house, and for that, you’ll need to transport your little nugget. So, what’s the best baby stroller to transport said nugget? Deciding which type(s) of stroller to buy feels a lot like going to a vending machine when you’re hungry, but you only have a dollar.
Fear not, fellow father! To most accurately answer that question, all you need to know are two basic things:
There are, generally speaking, two types of strollers: Umbrella Strollers, and “travel system” style strollers. They both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Pros: Light, quick to set up and get going with, inexpensive.
Cons: Doesn’t have a transferable car seat, doesn’t scale.
Ideal scenario of use: You want to get outside and walk to the local coffee shop and meet a fellow mister mom for coffee. You can just throw junior’s shoes on, plop him in the stroller, snap the buckle, and clickity split – out the door in three minutes!
Breakdown: Umbrella strollers are great for quick walks with the little one. And I mean only one. You will have a hard time finding a cost-effective umbrella stroller that seats two. I haven’t found any, yet. If you know of one, drop a message in the comments section below. I will check it out, and if it’s legit, I’ll add it to my list of mistermommy-approved strollers!
Pros: Scalable, interchangeable with a car seat, can travel long distances.
cons: Heavier, can be frustrating to install the car seat base, more expensive.
Ideal Scenario of use: You are taking your child(ren) to your significant mother’s house, who lives a respectable 45 minutes to an hour away.
Breakdown: Travel systems are a must have. If you could only have one type of stroller, it would be this type. Because of the fact that the baby seat is interchangeable from the stroller base to the car seat base, this is literally the only type of stroller that you actually need.Throw in the fact that once (if) you have more than one, your umbrella stroller will be relegated to the garage until one of your mini mes can walk, this is hands down the most practical solution to your travel needs.
While umbrella strollers are convenient for quick outings with one child, they’re not the most practical when it comes to long distances or for dads with multiple children. For these types of situations, travel systems are the only way to go. Because of their scalability, their versatility, and their reusability, they are really the only type of stroller you need, but most people have both. However, don’t spend the big bucks on the umbrella stroller, as these are better spent on travel-systems. After all, if I was going to spend most of my budget for the month on strollers, I would definitely be putting the majority of it into the one that will potentially save my child/ren’s life/lives should the unthinkable happen and I got into a car accident!
If you need an umbrella stroller, I recommend The Rocket Lightweight Stroller by Baby Trend available on Amazon.com. It’s an excellent balance of price (less than $50) vs. durability, won’t break on you, and it’s one I have used for both of my children.
If you need a travel system, I recommend the Graco FastAction Fold Travel System, also available on Amazon.com. Graco is a world-renowned car seat manufacturer, so, I exclusively recommend them when it comes to anything car-related for children. It’s less than $200, and it’s an investment that you won’t regret making.