Why I wanted a Bugaboo…

Greg asked over at DaddyTypes

(I think this is my first gadget entry that’s Dad oriented — I’m sure it won’t be the last…)

The Bugaboo is the ultimate stroller. Before Hannah was born, Ashley and I looked at quite a few models but when I saw the Bugaboo, it was a must have. Everything about the design is cool.

You can easily switch riding modes – Hannah can face us or out to the world – which was unique and may still be actually. It’s also two strollers in one… you can have your baby lie flat as a newborn and be fully protected from the elements deep inside the sleeping bag muff as we did all winter.

The ride of the thing is also unreal. Compared to hard plastic wheel strollers the inflated, all-terrain rear wheels are amazing smooth on NYC streets. It handles … yes handles amazingly well and navigates a straight line mostly on it’s own which makes things easier on the pusher…

There are a few modes we have yet to explore but I imagine as the summer arrives we will… We’ll be able to align the wheels together so that we can easily manage the stroller on sand at the beach or even just to lug stuff back and forth from the house to the beach.

Just a few negatives…

Cost — though with the initial mode it’s like 2 strollers…

Weight — Now that Hannah is 5 months, she weighs about 19 pounds, plus the stroller and any stuff you may have packed for the day can make things tricky on steps – like to the subway or even just around. We’ve found plenty of kid-unfriendly places in our travels.

Collapse-ability — Unlike Maclaren models there is no simple collapse mechanism. It’s actually a few steps and you have to take your child off the stroller in order to do this. You can get the stroller mostly-flat, but it will be in two parts which can be put in the back of a car or in the carry case for flights…

All in all, we love the stroller. We’ve added a few accessories like the diaper-bag, which neatly fits the back bar and recently the parasol which has been quite handy in keeping sun off of Hannah’s face. Highly recommended.

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