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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Bargain Bob's Stroller City Redux 

Our basement is starting to look a bit like the stroller and stroller accessories equivalent of a used car lot. Way back when we were expecting Celeste, we made the traditional pre-registry trip to Babies ‘Я’ Us to test drive the various strollers. While we thought about somesort of big travel system stroller setup, we ended up going with the very sensible Baby Trend Snap 'n Go, which worked with our Graco SnugRide infant seat, and a Combi Soho sturdier-than-an-umbrella-stroller-but-still-compact stroller.

The tipping point was that Evelin would be able to lift both the Soho and the Snap 'n Go into the back of the T.R.U.C.K. by herself. The giant travel system things were too heavy for her to do that without some wrestling.

Fast forward a few months, and the Soho is proving fine to keep in the T.R.U.C.K. for use when going somewhere, but the mean sidewalks of our city really need something with more forgiving wheels. Enter the Baby Jogger II she found on craigslist. Ever since I brought it home back in July, the Baby Jogger has been Evelin and Celeste's standard ride.

Now, with number two on the way, Evelin is realizing we need a double jogger. Back to craigslist and Freecycle she goes and Sunday morning Celeste and I find ourselves on a little expedition to Burke, Virginia, to test drive a B.O.B. Duallie "sport utility stroller." Less than two hours later, we're home with another stroller (and rain guard), and Evelin is looking at some of the accessories available for the B.O.B. units ...

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