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A first-time stroller of up to 600$ (with a carrycot) for active-lifestyle parents

Boy-mom-to-be • 25 Oct 2021

Hello Eli, we are expecting our first child in a few months and are looking for a stroller.

Budget: 600$
Priorities: we have a dog and go for long walks also off the road a lot. We have an active lifestyle and don't have to use public transport with the stroller a lot. We do need to be able to fold it and put it in the trunk though. Also, we are not sure if we want 3 or 4 wheels.
We value good quality and a secure and healthy position for the baby (e.g. a carrycot for the newborn rather than a reclining seat).

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Eli • 26 Oct 2021


It is nice to hear such specifications that make clear what you need and what you don't.

With such a budget, active lifestyle, and a need for a full-size, separate bassinet (a very good, healthy choice btw 👏), I'd think about a three-wheeler first. It will be a more all-terrain, nimble option while often reasonably foldable.

If ok with a non-reversible stroller seat, my best option for you would probably be a Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 which is a compact while very well-made stroller with a bassinet option. You can do some terrain or even light jogging with it while folding it in seconds to a very flat, compact package. And it will last you very well, even with a larger toddler.

A Chicco Activ3 is a popular, not expensive option (even if on the larger side), but this one doesn't offer the carrycot possibility in many countries, the US included (in Europe, it is often sold with a carrycot, so if you'd like it too much, you can always ask any Chicco seller about the carrycot availability).

From four-wheeled strollers, I'd look more for quality, meaning a higher price, usually. They are a bit less sturdy and all-terrain than three-wheelers. A Bumbleride Era would be great BUT that is a more expensive stroller, unfortunately. Would you be, perhaps, ok with thinking about a pre-loved one? A second-hand Uppababy Vista could maybe work too (at least from the point of view of quality and larger wheels).

Still, my first choice would be the City Mini GT2 for sure.

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