Picking a stroller has to be the one thing that had Mr Thick all excited. He wasn’t too concerned about the steriliser, nor did he care much about the type of mattress our little man was going to sleep on.
But the stroller, ah, that was a different story.
Maybe it’s the whole chariot parallel. You know, men are chuffed when it comes to picking out a car and therefore, the same level of excitement goes into selecting a ride for the kid.
We went to many, many places to check out the different brands, based on the recommendations of friends. Some swear by Maclaren while others proclaim Combi to be the best.
“Peg Perego!” declared a friend of Mr Thick’s. “We have one and we love it.”
But somehow, none of the ones that we saw and played around with caught our eye.
There were a few things that I knew I wanted in the stroller: it has to be reversible (because I don’t like the idea of having a tiny baby into the seat facing out into the big bad world by himself), easy to manoeuvre, allows me to push with one hand, big basket, high seat, washable covers, large sunshade etc. But the main criteria that drove my purchase was growth.
The stroller had to be able to accommodate a growing child, as well as a growing family. I knew that I would definitely want to try to have a second kid and I didn’t want to have to buy another stroller just to fit two children.
My list of, uh-hmm, very extensive criteria ruled out practically every single stroller that we saw. The only one that really caught our eye and caused our hands to inch towards our wallets in our bags was the Stokke Xplory.
Oh, how we loved the Xplory! So sleek, so modern and so beautiful to look at. And the colours! I was definitely leaning towards the purple model. We would have gotten the matching parasol too, of course, because it rains not only in the plain in Singapore.
Until we looked at the price tag and blanched.
In the end, it was the Internet that S.O.S (Save Our Search). I was going through my list of subscribed blogs when I came across what would eventually be our vehicle of choice: the UppaBaby Vista.
It fulfilled all my wishes and more. Better than a genie in the bottle!
The RumbleSeat and PiggyBack ride along board meant that we would be able to fit two children into one stroller somehow. A bassinet was also included in the set, which was perfect for sleeping itty bitty babies.
And the colours! All gorgeous hues that I loved!
We waited till the 2012 edition was released and stalked Amazon religiously until we found a seller who would ship it to Singapore. Three weeks after Aidan was born, a giant box reached our doors and it was like Christmas come early (or late, depending on how you see it) for us, thanks to the generosity of my brother-in-law.
We’ve been using our UppaBaby Vista every weekend since then and we love it to bits. It is, hands down, one of the best investments we have made. It glides like a dream, doubles up as a high chair when one isn’t available and the basket is so massive that we can dump our diaper bag into it and still have space to stow groceries. The little man looks comfortable in it and it reclines fully so he can have his nap while on the go. We’ve gone for long walks with him in it and the add-on tray meant that he could have his snack and water within easy reach.
The downside is really its weight. But since we have it stowed in the car boot all the time, it’s really not a big deal. All we need to do is to haul it in and out of the boot, which is something even I can handle.
Truly one of our best buys.