Before I had children, I had baby fever. I was known, long before my husband and I were married, to walk with friends and comment how adorable babies made me ovulate. Right then and there. However, not once did I look at their clothes. Not once did I glance at the diaper bag. And pay attention to the brand on their stroller? Not in a million years.
And then J was born. Then I was looking. Scouting out, perhaps, for the most functional and, in the interest of honesty, fashionable stroller.
Living in a particularly affluent neighborhood in our large city, I began to notice that strollers were accessories (just like nannies); a sort of status symbol. Desperately, I wanted to reject this - but it can be so hard when you're surrounded by these beautiful, almost robot-like, modes of transportation for little beings that sh*t in their pants. Yes, we're transporting our babes in thousands of dollars worth of equipment, and taking a crap is really one of their few daily priorities.
Pardon the crass nature of the above. But it is bizarre.
We ended up purchasing a BOB stroller. $400. More than my monthly car payment (but not student loan payment, grr). Thankfully, we received many generous gift cards after J's birth that we hoarded for this purpose. I wanted a functional stroller where I could exercise and bring him along. All of the other jogging strollers that I considered buying were, frankly, just as bad as their price was good. It didn't hurt that BOB strollers were/are highly popular and "fashionable." And I hate that I admit knowing this.
I am not regretful in the least that we spent that kind of money on a stroller for our little man who still, at 19 months, is satisfied with standing in the corner of a room full of people and taking a crap. I hope that the resale of the stroller will be such that it makes this purchase worthy of the original cost. And getting a little exercise here and there (admittedly, this department has been neglected since #2 announced her existence).
But now I need another. Want. Need.
J's baby sister, S, is due to arrive late this winter. And I know, come spring, I'm going to need to get these two out of the house. With J's rambunctious nature, I know it will become necessary to strap him into a stroller with his sister to keep them both safe (because I keep him tied up in this contraption which is somehow more acceptable to me than putting a child on a leash. It just is.).
I am in the market for a, preferably used, double stroller. My eyes tell me I want the Bugaboo Donkey stroller, retailing at over 1k. But, in actuality, I need something about 1k cheaper.
So, wise mothers out there, do you own a double stroller?
Have you found one that is highly functional, not particularly hideous, and