Posted by: thatjen | July 3, 2007

Seeking Stroller Advice

We’re heading off for Grandma’s in a week or so and are starting to think about packing. Now that we have the Mazda5 we do have lots of room but we don’t want to overdo it. As avid babywearers we don’t usually bring a stroller but wearing a nearly 28 lb. kid* in the summer heat does have its limits. So we’re thinking about either bringing a stroller or buying one that will live at Grandma’s permanently. Bringing us to the question(s) at hand:

Are there any CHEAP strollers out there that are manageable for tall parents?
Do you know of any crazy stroller sales going on now that we should know about?

*a slightly early 15 month appointment measured her at 27 lbs. 12 oz. and 32 inches (a jump of 2 bands on the height charts!).


  1. has some good deals right now.

    We got the Maclaren Quest Mod Sport recently (its 129 at albee) and LOVE IT. As does Arden who is off the charts tall and never been a stroller lover. And, tall handles, which was a must. So, while not cheap, per se, it’s a really good deal.

    I also looked at the Chicco Capri at BRU when we were deciding and it would have been doable in terms of handle height, but A just had much room to grow in the Maclaren and I love that.

  2. As you know, I LOVE our Volo. I think it is the lightest/cheapest of the maclaren models. The only downside is that it doesnt recline. Porb not a big deal for Natalie, but if/when you have #2 you might as well have something that works for a smaller one.

    I’ve also heard good things about the Kolcraft Tour Sport, but don’t know much about it myself.

  3. is a great site that has 2006 Maclaran’s on sale now. We have a Maclaren Volo and it’s wonderful. It’s lightweight but much better than than the cheapy umbrella strollers.
    If you have a second hand baby shop nearby, I would try that first.
    You can get a few Chicco models for under $100 too!

  4. we have a few here that you can try out, and there’s an albee baby on 95th and amsterdam.

    We will NOT be packing Malka’s stroller to go to Portland, and will instead go to a local store upon our arrival, and pick one up there to leave at grandma and grandpa’s – along with a booster seat…

  5. We got our Maclaren Volo on craigslist $60 and love it except for the fact that it doesn’t recline. But it does have a nice little basket. Julian was very content in the Chicco Caddie which does recline. I think it’s about $50. (it broke–our fault)

  6. I got our Maclaren Volo NIP on Ebay and LOVE it. B is one week older than Natalie and is very similar in height/weight. I think the one I bought is the 2006 model, and the total cost was about $90 including shipping. I know this is a little bit expensive, but I had a lightweight Combi with my daughter and this stroller is so much better. We walk extensively every day and I use it all of the time. It has a sun shade and a basket and it is super lightweight and has a carrying strap. I also have a Mazda 5 and it fits in the back with ease wither back row up or down.

  7. Want to borrow our Maclaren? The last time I used it was to pile it up with $60 worth of juice boxes to haul into the boy’s school. It’s a Daytripper, certified to work for parents tall and small (we’ve tested it for persons up to 6’3″), and it’s in good condition except that a doofus friend of ours broke the latch, so now we use a bungee cord to keep it shut when folded.

    If you want one of your own, I certainly understand, and also suggest that you should pony up the dough for a Maclaren. It’s so much better than the cheap umbrella strollers, it’s not even funny. Pushing a cheap one is PAINFUL.

  8. delurking to put in my 2 cents for the maclaren triumph. not super cheap (we paid $130 at bru) but small, lightweight, reclines some, and comfortable for tall parents (we are 5-9 and 6-0) also good for tall babies. our daughter is 95%-ile for height.

    we have a zooper as our ‘good’ stroller and actually end up using the maclaren more.

  9. What about baby consignment shops in your area? You often find “good as new” in such places.

  10. Love, love, love our Maclaren! We have the Quest Sport (used a coupon at BRU)– reclines, has a see-through hood, a nice-sized carrier underneath, and we love it! We are 5’9″ and 6’1″, so it’s good for tall people!

    Good luck!

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