Help deciding on a stroller for a city mom
Hi ladies, was wondering if you ladies can help me make a decision. I'm trying to decide on a stroller pretty early on in hopes that I can find deals as the holiday and end-of-years sales come along.
I currently live right across the river from NYC, in a nice urban neighborhood. However, my in-laws and my doctors are all in the city, so I imagine we will have to take the train in often. I already mapped out the route from my home to these places and it's a bumpy ride but there are ramps and elevators. I know it's difficult to predict what our lifestyle will be after LO comes along but I also worry that as LO gets older, we'll want to explore more, like go to Central Park or other boroughs, which may not have subways with working elevators.
I'm torn between two popular city strollers. I've honestly seen more City Minis on the street as I stroller stalk but when I read urban mom forums, most seem to have Vistas (downtown moms vs uptown moms? manhattan vs outer boroughs? I dunno).
Knowing this, and setting cost aside, which would you pick?
Baby Jogger CityMini GT
- Super, super easy and quick fold. No other stroller beats them in this category. So easy both sets of gparents can use fold it. Also great if I'm by myself and have to hold LO in one hand and fold the stroller with the other hand.
- Lightweight. I think it's about 20 lbs. Necessary for going up and down subway stairs or city buses.
- Can possibly be my only stroller. It's a suped up umbrella that can be used with newborns and up to 60 lbs. One stroller means less space taken up in our apartment and less overall cost.
- Only forward facing. I think this will sadden me, to not be able to see LO and LO not be able to see me.
- I read the seat is not as comfortable or upright as the Vista.
- Will need to upgrade if we have another child.
- Smoother ride than the City Mini.
- Can be seated upright, unlike the City Mini which is slightly inclined and is seated higher up for easy reach.
- Can convert to a two seaters for second LO. (but then again, who knows what the future holds given this LO was difficult to conceive in the first place.)
- Quite heavy. Weighs about 25lbs.
- Need two hands to fold. And the fold is kinda like a quick punch. I tried it at the store and I can handle it but I worry about my elder parents to be able to punch the handles in easily.
- No doubt will need a second stroller as LO gets older. It seems everyone with aVistaalso gets the G-Luxe.
I really appareciate any input on this. TIA!