Christina Montoya Fiedler: So, I'm in the market for a new stroller, but I had no idea it would be the equivalent of buying a new car -- the makes, the models, and then, the price. Call me naïve, but I also had NO clue that some of them could cost upwards of $1,200.
That's a good portion of our rent, several months of groceries, a few months' worth of gas, or cases of diapers. I could go on. I'm sure you could too.
Our first stroller was under $250. We treat it like hell. It's been barfed on, peed on, pooped on, banged up, bumped, and bruised, and dropped down a flight of stairs. It's flown on various airplane trips in the belly of a 747. If I had a $1,200 stroller, I might buy it a plane ticket. You've seen the way the guys at JFK handle your luggage.
But again, I don't even know where to start. Living in L.A., my baby rides in the stroller equivalent of a Pinto, given that most mamas in my neighborhood sport Bugaboos and Stokkes. But that makes sense, since I am outfitted by Target, and they all look like Burberry and BCBG sponsor them.
Take a look at the Bugaboo website if you don't believe me. Words like "suspension," "easy handling," and "base navigation" are all in the description of the 2009 models. I'm not even sure what base navigation is, but I hope I qualify for a good monthly payment plan.
Being the practical mom that I am, I even took a peek at tandem strollers. Hey, a second little bundle is inevitable. But if you're looking at the high-end strollers, there aren't any tandems. Apparently, upper-echelon moms only have one kid at a time. Good for them.
I fondly remember shopping for our first stroller. We were new, young parents without a clue, venturing into the halls of the nearest Babies R Us -- a frightening experience in and of itself. We looked at each stroller and here is how we chose our current model. If my husband and I could figure out how to open and close it without reading the directions and without cursing or sweating, we were going to get it. That only left us one option -- the stroller we now own.
So, here's to hoping that the next buying venture goes half as well.
|Christina Montoya Fiedler resides in Los Angeles, CA, with husband Andy and her son Joseph. She juggles baby and work from home as a freelance publicist and attributes her strong love for life and sense of humor to her loving familia.|