Friday, May 18, 2007

Strollers and Carriers

So I have been giving a lot of thought to traveling to China during the summer. I want to ensure that we all stay as comfortable as possible. I was ready to bring my (el cheapo) umbrella stroller to China, but Karen, my adoption coach advised me to bring a "good" stroller. She said that we take tour buses everywhere and that all the strollers fit nicely in the bottom of the buses. She said to make sure to have a stroller that reclines for naps and that you can store items and purchases. I was going to wait until I got back to order a stroller but now I am hooked on the Maclaren. I have heard from 4 people who say that they LOVE theirs. I noticed that they carry the Maclaren Triumph at Toys R Us for under $200 CDN but I suppose that it can be found online cheaper. I love that fact that it is so light and it features "the 5 second fold". Does anyone have a recommendation of what style they like best? There's the Quest, Techno, the Triumph ...I'm not sure I understand the difference! I am just waiting for my referral to order .. just in case she's a bit older or in the off chance we are referred twins (OK, don't freak-out, we put on name for twins but we were told that it was extremely, extremely, extremely unlikely).


Another thing that I want is a good carrier. I have looked at many and the one I like best is called a Mei Tei. It's made of 100 %cotton and can be worn on the front, back or hip. I found this FANTASTIC website called BabyHawk that custom makes these carriers. You choose the fabric and strap color and they whip it up - they can even make it reversible for $10 extra! pretty cool hunh? I keep changing my mind, but for now I've decided on these 2 prints (reversible) with black straps.

21 comments:

Donna said...

We have the Maclaren Triumph and LOVE it! I bought a new one on Ebay a couple years ago for $100.

I would think long and hard about taking a nice stroller to China. They get tossed (and I mean TOSSED) on a lot of buses and airplanes. When we landed in LA after the long flight home, our stroller was missing two wheels! Just something to think about...

Matt and Kathy said...

Hi Julie
A friend of mine also recommended the Maclaren stroller to me so I think that's the one I'm going with. She has the triumph and to me it looks and feels good. I had originally wanted the Inglesina Zippy but for 1/2 the price, I think we'll go with the Triumph.

C.J. said...

Woohoo...girl is getting baby ready!

I hear nothing but good about Maclaren.

Love the carrier you've chosen too.

Kayce said...

I LOVE that carrier! Cool colors!

Deb and Sean said...

Great choices for the carrier .... are we to assume, one is for mommy carrying and the other daddy carrying???
Shouldn't be much longer now ..........

Debbie said...

I have the mei tei and LOVE IT!!! I never got to use it as much as I wanted because Olivia is so big, but it was soooooo comfortable in China.

Deb
(Olivia's lucky mom)

Elisa, Jarrod & Thomas said...

Ok, I'm gonna look up the carrier...this looks good!

amy said...

I am learning so much from other bloggers...Thanks for showing the pictures

OziMum said...

I've bought a Fisher Price stroller - it's got an aluminum frame and is super light! (I did buy a jogger stroller, but have resold it on ebay, coz it was so darn heavy!) Haven't used the Fisher Price, so I can't tell you what its like... but it is light!!! I'm definitely considering taking it to China...that was til I read Donna's comment!!!

I LOVE THE MEI TAI! I've heard heaps of glowing reviews on them. Loving the second fabric! Funky!

tracy said...

I have the Maclaren Techno and I believe it is a little more pimped out. The wheels are bigger. I think Allison has the Triumph and she loves hers as much as I love mine. Also, I think mine has more pockets. It is extremely light!

I've been eyeing that same baby carrier. I looked at all the fabric choices and became competely overwhelmed. I'll wait and see how well it works for you b4 ordering..hey, I'm in no hurry. ;0)

I would love to have twins and have repeatedly asked but was competely turned down cuz we already have 3 kids. I've heard that they have never referred twins to people who already have kids. ;0(.....but I keep asking!

Julie said...

I will admit that except for around the White Swan I found strollers a nuisance on the adoption trip. I would say you want to bond with your little one anyway so you might as well use that Babyhawk MeiTei you are buying (I have one of theirs too). A lot of the places are not really stroller accessible and sometimes it's more of a challenge than a help. I would say for me the exception was around Guangzhou and we first borrowed one there from the laundry places and then later bought one for $20 US from another one. (We left the stroller with an attendant at our hotel, we did not bring back to the U.S.). I have the Maclaren one I forget which one, it was pricey but I got it as a gift. I really like it, though the only time I wish I had something different was at the zoo when I wish we had one like my friend - hers had slots up front to hold cups and snacks.

Momus Anonymous said...

Add me to the list of people who love their Maclaren stroller. I have a carrier I just bought also called a Zolowear sling style baby carrier.

Momus Anonymous said...

sorry, one more note - I did not take my stroller to china last time. some of the hotels let you rent them for the day, but we bought a very cheap one there (umbrella size) and left it in china. you have so much gear getting on and off the airplane, it's just a pain.

kris said...

I've heard nothing but great things about the Maclaren but couldn't advise as to which one... do any of them have front trays? I like that feature on a stroller, good place to put some cheerios, you know?

As for that baby carrier, I am totally going over to check it out. I love the second choice best but that's just personal choice on fabric. Thanks for the link!

nikki said...

Wow! Good for you for doing so much research and being so prepared.
We just rented a stroller when we were in China, and used it while staying at the White Swan, up until then Lily was in the snuggly most of the time.
Good luck!

Steffie B. said...

Ooooo.....I like both fabrics...guess you'll need two! ;)

Kristin said...

I used a sling while we were in China and just bought a stoller there... my daughter wasn't too interested in being put down so the sling was a lifesaver and with all the stuff we hauled over there, it was easier just to purchase a stroller in Guangzhou... just my 2 cents!

a&mg said...

Cool carrier!

Alyson & Ford said...

I love the pink and apple green fabric. So cute. We may need to get one ourselves. Let us know how it works for you!

Alyson
LID 01/27/06

The Fabulous Us ! said...

If you are going to spring for a Triumph I suggest you look into a Quest instead. The Triumphs recline is not as good, the seat is not as wide or deep and if you get a young referral you will want the fuller features. Also what everyone else said. Wait till you get to China to buy a stroller, they are cheap and who cares if it gets wrecked.

Good luck ! Its your time for baby !! YAY !

Amy

Heza Hekele said...

Here is the site that breaks it all down for you...

http://www.maclarenbaby.com/ca/index.php

And yes, if you do the conversion, you'll find that it is cheaper to buy in U.S. dollars...canadian retailers are still putting a large markup on Maclaren Strollers.