Are you a stroller hoarder?

Are you a stroller hoarder?

Are you a stroller hoarder?Hi, my name is Jessica and I’m a stroller hoarder. That it’s gotten to this point of me needing to be here at Stroller Addicts Anonymous is a bit embarrassing, but I’m here because as my husband and storage closet bearing the fruits of my addiction have told me, I need help!

Like most parents, I’ve bought more strollers than I care to admit because finding a stroller, a good stroller, is something that makes me happy. I don’t own as many strollers as some, but I do own a lot. How many you ask? Oh, no more than 10. What??

I bought my first stroller as a first-time mom. It was part of a travel system made by Chicco.

I didn’t have any standards for a stroller then. I loved that stroller because it worked, (i.e., I could push it up a hill and the wheels wouldn’t fall off). Oh, and I knew I wanted to have children close in age, but I assumed that by the time my second child was born, my walking toddler would walk at my side, happily. I know. I know. But I was a new mom then and didn’t do my homework then, so I didn’t know any better. Really.

My second stroller purchase came when my first daughter was around 10 months. It was a Maclaren umbrella stroller. As I told my husband, I needed that stroller “because the first one is too heavy.” And again, it was a single, because I knew my toddler could walk by my side.

My third stroller came when my second daughter was born. It was a double stroller that I got because I didn’t want to pay full price for the stroller that I really wanted. I didn’t use it much because it couldn’t fit through most doors.

The fourth stroller I purchased was a Baby Jogger City Select with a doubles kit. And when I paid for it, I told my husband that I was forever done with buying strollers. I love my Baby Jogger. I love that it looks and works. Oh, and I love that my girls like it.

And when I paid the nearly $700 price tag, I told my husband that this was our last stroller purchase. Ever.

And, this should be the last stroller of my career as a mom, but, but, now I’m looking at jogging strollers. Yes, jogging strollers. I can’t help this addiction.

p.s. In my defense, I do plan to try to sell some of my strollers. I’m just not sure which ones.

How many strollers do you own?  How many strollers is too many strollers in your view?

24 COMMENTS

  1. I know that this thread is pretty old but I am a stroller addict and I need a support group ?. Since I live in Guatemala new fancy strollers are hard to get by. However several places import returned strollers from the USA, so now I have The following strollers: 2 bugaboo cameleon, one with maxi cosi adapters and maxi cosi mico carseat Britto edition that I want to sell, 2 britax b-ready, both with second seat, one is pre-2011 version which I want to sell, the other one is newer, has its new Britax B Safe 35 elite car seat, bassinet, second seat, and lower carseat brackets; 2 baby jogger city select with both seats, one has both seats in gray the other one in black (don’t know which color to keep and which one to sell), one Maclaren Volo, one Quest, one mountain buggy nano 2014 version. The funny part (or sad one depending on how you see it) is that my toddler son no longer wants to be in a stroller, but I want more babies even though right now it’s not the proper timing, so I have a stroller room in the house. The reason I wrote here is because they’re offering me an Orbit baby G3 (base+ car seat) new in under $500 and I’m actually tempted to buy it! I definitively need help ? Anyway, greetings from Guatemala!

    • HELP! The reason I came to this page is simply by googling “I am a stroller addict”. First, before my daughter is born, I got the Stokke Xplory because I thought it looked so sleek, glamorous and versatile; plus it’s a high stroller which is great and practical when you’re tall. Then when my little one turned 6 months I got the Quinny Yezz Air because I felt the Stokke was too bulky & heavy for quick trips to the supermarket or visiting family. Now I ordered the Babylon Yoyo+ from Dubai because I thought it’s the most practical for trips and traveling with a child. AND NOW I am sooo tempted to get the Bugaboo Bee3 as it’s on SALE and I tried it with my little one and loved it. I really don’t know what to do, I’m afraid to be an addict and no proud of it…

  2. My name is Paige and I’m also a stroller addict. I had a Graco travel system with my daughter, then I bought a Mia Moda umbrella stroller and when I found out I was pregnant with my son I bought my FIRST double stroller, a city mini double. Then I got the bright idea that I needed a Britax B-Ready with a second seat (which I hated) and then a Bumbleride Indie Twin (which I hated) then a Baby Jogger City Select (which I love!) and now a City Mini GT Double is on its way! One day I’ll get the help I need!!

  3. OMG i was laughing hard as i was reading all these comments as im the same, cant get enough of baby gear lol ive spent hours, days, weeks and months on baby sites comparing strollers prams gone through 6 of them, i have a 5yo boy and a 1yo girl and currently i own a city select which i loooove it the best!! Just bought a city mini for downsizing (lol) but also looking to buy a really small umbrella stroller for occasions where i need extra space in the boot or going into tight spaces ie. weddings or restaraunts. İ love this page i feel so good as i was starting to think that i was a maniac mum lol 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Same here. Registered for. Rita’s chaperone travel system. Amazing stroll built like a tank. Also as heavy as a tank. #2&3 were purchased from a friend. A maclaren xt for travel of course and a jeep alt terrain for visiting family in the mountains and all that off roading I planned to do. Then finally I won a britax b-agile from Baby Gizmo. When it arrived I heard angels sing. I still have the others but in my defense I am trying to sell the travel system, and I loaned the maclaren to my sis-n-law and my mom keeps the jeep to haul my nephews around. Now. I am in search of the best double in case we have a second baby.

  5. Ha HA! I can’t wait to show hubby THIS one! I think we all bought into the Chicco deal the store rep was “selling” when we registered. lol I didn’t beat the “45”, but here’s my list:

    1. Chicco Travel System
    2. Baby Trend Snap and Go
    3. Jeep All Terrain (which I thought was a jogger)
    4. Chicco Umbrella
    5.& 6. (2) Babies R Us Umbrella strollers (FREE with a purchase)
    7. Baby Dreamer European Style Deluxe Baby Pram
    8. Baby Trend Sit and Stand
    9. Chicco Liteway Umbrella
    10. double bike trailer/ jogger

    I am now desperately looking for a double jogger that can fold, fit through doors, and be light enough for me to do alone. I have 3 year old and a 10 month old. I have been researching online like crazy! I too look on Craig’s List in nearby cities and make ritual trips to Buy Buy Baby to try them out! (I tell my hubby it’s “research”). LOL

    Since I’m not done with having kids, i feel like I will get use out of the double, even when my oldest is too old for a stroller.
    please help!

  6. Confession: I have stroller vanity. I love being the mom with the coolest strollers. Dh laughs at me. My favorite is when the DADS approach me when I’m pushing my B-ready. Ryan, go for quality. Spend a little more esp if you plan to have more kids. My bumbleride indie is 6 years old and looks brand new. We use it a lot. Don’t get suckered into the whole car seat matches the stroller thing. In reality you might use that feature 3-4 months. Most strollers have an adaptor that you can get to use the car seat with the stroller you choose.

  7. Sell one? Gasp! Shhhhhhh…the strollers will hear you! I gave one of my (yes, i said one of multiple) to my SIL who is expecting. They were all shocked at my ability to let one go. I never planned on becoming a stroller snob but I found an indie as my first stroller on a screaming deal, thought it was pretty and bought it. I didn’t know then how awesome it was. It spoiled my for all other lower end models. I have two kids and more strollers than i will admit and today I have looked at 3 cities Craigslist to see what’s selling.

  8. My wife is expecting, and our baby is due in September. I am going to be a stay at home dad. I have started researching baby equipment and recently decide on a stroller. Or at least I thought I had, until I read this article. I have been looking at the Graco UrbanLite. It is lightweight, works as a travel system, appears sturdy, and is economical. From reading this article and the comments, it appears I may need more thanks one, or may need to upgrade at some point. Now, I think strollers are awesome and can see myself purchasing more than one, but I don’t want to have to join a support group 🙂 Does anyone have experience with the UrbanLite? Should I plan on using half my garage as stroller parking?

  9. I currently have an Uppababy Vista with rumbleseat, a Britax Umbrella stroller and a double BOB. I’m looking for a way to justify the new Valco Zee Two since I have an 18 month old and a 6 month old. I really love that Valco has toddler seats that attach to the doubles. We eventually want a third child, so Valco seems like a good option. Thought?

  10. We’ve had three. First was a second hand combi (now sold), then a chicco liteway (which I love, it pretty much has it all) and a $10 umbrella stroller for travel. I can’t afford the luxury ones, but they are fun to look at! I haven’t used the stroller much for at least a year. My 2 year old hates it. She loves to walk. Plus I have realized that she can walk far longer than I thought she could so that is great. It is trickier to keep an eye on her though.

  11. I have a 3 year old and i have had 45 strollers.. after i had him i realized that there is the prada of strollers and i had to have them.. all!! lol… my husband stopped trying to learn how each one folded.. I LOOOOOOOVE strollers.. they are like my high heels and purses since i dont really get to use either anymore.. 2nd baby due in August!! Cant wait to start stroller shopping again!!

  12. Addict here!
    We have a 12 month old and we currently have: 1)Chicco travel system; 2) Baby Jogger City Mini; 3) Uppababy Vista; 4) BOB Revolution. We also had a Peg Perego Pliko Switch but a piece broke on it so it was returned. I’m not looking forward to having a second baby only because I don’t love double strollers… is the City Select decent compared to the Vista?

  13. I’m the same way! I started off with an Eddie Bauer travel system with my first child. Then a combi stroller because it was so light, then another combi when my second child was born, then the Phil and teds sport with doubles kit, then a chicco travel system for my third son. Then the Phil and teds smart stroller because it was so light, and now finally the bugaboo bee, which is one of my dream strollers! Although I still use my p&t sport for running or outdoor activities:)

  14. I’m have 3 and my son just turned 1! So I got a baby trend jogging travel system, I have a cheap umbrella stroller( my sister bought to use while visiting and left for me) and recently purchased the B-Ready! Which will need the new wheels, and second seat( when baby 2 is on the way) But I feel the needed for a better lightweight stroller!!!

  15. I, also, am guilty as charged!

    I, too, purchased my first stroller as part of a Chicco Travel System as a first time mom. Honestly, I hated it! It was big and bulky. It didn’t fold small enough to not a take up the entire trunk of my Honda Accord plus I felt like an ordinary mom pushing it. Vain, I know but I’m human, I have faults and I will admit to them.

    When my daughter was six months old, sitting up on her own, I decided I needed an all-terrain stroller for walks to the park in our neighborhood. This is when I discovered Bumbleride and fell in love. We drove 70 miles to test out and purchase the Indie. I LOVED (and still do) this stroller. This was the first stroller my daughter would nap in, plus it was versatile enough to take anywhere.

    Then Bumbleride announced they would be releasing a lightweight stroller, the Flite. I had to have it. So again, we packed up the car, took a 70 mile road trip to purchase the Flite. This stroller was the best thing that ever happened to my family. It has been all across the country, it fits in everyone’s car and the best thing about it is my daughter can get in the stroller unassisted. By this time Bumbleride had truly stolen my heart. After about a year and a half just when we thought we’d never buy another stroller, I found out I was pregnant with number 2.

    At this point, the hunt was on. As much as I love Bumbleride, I refuse to push a double wide, so the Indie Twin was not an option. The classic Chicco, Graco and Contours strollers were just to big, bulky and ordinary. One day in the mall a dad pushes a Baby Jogger City Select past me. The stroller heavens opened up and angels were singing. I stopped the proud papa to ask him about his nice wheels. He was very happy to oblige all of my questions and even gave me a quick demo. I WAS SOLD!!!! As soon as I got home, I started doing research so that I could throughly impress my husband since I had sworn off purchasing anymore strollers. After two or three trips to Buy Buy Baby, my husband and I were both in love once again with another stroller.

    Baby #2 should be here in about 3 weeks, the City Select is assembled and patiently waiting in my office to make it’s maiden voyage with two kiddos.

    I gave my Chicco stroller to a local charity that donates items to families in-need – so I do not feel as guilty only owning three strollers now.

  16. Wow this is uncanny because I too bought the Chicco travel system as a first time mom, a universal snap and go for the infant seat, then the Maclaren umbrella, a side by side jogger that fits through zero doors, and a joovy sit and stand. Now with my 3rd baby on the way (in 3 years!) I’m looking for a double that my will be 1 year old and newborn will be able to use together with a possible glider board for my 3 year old.. welcome the City Select! Haven’t purchased it YET but planning on doing so. I wish I could unload some of these other strollers on Craigslist first so the pain of spending so much money doesnt sting as bad.

  17. I thought I was the only one who collected strollers!! My husband thinks I’m insane, but I think finding the perfect stroller is like finding the perfect car! It means a lot to me! I have owned the Baby Jogger CitySelect, a Maclaren, Baby Jogger City Mini, Uppababy Gluxe (thats my light, easy to use stroller), Uppababy Cruz, and finally I now use my Uppababy Vista. They’re all great strolllers but right now I am in love with my Vista. That is until something new comes out 😉

  18. We have two strollers right now, but I consider myself a hoarder in the making. I have 2 more on my wish list and I know that list will grow when we get ready for baby #2.

  19. Cassie..you sound like me! Looooove the baby gear! I’m actually embarassed to admit how many I have had. I started off with a Rock Star Baby stroller and then came…. a bumbleride indie, an Esprit Sun Speed in blue, a Maclaren Global (LOVED!!…and sadley I sold it..). That was for baby #1. Then I got pg with number 2. I got a green/grey Valco Tri Mode Twin (love love love) and a Graco Quattro duo (for the car you know? Easy in and out…). Then I got pg with number 3. Needing to accessorize my Valco with the toddler seat (my kids were going to be 3.5 and 18 months when the third was born) I decided to sell the old Valco and get a beautiful new one, complete with toddler joey seat and hitch hiker and pram insert, to cover allll my bases. Then I wanted something more “car and mall” friendly. So I got a Joovy Big Caboose. Love it too. And just because, I also got 1 Graco single that I didn’t think would fit my car seat so I got another that does fit my car seat. So where does that put me? 10 I guess. Right now in my garage you would find a graco quattro, a joovy big caboose, a valco tri mode twin and a Rock Star baby stroller/pram. But I actually feel stroller satisfaction. Well, for now anyway. I might delve back into the world of the single. And might consider baby #4 in a few years to put in said single. 😉

  20. This sounds COMPLETELY like me… all the details, except that my first was a Graco travel system instead of a Chicco! LOL I’m totally sharing this with my hubby so he knows he’s not alone!!

  21. I have one child as of now but I was explaining to my husband we need three kinds of strollers, a traditional one, a jogging stroller and a lightweight stroller for travel. Any of these three kinds can be converted into travel systems with the new models but I don’t think there is one perfect stroller that would have all the features in these three categories. Strollers are like shoes, sometimes, you need a different one for a different activitiy.

  22. thats me! i started out with an English pram (a Bertini, with the double seat) but it didnt fit what i wanted it to do, too heavy to take shopping…so i got a peg perego pliko p3, i LOVED it, but when baby #2 came along needed a double. so i got a phil & teds dash with doubles, thought i was going to love it. but it tipped over when one child climbed into the bottom seat first, and both kids liked to try grabbing the wheels (i didnt want my kids losing a finger), and the second seat doesnt recline much on that, plus unless they are a very small baby the bar for the second seat doesnt recline. so i sold that, and got the baby jogger city select. we too love it and its become our last purchase (well basically. i did get a maclaren double to travel with on airlplanes, which has been a good stroller too). i can SO related to this article! i LOVE baby gear, especially good strollers. i actually knew when i was 10 years old that i wanted a Peg Perego, after reading articles about them. i’ve always been a baby lover! i have 3 kids now, my oldest turning 5, my middle just 3, and my baby is 7 mo. i still don’t feel done having kids, and a small part is because i LOVE buying baby gear:) im not ready to leave that all behind just yet.

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