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My wife is so negative… I remembered the car seat, the stroller, AND the diaper bag…
..but all she can talk about is how I forgot the baby.
I’ll get my coat 🙂
It’s quite hard to find stroller jokes, but I came across that one online the other day which made me chuckle a bit.
Of all the major purchases on your “getting prepared for baby” checklist, the stroller is one which usually requires the most research and careful consideration.
For starters, you should like how it looks, how it moves, how easy it is to fold/unfold, how safe it is etc. Then you need to think about whether it comes with enough accessories and how long you can use it for. Of course, there are other factors to consider aswell…
In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at two popular options, by two well known brands in the stroller market:
What should you look for when choosing a stroller
Before we dive into a detailed look at the two options, it’s worthwhile knowing what you should consider when you buy a stroller.
Lightweight strollers are preferable as you don’t want to get tired pushing your baby to the park or local shops.
Make sure you choose a model which is easy to manoeuvre as well. You don’t want something which has the turning circle of a double decker bus!
You want to choose something that is well made and will last you a long time. This is usually where cost comes into the equation. Generally the more sturdy strollers cost a bit more, but as a result they should be a bit more reliable. Also, make sure you choose one which is easy to fold and unfold.
There’s no point buying a stroller if it won’t fit in the trunk of your car when it’s folded up. These days many strollers are well designed and can fold up into a surprisingly small space.
Your baby should feel comfortable in the stroller. Choose one which has different recline options, with also the option of forward and rear facing seats. Your baby will likely want to face forwards as they get older so they can see more around them.
This goes without saying. Make sure you choose a model that meets or exceeds safety standards. You also should think about the canopy and if it can protect your baby from the sunlight.
Finally, some strollers come with more accessories and extras than others. Some can convert into travel systems to use with carry cots and car seats. Some will have cupholders and large storage baskets to help you with all the shopping bags.
You probably have a budget in mind when it comes to purchasing a stroller. Just remember that it’s not always best to buy a cheaper option as it may be less reliable, not as well made and less comfortable. However, some expensive strollers might be overpriced and not good value for money.
Overview – Chicco Bravo vs Uppababy Cruz
WINNER – Uppababy Cruz
The Uppababy Cruz is slightly lighter at 21.5lbs than the Chicco Bravo Air (23lbs) so this makes it a better choice, although it’s not a huge difference.
WINNER – Chicco Bravo
There’s not a lot in this, but when folded the Chicco Bravo is slightly smaller than the Uppababy Cruz. Those extra inches might be useful for storing your stroller in your front porch, or in the trunk of your car.
WINNER – Uppababy Cruz
The Uppababy Cruz is a lot more functional than the Chicco Bravo. You can use it with three different brands of car seat, where as with the Chicco you have to use their own car seat. You can also get a bassinet, rain shield and whole host of other accessories with the Uppababy model.
WINNER – Uppababy Cruz
The Uppababy Cruz just about wins here. It offers 180 degree recline compared to the Chicco Bravo with just 3 positions. However the Bravo has a better sun shade.
Age and weight limit
Both strollers have a maximum upper weight limit of 50lbs and they can both be used from birth if you purchase the Snugseat for the Uppababy Cruz and an infant seat for the Chicco Bravo.
WINNER – Chicco Bravo Air
If you’re a on a tight budget, the Chicco Bravo Air is the cheaper option.
Which one is more popular?
The Uppababy Cruz seems more popular with parents as it has considerably more search volume online than the Chicco Bravo.
Chicco Bravo Air – Pros and Cons
- 180 degree recline gives your baby a lot of comfort – Operate with one hand
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver
- Easy to fold and unfold
- Only usable from birth if you purchase the Snugseat
- No cupholder or other accessories (just snack try and parent tray)
Uppababy Cruz – Pros and Cons
- Large storage basket (up to 25lbs)
- Easy to move when you’re on the go
- Works with 3 different types of car seat.
- By itself, it can’t be used from birth (only if you purchase an infant seat)
OVERALL WINNER – Uppababy Cruz
Both strollers have their advantages, but I think the Uppababy Cruz just shades it. It’s lighter, and more comfortable for your baby. Furthermore, it’s a more versatile option as you can use it with a bassinet and different types of car seat.
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