Most moms will know too well the different routines that come day in and day out. I work as a nurse and shift work can be very difficult on family life. On those days when I am not working in the hospital there is always plenty of work to catch up on at home and our two kids are relentless. When I have a day off during the week, it usually means getting our eldest to school and then trying to get the grocery shopping done.
This is made a little more difficult with a 2 year old boy, and the fact that we like to shop in different stores for different things we need. For a long time I tried doing this with our full size stroller, but this just became too much of a tedious task. I think that we just had one child it didn’t really register, because there was a little bit less to do every day.
Anyway, I eventually decided to buy a lightweight umbrella stroller and in typical fashion I bought a piece of junk. I spent $35 and thought I was being thrifty, but within 6 months it was falling apart from wear and tear. That is when I found the Babywheels.net website and it was a true savior.
They really have a great array of information about umbrella strollers and based on their reviews we figured that investing a bit extra for the Bumbleride Flite was going to be the way to go. I use this stroller so much for all the quick trips in and out of stores that I knew I needed something that would sturdy and not fold within 6 months again. We now have it 6 months and I really put it through its paces.
Except for a few scratches and stains it has really held up to the test of time. There is absolutely no comparison to the piece of junk we had before and my little boy seems to be a lot more comfortable as well.
The best thing about it is though that it really works well for vacation trips. We spent a week with family in Florida for Thanksgiving and the stroller was an absolute dream for travelling by air. Airport security is a pain in the you-know-what at the best of times, but we were really not looking forward to the trip. But with some advance research on the TSA website we know exactly how best to handle it.
The stroller was so easy to fold down and lift up onto the security machines that we really didn’t have much difficulty. Because it was so small were also able to bring it right up to the aircraft where we handed it over to staff. Once we landed in Orlando the airport staff were friendly enough to have it ready for us once we got off the plane.
Overall it was a very pleasant trip and I would not be as scared of planning a vacation with the kids by air again. But even for our weekend trips away by car, it is so small and light that we practically always prefer it over the full size stroller. It just makes life so much easier for us.