I was first drooling over the Mia Moda Atmosferra, which is 3 pounds lighter but has a price tag of $280. Once I found the Contours stroller I was sold because not only did it look very similar, and had the same reversible seat, but at $150 it was a lot easier to convince my husband that we need it.
So here are its strong points, in order of importance to me, i.e. item # 1 is what really sold me on this full-size stroller:
- Reversible seat so that child can either face out or face parent
- Functions as a 'snap 'n go' (you can take out the seat and just use stroller frame with any car seat using the adapter, works well with the Britax Companion)
- Durable with light aluminum frame and not too many plastic parts
- Suspension system for a smooth ride
- More or less easy fold that fits into an Accord
- Never flat wheels
- Cool looking and stylish, comes in green and red (unisex)
- Large capacity storage basket
- Reclining seat, suitable for newborn
- The standard 5 point harness
- Parent tray
- Locking front swivel wheel
- Stroller stands on its own when folded
It is designed by a mother, everything is taken into consideration and it is extremely convenient, fits well (both on me, I am 5 feet, and my husband who is 6 feet tall), distributes weight evenly, and is overall very comfortable. It was a really windy day and the hood came in handy to block the wind even though she is not big enough to put her head in to sleep in it yet. She fell asleep in two minutes! Now that is worth a hundred bucks!
The infant insert is so handy, I use it sometimes to just lull her to sleep, that way she does not wake up when I put her down. It also keeps her from waking up when transferring from carrier to crib. Snugly warm in the winter too.
I am eager to try the front, back, and side carry as she gets a little older. The reasons I chose the Ergo over the popular Baby Bjorn are:
a) Versatility of age 0-4 (although I am not planning on using it past 2 years old)
b) 3 carrying positions
c) The much healthier sitting position of the child where the weight is distributed on the butt and thighs as opposed to all the pressure on the spine in a carrier like the Bjorn (the same reasons chiropractors advise against bouncy jumpers and walkers)
d) I was convinced by other parent reviews who said the Bjorn hurt their back but the Ergo didn't
I certainly hope that my baby gear recommendations will be helpful to someone and maybe you will love these things as much as I do!