For all you wondering…yes, our son is holding a stick in this picture because he seems to be obsessed with sticks lately. For some reason he always has to have a stick in his hand at all times when outdoors. Maybe it’ll be a hockey stick one day, who knows.
My father in law recently sold his car for $1000 so you can just imagine his shock when we told him our son’s stroller cost more than his car. HA! That’s right we actually spent $1200 on an Uppa Baby Vista stroller. The way I look at it is, this stroller in a sense is Grayson’s first car, so we didn’t want to cheap out on it for him. 😉
Now, this is a lot of money for a stroller, but how many times will we have to spend this much money on a stroller? Once. You can still find decent strollers out there for a few hundred dollars, but you have to think, will it last? Can you return it for a new one if it breaks? Can it turn into a double stroller if you have another child or will you have to spend another few hundred dollars (or more) on another stroller when you have another child? You have to think about the lifetime spend on what you are buying, and if it simply doesn’t work out once your crunched all of the numbers, then go for something a little less expensive.
We research everything extensively before we buy, and we didn’t skimp on the stroller research. One essential feature I needed was the ability to turn it into a double stroller down the road when we have more children. Without actually buying a double stroller, it seemed the Baby Jogger City Select and the Uppa Baby Vista were the two strollers that could start as a single stroller and convert to the double stroller when needed.
When we were on the hunt for a stroller, we were perusing through Toys ‘R’ Us one day (this seemed to be a weekly thing we did) and we noticed the City Select stroller on sale. For the price of around $699 it was definitely a great buy. I then began thinking about getting a bassinet for nighttime which could double as an attachment to our stroller. What I didn’t know at the time was that the bassinet that was compatible with the City Select stroller wasn’t yet approved for overnight sleeping (I could be wrong but I believe it is now). This wasn’t going to work. I wanted the bassinet that I could use for walks and sleeping.
The only other option was the Uppa Baby Vista. Although more expensive than the City Select, the reviews on it were fantastic and I knew a couple people who had one and said they loved it. The bassinet came with the stroller as well as the seat, and most importantly it was approved for overnight sleeping.
(And yes, it looks like we go off roading in the mud with this stroller…what can I say, this is real life!)
We decided to splurge and go for it. And let me tell you I haven’t regretted that decision one bit! This stroller seriously is like the Cadillac of all strollers. It pushes so smooth (like I’m pushing a cloud), there is a large basket underneath that can hold a massive amount of stuff, and it can convert to a double stroller when needed.
It is so user friendly. There are grey buttons and levers on different parts of the stroller that were designed for ease of use. For example, there are 2 grey levers on the side of the frame of the stroller to fold it down for compact storage. There is a grey button on the top of the handle for adjusting the height of the pushing handle. And the grey button in the middle of the wheels is for taking the wheels off…you get the idea. It’s simple to learn and use. Within seconds of buying the stroller we found all the grey buttons and learned how to use every feature on it easily.
On top of this being an amazing overall stroller, the customer service from Uppa Baby is phenomenal. For example, I recieved an Uppa Baby cupholder at my baby shower. After only a few months of using it I noticed it had a crack on it and no longer worked properly. I emailed Uppa Baby, they asked me for the serial number and sent me a brand new one, free of charge.
We also took this stroller with us when we went to Mexico in January, 2016. It’s able to fold down to a very compact size making it simple for travelling. There is also a specific Uppa Baby travel bag you can get for traveling with your stroller and the pieces fit inside like a glove! (the bag almost looks like a hockey bag.) I myself don’t own this bag but borrowed my cousins and it was perfect!
When we returned from our vacation I noticed the frame of my seat had somehow cracked (I suspect it’s from being thrown around by airport staff). Again, I thought I would email Uppa Baby and see if they would be able to help me. After providing them with the serial number they sent me a brand new frame for my seat, free of charge! I should also clarify that your stroller doesn’t get checked with your luggage, you bring it right to the door of the plane and it’s carried right on. (PS I highly recommend bringing your stroller with on vacation rather than renting one, especially with a small baby)
I could go on and on about this amazing stroller. We’ve seriously got our money worth out of it already.
If you’re in the market for a stroller and unsure whether you should take the plunge and invest in one of these babies, I highly recommend the Uppa Baby Vista, you won’t regret it!