Over the last week and a half I’ve spent a solid three hours discussing baby strollers and car seats. As first time parents, we know there is a lot to be learned about parenting, and a million different opinions on how to parent the best.
The only thing that causes me to lose sleep at night, thus far, is the thought of having to buy a car seat and a stroller.
There are arguably no two supplies more important than these. They’ll be used on a daily basis for years and years. They both come in a million different shapes, sizes, styles, and price points.
I’m suffering from analysis paralysis.
What if I buy a stroller that I realize, six months down the road, isn’t the most efficient to collapse.
…Or is too heavy.
…Or doesn’t fit well in our trunk.
…Or isn’t compatible with our car seat.
…Or can’t handle a variety of environments (bumpy sidewalks, narrow shopping mall aisles, gravel parking lots).
…Or can’t hold two kids (assuming we have another a few years from now).
And don’t get me started on car seats.
…Do I need to buy two of the same seat (one for each car)?
…Does it need to work for both newborns and one year olds?
…Why do car seats expire?
…Does my car seat need to fit in my stroller?
…How many car seats will I have to buy for each kid?
I feel defeated and I’m not even a dad yet. I seriously fear buying a stroller, and six months down the road realizing there was a different stroller I should have bought that would have been a better fit for our lifestyle.
I seriously don’t want to mess these two purchases up, but everyone I ask has a different opinion.