Update on 2/23/14 - I first wrote this article in 2011 and it continues to be one of my most popular posts as people searching on "stroller for grandma" find it. It was a great stroller and had outstanding reviews on Amazon. It most unfortunately has been discontinued but I can now recommend its replacement - The First Years Jet Stroller. I am not changing the writeup as I haven't had a Jet stroller to test but the link at the bottom of this post and in the sidebar now feature the Jet stroller. I am leaving the link to the Ignite just in case you absolutely must have it. Since it is manufactured discontinued it is listed at a very high price. Grandmothers enjoy - and get your own stroller - one that is good and sturdy but isn't a whole "transportation system."
It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring around here and so my thoughts are turning to outdoor activities. We live just a block and a half away from a county park and bringing my grandson to the park, walking around the lake, playing at the playground and walking home is a favorite activity of ours. Usually we let his mother come too. The weather has been warming up so we already got to do that a few times.
The transportation? My daughter has a stroller which is comfortable for Zach but weighs a ton. collapses in a rigid position and barely fits in our trunks and takes a good deal of manipulation to get it in. I bought a super flimsy umbrella stroller for $5 at a garage sale which is okay for a short trip but it can’t be used for everything – especially a “sturdy” walk in the park.
2. It is lightweight but not flimsy. It only weighs 14 pounds. When you push it, it doesn’t feel like you are pushing a ton nor does it feel rickety like my $5 one does.
3. It folds up easily, umbrella style, and it is easily transportable without taking up your whole trunk.
4. It has a euro style frame and although lightweight it looks comfortable and sturdy.
5. It has sitting and reclining positions, a foldable canopy, handle bars at a comfortable height, a small canvas zipper container and cup holder between the handles and a lightweight shelf under the seat.
6. It’s rated for 50 pounds so it should last as long as you need a stroller. Lots of other stroller say up to 35 - 40 pounds so this may be more important than you think.
7. It has really nice steering and doesn't stick.
And the best part….
Zach loves it! When he first saw it he walked around, pushed it, patted it and climbed in. He had me take him for a ride around…and around…and around….the dining room table. He didn’t want to get out. Since then, we’ve been to the park and back. This picture of him above tells the story.
I am thrilled to have this stroller and I highly recommend it for parents – but especially for grandparents. I know that it is the perfect match for my needs – especially after experiencing stroller at either end of this one. After I wrote this review I checked out the reviews at Amazon and ToysRUs and found out that it was highly rated by parents - especially those who have had other strollers - for many of the same reasons I mention. It was frequently mentioned as being great for travel - something parents and grandparents both love to do.
Thanks Learning Curve/TheFirst Years for bringing this stroller to market and for sending me one to review.
You can order the stroller at Amazon and have it shipped right to your door. Click below.