I wanted to get this quick blog post together (hi, yes, still blogging… kind of) because I had a few questions about why we decided to get rid of our Vista stroller and what we are using instead.
When I was pregnant, I decided to register for the UPPAbaby Vista as our everyday stroller. Mainly because all my friends had it and everyone I knew raved about it. It was originally going to be the gift from my parents but a friend of mind gave me hers and another friend gave me their Mesa car seat (that attaches to the UPPA), so we totally lucked out and were able to save a lot of money thanks to both of them!
And in the beginning, the UPPA was great. We would take it on nice strolls around the neighborhood (we loved using the bassinet attachment), would use the car seat attachment in a pinch/when we weren’t going to be somewhere long, and even brought it with us when we would drop of the baby with my in-laws.
So what we used it for was great. And it is a great stroller. No one is saying otherwise. But I don’t know if it was right for me.
It wasn’t until we transitioned from the bassinet to the toddler seat that we hit a bit of a snag. My friend, who graciously gifted her stroller, didn’t have the toddler seat. Which to me was no problem! I’d just buy it on my own. And it turns out I would have to buy all the replacement parts to construct the chair myself and I think it was around $250 in total to make this seat (which is the cheapest anyone has ever paid for a UPPAbaby Vista lol).
Right now for travel, we have the Doona car seat/stroller and we love it. We have used it for travel and it’s been great. But it will only last us until the baby is about one year (if that) due to weight and height limits. So what happens after the Doona? Another stroller for travel? Because I would never travel with the UPPA. It is seriously way too big.
That is until we took it on vacation.
We were at the beach for the first half of August and relied on the UPPA as our main stroller. It was our first really true test with it out in the wild and not around town. The storage is great and the ride is smooth, but it took us all of going to ONE restaurant to decide to get rid of it.
We had to wait until we got home to use it so I will say this review is fresh and still very new, but I’m really happy with our purchase. I think it just fits our lifestyle a lot better and I personally feel more comfortable using it when I’m on my own too. I love how easy it is to fold up, how small it is to store, and how LIGHTWEIGHT it is with and without the baby. I mean the fact that I can store it in the back seat is a real game changer. I can pop up and down steps and curbs with ease, and it’s just a lot easier to get around.
And what I really love about this stroller is that this will be it for the baby — I was even telling Andrew today that we’d take it to Disney in December and it would be great to have and use. It also comes with a bag for travel so you can wrap it up before gate-checking it (the UPPA I can’t imagine gate checking and for the Doona, you have to buy the bag separately).