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Help?! Stroller stress!

(33 Posts)
jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 10:37:32

Hi,
We are heading off to Spa Franchorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix, this time with our 11 month old.. We have a silver cross surf at home but this takes up the full boot so we are looking for a lightweight compact stroller that will manage the chunky gravel paths and grass but be light enough to carry up/down difficult narrow hills (unless you have a grandstand ticket you find a spot in amongst the crowd and plonk your bum in it, but these are in the most awkward places)
Most strollers I've looked at have those piddly little wheels or the ones with the tyres fold down to the size of an elephant (like our surf)
If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Hire a sling and save yourself the stress.

dinkystinky Tue 29-Jul-14 10:41:17

definitely recommend a sling or backpack carrier

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 10:42:45

We have a babasling but our fidgety tank of a lad wriggles about like mad and weighs an absolute ton! Lol we thought about those big backpack carriers but not sure how he'd manage to sleep with it being an all day - all weekend venture...

Actually on the race days we need to take a pushchair we take an old babyjogger classic with the big air tyres (which come off if you want). I bought it from ebay for about £60. Its ugly but perfects and folds quite flat.

I'm serious about hiring a carrier though. Worth it if you do this stuff lots.

oops. xpost. The right carrier makes the difference.

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 10:49:15

Once I search past the abundance of 'pet carriers/strollers' (really? People do this??) I find carriers that convert to strollers.. Seems perfect... Til i realise it's an American site! :/ sighs

I've just googled one. The Kelty? Thats a beast isn't it? Not sure I would be too keen to carry a child in it for too long though. It looks very uncomfortable to wear.

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jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 10:54:35

We spend a lot of time at Motorsport events, even the baby seems to have petrol in his veins! Lol the back carrier definitely seems like the sensible option, if I can find one that converts to a stroller in this country.. Bonus! Thanks ladies smile x

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 10:56:35

Yeah I saw that one, I worry about how little one would nap/ and protected from sun/rain etc sad
My heads melting trying to figure this out
(would be easier to leave him with my mum, who lives in Belgium, but he's car daft so be a shame to leave him out)

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 11:04:51

Deuter kid comfort II looks like a right good carrier (no wheels but daddy n I could take turns..

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 11:07:24

Deuter kid comfort II looks like a right good carrier (no wheels but daddy n I could take turns..

Thats why we do have the pushchair tbh. There are times over the day when being able to push a stroppy baby around to get him to sleep or even just to contain him while you eat your picnic is necessary.

What's your budget? You can get something like the bjcm-gt which has ruggedish tyres for £250 or thereabouts. You could hire a carrier such as Manduca, Boba 4g, Tula etc for a deposit and a small fee.

Google big-wheeled strollers and see whats out there.

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 11:17:37

Our budgets whatever I can convince my other half we need! (Well depending which mood I catch him in lol)
Where can you hire carriers from?

alwayssleepy Tue 29-Jul-14 11:21:26

What about a Micralite? They have some models with big wheels, and they fold down lovely and small. Not that cheap, bit will come in use for other holiday trips.

www.micralite.com/products.php?productid=2

ukslinglibraries.wordpress.com/find-a-sling-library-near-you/ to meet people who can help you choose the right one, and borrow a sling/carrier.

slumber-roo.co.uk/hire and www.itsaslingthing.co.uk/collections/available-to-hire/buckle-carrier if you have an idea what you want to try.

mupperoon Tue 29-Jul-14 11:23:49

jumpster Let us know how noisy the engines are this year via the F1 thread! We've been to lots of GPs in the past but about to have our first only baby - in the V10/V8 eras I wouldn't have taken a baby along from fear of ear damage, but it's a different story now.

tethersend Tue 29-Jul-14 11:24:18

I second the micralite super lite fastfold- the best buggy in the world, IMO.

It has big back wheels, folds small and weighs 6kg.

I've got a Micralite twofold. Its a good option but the hood is terribly small and annoying.

alwayssleepy Tue 29-Jul-14 11:35:10

I would go for the superlite over the twofold, as you only have one kiddy. You can get some ear defenders for your kid too, our lad has some 3M kids ones that I picked up on Amazon and they really help with the noise.

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 11:47:52

I had a look at these, very big possibility, pricey but all my family live abroad so we travel regularly so like you say, will come in handy

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 11:51:06

Ear defenders are a must, our 9 year old still has his from last time and I saw little ones wearing them on a headband, which seems good

jumpster Tue 29-Jul-14 11:54:43

My other half is worried Mupperoon that the change in engine noise this year will be an anti-climax.. But hopefully the atmosphere will still be the same, will let u know ;)

CanISayOfHerFace Tue 29-Jul-14 11:58:29

We have an Osprey Poco Premium carrier for hill/mountain walking. It has a really good sun canopy and you can buy a rain cover as an extra. We took our five month old on a four hour walk in it the other day in 25+ degrees and he stayed cool and happy and took two naps!

CanISayOfHerFace Tue 29-Jul-14 11:59:24

We have an Osprey Poco Premium carrier for hill/mountain walking. It has a really good sun canopy and you can buy a rain cover as an extra. We took our five month old on a four hour walk in it the other day in 25+ degrees and he stayed cool and happy and took two naps!

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