It's pretty easy to get overwhelmed when you're shopping for a new baby! There are so many decisions to make and sooooo many amazing baby products out there. But I think one of the hardest things about choosing everything for your new baby is deciding what you actually need! When it comes to baby gear, there are a lot of necessary, unnecessary but nice-to-have, and just completely unnecessary items.
I've also noticed that everyone puts different items on each of those lists, but I think it's pretty safe to say that a stroller is an essential item for every new parent...at least if they ever want to leave the house! :)
And I think almost every new parent would agree that you'll absolutely go crazy if you never leave the house! There are so many strollers out there with so many amazing features! So how do you choose which one to buy? When I was shopping for a stroller for our little man, I did a TON of research! As I read about all of the different strollers on the market, I realized there were a few things I really wanted our stroller to have. I wanted to be able to easily and quickly fold it up with one hand, and I wanted it to be as small as possible when it was folded up. But I also wanted to be able to hang my diaper bag on the handle, cram as much as I needed in the basket below (but still be able to easily and quickly access it), and attach accessories like cup holders and snack trays. And most importantly, I wanted to be able to attach an infant car seat and use our stroller as a travel system; being able to quickly remove your car seat from your stroller and place it in your car is absolutely priceless! I guess I basically wanted it to be as compact and portable as an umbrella stroller with all of the features of a full-size stroller.
If you're also looking for a stroller that is compact and portable but has lots of options, you should definitely check out the UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller! It has all of the features I want in a stroller—one-step fold (with or without seat attached), compatible with a long list of car seats (see the full list here) so it can be a travel system, and an extra-large basket that's easy to access! I also love that it has a one-button telescoping handlebar (great for tall parents) and a one-handed, multi-position recline. And there are lots of options for seating, including an infant car seat, a bassinet, the Infant Snugseat Insert, and a toddler seat that can either face forward or toward Mom and Dad. And you'll also love that it's easy to clean because the fabric pieces are easily removable and washable.
In addition to all of the features from the 2017 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller, the 2018 UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller has an adjustable canopy with an extendable SPF50+ sunshade, an adjustable footrest, and rubber back and front wheels with shock-absorbing suspension. And I love the leather-wrapped handlebar and buffer bar. Not only does this make your stroller look sooooo nice, but it's also easy to clean and wipe up messes (and germs!) on the go! Speaking of being on the go, the UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller is also compatible with the TravelSafe Travel Bag!
The 2018 UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller is available in three colors—Jake (black with a black frame), Jordan (charcoal gray melange with a silver frame), and Emmett (green melange with a silver frame).