I’m sure by now you’re fully aware just how difficult it’s been for me to make any baby-related decision. Chalk it up to third-trimester exhaustion, but I’ve about had it.
From her name (still haven’t settled on that one) to where she’ll sleep (Crib? Bedside cradle? Bassinet? With us in bed?) to whether I should buy a rocker, swing, bouncer or none of the above, I was beginning to feel quite overwhelmed. So, I stopped making decisions altogether.
When time came to choose a stroller, I listened to a handful of friends, who recommended a Britax travel system. If it works for them, it’ll work for me, I thought. Plus, I figured, one less decision to research.
Then, the good folks at Inglesina just had to disrupt my naiveté by inquiring whether I’d like to test the new Zippy Light.
Now, I fully understand not everyone has the luxury of PR agencies contacting you to test the latest baby gear, so ours is definitely an unusual situation. But I’ve always had a rule not to accept gifted products unless I truly loved them and, PR agencies aside, would consider purchasing them with our own funds.
So before accepting or declining the stroller, I had to do some research: Just what was so special about the Inglesina Zippy Light? What set it apart from the hundreds (maybe thousands?) of strollers currently on the market?
And while I’m at it, what are some factors to consider when choosing a stroller? I was clueless, but here’s what I found out.
What is your budget?
One of the biggest factors in choosing a stroller – or any baby gear, for that matter – is cost. Ideally, it wouldn’t be your first consideration, but such is life.
Generally, lightweight strollers are less expensive than, say, a jogger stroller or an all-purpose stroller or the kind of stroller that converts to a double if you have babies close together in age. Travel strollers are generally the least expensive of all, as they are designed for limited use.
A jogger stroller was automatically out of the question for me; I haven’t ran in the past five years, so you know I’m not about to start now. As for a convertible double stroller, it definitely sounded appealing, especially because we do hope to have our littles close in age. But double strollers are quite the investment.
All in all, a standard, all-purpose stroller sounded the most appealing and versatile enough to eliminate the need for multiple strollers (ain’t nobody got room or the funds for that!).
Analyze your living and transportation situation.
When comparing stroller features, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. The first is your living and transportation situation.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with Inglesina’s “Classica” pram. The classic shape and sweet detailing reminds me of my own childhood in Ukraine, where prams are far more prevalent than strollers.
As much as I’d love to recreate the nostalgia for our daughter, the Classica pram is simply not practical for our lifestyle, as it doesn’t fold. We live outside the city, with no sidewalks in sight. The nearest park is at least a 10-minute drive away. So I’d need a stroller that is foldable and fairly lightweight, because I’d be lugging it into and out of the car trunk on the daily.
Also consider your house and how much storage space you have, as well as what kind of car you drive. Our house is fairly small, with no room to store massive prams or multiple strollers. And I drive a Volkswagen Jetta, a fairly compact family car, so I’d have no way of transporting a large and heavy stroller from the house to the park.
Where do you plan to walk?
Another factor to consider is where you plan to walk: sidewalk, park, gravel, cobblestone, etc.
The stroller’s wheels and suspension will determine what kind of terrain your stroller can handle and just how smooth (or difficult) the maneuvering will be.
In general, small plastic wheels are the least expensive, and thus, most limiting. Foam-filled tires with all-wheel suspension are on the opposite end of the spectrum – able to handle any situation. As a result, they are typically more expensive.
What makes the Inglesina Zippy Light ideal?
So with the afore-mentioned considerations in mind, let’s look at the Inglesina Zippy Light and how it measures up.
When the stroller first arrived, I was ecstatic to discover it came mostly assembled. The remaining parts were fairly easy to add – a fact that my 9-month pregnant self appreciated very much.
Right away I noticed the high quality of the materials and the impeccable design. It is made in Italy, after all. Another pleasant discovery? The stroller is super lightweight – only 15 pounds, and yet sturdy enough for everyday use.
My favorite feature of the Zippy Light is the ease with which you can fold and unfold the stroller. Thanks to Inglesina’s patented umbrella folding system, you can literally do it with one hand! Considering just how often I’d need to fold and unfold it, that’s a feature that a first-time mom can appreciate.
A true space-saver when closed, the Zippy Light stands on its own for easy storage.
Furthermore, the compact and narrow frame of the Zippy Light allows you to glide through the smallest of passages with ease, making it perfect for travel.
Another great feature of the Zippy Light is its fully reclining back and adjustable footrest. The fully reclining back is perfect for newborns, eliminating the need to attach a compatible infant car seat, as one typically does for the first six months. The seat position is adjustable with just one hand, squeezing a handle to move the seat from an almost flat sleeping position to upright.
If, for some reason, you did prefer to use an infant car seat for the first six months of your child’s life, the Zippy Light is compatible with several brands, including CYBEX, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, Graco and SafetyFirst with the use of a Zippy Light car seat adapter, available at Pottery Barn Kids for $35.
Next, I checked out the wheels to see what kind of terrain the stroller can handle. The Zippy Light has all-wheel suspension. So whether we’re on pavement or rolling through the park, our baby will enjoy a smooth ride.
Last but not least, let’s look at the cost.
The Inglesina Zippy Light is available for $330 at Target or Pottery Barn Kids. You can choose from total black, desert dune, sweet candy pink, ocean blue or vivid red. Considering its versatility, light weight, compact size, high quality, portability, all-wheel suspension and ability to grow with your child, $330 is quite fair.
A few more extra features that, although not defining, do deserve a mention:
- The entire stroller seat is removable and washable.
- An extra-large canopy allows you to shield baby from the sun. Plus, it includes a breathable net insert, giving you easy access to check on the baby mid-walk.
- The stroller comes with a rain cover, which can be handy if you’re out and about when bad weather strikes.
- The cup holder attaches to the side rather than the top, minimizing a mess if your drink spills.
- The bumper bar is completely removable for easier access.
- A fairly spacious storage basket can fit any essentials you might need for your stroll.
I’d love to hear from you: Which stroller do you recommend, and why?
If you have any additional questions about the Inglesina Zippy Light, feel free to ask in the comments section, below!
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