My husband and I are attachment parents. We didn’t always know that’s what we’d be, but John and I quickly figured out after having Ronin that’s exactly what we are. Ronin was a shy and cautious child practically from birth. Mommy and Daddy are his safe haven. He always wanted to be close. I loved wearing him out and about in carriers as much as possible. But man was he a BIG baby, and I was seriously out of shape. He enjoyed strollers, but only if facing us.
He outgrew his infant stroller system (car seat facing us in the stroller) at 7 months. So I went on a mission. I’m a bit of a research hound when I’m interested in something. John calls me The Research Queen. For months I was stroller obsessed. I couldn’t stop reading reviews, checking out strollers in stores, talking to friends, and stalking stroller owners I didn’t even know. I wanted to find the perfect stroller for us and my dear sweet shy boy.
What I really wanted was a stroller with a reversible seat or handle so Ronin could happily face us when needed. Most options were exceedingly expensive, well over $500. But then I discovered the Flyer, a stroller with a reversible handle created by family-owned company Bumbleride. Parents Matthew and Emily Reichardt launched the company in 2004 after the birth of their first child. (They now have 3!)
The Flyer is not inexpensive by any means at over $300. But I can honestly say it has been, and continues to be, one of the best purchases we’ve made. Well worth the investment. We’ve even been able to use it with Ellie. I’ts gotta A LOT of use! John agrees my stroller obsession paid off.
First of all, I love the styling. This is one great looking stroller. The color choices are very fun. Ruby (All Red), Vita (Fuchsia & Grey), Seagrass (Green & Light Teal) and Lava (Black & Grey). The reversible handle is absolutely ingenious. I love this aspect of the Flyer so much.
It has a large canopy, which I’ve been told they’ve enhanced for the newer models with even more sun coverage, and a new UV mesh viewing window. The basket underneath is a really great size, and access is easy. It can hold a diaper bag, a couple of jackets and supplies. There’s also a very handy zippered pocket on the back of the canopy to hold small items like keys, cellphone, wallet, etc. The new models have a newly positioned handle adjuster and footrest adjuster. The wheels are rubber and have double foot locks.
One minor complaint is that it’s not a quick one-step or one-handed fold. But once I got the hang of it, it’s never been an issue. This is not an off-road stroller by any means, but the ride is smooth on sidewalks, streets and indoor surfaces due to its suspension.
The Flyer comes standard with a cup holder, bumper bar, car seat adapter and rain shield, and has several available options like a snack tray and a carry cot for newborns. Although I must say with the full recline and adjustable footrest, it’s already perfectly cozy and protective for a newborn.
The Bumbleride Flyer has stood the test of time with our two kids. It is absolutely our Go-To stroller when we need one. (And we’ve had four strollers since Ronin’s birth and this is the ONLY one we still use.)
I still babywear a lot (Ellie’s a lighter munchkin than my big boy) but sometimes you just need the freedom. Especially for moms like me who’ve suffered from PPD & depression. I always want to stay connected to my kids but sometimes much needed “carry breaks” are very welcome.
A Bumbleride Stroller in Seagrass (Retail Value $359) with standard accessories including rain shield, cup holder and infant car seat adapter. To get the full specs, visit Bumbleride’s Web site.
Do you have a favorite stroller?