One of the things we knew we were going to need was a stroller. Since we wanted to get one that was part of a travel system, so that our infant seat would click into it, we knew we were going to have to spend a few bucks, but we reasoned that we would be able to use the stroller for a long time. Stroller shopping was fun, but was complicated. Our initial research told us that we wanted/needed four things:

1. It had to fold down small. We have a smallish car, and didn’t want the entire trunk to be filled with a stroller.

2. It had to be easy to use. This included strapping Nick in, folding it down, as well as steering the unit and driving it over obstacles.

3. If possible, we wanted it to look cool. What can I say – we’re going to be pushing this thing for years to come, no point in looking bad while you do it.

4. It had to be compatible with a safe and easy to use car seat.

We toured all of the baby stores in our city to look at strollers; we pushed strollers around the stores, we folded them up, we unfolded them. We went online and read reviews. We went back to the stores and talked to different salespeople. In the end, we decided on the Peg Perego Pliko P3 stroller.

The Pliko P3 is great. It has large wheels to roll over obstacles, suspension in the rear for a smoother ride, and the matching car seat clips right in. It’s available in lots of different color combinations, so it looks cool. Best of all, this stroller is ridiculously easy to fold up. Pull two little triggers (one with each hand), reach down to the handle, and pull. The entire unit folds down. It literally takes less than 5 seconds to reach down, collapse the unit, and drop it in the trunk, all without ever having to bend over. Setting the unit up is almost as easy; pull the triggers, step down on the back, and then check to make sure the legs have clicked into place. It takes a bit longer to set up than to take down, but once you’ve done it a few times the time to set up is really just a few seconds.

This is one of my favorite baby products. Oh yeah, it’s even got a cupholder on it.

Peg Perego Pliko P3 Stroller at Amazon.com