I think if you're still living in the city after you become a parent there is that inevitable push to move to the suburbs, or at least somewhere more baby friendly. I think this is partly because it makes sense in a million ways, and partly because your parent friends who made the leap from city apartment to neighborhood house want some company out there in the burbs.
Well, we're not there yet. Maybe not ever. I love living in the city and I can't really imagine doing otherwise, at least not for a long time.
That said, city-living when you're a parent isn't always easy. Cramped living quarters, public transportation and the fast pace of it all can be challenging when you've got a kid to tote along. (And I'm just talking about Chicago here. Don't even get me started on what it was like to drag V around NYC last summer. Five floor walk-ups with a stroller? Not for the faint of heart.)
Fortunately for me, and the rest of all the brave city parents out there, there happen to be some great baby products that make it just a little bit easier to get around.
I recently tried out the Chicco Liteway stroller and found it to be just one such of these products.
It's easy to collapse and open, Veronica seems to find it really comfortable, and it's really cute. I also like that it's a good hybrid stroller, meaning that it's not as huge and clunky as some of those serious things out there, but it's also not a flimsy umbrella stroller.
But my favorite thing about the Liteway?
Um, yeah. Below that's me carrying it AND her down the steps of an EL platform that didn't have an elevator. Welcome to city parenting.
Other things I really like about the Liteway:
- It reclines really far for impromtu naps.
- It has an adjustable canopy with a fun window for spying.
- It's good up to 40 lbs, which is a few solid years.
- The storage basket underneath is a good size and it's detachable, in case your diaper bag is stolen by some big city thief and you need a quick-fix tote.
- Oh, and this is neat -- it has adjustable leg rests to suit different age ranges.
- Lastly, coming in around $125, it's really quite affordable.
Take it for a whirl! I recommend.