Kolcraft Contour Double Stoller
I put it on my baby registry as a way to remember which one I really liked. I wasn’t planning on getting it, but I thought that there may just be someone who wanted to get us a big-ticket item, and who was I to stand in their way? It just so happens that my husband and his wife were incredibly generous and bought it.
“It” is the ultimate stroller. The Kolcraft Countour double stroller, to be exact. I saw it in a magazine and did some research. I hadn’t heard anything negative, except that it was big. (It’s a double stroller. I should hope that it would be big!) It does neat tricks, too. You can use a car seat adapter while your child is still in an infant seat (an extra adapter can be purchased separately, if twins are involved), or you can use the two big-kid seats that are included. The two seats can face in, face out, face front, or both face you.
Although it takes a little bit of time to get ready at each stop, it doesn’t take as long as a lot of other double strollers I’ve seen. The front seat, and maybe the back one too, needs to be removed when putting it back into the car. Because of that, it fits into trunk space well for its unfolded size. Once you get used to opening and closing it, it is simple to use. All baby stuff requires some studying.
It comes in pieces, and putting it together may take some time. I put it together pregnant, and I suffered from severe mommy-brain, so I’m pretty sure that most people can figure it out. Some stores offer a service to put it together for you.
I’m a walker, so I use this thing A LOT. The color is nice. It’s bright red (but not fire engine-red) and black. The color combo gives it the driver the feeling that it may just be cooler than a stroller is capable of being. The parent tray is quite handy, with two cup holders and a compartment that’s just the right size for an i-Phone or wallet. It also has some big kid handles for older children to hold while walking. I wouldn’t have thought that it would work, but a friend of mine has a child who refuses to ride in a stroller at the age of three, and he did a great job with the idea of having something to hold while walking next to me. Each seat has a weight capacity of forty pounds, so preschoolers who are willing should be fine riding along.
I highly recommend this stroller if you are going to need a double stroller for regular use. If you just need one for special trips, you may want to go with a simpler and less expensive solution. Overall, I am very pleased with its performance and design.
Pet Strollers for Your Little Critters
Baby strollers have evolved. They were once meant only for the use of babies and little children. Oh, how times have changed! Although it may sound absurd, converting old baby strollers (assuming that your kids have outgrown them) into pet strollers is swiftly turning into a very popular trend. Nonetheless, I bet you are wondering why any sane man or woman would consider using a pet stroller. Wonder no more! I am here with the answers.
Within the last decade, ownership of small dogs (Chihuahua, Shiz Tzu, etc) has become a widespread phenomenon. Families are ditching old fashioned ‘Old Yeller’ hounds for cute, diminutive little pups. These little rugrats were born for pet strollers! They fit perfectly into pet strollers and are also protected from other dogs (larger, more aggressive dogs). If you are about on the town with your pup(s), other city dwellers will greatly appreciate the safety and control that your pet stroller offers. Furthermore, suppose you are jogging with your pup and he grows tired. You can place him into the pet stroller and then just push him all the way home. Talk about taking your exercise to the next level!
Pet strollers can be especially useful for larger dogs too. Many senior citizens constantly complain about large, inquisitive dogs prying all over them. Pet strollers allow you to transport your large mutt without bothering others. Furthermore, it gives you the safety of knowing that your bulky partner won’t break your grip on the leash and run off in a hurried frenzy.
I cannot even begin to describe the value in using a pet stroller for cats. How many of you keep your little kitties stuffed in the confines of your room all day long? I bet they love to stare out the window. How many times have you had to restrain them while you exit the home? Seems like they are trying to follow you out the door, doesn’t it? Obviously, training a cat to walk on a leash is exceptionally difficult. The only other option is to let your cat roam freely. Or is it? How about placing your kitten into a pet stroller? This way, you can take your cat out for a healthy dose of fresh air without having to worry about him rushing off somewhere else. Furthermore, your furry little critter is automatically protected from the wrath of dangerous, nearby dogs.
What about when your pet gets old? Don’t elderly humans oftentimes end up in wheelchairs? Doesn’t your aging pet deserve a ‘wheelchair’ too? Both older pets and also those afflicted with disease (dysplasia, arthritis, etc) would certainly appreciate the convenience of being strolled around the house. Plus, you can use the pet stroller to let your little buddy travel with you. Why leave them home all alone? Take them with you next time!
No matter what the reasons for using them, pet strollers are obviously a great product! You can spend more quality time with your little darlings, take care of them as they age, and take them to new places that would not have been possible with just a measly old leash. Ever thought about taking your puppy with you to a restaurant? Hmmmm… it might just be possible with a pet stroller! Food for thought!