Y’all, I know I have 3 kids. Do I really need another stroller?!
Yes. The answer is yes.
We have a single stroller that we used with Carmen - that worked with her carseat. We also kind of used it with PJ. It’s 4 years old and a BIG issue I have is that a lot of our stuff was in the basement and got pretty gross over the last year. (I wish I covered everything with a tarp) The other issue is that this stroller is hella bulky. It’s a PITA to get around the city, in and out of our tiny row home. We also have an umbrella stroller - which is super light and easy to move around, but that doesn’t fit a newborn baby. We ALSO have a 3rd stroller, a double stroller- hand-me-down that is, maybe 9 years old, LOL - and I’m sure you can just use your imagination to picture how gross and dirty it is after being with approximately 6 children over 9 years.
SO. I was definitely thinking I needed a new stroller for the baby. But my original idea was to buy a brand-new $900 double stroller from you-know-what brand. I could use it for Graham, but also for PJ and/or Carmen.
Truly, I was trying to justify spending the money. If I was going to have to spend this amount of money, well, it should be a double, right?!
THEN, my sister-in-law told me she met the creator of a new direct-to-consumer stroller brand called Mockingbird and that I should check it out. I did, and I got it.
I should note that it’s not a double stroller, but that’s okay for us right now!
Here’s why I got the Mockingbird.
First thing: cost. Cost is huge to me when I’m buying things, in general.. Everything is SO expensive these days. It’s crazy… but my Mockingbird stroller was only $350. That is literally half, if not MORE THAN HALF the cost of the strollers I was looking at. And for that $350, you get a free 30-day trial, free shipping and a LIFETIME WARRANTY. I did also get a bassinet for an extra $100 because I wanted to have the option to use that in the newborn days.
Do you want to know why they can do this? They cut out the middle man. By skipping the retail markup and going direct-to-consumer (DTC), they let us save money without sacrificing quality!
Call me whatever you want, but I like my things to look nice. When I was nesting for the new baby, I threw away a ton of crap. And my friend Gaby trained me to only keep the things that are super functional, super used, and super nice to look at. So anything I buy now - I keep this in mind. I don’t shop just to shop. I go for quality over quantity. I don’t buy a ton of fast-fashion. So, I wanted my stroller to…bring me joy, as Marie Kondo would say.
But seriously, you all know me, I walk to coffee shops for meetings, I walk to the park with my girls, I LOVE to walk around the city! The Mockingbird stroller is sleek and gorgeous.
IT’S EASY TO USE, ESPECIALLY IN THE CITY.
With 3 kids, most of the time, I only have one hand to do things. (Even without kids, I think I only use one hand haha) This stroller is incredibly easy to use with one hand. It can be folded with one hand—with or without the seat attached—and it automatically locks and stands upright when folded.
The frame and seat suspension work together for smoother strolling and a more stable ride, and the handlebar rotates to accommodate parents of different heights. I often find myself having to push the stroller with one hand because I’m holding a coffee, water, or the baby in a wrap because he got fussy.
The Mockingbird folds up to go neatly in my car if I need to take it to another part of town.
The basket under the stroller seat fits up to 25 lbs. of stuff. I have our backpack diaper bag in there, along with snacks for me, my massive 36 oz. YETI water bottle, and am able to add groceries or other things that I buy while out, with plenty of room.
Mockingbird strollers exceed the required safety standards across nearly every dimension and have been independently certified by the JPMA. Triple thumbs up.
Want to get your own? Click here to learn more about them. I’m happy to answer any questions you have, and the team at Mockingbird is incredibly responsive as well.
I did receive a gifted stroller in return for an honest review of it. This story is entirely accurate and I reached out to the brand on my own :)