Kids

A Leather Stroller? Sounds A Little (Or, A Lot) Like A Toddler Torture Chamber to Me

August 17, 2010 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Maybe it’s because it’s 91 degrees in NYC city today or maybe it’s because I spent a full hour this weekend removing a seemingly endless supply of crumbs from my daughter’s Maclaren this weekend, but when I saw this leather Maclaren umbrella stroller today I couldn’t help but think “Is this is a joke?”

But no, this isn’t some joke I wasn’t in on. Maclaren does in fact sell a black leather stroller…for $1000. Okay, actually it’s on sale for $800 at the moment, but we’ll get back to the price in a minute. Let’s first think through the logistics of a leather stroller.

Can you say hot? Don’t even think about leaving this thing sitting in the sun while you’re at the playground. But even if it’s not in direct sunlight, don’t you think it’d be a little uncomfortable for a toddler to sit in a leather seat on a hot summer day? Unless it’s outfitted with a mini A.C. I can’t see, I don’t think that would be a very pleasant ride.

Okay, now back to price and practicality. This is an umbrella stroller that will inevitably get dirty, accumulate ridiculous amounts of crumbs, get thrown in the back of your car or dragged up subway stairs and probably endure much more. Of course leather is durable, but is that really the best use of your $1000? I mean, you could buy a complete UPPAbaby Vista system–with the interchangeable seat and bassinet–for less than this stroller…on sale!

So let’s hear it, moms. Is the idea of a leather umbrella stroller completely nonsensical or is it just me? Share your thoughts in the comments.

And just an FYI, I have nothing against Maclaren. The Volo is one of the best umbrella strollers. But this, I think, was lame attempt at getting a thousand bucks for a stroller that really should only cost $150.

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