Monday, July 11, 2011

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The First Years Ignite Stroller

Now that our twins are 4.5 years old, they rarely need or want to ride in a stroller anymore.  That is why we decided to retire our twin side-by-side stroller and replace it with the more practical Ignite Stroller from The First Years.  A single stroller that is lightweight and compact, but able to accommodate a preschooler is exactly what we needed for things like trips to the mall.  When the twins get tired, they can take turns riding for awhile until they get their energy back.

There were two reasons why my husband and I decided it was time to retire the double stroller in addition to the reduced need.  The twins were starting to get a little too tall for the seats and we did not want to continue using a stroller nearly twice the width of an average one when it was no longer necessary.  The floor plan for most mall stores do not take side-by-side strollers into consideration.

We received the Ignite Stroller in Red Stripe, which I find to be a very striking color combination.  It is also perfect for a family like ours who has boy/girl twins and would need something gender-neutral.  The main reason I chose this stroller is because it holds a child up to 50lbs and it accommodates children who are slightly taller.

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This stroller is very user-friendly.  The reclining back is controlled by a toggle drawstring on the back.  It does not lay all the way back like a heavyweight stroller, but it does recline enough to suit our needs.  Even when our twins doze off, they would not want to lay down in the stroller like an infant or toddler would.

Many lightweight strollers do not come with any storage around the handle area.  With our last one, we had to add on something with pockets that attached to the handles with Velcro straps.  The built-in storage that comes with the Ignite Stroller is extremely convenient.  There is a place to hold a drink, a zippered pocket to put things like your car keys and wallet if you happen to not be carrying a purse, plus additional pockets to tuck anything small you may need to keep handy, like tissues.

This stroller does have storage under the seat.  It is large enough to put small shopping bags and perhaps a medium-sized purse.  It most likely is not large enough to fit a standard diaper bag.  Because of the way the stroller collapses, there is a hinged "x" on the back of the stroller, which you have to work around when you are placing items in or removing items from the storage basket.

The Ignite Stroller not only offers a comfortable ride, but a smooth one as well.  This stroller is a dream to push compared to our previous one.  Whoever designed the wheel mechanism did something right and I hope they never change it.  I also would like to point out that the handle height is comfortable for both my 6' tall husband and my 5'4" self.

To learn more about The First Years Ignite Stroller, visit and The First Years on Facebook.  While you're there, check out the fun Brag Badge made available to parents everywhere.  With this Facebook app you can brag about your little one's firsts, such as the first word, the first pee in the potty, or the first day of kindergarten.  The app has many suggestions for reasons to brag, but you can also make up your own.  Here is a Brag Badge I made in honor of my daughter graduating from a tricycle to a big girl bicycle . . .

As our children get older, it is even more important to celebrate their firsts, because they are not occurring on a daily or weekly basis any longer.

Thank you to The First Years for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon and for providing a second product for our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive an Ignite Stroller from The First Years (Winner may specify color, but the color is subject to availability).

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Leave a comment telling me which first during a child's life should be bragged about the most. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

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Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!