Taking the Ikea Ferry across to Red Hook with our Ergo Baby 360
Prior to our big family trip to the US – I had conducted extensive research on what would make life easier when travelling with a baby – especially on the kind we were embarking on. I am a firm and possibly naive believer that you can continue to behave as normally as possible even though a child has turned your life upside down – if you just have the right [and most importantly stylish] tools.
We knew that we wanted to holiday exactly as we had in the past – exploring a lot, walking a lot, using public transport a lot and enjoying ourselves in the evenings. Of course the main issue to tackle was transporting Aarya comfortably and effortlessly through a hot and busy city. I knew that the likely-hood was that i’d often end up carrying Aarya and that Dave would end up carrying the stroller a lot so my research started there. We needed a good stroller and a good toddler carrier.
Aarya deservedly being chased back by a squirrel in Greenwich Village
My criteria for a stroller was that it had to be light, preferably a hands-free carry since there might be times one of us would have to carry it, plus bags, plus food, plus a handful of toys and finally plus a child [and believe me there were many many occasions both of us looked like we were a one man band] and of still be stylish. My research began with googling ‘Backpack Strollers’. The product that I kept coming back to was the Baby Zen Yoyo 6+. All the reviews raved about it being super light [6kg] and the video showed it unfolding with a flick of a wrist. So with a deep breath I took the plunge and ordered the pram and crossed my fingers that they had it in Taupe!
And so it came to be that this stroller became an indispensable part of our holiday and now we are home, a pivotal in our family life. We carried it around slung over our shoulders like a tote everywhere from beaches in the Hamptons, up and down the stairs and around the blistering subways of Manhattan. It travelled Upstate on a train tucked neatly into an overhead shelf, and folded up so small it stored innocuously under benches and tables in small and trendy restaurants whilst we enjoyed ourselves – and then back it pounded the streets with us a flick of a wrist. Most importantly to our delight Aarya loved it – the material was cool in heat and she slept in it better than she has in big and bulky pram she had from birth. I really cannot recommend it enough!
The second integral part of the trip was our Ergo Baby 360. Aarya, small as she is – is no mean feat to carry around especially when it is 30 degrees out! Hallelujah for the Ergo Baby 360 – a front facing, rear facing, side facing and back carrier that can comfortably hold a child up to 20 kg. Without this, I would not have been able to hold her on the windy Ferry over to Brooklyn, put her asleep whilst on the move and ensure she was rested by the time we got to our destination and comfortably and hands-free peruse what Brooklyn had to offer.
These two items were a lifesaver on our trip and have made any apprehension of holidaying with a toddler completely melt away – bring on the next challenge! Now if someone could invent something useful for a 7 hour plane journey…
Baby Zen Yoyo Stroller
Ergo Baby 360 Grey Carrier
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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