Life got smarter, part 2

We are a few months into using the new smart pretty much everyday, so I wanted to post a few more observations.

1-  We were at a very busy outdoor festival last week.  My daughter got out of the smart to run around with her dad and I waited with the stroller while my bigger kids finished an activity.  To take up less space, I folded up the stroller, and then just pushed it like a piece of luggage.  I’ve been in so many crowded places with bigger strollers, and it really was nice to feel it was truly out of the way.

2- I was a bit nervous about the cushy ride liner, only because the care instructions said to hand wash.  I am chasing three kids all day. I’m lucky to get any of our piles of laundry done and typically don’t have time for a lot of hand washing.  After my little one enjoyed an ice cream in the stroller, the liner was in dire need of a wash. My washer has a good delicate cycle, so I just threw it in and air dried.  The cushy ride came out looking great, just as my explorer liners always do. (I suppose this depends a great deal on the washing machine, user discretion is advised.)

(Above, my baby checking out the surface of Mars from the safety of the smart at our Planetarium.)While talking of cleaning, the smart seat itself is such a dream to clean!  Most of the time I can just use a baby wipe from my diaper bag.  A couple times when we had gotten dried sun screen on it, I used an actual cleaning wipe.  It always cleans super easy.  I stopped using the cushy ride through the summer as it seemed hot to me (probably is not) but have you seen, there is a new summer mesh seat?
(My two phil&teds.  I like thinking of my explorer as the older sibling. It really feels big next to the little smart.  While I was cleaning both strollers recently, I used a magic eraser sponge to touch up my blue hood. Those things totally are magic!  It worked great, got a year’s worth of grime off and I can simply enjoy the blue again.)
3- While the best recline is when the seat is parent facing with the verso adapters, when on the go, my 2 year old has no trouble getting a little nap.   We walked up a canyon on a day when little miss had decided not to take her normal nap.  She finally slept for close to two hours in the smart.  The angle is enough so as not to have her head flopping over as it can when she’s too upright.
4- The smart is very quick and easy to fold, but my husband discovered an even easier way to get it in and out of the car.  We have become a suburban USA mini van family, and look how nicely it just pops right in the back of our van!  This also helps to keep the collections of rocks and acorns my older kids are always putting in the bottom of the stroller in one place instead of scattering them everywhere. Initially when I first had the liner in, I did not fully appreciate the
clever handle at the hop of the seat.  The handle makes it even easier
to grab and place directly in the minivan. (A handy handle, if you will.)  The fold takes about three second and is super easy, but placing it directly in the van is even easier.And wow, can you see how dirty our van was?  We took a couple long car trips this summer and our van is still recovering.  At least the photo does not show the back seat.  When I climb back there sometimes, it makes me think I’ve been transporting animals along with my kids.  But it’s just been kids, and the mess is amazing!
5- The easy to grab and move hood sometimes drives me crazy (as baby likes to control it and move it as she pleases).  But then I remember, it’s just a hood, she’s just a baby, and it does not really matter.  Above, she was keeping herself entertained playing peek a boo while her older siblings were at swimming lessons.  If it’s sunny and she needs the shade, she allows the sun hood to perform it’s actual job.  If not, more than likely, she is playing with it.
6-  Although the stroller is only intended for kids up to 40 pounds, much, much bigger kids still fit.  Above is my five year old, who is the size of an average eight year old, taking a rest in the stroller.   She’s super tall, but the hood still even has room for her.

And one last smart photo, my son and niece were taking the stroller through some serious speed tests.  It’s a great little stroller, it has places to go and things to see!

About the author:

Prior to becoming a traveling opera wife and full-time mother, Ann Hinckley Stucki studied socio-cultural anthropology as an undergraduate and went on to receive her master’s degree in social work. She has worked in a variety of fields from health education, mental health/community/school social work, geriatrics, childbirth labor support, and disease prevention in Latin America. Her research pursuits have taken her from a Costa Rican/Nicaraguan border dispute to London, England to present graduate research at a Medical Anthropology conference. Additionally, she is an award-winning photographer and enjoys portrait work. She also teaches fire breathing. Brian Stucki has been singing professionally full-time for more than six years, taking his family on the road with him. He has sung with companies and orchestras from coast to coast and on three continents. Highlights include The Pearl Fishers with Seattle Opera, Così fan tutte with the New Israeli Opera, Haydn’s Creation, with Boston Baroque, The Barber of Seville with the Compaña Nacional de Mexico in Mexico City, and The Fall of the House of Usher with the Polish National Opera..