About 2 weeks ago ago we were still stuck in a rut of not knowing which stroller to get. The amount of money one has to spend, different brands on the market and the shock of knowing that they take about 10 weeks (!!!) to be delivered bogged us down.
We went to various stores to have a hands-on feel of the different strollers and compatible carseats available. A very helpful saleswoman at Hofmeister (the German equivalent of Ikea) gave us an 1.5-hr introduction to all we had to know about the leading brands - which I must add were mostly made-in-Germany!
The prices were another story altogether. Nobody prepares you for the amount one has to spend on such things! We decided to buy our stroller and its accessories brand-new because we figured that when we have more than one child, the price would be worth it in the end. Besides, things like warranty and repairs were some of our top priorities.
At home, we spent hours reading customer reviews of our favourite brands, comparing and contrasting different models of the same brand, as well as seeking out the opinions of friends. It finally boiled down to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a "perfect" one-size-fits-all stroller for everybody.
For us, we wanted a stroller that was:
- Easy to maneuver,
- Sturdy enough for use in 4 seasons
Our final decision was the Concord Neo Ion Scout stroller (picture above) which original price was 1,000€ including carseat and a baby basinette.
We placed a deposit at Hofmeister and thought that was it.
However when I wanted to blog about it, I searched online for a picture of the stroller set that we had purchased and came across a pretty reliable website that was offering the exact same thing at a discount of 100€.
Needless to say, we cancelled our first order and decided to order it online. However, before I could even do so, a friend of mine sent me an Email-newsletter of a baby store that was going to have a 20% on all products from 8 to 10pm 3 days later!
I called the store to confirm that the Concord was one of the brands that was going to be on discount and decided that we were going to get our stroller there instead!
So yeah! From 1,000€, the price went down to 900€ and was further reduced to 800€!
We really felt God's guidance the whole way! And oh boy, did we feel so blessed! So THANK YOU GOD!
I shall decide to continue to rely on God to help us make the right decision for baby's furniture. We had in mind what we wanted, but were told 2 days ago that all furniture stores would be having a 2-week summer break! That meant that even if we placed our orders now, our baby furniture might only come by mid-September! Our baby's expected in end August and could come up to 2 weeks earlier. So this could mean that we might have to survive for 4 weeks without any baby furniture.
So we still have to make the decision if we're going to go ahead with this baby furniture set and make do for the first few weeks or if we should go to good-old Ikea and get some nice baby furniture at the cost of quality. Hmmmm.....decisions decisions.
But we continue to trust that God who has been good to us, will continue to be good and shower us with His favour. :)
"The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail." Isaiah 58:11