I Tested Out the UppaBaby Vista V2 Stroller and Couldn't Be Happier

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Choosing a stroller and a car seat can feel like two of the most important and most difficult decisions you make as a first-time parent — especially the car seat, since you can't leave the hospital after giving birth without one. In fact, that was one of the first baby products my husband and I started to research once we found out we were expecting. I went to a few baby stores ranging from BuyBuyBaby to Pottery Barn Kids to test out and see strollers and car seats in person, and the one that instantly caught my eye was UppaBaby's Vista V2 ($970) and Mesa Car Seat ($350).

Working in fashion, I wanted to get a stroller that was super safe and stylish at the same time, and the UppaBaby Vista V2 fit the bill. Not only is the stroller sleek and available in a variety of gorgeous colors (like the Gregory, which I chose, a blue mélange), but it's also very practical for all that you get at that price point. While more affordable stroller options do exist, I felt that this one had everything I was looking for as a new mom, including the safety features, the look, and the convenience — it so was easy to use. It also looked extremely comfortable for the baby.

One advantage that convinced me to take the plunge was the shock-absorbing all-wheel suspension, which I was able to see in action during my in-person test drive. The wheels glided smoothly over everything from cobblestone to pavement. Besides that, the stroller is customizable and comes with a solid frame and leather accents that feel luxurious without sacrificing functionality. It has ample storage at the bottom for bags (and even my pup!), telescoping handlebars, and a full-coverage canopy that comes in UPF 50+.

I also liked that the Mesa Car Seat fitted into the stroller with the press of a button — literally. The base even has a level indicator which turns red or green to let you know if it's installed correctly, which gives me a ton of peace of mind. It's easy to fold, too — even on my first try, I could do it on my own with no help. So even though the stroller is slightly heavier than its competitors, all of the other pros made that a nonissue for me; I still found it extremely easy to handle.

Another reason why I decided upon the stroller was all of its accessories. The stroller comes with five key pieces: a bassinet, a toddler seat and bumper bar, two bug shields (for the bassinet and the toddler seat), a toddler rain shield, and a bassinet storage bag. Plus, if we plan to have another child down the line, we can add another infant and toddler seat or bassinet, which the competition didn't allow. That was a major plus for us when deciding on this stroller.

Now that it's been a few months since I've had my baby, I have to say that I'm very happy with my decision. I love how easy it is to fold and put in my car, and I really love the shock-absorbent wheels, which make the stroller glide smoothly. As a first-time parent, the safety features really give me a sense of security. And perhaps most importantly, my baby really seems to enjoy the car set, too. If you're in the market for a stroller, shop it ahead.