Tricking Out Strollers With Gadgets

Tricking Out Strollers With Gadgets

Strollers have become an object of gadget love; many parents find themselves ogling the neighbor kid's ride with obsessive fascination, wondering if it has better under-carriage storage, suspension or shocks than their own, admiring bassinettes outfitted with air mattresses, wishing for adjustable handlebars and dreaming of variable wheel positions. It should come as no surprise that there is a market for gadgets that can be strapped onto strollers.

The Stroll-a-Tune is a "stroller stereo" system that attaches to handlebars and connects to any audio device, effectively turning a stroller into a boombox on wheels. The Strollometer allows caregivers to track their speed, distance and daily mileage clocked while pushing a stroller. Recently, Bugaboo has introduced an iphone holder that attaches to the handlebar of their Cameleon and Bee models, promising greater ease for "hands free talking, navigating or listening to music while exploring the world with your child."

We have mixed feelings about listening to music or talking on the phone while pushing a stroller. On the one hand, the stroller is our freedom from the house and a break from the occasional feelings of isolation, and we love connecting with friends while walking or listening to music while jogging. On the other hand, we are on the fence about talking, texting or listening to music while our kid is strapped into a seat. It raises questions about safety and engagement.

What do you think? Are these devices a quality of life improvement for moms and dads or just another distraction?

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