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Can babies and walk-ups ever really get along?

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Sure, walk-ups and babies are not exactly a match made in heaven (especially given how heavy and clumsy some of the new $700-plus strollers can be). 

Over on UrbanBaby, moms and moms-to-be say that it's not easy but is doable, up to the second or third floor, especially if you can leave the stroller downstairs (which some buildings do allow). 

Pros:

1. In a walk-up building, you're likely to get a bigger apartment for less money, and more space is always a good thing with kids (who come with a lot of stuff!).

2. The workout is great for losing that dreaded baby weight.

Cons:

1. You're destined to carry the baby, the diaper bag, and everything else associated with the baby up and down several times a day. You may feel exhausted before you even leave the house (as if you don't already), and even more tired after a long day with baby.

2. If you have to take a baby out of the stroller to go up the stairs, you're likely to interrupt some ever-valuable naps.

Tips for making it work:

  • Ask the building management before you move in, or before you give birth (or both!), what their policy is about leaving strollers downstairs. 
  • Buy as lightweight and easily fold-able stroller as you can — Maclarens and City Minis are better options than the heavier Bugaboo or UPPABaby varieties.
  • Buy a sling — and use it. There are tons of options (it's not just the Baby Bjorn anymore), and those will make carrying your baby up the stairs much easier.
  • Consider shopping on FreshDirect and sending your laundry out. 'Cause even the idea of carrying a baby up a flight of stairs while balancing your laundry or groceries is just too much to bear. 

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