As the husband of a baby store owner, a future father (hopefully) and a friend to some recent fathers, I have started paying attention to something that for the first 27 years of my life was as inconsequential as the number of followers Ashton Kutcher has on Twitter. It’s kind of like how you don’t realize how many of a specific car make and model are on the road until you think about purchasing one. I’m talking about strollers. Now while I currently have a whole new vocabulary pertaining to the function of these non-motorized vehicles (car seat adapter, conversion kit, carry cot and multi position recline to name a few) my focus for my breakout blogging is something far simpler. Stroller colors and what would be deemed acceptable in “guy code”.
Although people hide behind the idea that the stroller is "for the baby", lets face it....a baby does not care if his or her stroller is white/brown/red/blue or fluorescent yellow (think Hot Loops). Typically, Dad doesn't care if the stroller is white/brown/red/blue/black/orange/yellow/gray either, but what happens if Mom decides that since a little misses is on the way, the stroller needs to be pink or purple? That same stroller that Dad will be pushing around sometimes all by his lonesome.
Pink and purple are generally the draw the line colors for me. It just seems one step from carrying around a man purse and all I think of is Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover, which is not something to aspire to. A stroller is far bigger and far brighter than a satchel. No way. But, if I was forced and I mean forcefully forced, to pick the lesser of two evils (keep in mind ladies, we’re talking about “guy code”) - I would choose the purple. I'd cringe, whine, pout and probably get myself the couch for my behavior, but I’d pick purple. Why? Well, although purple is feminine, it’s not nearly the same as pushing around something that matches Barbie’s Corvette – don’t judge me, I had a little sister. Certain purples are better than others for men and I would prefer a darker purple (Stokke) to a pastel purple (iCandy).
If my wife was insistent about this pink stroller – and gentlemen, it could happen to you - I would put down my cell phone, shut down the Slingbox app (although I'll probably miss a 99 yard kickoff return that will put me ahead in fantasy) and ask the retailer if the specific stroller that my wife spent the last 3 months researching came with the ability to change colors. I know that sounds crazy, however companies like iCandy, Bugaboo, Stokke and UPPAbaby offer the ability to swap out the colored fabric for different seasons, moods, etc. The extra money is inconsequential when we're talking about our pride. For this guy, it would be for the solo trips with my little one to avoid the constant harassment from my other male friends. We can get married and have kids, but really, did you think we’d ever grow up?
Suddenly my girlie stroller could become a sleek black, chocolate brown, navy blue or manly red. So while we could let a stroller emasculate us or let it turn into a fight, we can silently get exactly what we wanted all along and haven’t we all learned to pick our battles?
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Stokke's dark purple is nice. I'm not afraid to say it.
But, their red feels much more sports team and less tutu.