The Good News and Bad News About the Chicco Liteway Stroller
I was so naive with my first child. We planned our first baby, and I went through months of frustration with temperature taking and pregnancy tests that showed negative. When I finally got that positive result, and announced those happy results to my parents, my mother asked me what I needed. I really had no answer. I hadn’t even thought of all the things I’d need for a baby, beyond say a car seat and a crib, and clothes; lots of clothes. The first thing my mom brought me the following day was a stroller.
“Can’t wait until the shower.” She told me, and I put my awesome little Chicco Liteway stroller in the closet with happy dreams of how I would push my baby around in it.
Months Pass and my Beautiful Baby Arrives
I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy and one week before my baby shower, I got toxemia. It resulted in labor being induced and our baby arriving 2 weeks early. No harm done, she was loud, healthy, and we named her Ada after my favorite Aunt that lived life to the fullest until breast cancer cut her life short. The day I came home from the hospital with the baby, my husband couldn’t get grinning. I thought it was “New Dad” excitement, but it was more. The minute we walked in the house, my family and friends threw the baby shower I missed from Ada’s early appearance.
I Try Out the Chicco Liteway Stroller for the First Time
The first thing I noticed about this stroller is how decidedly lightweight it is, but there’s nothing about it that doesn’t feel sturdy. When our daughter was 3 months old, and it was a beautiful day, we decided to do a family outing to the zoo. The stroller was easy to lay flat, so she could be snug and comfortable. She wasn’t very interested in anything but a breastfeeding pit stop and snoozing, but I really enjoyed how easy it was to get her in and out of the stroller as well as navigate around. I did grumble when we had to lift the stroller up stairs to get into the aquarium section at the zoo because both hubby and I completely missed the fact there was a cement ramp. I will say, the aluminum frame made this stroller light even with the baby on board.
Issues I Had With the Chicco Liteway Stroller
I absolutely loved this stroller until I put it away. It has a couple of releases and then it folds down. So, when the snows came I put the stroller up until the spring. Then when the weather was nice for walks again, I got the stroller out and had two big problems. The first problem I had was that the canopy on top wouldn’t “pop” open like it did. I don’t know if I did something wrong when I stored my stroller or what happened. I even got out the instructions (something I never do) and read them to make sure I was operating this Chicco Liteway stroller correctly. The second issue was also a deal breaker for using the stroller. There is a five-point harness for your baby. Now that my little one could sit up well, I was excited to take her out. However I couldn’t adjust the harness to fit her now-longer body. I contacted the manufacturer and found out my stroller was not under any type of warranty, but they did agree it sounded defective and advised me not to use it. Well, duh I’m not using a stroller I can’t safely put my baby in.
My Final Decision
I went to a local store and found another Chicco Liteway stroller. I folded that stroller and unfolded it. I moved that harness around every which way, and it was clear for whatever reason my stroller had flaws from when it was made. I looked at some other strollers, but they seemed heavier, and I really liked the lightweight design of the Chicco Liteway. I left the store with another stroller exactly like my first (except the harness and canopy worked), and so far, no issues. My husband gave me an eye roll for buying the same brand again, but even though my first stroller had some issues, this stroller is going strong.