Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
My husband and I ventured to Buy Buy Baby yesterday to test drive some strollers. Holy cow, where do you even start?!
Of course I’ve spent time on google trying to learn about them, but I still have no idea what’s “best.” Should we start with a newborn stroller that uses the carseat so we can easily move her while she’s sleeping? Or should we go straight to a birth-50 pound stroller?
We liked this one well enough, which is birth-55 pounds: http://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/maclaren-quest-stroller-coffee-burnt-orange/1040971339?categoryId=30540
The salesguy said he really like UPPAbaby and recommended this one: http://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/uppababy-g-luxe-stroller-and-accessories-in-makena/3240490?categoryId=30540 but it’s from 6 months, so we’d need something for the first 6 months.
And car seats… really don’t know where to begin on that one.
We’re looking for something reasonably priced (not super inexpensive, but not $1000 either).
How did you guys choose?
Post # 3
I went there yesterday too!!! It’s such a hard decision! I love the Peg Perego in Pois Gray and the Maxi-Cosi car seats and strollers. I think that one is called the Prezi?
Post # 4
@Mrs. Gremmlin: I am choosing the city mini stroller with the chicco keyfit 30 car seat. I live in the city so I wanted something lightweight & not too big. It folds with one hand, too.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
Thanks for your input! I almost feel like it’s a decision you just make and stick with it. Kind of like a wedding dress… just stop looking after you’ve bought it!
Post # 6
Our favorites were the citi mini, britax b-agile, and the peg perego book stroller in pois gray. For cost reasons and also because the peg perego fabric doesn’t look like it would clean up well, we have chosen to throw that one out of the running. In the end, I think we will likely go with the CitiMini. It was lightweight, the easiest to fold with one hand and only one step, and it worked fairly well for my DH who is tall and has a longer stride. They also have a GT version with adjustable handles if you need them but you sacrifice on the weight of the stroller so we stuck with the original. We are trying to decide between the chicco keyfit carseat and the graco snugride. Either will work with the stroller and both got great reviews and seem to be highly recommended for safety and longevity. I think that decision will come down to which matches closest to the stroller color we pick.
@mamadingdong: Which color CitiMini are you planning to get, and did you find a Chicco Keyfit that matches well?
Post # 7
We have this one:
I like that the carseat snaps in and out of the stroller and base in the car. I also like that the stroller can be used for a larger child when she outgrows this carseat. We will need a bigger seat when she’s 2 years old (for front-facing) but we shouldn’t need another stroller. I like that it is light enough to get in and out of the car without trouble, and I like that it is easy to expand and collapse.
Post # 8
We went with a bugaboo because it does all of the above–carseat, bassinet, seat up to full size, etc. They’re a bit on the pricey side, but you can get a good ‘gently used’ one around the $500 mark, I imagine. Works best in combo with the carseat that takes an isofix base for easy pulling to/from the car.
Post # 9
@MrsEagleEye: I’m doing the black & gray stroller. I’m going to do the carseat with a “boot” which is built in blanket/bunting since I’m due in Jan. The one on my registry is brown- I’m not super matchy so that doesn’t bother me!
Post # 10
I could barely lift the infant bucket seats without a child in it and I’m petite, so we are skipping the infant seat since I’m going to be the one primarily responsible for shuttling LO around. We are going straight into a convertible car seat. We just finished a car seat class and the certified expert teaching it says any convertible is okay for an infant (as they start at 5 lbs) as long as you pad them in correctly. Nevertheless, we are going with the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 w/Tiny Fit ($289 USD). It’s quite thick and plush but the fabric feels smooth and moisture-wicking. It comes with a soft cup holder. The car seat expert really likes Britax and says they come in a variety of price points for all budgets. We are planning to do a lot of baby-wearing to make up for the lack of infant seat. My friends say I will regret it when LO is asleep and we have to wake him, but a lot of baby-wearing moms say the babies are okay with this very brief interruption.
As far as strollers go, we’re getting the Bugaboo (Cameleon 3) as well. Because we are skipping the infant seat, we needed something that can accomodate an infant from the get-go. This one comes with a bassinet AND a regular seat. The basic model runs close to $1k but as others mentioned, you can frequently find these used for at least 50% off. If it’s a color you don’t like, you can change the color portions for $100 new or less than that if you find a used one.
If you like the bassinet option, I think Uppababy’s Vista is a bit cheaper than the Bugaboo and still very popular.
Post # 11
We just got the chicco travel system last time with our keyfit infant seat. What I WISH we would’ve done is:
Gotten a City Select baby jogger (the double) b/c it can easily be used as a single (with extra storage) and now we’re going to have to get a double anyways! (I’ve also considered the Britax B-ready but don’t know if I really like the configuration of the second seat being below & behind the first) :/
Also, we aren’t getting an infant seat for this baby… We’ve decided to get a Combi Convertible from the start b/c we’ll get 2-3 years out of it & we don’t take the infant seat out of the car anyways (it’s not safe on store carts & isn’t good for baby to be in the for extended amounts of time). We’ll just leave the convertible strapped in the car & baby wear for store trips or use the stroller for longer trips.
IF you’re looking at having more kids in the near future (before this little one is 3.5/4) then I’d look at strollers you’ll be able to get longer life out of
Post # 12
We’ve had the bugaboo cameleon at first, but now our girl is getting bigger we got the bugaboo bee and gave the cameleon to my sister. I love the bee, it’s perfect, she sits perfectly in it, it folds up pretty small so it can fit into my tiny car. I love it!
Post # 13
I picked up the Uppababy Vista off Craigslist for half price. It comes with a bassinet which will be our baby’s bed for the first few months. You can also add a rumble seat or ride along board to accommodate a second child. They have adapters to accommodate Graco, Chicco and Maxi Cosi car seats. What made us decide to go with this stroller vs others is its ability to convert to a double with a rumble seat or ride along board and its great shock absorbers since we will be using it mostly on city sidewalks.
We will probably pick up an umbrella stroller at some point for times we need to ride the subway or take taxis.
Post # 14
@Mrs. Gremmlin: We chose the Uppababy Vista that starts from birth, it comes with a bassinet that the baby can sleep in and also attaches to the stroller.
We were overwhelmed too and we got this recommended by several people and since I’ve read great reviews and have seen them around, and everyone I’ve seen in public using them look like they are easy to use – good size storage bag and the baby sits up high which is nice
Originally we were going to go with the maxi cosi car seat also recommended to us as it’s supposedly the lightest – but then we switched to the chicco ket fit romantic as we noticed that it’s release button to detach from the base is up high and much easier to use than the maxi cosi which is down on the base and might be tricky or awkward once it’s in the car.
Post # 15
I went with Baby Bargains recommendations: The Graco SugRide 35 car seat and the City Mini stroller. Haven’t had the baby yet, so I can’t rate them!
Post # 16
@mamadingdong: these are the exact things we have (my son is 8 months old now). they’ve worked out great, and we live in a city as well. the city mini is amazing – pushes super easily and i can fold it up while holding my son. amazing.
when he was younger (birth-5ish months?) we also had the chico snap n go stroller (forget what it’s called) so you could put the car seat right in that. it was great.
i believe you can also get a car seat attachment thing for the city mini. if/when we have another kid i might go that route.