Feeling stroller/carseat confused… Help!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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2783 posts
Sugar bee

@skipatroller7:  I tried several strollers before I figured out what would really work for us. When it came to carseats all I cared about was SAFE!!!! We also had an ergo carrier but it didn’t get used very much because it gave me back pains….they were not as bad as my pains were with other carriers though so I think that it still a good option. I bought a graco snugride 35 infant seat for baby and a graco snap n go type stroller. It was SOOOOO convenient, did really well on grass/ gravel and it was lightweight with a huge basket underneath. I hated putting the baby seat into a jogger/bigger type stroller because it was incredibly bulky and hard to go shopping with …Like it didn’t fit in clothing isles very well and it was heavy and a pain in the ass. Once baby got too big to be hauled around in the baby seat, we switched to a regular stroller and we tried a few before settling on the Baby Jogger City Mini. I’ve tried probably ten strollers and this is my favorite. It’s lightweight, one hand close (which can be VERY convenient) and it manuevers well on all terrain. It doesn’t convert to a double BUT we are pregnant with baby #2 right now thats due exactly 2.5 years after DD was born. DD doesn’t even like to ride in the stroller anymore, she likes to walk like a big girl. I think investing in a double would be totally pointless for us, but I do plan to keep the City Mini until baby #2 is old enough to use it.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We also did the Graco snugride and snap on stroller.  We also bought an unbrella stroler.  Little boy is almost 2 now and we use both strollers.  The umbrella one is nice for short little trips say like to the farmers market. 

Post # 6
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2783 posts
Sugar bee

@skipatroller7:  I can’t speak for anyone else but we take it hiking (easy trails of course) but they are dirt/gravel and we have had no problems with it at all in those types of situations 

Post # 7
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1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

If we had it to do all over again, we would have chosen our favorite car seat and a frame stroller that accommodates any car seat. We bought a car seat and stroller set and never used the stroller because it was a pain in the tuccus! We were given a hand me down frame stroller and it folded flat and went everywhere. Once she was big enough to not need to be carried in the car seat we either held her hands and let her walk or put her in the cart or umbrella stroller. As for umrella strollers, I highly recommend paying way too much. Ours was 70 bucks and it is AMAZING!!!!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m due in January but from what I’ve gathered from other moms I know it seems like the car seat with a Snap N Go is the way to go.  I’ve registered for the Graco Snugride and my sister gave me her Snap N Go.  We also bought a Baby Jogger City Micro (which we found for a steal at $54 new) but if we hadn’t gotten that so cheap I would have been going with the City Mini.  It’s super easy to push, lightweight, and I wanted something that had one hand fold.  We are planning on having kids 2-3 years apart so we’re hoping to avoid actually needing a double stroller. 

Post # 10
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3014 posts
Sugar bee

@skipatroller7:  I chose the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the city mini. I picked up their snap n go (keyfit caddy) for $50 at a consignment sale. I live in the city tho and won’t likely do much off roading. One of my good friends has the uppa baby vista and swears by it. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We looked at a bunch, including the city select and the P&T. We ultimately narrowed it down to the Britax B-Agile and B-Ready models (with the Britax B-Safe car seat) and decided on the Agile. Only real deciding factors for us was the price and the size/weight of the agile vs the ready. The travel system (car seat and stroller) was on sale at BRU for $399 here in Canada which i thought was pretty reasonable. Get something that you find comfy to push around, fold and all that. SAfety is key though, obviously! 

We haven’t even thought about what we will do for our second, I figure cross that bridge when we get there. I know lots of babies who don’t want to be in a stroller once they are walking so you may never even need a double – but – it’s hard to say! 

Go test drive some models and see what you like. I really love how easy the Britax models are to fold down,clip the car seat in etc and how light they are. 🙂 

Post # 12
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2329 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@skipatroller7:  Just like @mamadingdong:  we have the chicco keyfit and it’s really easy to snap in and out of the car, also we splurged on the uppababy vista and it’s an absolute dream, and it works with the chicco car seat.

Post # 13
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415 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve chosen the Chico Key Fit for the carseat and the City Mini GT — which is a compromise between the City Mini and the Elite. It has three wheels and better for rougher sidewalks/snow.

Post # 14
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1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I could have written that post!!! We decided to go with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and Chicco stroller frame, we will get the ‘real’ stroller in the summer when we have a better idea of what our needs are (I’m due 1/27) and when we will be TTC again. I have a feeling it may be a double, and I do love the Baby Jogger City Select!

Post # 15
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438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@skipatroller7:  I felt just like you–totally overwhelmed with choices! It was insane! I watched no less than 100 YouTube videos comparing strollers! We went with the Baby Jogger City Mini–and we live in the middle of the country. Our baby isn’t here yet, but I tried it out outside on our walking path near our farm–drove like a dream! My mom actually gifted it to us on accident instead of the Baby Jogger City Elite (the one with the all-terrain tires) and I was a little bit disappointed, but once I tried it out on the farm I LOVED it! I think the extra thick tires on the Elite are kind of a joke–especially since the Mini is less expensive! It also works GREAT with our Peg Perego SIP 30/30 car seat! I love our car seat because it is SO light and super safe! Safety was SO important to me when picking out a car seat.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have the Britax system – B-Agile stroller with the B-Safe carseat.  I LOVE how lightweight and easy to close the stroller is.  We don’t use to much off the pavement, so I can’t speak to that side of it.  But I love love love my stroller.  It’s smooth to push and navigates very easily

If you’re concerned with it being able to convert into a double – have you checked out the B-Ready?  It’s a single that you can add a second seat to when you have 2. 

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