Post # 1
Ok not really, but I like the color options on the one so much better!!!!
I’ve done the research on Consumer Reports. I’ve read all the reviews on Amazon. I played with the options in store. We decided to go with the Chicco Cortina stroller and car seat.
Then a good friend offered to give us her infant car seat and 2 bases that she used with her son (It’s just over 2 years old as her son is 20 months old. It’s never been in an accident). It’s a Britax car seat so we’d need to buy a Britax stroller. We’ve played with the B-Agile and the B-Ready and there are pluses and minuses to each.
both the Chicco and the Britax get great write ups with Consumer Reports. Both get great reviews on Amazon.
I just like the color options on the Chicco better (we’re team green). Is it dumb to turn down free stuff because I like the colors on the Chicco better?
Post # 3
@Glasgowbound: No, I’ve based far more important decisions on stupider things…..I put an offer on a house because the roses were blooming early…I took it as a sign!
Post # 4
@Glasgowbound: Don’t turn it down. Do you have a second car or a family member close by who might babysit? Getting those damn bases set up right can be hard for someone who isn’t doing it every day. I’d use her carseat for those purposes. My sister got a used one from a friend and we kept it in my car.
Post # 5
@MexiPino: we have two cars, which is why we’ll get a second base for whichever cars eat we go with. My mom will likely watch LO often, so she’ll likely have a base for her car too. That way, the one actual car seat can go between all the cars. Since my mom will also have LO often, the stroller she usues will also need to work with the car seat.
Pi thought baby shopping was supposed to be fun. There are sooooo many decisions!!!!!
Post # 6
@Glasgowbound: Ah… smart. Well, I say go with the one you want anyway. I would just say “unfortunately it won’t work with the stroller we’ve bought/chosen”.
Post # 7
@Glasgowbound: I chose just about everything for my son based on colors (we were team green too, so we wanted pretty, gender neutral stuff). Do whatever makes you happy! When you’re lugging that thing all over town, you might as well like how it looks!
Post # 8
@Glasgowbound: Lol honestly I chose some things based on design and color. If they both have similar features but I can without the one I like least in colkor as far as features? Why the heck not? As long as my baby doesn’t fall out of the stroller, I’m happy 🙂
Post # 9
Personally, if the reviews are good on both overall, I wouldn’t over stress this and go with the color you like. As long as there’s no safety issue with one or the other. I think you can have some fun and joy by choosing something you like!!
Post # 10
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
@Glasgowbound: Uhm, no! You can purchase based on your prefrence. I know plenty of people who want everything to match their themes/colors. That would be the same thing.
Post # 11
@Glasgowbound: no it’s not but make sure you actually like the stroller and the way it performs better then just the color options. Some gear (esp the expensive stuff like strollers) are things where color should matter the least in my opinion. Otherwise you will end up paying more to buy a new stroller. I think the britax is a much better stroller then the chicco Personally.
Also, doesn’t britax have adaptors for the chicco carSeat? Even if they don’t, you only use the infant seat on a stroller for a very short amount of time so i would rather have a better stroller that wasn’t infant carseat compatible.
I have done tons of stroller research and been through them all – it was the hardest decision I made on gear!
Post # 12
Of the two Britax strollers, we liked the B-Ready better. For the same price, we could get the chicco travel system, car seat and stroller. So price isn’t really a deciding factor.
@MrsWBS: why did you like the Britax better? I like some things about it, but don’t like others – like you have to buy all the accessories (tray, cup holder, etc). I like that the Chicco has an adjustable handle as DH is quite a but taller than me. I also like that it’s lighter than the Britax B-Ready.
Post # 13
@Glasgowbound: I personally like the way it looks better but felt it was higher quality and handled better with the type of wheels and suspension it had. I didn’t end up buying it though because it was too heavy. I know a lot of people who absolutely love it and the few people I know who had the chicco travel system ended up buying another stroller. it really depends on what your lifestyle is like though and how and where you’ll be using a stroller. But, just wanted to throw it out there that most of the strollers on the market have car seat adaptors for the chicco car seat. I ended up with the Contours Bliss, which I absolutely love!
Post # 14
I would treat the stroller and car seat as two totally separate items, and get one of those snap and go things for when the baby is very little and travels in the car seat. I have the Britax seat and B-Agile, and found doing the car seat snapped into stroller to be a bit cumbersome. I bet you can craigslist the snap and go for cheap. Then get whatever stroller you like best for when the baby is a bit bigger. In retrospect, I would want a stroller with more room underneath to fit the diaper bag comfortably.
Post # 15
Not weird at all. I’d rather get the newest car seat anyway – that’s one thing that’s not necessarily the best to do secondhand.
I debated between the Britax and the Chicco travel systems and opted for the Britax B Agile/B Safe seat. I wanted the lighter, 3-wheel stroller. I found the Britax system easier to get the infant seat in and out of when we were playing with them at the store. We registered for some of the accessories and they’ve already been purchased for the shower, so no worries there.
I recommend going to a BRU or BBB and manhandling each one to see which feels better for you. Color aside, you’ll want to be comfortable with whichever you choose when you’re hauling it in and out of your car.
Post # 16
@Mermaid1082: we’ve done that. Played with both Britax strollers and the Chicco. There are things we like/don’t like about each. There was no clear “that one is totally better” moment. We liked the Chicco a lot, but then there is free stuff and it seems dumb to turn that down.