Post # 1
Ladies, I need some help with what stroller to put on our registry! We originally chose a Chicco Cortina system based on in-store test drive, but I’ve been hearing that the stroller part of a lot of travel systems is too big/heavy, and they don’t get much use.
I then looked at the “snap and go” frame thing that goes with the carseat, which i liked, but it’s $100, and useless after the baby outgrows the infant seat. Plus, frame + carseat + base is more expensive than the travel system.
A worker in BRU showed me a Graco system “Graco Modes”, which works like a normal travel system, but you can also remove the part that a toddler would sit in, so it basically becomes a frame stroller with the infant seat (lighter and smaller to fold). But for whatever reason, I still like the Chicco carseat and base better than Graco.
Help me out! What have you registered for? Mamas with experience, what works best for you? Glad you got what you did?
Post # 3
I have both of these:
I love the jogger for jogging, but the stroller is too heavy for day-to-day use. It was hard to get it into and out of my car for the first couple of weeks post partum (since you’re not supposed to do a lot of lifting).
I like that both of these have the infant seat and base, but the stroller is good for older children. The drawback is that we will have to purchase a convertible car seat when DD outgrows these but is still too young to be forward facing.
Honestly though, when I go out and about with the baby, I wear her in a moby (DH uses the snuggli- similar to a Bjorn) so we don’t have to deal with any bulky items. DD sleeps through entire shopping trips all bundled up in the moby!
Post # 4
We’re getting the Baby Trend jogging stroller. I much prefer travel systems and I use strollers A LOT (I have 3 kids). When we go to the mall or the amusement park or even out and about around town. Plus where we live, the strollers with real tires are so much better than the ones with plastic tires (which seem to get stuck everywhere and a lot of places here dont have sidewalks and lots of gravel).
Yes, travel systems are bulky but for me, a necessity. I had just a smaller stroller then a separaete carseat with my last 2 kids and missed having a travel system.
Post # 5
Wanted to add that once your kid gets older, like around 2 or so, you can get an umbrella stroller which is like $20 in some places.
Post # 6
@BlueEyes222: Posting to follow but I think we are going to get the separate systems. We are still looking into different options but the full travel systems just seem so heavy and don’t fold up as small as the separate pieces, obviously.
So far we like the Chicco KeyFit stroller because it has a lot of storage space at the bottom and I will need it for my big purse and diaper bag.
Post # 7
@SaraP2012: this. We are a cortina/key fit family and love it So far. Storage space was a big plus for us.
Post # 8
@BlueEyes222: I am getting the Chicco keyfit & the city mini. I found the Chicco keyfit caddy (their snap & go) at a Consignment sale this weekend for $40. My friend bought one from Craigslist for the same amount.
I chose the city mini bc it is light & easy to open and close with one hand.
Post # 9
If you’re going with Chicco and want to do separates, I highly recommend the KeyFit for a car seat and the Liteway Plus for a stroller. Baby is not here yet, but we’re excited for it. The Liteway Plus is a 2-in-1 stroller where it’s a regular umbrella stroller, but you can fold the seat down and put the car seat in it. That eliminates the need for the frame stroller. We don’t have the room for a large stroller, so we didn’t want to spend the money on getting the large stroller and an umbrella stroller.
Post # 10
Thanks for all the input ladies! Sounds like I need to make another trip to the store and check out all those options that you’ve mentioned!
Post # 11
@BlueEyes222: I got the Graco Modes stroller. Haven’t used it yet (Due October 3), but I loved the fact that I can use it as either a frame stroller or a travel system. Plus, the seat folds flat to also become a bassinet. I figured for short “in and out” trips, we’ll use the car seat to snap into the frame and for longer trips (mall, museum…etc), we’ll use the seat. Then, when the baby outgrows the infant car seat, we’ll use the seat exclusively.
The other thing I loved about Graco Modes is that both of the seats (car seat and regular seat) can snap in facing forwards or backwards, so depending on what activity we’re doing, I can have the baby facing me or facing away from me.
Overall, I think it’s the best of all worlds.