(Closed) Best Stroller? Best Place to Register?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi!  Congrats on being pregnant.  Others can give you brand specifics… in the meantime, you could head over to a Borders or Barnes and Noble and look at the stroller and carseat section of “Baby Bargains”–or look up product reviews on their site online.

It’s a very good book and is updated regularly.  I found it very helpful for sorting through all the products. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m in the same boat that you are, just getting started with the baby product research and registering. One thing I remember about Britax is that they are on the larger side for car seats and don’t fit in all cars. It’s probably something to think about with most seats, especially the larger infant seats rated to 35 lbs.

So far we have started a registry with Babies R Us because it’s online and there are several stores local to family members. We’re debating a second registry, and are trying to find one that offers a larger selection in organic and natural products.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a registry on MyRegistry.com, and the Britax Chaperone is the car seat that is on my wish list!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think your SUVs should fit most seats, but check reviews and make sure you try it out before you are 9 mos and about to go into labor!

I have a subaru impreza hatch, which has decent room. Since hubs and I are both tall, we need to be aware of room for the car seat. In my car, if hubs and I are riding together, the seat would have to be behind me, since hubs needs the seat all the way back to fit. Hubs has a Jetta and an extended cab pick up, so the an infant seat in the pick up will be tight in the back seat.

We’re still looking for the 2nd registry. We looked at buy buy baby and diapers.com but have not committed yet.

Oh, and we’re due at the end of March, but we go to the doctor next Monday, so hopefully they can confirm that.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

We registered at Babies R Us, Target, and Walmart.  All had different things in different price ranges.  And they all had online registries so that my family (in another state) could look at everything on our lists.

We ended up choosing the Graco Snugride carseat and matching traveler system stroller.  It ranked high on the Consumer Reports list, fit in my Jeep, and we liked the look.  I use the stroller all. the. time.  It has a one hand collapse switch on the handle so that you can hold baby in one hand and collapse and store the stroller with the other.  I have also laid MB in just the stroller without the carset.  She was 2 months old, and it worked perfect since it reclines.  The stroller has a smooth ride and is easy to turn and go up and down curbs.  The front wheels lock if you don’t want them to swivel and there is a brake on both back wheels.  I really love the system as a whole and I’m glad we purchased it.  It’s very inexpensive, and works great, I rate it at 5 out of 5 stars.

My jogging stroller is the BOB Revolution.  I purchased the separate baby seat attachment, and it fits her car seat perfectly.  Also a great buy with lots of great features and worth the hefty pricetag.  5 out of 5!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@Sulli301:  First and foremost, congrats on your pregnancy!  Get ready for the time of your life!  Our daughter is almost 2 and I have never felt this much love and fun in my LIFE!  It only gets better.  πŸ™‚

For strollers, I’d highly recommend investing in an infant travel system.  The stroller never seemed to be as big of a deal as the car seat was.  KWIM?  While the seat can get heavy as baby gets older, the convenience is a lifesaver.  You can buy bases for each car instead of multiple car seats.  When were in public, we never had to worry about where to sit the baby — she had her seat and she typically slept comfortably as we visited the doctor, shopped, ate dinner, etc.

Take a look at the ratings (they typically include ease-of-use opinions).  I regularly see the Graco travel systems being used as well as the Safety1st brand, which we had.  Safety1st has ratings right up there with Graco but they aren’t as expensive.  I’m all for saving money when possible (so long as safety ratings allow).  Another system that I read rave reviews about is the Chicco KeyFit. 

Surprisingly, our daughter didn’t “outgrow” her infant seat until she was 15 months old and even then, it wasn’t a weight or height issue, it was a comfort issue for her.  She didn’t care for the reclined infant seat any longer.  Oh yeah, I’ve read that the Safety1st systems accomodate smaller babies quite well. 

Regarding your question about where we registered, we went to Target.  We chose not to register at Babies R Us because our location is simply a small corner of our Toys R Us that’s been converted into a BRU.  Not only that, but I tried to stay practical for everyone and BRU always has higher prices in our area.

ETA:  Britax makes a WONDERFUL car seat.  However, I have read that they are a bit on the bigger side but safety ratings are pretty high up there.  I did a lot of car seat research before transitioning Madison into a convertible car seat and the convertible we chose was the Graco MyRide 65.  We practiced extended rear facing for as long as she would tolerate it and this seat is fabulous for both rear and forward facing.  She has MANY more months in it!  πŸ™‚

ETA Part II:  I noticed you mentioned diaper bins.  If you plan to CD, I highly recommend venturing over to The Diaper Pin community (http://www.diaperpin.com).  Everyone there was wonderful when I attempted to CD.  Our schedules simply didn’t allow it but I gave it my best shot.  They are a wonderful group of CDing folks!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We registered on Amazon.com.  It was so much cheaper than BRU and we could pick and choose exactly what we wanted (such  as cloth diapers).

We chose the Britax Chaperone for it’s excellent performance in Consumer Reports testing and it’s compatibility with the BOB Stroller.  Be sure you pick your carseat and stroller together, so that you make sure they are compatible.

We really love Britax and we’ll get a Britax when she’s ready for a larger car seat (long time from now).  We also couldn’t be happier with the BOB.  We’re running with her in it every other day!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Sulli301:  We were all about economy, so we tried to make sure we would only buy one of everything.  With the carseat, you can buy a base for each car and then just snap the baby in to the base in each car.  We’ve also used the Britax without the base while traveling (took a flight for a weekend trip to Utah), and it works just fine (and is rated to be just as safe when installed correctly).  It’s easy to use both ways.

We are only using the BOB (no stroller system or lightweight stroller).  Our stroller fits with the infant adapter to the carseat…  We’ve manuevered Farmer’s Market and our runs without problems.

By the way, I’m a cloth diapering freak, so if you have any questions feel free to ask.  I’m happy to be a resource πŸ™‚  (We’re Bum Genius fans).

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

We only have one Graco carseat and one base.  We have two strollers because there’s no way to pack the BOB stroller in the car and put anything else in there, so it’s no good for shopping.  And I have a Jeep!  I have no idea how anyone would pack that in a sedan.

We only have one vehicle capable of putting a carseat in it anyway, but if we had two we would probably have purchased a second base.

I read an IHSS safety survey which did not recommend the convertable carseats for infants.  Basically they found that a baby should be in an infant seat until one year of age to be safest.  They also didn’t find much of a difference in safety between the cheapest seat and most expensive seat.  But it was noted that a convertable seat (rear facing) was safer than placing the baby forward facing in a seat or not using one at all.  Oh, and they recommend placing the baby in the middle seat of the car, but side seats are acceptable as long as the baby isn’t placed in the front seat with an airbag.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I like the Graco Snugride system for when the baby is still in an infant seat. And, we got a hand-me-down carseat from my BIL, so I can’t argue with free, especially when we can get the cool stroller frame for $60 to put the extra carseat on in the husbands car.

We’re getting a Safety 1st seat for when the baby gets older. It had great ratings, but mostly we liked it bc it looked like something Darth Vader would roll in as a baby.

I spent a ton on a stroller/travel system for my older daughter. I hardly used it after she was about six months old. She hated the stroller. HATED it. I ended up buying a cheap stroller from KMart that she liked until she was about two.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I didn’t think to use amazon.com for a registry. I don’t know if many people will use it, since our family tends to buy in store. I would like to register for cloth diapers though, and babies r us basically has a few gdiaper options and that’s it.

We registered for a snugride 35 carseat and are thinking about the Kolcraft Contours 3 Wheeler Jogging Stroller (here). We’re debating though, since we do travel a lot and it can be tricky to fold and take up a lot of room. The plus side is it comes with the infant seat attachment, and we’d be getting only one stroller instead of a jogging stroller and a regular stroller. Also, the seat can change from front facing to rear facing, which I like. Has anyone used this stroller before? I’d like the bob, but don’t want to spend that much on a stroller.

 

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