FTM Overwhelmed by Stroller/Car Seat options

posted 5 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Graco graco graco! Shop by brand and read reviews. I had a click connect baby seat/stroller combo and just switched my 7 month old to the Graco4Ever seat. 

Post # 3
430 posts
Helper bee

Not sure about a bassinet option (I haven’t heard of that before), but we bought the Chicco Keyfit set. He can use the car seat for a year (?), and the stroller indefinitely.

Post # 4
3224 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

sunshinewhiskey :  I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a bassinet option for $200. Especially with the fold up small requirement, most full sized strollers that will grow with baby and accommodate infants are going to be larger. I bet you would love the Uppababy Minu but that’s your budget and you’d still have to buy car seat and the bassinet (although you could find an UB bassinet used easily I bet.) 

Maybe the Evenflo Pivot travel system would meet your wants. Not sure about the small fold there. Target carries it in store. 

Post # 5
902 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Graco carseat stroller combos are great! Not sure if any come with a bassinet option, but I found babywearing to be a good alternative to being in the stroller constantly.

Post # 6
378 posts
Helper bee

I loved my Chicco Keyfit 30 for the infant seat!  I agree with the person above saying you will have a hard time finding a bassinet option stroller under $200. 

Post # 7
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I’d either consider stretching your budget, looking for floor models that are on sale, or buying used. From what I saw when I looked at strollers, your requirements will not come cheap. We have a baby jogger city select. It’s not small and is over your budget, but meets the rest of your criteria. I absolutely agree that the bassinett attachment is amazing! Having baby scrunched in a carseat all the time they’re in the stroller, especially if you plan on using the stroller a lot, is just not the best. My son hated his baby car seat and we switched him to a convertible when he was maybe 2 months old so the bassinett was beyond convenient. 

If you want to save a buck or two you could skip the baby seat and go directly to a convertible car seat. Many of them accommodate newborns. Of course this isn’t the best option for the first few months if you don’t manage to get a stroller with a bassinett.

Post # 8
9926 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Ok we had the big travel system stroller and I hated it. Once she was old enough we switched to a Urbini Omni stroller. Let me tell you why I love it:

– Light weight, easy to fold up and store

– REVERSABLE!!! Baby can face out to the world or you can flip the seat around so that baby is facing you. This was my #1 selling point.

– The Omni Plus is a travel system that a car seat snaps into

– It reclines to a bassinet position for smaller babies like a traditional carriage

– We paid $80 for ours at Wal-Mart (we didn’t get the Plus version as she was too big by then for the bassinet and she already had a car seat so we didn’t need that) it looks like the entire travel system that converts to a bassinet is $199 at Wal-Mart. 

If we ever have more kids I will start out with the top of the line Urbini stroller system and skip the traditional ones. We actually liked it so much her grandparents bought a second one for their house in a different color. The only con I really had was there isn’t much storage but I use a diaper bag backpack (seriously, get the backpack style.) so anything I need to carry goes in that.

My next biggest tip is Buy Buy Baby is expensive as hell – look at places like Wal-Mart and Target. I also second Baby Wearing. I still wear my 1 year old when we go out and she prefers it to being in her stroller. We use a Lillebaby carrier (bought secondhand for $50 on FB marketplace)

Post # 9
6446 posts
Bee Keeper

We went with the Graco 4 ever after our first with our second child and have never look back.  Almost 2 years old and the car seat is going strong.  However, we don’t let either child eat or drink in the carseat so it’s stayed clean of food.  We have not used a stroller this time around so I have no recommendations on that.

Post # 10
9189 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

https://www.babybargains.com/ website and book and https://www.lucieslist.com/ are my favorite resources for baby products and reviews.  baby bargains even breaks it down by price, good, better, best, grandma’s buying.

i used the britax be-safe 35 elite with the city mini stroller.

Post # 11
8056 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

sunshinewhiskey :  you aren’t going to find what you want for that price if you buy new. What I would do is figure out the system you want (ignore price for a minute) and then try to find the bassinet and stroller used and buy the carseat part new. That strategy should get you what you need, in budget, without compromising baby’s safety. 

I used the chicco keyfit 35 with the viaro stroller and have been happy with it. I’m not a huge stroller user though – when she was smaller I’d carry her a lot and now that’s she’s almost 2 she can walk. I only bring the stroller if we’re going to be out for several hours (but even then she still walks most of the time) or if I need to travel more than a 1/2 mile by foot and don’t have time to dilly-dally. 

Post # 12
9489 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Realistically, how much are you going to use the stroller? 

The bassinet option is only functional for so long, so spending a ton of money on that doesn’t seem worthwhile to me. But if you walk everywhere I could see the benefit. The Urbini Omni that pp posted seems nice.

We had a City Mini GT and a McClaren umbrella stroller, but honestly didn’t use much of either. My kiddo was never much of a fan of the stroller.

Post # 13
8056 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Keep in mind that compact strollers tend to have smaller storage baskets. You can make up for that with some cheap clips that attach your bags to the handle instead. However unless you’re using the stroller to bring home groceries I have yet to see any stroller that can’t at least hold an average sized diaper bag with a little room to spare. 

Post # 14
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I just use a Chicco viaro most of the time, however my SIL just got a very cool stroller at her shower.  It is an Uppababy Minu.  I think with all the attachments it may go past your budget, but wow is that a cool little stroller.  It folds up TINY, is super light, feels very well made, and has a bassinet attachment.  Also the handgrip is leather-ish (not sure if real or faux) rather than foam, which is neat because I always have problems with the foam on my strollers.

Post # 15
893 posts
Busy bee

I have Graco Modes click connect travel system. Been using it since dd was a newborn, and 17 months later I’m still using all of it, I love it! 

It includes the carseat and a stroller which can both be used separately. The stroller has an insert which is more appropriate for toddlers, although it can recline completely flat so it can be used like a bassinet. That insert can pop out and be replaced with the carseat if needed, too. 

I’m still using the infant carseat for my toddler, so it’s been lasting a good long time. She’s only just now beginning to outgrow it (toddler carseat shopping is looking equally as overwhelming 😵)…Also super easy to clean! 

The ONLY con is that the stroller is quite bulky…but, it has lots of storage and has held up like a tank through mud, grass, gravel, etc. Last fall we took it through a bumpy corn maze, lol. This will definitely last us through a few more kids. 

The average price is around $300, although some colors can be a lot cheaper so keep an eye out for that. 

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