FTM Overwhelmed by Stroller/Car Seat options

posted 5 months ago in Babies
Post # 31
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

starfish0116 :  LOVED the Vista. It and the Bugaboo Buffalo were my top two favorites for luxury strollers. 

Post # 32
1264 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

sunshinewhiskey :  I think you need to come to terms that you’re not going to get all of what you’re asking for at that price point. Usually strollers that have a bassinet option are on the heavier side or is quite bulky. There are exceptions, but it’ll be $$$.

Lightweight/small strollers tend to be umbrella strollers or travel-specific strollers, which aren’t great for everyday use since the suspension isn’t as good. You’ll get a smaller storage basket and you’ll probably have to buy separate attachments.

I agree with a pp about the Uppababy Minu being relatively small while still allowing a bassinet. It’ll cost you though.

I find that you need to buy the stroller that fits your lifestyle. There’s not a one size fits all stroller out there. You don’t get quality, lightweight, accessories, bassinet, compact size, etc for $200.

Also, it’s important that you test out the stroller to see if it rolls nice and smooth. I dislike strollers with plastic wheels for this reason. Can the stroller be pushed with one hand? That’s another important feature you should consider. I bought a really nice stroller before LO was born. I can tell you that she hates being strapped to anything and that I’m usually carrying her while pushing the stroller with my other hand. 

You may get lucky and find a floor model at Buy Buy Baby. I got a stroller that was originally priced at $800 for $350. It was a Peg Perego and came with a bassinet. LO tolerated the bassinet around 1.5 – 3 months. She outgrew it after that. You can also check Craigslist or FB Marketplace for a used stroller.

I get where you’re coming from. I was really overwhelmed at Buy Buy Baby too. I lucked out and was randomly at the store during their clearance event. I made the mistake of trying out the higher end brands and ended up liking then so much.

I personally got a convertible car seat right off the bat and wished I got an infant car seat. It would’ve been more convenient to carry LO around in one for the first few months. 


Sorry, I replied before looking at your updated responses. Best of luck!

Post # 33
1947 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We have the Uppa Baby Vista Stroller.  I absolutely love it. It’s a bit pricey but we use it daily and for us it has been truly great 

Post # 34
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

We have the Evenflo Pivot travel system. I like it cause it has the bassinet option (our baby is 3 months and I literally use it every single day). It’s super easy to use, and the bassinet turns into a toddler stroller too, so it will grow with the baby. You can also interchange it with the car seat, and have it face towards you or out. It’s super easy to fold up… although it doesn’t fold suuuuper small, but I have a Chrysler 200 and it easily fits in the trunk no problem.. so I guess depends how small you’re looking for it to fold! It was about 479$ Canadian for the colour I wanted, but you can usually find black for less than that (so probably around 250-300$ US)


This is it, but the colour I have is “sandstone” 


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