(Closed) How the heck do you decide on a stroller and car seat!?!

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Go to the stores and check the different systems out. Convertible is usually best as it can save you money on having to get another car seat as the child grows, but some people prefer the infant carrier. Try out the strollers, there are some that are easy fold and lightweight. Don’t be afraid to touch and ask assistance from the sales person. I played with belt buckles, latches, folding things up, everything. I am a small person so I need a stroller I can handle easily. The infant carseat/stroller are a good combination if thats what you desire.  If you plan on jogging, a jogging stroller would be a nice thing to have. Really, it all depends on your lifestyle. Some people don’t even get a stroller because they feel like they will never use it.  You might not need it if you just plan on carrying baby everywhere, but I know I wanted one because I would like to take her on walks and things.

Post # 4
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I researched safety and customer reviews.  I also went based on style.  The best tool I used was the Baby Bargains book.  It breaks down every brand and lets you know what’s worth the money.  I then went to the store and actually took the strollers for a test drive.  I pushed them around, tried to fold them, my husband tested how easily they tipped :), etc.  It just so happened that I liked the same brand for stroller and carseat (Britax B-Agile stroller with the B-Safe carseat) so I got the travel system.

I will say I’m still preggo, so I have no real world experience with them.  But, that’s how I made my decsion.

Post # 5
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@MRSLMA:  My daughter’s pediatrican was against the convertible seats for newborns, she said they just weren’t as safe as an infant seat.  Plus, I think the infant seats are more accomodating to smaller babies.  

We got a Graco Travel system, and we did what PP suggested.  We went to the store, tested it out, saw how we felt about it, and all that.  When they slashed the price by 75% because the design was discontinued (like the actual fabric), we snapped it up.

We have zero complaints.  It’s light enough that I can handle it at 8 months pregnant, and it pushes extremely smooth.  We’re just now transitioning out of the infant seat (DD is 9 months) so it’s not like we got no use out of it.

Basically, we went with that had good reviews, felt right, and made monetary sense.

Post # 6
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We want Chicco because the Keyfit 30 is one of the best rated carseats and it was by far easier to close than the Graco ones. We wanted to stay under $350, which ruled out most Britax ones.  Separately, we got a jogging stroller (Bob) and may get the Chicco adapter, but you aren’t supposed to use the walking/running strollers until the baby is a bit older. The Chicco we can use right away. 

The best thing to do is get in the store and practice putting the seat in and out and collapsing them. I HATED that the Graco ones fold down so that you have to bend over. The Chicco ones foyour to you.

Post # 7
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was totally overwhelmed at first but Lucie’s List helped a LOT. I read this post on strollers and car seats and went from there. For the record, we are going with Britax.

Post # 8
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ugh!  I am so not sure :/  So far I have narrowed it down to the Britax or the Chicco travel system.  In my dreams I would get the Stokke stroller and a separate car seat.  In my dreams.  I *think* I am going with the Britax… will be a gift so we shall see.

Post # 9
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I bought the baby bargins book and went through all the ratings.  Then I went online to see the reviews of the differents car seats and then finally checked them out at the store.  We went with the Chico key fit 30 with the infant car seat.  Good luck.  I know it is overwhelming!!

Post # 11
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We looked at all the reviews but also asked people we saw in the street what pram they had and how they were finding it. 

We opted for a graco travel system. Its not as light weight as some but definately felt more sturdy. Its easy to fold down with one hand and comes with the infant car seat. We were going to buy the base for the carseat which stays in the car but upon testing in my fiances car we found it was not suitable for newborns as it wasnt tilted back far enough.

The lady in babies r us was really helpful and went through everything with us. Infact she has been using the travel system we bought for years for both of her children. 

She also suggested an infant car seat and upgrading to a car seat suitable for 9 months – 11 years of age when your baby outgrows the infant seat.

Post # 12
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Graco and Chicco have the highest saftey ratings.  For a car seat go for one that has the lowest weight limit, because your child will definitely ooutgrow the seat by height before the reach the weight limit

Post # 13
2652 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@MRSLMA:  I don’t know how you decide which to choose, but in my area they don’t let you leave the hospital with the baby if you don’t have an infant carrier/carseat. Just thought that might be important info. Good luck!

Post # 14
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Go to the store and play with everything. Every carseat, stroller combo, and individual stroller. See what fits your needs. Some stores will let you take the careseat out to see how it fits in your car – I recommend this if you have a smaller car.

Darling Husband and I went to the store 3 times before we agreed on a carseat. We had already agreed upon a stroller the first time, the BOB Revolution SE, but that agreement came out of the fact I want to be able to run with baby and that we own big dogs and feel it is more stable than other strollers for walking them. Once baby is born we will see about a second stroller, but until then we are planning on just having the BOB (and an umbrella for later).

Once you play with them and narrow down which ones fit your needs, you can look up on reviews and safety info. Or look up on it first and go in and only look at those brands. We checked our every infant seat prior to even deciding on one.

Post # 15
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We did loads of research into this! In the end we decided on UppaBaby and will be getting a separate car seat.

Post # 16
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

we tried to narrow down what we wanted by types of strollers. we wanted something that was inline and would grow with our family (we’re thinking we want 3) so that cut down our choices a lot! we chose our carseat because it’s one of the smallest and would fit in the back of DH’s mini cooper. we ended up with the baby jogger city select and the maxi cosi mico.

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