Infant car seat and stroller recommendations

posted 1 year ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

I ended up going for the chicco keyfit car seat which is rated #1 for safety (although every car seat on the market had to pass the same safety tessts, so I don’t think there are any “unsafe” ones out there), along with the city mini stroller. Baby isn’t here yet so can’t say how I’ll actually like this combo in practice lol. But I liked the city mini cause it’s light weight and seemed easy to push around…also I have a few friends who have it and liked it. 

My bff has an uppababy and she loves it. I didn’t want to spend that much though. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

We have a baby trend jogger stroller. We got that brand because it worked with the baby car seat that we were gifted and is easy to use. I wanted one with large bicycle wheels because we live in a place that gets a lot of snow and I don’t think strollers with smaller wheels work as well in the winter.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We snagged the Nuna Mixx2 and Pipa during a great Black Friday sale. No complaints here. Well, only complaint is that the Pipa’s already a pretty tight fit for my 18-pound 5-month-old and super heavy with him in it, but that’s no fault of the car seat…! I’d drop by a store and try pushing some around, what you like might surprise you. We ended up preferring the Nuna to the Uppababies, but others will have different likes/dislikes!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

the following i found really helpful with reviews for all price points.

https://www.babybargains.com/ (this book)

https://www.lucieslist.com/

 

i love the britax car seats.  i used the britax be safe 35 elite infant seat for my 1st and 2nd child.  it was manufactured in 2016 and is good for 6 years.

both my kids are in convertible seats now (both rear facing).  i needed a slimmer back to front behind the driver side for my taller husband, so i got the graco sequel for my son to move to.  my daughter is now in the britax boulevard in my car and britax roundabout in my husband’s car which were my son’s car seats.

i used the city mini as my single stroller.  now i have a maclaren triumph as my double.  i started with the joovy caboose but didn’t like it. 

car seats and bedding i would buy new.  pretty much everything else i’m ok with second had.  i get a lot of stuff on my local mom swap fb group.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We went with Chicco Keyfit 30 travel system with the Bravo stroller.  The City Mini seems to be super popular online and from what I see people using, but we got a great deal on the travel system when Toys r Us went out of businss ($230) so we went with that since it had pretty good reviews online too.  (Though most say that the city is easier to steer with 3 wheels over the 4).  But I like that you can remove the seat part of the Bravo so it’s just a frame for the car seat and it doesnt require a separate adapter.  I’m not due until Sept so I have yet to use it though.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a Bob revolution because I run (unfortunately theirs do not convert to double so I also have a double bob which is a double wide so it’s large but necessary due to how you run with them) and I just bought the matching bucket/infant car seat (it’s a britax bsafe).  TBH, all car seats have to pass the same safety standards and no one is “safer” than the other necessarily though some are comfier, easier to install, etc. etc. and have other features that might make it more or less expensive.  I did like that my bucket seat just snapped into the stroller because then I never had to wake the baby up when transferring between car/stroller.  I also liked being able to go to the store with my young infant in the bucket seat so they could sleep while you are there or so you wouldn’t wake them up.  You can go to CSFTL and go through their recommended seats.  I also have some convertible seats- graco 4ever, graco extend2fit, and a britax boulevard CT and my favorite is the graco4ever.

If you plan on using a stroller a lot put your money towards a nice stroller.  Car seat is a car seat for the most part, choose something recommended from CSFTL and read their pro/con list.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

We have a Chicco Keyfit for baby that is coming next week. Pretty much all my mom friends have it and really like it, it seems to be a good balance of features/safty with cost-especially as most of my parent friends said they stopped using the bucket seat after 3-4 months because it was too heavy to carry around with the baby in it by then anyway and they mostly used a rear-facing convertable and stroller seperatly or at least just left the seat in the car. We have a Chicco stroller that the seat snaps into, but also the seat itself lays all the way flat so you can use it from infant all the way up to toddler, even without snapping in the infant car seat.  I will also say, we didn’t get an expensive stroller because we are planning on using our K’tan and Lillebaby to babywear more than use a stroller. We aren’t runners or anything where we need a fancy jogging stroller but DO hike and do outdoors things where we will be carrying the baby where a stroller couldn’t go so we invested in that instead. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Another Chicco carseat and City Mini GT. They were absolutely worth every cent, no issues with ease of use, installation and the stroller was so easy to manouever. We had to upgrade to the City Select with a second on the way, and for the record, my Mini GT still sold for 70% of what I paid, so they hold their resale value pretty well too.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What timing! I just came across some Chicco deals on Walmart.  The carseat/base is $130 (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Chicco-KeyFit-30-Zip-Infant-Car-Seat-Minerale/496266565)

And extra base for a 2nd car for $51: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Chicco-KeyFit-Infant-Car-Seat-Base-Anthracite/10972961?u1=99007d429a7211e8b2bc82142f90b8d80INT&oid=223073.1&wmlspartner=lw9MynSeamY&sourceid=27062625433632917461&affillinktype=10&veh=aff

It’s price matched on Amazon too.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have the Chicco Keyfit carseat and the City Mini GT stroller.  Highly recommend both- I would suggest the GT version of the City Mini as it has some extra features like an adjustable handlebar.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

If you’re looking for a double stroller, I’d look at something with a good warranty. I have the Mesa and Cruz and I got 3-years on my mesa. So far customer service has been awesome. The threads in my cover we’re pulling and comming undone so they sent me a brand new one after seeing a photo. The combo is extremely convenient for travel and being on the go.  If you’re open to the idea of a single stroller, then check out the Nuna system or Phil and Teds mod stroller (they have car seat adapters). 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We have the Mesa and Vista and love it. We live in the city, and our stroller gets a TON of use, so I felt okay splurging on it. I don’t think getting it in and out of a car is that bad, but some people do. Now that we have an Uppababy Minu for travel, the Vista does seem huge though! The great thing about the Vista is how well it rides (super easy to push with one hand) and the storage capacity (we walk to Costco and do our bulk shopping with just the stroller). We also converted it to a double for our nanny share, and our nanny says that it’s a good double. The cost adds up though. I think it was an extra $190 for the double seat and the adapters. But check out Craigslist for cheaper used ones. Uppababy also has fantastic customer service. They have free stroller tune-ups throughout the country (schedule on their website), and when I went I saw them replace the entire seat on an older model. Good luck with your research, and congrats! 🙂 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I just wanted to chime in and say avoid Safety 1st brand. We have it and we hate it. The buckle thing digs into her thighs and leaves marks so now we’re going to upgrade to a new one.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I have no idea if we’re going to ultimately like it, but we have the Graco Uno2Duo double stroller– it got good reviews, and it was on clearance when Toys R Us was imploding so can’t beat the price tag. If we hate it, we can always get something else.

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