Post # 16
Thank you everyone for the suggestions! I need to head to the store and check all of these out in person 😊
ajillity81 : I’m all about second-hand stores, and plan on doing just that. I have a local store that does a clothing dollar rack and I see Janie and Jack and other nicer brands on it all the time. And thanks for the links – I’ll definitely check that out!
pinkshoes : Thanks for the deals 😍
clovesa2015 : Thank you, I never thought of that!
Post # 17
I have a Diono Radian and 2 Britax Boulevard Click Tights. One of the Britax Marathons is a replacement for one that was destroyed after a car accident (baby was in the car and was completely fine). I was a huge fan of the Dionos because they’re very safe, and they’re also narrow. In many cars they’re the only ones you could fit three across. However, they’re a bitch to install. Every single time we’ve had to install the damn thing, we’ve had to get a safety tech to do it.
The Britax Marathon allows for extended rear facing, they have a steel frame, and they’re SO EASY TO USE. Easy to adjust kid’s fit in there, easy to clean, easy to tighten the straps, and most importantly, easy to install correctly yourself. They make all the adjustments very intuitive and take the guesswork out of the install. After my experience with the Diono, I know now – the safest car seat is the one you have installed correctly. Plus I really had to have one with a steel frame for peace of mind.
Post # 18
shan408 : My friend works in OB and loves research. She recommended the chicco bravo travel system (which includes a stroller and a keyfit attachment/carseat), or just the chicco keyfit carseat if not getting the combo. She said it is a lighter carseat also which makes it easier to carry your baby around.
For a carseat when they are able to be in a bigger one, she recommended the britax boulevard which is very safe and also doesn’t have as high of sides so getting your child into it is not as difficult.
Post # 19
We have used the Chicco KeyFit twice- no complaints. We had the Chicco stroller to match with our first, and honestly, I wish we’d thought ahead about the fact we were going to have a second baby, because we ended up buying a new stroller (city select lux) to accomodate our two kiddos. SO, whichever seat you choose is up to you (you might want to check the carry weights because some are REALLY heavy and if you have a big kid (like we did), it’s killer to haul around), but if you’re planning on a second baby within a couple of years, I’d at least reccommend exploring a stroller that converts to a two seat. Ours has an attachment so for now, we can just click in our KeyFit, and then once our second is big enough, she’ll just pop into the second seat. Congratulations!
Also second the Lucie’s List website for gear guide!
Post # 20
We went with the Britax B-Safe and B-Agile combo, partially because if we want to get a jogging stoller they’re easy to use with the BOB brand, and there are a ton of good quality, used BOBs in our market. Taking them out without baby (who isn’t here yet) has made me very pleased, and install and user ease is straightforward. Now I just hope that baby loves them too!
Post # 21
shan408 : It’s a great idea to go to a store and play with all the travel systems. I spent a lot of time researching before I had my first and went insane with all the options. I went to Buy Buy Baby with my mom one day and played with them all. I checked the ease of attaching/unattaching the carseat and I folded and unfolded all the strollers. My favorite was the Chicco Keyfit 30 travel system with the Bravo stroller and thats the one I got. My LO is 5 months old now and I love it! The stroller is SO easy to fold and unfold.
Post # 22
My recommendation is to try out the strollers because everyone has very different opinions. Many that were recommended to me I absolutely hated and others I liked at the store I hasn’t thought of.
We have the graco snug ride 35. I love it. Every baby will outgrow the height before the weight and I’ve seen average sized babies outgrow other brands by 6 months. My daughter is 11 months and 99th percentile for height and still fits in hers safely! We will probably switch it out after her birthday but it has been so useful to have so long.
I personally hate Britax strollers. I think they would be OK if you are not too tall but they are very short in my opinion and not comfortable for keeping at 5 foot 8.
We have the graco aire4- amazing travel system at an amazing price point. Rubber wheels with suspension- really flat fold and the quickest easiest fold and unfold ever. Basket is a little small but has worked fine- definitaly a lot for your money with that one.
Also have a used Bob revolution flex which is a super amazing stroller. I recommend it even if you aren’t a jogger if you plan on walking places, walking through various weather conditions, outdoor festivals, long walks- it just pushes like a dream and suspension system makes for a more comfortable and safer ride for baby . They have a smaller version called the rambler I’d check out too.
As for the Vista, I know many moms with it and most regret it. It is definitely a nice stroller but it tries to do too much which ends up being good at everything and great at nothing. Most I know which they would have gotten a stroller that specialized in how they use their stroller the most
Definitely try them out and see for yourself. Another optiom you could start with a frame stroller and purchasee a stroller you love used for a better price
Post # 23
We have the Graco Jet Setter for a stroller & we love it because it folds up for easy transport. His car seat snaps into it. Super easy & super safe.
Post # 24
I love the Chicco keyfit 30. I also bought the little caddy it clicks into – super light and easy to tote around, I definitely suggest that over a full sized stroller, at least while baby is young. When Baby is big enough to sit up in a stroller, I recommend going with a jogger for the ease of maneuverability. I had a baby trend jogger that I really loved and the price was great.
What I would look for in a cart seat is of course safety standards – ideally a car seat that has been tested to withstand multiple crash conditions including roll over, High height and weight limits (averages for infant seats are about 32 lbs and 30 inches, though there are some that are much lower) and an easy-to-install, click and go latch system.
Post # 25
pinkshoes : that is an awesome deal on the chicco
Post # 26
shan408 : We have the Uppababy Mesa & Vista and LOVE it. It was definitely a splurge but well worth it in my opinion. We like the Mesa, it’s super comfy for our baby. The Vista is just awesome. We bought the adapters to make it a double, even though we only have one kid, and I use it frequently with my friends kids when we go out. We used the bassinet for our baby a lot for walks until he outgrew it. He’s almost 5 months and I moved him to using the toddler seat w/ an infant insert. It lays completely back and he LOVES it. We like that there are so many configurations and it pushes really really well. I do plan to go ahead and get a rumble seat so that we’ve got it for future kids.
Post # 27
Definitely go and play with all of the strollers…it was so helpful to feel how smoothly they moved, turned, folded and unfolded, etc.
Ultimately we went with a Chicco key fit car seat and an Uppababy Cruz stroller (we needed an adaptor). Car seat was awesome, no complaints. I like the Cruz a lot…very smooth ride, comfortable, and easy to fold and unfold. It also has great storage space. But it isn’t perfect….it’s not great on any terrain that’s not perfectly smooth, and as she’s gotten older I really wish it had a snack tray. We ended up buying a Baby Trend jogging stroller (pretty cheap on Amazon) to have for travel and if we knew we’d be on rougher paths. And I have tried a jog or two with it- man it’s tough! 😉
If I had to go back and do it again I’m not sure I’d make the same choice…but I don’t know.