Post # 1
I’m only 12 weeks, but things are looking good and we’re starting to look into researching baby items.
I was looking at strollers and really liked the idea of a travel system instead of separates.
For our needs:
- I walk 2 miles almost daily with the dog and would love to take baby when he/she comes along, the roads are paved but can get a little gravel-y, not too many sidewalks just quiet side roads.
- I also ran a little bit (2-4 miles a couple times a week) before getting pregnant and would love to do that once baby is big enough, so I want/need something that I can jog with
- I am hoping to baby wear if we go shopping/to stores so I’m not as concerned about size of the stroller in stores
- We both have big vehicles (DH has a truck, I have an SUV) so storage/trunk space isn’t a big deal
- We do travel to the country a few times a year (unpaved/gravel roads, grass etc.) and we would like to have one main stroller that can kind of “do it all”.
- I like the idea of travel systems because you know the carseat/stroller work together safely, no guess work.
I’m thinking of getting either the Baby Trend Expedition ELX Travel System Stroller:
or the Graco FastAction Click Connect Jogger Travel System:
(we’re team green, so we are going gender neutral colors). Both of these systems have locking front wheels (and real bike tires) so they are able to be jogged with (without the carseat attachment), and the infant carseat attaches to both for walks. Both seats go to 30lbs, strollers weight roughly the same (carseats weigh different, the babytrend one seems to weight more). I was wondering if any of you had any first hand experience with them or their brands in general? If you think we should go with separates instead?
Thoughts? Which one you would pick? Anything??
Post # 2
I highly recommend amazon reviews and checking all these out at the store. I haven’t seen this baby trend in person, but my cousin gave me a different baby trend stroller and it seems pretty cheaply made (to me). The one benefit of the one you have listed above is that the handle is adjustable which is nice if you are on the taller or shorter end or you and your husband are drastically different heights. I did see this graco in the store and unless I was doing it wrong, it was huge even when folded. Even if you have a big vehicle, you’ll still need room for the diaper bag, groceries, and other random stuff you carry. Imagine going away for a long weekend with all your bags, pack n play, etc and this stroller! A benefit to both that you have above is that the cupholders and baby trays come with it and the carseat clicks into it easily. For our choice (below) we have to buy those things separately.
We decided to go with the baby jogger city mini gt. It folds really small and felt good overall. We got the last year’s (2013 model) on amazon for $227 (full retail price is $350). We are getting a britax bsafe carseat ($145) to go with it. We have not started using them (baby isn’t due until July), but we feel confident in our selection.
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Post # 4
We went back and forth on travel system vs seperate and ended up doing seperate based on local observations. We live in a city and I walk much more then drive. After she’s born I’d like to get back to long walks, but it’s so hard to tell in advance what type of kid i’m going to have. I’m starting with the car seat (we got the chicco key fit) and the foldable caddy frame. I know travel systems seem like more for the money, but most people i know with toddlers ended up buying more then one anyway. If you do that you just lugged around a huge thing during newborn phase for no reason. This way it’s really easy to get on/off the train, upstairs- whathave you. Later when she’s older we can look into maybe even an umbrella stroller (if she’s more active) or at least test out with the kid the actual stroller
Post # 5
wandering_gypsy: I have a Chicco Keyfit 30 seat, the Keyfit Caddy and a Baby Jogger City Mini. My son in 4 months old now.
My advice is choose the carseat based on safety and comfort ratings you are ok with and go from there. So many people ditch the bulky travel system ASAP. The caddy was super handy in the beginning, but now he rides in the city mini no problem. I got the caddy at consignment and am happy I didn’t pay full price for it.
I loooove pushing the city mini. I live in the city and it glides across the sidewalks with no problems.
Post # 6
We have the baby trend, not that exact one but the same green color and we love it. We get compliments on it too everywhere we go and it’s perfect for where we live plus it’s great for cruising the mall. I walk with the baby on Mondays to mommy and me classes at the library and it’s been a breeze with this travel system. Plus my dh has a small trunk and it fits pretty good in there. there are some drawbacks to the system, but overal more positives for us, than anything. No system is perfect unless you have boku bucks for the pricey ones lol
Post # 7
I would definitely go with a travel system. I had a C-section and can’t lift more than 10 pounds for 6 weeks. I can’t carry a carseat around with me so I have to use the stroller. I have a Moby wrap and a couple other slings and Dirty Delete hates them. She likes to move around and hates feeling constricted. It is so easy to grab the carseat and put it on the stroller and go. We have a Britax travel system and it is fantastic. We went with grey because we plan on having more kids and have the B-Safe and B-Agile combo. The stroller is so easy to use, I can open and close it with one hand. The carseat is really safe with side impact protection. It is a bit pricey, but definitely worth checking out. http://www.britaxusa.com/travel-systems
Post # 8
MrsBG: keesl: mamadingdong: The city mini is a great stroller, but you can’t run/jog with it. I really need/want one that has that capability. Also, I live in a VERY small town so city sidewalks and public trasit aren’t an issue. We have really wide quiet roads. 🙂
MrsMath: The britax ones get great safety reviews and ratings, but they don’t make a stroller you can jog with. I’d rather not have to buy two strollers if I can avoid it.
bridalprincess: Thanks for the info, and you are totally right! We played around in babies r us with the baby trend and the Graco and we really liked the way the babytrend felt over the other one. It rode smoother, it felt lighter (even if it wasn’t actually) and it was a bit smaller. I also love the carry handle on the Baby Trend. 🙂
Post # 9
Ou. Baby jogger would work on smooth paths, but not curbs and big bumps. City mini summit is a traditional jogging stroller.
Post # 10
Lot of strollers have car seat adapters too. We have a maxi cosi car seat and a britax b agile stroller. id say find a stroller you like and then look at your car seat options.