(Closed) Stroller / Car Seat Help

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I bought a Chicco travel system to start with so that we could have the infant seat and it would snap into the stroller. I only used it for about 4 months before he was big enough to sit up in the stroller and we bought a used jogging stroller (schwinn) off a yard sale page and I used that more often than not. I bought a lightweight umbrella type stroller for when the jogger is too bulky (quick trips to places that don’t have shopping carts, like doctors appts). The original stroller kind of just collects dust. I would do an infant seat with the snap n go frame if I were to do it again and get a jogger for when baby has good body control.  

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I can’t help with all of this, but we bought the city mini (obviously have not used it yet since I’m an April mama!) and I love it already. It’s NOT a jogging stroller, though, and I think for rougher terrain, the GT is recommended. It’s fairly small and lightweight, so I’m personally not planning to do anything smaller for every day. 

Baby shouldn’t go in the stroller without the infant seat attached until 6 months/holding head up, is my understanding and what baby jogger says on their site!  

Post # 4
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Helper bee

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ajillity81:  The city mini is a great everyday stroller.  It weighs about 16lbs and has an insanely easy fold.  I think the only smaller options would be umbrella strollers.

I think it is not recommended to lay a newborn in the mini but they do make car seat adapters that might be a good option for you.

The city mini is not a jogging stroller.  If you’re walking on uneven terrain I would go with the city mini GT but neither model is intended for jogging. 

If you’re looking for a jogging stroller you might want to check out the Bob revolution or the baby jogger summit strollers.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

The city mini is great everyday stroller but it is not for jogging! Highly recommend upgrading to the GT for the better wheels, though! You can use it fairly early on with an infant body support since it reclines pretty far. I probably would wait 8 weeks or so though And stick to smooth terrain.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

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ajillity81:  We have the Bob Flex and LOVE it! I know it wasn’t one you mentioned, but wanted to throw it out there anyway. We have a Chicco infant seat and bought the adapter for the seat to fit on that stroller (they also make one for  Graco seats.)Baby has to be in the seat on the stroller until 8 weeks old, and then you can walk with baby in the actual stroller. Can run with baby in the seat on the stroller at the frame. Can run with baby in the actual stroller portion at 8 months. I have used our stroller for everything other than running with baby in the stroller, just with the car seat so far since she’s only 7 months. It has awesome wheels (same material as bike tires) and maneuvers very well.

Also, the flex has a flexible handle bar, which is super since  husband and I are both 6’2″ but my mom can also use it, and she’s 5’8″. No one else has used our stroller, but shorter people could easily have it at their height as well.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

There are very very few strollers that are actually *approved* for jogging, and despite the fact that it has jogger IN THE FREAKING NAME, neither the city mini or the city mini gt are. I know the BOB is (maybe not until later though?), but it is heavier than the city mini gt, which is why we went with baby jogger (I also don’t jog….unless it’s to get to pizza). We were told the city mini/gt are the best in terms of manouverability for everyday use, etc.

In terms of newborns, you would need to use either a carseat with an adapter (what we did), or baby jogger also has a bassinet you can buy and use as an attachment with the baby jogger. The adapters can get pricey htough. I think ours wa slike $90 to go with the Chico, but thankfully we got it on sale.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

A lot depends on your living situation and what’s important to you. Someone who lives in a city/doesn’t own a car/takes public transportation might prioritize an easier fold, lighter weight and a larger basket (for grocery shopping/holding the diaper bag while walking long distances) where someone who has a car/lives in a more rural or suburban area/will use the stroller on excursions rather than every day might prioritize a smaller fold or an easier push. I found Lucie’s List really helpful for narrowing down the choices and comparing strollers and car seats! And once you’re down to a couple of choices, watch YouTube video reviews so you can see how things fold and push. (If you’re near a store where you can try them out, I’d definitely do that – some just feel better, if that makes sense.)

For us, we live in an elevator building in NYC and use the stroller daily and for errands, so we got the Uppababy Cruz – you can use it from birth, fully reclined with an infant insert, it’s relatively small (good for small city store aisles), it maneuvers beautifully and the basket is huge – it fits a week’s worth of groceries. Because the fold is a bit bulky and it’s on the heavy side, though, we also got a lightweight umbrella stroller for travel on the bus/subway. And since we hardly ever take the baby in a car, we got inexpensive car seats that are relatively easy to install – we got a Graco infant seat, though we should have just skipped right to the convertible seat – the Cosco Scenera Next, which is under $50 and perfect for city dwellers – it’s seven pounds, easy to install quickly in the back of a cab and pretty compact, as car seats go. Because we never attached the infant car seat to the stroller, buying an infant car seat was really a waste of money. (The convertible holds babies as small as five pounds, I believe.) 

Also, if you’re looking for a BOB, some Targets still have stock leftover from their Black Friday sale and some have it on clearance for as low as $190. Worth a call to your local Target!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you want to jog, you really need a true jogging stroller with the big front wheel.  I have a Bob revolution that is AWESOME.  That is the only stroller I have, I use it for jogging and for things like the zoo.  I would recommend that and then get a bucket seat that connects to it.  I had the Britax BSafe but they have some other adaptors for a few other brands.  I took her on walks almost every day until 6 mo and then I ran with her in it after that.

If you then want a smaller one, you can get a small umbrella stroller ($30-$100).  I have one but I don’t use it much since I am 6′ and I find them to be too short.  My mother likes it though for herself.

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