Post # 1
What kind of stroller or carrier do you use? The world of strollers is just so confusing and overwhelming. I really like the idea of buying a stroller system that grows with the baby from infant to toddler. My husband and I both really like the idea of baby wearing, so I don’t even know how much we’d even use a stroller unless we were doing a lot of walking or when the kid was heavier/older.
We’re looking to find something for under $300. We don’t need a jogging stroller or anything like that. We do enjoy going camping and will probably camp with our baby/toddler but we won’t be doign any crazy hiking. Our neighborhood has a decent sidewalk. We live in Florida so somthing with good rain and sun protection is an absolute must. I tend to bring a lot of stuff with me on vacations so I’m sure my diaper bag will be bursting at the seams, so something with good/easy storage plus a drink/phone holder is a definite plus.
I’ve mostly been looking at the Graco and Chicco systems, but I find this whole experience really overwhelming.
Post # 3
For almost all occasions, we leave the carseat in the car and carry the kiddo. The manflesh has found that this is best on his back, baby likes it, and all is well. We do sometimes take the carrier portion out of the carseat base if he’s sleeping hard. It’s nice to have that option so you don’t have to wake him.
We did get a stroller base for our carseat. We hardly use it, but where it’s been a life saver is the airport. Even if baby doesn’t want to ride in it, it gives us an easy way to push the carseat along, which we have to travel with anyway, and we can load our bags up on it which leaves more hands free for baby care.
When he was smaller (13 mos now) we also made pretty regular use of a moby wrap and ergo baby carrier, which he liked and worked well for us, but now he prefers the wiggle room and range of motion he gets from just being carried on a hip.
Post # 4
We have the Chicco system (this one) and we really like it. The stroller is a bit heavy and bulky but it works well, it’s easy to open/close and get the car seat in and out. It does have a parent tray with the drink holder and a place to put your phone or keys or whatever.
We used a gift card to get a second car seat base (those things are expensive!) so we can easily take baby in either of our cars.
Sometimes Amazon has this system for 15% off with a coupon code, which makes it under $300.
Post # 5
We have a Chicco set and I also have carriers (Baby Bjorn and Ergo). I keep one carrier in the car now that Little Man is older so I can take him inside places if he isn’t sleeping without lugging the car seat. But when he was younger, I pretty much carried the car seat everywhere because he would fall asleep in it (or I wanted him to fall asleep in it at our destination). I didn’t use the stroller much when he was younger because 1) it was winter and snowy and 2) I didn’t have much need for it, as I prefer to use the carrier. And I suppose I still don’t relaly use the stroller. But I LOVE being able to transfer the car seat with the bases. So important. Strapping a tiny baby in is best done IN the house and not at every stop (e.g. strap baby in, drive to store, take baby out, put baby in, drive to doctor, take baby out…) Plus, babies seem to go through a car-seat haating phase which includes making it very difficult to be strapped in with the squirming, so I’d want to avoid doing it every single time.
Plus, safety-wise, you’re only supposed to put them in the carseat with a onesie on, so you’d have to add/subtract layers if you were always taking them out/putting them in.
Post # 6
I’m a huge advocate for babywearing, especially since you can’t really take the carseat in while shopping (well you can but it takes up so much space in the basket). We have the chicco system the pp posted BUT I NEVER used the infant click in feature. We babywore until Dear Daughter was able to sit up herself in the stroller.
Tbh, for our next we aren’t even getting an infant seat & will go directly to a convertible from birth & will babywear again. I also wish I would’ve looked into a double stroller from the beginning since I knew we’d likely have less than 4 years apart between the kiddos. Some doubles have the great option of only being a single seater & then adding a second when needed/you expand the family. Doing that would’ve saved us almost $300!
Post # 7
I’m currently PG so I can’t say for sure if what we’ve planned to do will work or not but we’re going with:
– Convertible Car Seat that fits infants – Maxi Cosi Pria 70 w/Tiny Fit (one per car)
– Stroller with both bassinet and seat option – Bugaboo Cameleon 3
– 1 – 3 carriers/slings: Ergo Performance Carrier (more rugged looking), Sakura Bloom Ring Sling (more for me when my baby is at least a few months old), and a wrap (either Moby or Boba) for when he’s a NB/infant
– Future purchase: Uppababy GLuxe umbrella stroller. I wanted a cheaper, lightweight stroller for when he gets older and we go to the zoo/amusement park/anywhere else where we need need a cheaper alternative than our Bugaboo.
We are not getting an infant bucket seat because the ones we liked were already really heavy without a baby in it. I’m petite so Darling Husband and I think I won’t be able to carry it around.
Post # 8
@michiru4ever: my sister in law has 4
stroller. Her favorite is bumbleride flite. Super light grows with your baby allows for a bassinet and a Car seat!!! Altought car seats are evil for your baby back so dont use it to much.
Post # 9
We haven’t had our LO yet, but we’re planning to buy an infant car seat with a Snap N Go and then move to a lightweight stroller once he’s too big for that. My sister is doing that with her son and it seems to work pretty well.
Post # 10
@runsyellowlites: What was your favorite baby wrap or soft carrier? My Mother-In-Law gave us a Snugli that my SIL doesn’t use anymore (not sure it was ever used, actually) but after doing research I’m not sure if the base is wide enough to keep the infant’s legs properly aligned, preventing hip displaysa. It seems that the Moby wrap and Ergobaby are the ones recommended most.
Post # 11
@michiru4ever: google Lucie’s list. She goes through strollers and carriers in 3 price ranges, as well as carriers and other items. Very helpful breakdown of the pros and cons and reasoning. Hurry go now!!!
Post # 12
My favorite was the infant car seat in the Snap n Go stroller.
Post # 13
@michiru4ever: I’ve used a K’Tan which worked fantastic when Dear Daughter was little until about 8 months when she became too wiggly and am currently waiting for my new ring sling to get here. I’ve heard great things about the Ergo but never broke down & bought one… I seriously want a Mei Tai too!
Post # 14
I think that we’ve settled on the Graco Mood stroller which can be used as just a base with the infant car seat, with the baby stroller seat as a travel system, with the baby stroller seat laid down as a bassinet, or as a toddler stroller seat. It’s lightweight (about 20 pounds plus your infant car seat) and is a little over budget $360 but if we never have to buy another stroller it’s worth it I think. We’ll probably use the moby wrap for the first few months then switch to a soft structured baby carrier for short trips and housework. My only concern with the Ergo is that it looks pretty hot and we live in Florida where it’s hot and muggy 8-9 months out of the year.
Post # 15
@michiru4ever: I totally get the heat thing! In South Texas we have similar issues… that’s why I didn’t use the Moby & went for the K’tan instead. You can get the “breeze” which have half of the “loop” as a mesh so it’s cooler! That’s also why I wanted a Mei Tai and have gotten a lightweighted fabric ring sling. I NEED something that stays cool! lol.
I know that I mentioned it in my original response but is this child the only one y’all are planning? I honestly never thought about it when getting our gear for our last but really regret not going straight for the double stroller… I know the city select double and the contour double stroller both have options to use as a single but easily add a double. I now have to sell our travel system to buy another $300 stroller. pfft. lol Just a thought to look into. 😉
Post # 16
@runsyellowlites: That baby carrier sounds awesome, I’ll look into it. We’re planning on having two kids about 3-4 years apart. We don’t really do anything that would require super frequent stroller use so I’m not super worried about getting a double stroller. I’d probably be more likely to use the stroller with the toddler and a wrap or carrier for the infant. And then if we go somewhere that requires two strollers (ie theme park) we can always buy a cheap umbrella stroller for the older kid or rent a double stroller. Maybe you can sell your current stroller and put that towards a double? Or buy used at a place like Once Upon a Child or Play It Again Baby.