(Closed) stroller prices

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe the other ladies can correct me if I am wrong, but car seats actually “expire”. I’m not kidding! Because the plastic weakens with UV exposure over time (and thus makes them less safe in a car over time) manufacturers date stamp them with when you can no longer use them – and hospitals will not let you take a baby home in an expired car seat. So, unless you want kids back to back (which wouldn’t work since you’d still need the stroller for the first baby anyway) a combo stroller won’t work to pass down to the next kid.

I’d do a separate stroller/car seat so that you don’t have to take the car seat in/out allll the time, and also to make it so you only have to buy a car seat again, not the whole stroller system.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

They can be REALLY expensive.  We wanted one that converted into a 2 seater as well, and decided on the uppaBaby vista stroller, it does NOT come with a car seat though.  It’s $700.

There are definitely less expensive ones, and also SALES!  Keep in mind, they DO put “last years model” on sale at the end of the year, just like a car!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Car seats are really not that expensive, shop around some. I also agree with keeping it seperate….

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Well, FI’s brother and SIL have a $400 BOB stroller that’s just a stroller.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Car seats do expire, based on the following reasons:

  • Technology Improves and Standards Change. A good example of this is that back in 2002 car seats were not even equipped with Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children (LATCH). Now however, they are a standard feature in nearly all car seats. Car seat expiration dates ensure that seats being used are current and up to snuff.
  • Materials Wear Down. Car seats were not made to last forever. Overtime the seat base can develop hairline fractures which may shatter in a crash, and belts can become slightly elastic after years of use. Crash test videos provide a chilling example of how these materials can fail in a devastating manner.
  • Only Tested for a Certain Period. After a certain amount of time, manufacturers do not test seats. They cannot attest to how older seats will perform in an accident.

Locating the Expiration Date

Most car seats have the date of expiration stamped on the car seat base. Alternatively, it might show the date of manufacture. If that’s the case, generally the car seat will expire 6 years after the date of manufacture. Only a few seats may be good for a few years longer than that.

So, you could definitley use the same travel system for two kids, as long as you plan to have them within 6 years of each other.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m planning on getting the stroller/car seat combo.  My SIL/Brother have one and their stroller converts to hold a toddler and more than one kid.  Since we spend a lot of time together I figure I’ll get the same one that way our car seat will fit in their stroller and vice-versa.  

The car seat that they have has a base that stays in the car and the seat snaps into it.  It is really easy instead of having to un-do all the seat belts etc.  Plus we bought extras of those so that we’d have them in more than one car.

Yes they do expire because of the UV exposure but if you have your kids back to back I would think you’d be okay.  I wouldn’t think they’d expire within a year or two.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you’re looking for a “travel system” (the stroller, car seat, and base combo), keep an eye out for sales on Amazon and Target.  We got our Graco Alano travel system for $150 on sale! 

Also, most car seats expire about 5 years after manufacture date, so as long as you plan on having the second one fairly soon after the first, you should have no problem reusing the car seat for a second baby (as long as it hasn’t been in an accident!).

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m pretty set on the Jeep Universal Carrier and it runs around 79.95 on their website…i’ve seen it cheaper elsewhere. It fits 6 different brands of carseats so I plan to buy seperately.

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