Travel system recommendations

posted 2 weeks ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

almk87 :  what are your needs? I got the chicco viaro system and it worked great. I love the keyfit carseat and the stroller is still going strong 2 years later. I’d consider it mid-sized for the stroller – big enough to hold a tall kid and a large amount of crap underneath, but not so massive I can’t manuever it through crowded places without taking people out. It also didn’t break the bank which was a plus!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

almk87 :  then definitely check out the chicco viaro! The only minor complaint we have comes from my husband – he wishes the stroller handle was a bit higher. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

We have the uppababy travel system. It’s pricey but we really love it. The vista and Cruz are bigger strollers with more bells and whistles and they readily accept the Mesa car seat but you can buy adapters for other brands. The vista can also turn into a double stroller if you’re considering having kids very close in age. The vista is bulkier though than the Cruz. You can also go with their cheaper and more lightweight option of the other two with the minu and buy the from birth kit which will allow you to use the car seat or bassinet with the stroller during the infant stage

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You can buy adapters for most carseats to make them fit into different strollers, you don’t need to buy a specific travel system.

Honestly we barely used our stroller so be realistic about your lifestyle before dropping a ton of money.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We had/have the Nuna travel set with the Pipa car seat, Mixx stroller, and bassinet. Absolutely love the Mixx. The Pipa was great while it lasted, but LO was big and outgrew it relatively quickly. LO slept in the bassinet next to our bed, but he also outgrew that sooner than we expected. We got a great deal, which is good otherwise I’d feel worse about LO not getting much use out of the Pipa and bassinet.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

We have the Baby Jogger City Mini stroller, the Chicco Keyfit car seat, and an adapter that connects the two. While I like both the stroller and the car seat, I found the need for an adapter to get them to work together to be a pain in the ass. You can’t fold up the City Mini with the car seat adapter in place (like it’ll fold part of the way but not completely), which is annoying AF. Also the adapter was a pain for me to intsall in the first place, but I’m really dumb with these things so that might not be a big issue for other people. I think we only actually used the adapter one time. In the early days we just used one of those little cart things that the car seat snaps into, not a real stroller, and that was more convenient. 

All that being said, for us it was a relatively short period of time where we were putting the car seat into the stroller/cart in the first place. The car seat has a pathetic shade thing on it so I don’t like having her in that when we’re outside. City Mini on the other hand has awesome shade. By the time baby was 5 or so months old we’d just put her directly in the stroller and leave the car seat in the car. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have the baby trend premiere jogger travel system. The car seat is quite light and has a nice handle, the stroller is really easy to manoeuvre and has an adjustable handle for different user heights, the basket is nice and big, and we got it on a great sale for like $250. The stroller goes up to 50 lb or something so it will last for ages. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I got a second hand vista when we had our second and wish I’d got it with my first rather than the stoke we had.

feedthebeags :  

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I also have the Uppababy Vista + Mesa Carseat. I LOVE my Vista. It’s super great quality, manuvers great, the basket is HUGE, it includes a bassinet as well as the toddler seat, and I like that I can do several different configurations if/when I want to make it a double. It is an expensive stroller but I will admit to being a big of a baby gear snob. I think there are certain things worth spending the money on, and a good stroller is one of them. I also have the Uppababy G-Luxe as my umbrella/travel stroller as well as a BOB for jogging and more rugged terrain. 

The Cruz is their smaller version and it can’t be turned into a double so it comes just with the toddler seat as opposed to the bassinet + toddler seat. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Another person who loves their Vista! We got a different brand car seat and just used the adapter. I really preferred my son in the bassinet that comes with the Vista though, so we only used the car seat clicked in there for a quick trip.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We have a city select lux stroller from baby jogger and use a chicco key fit baby seat for our youngest. The stroller is great- as is the vista though both are pricey. The best advice I can give, aside from the fact that I love our city select, is to consider if you’re going to have two children (or more) of stroller age- then I’d recommend you consider a stroller that converts to a double. It will save you in the long run (we had a chicco system, and ended up giving it away after a year to buy a double).  They’re usually more money up front, but it’s worth it later.  Congratulations!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Another vote for UPPABaby. We have both the Vista, which we use as a double, and the Minu, which can fit the baby in her Mesa. The Vista is great for us because we do most of our grocery shopping on foot, and the basket is enormous. If you go everywhere by car it is heavy and can be a pain to lug in and out, though it folds super easily. If I’m just taking the baby somewhere, I’ll put her in the Minu, though no Costco runs!

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