Strollers, car seats, travel systems

Rebecca - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Any advice is helpful :) We are starting to shop around for travel systems, car seats, etc... We have looked at the awesome but overpriced Orbit and are now looking into Graco - any tips? favorites?



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Rebecca - posted on 03/25/2009

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go on bounty.com theyve got a link on their site called shop and compare theres thousands of different things reasonably priced

Lindsey - posted on 03/25/2009

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Don't buy Eddie Bauer.  I got one from my family as a gift.  It sucks... Well it works, but the stoller is crap and you can't steer it.  And lately the car seat doesn't click into the car base or the stroller.

Fran - posted on 03/25/2009

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hi and congrats. having 2 kids close together i have become a stroller expert. the truth is to test everything out and decide what works for you. and a great book that helped me a lot is baby bargains. it helped steer me in the right direction and i have been very happy with their suggestions. go to babies r us and target and test drive everything. look for: weight, easy to use, parent try, basket, five pt. harness and anything else you may want in a stroller. then put it on a registry and don't worry about it. people like to chip in and do a group gift too. and remember new mom's prerogative-you can always change your mind later. and if you decide on a travel system you don't have to use the car seat in the stroller all the time. personally i have the peg perego p3 and car seat, a snap and go, and the snap and go double elite and i love all my strollers because they work for me. good luck and congrats again.

Yvonne - posted on 03/24/2009

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The buggies are nice - but pricey and the Graco Quattro are the best bang for your buck - you can attach the car seat and it grows with the child - my 2 1/2 still likes to get in it.

Robyn - posted on 03/24/2009

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My advice would be no travel system. Get a infant carseat and a snap-n-go. It works great for the time they are in the infant car seat and spend alittle extra and get the high end mcclaren stroller. They are light and compact. I have a stroller system from my first and I have not used it once with my second. She has been in the mcclaren since she has been 4 months. You can get one that reclines and it works great.

Samantha - posted on 03/24/2009

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Car Seats .. Stay In Car Base Is BEST! . That Way  U Can Unclip The Seat And Take It Anywhere . I Also Have The Graco Travel System And Love It!. As For Being In A Car Seat For A Max Of 2 Hurs At A Time .. My Daughter Has A 3 1/2 Car Ride To Anywhere!!!  Soo She Spends A Lot Of Time And Spend A Lot Of Time In Hers And No Harm Came To Her At All. Also I Really Like The Eddy Bouer (Spelling) . Things.. I Was Told They Are More Comfortable For Baby !.. Hope That Helps

Kim - posted on 03/23/2009

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we went with chicco, and we LOVE it. the car seat snaps easily into the carseat base and the stroller. the stroller easily collapeses- i was able to do it 6 days after having a c-section. the colors are neutral and the stroller steers super easy!

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I loved my Peg Perego pliko P3.  so easy to fold and super light for travelling.  I had to part with it because I needed a double stroller so I opted for the Phil & Teds....another great option if you are planning on having a second child in a few yrs b/c you purchase it as a single stroller and you can purchase a second seat and it converts to a double.

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2009

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I do a lot of babysitting, and for myself I bought a Graco travel system where the stroller seat lays down to make a pram like seat, but I can also snap the carsear on it.  I have also used Baby Trend systems, and while the strollers are wonderful, the carseats leave much to be desired.  they are difficult to get in and out, becuase the release is on the front.  They are also really heavy, the carsear alon is around 15 pounds.  Also, most hospitals where I live will not let you leave without an infant carrier.  They have to make sure that the baby can breathe.

Lori - posted on 03/23/2009

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I have the metrolite graco travel system and I like it alot.  My daughter is 6 months now and growing out of the seat but those convertible ones are so big.   I think if you put a newborn in it she would be lost.  I am looking to get a convertible one now that she is much bigger.  It is so light as I am a short and petite girl.  THe handle is also adjuctible for shorties like me.  I would reccomend it definitely. 

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The Graco Snugride car seat is very popular and lots of people buy a separate adaptor so that they don't need to buy the whole travel system. You can buy a different stroller and then snap the adaptor and car seat onto the stroller...it's a great idea for the first few months if you don'y like the Graco strollers.

Dany - posted on 03/23/2009

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I love love love graco products. They have a stroller/car seat combo that is wonderful ! Great for the money when on a tight budget !





Becci - posted on 03/23/2009

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had 4 children and around 45 poushcairs/prams/strollers & i found maclaren as a stroller was fantastic especially  the techno xp range, it is suitable and comfortable from birth to 4 years.....iv try others time and again and always end up goin back to maclaren........tho i would also recomend mamas & papas pliko.

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I have a Graco travel system and have had a good experience. It was a gift so I wasn't upset when my daughter grew out of the carseat (too long also) by 7 months.  The convertible car seat I bought to replace it sits up too much to use with a newborn IMO. I am glad I had the infant seat to begin with and we still use the stroller a lot. Another thing to consider is your car. I was driving a small SUV when I got my convertible and it worked great  in that but right now I only have a two door car and it is difficult getting her in the rear-facing carseat. The infant carrier from the travel system was much easier to use in the two door car. She will get to be forward facing soon and I hope it will be easier to get her in the car seat.

Sara - posted on 03/23/2009

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Another thing to look at when picking the first seat is the size that the baby will outgrow it. We were given as system (I think Graco) as a gift - the "bucket seat" that fits into the car base and the stroller all work together. The stroller can also be used without the bucket seat as the child gets older. Another nice feature is that we could buy an extra base for the second car. Unfortunately, both of my children outgrew the bucket seat by the time they were 6 months old (too long for it). Some models are limited to 26 inches, but others go all the way to 29 inches. It was convenient to have that bucket seat and I wish they could have been in it longer so in hind sight I would have looked for something that could fit a longer baby, although I'm not sure how well that might have fit in the back seat of our cars... Another tip - once you find something you think you like, I'd reccomend going onto a couple websites that do "user reviews" so you can see what other mom's say about that particular item. :-)

Stevie - posted on 03/23/2009

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i got my stroler and carseat all in one at walmart and i got graco and i love it it works good stroler was easy to put together and the carseat and base were easy to figure out how to put it in the car

Jodie - posted on 03/23/2009

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i recommend the convertible car seat as well its cheaper in the long run u just cant carry it around but in all reality car seats are expensive and the ones with the handles only last so long its kind of a waste of money get a very light stroller cus most of the time ur the one that lifts it n get one of those back pack things i loved it my son loved it as well

Alyssa - posted on 03/23/2009

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Have you seen or heard of "The All-in-One Car Seat, Baby Stroller and Booster Seat?" My aunt has it and she LOVES it! Google is as an image so you can see what it looks like.

Samantha - posted on 03/23/2009

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Its important to find something comfortable for you and the baby find a car seat that will grow as the baby grows if you are thinking of buying long term use a convertable car seat. As for strollers find one that is not to heavy and folds easy. Target has great deals on things like this Good luck

Lauren - posted on 03/23/2009

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Hi, well depends on how you feel..... but I agree with Helen as also told not to leave a baby in the 'car seat' so would rule out the travel system.  I used a pram that also converted into a buggy.. I highly recommend the mamas and papas range -model pilko pramlette.  I also used the concord car seat that can be used from birth up to I think around 4... it is brilliant and so stable in the car..... hope this helped! 

Christine - posted on 03/23/2009

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I liked the Graco travel system. Not the cheapest on the market, nor the lightest, but quite versatile. I like being able to bundle my little guy up in his car seat, and just being able to snap it, and him, into the car. Then when we get where we're going, we pull the stroller out of the trunk, and are able to snap the carseat into that. Of course, Ryan is getting a bit bigger now, so I won't be able to just bundle the carseat from configuration to configuration, but at least the Graco stroller also configures to a toddler sized stroller.

Helen - posted on 03/23/2009

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personaly i bought a pram that can be converted to a buggy. I dont like the ones that use the car seat as the pram as they are only supposed to be in a car seat for a max of 2 hours at a time and need to be able to ie flat.

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