The best travel system??? Chicco? Graco?
Kim - posted on 10/31/2009
Price does not mean safer. All seats pass the same testing. Never feel bad or question if you can not afford the expensive seats, they just happen to be the ones to harness longer and last longer, but are just as safe!. I own 3 Britax myself, but I own 2 evenflo triumph advanced, 1 Graco cargo, 1 graco snug ride, 1 Apex 65, 1 Graco natulitus. These are all for one kid ;) I am a cpst and believe in extended harnessing if you get a chance go to joels journy online and watch his video.
Angela - posted on 10/31/2009
Thanks for all your comments ladies... I have a friend who has a Chicco and I got to use it a little bit and I really liked it.. Her son sweat in it a little but they live in Florida. We are in NY so not sure it would be a big problem. I also heard that the Graco seats cause a sweating issue as well. I also heard that the Britax car seats are awesome. They are just soooooo expensive. I may just register for the travel system and a Britax seat and see what happens... We will need two car seats since we have none currently. And I think that spending extra money for great quality stuff that will last is always a good idea. If I get them great, if not I will decide what to do. This is my first so we'll see....
Riona - posted on 10/29/2009
I have a stroller carseat combo from Maxi Cosi its a european brand and it was a little pricier but worth every penny after having my baby girl I was able to actually lift the entire stroler carseat and baby up stairs when there was no ramp to accomodate me so easy to use and light weight I got the foray stroller and the mico carseat you can only get them at babies r us
Ashley - posted on 10/29/2009
every mom i know has a graco, including myself, theyre great and easy to install, my carseat is kinda heavy, compared to my friends' carseats, and wide, so make sure you or someone from your family actually tries lifting it up without a baby in it, and takes a good look at it, i just saw the pattern on it and fell in love and didnt think about the size lol but graco is great though, holds up well, good luck!
Cathralynn - posted on 10/29/2009
We got the chicco system and loved it. We still use the stroller for my 17mo old and passed the carrier and bases on to my sister in law. Its more expensive but my coworkers went in on it together, maybe your family and friends can do the same. It worked fine until I switched my daughter to a convertable seat and we got one that goes to 100lbs and includes the booster so that's only two purchases. Think about it that way and its not so much money.
Emma - posted on 10/28/2009
I have a Safety First combo set, highly rated, reasonable priced and just like Graco the model we got has the shade on the carseat which goes under the shade on the stroller to provide complete proctecion from all sorts of weather. The base is easy to install and the car seat easily snaps into the base and stroller!
Kim - posted on 10/28/2009
always remember you can go straight to a rear facing convertable at birth. The carrier is not a must it is helpful. There is a radian out that is close to 300 in price but it rear faces to at least 40 lbs maybe 45 lbs and then forward faces to 80 lbs that is all you need until a booster way later! Then there is the my ride 65 that rear faces to 40 lbs and forward faces to 65 lbs then all else needed is a booster way later. It is 120 in cost. That is just an example of 2 seats that will do you till about 5-7 yrs old. Keep in mind most seats expire after 6yrs but the radian does not. Any infant seat is safe , and after a few months you will want to switch to a convertable anyways, they do get heavy. Remember when your childs head is with in one inch of the top of most seats they are too big for it even if they have weight room to grow. The seat should never move more than an inch once installed, read all books with it and to read your car manual. If it does not come with the seat it is not safe, this means the cute little head things and toys, they void all warnty for your seat if you are in a crash, if your kid needs support as an infant and your seat did not come with one use rolled up recieving blankets along the side of the child and head never over the top of the head. The harness should always be at or below the shoulders for rearfacing and snug enough that you can not pull up enough harness at the shoulder to pinch it. You also must keep the chest clip arm pit level. It is always best to go have all seats checked out by a cpst , its free and they are many all over the place. Hope to help anyone out I am Kim and I am a CPST
Personally, I trust Graco. I had the stroller/carseat/base combo and found it to be very convenient. Take the infant carseat out of the base in the car and right into the stroller and...click...you are done. Easy in/easy out, one handed, and no waking the baby. Liked that it had a sunshade for the carseat and the stroller that would come together to provide complete coverage for the elements.
I have used Graco with all three of my daughters (11,9,3) and have never been sorry.
I got a Graco travel system, and was very happy with it. Easy to install the car seat and base, snapped into the stroller no problem, and I could fold the stroller with one hand. While I liked the chicco, I simply couldn't rationalize spending that much on a travel system. There were a lot better things to spend money on - like diapers. I think the big advantage of the Chicco was the higher weight limit on the car seat (30lbs I think?) but I can tell you I moved my son to a convertible car seat before he even hit 20 lbs, so it wouldn't have mattered. I'm not a small person, but hauling a 20lb baby around in a car seat was tough on my back.
Kelly - posted on 10/28/2009
I have a graco one...and now that my son it too big for the infant seat i just use the stroller....and we now use a convertiable carseat from graco.....i have heard that the chicco seat is heavier, but i don't know, i haven't had a chicco seat, just the graco....good luck, what i would do is go to a store where you can carry the infant seat of each brand and see what one you like the best....
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