So, what are you planning to use to tote baby around? Do you have a travel system? Or are you a fan of baby wearing?
I'm thinking I'm going to give baby wearing a whirl. I bought a freehand Mei Tei as a present to myself. I know I'm going to need a stroller for certain occasions, but a friend is letting me borrow her universal stroller frame thingy for the carseat. And for when the baby is older I think I will register for this stroller.
Do you ladies have any favorites? Also what do you do for daycare? Do you have to bring them in their carseat? Or can you just carry them in? I will most likely be doing drop off and pick up from daycare, since its literally across the street from my office. But in the case where I have a late work meeting, or some other emergency happens, I guess it would be good to leave the carseat, right?
With my first, I hardly used a stroller at all because I was able to carry or wear her all the time. I had a sling that I loved and more importantly, she loved and would snooze in. I've since picked up a Mei Tai and they are great too. Anyway, bought a stroller frame for a car seat when my second was born and those are fantastic too in the early months when they're sleeping in their car seat and you don't want to wake them. Once my kids were big enough to somewhat sit up - maybe 5 months old - I used this umbrella stroller (but in red) that has a slight recline. The stroller you listed would serve the same purpose, I just used the umbrella style because I needed something that took minimal trunk space and was easy to travel with.
I have no personal experience with daycare, but I believe it varies from facility to facility what they require/prefer so I'd talk with them.
I was good with my plan until DH asked me if that stroller is good for outdoor walks. And apparently its not. DH and I walk our neighborhood a couple of miles every weekend. I guess we could carry the baby for some extra exercise. But now this is something I need to consider. No wonder my friend has 3 strollers...they are joggers.
I'm a baby wearer! LOL! When my daughter was too big to fit into her snuggle thingy I was literally upset. I carried her around everywhere! I really don't like strollers! I was never able to find the perfect stroller with her.
YES, we ended up with several strollers as well. One was really expensive given to us by my BIL and we hated it. We put it on our registry because it was the best at the time. Then we bought like 2 more, much smaller ones and we were "okay" with them. I am definitely opting for a smaller stroller this time around.
I have an ABC carrier (like a simple mei tai) and a moby wrap that I saved from Sam. I used an ergo with him as he got bigger, I will most certainly replace it when the baby gets bigger. If you start out carrying them in the wrap right away then you don't seem to notice it much as they get bigger.
We had a chariot jogging stroller that also converts to a ski polk and bike trailer. We will get another one in the summer. I am sad that I sold this. It will be very expensive to replace!
We have the carrier from DS and two strollers; a travel system and an umbrella stroller. The strollers got almost no use since he hated riding them. He was only happy being worn facing out, so we did that until he was 1 and 30 lbs!!!
I had Target's version of a Baby Bjorn with T. He liked it once he got to be old enough to get carried facing outward so he could see (this is once they have the neck strength to consistently hold their head up) and I used it a ton then for shopping, walking, et cetera. However, he HATED it when he was small enough that he had to face inward, so I never used it much then. In retrospect, I wish I had tried a sling when he was tiny because I think he would have liked it better, and also he was a super colicky baby that wanted to be held and walked constantly, so I think a sling would have done wonders to allow me to hold him and walk and also get things done without a baby in my arms. Unfortunately I didn't really know that anything other than the Baby Bjorn existed until after T was into his Baby Bjorn (I was dumb and didn't join a BB last time to find out useful information like that ) so I never got to try that. This time around, I am going to get a ring sling for this baby for sure. I am waiting until after the holidays to order. I'm hoping this baby is less cranky in general, but even if he's a fussbudget like T, I am hoping that a sling will make it a little easier for me.
We used our stroller which fit into the travel system when T was very tiny because he hated the Baby Bjorn. That's a problem when you want to go grocery shopping and things like that though because if you have a stroller you need a second person to push the cart, or if you take the infant carrier and put that in the main basket of the cart, you have almost no room to put your groceries. (You can also perch the carrier on the top portion where kids are supposed to sit, but you're not supposed to and it's supposedly not very safe.) So that was a pain. Once he got big enough to ride in the Baby Bjorn, I switched to that for most things, and that was muuuuch better. But eventually he got too heavy for that (I bet something like a Mei Tei that I could wear on my back would be better) so we switched back to the stroller (minus the infant carrier) and then eventually to an umbrella stroller because it was so much lighter and took up so much less space in the trunk. He was completely out of the stroller by the time he was 3, and just walks everywhere with us.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I...am scared to death of any kind of wear-er thing. I'd like to be able to wear the baby when she can face out, only because I'd feel like I'm constantly knocking the baby in the face.. But, I'd be SUPER scared it'd break and I'd drop the baby. I know they're supposedly safe, but I'll feel much safer with a stroller. I have a (well, I WANT a) travel system, even though I think it's going to be a pain to get the carseat out of the back of my mustang because it's only two doors and the seat doesn't go up *that* far. We'll need a car seat for DH's car as well, so maybe I'll get another, lighter stroller, to use as well so I don't always have to lug the carseat with me.