Does anyone have any opinions on brands, etc.?
We bought an Evenflo Discovery car seat, that's what I had with DS. I didn't bother with a stroller and I barely used it. I don't know if I will more with this one or not. I figured I'd shop around at a yard sale for one.
I'm not much help I know lol.
We had a Chico travel system with DS. I am not sure what we will get this time. I liked the Chicco but I ended up getting a more "off roading" stroller that didnt have the plastic wheels.....
I've been looking at Graco travel systems... Does anyone have any experience with these? I've heard they're good quality and have good safety ratings.
I used a Graco with DS and a Chicco with DD2. I'd go back to the Graco in a second if I still had it. IMO the Chicco just isn't worth the money. The carrier isn't compatible with most universal strollers. I bought a sit and stand and the Chicco isn't compatible with it. Honestly though my kids aren't in infant carriers much. I baby wear. It keeps nosey people from touching my baby and it keeps baby very happy so that's the way I prefer to go.
What do you use for baby wearing?
We bought a Phil & Teds for off roaring with our dog. A little pricey. Very like a Bob but a) Bob cannot convert two kids however b) bob is an actual jogging stroller if desired.
I used many different baby wearing devices for different purposes (bought used and borrowed). I didn't use the slog as much as I though I would - used it more when DS could sit up on my hip to go grocery shopping. Used the wrap a lot but it was harder to get on. Used the baby bjorn a lot in the earlier months (can face in or out). Then switched to ergo (can wear on your back by not facing out on front). I also have a mountain Equipment Co-op framed backpack carrier for hiking.
I use a wrap (I have a Moby and a Sleepy Wrap. I prefer the Moby) when they're little. I just put the wrap on before I leave the house and keep it on while I'm driving and just pop her in and out of it as needed. I have my kids when DD1 is starting her basketball season so with DD2, I had her on a Friday and was at DD1's ballgame on Monday evening with DD2 all wrapped up. It kept everyone from touching her and I was able to bf her without making much of a fuss. When they get a little older I have a mei tai for her that I love. Check out the babywearing board here. Jackie (alwayssmile) knows SOOOO much about bw'ing. Her first son is only 18 months old and she has learned so much about bw'ing just in that amount of time.
I LOVED my Graco system that I used with my girls - and that's what DH and I bought this time around, too. Very easy to use, good quality, and decently priced.
As for baby-wearing - I bought a home-made sling from a woman on e-Bay and loved it!! I can;t find it this time around, though - I'm afraid I got rid of it!! :eek:
Do, or did, most people go with neutral in case there's another baby in the future or with specific colours per gender?
I buy all the big baby stuff in gender neutral colors. I wouldn't want to have to replace anything because of color, but that's just me. I know some girls that sell the wrong color stuff when the new baby comes and get a new set. I don't have that kind of money (or time!) so I don't. I'd say it's up to you though
We have done neutral with most things we got (car seat, stroller, pack n play crib etc). Then I am accenting with girl colors. Like for our car seat we needed a better head support so I will prolly get a girly one and all the blankets for the pack n play are girly and the crib bedding is girl. So...yeah. Our base items are neutral because yes, hopefully we can pack and save them for future baby. THIS STUFF IS ALL FREAKING EXPENSIVE! No way I wanna do all that buying over again if I can avoid it.
To the bold: this was one of the (many) reasons why we chose not to find out the sex of DS. We got majority of our baby stuff from baby showers, even the big stuff (stroller, carseat, PnP, crib...) and I knew if people knew I the sex they would buy based on that and I didn't want that because I wanted to be able to reuse stuff with future babies.
I bought more boy stuff but I know this is my last. We have a great buy/sell/trade group on Facebook for my area - that helps with finding good used stuff and selling it.
Does anyone have any opinions on rubber tires versus plastic tires? I thought I had figured out what I wanted until someone pointed out that plastic blows! I'm confused, again...
If you'll be using the stroller for paved roads, store floors and such, plastic tires are just fine. If you'll be going through anything rough, grass, (thick) gravel, (our) crappy paved roads I'd use the stroller with rubber tires.
I've been looking at different options over the last couple of weeks. I've been told by a number of people to avoid the actual travel systems because most have plastic and not rubber wheels and because the infant car seats only last the baby a few months at the most before they grow out of them. Has this been anyone else's experience? I was looking at this stroller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSiubzXO2PA. What are everyone's thoughts on it? It fits infant car seats, as well, in case I do want to purchase one. I guess once I decide on a stroller, I'll have to look into car seats that will last more than a few months!
For the BTDT moms, how important are the cup holder and snack tray on strollers?
the mommy cupholder is VERY important! LOL! I need a place for my coffee! Snack tray holds spare change.
Our stroller doesn't have a baby cup holder or a baby snack tray and I've never seen it as a problem. If DS wants his sippy or a snack, I hand it to him, when he's done he hands it back. No biggie. If he had a tray I have a feeling things would just end up on the floor.
We've used the heck out of our travel system. I make little babies though that can fit in the infant seat for almost a year before they change to bigger rear-facing seats. It's nice to be able to pull the entire seat out if a LO falls asleep in the car. It's also a comfy option for the stroller. Travel system strollers tend to have all the bells and whistles and we've used them. It's nice to have a tray so your LO has a guaranteed comfortable and clean spot to have a snack or dinner if you're out and about. The mommy cupholder is really nice too. We use the stroller long after the kid outgrows the infant seat. Also, we're getting three kids use out of our travel system. The infant seat expires when our newest LO will be about 9 months old. That's a pretty awesome amount of use for one baby product. I know not everyone loves the travel system, but I wanted you to know there are people out there that love them (and I'm even a baby wearer). They definitely have their uses!
Thanks for the opinions! I didn't go with a travel system since most of the ones I found have the plastic tires. I decided to go with a three wheeled stroller with rubber tires because many of the walking trails in my area and pretty rough and I think the plastic would be a pain! I did; however, decide to go with an infant car seat that does attach to the stroller. The more I thought about it, the more I thought it was a good idea because of the issue of getting the baby in and our of vehicles - especially, in the winter! I just hope what I decided to go with works well! If not, lesson learned for baby #2 when the time comes!
I think that sounds like a really good way to go! It's probably what I would've done as well.
Which stroller did you end up going with?
I like infant carseats. I babywear mostly but there are times when I just have my hands full and if LO falls asleep it's nice to be able to have 10 minutes to put away the groceries before taking him/her out of seat. Like you said, it's very nice in the winter!
I have had 2 babies that were very big and grew out of their seats very quickly and 1 baby that was small and was in hers until she was a year old. The one thing I would spend the money on though is to get one that will hold more weight, like the Graco Snugride 30 or Chicco Keyfit 30. They'll hold baby for a lot longer than the smaller ones. But make sure you watch them to make sure they're compatible with your stroller. I have a Chicco and one thing that makes me crazy is that it's not compatible with my sit and stand stroller.
I went with the Graco Trekko Stroller - Orbit... I read many reviews on it and all were really good! I also watched a video review and the concerns were minimal. I really wanted one that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg, as well, and the BOB strollers and other brands are just too expensive for my liking!
That looks like a very nice stroller. I agree about the Bob, I can't justify spending that kind of money on one.
I am also a fan of the infant bucket seats. I plan to do a lot of baby wearing this time around, too, but the bucket seats REALLY make in and out of the car easier. Since I want to make sure it lasts for as long as possible, we bought the Graco Snugride 35 - the baby will probably outgrow the seat in length before he outgrows it in weight, but I'm okay with that - at least I have my bases covered in case he's a big baby! LOL
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This is the one I bought, as well!