Stroller ? (anyone?)

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RoniBoo's picture
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Stroller ? (anyone?)

Hello Ladies,

I was just checking out a few websites and wow strollers can be expensive.
I was looking at travel systems but when I was in BabiesRus yesterday it looked like you can get a good deal with the bigger car seat and separate stroller.

So I have a question for all you mommies out there.
Is it really best to get the travel system?

I assume it makes things easier but for how long? It looks like the baby will grow out of it so quickly.

Also if you know of a good brand please let me know.

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I'm not sure what I have is the best but it worked great for us. I have a travel system and I have a snap and go. I liked using the snap and go in the beginning for the car seat. So fast and easy and no taking the baby out of the car seat. However, same situation with the travel system. However, the snap and go is more light weight and compact than the T.S.

Once I started taking him out of the car seat and putting him into the stroller I would use the T.S. stroller. When he was much bigger, around 1.5 or so I bought a lightweight stroller that is bigger than an umbrella stroller but smaller than the T.S. stroller.

Like I said, not ideal because I had 3 strollers, but it worked great for me and I am using all three this time as well.

RoniBoo's picture
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Thanks for the reply.. I used to have a great cars eat and stroller for my nephew but they seem to of changed after all these many years. I am sure I'll end up with more than one as time goes.

We thought about getting just the car seat and separate stroller. However I know when he is little it may be a pain in the "U know what" to wake him up just to carry him inside. (not to mention there are many stairs to climb at my front door) I was looking at the weight for travel systems and it seems as though if you have a 10 lbs. baby you only have about 15 to go before they cannot use it any more. It's just confusing to me on which way to go Sad

I am just trying to keep my mind busy instead of worrying about the lil guy Smile

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I feel the same way about not waking a baby just to run in and out somewhere. I'd rather grab the whole carrier - pop them in a stroller and be in and out without them ever knowing we left the house.

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Jenn ~ how's the snap n go? Did you get the graco? I'm looking at this one b/c I already have a baby first stroller that can be used once Boots can sit on her own. I really don't want to be lugging around a travel system stroller w/ a 6 & 4 year old as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Graco-SnugRider-Infant-Stroller-Frame/dp/B0007KMUH4/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I55YIWVYKH6CU&colid=13JA22YFRMRE5

Lemmie know the pros & cons if you can.

Roni ~ Idk, I really liked the travel system I had. Don't take this the wrong way, but I think as first-time parents you are going to want to have everything. We all do that, but after a few kids you just want what's easiest....and for me, cheapest. lol.

I already have an infant seat & 2 bases so I am just looking at the snap n go this time around. I WAS NOT supposed to have anymore kids so I got rid of everything. Whoops!

Some +s to the travel system that I liked were the protection it offered the baby from the sun & I LOVED the fact that it would recline all the way! A lot of strollers won't do that so a kid has to be able to at least keep itself upright to sit in them.

But like Jenn said, they take up a lot of space & they are heavy. =/ But oh, so cute!

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That's the one I have too. The only con I found was that after he was too big for the infant carrier I couldn't use it anymore. I love that stroller! Lightweight, easy to use, folds pretty small, large basket and two cup holders for mom.

AmberBella's picture
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Travel system is really convenient, but as soon as Nathan was out of his infant carseat, we traded in for a BOB stroller and never looked back. That stroller is awesome!

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I didnt have a travel system for DS but we are getting one for this LO, i think it would be a little more convenient, those car seats get heavy when they start growing! lol

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I loved my snap and go and used to for the first 6 months for running "in and out" it was the best. I choose a larger pram style carriage for walks around the neighborhood, a Bumble Ride. Nice carriage but bad idea it weighed a ton and really couldn't so anything with it except walk the neighborhood. I ended up with a sturdy Graco stroller for DS after that and it worked well.

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Have you checked craigslist? You can get some really good deals on there.

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I'm a bit embarrassed....I've had many strollers Biggrin

I had a travel system with ds1 that we got used--we were very poor students. I liked it ok, but the carseat on it expired before dd came, so a friend of mine passed her travel system down to us. It was better than the first, but we didn't like the carseat--it was too heavy and the handle was uncomfortable to carry. And we hardly used the stroller because I got a graco duoglide (craigslist) b/c dd and ds were only 20 months apart and I needed a double stroller.

For ds2 we got our first brand new infant seat--a baby trend seat with the triangular handle--both dh and i love it because it is pretty lightweight and no matter how you carry it, you can find a comfy position. Plus I love that you don't have to rethread the harness to adjust for height--babies grow SOOO fast! It has a knob on the back that you turn and the whole head area and harness move up a notch. We sold the duoglide and got the baby trend sit and stand stroller to go with it because we have 2 older kids, one of which would always like to ride or stand on it (they were 4.5 and almost 3 when he was born). I actually MANY times used it as a triple stroller! With dd sitting on the jump seat in the back and ds1 standing on the standing platform so we could get somewhere fast.

I've also had a single baby jogger given to me by my MIL (she got it new for her youngest, now 13--still have it, and use it some). I wanted a double jogger too since I and dh are runners, but I just couldn't do another stroller! So I got a stroller/bike trailer combo--dual purpose, so it has been great and definitely got its craigslist value! I also last year got a lightweight combi stroller to replace an old umbrella stroller that I got free with a purchase but the wheels on it never worked right and it was impossible to steer. I LOVE the combi and sometimes wish I had a combi carseat so I could snap it to the stroller for this baby.

So I think my count is up to 3 infant seats and 8 strollers I've had? *hangs head in shame* But I currently only have 4 strollers--single jogger, double jogger/trailer, single combi and double sit n stand. If that helps my case of being a stroller junkie any....

As for advice--the travel system is nice, but heavy. I would almost go for a jogger travel system, even if you don't jog, because the big wheels are nice for all terrain like parks. And they now have swivel front wheels which help for steering.

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lesleynka's picture
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Wow Holly....quite the collector. lol.

One heads up to new moms about strollers in general. Make sure they will fit in your car....especially joggers.

My gf has a jogger she can't get in her trunk so she can only run by her house. She wanted to come run w/ me when I run at lunch, but couldn't for obvious reasons.

Jenn0113's picture
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Holly - I collect bottle nipples like you collect strollers, LOL. Ds was so picky I tried tons of bottles and bought several nipples for each until we got a combo that worked for us.

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