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February 12th, 2013, 07:41 PM
soul_donut's Avatar Melissa
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Ok - do I want a car seat that comes out and plops in the baby stroller? Or is it easier to keep the seat as-is and just take the baby out?

If it's better to take the whole thing out, I will want to get one that fits a bunch of baby sizes and not switch I guess. Any car seats easier than others when you need to take them out of the car?

My only preferences (besides safety and customer ratings) for a stroller is that it's compact enough to fit in my VW, has (or can equip) a cooler attachment b/c Florida is hot, and is not rocket science to operate. I want one that I can take around Disney etc - I don't want to have more baby stuff than I need so I'm trying to multitask.

Any help is appreciated! I look at the multitude of things out there and am just overwhelmed - not in a way that makes me think that over time I'll have more patience to look at it. More like, I will just go freak out and buy whatever pops up first in my search results and be done with it and that's probably not the best idea! Price-wise we are flexible.
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February 12th, 2013, 08:18 PM
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Ditto this. Cooler is a great idea. Maneuverability is important to me as well. I know Babies R Us has ratings and such, but I don't know how accurate they actually are. I think I prefer the car seat/ base/ stroller combo.
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February 12th, 2013, 08:47 PM
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My suggestion is that if you plan to babywear a lot.....just get a seat that stays in the car and goes from 6 to 60lbs or whatever (a convertible carseat...we have an Evenflo Symphony 65 and I have no complaints).

If you don't plan to babywear then get an infant carseat/stroller combo (Chicco is my recommendation) and then transition them to a convertible seat when appropriate (I think my DD was 8 months and she was a big baby).

Hope that helps.
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February 13th, 2013, 03:19 AM
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Ditto the above poster. I plan to get a Radian car seat for this little one. They are the only seat (that I know of) with a steel frame. There are pics of car wrecks where the seat held up even in a roll over and held the roof of the car up and off baby's head. I know they are all tested to the same standards, but a steel frame makes sense to me.
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February 13th, 2013, 03:34 AM
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I bought an infant car seat for DS. I liked that I could detach it from the base and bring him in the house. Babies fall asleep eveytime you drive them somewhere and it is really nice to take them out of the car without waking them up. Mine is a Graco KeyFit. He will be in it until he hits 30 pounds or two years old.

I also liked wearing my infant. I remember going to a seafood festival with a friend. I watched her try to manuver a stroller with the infant seat snapped in around other people, up to booths and across a unpaved parking lot. It wasn't for me. I didn't buy a stroller until he was at least 1. And when I did it was a little umbrella stroller that is 5 pounds and will go anywhere.
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February 13th, 2013, 04:18 AM
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Im trying to save up for the Orbit G2 stroller and car seat its a bit out of my price range but it looks so helpful. So it will take a couple of months but I really want it.
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February 13th, 2013, 04:28 AM
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Even though we baby wear a lot I'm still getting a bucket infant seat.
I had a Graco Snugride with my two kids, no problems, great seat.
I'm looking at the Chico Keyfit for the new baby.
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February 13th, 2013, 04:47 AM
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We are leaning more towards just a convertible carseat this time around. If we do decide to get an infant bucket seat we will get just the seat and not the stroller.
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February 13th, 2013, 05:11 AM
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I find for the most part that the strollers that have the carseats that clip right into the toddler seat are large, bulky, and low quality.

What you can get is a bucket seat, and then this frame thing that the bucket seat clips right into. I can't seem to remember what it's called, maybe someone else will know. If I were doing this again I would start with that and then worry about a toddler stroller later.

We also babywear a lot. Invest in a moby wrap!
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February 13th, 2013, 05:49 AM
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I babywear a LOT, so we use a Britax convertible from birth. Oliver is still in the same car seat! We'll def do the same for this baby. I hate carting around those baby carriers. The stroller I use is a Peg Perego P3. LOVE it!!

I'm also an extended rear facer, so you'll hear me talk all about that if the topic comes up.
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February 13th, 2013, 06:53 AM
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I went with a convertible car seat for Winter, and I love it. I just got one of the regular $50 deals from Walmart. As for strollers, I have a removable infant insert that keeps them stable in almost anything. I was able to push Winter around in an umbrella stroller at a month because of that thing. It has cushions on the side and around the head. This time we are going to buy a tandem stroller for two, and I'm hoping for a jogging model. I'll just put the insert into that.

Getting a new one for Alice as well. Found one that goes to 70 lbs that's less than $100. Until we can afford the special needs stroller for 1K, it will be a life saver.
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February 13th, 2013, 07:09 AM
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I kind of have my heart set on this one, because I also have a small car (MINI Countryman) and think this is one of the few that will fit in the trunk!

Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller - Miro - Chicco - Babies "R" Us
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February 13th, 2013, 07:14 AM
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I babywear a LOT, so we use a Britax convertible from birth. Oliver is still in the same car seat! We'll def do the same for this baby. I hate carting around those baby carriers. The stroller I use is a Peg Perego P3. LOVE it!!

I'm also an extended rear facer, so you'll hear me talk all about that if the topic comes up.
We have a P3 also, and I love it!!
It's great if you have a toddler/preschooler who usually walks but sometimes wants to catch a ride on the little step on the back.
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February 13th, 2013, 07:19 AM
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I mostly babywear until my children are about 1. I love it. My Dad did buy me a big stroller/carseat system by Graco when I was pregnant with my second. I didn't use the stroller part of it until she was 1. I then moved from that to an umbrella stroller. With my son, I wore him until he was big enough to just go straight to an umbrella stroller, unless I needed my "allterrain vehicle" as I called my Graco Stroller. I walk a lot though. I live in a big city and it's just cheaper not to drive.
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February 13th, 2013, 07:37 AM
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Here's my two cents. Even if you plan on baby wearing, the car seat carrier comes in very handy when you are say at a restaurant etc. Also this is just me: I did buy a kangaroo carrier type thing & a the moby wrap. I was just too nervous as a first time mom to confidently carry my new born that way. My DH could do it, but I couldn't! The car seat carrier came very handy. I just got a Gracco metrolite travel system. I am petite and have very small hands. It was important that the carrier is lightweight and not too much for me to handle alone. This one worked perfect for us. We used this car seat rear facing until DD was 1 1/2 yrs old and then switched to to forward facing for a few months. Finally she moved on to a convertible seat at abt 3 yrs old. And yes when babies are in the car they sleep and picking them up and out of the car seat mostly wakes them up. Its nice to be able to bring the car seat in and let them stay cozy.
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February 13th, 2013, 09:21 AM
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I will be having to find a new baby seat and stuff. But I don't know if I will get the seat and stroller combo.... I also have a moby wrap that I used ALOT, seems much easier when I was out.

I will be reading tons of reviews thats for sure.
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