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I think I am going to skip the infant car seat stroller combo this time around, and just go straight to a rear-facing convertible seat. We already have one we could use too which would save some $$. I really considered the infant seat a "must have" with Beth and Matt, but we didn't use it as much with Carrie. I always put her in her Jeep carrier (like a Snugli) so I could have my hands free to deal with the other two. My cat peed in the infant seat I had for her btw (he was sick) so we trashed that one.
Has anyone else skipped it? Did you miss it? I feel like I might be sorry when I have to wake the baby to get him out of the car, but that would only be every so often, and only for the first few months.
I have never used one. We have an infant seat, which I use until they can sit up in a grocery buggy. Then the infant/toddler seat that I use til they grow out of it. I have never had one of those things were you put the car seat in the stroller. I have noticed with the last 2 I hardly ever put them in a stroller. Maybe we don't go to the same places we used to.
I'm thinking of skipping the infant seat all together...the convertable one I have is big and stays in the car, but it fits babies from like five pounds and up. Hmm...the shopping cart. I guess I could just use the front carrier there too. At least the older two kids walk when we go places now! Carrie wants to walk too....but she walks into things.
I honestly can't imagine not using the infant carrier but my life style is a bit different and I had to take them (Izzy especially) in and out of the car often as infants. (Dropping off and Picking up the kids from school, grocery store, etc.)
I'm completely over the stroller/car seat travel systems though.
C...mom to A, C, E, L, I, and R
I had just bought the convertible seat for Clara and right before I had her I panicked, and had no idea how a teeny tiny baby was going to sit comfortable in such a large car seat. I borrowed her keyfit for a few months until Clara was bigger. But I also ditched the travel system this time. My SIL gave me a JEEP double stroller she found on freecycle so that worked out well for us.
It is just so much easier for me to use the infant seat for grocery shopping rather than taking the baby in and out of the car seat and into a carrier. I have 3 kids that need help getting buckled and unbuckled in their car seats - I'll take the time saver of not adding a 4th one needing in and out of a convertible car seat for a few months.