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post #21 of 55


 

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Originally Posted by reelgeek View Post

I'm a first time Mom, but I've done a pile of research for my particular needs and I'm going with a 'bells and whistles' stroller called 'Stokke'.

 

http://www.stokke.com/en-us/stroller/xplory-features/facing-you.aspx

 

I live in San Francisco, do not own a car and walk everywhere. I take the trains for transit and like to eat at restaurants that do not necessarily have baby seats. So the features of being able to raise the seat up to my level (I'm tall - so this should be a back saver) and use it as a baby seat when eating out would be great. I also like that you can use it from newborn (even though I'm not getting the bassinet) to about 3-4 years old. The up and down stair feature is also pretty handy and I think I'll use it a lot.

 

I've heard it's fairly large for car trunks, but that's not a concern I have.


i've heard great things about this stroller (i'd hope so with the price tag).  can't vouch for it personally, but i can vouch for the stokke brand.  we used their tripp trapp high chair with dd for over two years and LOVED it.  will definitely be using it again.

post #22 of 55

We're getting a jogging stroller from a friend.  I looking at buying either a basic-ish stroller that reclines, or a snap and go type.  Part of our issue is that we haven't decided if we're getting an infant seat or just going straight to convert able.  I'm thinking of registering for an infant seat and seeing if we get it.  If not, we'll buy the convert able and figure out the stroller thing later.  I also plan to baby wear as much as possible anyway, so I don't want to spend a ton of money.

post #23 of 55

After doing the bulky travel systems with two kids, I'm doing the infant carseat + "frame" at first, and then when she's out of the infant carseat, I'm switching to a Maclaren (perhaps Quest or Triumph?).  I don't need it to FULLY recline, but I do want it to recline some... I just have a Maclaren Volo right now that I purchased when my son was 3 (so I didn't really need it to recline).  But I LOVE how lightweight and compact it is.  I advised my sister to go with a Maclaren when she had her son in March (for when he got a little older) and she has been REALLY happy with it.

 

I also have a BOB and plan to get the infant seat adapter for it... it's really nice for our outdoor trips, but to keep in the car for the mall, quick trips, etc., I plan to use the "frame" for the carseat and then the Maclaren.

post #24 of 55

yes i am on there fairly often but i don't have an account. i should probably make one!

post #25 of 55
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Originally Posted by NYC_CNM View Post

Thank you for this thread!  As a first-time mom, I've also been wondering what in the world is actually essential, and what we really need for the baby. Good stuff!  

 

Now, my next question is: if we don't own a car, and we rarely drive anywhere (and you can hire car services w/ car seats to get to airports, and rent cars w/ car seats), and we're planning a homebirth so hopefully we won't even need a carseat to take the baby home from the hospital in, do you really think we need one?  Essential or not?

 


yes, i definitely still think you need one just for emergency situations like taking a cab to the ER with a sick baby in the middle of the night!!

post #26 of 55
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Originally Posted by sparrowsocks View Post

We're getting a jogging stroller from a friend.  I looking at buying either a basic-ish stroller that reclines, or a snap and go type.  Part of our issue is that we haven't decided if we're getting an infant seat or just going straight to convert able.  I'm thinking of registering for an infant seat and seeing if we get it.  If not, we'll buy the convert able and figure out the stroller thing later.  I also plan to baby wear as much as possible anyway, so I don't want to spend a ton of money.


I definitely vote for the infant seat! If you have a very sensitive/easily agitated baby, it's MUCH easier to get them all buckled in inside the house, and then just snap them in the car. I usually popped my DD out into a pouch or wrap if we were out together for any length of time, but was still glad that I had the option to take the infant carrier out for a very quick trip out of the car. There are also those wonderfully mellow babies (so I've heard, at least) who will fall asleep in the car, and stay asleep if you bring the carrier inside. And then there's the convenience of the snap and go stroller frames, where you can just take them directly from car to stroller without the whole buckling and unbuckling fiasco. Finally, most infant seats recline further than the convertibles, so better for sleeping.

post #27 of 55
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Originally Posted by sparrowsocks View Post

We're getting a jogging stroller from a friend.  I looking at buying either a basic-ish stroller that reclines, or a snap and go type.  Part of our issue is that we haven't decided if we're getting an infant seat or just going straight to convert able.  I'm thinking of registering for an infant seat and seeing if we get it.  If not, we'll buy the convert able and figure out the stroller thing later.  I also plan to baby wear as much as possible anyway, so I don't want to spend a ton of money.


I definitely vote for the infant seat! If you have a very sensitive/easily agitated baby, it's MUCH easier to get them all buckled in inside the house, and then just snap them in the car. I usually popped my DD out into a pouch or wrap if we were out together for any length of time, but was still glad that I had the option to take the infant carrier out for a very quick trip out of the car. There are also those wonderfully mellow babies (so I've heard, at least) who will fall asleep in the car, and stay asleep if you bring the carrier inside. And then there's the convenience of the snap and go stroller frames, where you can just take them directly from car to stroller without the whole buckling and unbuckling fiasco. Finally, most infant seats recline further than the convertibles, so better for sleeping.



i vote for infant seat as well. i know alot of people think it's a waste but newborns are so floppy that it's not the easiest to get them in and out when the seat is in the car. add to that teh fact that they're asleep half the time you pull them out and with the bucket you can just transport them inside to continue the nap. and then there's crappy weather. i had dd as a baby in the winter in the midwest so for me getting her in the bucket indoors was essential but i imagine in the spring/summer there could be really rainy days where the bucket would make it easier. totally worth $100 in my eyes.

post #28 of 55
Thread Starter 

NYC_CNM -  I'm in NYC about half the time and I do own a car as well, but also take a cab alot.  I would still use the carseat in NYC as you can strap car seats into the back seats of cabs with their seat belts-when purchasing one, you just have to make sure they are the kind that can be used with or without the base.  It would also work well with the snap and go frame til you decide what type of stroller you really need...Do you really want to use the car seats provided by limo services?  Who knows what's been in there?  That's just me!!!

 

I'm going with the car seat/snap n go until I see what's what.

post #29 of 55

we have a phil and ted.  doubl;e. and i love it. i walk from my home around a downtown and old town area.  the big wheels save me on the cracked sidewalks and bumpy streets. it is pretty heavy but i like the steel consturction for its durability.  we have two kids and will put another in it and maybe one more after this babe. so i wanted it to last.  It does different configs and will lie flat for a babe, but mine both have not strolled until 6mo plus.  so i will prob wear this babe until then. it does fold up as small as the old jogger i used to have, but i does suit my needs. 

For what it is worth.  i didn't get a stroller with my first until after 6 mo old and we decided what i needed one for.  For trip s in the car or with the hub we just baby wear.  For walking trips the stroller is nice, once they get big or hot

post #30 of 55

Hi,

 

I regret our stroller for our first born. We had an Ingelsina Zippy with a bassinet attachment that cost over 500 bucks and we never really used it. I think a simple snap and go like Baby Trend is great when they are young and when they grow out of it, an umbrella stroller. That's still our go to stroller since it's so light and easy. If you like to jog or need an off road type, we also enjoyed our Bob stroller.

 

-Heather

post #31 of 55

I wore DS exclusively for the first three months and then we got the Baby Jogger City Mini and I LOVE it. I still wore him mostly for the first 18 mos b/c DS hated the stroller (nothing to do with the specific strollers, it was a hatred of all strollers, high chairs, carseats etc ever made!) Now that DS is 2.5 we use the city mini all the time to get to and from daycare and get around the city. I live in Toronto and we have lots of snow right now and it does alright, although in deep snow, you do want the bigger wheels. I can easily see DS being comfortable in it til at least 4, not that he'll use it all the time at that age, but it's nice to have the option. I love the weather cover, the size, how it folds, everything! We will get the carseat adapter for it for when this new babe arrives, but I think it will be mostly DS walking or stroller and baby in the wrap. We also have a McLaren Quest which I also love - got it for $150 used on craigslist and it is wonderful, but no good for the winter, obviously. 

post #32 of 55

We only really found ourselves using a stroller for grocery trips (to hold the bags) and for kids on really long walks. With both kids we didn't start using a stroller regularly for an actual child until they were nearly two. We just wear them instead. It's way less hassle, and for someone like me with extensive pain and mobility problems it's a huge pain the butt to haul a stroller around. A well-fitted, comfortable and safe baby carrier is 1000x better for me and my health! Generally, the times I find myself using the stroller with a baby under 12 months is if I'm having an exceptionally bad pain day, and DH is with me so he can push it.

 

That said, the in-laws got us an "X trail" by "Love n Care" that had an attachable extra seat, so it converted to a double stroller without taking up a single inch of extra space. SUPER handy. We love that thing, but it's not made very well... after having it only 4 years it's completely fallen apart and is barely being held together by duct tape. We can't afford to buy another stroller new, but we need the grocery cart aspect of it for shopping trips in a BIG way, so we'll probably end up cruising the classifieds for a cheap jogging stroller replacement before baby comes.

post #33 of 55

I'm buying a Combi double stroller side by side. It's really only for my older boys so that I can wear the baby. I have a friend who has one, and it's amazing. 

post #34 of 55

Thanks for the advice!  We do want to save money where we can, but almost everyone we've talked to has recommended getting the infant seat anyway.  We found out we can borrow an infant seat and frame stroller from one of DHs coworkers if we don't get the seat at my shower.

post #35 of 55

For all of you babywearers...do you recommend any brands/styles in particular?  Ever since I went to Peru I have been interested in the wraps, but are they hard to wrap or did you feel like the baby was safe when you were first learning?

post #36 of 55

I'm not a "babywearer" but I do sometimes wear my babies. I tried a wrap once and it completely confused me. I prefer a soft structured carrier personally. Just my $ .02
 

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For all of you babywearers...do you recommend any brands/styles in particular?  Ever since I went to Peru I have been interested in the wraps, but are they hard to wrap or did you feel like the baby was safe when you were first learning?

post #37 of 55

reelgeek, I am DROOLING over that stroller! So neat!! 

 

Re: the question of whether you really need a car seat if you don't have a car...it depends on personal comfort level, I guess.  With a seat provided by a limo company or the like, you are counting on their word that the seat is not expired, is not recalled, has never been in an accident, and has been properly installed.  With a seat purchased yourself, you can learn how to properly install it yourself in any vehicle you wind up in (handy if you are getting a lift with a friend somewhere or something like that), and you will know its history and can follow recall notices etc.  If you're not up for buying one, you could ask around and find a friend you trust who would be willing to let you store their unused seat at your place for occasional use - frees up a little storage space for them for a while, and ensures you have a reliable seat in those few times you might need one.

post #38 of 55

We have the Bugaboo Chameleon and highly recommend it.  Love it, love it, love it.  I don't think we're going to get a double-stroller, but we may change our minds.  If we do, we'll sell our Chameleon and look into their new one.  I think it's called a Donkey...

post #39 of 55
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Originally Posted by tiff86 View Post

For all of you babywearers...do you recommend any brands/styles in particular?  Ever since I went to Peru I have been interested in the wraps, but are they hard to wrap or did you feel like the baby was safe when you were first learning?



i like the stretchy wraps like the moby for newborns. it's easier than woven wraps because you can tie it and then pop the baby in because it stretches and it's so comfy and snuggly. i have back issues so the wide straps worked the best for me. but they outgrow it way before the supposed weight limit because it does stretch (and then feels uncomfortable...at least for me the stretch was horrible for my back.) i ended up going with the maya tie (which is the maya wrap's version of a mai tei) because it has the wide straps just like a wrap, functions like a wrap, but without all the tying and you can pop them in while it's half tied already like a regular mai tei (but without the straps cutting into your shoulders and more support like a wrap.)

 

people love the ergo type things but IMO it's really uncomfortable with a newborn....you need to finagle it so that they're in there ok....mine almost slid out the bottom once....and they're bulky and i wanted something i could throw in my bag in case i wanted it somewhere.

post #40 of 55

Don't have a baby yet, but I like the idea of multiple styles of carriers.  I'm just thinking about versatility and you never know what the baby will like.  I got a hotsling from one of my former student's parents, and my MIL bought be a ring sling in Guatamala.  I have registered for a moby and an ergo, and I will probably buy a mei tai.  I don't care as much about the moby since it may be too hot here for my May baby, but I hope to get an ergo or similar for DH.  I think he would find that easiest to use.  Although, funny, he did get the hang of the hotsling really fast and even showed me how to do it when we were practicing with our cats.  2whistle.gif  I may buy a nice woven fabric and make my own wrap at some point.

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