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Dazzle me with strollers and car seats

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I know this seems awfully early but my hubby is off to the US in a few weeks and has the opportunity to bring back a stroller and car seat at 70% less than we'd pay here. It seemed like a good thing to do (and the airlines don't charge for 'em).  So Here's what i need:

 

- A stroller base that a carseat can clip into (that will also fold up and fit into the trunk of a cab)

- A carseat. Pref one that's light enough that I can pick up that's relatively easy to clip in with just the seat belt 

 

We don't have a car so we need to be able to pop in and out of cabs fairly easily. I'm OK with this being our bigger splurge item since it's potentially going to make going out either a reality or a nightmare. 

post #2 of 11
If what you need is to be able to pop in and out of cabs easily, then you want to look for a carseat that can be used without the base. There aren't any bucket seats that you can use without the base that can be installed with LATCH, so you are going to have to weave the seatbelt through no matter what.


I suggest a graco sungride 35 with a stroller adapter like this: http://www.target.com/p/graco-snugrider-infant-car-seat-frame/-/A-12254083?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=|12254083&CPNG=baby&ci_sku=12254083&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=
This little carseat stroller is super light and you will be able to throw it in a cab easliy, instead of having to heave a huge stroller into the back of a cab.

Once your kiddo is a little bigger, how are you planning to get in and out of cabs? Most buckets only accommodate up to 30 lbs, but this one goes up to 35 and 32 inches tall. That's why I suggested it. IMO, I would use this combo for when you are going places in cars/cabs. But, I assume that you go lots of places on foot/ public transportation? If so, I suggest you also get a walking/jogging stroller. This would be able to accomodate your take along items, be comfortable and easy to push (you'd be surprised at what a pia some strollers are to push). Here is my suggestion for that one:

http://www.wayfair.com/Baby-Jogger-2012-City-Mini-Stroller-BJ112-IJ1436.html

If you got all of those, you'd be looking at about $500 USD. They are all available at stores like Target and Babies R Us which are in pretty much every suburb in America.

There are tons of amazing stroller/careat combo options, but most of them would require ordering if from somewhere, which Im assuming he doesnt want to do.


Keep in mind that when you are looking at carseats, typically the number following the type is the weight limit. For example Graco Snugride 22, only holds a 22 lb baby (which some kids outgrow by 8 months) a Graco Sungride 35 holds a 35 lb baby, pending that he/she is pretty short.
post #3 of 11

I like AM's suggestions.  that is what i was thinking.. you'd still need another carseat later on but its going to be a pain when you can no longer snap it in the stroller once you get to your destination...   maybe someone who lives in a big city would have a good suggestions?
 

post #4 of 11
I dont know why they dont make stroller frames for convertibles. It seems like they would come in handy.

Since cabs are typically exempt from carseat laws I guess there isnt a big incentive. I dont think its safe, but what else can people do?
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/toddler-travel-in-new-york-cit-118298
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama View Post

If what you need is to be able to pop in and out of cabs easily, then you want to look for a carseat that can be used without the base. There aren't any bucket seats that you can use without the base that can be installed with LATCH, so you are going to have to weave the seatbelt through no matter what.
I suggest a graco sungride 35 with a stroller adapter like this: http://www.target.com/p/graco-snugrider-infant-car-seat-frame/-/A-12254083?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=|12254083&CPNG=baby&ci_sku=12254083&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=
This little carseat stroller is super light and you will be able to throw it in a cab easliy, instead of having to heave a huge stroller into the back of a cab.
Once your kiddo is a little bigger, how are you planning to get in and out of cabs? Most buckets only accommodate up to 30 lbs, but this one goes up to 35 and 32 inches tall. That's why I suggested it. IMO, I would use this combo for when you are going places in cars/cabs. But, I assume that you go lots of places on foot/ public transportation? If so, I suggest you also get a walking/jogging stroller. This would be able to accomodate your take along items, be comfortable and easy to push (you'd be surprised at what a pia some strollers are to push). Here is my suggestion for that one:
http://www.wayfair.com/Baby-Jogger-2012-City-Mini-Stroller-BJ112-IJ1436.html
If you got all of those, you'd be looking at about $500 USD. They are all available at stores like Target and Babies R Us which are in pretty much every suburb in America.
There are tons of amazing stroller/careat combo options, but most of them would require ordering if from somewhere, which Im assuming he doesnt want to do.
Keep in mind that when you are looking at carseats, typically the number following the type is the weight limit. For example Graco Snugride 22, only holds a 22 lb baby (which some kids outgrow by 8 months) a Graco Sungride 35 holds a 35 lb baby, pending that he/she is pretty short.

 

So helpful! Thank you for taking all that time. I think my husband is planning to shop around in LA so he might have some luck finding this stuff there. I'm 99.9% sure we'll be living in a country where owning a car is feasible by the time we have a kid over 30lbs. I don't know what I'll do otherwise. 

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama View Post

I dont know why they dont make stroller frames for convertibles. It seems like they would come in handy.
Since cabs are typically exempt from carseat laws I guess there isnt a big incentive. I dont think its safe, but what else can people do?
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/toddler-travel-in-new-york-cit-118298

 

Good link, thanks! 

post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama View Post

I dont know why they dont make stroller frames for convertibles. It seems like they would come in handy.
Since cabs are typically exempt from carseat laws I guess there isnt a big incentive. I dont think its safe, but what else can people do?
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/toddler-travel-in-new-york-cit-118298

 

This is something I've been thinking about because DH and I also don't have a car (and don't want one). I'm going to be baby wearing as much as possible, so I'm investing in some nice, well-reviewed slings and such, but the issue is getting home from the hospital.

 

I don't think it makes me a bad mother that I don't see a problem with either holding the baby or wearing him/her in the less than 5 minute cab ride home (seriously, we live three blocks from the hospital). If I have a relatively smooth birth, I may even try to walk home - it's THAT close. We almost never take cabs either since we live downtown (and pay enough for that luxury), so we'll be either wearing or strolling and I don't really want to buy a car seat for one 5 minute trip. I have a feeling that this is going to be a fight when I try to leave the hospital :(

post #8 of 11
Teles- just borrow one.
post #9 of 11
Also, while I could have walked 3 blocks after both of my births, I wouldnt want to have to take a hospital bag that far. Do you plan on bringing a lot of stuff with you to the hospital or just a small bag.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Just a side note, I have a friend who gets Zip cars and there's always a car seat in the trunk. We don't have Zip car here but it might be worth looking into for other city folk who need the occasional wheels. Seemed like a pretty good set-up.

post #11 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama View Post

Also, while I could have walked 3 blocks after both of my births, I wouldnt want to have to take a hospital bag that far. Do you plan on bringing a lot of stuff with you to the hospital or just a small bag.

 

I figure it would be a small bag since DH will be anxious to do things for me (since most things will be out of his control), so if I want something I'm sure he'd proudly saunter home to collect it. He would be carrying all the stuff too, I'd only have the baby.

 

I guess I'll me more informed once I get to the classes offered by the hospital and find out roughly how long I'm expected to stay there after the baby is born.

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