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post #1 of 17
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I have a 2 year old who will be 28 months when baby comes in late July/early August. I have a maya wrap I hope to use but I'm also thinking that I'll need a stroller backup for our treks to the park where we tend to stay for 3+ hours, bring a picnic and go at least twice a week when the weather is nice. There's no way I could baby wear that long especially as baby grows. DD was just shy of 8 lb at birth and grew very quickly, flirting with 90th percentile for both height and weight. If this kiddo is anything like her then by 8 months a stroller will be essential. The thing is that DD still likes to ride but also walks a ton. There's also the ever present toddler meltdown on the way home where I simply won't be able to carry 30lb of screaming kiddo while handling a stroller with an infant.

I thought of a double but they are so big and once DD outgrows the stroller stage, I certainly wouldn't want to lug a double stroller for one child (we plan on two kids only). I saw the britax b ready
http://www.britax.ca/strollers/b-ready
and thought it looked wonderfully adaptable and offered a way to stroll with 2 kids without having to go double. Once DD is done, I could easily detach the second seat and use it as a single without it feeling huge.

I thought of the baby trend sit n stand type models and will check them out but I'm weary of a tantrumming toddler not being in a harness and having a comfy seatback. They also seem longer front to back than than the b ready in double mode but I'm not sure on that.

Anyways, that's my situation/need in a nutshell. I'd love to hear ideas/reviews/experiences from BTDT moms and any food for thought.
post #2 of 17

Hi mama!!!

I have no advice except the Britax looked pretty cool to me. That is probably what I'd get if I were having another and a 28 month old. Did you check any reviews online?wink1.gif

post #3 of 17
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Thanks mama! The online reviews are glowing. I think much like peg perego, britax is a quality brand; hard to go wrong wink1.gif

I looked at the baby jogger city select too but while it seems fantastic, the weight limit on both seats is 45 lbs while the britax is 55lb on the primary seat and 35 on the add on. DD is already 32lbs at 25 months, consistently ~90th percentile for both height and weight so I think we'd get longer use out of the britax (younger kiddo can be relegated to second seat which reclines flat until big sis is completely done).
post #4 of 17
Did you look at Phil& Ted's? It's spendy for sure but I really like how seamless it is between single and double. Should this child even wean and I'm able to get pregnant, I will be looking on craigslist for one of those for sure!
post #5 of 17
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Thanks, Element for the lead. They look pretty great but all the models I found (like 6) have a 44lb limit on the main seat - 11 lb less than the britax and I seem to grow big kiddos. It's a consideration for sure and I think may make or break the deal if we're spending this kind of dough.
post #6 of 17
Ds1 didn't outgrow the desire to ride in the stroller until he was around 30 months, so you might want to get something you love since you may need it for awhile yet.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by sageowl View Post

Ds1 didn't outgrow the desire to ride in the stroller until he was around 30 months, so you might want to get something you love since you may need it for awhile yet.
That's my feeling too. I do love the britax quite a lot but I need to play with it more to make sure wink1.gif
post #8 of 17

I have the B-Ready and LOVE. IT. I have a 2.5 year-old who still loves stroller rides (though I have to strap him in, ha) and an 8 week-old. I've been using the B-Ready with the car seat adapters, though you can use a second seat for a newborn, too and you can recline it the whole way back...I just haven't wanted to mess with it yet since the car seat stays by our front door. 

 

I bought the Britax when pregnant with my 2nd for this purpose, also because we had a pretty cheap stroller for my 1st child that barely went over cracks in the sidewalk. So we used it as a single for him and I could push it with one hand.  As a double it is too heavy to push with one hand but still rides like a dream if I push it with both. I have not found that the carseat gets in the way when I'm walking, even though it makes the stroller longer when you adapt it as a double.

 

Seriously, I love it. It is so easy to turn it from a double into a single, which I do often when baby gets fussy and I put her in the wrap mid-walk. My neighbor has the City Select and it is like pushing a boat when compared to the B-ready, though there are advantages to that too (kids can both sit and face each other).  Also, we bought ours during a special that you may want to keep an eye out for in case they're still doing it or will do it again soon...if you bought the stroller, it came with either a free 2nd seat, or car seat. It wasn't so expensive in the end, all things considered.  HTH!

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by LHcj2008 View Post

I have the B-Ready and LOVE. IT. I have a 2.5 year-old who still loves stroller rides (though I have to strap him in, ha) and an 8 week-old. I've been using the B-Ready with the car seat adapters, though you can use a second seat for a newborn, too and you can recline it the whole way back...I just haven't wanted to mess with it yet since the car seat stays by our front door. 

I bought the Britax when pregnant with my 2nd for this purpose, also because we had a pretty cheap stroller for my 1st child that barely went over cracks in the sidewalk. So we used it as a single for him and I could push it with one hand.  As a double it is too heavy to push with one hand but still rides like a dream if I push it with both. I have not found that the carseat gets in the way when I'm walking, even though it makes the stroller longer when you adapt it as a double.

Seriously, I love it. It is so easy to turn it from a double into a single, which I do often when baby gets fussy and I put her in the wrap mid-walk. My neighbor has the City Select and it is like pushing a boat when compared to the B-ready, though there are advantages to that too (kids can both sit and face each other).  Also, we bought ours during a special that you may want to keep an eye out for in case they're still doing it or will do it again soon...if you bought the stroller, it came with either a free 2nd seat, or car seat. It wasn't so expensive in the end, all things considered.  HTH!

Thanks so much! They have the same special coming up in June (free second seat if you buy stroller) and I can hardly wait wink1.gif
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Just got our B ready today!! Nearby store had a special: free carseat or second seat PLUS $50 accessory credit. I decided against the universal carseat adapter and got the double raincover. I walk a lot and don't wanna mess around with a bunch of blankets.

It's still in boxes in the trunk of the car since we're going to a family function straight from the store. I can't wait to play with it!! Thanks for all the input.
post #11 of 17

I see that you already got the stroller, but I thought I'd chime in anyway in case other moms in our situation are considering the B-Ready.

 

DD was 31 months when DS was born. He's now 3 months, and she's 34 months.

 

I bought my B-Ready a year ago, as soon as I found our I was pregnant! I got the Britax Chaperone for free as part of the free ride event, and I bought the lower car seat adapter so that I could keep DD in the upper seat (higher weight limit) while strolling with both kids. Anyway, this means that I had about 9 months to use the stroller in "single" mode with DD. And I must say, I never fell in love with it. I find it difficult to push and clunky. It's monstrously wide. The storage basket is large, but if you fill it with heavy stuff the basket fabric drags against the front wheels. The stroller doesn't give a smooth ride on sidewalks. I'm not talking cobblestones or gravel - I mean it has a hard time when there's a crack in the sidewalk or a bumpy spot on a curb. To fit the stroller into the trunks of most cars, I have to remove the seat from the base and sort of "puzzle piece" the two things to make them take up less space. 

 

I know that there are legitimate reasons for some of the things I'm complaining about here... But they're still worth mentioning I think. I really thought this stroller would be perfect for us because of all of the glowing reviews, but it just didn't win me over in single mode. If we were only talking about single strollers that are awesome for loading up picnics and toys for long days at the playground, I'd recommend my Joovy Zoom 360 in a heartbeat.

 

Anyway, along comes baby #2. My toddler is now totally able to walk or ride her trike, but I have no desire to carry our stuff, I'd like a place to lay the baby down so that I can spot my toddler when she's climbing the monkey bars, and sometimes I just need to stick the toddler in the stroller. We've been using the B-Ready with DD in the top seat and DS in his infant car seat down below. (I WOULD NOT recommend placing a newborn in either the top or bottom "regular" seat. Those seats are recommended for 6 months and up, and for good reason. I've laid the baby in the (reclined) seat on occasion, but I wouldn't consider strolling him around this way.) I still wasn't in love. The stroller gets too tippy when the toddler is not in her top seat but the baby is in his lower seat. You're technically not supposed to have the infant in the infant seat down low if a child is not in the top seat. Which is sort of ridiculous, really. Well, short story long, this configuration isn't so great either. The stroller is even MORE of a beast to push. And it's a bummer to not be able to look at the baby without bending down. My legs also kick the car seat when it's facing me down low - huge bummer.

 

So last week I was dinking around and realized that I could click the top seat into the lower anchor bar for the infant seat. I know this isn't kosher, but I tried it, with the baby in his infant seat up top. And the combo is AWESOME! With the weight of my toddler down so low, the seat is no longer a beast to push. I can make eye contact with my baby. My toddler loves to get in/out of the seat by herself. Win/win/win.

 

 

To sum up: I don't know if I'd buy the stroller if I had it to do all over again. I sort of regret not just getting the uppa baby vista with the rumble seat, now that I see how nice it is to have DD down low. (And the Vista comes with a bassinet, which would have been so nice for the baby. We only use the infant seat in the stroller because he's too little for the regular stroller seat, but I think the bassinet would be much nicer, more comfortable, and it would be handy to have to use at home also. Come to think of it, if I have a third baby, I'm going to sell my B-Ready on Craig's List and get a Vista.

post #12 of 17
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Thanks for the added review, lightforest! I'll pop back and post after baby arrives. I haven't had a chance to use single mode yet either (busy weekend) but I do hope to try baby in the second seat. That one is rated from birth up since it reclines completely flat and I plan to skip the carseat on the frame altogether (I grow big babies and the combined weight is just too much for me). I think strollers are like cloth diapers: what one mom loves, another will hate because we all have different needs and babies/kids are all different too. I think all baby gear is a gamble; walking around the store for five minutes and negotiating real life are totally different. I'm sorry the b ready wasn't a good fit for you, I still hope it will be a good fit for us.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by skycheattraffic View Post

Thanks for the added review, lightforest! I'll pop back and post after baby arrives. I haven't had a chance to use single mode yet either (busy weekend) but I do hope to try baby in the second seat. That one is rated from birth up since it reclines completely flat and I plan to skip the carseat on the frame altogether (I grow big babies and the combined weight is just too much for me). I think strollers are like cloth diapers: what one mom loves, another will hate because we all have different needs and babies/kids are all different too. I think all baby gear is a gamble; walking around the store for five minutes and negotiating real life are totally different. I'm sorry the b ready wasn't a good fit for you, I still hope it will be a good fit for us.


I totally agree! The stroller gets so many great reviews for a good reason - tons of people love it! I hope you do too!

 

I am convinced that baby stores should all have bumpy terrain (cobblestones and wood chips) and 35 lb weights for test driving strollers. You really can't get a sense of a stroller by pushing it empty on smooth linoleum.

 

About the second seat reclining so far - I didn't know!!!! Why do they not show photos of this feature?!?

post #14 of 17
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I love the stroller demo track idea!! I'd love the 35 lb weight to be squirming and writhing to REALLY test out the toddler aspect, like how quickly you can get a tantrumming kiddo harnessed lol
post #15 of 17
I think Britax has a "skate board/ride along" attachement for their strollers. I have the B-Agile and noticed it on their website when I was looking at accessories. I am not sure if you would be interested but thought I would chime in!
post #16 of 17

Just thought I would chime in briefly as a B-ready owner, for anyone who finds this thread useful.  We have only used it as a single stroller so far, but here was our experience:  

 

Overall we were very happy with it - it was easy to push and turn, and we loved to be able to have our daughter up high and facing us.  As she got older, she was able to climb in and out herself, which I thought was unexpected.  The storage underneath is awesome (we have used the carriage more for hauling kiddie stuff around than for the kiddo :)).  We have the chaperone car seat and have loved that - found it really easy to use in a number of different taxis and rental cars internationally (just be sure to call Britax as soon as you get it to ask them to send you the locking clip - it doesn't come with it automatically, although they will send it to you for free, and you may very well need it, especially with international travel), and super easy to install correctly, and to take in and out of the car and or the stoller while a baby is sleeping in it.  Our daughter actually napped exclusively in it for a while, because there was a whole stage when she would only go to sleep if we rocked her in the carseat (the way it is constructed, it is really easy to put it on the floor and rock it back and forth with the baby in it.)  It has been wonderfully durable - we have literally had it halfway up a mountain, on long treks on gravel, on cobblestones, on city streets, through sand, etc, and it has held up well.  The main seat has also been a great place to put other carseats once she outgrew the Chaperone - during travel abroad, we were able to put a regular carseat in the Britax seat, hang a large backpack off the handle, put the dog carrier into the carseat, and stuff another carryon under the stroller - so that all we had to do was to push that through security (although this was only helpful if you could gatecheck the stroller, which often wasn't possible in smaller airports or in Europe).  Even though it is somewhat big when folded up, we were able to fit it into a number of taxis and European (read small) rental cars along with a ton of other luggage, mainly because breaking it down into two pieces instead of one gives you better flexibility in putting it where you want to.  This stroller was also awesome for us because we are both tall - 6'2" - it was one of the few that we could use without kicking the back (although I don't know if that will still be true with the second seat?).  

 

My main complaints: the back wheels are wide for stability, which is good, but they are so wide that sometimes this is a pain - I think it is because the wheels are wider than the handle, and so I sometimes trip over them because my eyes are tricked into thinking that they are not as far out as that (it still fits fine through doorways, etc, though).  The five point harness is a pain because the top and bottom parts don't click together - you have to hold them together while you try to click them in, and if you don't put pressure in exactly the right direction, they can slip apart as you try to click them in - with practice you get used to it, but I still wish they would find a way to have the top and bottom strap click together first!  There is no handle on the side or any way to carry the stroller when it is folded up and you have a kid in the other hand/arm - while it folds up well, it is awkward to carry once folded (and heavy!).  We have also had trouble gate checking this stroller at airports about 20-50% of the time - I don't know that this is really a downside per se, as anyone who always wants to guarantee gate checking a stroller would need to buy an umbrella stroller anyway.  I would also note that with the seat installed so that the baby is facing you (which is the way we always had it) it doesn't really fold well - you are actually better off reversing the seat, and then folding it.  

 

We just recently bought a Maclaren XLT for my now almost 2.5 year old, because we are abroad for several months and the airline wouldn't let us bring the Britax without paying something like an extra $500 to check it (because our daughter is over 2 years old).  In comparison to the Britax, the Maclaren is very nice, in that it is smaller and has a much smaller turning radius, and is much lighter, so it is much easier to haul onto the subway, etc (we live in the city).  But I never would have bought the Maclaren for a newborn, because I really wanted to be able to see my newborn, and to have her up high and facing us, and I also really appreciated being able to use the carseat as the seat early on with the built-in easy method for just clicking it in and out, and to be able to easily take it in and out of taxis and cars.  We weren't big stroller people anyway - I mostly (even now) always carry my daughter (or she walks) and we mostly used the stroller for longer day trips or for travel, mostly so that DD had somewhere to nap on the go and/or so that we had somewhere to store the diaper bag and food and toys, etc.  My MIL is in her 70s and watches DD a lot, and since she can't really carry DD, she used the stroller a lot.  I have no regrets about having the Britax, even though I'd love to see a few improvements and even though we don't use strollers a lot, and we plan to get the second seat for our upcoming second child.  

post #17 of 17
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Just wanted to post an update. As they say, a picture's worth a thousand words. Here's mine:

 

I'm one happy customer :)

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