I hate seeing babies hauled around in an infant carseat. I know a baby who spent so much time in hers she got a raw spot on her back. Our kids always transferred easily to the sling. If they woke up and were still tired, they went right back to sleep. Often though, they didn't do much more than stir.
With out first, the stroller was good for extremely long excursions with an older, and heavier baby/toddler. It was good for sleeping when sleeing in the carrier wasn't practical. And of course, strollers are great for groceries, extra diapers, snacks, etc.
Mostly though, the stroller was essential when we had our second DD. I could carry one child and have the other one in the stroller.
I wouldn't run out an buy a stroller right away. I'd start out with just a carrier and add a stroller if you find you need one.
Congratulations on your new baby!!!
When my second child was born, we got the double stroller and it was quite useful at times.
Laura, mama to J (15), N (12), E (9) , M (6), and our little caboose, R (3).
With my next baby, I'm going to do a lot more BWing!
I had a garage sale and sold all my strollers except the umbrella stroller. And I haven't touched the umbrella stroller once.
But it'd going to take some outstanding "life will be a billion times easier" moment for me to ever think of getting one of those huge, clunky, awkward, "travel systems." I am open to the slight possibility that it could happen, however.
The stroller is really useful when we go places where I won't have a cart so I have somewhere to store our diaper bag (and coats/hats/etc in the winter)
For HOT HOT days (Iowa) I will put her in the stroller if we go on a walk. Otherwise I typically wear her.
But the stroller is useful. I would just get a lightweight/cheap one.
ETA: I wouldn't necessarily get a cheap stroller. Lightweight yes, but if you think you might use it a fair amount, a nicer one would be probably more comfortable to sit in. Also sturdier for when you use it to carry groceries.
I had a travel system and I really liked it. DS was born in March and it's really cold here until about June so I used it. I didn't have it the first month and I felt really liberated once I got it.
Reasons why I felt I needed it:
It was so cold, I liked that he was bundled in the warm car seat.
DS was a really cranky baby, and IF he slept, we were NOT waking him.
He was heavy and I had a hard time carrying the seat alone.
(11lbs at birth, 22 at 4 months)
I had the slings and used them, but I was a new mom and had a hard time putting them on in the car and again, it was really cold out.
Plus if I was at the mall, I was trying on nursing bras and couldn't wear him at the time.
Before I got the stroller to go with the carseat, I basically put the seat in the cart at the mall. This worked really well for groceries, and not so well for the mall.
Reasons why I might not use one again:
I hated how huge the stroller was that went with the carseat - bohemouth!
I stopped using it once I got my Ergo carrier - and once he really liked a carrier.
I only used it 4 months, before A: DS outgrew the infant seat and B: the stroller that came with it was no good for a smaller child without the carseat, and not comfortable now for a big boy on his own either.
Once summer came, I preferred to carry him without the seat - might have had something to do with how heavy the dang thing was!
To sum it up, I LOVED the stroller system for 4 months that seemed like an eternity at the time, I felt free to go to my LLL meetings and to the mall and to get out of the house with my son in a way that I didn't before I bought the thing.
Hated the stroller afterwards and have had 4 other strollers before finding the RIGHT stroller that I adore. Next time I will buy a baby bucket carseat that fits my new stroller, but if I had a summer baby I might not bother.
Plus, by then I am sure it will be more convenient to carry baby #2 in a sling and push my big boy in the stroller!
BTW - my dream stroller is the City Mini by Baby Jogger! LOVE IT! But it took a couple of crappy strollers before I even knew really what I wanted and needed in a stroller.
Mother to a wonderful 4 year old boy born March 2007 who was once and still
Starting once more from the beginning and expecting a surprise someone in September
Also we started off with a convertible carseat instead of an infant bucket one, so a stroller/travel system wasn't needed.
I like the system we have. I probably won't get a stroller unless, as we have more children, the need arises.
I'd like to bw more but have a bad back from a car accident
i use strollers about 40% of the time.
i live in the suburbs and walk the neighborhood alot. it is an old neighborhood, so the sidewalks suck.
i have a cheapo umbrella stroller - never use it
a zooper swing (pricier, larger umbrella stroller) loved for ds1 - this is a great stroller
a snap n go (fits the snug ride carseat) used for both - this is the one I use most now good for when ds is asleep.
a 20 yr old, 3rd hand, (still in great shape) single baby jogger good for walking the dog on grass
and my dream stroller the bob revolution duallie great for the mall, farmers market, zoo and walking the dog on grass. this accepts one snug ride and one toddler, but it is HUGE. we call it the beast of burden.
i also have a bjorn - dh likes this one for walking the dog
a moby wrap i like this for quick in and out when it is not too hot. I use this so the carseat dosent take up space in the cart
and a otsbh (padded ring sling) I didnt like it with ds1, but it is proving useful for ds2
looking into getting an unpadded ring sling for nursing and possible a mei tai so I can wear him on my back
they all have their plusses and minuses and I use/ed all of them for different applications. I almost always carry a carrier of some type in the basket of the stroller.
*mama to c 2/2000, v 2/2004, p 9/2006, and h 12/2012*
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