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Stroller & Car Seat Thoughts

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Stroller & Car Seat Thoughts

Hello, I was wondering if I could tap into some of the knowledge on this forum for these two items, without being able to see strollers / car seats in person yet to test out due to COVID restrictions.

Details:
-First Baby due in late October (so baby may not go out in stroller for walks realistically for first 6 months during the cold months, so is a basinet/stroller even needed?).
-I have an old bucket car seat (from sister) that could be used, for carrying baby (in hand) to doctor appointments early.
-SUV driver, in a house, will not be using public transit, no city usage, not carrying up stairs, and likely only going for medium walks in subdivision starting at 6 months.
-I am considering buying an independent car seat to stay full time in car (from hospital birth to finish), and not move it back and forth into a stroller. (tip my sister gave me, thoughts?)

May have a 2nd baby eventually. I think I am good with going with a "one prominent seat type", and if a 2nd baby comes down the line, reevaluate my options afterwards. Interested in new or used models as well.

Thank you kindly.
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Buy an infant car seat too, especially the first few month will be in winter. Even thought you will only use it for 4 to 6 month. You don't want a screaming baby in cold garage while you are trying to buckle them up. Also hospital won't let you leave without one.

You can also use the stroller in the house to calm the infant down.

Bassinet is good for the first few weeks and as a second portable day bed.
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Babies sleep so much the first year that the bucket seat was convenient to move them around.

bucket seat = something like chicco keyfit 30 taht they outgrow relatively fast.

Who wants to wake a sleeping baby getting them out of the car? not this dad. lol.
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As someone who just had a baby, I definitely advise on an infant seat. Makes it easy to get baby in and out of car and to walk with from hospital, to appointments and such. In my limited time with a child, trying to get an infant into a permanent car seat who is crying is a very difficult thing to do as it only intensifies the situation and puts a rush on the activity that can be quite stressful.

I have a graco snugride 35 click and connect. Easy to use once you figure the thing out.
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I'm a car seat tech (CPST). It is a myth that you need an RFO (removable infant) car seat to leave the hospital. There are some nurses that will try to make that rule, so if you do plan to use a convertible from birth, it is best to contact the hospital ahead of time and get the OK in writing. (A car seat that stays permanently in the car and can rear face and later forward face is called a convertible car seat.) Note that not all convertible car seats will fit a newborn, even if the weight/height limits on the seat are appropriate.

It is a personal decision as to whether you want the convenience of an RFO/infant car seat. Often people who babywear will skip the RFO. Also, a newborn should not spend a lot of time in the car seat. The angle of the car seat is a compromise between the flat surface on which a newborn should sleep and safety in a car collision. In addition, when placed on the floor/in a stroller, the angle of the car seat may not be correct. The is something I didn't think to check before I did the car seat tech training.
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Baby was born in the summer and we skipped bassinet and used reclined flat seat on stroller for walks in the 1st few months. Infant seat was very useful to move the baby everywhere without disturbing the baby. In the winter, I can wrap the seat with clothes to protect from cold instead of bundling my son crazy so I don't have to remove too much of clothing when getting indoor.
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Inclemental wrote: Baby was born in the summer and we skipped bassinet and used reclined flat seat on stroller for walks in the 1st few months. Infant seat was very useful to move the baby everywhere without disturbing the baby. In the winter, I can wrap the seat with clothes to protect from cold instead of bundling my son crazy so I don't have to remove too much of clothing when getting indoor.
May I ask which stroller/car seat combo you bought?
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NeedaSuit wrote: Hello, I was wondering if I could tap into some of the knowledge on this forum for these two items, without being able to see strollers / car seats in person yet to test out due to COVID restrictions.

Details:
-First Baby due in late October (so baby may not go out in stroller for walks realistically for first 6 months during the cold months, so is a basinet/stroller even needed?).
-I have an old bucket car seat (from sister) that could be used, for carrying baby (in hand) to doctor appointments early.
-SUV driver, in a house, will not be using public transit, no city usage, not carrying up stairs, and likely only going for medium walks in subdivision starting at 6 months.
-I am considering buying an independent car seat to stay full time in car (from hospital birth to finish), and not move it back and forth into a stroller. (tip my sister gave me, thoughts?)

May have a 2nd baby eventually. I think I am good with going with a "one prominent seat type", and if a 2nd baby comes down the line, reevaluate my options afterwards. Interested in new or used models as well.

Thank you kindly.
We've gone through this with 2 kids, and I would 100% recommend a travel system stroller with removable/click-in infant car seat. Doesn't matter if winter or summer, you will definitely be in situations where you have to drive the baby somewhere and transport them. A removable car seat you can plop into a stroller and back in a few seconds is incredibly convenient as opposed to having to unbuckle the infant, move them to a stroller, buckle them in again, and repeat when going back to the car. Especially when it's freezing cold out or raining, or when the kid is asleep in the car or stroller and you don't want to wake them and start a crying fit.

If you have an older car seat from a relative, just be mindful of the expiration date if you intend to use it in a car. Most have something like a 7-10 year expiry from manufacture date. I've heard hospitals sometimes check and won't let you leave with an expired car seat, but not sure if this is true or actually enforced.
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antonbarua wrote: May I ask which stroller/car seat combo you bought?
I got Nuna Mixx and Nuna Pipa.
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the Graco travel system from walmart also works fine and is more reasonable/cheaper at around $200-300.
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I've been shopping around and if money wasn't an option IMO the Nuna systems seems the most ergo. Price wise I understand it can be pricey for some.
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Hi there,

After extensive research we settled on the Bumbleride Indie stroller. It reclines fully so you don't have to buy a dedicated bassinet, it is light, built tough/will last years, large pneumatic wheels so it's all terrain and the front wheel locks so you can jog with it.

It replaced a rather cheap Safety first stroller (we kept the car seat though), which was perfectly OK for the first few months but has its limitations. If I knew, I would have spent a little more since day one. But well that's parenting, we learn.
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Every parent has different needs from a stroller. For anyone looking now, make a list of minimum requirements before going out and purchasing one. Things to consider:

1) Weight
2) Bulkiness (will in fit in your vehicle or transit)
3) Versatility (will it be used for jogging or general walking)
4) Comfort (is it padded enough for the kid?)
5) Cost
6) Adaptability (sun shade, carrying pouch, hang shopping bags on it)
7) Accessories


When I bought my children's one back in the day (2012), I ended up with the Peg Perego P3. It wasn't as fancy as say an Uppababy, but it folded down like an umbrella stroller and was light weight enough to transport in a car, plane, subway, bus, etc. Great for vacations as it wasn't bulky, and restaurants etc. hate when you come with big strollers. Was it the most comfortable for the kid? Probably not, but they fell asleep easily enough and it reclined all the way back. It worked well enough with the bucket seat. Could I jog? No. But it was versatile enough for everything else. Only thing that sucked was the cup holder for the adult.

Oh, and OP: when it's time to consider a dedicated car seat, I'd recommend a Diono. It's slim enough that it doesn't take up too much real estate in the back seat, and it's built tough with metal and heavy duty plastic, unlike the competition brands that are fat.
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