C.H. asks from Castle Rock, CO on April 06, 2009
Do We Need a Stroller....?
We are preparing to welcome our first child and are debating on whether we will need a stroller for our little one. The questions we keep asking ourselves is "When would we actually use a stroller?" I can't think of any specific times in the first 6 months when an infant seat or carrier wouldn't do the job. Any advice? Also, what Infant seats/strollers would you recommend? We would be looking for something very compact and lightweight. Does anyone have experience a Combi Travel System? Thanks!
K.B. answers from Denver on April 07, 2009
you can always wait, and see if you feel like you need one. That baby carrier gets very heavy as the baby gains weight. I used a stroller a lot for shopping or just walking the mall, or walking around the neighborhood.
p.s. umbrella strollers aren't good for little babies. They don't offer any back support. The poor things look all slumped over and uncomfortable. Also,now that my youngest is 3, I MISS taking the stroller simply to have a place to put the diaper bag, snacks, etc.
S.B. answers from Boise on April 07, 2009
A lot of people have said that you do need a stroller. It can be convenient, but it can also be extremely inconvenient. Lugging a stroller up and down stairs, or in and out of a car, can be a real pain. If you have a hands-free carrier (like a sling, mei tai, or baby wrap), a stroller isn't really necessary. You don't really need to carry around a whole ton of stuff just because you have a baby - a diaper bag with diapers, wipes, and an extra change of clothes is really all you need, and you can totally carry that along with having the baby in a carrier.
C.P. answers from Denver on April 07, 2009
I used my stroller all the time! Not only did I use it for walking/exericising, but I used it for shopping. Honestly, I wasn't all that comfortable throwing my baby and the carseat way up on top of a shopping cart, and the stroller I have is sooo nice to manuever around a store. I bought a jogging stroller that has a swivel front wheel from Target. It was only about $100, and it allows storage on the bottom, and the seat can be reclined all the way back if needed. It's sweet.
M.B. answers from Denver on April 07, 2009
Yes! Try lugging one of those car seats around, they are heavy! ( Plus all your "stuff"). Get the car seat/stroller combo, that way when your baby is older you can still use the stroller. Combi is great, also Peg Perego. I f you are in Denver baby world on Leetsdale and Monaco has good stuff, Target does too. The European brands are more expensive but I think worth it, you use these items alot. Good luck!
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R.T. answers from Provo on April 07, 2009
YES, you need a stroller. You will get so tired of lugging around your infant car seat so fast. I skipped the large Graco travel system stroller and instead opted for a carseat stroller frame (the Graco brand, since I had a Graco carseat). We used that quite a bit during the first 6 or 8 months. I also had a combi single stoller (the one can that be travel-system-able) and I would HIGHLY recommend it. It has a full recline and a boot so that you can put an infant in it, even a brand newborn baby, lying down without the car seat. We used our a ton... wore the wheels right off nearly. My husband used it to take my daughter on walks when she was a newborn and we took it to Europe with us, where I walked everywhere for 2 months. It is an AWESOME stroller... I would HIGHLY recommend it.
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C.V. answers from Denver on April 07, 2009
I felt very much like you... do I really need a stroller, but honestly I decided I did. I couldn't be happier I got a stroller. Because I was so hesitant on needing one I decided to go green and reuse one. I purchased a used one at a garage sale... luckily the mother was a clean freak and kept this stroller so nice. I figured in case I don't use it then I didn't waste a ton of money on the item. I loveee my peg perego stroller and use it almost every other day when I go for a walk. If you like to be out doors and walking a carrier is just not practical once they get over a certain weight. I hope this advice helps you make your decision.
Good luck and you can always wait to get one after she/he is born and you know what will fit your lifestyle better.
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A.S. answers from Denver on April 07, 2009
If you plan on walking more than 2 feet, then you need a stroller. A trip to the mall, the zoo, the park, to a neighbor's house all require the baby and all the stuff to keep baby happy. So unless you are a pack mule, do yourself a favor and go with the best invention of all time: a set of wheels.
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A.W. answers from Colorado Springs on April 07, 2009
Congrats on your new addition!
I used and still use my stroller all the time! I use it for walking and it is great for shopping or taking those trips to the park/zoo/mall/etc. I did not feel comfortable putting the car seta on top of the shopping cart. I would recommend the Graco travel system which has the car seat with base and the stroller. Look for the ones that have the swivel wheels in the front as they are quite easy to manuever. Has a nice storage compartment on the bottom, it reclines for naps, and can collapse with one hand when needed. Umbrella strollers are nice too but I liked mine when my now 2 1/2 year old daughter was older. I still use the bigger stroller for bigger events (zoo/outlet mall/etc.)
J.N. answers from Salt Lake City on April 07, 2009
Do you go to the mall or department stores? Do you want to be able to go to the park, the zoo, etc? Do you walk places? Then you need a stroller. The baby car seat gets really heavy really fast.
I found that, because I had a stroller, I would go out more with my baby than otherwise. It was good weather, good exercise, some fresh air, and exposed her to new stimuli. You don't have to get something that fits with the car seat, but it can be convenient when baby is tiny. Just make sure that the back of the seat is very adjustable, so baby can lie down or recline or sit up (depending on age and if the baby is sleeping or wants to look around).
A.T. answers from Denver on April 07, 2009
I had a Combi City Savvy system, stroller & carseat, loved it. The stroller is narrow, real light weight, collapsible, then easily whipped out one-handed. Unless I was shopping for clothing or walking a great distance, I used a sling. When we moved I actually gave away the whole system...I haven't missed the stroller at all, my daughter walks.
I imagine, since she'll be almost 4 or so when we have another, I'll probably stick with the sling 'cause it cuts back on amount of gear. My favorite sling is the Maya Wrap, baby-pack is the ERGO Baby Carrier.
Good job mommin'!
A.B. answers from Pocatello on April 07, 2009
Congrats on your new baby on the way. For my first we got a Graco travel system. We did some research and got the best Graco carseat (safety-wise, we researched on Consumer Reports) and the travel system associated with it. When baby is so little and fragile it's so much easier to just keep them in the carseat while you are going in and out of stores, doctors appts, etc. I LOVED being able to just click the carseat into it's base in the car (we only had a 2 door car at the time having the system was a complete lifesaver for us), and just clicking the carseat into the stroller was quick and simple...We got the one that was quick and easy to breakdown with just the twist of your wrist, one-handed. I preferred the bigger wheels that our stroller had too. It didn't get stuck in invisible ruts in the road when we went for walks. Someone mentioned a jogging stroller, those strollers are recommended only for babies who can hold their head up, you would not be able to use it for running for some time though there are some that have a special bar you can purchase to click your car seat into them.
We used our travel system constantly in the first 6 months. A bit less as she got older and we didn't need to put her in a convertible car seat until she was 10 months old. I think getting 2 carseats is no big deal...it's so much easier to transport a little baby in a newborn carseat with a travel system that to have to climb back and strap and unstrap a sleeping baby when you are running errands. And when #2 comes along, you already have the needed carseats for your children.
Good luck, there is so much out there I'm curious what you decide works best for your needs.