March 10, 2008,
O.S. asks from Woodbridge, NJ on March 05, 2008
Does Anyone Have a Sit 'N Stroll Car Seat Stroller
Ladies, I need to buy a car seat for my daughter she just turned 14 mo and still uses her infant seat as it can be used until she hits 30 lbs and 35 inches, I also want to keep her facing back as long as possible. Anyway I have some time before I really need to buy the next stage car seat so I have started to do my research and came across this Sit n' Stroll Car Seat stroller. This is the one that is a car seat but you can take it out of the car and turn it into a stroller. Do any of you uses it? What has been your experience with it? I see a lot of moms with it at airports. My husband and I love to travel and would like to continue doing it with our daughter, we are going to Europe in May so this seemed like a very good option so we don't have to carry too much with us. The convenience of it sounds fantastic but I don't want to compromise on safety and functionality. My intention is to use it as a car seat most of the time and only use it as both when we travel again so we don't have to carry a car seat and stroller separately. In my experience when you buy something that is multi use the item turns out to be good for one thing but not so good with the other. So any feedback you can provide positive or not so positive will be greatly apprecited. Thanks
B.K. answers from New York on March 06, 2008
I have two for both my kids. At one point I was travelling 1Xper month on a plane by myself. They are GREAT if you are flying and using them in the car. After that, ie. travel through the streets of a city, no good. I have lent them to friends who have been on planes and travelled and LOVED them and can't imagine travelling without them but strolling around as a primary stroller will not work.
E.E. answers from New York on March 06, 2008
I have had the sit n' stroll for a number of years. I bought it because at the time I did not have a car at my regular disposal and was going in and out of friends and family's cars. We are also avid travelers and thought that it would be helpful in airports etc.
It was fantastic for these purposes. However, as you probably guessed, it is not great for everyday use. The extra buckle across makes it a bit annoying for you to get your child in and out -- and depending on your child, might be uncomfortable for your daughter. We currently use the sit n' stroll in my husband's car -- which we use as a family less frequently.
I think the sit n' stroll is a great product for traveling, or as a secondary carseat... but I wouldn't recommend it for everyday use.
P.M. answers from New York on March 06, 2008
I have the Sit n Stroll, and love it for when I travel. I would not recommend it for everyday use. It uses the seatbelt across the front to keep it secure, so it would be very annoying to have to do this at every trip and all the time. I highly recommend it, if you plan on traveling in the future. It is an investment worth making. It makes life much easier as to not have to carry a stroller and a car seat and also be able to go right up to the plane with it. The seat is more like a car seat, and I find that it is much more comfortable than a regular stroller.
S.K. answers from Rochester on March 06, 2008
You need to check the weight for rear facing position. If the weight is too much it is actually unsafe to sit rear facing.
I am a mom to 7 children.
C.B. answers from Buffalo on March 06, 2008
Honestly, there's so many better car seats than the sit n stroll. I would pick a different car seat and a go go kidz travelmate for when you travel: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2658824
These are my favorite car seats that can accomodate any budget:
Britax Decathlon: http://www.albeebaby.com/brdecocarsei.html
Britax Boulevard: http://www.albeebaby.com/br20bococars3.html
Evenflo Triumph Advance: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2734227
R.A. answers from New York on March 06, 2008
Personally, I don't think the sit-n-stroll was so great in rear-facing position. However it was very convenient for travel when my son was able to sit forward-facing. But the wheels are small so it's not so great if you plan to walk for miles and on not-so-smooth ground.
D.O. answers from New York on March 06, 2008
We always say that buying this stroller was the best $250 we ever spent. We live in NYC so we have several strollers and no car, (we use the Sit n Stroll when we rent a car or fly anywhere) and we always see people in the airport shlepping carseats and strollers together, and this stroller makes traveling easy and seamless. My 3 year old is still using it, since she was 8 months! She even likes to sit in it when she's tired to fall asleep in if we are away from home. It's not the best stroller, but if you don't expect it to be your main stroller it will serve it's purpose. We took it to Disney World, California, Upstate NY, and whenever we travel its the only stroller we take. It's so nice to not have to wake her up to get out of the car! As a car seat it was fine, but in Europe as a stroller I don't think the wheels would be great on cobblestone.
J.S. answers from New York on March 06, 2008
I live in NYC so I got a Sit 'n Stroll. I would NEVER use this as my regular carseat, it really does not seem as save as a Britax, which you can install in 5 seconds. For travel you can buy wheels that you put the car seat on. The installation directions are much more complex for the SnS and I never feel like it is in correctly. In Australia and some other countries the cars were set up all different ways and I found myself in some sticky situations where I had to improvise and install the seat incorrectly. It also wasn't allowed on the Quantas airplanes. I would definitely get a Britax and get the wheels for the Britax for travel. This is basically a bad car seat and a bad stroller. I went out and got a safer carseat with separate wheels.
P.Z. answers from New York on March 06, 2008
I am a mom of 4 little ones. Oldest just turned 8, youngest is 1 and 9 months. I used a Sit n Stroll with my oldest for the longest time. It was really amazing for, uninterrupted naps, and traveling. We schlepped that thing all over the place. We used it on the plane going to England, all over London, in and out of cabs, trains, you name it. Took it to Hawaii when my 3 son was 1. We used the heck out of it, until one of the wheels just about broke off, or something like that. I think it is a really good thing. We were very happy with it, in all of it's uses. Most important, it was comfy for the wee ones.
Good luck and safe travels.