J.J. asks from Omaha, NE on July 25, 2009
Need Recommendations for Car Seat and Stroller
We're having our 5th baby in January. After 14 years of baby products, it's out with the old and in with the new. There are so many new products out there that seem to be far superior to what I got 14 years ago. I'm looking for suggestions of car seats and strollers. I've eyed the infant car seat that attaches to the strollers a few times, but not sure if I will like it. Also, our babies are usually on the big side and grow really fast out of the car seats, so need one that can hold taller, heavier, babies that are still young.
G.G. answers from Minneapolis on July 26, 2009
I had Chicco for both my kids. I love their travel system. A little more expensive than Graco but less than Peg Perego and some of the other fancy ones. I had their standard KeyFit carseat. It is compatible with their strollers only. It holds infants up to 30 inches long and 22 pounds. I know they also have an infant seat that holds infants up to 30 pounds. We were very happy with the quality and loved how easy the bases were to install and use with the carseat. It's been through two kids and still looks and functions like new. Definitely worth the investment! Good luck and congratulations!
A.W. answers from Minneapolis on July 25, 2009
HEY J.!! Ive had great luck with the carseat and stroller combo we got from my baby shower!!Its chicco brand! Where the carseat will attach to the stroller or it doesn't have to! It folds up nice and compact and my son is not fat but heavy and long and it has done great growing with him :-)
K.E. answers from Minneapolis on July 26, 2009
I have a 5 wk old and we are using Graco Snugride and I have no complaints. I read a book Baby bargains to figure out what brands of all baby stuff I need and made my choices based on the reviews in the book(they just give you info, and you can choose what is important to you). it was really helpful.
For the carseat - Snugride is liked most by parents. The biggest things for me was, safety (it's safe) and convenience. Convenience wise, it's not too bulky and make sure that belts are adjusted on the front of the seat (it's the belt that you see on the front of the seat in between baby's legs) otherwise you have to get to the back of the seat to adjust the front belts.
We also have graco stroller - don't remember exact model, at babiesRus it's pink ($109). But consider how easy it's folded(ours with one hand), how heavy it is to lift, etc.
M.N. answers from Madison on July 26, 2009
We have love our Graco snugride/Quattro Tour Deluxe Combo. It has gotten a ton of use. Our son only fit in it until he was 7 months old, but ours was only good to 22 lbs. and I think 29 inches. He grew out of it in lenghth first.
K.T. answers from Minneapolis on July 25, 2009
I have always loved Graco. I have an older full sized one with a matching car seat that snapped in. The stroller is still big enough for my 18 month old son and it's the only one that was comfortable enough for him to fall asleep in. I have tried the Evenflo Aura, a Kolcraft stroller, a Baby Trend, and different umbrella strollers. The Graco has always been my favorite. All of the strollers I have used have been at least 4 years old and I've gotten them off of craigslist for free though. So I don't have any experience with the newer ones. However, my sister has the Chicco Cortina, and a Jeep Liberty jogging stroller and the times I used them, those were both great [although a little too bulky for me]. I say try craigslist first. Since the ones I got were free, I was able to try them out in my daily life [which is totally different than trying them in stores], put the ones I didn't like back on there for free, and pick the one that worked best for us.
D.R. answers from Minneapolis on July 26, 2009
The Chicco keyfit carseat and cortina stroller (travel system) is good for bigger kids because the well of the carseat is deeper than most so there is more of the baby in the carseat and less hanging out! It is very sturdy with lots of nice features, but the price reflects it (about $100 more than most Graco travel systems). Except for the bulk of the stroller and the fact that the carseat doesn't pop nicely into grocery carts, we were very happy with it.
P.C. answers from Bismarck on July 26, 2009
J., you may be surprised at my recommendation but I encourage you to have a car seat that is a car seat and doesn't morph into anything else. I am a pediatric PT and am seeing a phenomena I will call "container baby". You've seen them. The car seat is the infant carrier is their spot to nap if they are asleep once you get to your destination. And when they aren't in that container, they may be in the infant swing or something similar. It is very handy to not have to disturb a sleeping infant when they've fallen asleep in a car seat, but all of that semi-reclined positioning coupled with "back to sleep" time puts babies (especially in the first few months when they can't control their head movement yet) at an increased risk of developing torticollis (tight neck muscles) and flattening out the back of their head (plagiocephaly). Both of these things impact a baby's ability to turn their head, use their eyes and their hands together, and develop typically. If you do choose one of those options, be aware of how many hours you position your little one on his/her back and be sure to give them frequent breaks and plenty of "tummy to play" time. And nothing beats the neutral head position provided by loving arms. Okay, I'm off my soap box now. Congrats on your 5th. We stopped at 4 but sometimes wonder if it was a bit too soon even though I was 37 at the time.
B.W. answers from Minneapolis on July 25, 2009
Graco SnugRide 32 will hold most children until age 1, and many longer. The Chicco keyfit 30 will as well. These bot halso have coordinating strollers. If you have big babies, thes are good choices, so when your baby outgrows the infant seat you keep him in a convertible rear facing until he hits the rear facing weight limits of 33/35lbs, then forward facing until at least 4yrs AND 40lbs. If you need more info on current car seat safety, please visit car-seat.org or www.safekids.com
Car seats have an expiration date, so please be aware if you are passing down car seats from child to child, that they are only good for 6yrs from date of manufacture... an expired car seat is a deadly one as the plastic breaks down and can break ina crash.
B.H. answers from Minneapolis on July 26, 2009
I highyly recommend the GRACO brand carseat/stroller combo.
They have 2
1. Graco Snugride carseat/stroller the carseat is awesome the only drawback to some is it only goes up to roughly 20lbs and alof of babies outgrow it quick.
2. Graco Safeseat32 carseat/stroller this carseat is bigger and will hold a infant to 32lbs. My 10mo.old has this and is nowhere near outgrowing it, with plenty of room. When the carseat get's to heavy to lug around I just leave it in the car and unbuckle her as I go.
The carseat/stroller combos are AWESOME, you don't have to take a sleeping baby out of their carseat, you simply take the carseat out and snap into the stroller and away you go. Typically the infant carseats with the handle fit newborns better too.
Alot has changed in the last few years they are now pushing for babies to rearface in the car (face backwards) up to 40lbs around 3-4 years of age. So you will need to think about that when choosing carseats.
Graco is one of my favorite brands! I've tried many brands with my kids and many styles and I have no complaints with Graco. I have owned over 15carseats in the last 8 years. I am super duper picky and GRACO is the way to go for infant seats. When they are toddlers and get a bit bigger I love Britax.
My other favorite brand is Fisher Price, now they don't make carseats but they make tons of baby products that are just mind blowing. I love Fisher Price.
Go play with baby stuff at Babies R Us that is the store to actually touch,play with, and get your hands on. The store associates don't always know what they're talking about though just a FYI.
C.N. answers from Milwaukee on July 25, 2009
The Graco Snug Ride32 will carry your baby till 32 lbs, and most others will only carry till 20 or 22lbs. As for Strollers I prefer the travel systems with the normal stroller because with the snap and go you will just have to go out and buy another after you switch to the convertable carseat anyways.