C.T. asks from Dallas, TX on March 19, 2008
Recommendations About Various Baby Gear Products
I'm looking for opinions about best strollers, carriers, car seats. I am pretty much clueless. Light weight seems good to me, but I don't even know if that's an issue these days. I want a jogging stroller & a "regular stroller." What do I look for in a car seat, etc?? Any suggestions/recommendations/opinions are welcome.
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Thanks to everyone! I really appreciate the feedback.
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C.C. answers from Dallas on March 20, 2008
I would recommend going to The Right Start. They have the latest and greatest of all products on the market and they are VERY knowledgeable about everything. I too was clueless...The Right Start truly helped me and I have been happy with all of their suggestions.
I LOVE my jog stroller...I have the B*O*B IronMan single and now double...LOVE both of them! Then I have the Peg Perego regular stroller. I use all three strollers on a regular basis.
Then...I have the Britax carseats for my 2 1/2 year old son and my 1 year old daughter. I have been happy with this carseat and feel safe carrying my precious cargo.
Seriously, go visit The Right Start or look at them online...They are the best!!! Oh, I go to the Lovers Lane location...the manager, Robin, is GREAT!!!
K.N. answers from Wichita Falls on March 20, 2008
I have found with all 3 of my daughters that Graco is always the best we have a jogging stroller and even when we just go to the store that stroller moves so smoothly hope that helps.
R.R. answers from Dallas on March 20, 2008
Ok I JUST went through this! I used the Graco car seat and stroller. I also got a "snap and go" a frame stroller that the carrier snaps into, VERY lightweight. That was my favorite!!! Best 50$ ever spent! I liked the larger stroller for big trips when I didn't want her to be stuck in the carseat all day. The big one reclines all they way and that is the good thing about that one. I am selling all of my stuff since we are done with it. It is Graco Devon print, I have a carrier, 2 car bases, the big stroller and the snap and go! Let me know if you are interested before I put it on Craig's List!
If anything I really recommend the snap and go stroller! THE BEST!
M.C. answers from Dallas on March 20, 2008
Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Being a mommy is such a BLESSING!!!!!!! My experience (as a power-walker / light jogger) was I should have NEVER spent the money on a regular baby stroller. I should have just bought a jogger with the adaptation of a baby carrier. My baby stroller just sits there and collects dust!!!! But the jogger I bought from Toys R’ Us, BabyTrends line, is awesome!!!! It is smooth sailing for my little one; we go over cracks in the road, uneven sidewalks, and bumpy gravel very smooth. The BIG wheels cushions a lot of the jarring of the outdoors, hope this helps.
J.S. answers from Dallas on March 19, 2008
Congrats! Just remember that parenthood is all trial & error, & what may be good for one mommy may not be good for you. :)
One word of caution that I have is to not buy things used. All those baby "juices" are hard to get out of stuff. Would you want your child to sit in another seat that another baby that you don't know threw up on? Also, never buy a used carseat. Never. Always spend the money on that. Safety is first priority.
Jogging stroller: We had a Jeep Liberty jogging stroller. It had a toy in the front, & an iPod could be connected to it for music for the baby.
Car seat: We had an Eddie Bauer one at first. I liked it. Then we upgraded to a Britax. If I had known better, I would have bought the Britax first.
My only other suggestion is to buy lots of baby things...swing, playpen, playmat, bouncer, exersaucer, etc. Get lots of toys in order for you & the baby not to get bored.
L.H. answers from Abilene on March 20, 2008
I LOVE my Maclaren stroller (triumph). This stroller is more like an umbrella stroller but it goes up to 55 lbs. It's lightweight and I have been so happy with it! The only drawback is it doesn't have cup holders.
As far as car seats I am an avid supporter of Britax. You can now buy a Britax that you can use from 5lbs to 80lbs. So basically once you buy it, it's the last one you need.
As far as a jogging stroller, I don't know. I had a Jeep All Terrain stroller that was great. However it was bulky and heavy. I've heard a lot about joggers being a pain in the neck. You can go on www.toysrus.com and read parent's reviews on the strollers. I've found it to be very helpful.
Blessings to your family. Enjoy your pregnancy and your sweet boy.
L.D. answers from Dallas on March 20, 2008
My son is 3 months old today. Here are the things I would really recommend to get you started. There are SOOOO many baby things out there and we have a ton, but here are my favorites that I use on a daily basis and and can't imagine doing without! :-)
- infant car seat: Graco SafeSeat (up to 30 lbs) and a base for each car he will ride in. When large enough, invest in a Britax because they are THE best convertible care seats. Make sure you get car seat strap covers and something to secure his head when he is tiny.
- a comfortable baby swing: ideally a Nature's Touch Cradle Swing, or something similar. Ours plays music and nature sounds and swings forward and side to side. It has things to look at plus a mirror. It is amazing and our son loves it! I have heard some babies don't like swinging but I personally have never seen one that didn't love it.
- a nursing/feeding pillow: A boppy is WONDERFUL and is designed to fit waists of all sizes. I even used it while 9 months pregnant to hold my friend's baby and it fit fine. My husband also says it is the best thing.
- bottles: Platex disposable nursing system is wonderful....less clean up, always a clean liner and less air goes into baby. I tried Avent and Dr. Brown and quit them both. Playtex are awesome. Buy the Target liners. They work great!
- play gym: Fisher Price Rainforest Playgym. It has interesting toys and lights and music. My son has been laying on it since he was a week old. Now he is big enough to want to see the lights and hear the music and he reaches for the toys and kicks them. When he was a newborn he would stare at the animals and when he was 6 weeks old he started cooing at them. It has been the best toy!
- Swaddler: use the Boppy brand (Target) on a newborn and then order a Miracle Blanket online for an older baby if he still like being swaddled. I cannot live without swaddlers!
- Advice books: Get "Secrets of the Baby Whisperer" and "The Happiest Baby on the Block" and read them both before your son arrives. They are the best books and something I wish I had read before the birth of my son.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Good luck! :-)
M.M. answers from Dallas on March 20, 2008
My daughter is now 18 mos and I honestly can say I would buy the following again...1) Graco carseat. Recommended by many including books talking about car seats. Also loved how I could place it in the most basic of strollers since I didn't want to lug around the huge travel system. 2) Graco swing. The best since she's still using it. Unlike others this one goes up to 30 lbs. Huge since most stop at 25. Still helps me get her to sleep on weekends:) 3) Many like the Baby Bjorn. I did not since it was too cumbersome for me. I'm petite. What I LOVE and recommend above all (friends not petite love this too)else to girlfriends is a sling. Mine is made by My Fairy Godmother http://www.myfairygodmother.biz/. This got her to sleep on trying nights and enabled me to not bring the stroller anywhere her first few weeks. I just put it on, placed her in it and we were off. She slept in it on New years eve, at parades, at the grocery store etc. Loved it too since could breastfeed with it and also did not have to bring a stroller everywhere since it was comfortable. Another great thing is she can still use it. Again, up to 30 lbs!
E.M. answers from Dallas on March 20, 2008
I preferred lightweight strollers that were easy to steer and were compact. My favorite stroller, out of several that I owned, was a Chicco Caddy. They have replaced it with a Chico Capri. The steering was great, it was light weight. It had a carry strap and there were times that I would fold it up and carry it. It did not have a basket at all, I just hung our diaper bag from the handles. Or if I was shopping someplace that has those little shopping baskets (like Target), I would hang one of those from the handles. The only real problem was no cup holders, for you or the kiddo. Hope that helps.
R.A. answers from Dallas on March 19, 2008
You need to go buy the book "Baby Bargains." Its awesome! i was clueless too. it rates all items from A+ to F and it also ranks them in order of price. worth a read.
C.S. answers from Amarillo on March 19, 2008
The stroller/seat combos are great--yes a light weight carrier is nice--it will still be just as safe! The carriers have a base that stays in the car and you just pop it in and out. :)