B.H. asks from Burnsville, MN on June 14, 2008
Travel System - Peg Perego or Chicco Keyfit ?
My children will be 7 years apart so everything from my first child is expired or I got rid of. With my first child I had a Graco travel system which was great at that time but was huge and clunky. I am extremely picky and am spending the most on the travel system going all out and doing hand me downs,second hand, etc. for the rest of the babies stuff. I want something nice, trendy, and that I won't hate or be sick of.
I like the Chicco keyfit30 carseat but the stroller options seem to suck, then I like the Peg Perego Pilko3 but the carseat isn't that great.
I want your opinions if you've owned either one.This is such a hard decision I've been contemplating for weeks. Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thanks for everyone's advise I think we made a decision. We found a Graco carseat that will work with the Peg Perego Pilko they even color coordinate. It's just a shame the way these travel systems are I can't find one brand where I love the carseat and stroller. It's one or the other. I am a huge Maclarren fan too. I atleast already know the toddler carseat I'll be buying another wonderful Britax.
C.L. answers from Minneapolis on June 21, 2008
I have the Chicco and I love it. The stroller is easily folded and handles great no matter the terrain.
C.H. answers from Rochester on June 15, 2008
I don't have either of those. I have the Combi from 2005. I love the stroller--very light and folds in half for compact spaces. My husband and I are tall, and it's tall enough for us. The car seat is a little long and doesn't fit on shopping carts well, but it holds baby's up to 22#. Just another option for you. good luck!
S.S. answers from Milwaukee on June 14, 2008
I bought a Peg Perego infant seat and the Pilko3 for my first just over 4 years ago and LOVED it!!! I reused the carseat for my daugther two years ago and will use it one more time this fall when our third arrives.
I did, however, just purchase the Peg Perego Venezia stroller which I like much, much more because the handles can flip to have baby mommy-facing or forward facing and the basket it big and easy to access.
I'd think that the stroller features are more important than the infant carseat features (as long as it's safe...which the Peg is extremely safe) since you'll be using for a couple of extra years over the carseat.
Good luck and congratulations on baby #2!
L. answers from Minneapolis on June 16, 2008
We have the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio carseat and the Pliko P3 stroller. We have been very pleased with both. They are both easy to use individually or as a travel system. The carseat has great side impact protection and it accomodates babies up to 30 lbs/30 inches. My daughter stayed in it until she was 18 mos.! The stroller is just great. It's sturdy enougth for a little bit of rough terrain but it's light enough for travel. We travel a lot and it has held up well with all the gate checking. My husband and I were just commenting last week that it was the best investment we made in baby equipment. We still use it all the time.
Hope this helps. Best of luck to you!
L.S. answers from Milwaukee on June 15, 2008
hi B....my husband and i had the same issues, and had a hard time deciding....we finally landed on buying the baby trend flexloc infant seat (which got fantastic reviews, not to mention a great versitile handle), and the snap and go stroller frame to avoid the clunky stroller/travel system for the time being. we love the seat, and the snap and go is so convinient and light weight you can pull it out and put it together w/ one hand...we figured we'll buy a nice stroller after the fact. we weren't happy with both pieces of any of the travel systems, but loved some of the trendy lightweight strollers that dont work w/ the infant seats... good luck in your decisions, and during the rest of your pregnancy!
A.T. answers from Davenport on June 16, 2008
Sorry for answering a question with a question but please consider at least one more option. Please do a little research on car seat safety and consider Britax and also consider buying the car seat based on it's safety ratings and the stroller based on it's own features. I understand the attraction to travel systems, but as you noted, not all components of systems are equally attractive. For most folks I know the car seat gets used a lot more than the stroller so I'd put the money into the safest car seat that fits my car and my budget and buy a stroller for it's own features and how it will be used. The last two kids I primarily needed a stroller for long exercise walks to the park or around the bumpy uneven sidewalks in my "historic" neighborhood - so I got a big wheel with a great sun shade and enough storage for drinks and snack. When I was primarily using a stroller for walks along the paved beach "boardwalk" I got a lightweight, easy to fold unit with a great overhead sunscreen, and mesh panels to let the breeze through. How and where and how often will you be using your stroller?
A.H. answers from Milwaukee on June 15, 2008
We used the Chicco Keyfit (our son is almost one) and absolutly love it! It is by far one of the safest out there (highest rated travel system). We have heard and experience the carseat not having the notches to fit into a shopping cart, but it fits very snug in the top of the cart (just as tight as if there were notches) and I guess it's not recommended to put them like that in the shopping cart regardless, so either way is just as safe.
Anyways, good luck!
J.F. answers from Minneapolis on June 16, 2008
Hi B.. I too had children 7 years apart. My son just turned 8 and my daughter will be 1 this month. :-) We had the Graco with my son and now use the Chicco Keyfit with my daughter. I love the Chicco Keyfit system. The handle on the stoller is adjustable which is great for parents that vary in height (i'm really short and my hubby is really tall.) The whole system has been really easy to clean and has stayed very new looking. The fabric is easy to wash and most stuff wipes off. The stoller collapses very, very easily. And, the stoller rides nicely. The only downsides to the Chicco are:
1. the infant seat does not "attach" to grocery store carts like the Graco seats do. The Keyfit system is different. I don't have a problem with it no latching and actually like it better so that I can tilt the seat any direction.
2. when using the infant seat in the stroller, you can't access the underneath storage. you have to put things in and out when the stoller seat is in the upright postion. i hate this!!
3. the stroller seat back does not sit completely upright. my daughter is just starting to sit in the stoller (w/out infant seat) and she holds on to the tray in order to sit all the way up. The seat back needs to come up further than it does.
Good luck. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'd be happy to help. Lots changed in 7 years....trust me. :-)
A.H. answers from Omaha on June 15, 2008
I love the Chicco Keyfit. The stroller is really great. It is lightweight and easy to manueuver. It is also a really user-friendly system to figure out. The carseat fits right inside the stroller, so whenever I have some place to go for any length of time, I always pop the carseat inside, pile my other bags in the bottom and I am virtually hands-free.
My husband and I purchased two bases for both cars,so we wouldn't have to be taking the base in and out and always wondering if it was in securely enough. It really wasn't necessary to have the two bases because the baby is usually with me or if all of us are together, we take my car (SUV). So I don't know if this scenario would apply to you or not.
Good luck with your decision!