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Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Baby Gear Advice

Before we knew we were pregnant we gave my sister our travel system with full intentions of buying different stuff when the time came....little did we know that the time was going to come much sooner than we'd anticipated! I also gave her the greater portion of my maternity clothes. *sigh*

Now we need a new car seat and stroller. We need something that will seat both kiddos. Here is the problem....

Noah only lasted in his infant car seat (traditional one) for 9-10 months before he needed a convertible one. The convertible car seats now are rear facing from 4-30 pounds, which means we can bring a newborn home in one. However, if we buy a converible car seat that lasts from birth to ~75 pounds, we will be required to take SLEEPING baby out of the seat instead of pulling the whole infant seat out and moving it to a stroller.

Then there's the stroller issue...
Do we buy a nice smaller stroller for Noah and wear BB for a few months, or do we go for a Sit-N-Stand with the option of 2 seats or a seating bench and 1 seat? Those tandem strollers hold the infant seats and don't recline too much for a newborn. *sigh* Let's not forget that we're not even sure that the 2 seated tandem stroller will fit in the trunk of our Elantra.

Will parents of 2 young kids please weigh in on this. I need advice from other moms and dads who have been where we are. What gear did you use? How did you shuffle your toddler and newborn? What is the most cost effective way to do this?

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I did the traditional car seat until the child was around 9-10 months old. It just makes life easier. I did use a regular double stroller, the front laid down for the baby until older. I never had the stroller/car seat thing. However, i also don't live in an area that walking is a real convenient mode of transportation. Also with the car seat, by time they are 9-10 months old they are old enough to sit up in a cart/buggy/whatever you call it. I really think the expense of a infant car seat is well worth it.
runt   Monday, November 26, 2012
Will and I rarely used the double stroller MIL had one we borrowed. We actually wore driggs ( when ge was 1.5-2 years old) in a side sling and put baby in carseat stroller ( or vice versa). I think a traditional carseat that attaches to a stroller is a must have !! Carry one and let one ride in stroller. I would get a dbl stroller at consignment after baby if you feel you need one. Hope this helps!
Bek   Monday, November 26, 2012
I know you are experienced Mom's of two...
But, We are using the infant carrier till we need to move the baby up. Jasper is in a convertible seat and we were given a second one. I can't imagine what a pain it would be to have to move a sleeping infant in and out of the car.
With the stroller... I have a Ergo carrier and will use that for the baby when Jasper is in the stroller. By the time the baby is ready for the big stroller, Jasper will not want to be in a stroller anyway. I don't see us getting a tandem stroller at all at this point.
Spike   Monday, November 26, 2012
asking* experienced Mom's of two...
Spike   Monday, November 26, 2012
We just want to save money and eliminate the "stuff" that accumulates. Sounds like maybe we just can't get away from having 2 car seats.... I will always shop consignment for big stuff!! We have a really nice shop out here where I shop often.
Richie & Ashley   Monday, November 26, 2012
There are lots of things you can do without, but a infant carseat isn't one for me. I know I had three children under the age of 5 in the house and you really couldn't tell because we didn't have all the 'stuff' that goes with it. And the double stroller wasn't used for long around here. Unless you walk a lot I wouldn't get one.
runt   Tuesday, November 27, 2012
We didn't even use the double stroller a lot for the twins. They are big and hard to handle and take up so much room in the car. Plus I always felt like the leader of a travelling circus when using it. :-) We always used two single strollers when out and about as a family or I carried one when out alone.

I agree that an infant carseat is a "necessity." It is incredibly nice to be able to go ahead and strap baby in while you're in the house. It's tough to manage trying to strap two small children into convertible seats without chaos ensuing.
sandd   Tuesday, November 27, 2012
My kids were far enough apart and were very different about stroller vs. carry preferences that I am no help. =)
girlcarew   Wednesday, November 28, 2012
We never did the convertible route from newborn to preschooler--our motto is: "Let sleeping babies lie." We currently have four car seats...one set per vehicle. We did have a side-by-side double jogging stroller - brilliant invention! Good luck!
Angi   Monday, December 3, 2012
Congratulations! I haven't logged onto Humzoo in quite some time and what news to see! Thrilled for you! My boys are 21 months apart and I did (and still sometimes do... for a long trip at the mall, etc... use my double stroller. I have the Baby Jogger City Select that can be either a single or a double. It is big and expensive, but I think worth it. I didn't get it though until Tobin was about 2.5 months old. Tripp would always stay right with me and would walk holding my hand in parking lots while I pushed the snap and go with the infant seat. However, I walked a fair amount and also am not one to stay around the house. I used it all the time going in and out of the gym. We are going to Disney in January and are taking it with us and we have used it at the zoo several times. I also think that an infant seat is a must and I only used mine for 4 months max with my boys. It was just easier when they are so tiny. Neither of mine loved to be worn so that wasn't something that I did very often.
Merritt   Sunday, December 9, 2012
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