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Prams & carseats & all that jazz
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:53 PM
Hello mums and mums to be.
I fall into the mums to be category and having just hit 14 weeks I finally feel safe to embrace my pregnancy and start planning, and shopping!
DH & I went looking at strollers and car seats and all the other accessories we need to get but we were a little overwhelmed at all the choice.
So I was wondering if I could please get people's opinions on what brands are good and what to avoid. I've been told the safe & sound car seats are great ("expensive but worth it") but if anyone has had a bad experience I'd like to hear why I should avoid.
Likewise & more so with prams - what is a good 4 wheel pram that will last baby to toddler is lightweight and most importantly easy to fold up/out. I swear some you prams you need an engineering degree to operate! Also we have a Subaru forester (not a new one) so if anyone can recommend a pram that fits well in the boot that would be great.
The opinions and experiences of EB mums who have actually used is far more valuable to me than the shop reviews.
Sorry for the long post, but thank you for your time.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:43 PM
Each to their own, it is a tough one and all depends on the budget. I for example have 3 prams and 2 children. 1st pram bought out if pure excitement, it was way too heavy for me 15kg, but we used it to jog with only, had 3 wheels and the front one didn't move made it very hard to get around. Then grabbed a steelcraft profile stroller wasn't expensive and was 7kg could use from birth was a great stroller but probably not good enough to use child after child although for the price I would buy again.
Lastly I bought a steelcraft dlx strider has been an excellent pram I liked that you can pop the capsule in when they are little, is a touch heavy but I'm fine with it. My BF has a Phil and teds which she loves although everything u buy extra like sun covers etc. it really depends on ur needs for us going over grass due to DHs sport was important as is something that is easy to steer cause we walk a bit.
Carseats - much of a muchness and really depends on ur budget another thing we have a few of. I have an infa turnatot for when they are born, pretty much stay in this til they are big enough to get in a maxi rider to a SMS hi liner I also have a steelcraft capsule I did look at the sns when I bought this but I liked that it can fit in my pram. Not much help I know.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:00 PM
Hi there. We have a mountain buggy swift and have no complaints. Only 10kgs, easy to fold and open, goes on all terrain, and fits easily in my Subaru outback with heaps of room to spare. I've just gotten the bassinet to use with it with this bub as it wasn't around when DS was born. But we knew that if we had #2 it would be a long time between bubs so doesn't take a second seat.
As for car seats, SNS are definitely the best. We have 2 maxi rider AHR tilt and adjust which are great, and this new bub can use as they are convertible and DS will get new SNS maxi/booster seat when the time comes. Really can't go wrong spending the money on SNS.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:35 PM
For a stroller I'd recommend either a Steelcraft Agile or Baby Jogger City Mini. They are very light, and you can fold them one handed. They are pretty much the same, but I prefer the look of the Agile. You can also get a capsule that clicks into either stroller. The capsule that works with the Agile is made by SNS and I've heard good things about them, they are safe and very easy to use.
For capsules maybe have a look at the CREP website which is an independent organisation that rates car seats for safety. However many of the car seats and capsules rated are old models so it's best to check the model numbers.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:41 AM
We have the valco rebel q pram and I love it. We still use it for our 21 month old (but only just as he is getting tall). Folds away easy and is nice and skinny unlike some prams that you need to go down disabled shopping isles to fit through. Would recommend checking it out.
Car seats I agree safe and sound best way to go. We hired the newborn capsual from kids safe for the first 6 months which was fine but I wouldn't do that again as the tilt and adjust which is what we bought soon after (one of the top of the range in the brand at about $400 back then) fits a newborn so wished we just had that sooner. We love it. Easy to clean, easy to use and set up.
Good luck!! So much to choose from.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:52 PM
Thank you everyone. I really appreciate all your ideas and opinions.
I wonder if a shop like baby kingdom would let me put a pram in the boot of the car to test out space?
Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:02 PM
My one bit of advice would be to try to think ahead to how many kids you plan to have, and the age gaps between them.... which will give you a better idea of prams/carseats.
eg. will you need a doublepram, toddler seat attachment ??
what carseat will toddler be in (approx) when 2nd bub planned?
if 3 kids, are they narrow carseats that will fit across a backseat if needed??
we bought a SNS maxirider for our first when he outgrew the borrowed capsule... which is a fabulous carseat, but now 4 years later im pregnant with our 3rd.... its so wide it takes up lots of space and we have to squeeze 3 carseats in our small car!!! We're ditching the maxirier now, and *hopefully* going to be using a SNS booster (can't remember its name) and 2 x SNS Compaq, which are a narrow convertible 0-4yrs. Just hoping we can squeeze our hands in the gaps to do up the buckle for the booster seat each time we go somewhere! I never even thoguht of this when buying the first carseat, but would have been valuable. Had I thought of this, we would have bought the compaq from the beginning and not the maxirider which is now a 'spare' for nana's car
Edited by Boyz_Mama, 30 December 2012 - 10:02 PM.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:16 AM
Hi! We bought a valco matrix baby which was good for newborn because it had a bassinet that you put in the top, we still use it and DS is 2.5, BUT really big i wish i got the city mini jogger, thats what we will get this time. Even though the bassinet was great, he was only it for 2.5 months, we used the bassinet for him to sleep in when we went places (put it on someones bed etc) the pram is too big and so heavy & awkward. We had a little car at the time (have a subaru outback now like you zaaca) and it took ten mins to get in the car. Then i even started to pop him in a shopping trolley as i didnt want to have to get the massive pram out! I would definatley say something small & light weight. P.S I could prob use the pram for the new baby, but its quite ratty now and food stain etc so will get a new one!
Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:32 AM
I really agree with boyzmama about thinking ahead to future kids. By pure chance we got the sns compaq, which is fantastic - and very handy that it's so slim now we're about to have a second baby and second carseat to fit in the back. If there's any prospect of you needing to have two or three carseats in the back at one time, I'd highly recommend the sns compaq.
As for pram, we bought the bugaboo chameleon which is fabulous (but yes, very expensive). If the bugaboo donkey had existed at the time we'd have bought that - we are now upgrading to the donkey as it takes two kids (and yes - it costs roughly the same as a small second hand car but if we'd only had to buy it once rather than buying two prams to meet the needs of a second kid, would have been more affordable).
Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:42 AM
Boyzmama has very valid questions to ask yourself. We just upgraded our car to a ford territory to fit 3 car seats comfortably, a little extreme maybe but our captiva 5 wasn't cutting it especially when we did a grocery shop with a pram taking up all the room
I tried the same thing as nervy except my husband scrubbed and washed our strider now it doesn't look bad still got a few months to work on him...
Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:58 AM
I don't have a baby yet, but when I was a nanny I pushed a lot of strollers! I found the bugaboo chameleon and frog a massive PITA to put up and down, definitely can't be done one handed!
The swift is great, but as you say - you want a 4 wheeler not a 3 wheeler, another ting to consider with that model is bub cannot face you. (Other than in the bassinet).
I always really liked the Baby jogger city select - can add 2nd seat, isn't too expensive, looks good, well made etc. etc. haven't experienced putting this one down myself though.
A lot of my English friends rave about the Maclaren techno, very small when collapsed and easy to push, but not really suitable for rough terrain. Plus you can't out handbags and shopping on the handles as it makes the stroller tip up!
I'm loving the silver cross surf myself right now, and the Phil & Ted's promenade but the surf has a tiny basket underneath and cannot add a 2nd seat :/
Most baby shops will allow you to take their floor model to your car if its nearby to test it out with a shop assistant.
P.S a lot of my friends have hired the baby capsule for the stroller to car thing (SNS maxi cosi etc.) for around $50 for 6 months, great value I think.
Good luck with your choice!
Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:43 PM
With my first, I got a SNS meridian AHR.. When looking for car seats- the taller the better and rear facing to at least 12kg were the big things for me.
I also got a cheap solid 4 wheel pram that is called a childcare Hola. It was great for walking where there are no footpaths and where it is rough. Also great for steering as the front wheels lock and unlock. Although it's big ish, it folds down really well and the seat comes off easily and is reversible.
We also got a small umbrella stroller later say about 18months old so it could say in the car. Honestly though, unless I was walking somewhere, I used my ergo carrier much more in shops and outings. IT is great in shops as you have more room and as Ted got older, we used it to run around Taronga park zoo with him- he either walked or rode on my back and he could easily go up and down stairs and things and I didn't have to worry about the pram to chase him.
So for this bub, we are looking at hiring a capsule, then putting it into the Meridian and getting Ted a booster (SNS again). I want to replace our current umbrella folding stroller and I am actually thinking of getting a cooler version of the ergo (either performance or sports) in addition for the summer months.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:01 PM
before buying and car seat please look at the CREP rating. not all seats are equal..
i was very shocked at some.
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