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#1 sarkazm76

Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

I have a lovely purple BJCS.  Bought it just before we found out number 2 is on the way (surprise!) so pretty happy about that.  I was going to rent a capsule that works with the BJCS for the first 6 months but the only two that work with BJCS both rate only 1 star safety rating and that puts me off.  I think I'd rather use the 4 star capsule I have!
Only thing then is when I have both kids with me out and about will need a 2nd seat for the BJCS now instead of later.  So my question is - if I buy the 2nd seat can I put a newborn straight in without needing the bassinet kit/ option?  And are there 2 options for the BJCS?  I'm confused - saw one at mothercare that looks like it is a bassinet you buy.... but then I also thought I saw a thing where you buy a 2nd seat AND a kit that makes THAT into a bassinet?
I don't want to buy a bassinet at all if I can help it and just use the 2nd seat.  Is that possible?

#2 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

I've been looking into this pram too but I won't be getting a second seat. From what I can see, the shape of seats are not recommended for newborns and this is why you are supposed to buy a bassinet or use a capsule. Which ever pram I decide on, I plan to get a bassinet for newborn anyway though.

#3 tinkster23

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

I always used mine from newborn, they aren't perfectly flat but its flat enough.

#4 Zahhy

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:47 AM

To use two seats on the BJCS you need to buy a second seat kit, regardless of whether one seat is a bassinet, capsule or seat.
One of the ladies on here suggested leaving the velcro strap that goes under the bottom of the footrest undone, and that would possibly make it flatter for a newborn.

I bought the bassinet kit, you take apart one of the existing seats and clip the bassinet attachments to the frame from the seat.

Edited by Tonberry, 15 January 2013 - 10:47 AM.

#5 engineerk

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

I did the same as Tonberry. I found the bassinet great, and he even slept in it when we went to people's houses (didn't take the whole pram into the house, just the bassinet part). You buy a bassinet kit that uses the frame of the seat. To have a second seat, you need to buy a second seat kit.

#6 HurryUpAlready

Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:06 PM

The seat really isn't suitable for a child that cannot sit up or support their head well. There is even a warning on the seat saying not suitable for under 6 months.

I used the bassinette for DD which was great. Like a PP I used it for naps and to take to people's houses. But yes, you'll either need to buy the full bassinette (several hundred $$$), or the bassinette that you use the seat frame to assemble. You'll need the 2nd seat once bub is old enough anyway, so really it's just the $180 or so (from memory) that the bassinette kit will cost you.

Have a look on Gumtree, you might grab one second hand for cheap.

#7 sarkazm76

Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

Thanks ladies original.gif  Initially I was hoping I could rent the capsule and by the time bubs comes out of capsule and into seat... DS1 will be over it and ready to use the skate-board attachment instead and maybe I'd never need a 2nd seat, lol.  If I do need to buy the 2nd seat then having to pay for the bassinet kit on top of it doubles the price.  Ugh.

Would be easier if DH didn't get made redundant before Xmas!!!  Might check 2nd hand as suggested - at least for the bassinet kit.  So the bassinet kit converts the std seat to laying flat?!

#8 J3NN1

Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:16 PM

I used the Maxi Cosi capsule and thought it was awesome. Really easy to get in and out of the car and is the easiest capsule to use with the pram with regards to the attachment. Made getting out and about with a newborn SO much easier as well.  She didn't reach the weight limit until 8 months as well so was able to use it for quite a while. Keep in mind you do have to buy the capsule attachment for it to work as well though. Think that retails at about $90.

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