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#1 SergeyAU

Posted 14 February 2020 - 12:46 AM

We are expecting our 3rd and have update our pram to City Select.
It only came with a toddler seat (second hand) and I planning to get a basinnet kit for it. What is worrying me is that people sell their ones "as new, only use for a couple of months, baby did not like it to stay in the pram".
Does it mean it's no good or it means that it's only good for a few months?

#2 ckmelb

Posted 14 February 2020 - 03:32 AM

Similar to sleeping in a bassinet vs cot, the pram bassinet has a limited life span. Try buying one secondhand from marketplace. Some people never use theirs or use it very infrequently. Baby sleeps in it with a mattress protector and sheet usually so should be able to find a very clean one.

#3 Mose

Posted 14 February 2020 - 05:20 AM

Does the toddler seat in the pram you have lie fully flat?  If not, you really do need to get one, as it is important that baby lies on a flat surface the first couple of months.  If your toddler seat does actually lie fully flat I probably wouldn't bother.

We had a Bugaboo, so had to use the bassinet for the first 3 months minimum.  By the time 3 months was up DS was screaming and needing to be picked up to look around every few minutes.  In my mother's group another lady had the same pram and her baby was perfectly content in the bassinet until she actually outgrew it around the 6 month mark.

DD I can't actually remember, I think I changed it to toddler seat around 4/5 months more because I found the fold and stash in the car easier with the toddler seat than because of anything to do with her.

I think "used infrequently" or "used for only a few months" would describe most bassinet attachments.  As well as a bunch of other baby things.  Just because they are only useful for a few months doesn't mean they aren't a godsend during those few months.  (Baby swing, I am looking at you!)

#4 Bigbaubles

Posted 14 February 2020 - 05:56 AM

We used our iCandy bassinet for about 5 months with eldest and then for about 4 months with youngest. Hubby broke part of the attachment (grr) so he will have to fix it for number 3.

I really recommend bassinets for prams. I've seen some newborns in not flat prams and it looks scary.

#5 onetrick

Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:07 AM

We purchased the same pram.secondhand for our second (as we needed 2 seats), but we had the city mini for our first. I wouldnt buy a bassinet brand new again as we didnt use it much (I'm not much of a walker and when we went out, most of the time I could have just carried DS- like to friends places etc. I thought it would be good as i could just take the bassinet in rather than the pram... but a blanket would have also worked most of the time), but you can pick them up quite cheaply on marketplace/ Ebay. It depends on what you plan on doing in terms of walks etc, and how big your baby is.

#6 Crazyone26989

Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:16 AM

My DS didn’t like being in the pram from about 2 weeks until 8 weeks ish and at that point I changed to the seat as he seemed to prefer it (and it lays flat).

#7 AllyK81

Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:17 AM

We used our bassinet until DD was 13 months! It went up to 12 months but she was tiny. She slept so well in there.

We had a maxi cosi with a mountain buggy duo.

Never bothered with DS as we lived inner city so never went in the car. He was always in the ergo.

#8 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:45 AM

The City Select seat is the same as my old ( discontinued) City Versa, it doesn't lay flat. You need a bassinet. Great news is it generously sized.  I used mine for 4 months and used the bassinet part for day naps to get extra use out of it. Great for visiting as you can unclip and take inside without having to haul the entire pram. Look for 2nd hand it you want to.

#9 Sweet.Pea

Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:53 AM

Does a capsule connect?

My pram had a bassinet, but we would often use the capsule if just out of the car and into the shops.

#10 SummerStar

Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:06 AM

My pram came with the bassinet. It was used once. She didn't like laying down in it from birth. The one time we did was a nightmare trip. Cried and cried and screamed and cried.

You won't know if your baby will like it until you try it but after our one experience I wouldn't bother unless it was part of the package. I'd just lay the seat back as far as they like it and use that.

#11 Questionable13

Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:53 AM

To be honest, I used the bassinet attachment with baby #2 for around 3-4 months and baby #3 less than a handful of times.
My third suffered some reflux and screamed if she was laying flat and much preferred to be carried. I'm glad the bassinet came as a free addition when I bought the pram!
So I personally wouldn't bother, provided the main pram seat can recline flat enough for a newborn/is recommended for a newborn.

#12 SergeyAU

Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:06 AM

thank you everyone!

#13 GreyhoundLover

Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:25 AM

Dont bother! We have this same pram and only ever use the car capsule when the baby is newborn, so had no need for the basinette at all

#14 ECsMum

Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:33 AM

We used the bassinet often over several months, used for sleeps out in the fresh air, overnight trips etc.

#15 Ollie83

Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:34 AM

I’ve got that pram too and babies aren’t meant to be in the seat until 6 months. I’ve got a bassinet kit and used it until about 6 months from memory, it’s quite big and my daughter loved it.

#16 SergeyAU

Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:51 AM

can you adjust the angle of it? So that child's head is lifted a bit?
We don't have a capsule - we have a convertible seat that we have used for the other 2 children

#17 Murderino

Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:18 AM

I didn’t have that pram but I had a bassinet and both my reflux newborns used it for months. It could have the head end slightly raised so they weren’t screaming from the reflux but were flat as could be. The cot had a Solid block of wood under the legs at the head to raise it a couple of inches for the reflux too - enough tilt to ease that but still flat enough for safety.

#18 Hands Up

Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:46 AM

We had the car capsule connection but had DS in the seat from about two months. It laid almost flat. We didn’t bother with the bassinet either time but if I’d been able to buy one second hand I would probably have considered it.

#19 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 14 February 2020 - 12:35 PM

My Versa bassinet was angled head up slightly as part of the connection. It couldn't be adjusted. I would say by 5 or 10 degrees?
I just Google image searched the City Select with a bassinet and yes it is slightly angled. It helps especially to allow clearence when you have a second seat attached.

#20 Mooples

Posted 14 February 2020 - 12:43 PM

Both of my ds’ used the bassinet almost every day for the first first months so definitely worth it for us. It was handy to use as a place for them to sleep when we were out during the day too.

#21 JK4

Posted 14 February 2020 - 01:08 PM

With my third we bought a capsule which I would highly recommend over the bassinet attachment. I was constantly getting the baby in and out of the car for school drop off and pick ups and it made life so much easier than in and out of the convertible car seat we had previously. I would buy the capsule that attached to the Pram, total lifesaver!

#22 Anon wife

Posted 14 February 2020 - 04:24 PM

I used my bassinet attachment all of the time, but I needed to be out and about always ha.  I also used mine for my newborn to sleep in at my parents so found it to be invaluable. My children were fast growers but I still got at least 5 months of great use out of it.

#23 knottygirl

Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:55 PM

I only had one for my 3rd baby and we used it a lot.  Once she could roll over at 3 months she would only sleep on her tummy. If I put her on her back she would roll straight to her tummy. So she would not go to sleep in the pram seat at all she would just cry. The bassinet was a godsend because we were out a lot with the older 2 at activities playgroup ect and she would be able to sleep in the pram.

#24 -Emissary-

Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:25 PM

I’d buy it secondhand.

I have the bassinet for my pram (bugaboo) and I’m tempted to swap it out already at 8 weeks. Seeing if I can hold out until 12 weeks before swapping it out..

#25 Soontobegran

Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:40 PM

 GreyhoundLover, on 14 February 2020 - 09:25 AM, said:

Dont bother! We have this same pram and only ever use the car capsule when the baby is newborn, so had no need for the basinette at all
The capsule is just not suitable for long periods in the pram though.

My DD had a City Select and her babies used the bassinet for being out shopping, going for long walks or going out socialising. They were happy in there until 5 months or so. They lay flat on their backs as in their cot at home.

The seat function for the City Select may tilt flat but the baby is not flat....there is a bend which forms the seat bit.

OP it depends on your lifestyle. If you think your baby will spend a few hours out in the pram then the bassinet is recommended both by Baby Jogger and Safe Sleeping until the age of approx 6 months.

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