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#1 NK0709

Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:00 PM

Just a query to all the mums out there who have a BJCS.... I am currently pregnant with number two and am contemplating a BJSC to handle both my DS (who will be 15 months when number 2 arrives) and the bub.

My question is, do I need to purchase the bassinet, or can I get by with just an additional seat? I had a bassinet for my BJCM with DS1 but only used for about 2 months, and am trying to get my head around the cost of an extra seat AND a bassinet....

many thanks in advance....

#2 HurryUpAlready

Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:33 PM

I'm not much good to you I'm afraid... I have only used the bassinet for my DD who is 8 weeks old. I've never had her in the seat. I didnt like the fact that she couldn't lie flat in the seat, so I haven't tried her in it yet. She is only a little thing so she's still comfy in the bassinet (she sleeps in it at night, I put it in her cot with a rolled up towel under the top end so it's on a bit of an angle).

Will the bassinet from your BJCM fit on the new pram? I'm assuming not otherwise you wouldnt be asking the question.

Edited by HurryUpAlready, 31 March 2012 - 05:37 PM.

#3 laridae

Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:39 PM

I used the car capsule instead of the bassinet.  You could put a newborn in the seat as it lays back fairly well, but the strap positioning is too high.  I moved my DD into the seat at about 3-4 months I think.

#4 FarmBaby

Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:45 PM

My SIL bought the bassinet but baby grew out of it really quickly. We got a lot more use out of the capsule and adapter.

#5 lclb

Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:47 PM

I had the basinet so didn't use the seat until DD was about 5 mo.

I also had a capsule which fitted to it.

The straps on the seat are big and hard to adjust easily, I would say they are too big for a tiny newborn.

I think it depends on how much time you are going spend with the baby in the pram. If you are always going to be out, walking or at the shops it is probably worth looking at the basinet or capsule.

Not sure if you have a capsule or not from your DS but I hired a maxi cosi mico (which fits the BJCS) and found it invaluable especially when trying to manage a toddler to and from the car. Took the stress out of making sure my newborn was supported correctly whilst holding my toddlers hand and keeping him safe.

#6 Charli73

Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:59 PM

I am in the same boat as you, pregnant with number 2 with a 16 month gap.

I bought the BJCS bassinette  for number 1 and he was in the basinette for 5 months so I found it worthwhile and he was a long baby..

I have just bought the second seat and with the 2012 model the seat is quite firm under and wont lie flat and would be too big and uncomfortable for a newborn I would think...

I would get the basinette or look at a capsule..

#7 misschris

Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:25 AM

We actually used our bassinet as a bed for bub in the first months so that she could sleep in our room, so we justified the price in that it did double-duty.  Also we bought from the US which was much cheaper.

I probably wouldn't use the second seat for a newborn due to the reasons the PP's have listed - it doesn't really lay flat and wouldn't be all that comfortable.  But it wouldn't be long before your bub could use the seat and you could use a capsule in the meantime, which can connect directly onto the pram.  You could also use a baby carrier (such as an Ergo) in the interim if you wanted.  original.gif

#8 Charmzy

Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

I bought the bassinet and capsule adaptors. I only ever used the bassinet twice and until yesterday I used the capsule adaptors every day for 7 months, yesterday I started using the main seat for her, its fine now but I wouldnt have wanted to use it much younger than she is now!

#9 faithy

Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:32 PM

We've put an order in for the BJCS and will be using a maxi-cosi car capsule to attach to it for bub in the early months.

If you dont want to purchase a car capsule, you could hire one. Are there inserts you can add to the pram that would make it more comfortable for a newborn if you didnt want to purchase capsule/bassinet?

#10 jemsoli

Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

On the seat it does actually say "not for use under 6 months" however I have been putting my DD2 in my BJCS since birth. Yes, the straps were VERY long and a pain to adjust them to the required shortness, and no where near her shoulders (closer to the top of her head) but for me, it was just used to walk around the shops, so not a risky environment if you know what I mean?

I also put a sheepswool liner in there for extra padding, and I undid the snap things that hold the seat to the frame where the kids knees would be part of the seat (so she wasn't laying in there in a V shape, more flat)

I found once she hit 3.5-4 months she fit it quite well shoulder wise and now she is almost 7 months and she looks quite comfy.

I just couldn't justify the cost of basinette (which I personally feel is more unsafe not being strapped in properly) or a capsule and capsule attachment.

#11 Busydays

Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:11 PM

I have an 11 week old and he has been in the seat since birth. He has a bit of reflux, so the angle of the seat has meant he slept amazingly well in it. I do have the capsule, and planned to use it instead of the seat.... But the adaptors are sold out everywhere for at least another month or two. The straps are large on him, but not really the end of the world. I probably would have used the bassinet had I know I couldn't get the adaptors for months.

#12 jules77

Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:19 PM

We had DS2 in the seat from around 9 weeks. I just bought one of those padded head cosy/head hugger things and added that to the seat.
Prior to buying the BJCS, I was using a double Mountain Buggy with bassinet, but DS2 really didn't like the bassinet after he hit around 6 weeks, so I wasn't going to buy another.
I also use our Ergo a fair bit and have DS1 in the BJCS by himself as I prefer to baby wear when my babies are little.

#13 Lucygoosey1

Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:14 AM

I am a huge fan of the basinet, just love swaddling bub in the early weeks.  Got nearly 5 mths out of it, for my average sized DD.  The only thing that I didn't like is that the frame of the second seat is actually used to make the bassinet.  So the bassinet kit is just the fabric as such, and you need to assemble it.  So this means you can't just chop & change between the seat and bassinet if your bub is say 4 mths old.  You need to assemble which takes maybe 10minutes.  I think the expense is well worth it, although I bought from the USA.

#14 Feefifofum

Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:54 PM

I have a BJCM but think the same might apply for BJCS - I have my bubs in a Valco Cocoon clipped onto the seat. If you attach the clips on the cocoon to the highest seatbelt hooks it absolutely cannot slide anywhere. Bubs can lie flat in that and it's very snuggly. It's ~$70 so cheaper than the BJ bassinet. You can also use it as a lightweight travel bassinet  It's not rear facing, but you can see bub's head thru the window in the pram shade.

#15 runnybabbit

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:23 PM

Another one who used the BJCS from birth without the bassinet. Same as what PP said, the straps were a pain and there's a slight recline, but we put on a lambskin and he was snug as a bug. I thought about buying the bassinet but changed my mind after realising that he wouldn't be strapped in. Although I don't think that it's really unsafe since newborns don't move around much.

If we have another baby I don't think we'd buy the bassinet.

#16 and1makes309

Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:21 AM

I'm in the same situation, expecting #2 in Aug but will be 2yr 10mths age gap.

Currently, I have the Elite and decided on the Mini double but it doesn't fit thru our front gate, so comtemplating the City Select.

I'm not sure about the need for a bassinet either as I have one for our Elite and only got 2/3 mths used out of it.

I spoke to a Mum at my pilates class and she has a 3mth old and she said she didn't bother with the bassinet and just padded the seat and put the bub in. She's had no problems with it.

Different question for those of you who have had your CS for a while...I'm thinking of ordering mine from the US as it's way cheaper with the double seat. Hoping to get away with a cheap pram as hubby doesn't think we need another pram and should make do with our Elite but our DS (who's 2.5yr old now) still loves sleeping in the pram, so I need to cater for him if he needs to sleep when I take them out for walks.

misschris - you mentioned you ordered from US, would you mind telling me what site you got it from?? Have you had any problems with your pram?

I'm looking at this site but not sure if anyone has heard of them. I found them via Amazon and feedback has been good but got burnt last time ordering something else from another US site.


Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! original.gif

#17 NK0709

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:47 PM

have you tried the Winkalots site (it is NZ, so still meets Aust Safety standards apparently). a few weeks ago, I priced a BJCS with extra seat for just under $800 aus  (the same package here is over $1000) and it has free postage to Australia.

#18 and1makes309

Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:33 PM

NK0709 - Yes, I saw that a while ago and should have bought it. At that stage, I was leaning towards the Mini double and had no intention of getting the Select. Only getting Select now as Mini double doesn't fit through our front gate..

Been aware of Winkalotts for a while but it's still costing me $900+ atm, whereas in the US (that website I mentioned) - it would only cost me $680, plus free postage for a double Select, which i think is pretty good.

I do like the fact that Winkalotts has Australian standards and closer for return of warranty if need be as Aust Post is soo expensive!

So still undecided but getting desperate now... sad.gif

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