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#1 duckduckduck

Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:00 AM

Hi, I really need some help making a decision on whether to get the BJCS bassinet or the Maxi Cosi capsule for our second bub.

I like the different functionalities of both - the bassinet for comfortable sleeping when out and about/visiting, and the capsule for easy transfer from pram to car without disturbing baby.

My friend swears by the bassinet but she walks everywhere and rarely uses the car. We only walk occasionally whereas I am often out and about with DD in the car, which is why I'm leaning ever so slightly towards the capsule... however, I'm worried the capsule won't be as comfortable for a baby to sleep in for extended periods (say, more than an hour at a time).

For those that have used one of these or both, please tell me why you preferred the bassinet/capsule, list pros and cons, and help me choose!

I should mention that I have weighed up the option of getting both (as I believe you can easily swap between the bassinet/capsule), but obviously this would cost a bit and we may end up using one a lot more than the other and will have wasted our money...

Advice, please! original.gif

#2 lozoodle

Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:03 AM

I don't have that pram but opted for the capsule for my strider plus. Getting the newborn in and out of the car was SO MUCH EASIER! I wish I had a capsule with my first. It made life much easier.

We were out and about all the time with DD1 when I first had DD2. It just made life easy. I could just click her in the pram and off we'd go, and she would just sleep wherever as a result.

I think pram bassinettes are a waste, just use the normal seat reclined or the capsule!

Edited by lozoodle, 14 April 2012 - 10:04 AM.


#3 duckduckduck

Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:11 AM

QUOTE (lozoodle @ 14/04/2012, 10:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think pram bassinettes are a waste, just use the normal seat reclined or the capsule!


Unfortunately you can't use the standard BJCS seat for a newborn due to the design. It does make it a bit of an expensive endeavour, having to get the bassinet or capsule, but the pram is awesome in every other aspect original.gif

#4 lozoodle

Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

Oh that's annoying, I didn't realise that. But either way, I'd get the capsule. You need a car seat anyway lol

Plus some babies hate laying flat in a basinette, whereas the capsule provides that slight angle.

Edited to add - just had a look at them online. Why can't you just recline the normal seat? It doesn't look that different in design to the strider plus seats, I never had an issue with a newborn in that? unsure.gif

Edited by lozoodle, 14 April 2012 - 12:06 PM.


#5 Ruby'sMum

Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:15 PM

I'm starting with the capsule when DS arrives in 7 weeks.  I'd thought about buying the bassinet too but seeing as DD was out of the bassinet by six weeks, really don't think it's worth the $.  If #2 turns out to be significantly smaller than #1, I can always buy the bassinet once he's arrived.

#6 duckduckduck

Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:16 PM

It's the way the straps are positioned - basically impossible for a newborn to be strapped in while lying comfortably (the seat can't flatten completely as it has a rigid bottom 'shelf' design).

I know some people just make do with the seat and don't bother with the straps, and use pram liners and whatnot to make it more suitable for a newborn, but I still think it would be uncomfortable for a little one.







#7 lozoodle

Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:09 PM

Yep that's fair enough, you'll probably find its fine though - the strider plus seat is very similar and a newborn strapped in that and reclined was no drama.

But my vote is for the capsule - it will make your life SO easy to get out and about with your older child original.gif

#8 ali-song

Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:23 PM

I had both (with a different pram), and really liked having the option of using either one. However, if I had to choose, I'd choose the capsule. While the basinette was terrific when DD was a newborn, DD wasn't much interested in lying flat beyond about three months. We're still using the capsule at seven months.

#9 Futureself

Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

The BJCS is on our short-list of prams. If we go with it, we will be getting both the Bassinet kit to convert the seat to the Bassinet as well as getting a capsule. It's not just that the flat Bassinet will be more comfortable for extended sleeps; it's safer. It's recommend that small babies not be scrunched in capsules for long periods as it could comprise their airway so we see the Bassinet as being a portable bed for when we're out, visiting, that is the safer option. BUT we also want the portability of being able to scoot the capsule from the car onto the pram for short visits into shops, Drs etc.

As an aside, the 2012 CREP results were leaked online before their official publication in October and I wasn't happy with the one star rating of the Maxi Cosi so will be going for a Peg Perego or Chicco Capsule instead.

#10 Tarantara

Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

I only have a bassinet, not a capsule, but it is worth every cent so far. My bub gets wheeled around the house in his pram a lot of the day and we cart it upstairs for him to sleep in at night since a few pushes calm him almost every time.

Just my experience but I LOVE having the bassinet for my pram.

#11 Duechristmasday

Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

Its hard trying to buy these anywhere at the moment as they are out of stock... some problem from getting them overseas and not available for ages....

Anyway, I tried to get the car seat attachment for my BJCS but could not get one anywhere due to them being out of stock so I ended up reluctantly getting the bassinet.  

I have had pretty much every pram, and also have the utility baby capsule car seat.  I used that for my DS attached to the steelcraft pram last time and it was great.  Now that I had baby #5 arrive I needed a double pram so got the BJCS so that I could use the utility capsule with it .... stupidly didnt get the attachment at the same time so missed out.

Anyway, I like the bassinet because she is comfy and i think it is better for their necks and backs, but find that taking her in and out of the car seat is a bit annoying, I would much prefer to just take the capsule out and pop her on the pram.  

Personally I would go for the attach,ent and use your car seat.... let the little poppet sleep it will make your life much easier in the long run.

Oh and dont get the unity capsule - Its crap!

Oh and I agree with this PP.....

QUOTE
The BJCS is on our short-list of prams. If we go with it, we will be getting both the Bassinet kit to convert the seat to the Bassinet as well as getting a capsule. It's not just that the flat Bassinet will be more comfortable for extended sleeps; it's safer. It's recommend that small babies not be scrunched in capsules for long periods as it could comprise their airway so we see the Bassinet as being a portable bed for when we're out, visiting, that is the safer option. BUT we also want the portability of being able to scoot the capsule from the car onto the pram for short visits into shops, Drs etc.


#12 duckduckduck

Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:49 PM

QUOTE (futureself @ 14/04/2012, 04:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The BJCS is on our short-list of prams. If we go with it, we will be getting both the Bassinet kit to convert the seat to the Bassinet as well as getting a capsule. It's not just that the flat Bassinet will be more comfortable for extended sleeps; it's safer. It's recommend that small babies not be scrunched in capsules for long periods as it could comprise their airway so we see the Bassinet as being a portable bed for when we're out, visiting, that is the safer option. BUT we also want the portability of being able to scoot the capsule from the car onto the pram for short visits into shops, Drs etc.

As an aside, the 2012 CREP results were leaked online before their official publication in October and I wasn't happy with the one star rating of the Maxi Cosi so will be going for a Peg Perego or Chicco Capsule instead.


Ahh... so how does the bassinet work exactly? At the moment we have the 2011 model with just the single seat. Do you have to buy the second seat, then the bassinet kit as well as a second seat adaptor?

RE: the Maxi Cosi Mico getting a 1-star rating - was the leak from a reliable source? I just posted in the car restraints section asking for safety info on this capsule but haven't had any responses yet... From what I read ages ago, the Mico was one of the highest safety rated capsules in Europe, so I assumed it would get a high rating here too. Bugger sad.gif

The reason I wanted the Mico was because I read it was the easiest capsule to click in/out of the BJCS adaptor, and that the Peg Perego and Chicco ones were a lot fiddlier. Can anyone comment on this? Obviously I'd rather safety over convenience, but if they Peg and Chicco are really annoying to attach I might just go for the bassinet.

#13 lclb

Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:50 PM

I hired a maxi cosi mico for 6 months to use with my BJCS, it was easy to switch on/off the pram and it was invaluable for managing getting to/from the car with a 20 mo old toddler.

I bought a basinet as we do a lot more walking than going out in the car during the week.

My DD was average sized when born but quickly moved up to the 100th % for weight and height. We got 5 mo use out of both the capsule and basinet.

I have no regrets about having both

#14 Futureself

Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:51 PM

QUOTE (duckduckduck @ 14/04/2012, 05:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ahh... so how does the bassinet work exactly? At the moment we have the 2011 model with just the single seat. Do you have to buy the second seat, then the bassinet kit as well as a second seat adaptor?

RE: the Maxi Cosi Mico getting a 1-star rating - was the leak from a reliable source? I just posted in the car restraints section asking for safety info on this capsule but haven't had any responses yet... From what I read ages ago, the Mico was one of the highest safety rated capsules in Europe, so I assumed it would get a high rating here too. Bugger sad.gif

The reason I wanted the Mico was because I read it was the easiest capsule to click in/out of the BJCS adaptor, and that the Peg Perego and Chicco ones were a lot fiddlier. Can anyone comment on this? Obviously I'd rather safety over convenience, but if they Peg and Chicco are really annoying to attach I might just go for the bassinet.

I'm still figuring out how the Bassinet actually works - summoning up the energy to wade through the BJCS threads on here - but my understanding is that the kit you buy uses the frame of the single seat to make a flat bassinet. You use the sun canopy from the seat on the Bassinet as well so it's suggested you buy the same colour Bassinet kit as you already have the sea int! You don't need the second seat or adaptors, just the Kit and original seat.

Yes, news of the leak was from a thread on another forum, some posters there saw the website and the one star rating but the link they give in the thread was disabled soon after by CREP. I have no doubt that it's true. I was annoyed as well as the Maxi Cosi adaptors clip into the pram and then the capsule clips straight on to them whereas the Chicco and Peg Perego adaptor clips on but then you have to use a strap to clip the capsule in. It's apparently not that annoying and I agree with you - safety first.

#15 spottydog

Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:02 PM

In your OP you said your friend had the bassinet, can you just borrow that? Not sure if thats a option.

Id go with the capsule, because you can still use that in the car/pram until they gro out of it weight wise at 9-12months or so, but a bassinet only as a shorter life span imo or 4-6months.

spotty.

#16 FurryTongue

Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:16 PM

I just had the bassinet for my BJCS and borrowed a friends capsule. I never took the capsule out of the car and I am very glad I never bothered to buy one. I did not have a bassinet for my first child and didn't think I would get much use out of this one. However I LOVED it and if I have another baby I would definitely make sure I had a bassinet for my pram and not bother with a capsule.




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