Car Seats and Strollers

infant in infant Britax car seat Car seats and strollers are two of the most important items you will use in baby’s early years.  

There are several different types of car seats out there, and worth researching to figure out the best options for you and your child.

We have the Britax B-Agile travel system and love it! The car seat pops right out of the car and into the stroller, thus not waking a sleeping baby by having to get him/her out of the seat.

Strollers are a life saver when it comes to the various activities we do as parents every day – walking around, running, shopping, you name it.

Plus, it’s a great way to transport baby when lugging around the car seat gets heavy FAST.

We’ve listed out the types of car seats and strollers below where we’ve scoured and summarized reviews, in addition to a list of items to think about before purchasing.

For both car seats and strollers, I’d recommend going to a store like Buy Buy Baby or Babies ‘R’ Us and trying them out in person.

Even if you don’t have a baby yet, carry the car seat around on your arm.  Is it super heavy already?  Does it the feel of it bother your arm?

For the stroller, open it and close it and move it around right there in the store. Is it easy to do? Can you do it one-handed if you need to?  Are you planning to run with it at all, or just walk?  Will you be taking it on trails, or mainly roads and sidewalks?

All of the above are great questions to ask as you begin your discovery before purchasing a car seat or stroller.

Check out the category lists for car seats and strollers below, as well as specific considerations for each!

CAR SEATS CATEGORIES:

CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A CAR SEAT:

  • Number of children: Whether you can buy and re-use, or will each child need a different seat.
  • Type of car: Think about the size of the car seat compared to your vehicle’s backseat.
  • Location: Will you take the car seat out frequently into places, or will it mainly live in the car?
  • Stroller Integration: Do you walk and use a stroller frequently? If so, a travel system may be ideal for you.
  • Expiration Date: You may want to note this if you’re planning on multiple children.
  • Aircraft Compatibility: Travel often? Pick a model that is already approved by the FAA for travel.

 

STROLLER CATEGORIES:

CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A STROLLER:

  • Location: Are you in a city without a car? Walk everywhere? If so, a heavier-duty stroller would be worth the investment. Conversely, if you take a car everywhere, you may want a lighter option.
  • Number of children: Will a double stroller be in your future? How far apart are your kids? Many kids outgrow strollers around the age of 5.
  • Weight:  Can you lift it easily? Strollers vary widely in weight depending on the type.
  • Ease of use: This is an item I heavily recommend trying out in the store. Can you set it up by yourself? Can you lift it easily into the car? Remember, your hands may be full with groceries, kids or your phone.
  • Daily activities: Are you planning on using this while hiking or running? or mainly on paved roads? Consider the type of tire and whether or not the front wheel locks. (some do, some don’t).

 

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