Baby Gear / July 25, 2018 / Sandra Jameson.
Babies are not very materialistic. They don’t care about how beautiful their nursery furniture is, how educational their toys are, or how fashionable their clothes make them look. In fact, there are very few items that a baby actually requires: a place to sleep, diapers, a baby car seat, basic clothing, and milk. But even though a baby’s needs are simple, that doesn’t mean yours are.
You can spend as much or as little as you want. Set a budget before you begin that's an easy way to narrow down stroller choices. Are you going to splurge on something deluxe in the $300 range? Go for one of the popular styles between $100 and $200? Or seek a real bargain? There are also strollers upwards of $600, but we assume those are for royalty, celebrities, and the wealthy people who imitate them.
Infant Car Seats - For me, the infant car seat turned out to be a waste of money. My son really hated being in it, and apparently, this is the case with many babies. I ended up having to buy a convertible car seat when my son was only a few months old. Eventually, all babies need to be in a convertible car seat when they grow out of their infant car seat, but any baby can ride in a convertible car seat as long as they meet the minimum weight, which is usually about five pounds. So why not start your baby out in a convertible car seat? One advantage to an infant car seat is that it provides added protection and prevents newborns’ heads from falling forward or swaying too far to either side.
Can it carry a car seat? Travel systems became so popular that now many strollers accommodate car seats, even from different manufacturers. This is nice, because it's great to take a sleeping infant out of the car and snap her right into the stroller. If you know you want a car seat from a certain manufacturer, it's worth looking at their travel systems. They might price the strollercar seat combo cheaper than the sum of the separate pieces. Another option is the car seat frame. Baby Trend's Snap-N-Go and Kolcraft's car seat frame are ways to put your car seat on wheels, making a lightweight stroller that accommodates a newborn. Get a canopy for your car seat and a warm boot to sit your baby in if it's cold, and you're set.