Favorite Baby Products: Stroller and Car Seat

So far we love love love everything about our travel system!

Stroller: W is very active and has to be for the military and my goal is to to run marathon by the time L is 1. We knew we needed a jogging stroller to fit those needs so we looked at the Bob strollers. We picked the Bob Revolution Flex. So far we love it. It’s called Flex because you can easily adjust the handle bar up and down which really helps keep us both comfortable when pushing it since we have a foot difference in height.

Neither one of us has taken it running yet so we still have to test that out. We have taken it on some decent walks and out shopping with us and it is a very smooth push. Braking is easy and turning is a breeze. I feel very safe with him in it. Once we figured out where all the buttons are it is easy to collapse and open up. However it is fairly heavy; 9 weeks post partum from a c-section and I struggle lifting it into our truck. It also does not fit in the cab and has to go in the bed. We purchased a truck cover for items like this and even at the Bob’s collapsed size, it pokes up into the cover.

The Bob also doesn’t come with a snack tray for the baby. We also bought a separate add on that you hook onto the handle bar for cup holders and a place to put phone, keys, etc.

Car seat: We wanted a travel system for the ease of getting L around so once we decided on the Bob it really narrowed down car seat options. We decided to go with the Britax B Safe. With this car seat we had to buy an adapter to be able to hook the car seat into the stroller so with that it works great! It’s easy to take in and out of the stroller.

I really like the car seat itself. It’s not too terribly heavy, it’s a good fit for him and it fits nicely in our truck. We have to put him in the middle seat due to air bags on the sides of the cab so with me only being 5’2″ it’s definitely hard for me to get him in and out but that’s not the car seats fault. Snapping him into the base is really easy. And you can hear the audible click when you get him secure.

There is a release system at the front of the seat that allows you to loosen the straps to make getting baby in and out easier. Then you pull the strap to tighten. I definitely struggle with this part and it seems like his shoulders get very tight while the lower part remains loose. Again I feel this is user error because W doesn’t have the same trouble I do.

One issue I have with the car seat is that is not compatible with many products outside of Britax or Bob. Since we are moving we wanted to send our stroller ahead and get a cheap universal one to use in the meantime, but I couldn’t find anything reasonable that the B Safe worked with. The Snap N Go seems to work with some Britax products but not the B Safe. Since I was busy with L and the move I did not do a ton of research on this, but what I did read indicated that it was not very compatible with anything else I also did not have time to go to a store and test anything out.

Here’s what our Bob and Britax B Safe look like together:

Bob Stroller and Britax B Safe car seat

So far, that’s how I feel about these products, we’ll see how his growth and my ability to run add to this later!

Hope you find this helpful!

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Decisions, decisions

Who knew there were so many little things you had to put so much thought into when you get pregnant? Honestly, I didn’t!

First there are things like names, and cloth diapering and breast feeding.

Then you get into all the other aspects, like jogging strollers versus standard versus travel systems. Then there is the car seat, the crib, the mattress, pumps, bottles, nipples and so much more!

If someone can please explain to me how I am suppose to know what type of mattress or bottle or nipple my son would like, I would love that clarification. And it isn’t like there are like one or two options to choose from. There are dozens. I went to register at Babies R Us and I think my head nearly exploded.

Here are some things off our list that we have tackled and we finally made some decisions on!

The first one was a crib. We happened to get really lucky and right after Wes got home from nine weeks of training and we checked out some and lo and behold, there was a crib someone was selling! So we did some serious Googling and research and picked this gem up for about 1/6th of the price.  Note, for anyone who is about to yell at me this is NOT a drop gate crib — just so we’re all clear!

Eventually Wes and I made our way to Babies R Us….poor Wes. He had never been in that store before and it is highly unlikely he will ever return to it. But we made it and played with strollers and car seats. We did a lot more research and decided that a jogging stroller would be best for us. With his job, obviously he has to work out a lot. And my goal in life (very short term here) is within 12 months of meeting little guy, to run a half marathon. So we picked the Bob Revolution Flex stroller.

We picked this one because it is one of the highest rated stroller brands. We specifically decided on the Flex because it had all the capabilities we were looking for. PLUS the handle bar adjusts up and down a bit so that should make up the foot of height difference between Wes and I to make running comfortable for us both. Win win! Our stroller was actually delivered two weeks ago (thanks Mom!!). It is currently sitting in a big box waiting for me to open…which Athena is happy about because she has a new place to lay.

After we had the stroller picked out, it definitely narrowed down our choices in car seats because I wanted one that was compatible with the Bob, see a chart here if you are interested! But having the ability to pull out baby’s car seat and plop it onto my stroller was a huge must for me. So again, we did lots of research and comparisons and have picked out the Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat.

While I was highly confident on our stroller choice, I’m not as confident in the car seat. Having to choose an infant one, or one that will last as long as your child needs was a bit overwhelming. I can barely think a few weeks ahead, let alone what it’s going to be like to have a 5-year old. But hopefully this is the right choice and we will love it! The Britax works with an adapter from Bob that allows the car seat to be snapped into the stroller for ease of moving around. This way I don’t have to wake him up each time we get in and out of the car.

As seen in my post last week, I finally decided that I was indeed set on cloth diapering. I have not yet figured out if we will start at the beginning or wait a week or two before using the cloth diapers, I still have some researching in that area to do. I picked up some pre-folds and snappis today, just need a couple covers but with these I can start cloth diapering right from the beginning.

Another thing I knew I wanted to do was to take weekly pictures with a chalk board. I already did a separate post with all of my pictures up to this point. It’s been neat to mark off each with with something commemorative. I’ve also been keeping a little pregnancy journal From Pea to Pumpkin which has been fun. It asks a different question about how I’m feeling physically or about pregnancy in general and gives me space to write thoughts and important things to baby.