So the same day that hubby and I went to aqua fit this past weekend, we also went on our first official - what we called - "Stroller/Car Seat and Crib Education Day". We figured it was time for us to get informed about these must-haves before we got caught up with other things and be ready to do our baby registry with a good handle on what we needed and what we could do without.
We first went to a more upscale store (we didn't realize it) - the kind of store with $1000 gliders and bugaboo's strewn about -- and quickly found that it wasn't for us (budget and practicality). So off we went to a mall with a bunch of choices, like department stores like Sears as well as Babies r us to check out travel systems and other baby related items.
We soon found out quickly how cumbersome (and heavy!) these travel system strollers were, we even simulated how it would be if I were by myself and going from the car to opening the stroller, to collapsing it and to lug it up to a height similar to my SUV. Yah - not so easy for someone of my size!
Here's my adorable hubby is amongst a sea of strollers:
and here he is trying to un-fold one of the complicated strollers (which by the way, never ended up back in its original floor model position LOL)
and me trying one on for size:
So after a fun afternoon of shopping - hubby even asked me if I wanted to go into a maternity clothes store because there were some sales (um hello - who are you and what have you done with my hubby?! yes please! LOL) - we decided that travel systems just weren't right for us - namely because I would be the one using it the most on my year off and it just wouldn't do!
We researched some snap-and-go systems and actually saw one stroll by us in the mall and we immediately knew that it would be the one for us. Luckily, we found it on craigs.list last night and found a great deal on the Baby.Trend Snap N Go - so now all we need to do is find a car seat! It's light weight (like 11 pounds!) and folds super easy and still has cup holders and a big basket for storage. We were pleasantly surprised at how new it still was - it looked barely used! I'm very happy that we got this and although it's a bit scary that it's now sitting in our basement and THIS IS FOR REAL NOW (!) - the feeling subsides quickly when I think about when I get to push lil' Sprout around in it!
What were one of your first purchases? What do you think about buying a second hand crib? We want to buy our car seat new for sure but really trying to save some moula where we can! Any recommendations/advice on what we really need/vs. don't need are welcome!