Choosing baby gear can be daunting! What do we order?! When do we need it?! What on earth do we do if we don’t like it?!
Don’t worry, you are not the only one asking that question.
I have put together a list of my go to Carseats and strollers. Remember, anytime you shop through my amazon links or ad photos, you are supporting all that I do everyday!
I recommend ordering from Amazon due to their great return policy! (You can use something, not love and still send back.) I also recommend ordering about 3-4 weeks out from your due date. This will make sure you have plenty of time to return something. (Most baby products are 60-90 day return window.) With Amazon Prime you really don’t have to worry between 1 or 2 day shipping.
The baby gear that you DO want to make sure you have before baby is a good car seat.
We ended up with an infant car seat (family insisted.) However, unless you plan to carry your baby in a car seat, or snap on to a stroller, you can actually get by with a convertible car seat. (Update: We have really enjoyed using an infant car seat with Blake, granted she is a few pounds lighter than Liam. But with two kids, it is nice for one of them to be strapped in ready to go. We also have a great stroller that we did not have when Liam was in his infant car seat, I explain more below.)
Convertible car seats are good from birth to 35lbs (check your model.) We went with the Britax infant car seat, they are leaders in the car seat industry, do not spray their seats with extra fire retardants plush we knew we wanted a BOB Jogging stroller, and they are compatible.
By the time Liam was 5 months old, we switched him to a convertible car seat, we went with the Diono Radian RXT. The Diono Radian RXT goes from 5-125 lbs, and can even fit 3 across (or 2 across and leave you for an adult comfortably.) Diono also adheres to safer standards when it comes to spraying products unnecessarily. (Update: Liam is now in the Diono Rainer 2 AXT and we just ordered Blake hers. We are using his Radian 3RXT, because it is much lighter, as a car seat for grandparents cars or my husbands truck. It is also what we would use if we were traveling and flying.) The Rainer 2AXT fit great in our 2016 Honda Pilot. If we were to have another baby, we would be able to fit either two Rainer car seats + a radian or two Rainer car seats + an infant car seat.
Our First Stroller
When Liam was first born until he was over a year, we only had the BOB Jogging Stroller. We walk Zeus 1-2 times per day, this stroller is easy to maneuver with one hand, while the other hand holds a leash etc. It also folds down easy to take on trips, to the park to hike etc. We rarely took it into stores because I would usually wear Liam. When he was first born we used the car seat attachment for walks until he met the min weight of the stroller. (They recommend this stroller from 8 weeks to 75lbs, and waiting to jog with baby until they are 8 months old.)
Our Second Stroller (That I wish we had sooner!)
When Liam was about 16 months old, we ordered the Britax B-Ready. This stroller has a great toddler seat that sits upright, he was sitting too far back in the BOB. The Britax B-Ready can convert to a double stroller with 12 configurations so you can B-Ready for anything. This is a piece of baby gear that I wish we had sooner. We use it all the time with Blake, her infant car seat can clip in on the top or bottom and Liam can sit where she is not. This is a great travel system, we plan on brining the frame of the stroller with her car seat to Palm Dessert next month.
If you are looking for a double jogging stroller, these are a few great options, we LOVE to walk with the Double Bob Jogging Stroller. It is great for walks, I can even still walk Zeus (or 80lbs 5 year old lab) and push the stroller with both kids!
If you are looking for a stroller than can hold three children, (ie twins and a toddler.) My girlfriend Rachel swears by the Baby Jogger Citi Select, her twins sit comfortably while her 4 year old can jump on the glider in front of her.
Remember, anytime you shop through my amazon links or ad photos, you are supporting all that I do everyday!