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what age did you change from pram to seat unit?

(31 Posts)
islasmummy2013 Tue 09-Apr-13 08:20:55

Hello everyone,

Iv got a bugaboo cameleon and was wondering what age is the youngest my dd could go into the seat unit? Obviously I no its when the individual child is ready and not just a certain age, I am also aware the bugaboo seat is from 6 months+ but there is no chance she'll be happy in the carrycot that long!

My dd is far to young to go into the seat unit at the minute, just thought I'd get some views/opinions/knowledge on the matter.
So, how old were your little ones when you made the swap?

Thank you in advance!
Xxx thanks

melliebobs Tue 09-Apr-13 10:19:49

We have iCandy peach jogger n dd went into seat unit at 4.5 months cos she was too long for the carry cot. She couldn't sit up right so had to have it tilted back n well padded out but we had no other option

FatimaLovesBread Tue 09-Apr-13 11:25:36

We have a Babystyle Oyster, the seat unit says 6months because it isn't completely flat, more like 160degrees. DD got bored in the carrycot, she's very nosey and was only happy in the Carrycot if sleeping.
We'd been using the car seat on the frame more if out for short trips and have just this week switched to the seat unit.
She's 19 weeks old and has good, strong head control, so far she loves it as she can see a lot more

esme80 Tue 09-Apr-13 11:29:10

I have a chameleon and switched to seat unit at 4 months, he was getting bored not seeing anything. He had good head control and was very content in seat.

Tiggywunkle Tue 09-Apr-13 13:03:27

I would try and hang out as long as you can. The longer a baby lies flat, the better. If you do want to move to a seat unit, then consider buying a wedge to flatten it out. It would then give your LO maximum opportunity for good internal organ growth, keep the air way clear etc.

islasmummy2013 Tue 09-Apr-13 13:05:45

Thank you everyone, my dd is only 10 weeks at present and is already getting frustrated with the carrycot unless she's asleep she likes to have eye contact with me all the time and obviously can't do that in the pram! Good too know esme80 that you changed at 4 months!

silverfrog Tue 09-Apr-13 13:10:28

Ds is nearly 9 months. We still have him lying flat a lot of the time (easier choice for us as not a separate carrycot/seat unit but a lie-flat pushchair seat.)

He also like continual eye contact and chatter - perfectly possible with a rear facing lie-flat/carrycot.

It's not a race, and being sure a young infant is fully supported as well as possible is the most important thing.

forevergreek Tue 09-Apr-13 13:14:36

Cameleon also. 7months. We also use lots for overnight sleeping so didn't want to change until needed.

The cameleon is a very large carrycot so shouldn't outgrow. when ds2 was in it , ds1 could still fit at 18 months as I put him in it a couple of times when he was tired and baby in sling.

forevergreek Tue 09-Apr-13 13:16:52

Also once in seat unit he stayed on fully recline or on half way until smear at least. The upright mode on cameleon is fully upright and he would have been hanging forward as babies often do as head heavier than body.

islasmummy2013 Tue 09-Apr-13 13:49:06

I do not in any way shape or form see it as a race, I want the best for my daughter, I was just simply asking what others have done.
I would of course like to leave it as long as possible however that isn't always an option hence why I'm asking


islasmummy2013 Tue 09-Apr-13 14:08:05

Just read my last comment back and it sounded like I was getting abit touchy! My apologies for that it wasn't ment to come across that way!smile

milk Tue 09-Apr-13 15:46:15

For DS1 I had the Mothercare Spin, and used an Ergonomic Bath Support in the carrycot as DS hated lying flat.

Tiggywunkle Tue 09-Apr-13 16:34:37

shock PLEASE dont put anything like that in a carrycot when out and about. There are really strict safety guidelines on carrycots and the height the baby is from the top is one of them.

The best thing for your baby is for them to lie flat until they are at least 6 months old. There is PLENTY of time to have them sat upright to talk to.

As I said above, one of the biggest issues is that by having a baby even slightly curved in a pushchair seat, their internal organs eg lungs can't open fully, therefore they dont grow properly. As a one off outing its not an issue, but every day this will impact. Having a baby flat allows the organs to expand fully and to grow. There is also optimum oxygen flow via the air way and the spine is flat. If you want to use a seat unit, please use a proper pushchair wedge eg the Silver cross one.

Twattybollocks Tue 09-Apr-13 21:43:54

Well you ladies are going to judge me but I have dd in the seat at 10w. This is because she has horrible reflux and can't lie flat. She has a shaped support cushion and she is on the lowest recline. I would love to use the carrycot but it just doesn't work, she is sick all over and cries.

awkwardsis Tue 09-Apr-13 21:47:51

I had ds in the Bugaboo seat unit semi reclined at 4 months. By then he was sitting and crawling and was just not safe without straps when he was so strong. He was much happier in the seat.

melliebobs Wed 10-Apr-13 08:22:16

Twatty no judging here. Dd has aweful reflux too. Fortunately in our pram we were able to tilt the carrycot smile only ever so slightly but it helped. So fully understand u wanting to avoid ur baby being in pain and vomiting acid sick everywhere grin

Twattybollocks Wed 10-Apr-13 11:07:40

It's not just the sick, she chokes on it too, before we Sussed out what was going on, she choked quite badly a couple of times in the first couple of weeks, she went blue round the mouth on one occasion, she isn't always sick with it, sometimes she just gags and screams. Things much better now on the ranitidine, and I'm hoping she will be able to lie flat at some point in the next month or so.
Knowing that by keeping her on an incline I'm stopping her organs growing properly is a great help, really, what else are mums of babies with reflux supposed to do? I have to say its certainly not stopping the rest of her growing as she is up a centile on length head and weight from when she was born.

abbyfromoz Wed 10-Apr-13 11:16:27

9 weeks in a reclined position.

Ihateparties Wed 10-Apr-13 19:33:11

There is a difference between a flat seat or surface with a raised end, ie a lie flat seat with the backrest up one notch and truly bucket shaped seats though. In a bucket seat the angle of body to legs is totally different, with presumably different effects on the torso (i'm speculating here).I don't think it's hard and fast rules though because loads of pushchair seats are very different in shape and angles etc., you do what you can with the hand you are dealt smile

This is one reason I prefer a lie flat type of seat though, over the carrycot or bucket seat prams with no inbetween. I have moved children out of carrycots earlier than 6 months based on weight being exceeded by more than a couple of kilos, mobility (tries to climb out, errrr harness and screaming or bah just use the seat). They all got left lying flat for as long as was feasible though in each case.

MandragoraWurzelstock Wed 10-Apr-13 19:42:41

I am using the seat unit on our Emmaljunga and ds is just three months.

This is because he is much happier sitting up a little bit.

If I put him lying flat he will wake quite quickly and cry. I think it might be reflux/wind etc. I end up carrying him most of the journey if it's a flat pram.

Also just wondering if they are in a sling or carrier, for a similar amount of time (say an hour or two a day) does this impact on their growth too?

MandragoraWurzelstock Wed 10-Apr-13 19:45:23

I actually think a bucket seat is - intuitivelyt speaking - less likely to compress them (lungs etc) than a flat one raised up a bit.

Reason being they slide down an inclined backrest, making their spine curve horribly, while in a bucket seat they can have their legs frog-style up against the seat part, and their back straight.

I think if it's on as low a setting as the cam, reclined fully, this means their back is almost flat and their legs up in the air. I'd think that the same position as my Ergo but horizontal, and thus not too bad.

MandragoraWurzelstock Wed 10-Apr-13 19:46:43

sorry please do set me straight though, this is just a feeling, I may well be way off smile

sjupes Wed 10-Apr-13 19:47:33

Ds went from pram to pushchair on his 2 in 1 at 5 months rear facing, he still liked lying quite flat till about 9 months he was always chilling smile

PinkPepper Wed 10-Apr-13 19:48:44

I had an oyster and waited till 6 months, I could see my boy fine in the carrycot.

A proper supportive sling won't effect growth no, baby shouldn't be curled in sling at all

Ihateparties Wed 10-Apr-13 23:06:14

Right Mandragora that's kind of what I meant, I really don't know at all.. there is information but it's not very specific and a lot of seats are quite different. Plus a particular baby may slump or curl in one where another baby doesn't. Its too hard to know for sure, I suppose I'm taking it as something along the lines of if the seating position results in a baby being curled up too much, whatever the specifics of the seat, then it isn't ideal. The support cushions twatty mentioned are good imo for using a bucket seat for a younger baby, providing a flat environment for their backs but helping out with other issues be it reflux or inherent nosiness or whatever grin

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