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Will I regret not getting a carseat that goes with my pram?

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ananikifo Tue 07-May-13 21:01:33

DH and I bought a Mamas and Papas Sola in the Boots bank holiday sale. We are now debating whether we need a compatible carseat. I was quite convinced that we didn't, which is why I was happy to buy pram by itself, but now DH isn't sure and I'm wondering whether he's right.

I don't drive, so baby will not use the car seat very much during my mat leave, maybe 2-3 car trips per week, maximum. I would like to use a wrap-style carrier/sling as much as possible and would prefer it for a short walk or an hour during Sunday church services. I'm also conscious that infants shouldn't be in car seats for more than an hour.

DH does drive, and likes the idea of a travel system so we don't have to take the pram seat in the car when we go on trips. He points out that everyone else seems to leave their babies in carseats and none of their babies have been harmed that we know of.

The carseats that fit into the sola are on the expensive side but I'm wondering whether we will regret buying a cheap one instead. Obviously the sales associate at Mamas and Papas has worked her magic on me because I'm starting to doubt my original plan not to worry about having a travel system.

I would really appreciate some advice from more experienced parents. We're first-timers dealing in hypotheticals at the moment!

DoTheBestThingsInLifeHaveFleas Tue 07-May-13 21:05:43

I am afraid that yes I do think you may need a car seat that fits into the pram. This is just my personal preference, but I found it really valuable. Although you may have a super chilled baby and not have a c section and therefore be happy lifting baby in and out a lot. Also depends on where you live and how much car travel you need to do. Mine was in the car everyday, so for a quick pop to the local shop, it was ideal. Obvioulsy for longer trips you need the pram part anyway as they can't be in car seat for too long. I would recomend getting a good car seat though and an isofix base. I know they are lots of money, but if you need to budget maybe do it on other things and not a car seat. Sorry to sound preachy....

DoTheBestThingsInLifeHaveFleas Tue 07-May-13 21:06:02

p.s. good luck with your new baby, enjoy!

MrsWooster Tue 07-May-13 21:06:53

you will regret it, but only a bit and only for a few months so it depends HOW expensive the carseat is... You could always sell the carseat on ebay as soon as s/he moves up into the next size(which will be quicker than you think) and recoup some of the money?

stickortwist Tue 07-May-13 21:08:21

I dont think you will. I never got the hoiking car seat out of car to put baby on top of buggy. Car seats are bulky heavy and a pita to carry without banging your leg. Small babies are lighter and more snuggly and easy to move in and put or car seat ans carry about
buy yourself a nice postnatal treat instead

ThedementedPenguin Tue 07-May-13 21:08:24

My car seat was compatible with my pram. I think I attached it twice so far.

I preferred to lift baby out and put in carry cot instead.

Shybairns Tue 07-May-13 21:12:43

It can be convenient to have a compatible seat, but really it isn't essential. And as you don't drive I really wouldn't worry about it at all.
Yes I preferred to lift baby out of car seat into the pram.

Restorer Tue 07-May-13 21:14:10

I actually used the car seat attachment when I was out walking with the pram. it was particularly useful when I went to baby/toddler groups or clinics where there wasn't room to take the pram in. I could lift the seat off and take that in with me, leaving the wheels outside. Although thinking about it, that was probably for DS2 when I had a toddler too.

That said, it is astounding how quickly they grow out of the first stage seat, so as MrsW says, if it does turn out to be a mistake, you will only regret it for a matter of weeks.

IdaClair Tue 07-May-13 21:14:15

I have got a birth to 4 car seat (Britax First Class) so I never take it out of the car at all. I don't really see why I would need to (and I don't have a super chilled baby either, wish I did wink )

I don't actually have a pram either so maybe that makes a difference. I guess it's about what you're used to. It seems a lot of faffing about and equipment to me, all the special attachments and baby seats and clipping and all that stuff. I did the whole travel system thing with my first, used it less than 10 times, sold it and bought a sling and the above first class.

I'm in a similar position in that I don't drive the car myself, DH does, so for day to day trips we just use wrap and go. If we need to go in a car we all get strapped in the car in our various seats, and if we need to get out of the car - well, we all get out!

yummymumtobe Tue 07-May-13 21:16:10

I don't think I'd necessary. We had a maxi cosi as it was compatible with our bugaboo bee and we never took the car seat out. Just transferred baby straight into buggy.

Namely Tue 07-May-13 21:16:29

I have the Mamas and Papas Zoom and went for the travel system. When DS was a little baby I always put him in the pram section but now he has outgrown that I often leave him in the carseat. I find it invaluable if he is sleeping. Plop sleeping baby onto wheels and off we go. Saying that if he is awake I ALWAYS put him in the pushchair and will never leave him for more than an hour generally in carseat without getting him out and carrying him for a bit/sitting him on my lap in cafe. It is most useful in retail parks when you want to pop in and out. I do have friends which use the carseat instead of a pushchair. I don't think they look that comfortable for long periods. If I am walking from home it's always the pushchair. I would go as far as to say that the ISOFIX base is the best baby paraphernalia I own.

Knittingnovice Tue 07-May-13 21:17:44

I have probably used the fact that my car seat goes onto the pram body maybe 20 times since we bought the pushchair for DS in 2008.

The car seat is now being used for DD2, having also been used for DD1.

3 of those times were to bring the babies home from hospital.

1 was for DS first Christmas, where I got the train to my parents and they didn't have a car seat, so I took mine.

DH probably uses it more than me. I hate the faff (cars haven't DH isofix, so car seat needed to be unbelted each time), and love snuggling the babies into carrycots, with blankets etc.

ananikifo Tue 07-May-13 21:18:56

Thanks for the advice. I have a history of buying cheap and regretting my purchases, but then again you get a lot of mixed signals about what babies really need. We also got a bit confused because DH was saying carrycot when he meant 0+ car seat, and he thought car seats were the big ones you don't remove form the car.

I've heard you shouldn't buy a used car seat so I wouldn't sell one, either. Any opinions on this?

If it's really important we can budget for it, and shop around, but I didn't want to waste money on things we don't need, or only think we need because of a pushy sales pitch. Are expensive car seats really safer than cheap ones? Don't they all meet the same standards? Our car is too old for isofix, if that makes a difference.

lagoonhaze Tue 07-May-13 21:20:56

Id borrow a decent infant carrier and save the money for an extended rear facing seat when they are older.

sillymillyb Tue 07-May-13 21:28:47

I wasted money soooooooooo much money on car seats/ buggys by trying to be cheap. I started out with a cheap buggy with no compatible car seat, then I bought the quinny zapp as my cheap buggy was like a tank. Then I bought the maxi cosy pebble as having no compatible car seat was making my life so much harder. I used it for when baby fell asleep in car to transfer to buggy, to take him to his classes, for keeping him safe at the swimming pool. I wish I'd bitten the bullet and got compatible car seat in the beginning!

Namely Tue 07-May-13 21:30:04

I think that the advice of not buying second hand car seats is that you don't know their history. I would feel comfortable selling mine on in the future if I knew that it hadn't been in an accident.

I don't think that having a travel system is imperative. Especially if you don't drive, it probably would get used much!

Namely Tue 07-May-13 21:30:19


TwitchyTail Tue 07-May-13 21:31:20

Never used my (compatible) infant carrier on pushchair - too heavy, bad for my back, don't like to keep DS scrunched up longer than necessary (and they really are quite scrunched up - your instincts here are correct), and don't see the point - he'll sleep through an avalanche so he can handle a transfer from carseat to pushchair.

I carried it ten paces from car to GP surgery today and it almost killed me, I'm still recovering. Car seats belong in cars.

ArabellaBeaumaris Tue 07-May-13 21:32:22

I don't think you will miss one really. It would probably be different if you drove every day but since you don't, I doubt it. I haven't had one - also don't drive myself - & I can't remember ever regretting it.

TwitchyTail Tue 07-May-13 21:32:37

^^ IMO smile

Beatrixpotty Tue 07-May-13 21:45:52

Mine is compatible but how many times have I attached it to the wheels this!You will not miss it.If my baby is asleep in the car he rarely wakes up on transfer to the pram or if he does,I carry him around in a sling for a bit.Much less heavy than lifting out the car seat.This is my 3rd baby.I did use the car seat & wheels together with DS1 when we did a few long train journeys.It was good to have him in the car seat on the train and useful to have it on the wheels to get to the station but unless you plan to do lots of travel like that I wouldn't bother.

olivertheoctopus Tue 07-May-13 21:50:25

My DC are 4 and 2 with DC3 due in July and I have never once used the adaptor thing we bought to fix our car seat to the pram and don't expect to. Put baby in car seat, drive to destination, unfold buggy, take baby out of car seat, put into pram. Simples. Don't really understand need for 'travel system' at all.

olivertheoctopus Tue 07-May-13 21:52:50

And I used to leave the infant carrier seat in the car rather than bring it into the house. As poster above says, it is a right PITA lugging a heavy seat around.

Smartiepants79 Tue 07-May-13 21:56:01

I would miss mine A LOT. Use it every day and find it the most convenient for my life. But I use my car every day.
If I didn't I might do it differently!

KB02 Tue 07-May-13 21:59:44

I had separate car seat and pram and all second hand. I hardly got the car seat out of the car as very heavy and bulky as others have said I didn't feel like I Was missing anything not having a travel system. I did a bit of research on second hand car seats and advice seemed to be know the history of the seat ie that it has not been in crash and check for wear on straps also it should be less than 6 years old due to UV weakening plastic.

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