Babypushing 101: When Your Back Won’t Even Let You Glance At That Sling (Part 1)

Yes, I have four strollers in my foyer.  Why?  Why?  I’ll tell you why…

Ummm.  Hmmm.  Why don’t I tell you why I have each one instead?

Stroller #1 — The Snap and Go

This is more of a temporary stroller.  I do recommend it to folks, however.  Worth every penny, even though it is only used for a few months per child.  I’m referring to the “Snap and Go.”  It is a wheeled frame upon which you can place your infant car seat — tada!  Stroller.  It is not so pretty to behold, but it has several advantages to the alternative car seat frame situations.

Advantage #1: The baby faces you while you push.  If you do not own one of those $1000 movie-star strollers, this is a great alternative.  When you first bring the little Dickens home, all you want to do is look at him.  Or, check on her.  Or talk to her or make goofy faces at him.  You want to watch that baby watch the trees as they contrast with the sky.

Advantage #2: The car seat goes on the stroller.  That means if you have a sleeping baby, you can move the sleeping baby from the car to the house without waking the sleeping baby.  If I have any assvice for you first-time parents or parents-to-be it is this: let the sleeping baby sleep.  Don’t be fooled by the convenient-looking handle on the infant car seat, either.  Yes, you can carry the whole car seat with your hand.  You could also carry an anvil in your hand, but do you want to? No.  Those seats are darn heavy.  Every time I’ve carried mine w/o the Snap and Go, I’ve regretted it.

Advantage #3: The basket.  Oh, the Snap and Go basket.  How we love you.  I have fit a week’s worth of groceries in you.  And when that baby exceeds the weight for the car seat, it is you I pine for as I move on to the standard strollers.

Advantage #4:  “But I want the travel system, so I can have everything I need and not have to buy four strollers.”  Silly, silly you.  Do not, I repeat, do NOT go out and buy a travel system.  They seem like a good thing, but they are just not.  This is why: one of you is going to be giving birth.  If that means via a cesarean birth or a vaginal one, that one of you is going to be recovering from some heavy physical stuff for at least six weeks.  And guess who usually gets to stay home for those six weeks?  The recovering one.  Just try getting that honking stroller that comes with the travel system in and out of your trunk while recovering from labor.  I mean, don’t try it.  A friend from high school told me she felt literally trapped in her house because she could not handle her travel system stroller after giving birth.  The frame is all you need.  Then you can sell it or pass it along when your baby outgrows it.  Case in point, the Snap and Go weighs 15 lbs.  The Graco Snugride car seat weighs 15 lbs.  That’s 30 lbs w/o the baby.  The travel systems I looked at have shipping wieghts of 38 -40 lbs.  Mind you, they come with car seat bases, but still…  I’ve never seen a car seat base that weighs 10 lbs.  Perhaps I am biased against them.  This one didn’t seem so bad.  If you have one you like, let us know.  Also, I am a city person.  We city folk do not like too much bulk in our strollers.  The stores here have very narrow aisles and not everyone has a four-stroller-sized foyer.

Advantage #5:  The easiest fold of any of my strollers.  It really is a one-hand fold.  I love it.  It opens back up just as easily.

Advantage #6: Price.  These car seat frame strollers go for about 50 bucks.  You know you probably have someone in your family with fifty dollar bill burning a hole in his or her pocket to spend on something useful for your baby.  This is it.  Register away.  Compared to the $160 – $200 price tag of the travel systems, it is a steal, even when you consider that you also need to buy the infant car seat. (Again, register. You may be more likely to get the Snap and Go from one person and the car seat from someone else than the whole $200 travel system from any one person.) Compared to the Bugaboo or the Phil and Teds, it is practically free.

Disadvantages: It is kind of ugly. But people only see the infant car seat and then they want to see the baby and they forget the ugly stroller.  You only need it for a few months. Once your baby is over 22 lbs, say goodbye to the big basket, folks.  It is not known for its smooth ride. You really need to be mindful of the cracks in the sidewalk with this one.  Of course the advantage here is that newborns like a lot of jiggle action.

Ok.  I had no idea this post would be so long, so I’ll have to do my stroller review in several installments.

PS  I’d be happy to review other stollers if anyone wants to give me free samples.  I’ve got space for a few more!

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4 responses to “Babypushing 101: When Your Back Won’t Even Let You Glance At That Sling (Part 1)

  1. alli k

    I whole-heartedly agree with oneofhismom’s take on the Snap ‘n’ Go. I highly recommend it. And that’s from someone whose baby (a) didn’t like being in his carseat, and (b) was very long and outgrew his bucket seat ahead of schedule.

    I would like to emphasize the point oneofhismoms made about the sidewalk cracks. BEWARE. And if you live in a non-metropolis, look out for the tree roots.

  2. notesfrom2moms

    as an alternate we are loving the baby jogger city mini… you remove the stroller part and add an attachment and it functions and looks just like a snap and go…

  3. j

    We found that the Graco Metrolite had most of the advantages of the SnapnGo (especially being lightweight – only a couple of pounds heavier – and having a huge basket), with additional advantages of having big wheels so the ride was smoother, and having the stroller available once the baby bucket was outgrown. Also, at $189 or so on sale, it wasn’t much more expensive, but having the stroller made up for the difference in cost.

  4. g

    Oh, my– I have a total stroller fetish too.
    Surprisingly, our fave is the Combi travel system– the stroller weighs only 13 lbs and folds up like an umbrella stroller! Car seat is 17 lbs. The set was $170, but we think we’ll get our moneys’ worth. We can use it until Honeybeast weighs 45 lbs, and she loves to sleep in it. The tradeoff for longer use, though, is a smaller, less easy-to-access basket under the “big kid” seat. Other than that, we’ve enjoyed the benfits you listed above– lightweight, bring the car seat, facing mommy, small & zippy, easy to fold & carry. LOVE it.
    (The new, improved version can be seen at http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3132735 but the price has gone up! We bought ours elsewhere online.)

    Also, Fisher-Price made (at least last year, for about $150) a Bugaboo knockoff with inflated tires and a front- or rear-facing seat. If your heart was set on an $800 wonder, that’s one way to fake it.

    I would be lost without the internet for baby gear shopping!

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