Jul 30, 2013

I Bought All The Things: Transportation Edition

Throughout my pregnancy, I did a decent job of posting my thought process and research on the baby things we purchased. Now it's time to analyze what we have.



CarSeats:
Before having the boys, I spent A LOT of time thinking about what stroller and carseats we would need. I diligently researched carseats, read crash test reports, went and looked at seats in person, read reviews, and tried installing them on the test seat at a local store. When it comes to my children's safety, I feel like it is time well spent.
 
I narrowed the choice to the Chicco KeyFit 30 and the Cybex Aton. Both have great safety ratings, easy install with latch, are weight rated down to 4lbs (important with twins and the possibility of preemies). The Cybex was easier to install, weighed less, and used the same snap system as the Mico Cosi so had many strollers it could connect to. The Chicco basically only snapped in to the Chicco stroller and otherwise balanced (safely they say) on a frame. (*Edit: The Chicco WILL snap in to other strollers, including the Baby Jogger City Select.)
 
We ultimately chose the Cybex Atons and could not be happier with our choice! I have no frame of references because we haven't used any other car seat, but I love what we have. It is stylish (I like the sleek lines now that we are using them, despite my hesitancy during the decision process), safe, lightweight, and compatible with our stroller. Everything I need in a carseat.
 
Aso important, it is well designed for premature babies. In fact, the NICU nurses said it is their favorite preemie car seat because the infant insert puts babies on the proper angle to not require and blankets or additional tools for propping. The car seat fit my little guys perfectly!


 
 
The only drawback: the canopies are incredibly small and don't provide adequate shade. Our easy solution: Brica Canopy for errands and walks. As an added bonus this little pod keeps strangers from peeking in at my sleeping a babies and spreading their germs (a huge concern when my guys were still tiny preemies).
Stroller:
I was given a BabyTrend Snap-N-Go by a fellow twin mom and fully intended to use it the first few months because it seemed so convenient. I tried using the Snap-N-Go because I figured it had to be awesome or it wouldn't be so popular.

I hated it.

The way the carseats rested in the frame made me incredibly uncomfortable. I know it is safe and many many people use this stroller frame without an issue, but I was uncomfortable pushing it around my neighborhood over sidewalk curbs and up my front steps. Even big bumps in the sidewalk made me nervous! The Snap-N-Go was not for me.

 
The stroller we ultimately chose is the Baby Jogger City Select which is a tandem double stroller. It is relatively lightweight, easy to fold into the car, has a great big under basket, and pushes really well. It also has adapters to fit two infant carriers which is so convenient. Anytime we are out, it is easiest to leave the boys in the carseats and snap them onto the stroller. For walks in the neighborhood we use the stroller seats and the boys seem comfortable. They recline well, have great canopies, and can be configured to face different ways. The stroller is a breeze to fold and stow in the trunk, fits well in aisles at stores, and overall is great.
 
BUT
You knew their was a but right?
 
Twin Roo holding Cybex Atons. Sadly, they aren't secure.
Something about the simplicity of a Snap-N-Go really appeals to me. So when I got the opportunity to review the Joovy Twin Roo I couldn't pass it up! Sadly, our car seats are not compatible with the stroller (and believe me, I tried to finagle something because this stroller rocks!). So, I borrowed two Chicco Keyfits from friends and tried this baby out.

 
The Joovy Twin Roo pretty much rocks.
 
The Joovy Twin Roo is a front/back (tandem) set up, meaning it is the same width as a single stroller so it fits in aisles but the car seats sit sideways so it is shorter than your average double. This gives it an easy pushability and maneuverability. (Yes. I did just make up the word pushability. But it describes this stroller perfectly!) The storage basket underneath is huge, which any twin mama knows is a requirement in a stroller because you will be carrying ALL THE THINGS. Especially if you decide to cloth diaper. (Seriously, consider it. Cloth diapers for the win.) Also, this stroller has four cup holders. This is a huge improvement over my City Select that has zero (unless you buy the add on cup holder (one maximum) or the parent console). So you can fit bottles for the babies, and drinks for you and your spouse. And, your drink can be a hot cup of tea or coffee because the cup holders are down low where the drink cant spill on the baby! Last, this stroller weighs pretty much nothing so a post c-section recovering twin mama can get it in and out of the car.
 
 
 
You know what else rocks?
 
My loss is your gain. Despite my crazy love for this stroller, my car seats don't fit in the frame. So, I'm giving it away! Sadly, it's a big huge stroller so I can't ship it. Which means the winner needs to pick it up in Dallas. (Sorry non-Texan readers. But I still love you?) I'll draw for the winner after we get back from Florida.
 
I'm crazy trying to pack for two adults and two infants to fly to the beach so instead of setting up a rafflecopter like I should, I am going old school. Enter by leaving a comment!
 
 

6 comments:

  1. Just FYI if you use the Chicco Keyfits and the City Select Double with the carseat adapters, the seats will "click" in -- not just rest on top. I realize this doesn't matter for you now but if anyone reads this in the future and finds it helpful...

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  2. That's good to know. Thanks! We tried the Chicco's with the Snap-N-Go but never with the City.

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  3. Wow I didn't know such a seat configuration existed!

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  4. I would love to have this stroller for my twin girls! We don't live in Dallas anymore, but Ryan's brother does, so they could pick it up for us, and we could get it from them next time they visit us or vice versa.

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  5. Hi Lexy! I'm Heather and I was hoping you could answer my question I have about your blog! Please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)

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  6. So cute babies. I'm also a huge fan of Joovy. All my kids used car seat stroller combo of Joovy.

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