Okay, I need some extra opinions!
Bech and I have a 20% coupon to Babies R Us that expires in a week and a half. I wanted to use it on the crib, but it was out of stock through Babies R Us (I found it through Amazon and actually got just as good a deal!). I think we should use the coupon on one of the more expensive items we'll have to buy, so that we'll save more!
So we started checking out the travel systems. A few months ago, I decided we should get a Graco travel system. You know, one with an infant car seat/carrier and a stroller that it attaches too. The problem is, we don't like any of them. We looked at all of them last night, and they are all bulky and kinda ugly (at least to us! sorry if you love yours!).
[Travel System by Graco]
So Bech said, "Why do we even need one of those strollers? I've seen people use lightweight strollers that I like a lot better." He's talking about an umbrella strollers, which are super lightweight. The problem is that those are only for slightly older babies...you can't put an infant in one of those.
So we started talking about how much we would actually even use a stroller while the baby was under 6 or 9 months. And we realized that it wouldn't be very often. We don't go out and about much now, and I doubt we will with a child. And I am much more interested in wearing a baby sling or wrap most of the time. So the stroller wouldn't be missed that much.
But the carrier is a different issue. It would be great to use when going out to eat (again, we don't go out much, but still, when we do...) and if the baby fell asleep in the car. But is that enough of a reason to pay a lot for a travel system we really don't like?
I also remembered that people sell old infant seats on craigslist all the time. While I wouldn't use those as a car seat (I've read never to buy a secondhand car seat), we could use it as a carrier.
Then we started looking for car seats that we actually like. Over Christmas I had lunch with one of my high school friends who is also pregnant, and she was telling me how she was just going to get a convertible seat. That way the baby can use it for much longer. Plus she felt the same way about the carrier--she just wouldn't use it very much.
With a convertible, the baby can use it as an infant, all the way up to 3 or so years old.
And then we found this car seat. And we fell in love!
Okay, Bech would probably not describe his feelings as love, because he's not me. But he likes it a lot too. It's the Combi Coccoro. It's made by a Japanese company. It's extremely lightweight and has padding for the infants. It is made for compact cars and smaller cars--while Bech's truck isn't necessarily compact, it's still on the smaller side. Plus it comes in green! And orange!
I have read some reviews so far. Most people seem to love it! There were some unhappy customers, but they were few and far between.
So now I want some advice, please! Did you just love your infant carrier and stroller? Do you think I am absolutely crazy? And at what age can babies start to use umbrella strollers? Do you know anyone who has had a Combi car seat?