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Product Review: Which Car Seat and Stroller Should I Buy?

“Which car seats should I buy?”

A future twin parent recently asked me this question, and I didn’t know how to answer. All I could tell him was that we weren’t thrilled with our choice.

We opted for the Orbit car seats, top-of-the-line, in part because my mother-in-law was treating.

Advantages:

  • Highest safety standards
  • Unique spinning base design that allows you to snap the car seat into the base affixed to your car or into the stroller without hurting your back. This was a big factor for us since my husband suffers from back pain: Car seats goes in facing you, press on the side handles and spin it to face the rear of the car. Really fantastic!Orbit car seat

Disadvantages:

  • They are expensive, running $440 each (and obviously you need one for each child!).
  • They are quite heavy. You can definitely find lighter seats on the market.
  • The car seat stroller that goes with the seats, which happens to be the ONLY frame I could find that fits Orbit seats, is positively ridiculously pricey ($800) and gargantuan. We never used it once! I ended up selling it on Craigslist for about 80% of what mom-in-law paid after 6 months.

Orbit Double Stroller

All we ever ended up using as a stroller was our CityMini GT Double Stroller, which has been on planes, off-roading on hikes, and all over LA, San Francisco, New York, and Honolulu. We love it. It is fantastic.

City Mini Double Stroller

The only downside of this methodology is that you can never transport the babes in their car seats… Meaning you have to wake them if they’re sleeping in order to transfer them into your city/hiking stroller or into baby carriers.

I felt bad about that until my fabulous Babies First twins class teacher Sue Darrison told us that you should never leave your babies sleeping in their car seats if possible – you should always transfer them to baby carriers or an upright stroller. She said it’s bad for their necks to sit all hunched over in car seats, and that most parents leave their babes in there for way too long. So then I thought, well… Maybe our solution wasn’t such a bad one in the end. The Orbit car seats are terrific as car seats; we never used a car seat stroller only the City Mini and Ergo carriers, and it all worked out.

Still, I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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