Monday, February 21, 2011

Must Have Monday

Happy Monday!
Ours started off a little iffy. Kinsley Anne started running a fever yesterday afternoon & it continued last night and this morning. She is coughing & snotty-nosed all over again, so we have restarted her Xopenex on top of her daily Advair. We are also still doing saline & bulb syringe for her nose. She will hopefully be a much happier/healthier baby tomorrow.

Anyway, moving onto Must Have Monday.

Today's must-have item is: Chicco Cortina Travel System - Discovery

Picking a stroller/travel system was one of my more challenging to-do items for our registry. I went back in forth between two or three. I reviewed Consumer Reports as well as baby blogs, babies r us consumer reviews, etc. I finally decided on this Chicco system & am so glad that I did! I also love a few of the other color combinations that this stroller comes in.
The pros are:
-The fabric is easy to wipe down.
-The car seat is fabulous. Easy to install in the car & on the stroller.
-The stroller is easy to collapse & open with 1 hand
-The stroller handle is adjustable for all height people to push.
-The stroller storage basket is large - I have put my oversized purse & a large cooler that holds up to 6 bottles in it at once.
-When compared to other brands, the shade on both the car seat & stroller are much hardier than competitors.
-There is an option to get a car seat that holds up to a 30lb child. Personally, I did not opt for this set-up because I would not be able to tote a 30lb kid around, but's out there if you want it!
-You can buy extra bases for $80 (or less if you bargain shop) for the car seat. We have one in Kyle's truck, my SUV, and Nonie's SUV (Kyle's mom).
-Nonie & I joke that this is an all-terrain stroller as we have taken long walks over gravel, uneven sidewalks, etc & the wheels did great!
The cons are:
-The basket is hard to access when the seat is reclined (side note: the seat must be reclined for the car seat to be put in place as a part of the travel system)
-Not sure that this is really a con, as it would be the case with any travel system, but the stroller is bulky in the back of my SUV.

As always, I hope this helps!
Until Next Time..
Love, Jen
ps- I promise, I want to do a recap post about this weekend. I have some good pics from the dog show on Saturday. I will do this on Wednesday...Top 2 Tuesday tomorrow. It's another good one!

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