Travel with Children - Just bought my second sit-n-stroll
Aug 1, 12, 4:42 pm
I have been a huge fan of the S-N-S since we bought our first one for our now 2 1/2 yr old daughter 2 1/2 years ago! The cobblestone streets of Vienna finally made me buy a new one yesterday.
That stroller has seen countless international cities/flights/taxi's/cobblestones/dirt paths/walking trails/etc, and held up like a champ. The only thing that we didnt do with it was crush cars in a monster truck event! :p
Just wanted to check in here and see if anyone else has had such good luck as we have had!
PS-sometimes it does take a little convincing of the interanational airlines to allow it as a seat, but we have NEVER had to check it...YET!
Aug 3, 12, 6:55 am
Good because it actually said on mine to never check it as luggage. It has a lot of delicate parts.
I had one and it was convenient, especially since I also take a lot of taxis and my kids were not big stroller babies (only needed when they were too tired to walk and I had good baby carriers). I do have to warn you that car seat techs are not big fans of this because of the car installation. They don't find it ideal as a car seat. If you mention this product on any car seat forum, be prepared to get at least a scolding, if not outright flaming!
Also, the shoulder strap slots are very low. It's supposed to go to 40lbs but my children typically outgrew their seats by height before weight and I got more than 6 months out of the Cosco Scenera than the SnS, just for having shoulder straps an inch higher!
The new favorite is the Coccoro car seat. Apparently, it has a great install and there is a snap-in stroller frame making it a good travel seat. Parents like the airplane install, especially rear-facing. The downside is that it is expensive for a combination seat and only goes up to 40lbs, just like the SnS.
The SnS should be considered as a luxury baby travel product and not used as a primary car seat. The Coccoro, by contrast, can be and it can be used for longer. Both of these are expensive but you can get some lightweight budget car seats which travel well too, especially for those who don't fly a lot.
Aug 27, 12, 4:44 am
Yes, I too have loved the Sit N Stroll.
My kids are now 4 and 8 but I bought it for my first kid when I was commuting between TX and CA for work. I got it pretty dialed where I could wheel it down the aisle and pop the wheels in and set it in the seat.
I think it has logged at least 100k miles. It cannot be killed. We took that thing through a 3 week tour of China. On planes, in taxis, strapped to the floor of a sketchy bus. Ah, I remember it fondly. I passed it on to another traveler through freecycle.
I'm a fan of the BubbleBum now. It's an inflatable booster seat. My kids don't care for it (hey mom, we farted on BubbleBum, ha!) but I think it actually works quite well. I rolled up two of them in my carry on and had two booster seats for use in a rental car.
Aug 27, 12, 11:33 am
Nothing except positive remarks on the S-n-S, and was always used when the child had their own seat. People were always amazed at the functionality, especially those with umbrella strollers (I'll mark it up to jealousy). It's one of the few things that I give a blanket recommendation about, to any new parent (Chariot strollers, Pelican cases, and Northface DoubleTracks are a few others, yet that covers all ages of travellers).
I've read a lot of owner reviews that said that in some aircraft the SNS would not fit in the seat. Personally I would never buy it. My regular car seat and luggage cart works great. Personally I would not want to use a car seat as a stroller outside for various reasons.
Aug 29, 12, 3:41 pm
Be aware that this is not for every kid. Ours hated it when used as a car seat, either in car or plane. He just would not tolerate the seatbelt strap across the front and would simply freak out. We had no choice but to stop using it.