Okay so maybe it wasn’t the worst $220 EVER that I EVER spent – I am sure there are many empty shooter glasses at bars from my past that would qualify as “Worst $200 ever”, BUT… when Ross and I first found out we were pregnant, I went on an absolute tear reasearching all the things we needed for the upcoming baby. I kind of went on overload and I do have to congratulate myself that I wasn’t consumed with acquiring a bunch of “stuff” – rather, I was consumed with getting the best value for our money for the few things I felt were essentials.
I found and bought a Peg Perego Travel System including a car seat and base, a bassinet that converted to a toddler seat, and the chassis that it all attached to. I bought it used from a very nice lady and it cost me $220. She had bought it for over $600 brand new only a few years before. It was simple and plain grey and black, and all the covers are removable and washable.
Since Kale has been born, I have used the stroller maybe three times – once to go to the midwife and it was a huge process to putthe chassis in the car, get it out, clip the car seat to it, go TWO blocks to the midwife’s office, fit through the doors, blah blah blah. I used it again to take Kale for a walk, and he woke up every single time we went over a seam in the sidewalk. And Ross and I used it once more one incredibly hot night, and put Kale in the bassinet attachment starkers except for a diaper and walked around the block when it cooled off.
Otherwise, the car seat gets used, and generally the car seat stays in the car and Kale gets put in a carrier when we arrive at our destination.
The basket under the stroller isn’t even that big so… I can’t quite figure out if its useful or not! Once Kale grows out of the car seat (and its rated for 22lbs so that won’t be long for us) I am going to sell the whole system. Kale’s great-grandma has offered to buy us a “comprehensive car seat” that will last for a few years, and I’ll pick up a cheap umbrella stroller and put the remaining cash into his RESP. WAY smarter.
A friend has been sending me her list of “Worst $ / Best $”. She says the Bumbo is one of the worst and lists Fisher Price toys as some of the best. What do you guys list as your worst and best purchases? So far for us, the carrier a friend gave me (no-name carrier that she used for two kids that is so tattered and loved) is a best “purchase” and the stroller is one of the worst. I’d also list the dresser with change table (Kale is too long for it already) as one of the worst, and probably the Combi Ipod Bouncer as one of the best.