If you have kids, or are pregnant, you know that the choices and amount of crap out there that is peddled to your emotional ass is HUGE. Everything you never knew you needed, wanted or could empty your wallet for is out there – and it’s overwhelming. Lucky for me I have a few friends who are going through the same thing as I am. They are due before I am, so I am learning from their purchases/mistakes/returns what it is I really need for this little guy.

Mistake #1 – trying to save money/buy less crap

I learned mistake #1 the hard way when hubby and I registered for a convertible car seat. This is one that would go from infant to toddler. Sounds great right?? Only one car seat for the next 3 years? Sign me up! Expect when this behemoth came in the mail (weighing in at no less than 65lbs) I realizes my naivete. Uh, yeah, so how would I exactly be transporting a sleeping infant from car to house, car to restaurant, car to ANYWHERE? Thus began my manic postings on NPN (Neighborhood Parents Network – a great site if you live in the Chicago area) where I pleaded with the masses to help me figure out a good, easy system that would at least last me the first 7-9 months or so.

So this is what we came up with – the Graco Snugride 35 and the Baby Trend Snap n Go Stroller.

Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat in Clairmont

Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat in Clairmont

Baby Trend Snap N Go Single Stroller

Baby Trend Snap N Go Single Stroller

Ok, so I guess I really have only one mistake – but it’s definitely a recurring theme when it comes to buying baby stuff. I don’t have a lot of family around to help guide me in the right/best/will do direction! So, hopefully the car seat will last 8-9 months (up to 35 lbs) so we will get some good use out of it! Any comments from parents out there that have been there done that? Are we making a good choice?