baby on the go

Around 9:30pm last night I got the urge to start researching car seats and strollers. Three hours later I narrowed my car seat options down to the Chicco KeyFit 30 (based on Consumer Reports and Babble reviews) and the Britax Chaperone (I think Bethenny uses the Cowmooflage version), but Im still unsure what type of stroller I need. Traditional? Lightweight? Jogger?

So I started thinking: How often will we really use a stroller, and what will we use it for? Its not like we live a big city that requires us to do a lot of walking and use mass transportation. I dont run outside now; will I really feel the urge to jog while pushing a stroller? And isnt it best to get the lightest weight stroller if you will be maneuvering it in and out of a car trunk?

Too many choices!

The Chicco KeyFit 30 would work seamlessly with the Chicco Cortina stroller, but the stroller looks so bulky and plastic-y. I prefer the sleek and modern-looking UPPAbaby VISTA stroller, which includes an interchangeable bassinet and seat and has an available adapter to for the Chicco KeyFit infant car seat. Of course, UPPAbaby VISTA costs about $500 more than the Chicoo Cortina, so I would really need to be able to justify the price difference.

Britax has its own selection of stylish strollers, but they also cost more than the typical Babies R Us or Target find.

How did you choose a car seat and a stroller, and what do you recommend?