Travel system is a set containing matching stroller and infant car seat. This is a great solution for parents who drive a lot before strolling and for parents who are looking for a stroller that will serve for couple years. Check out my list of the best baby stroller travel systems in 2017!
- 1 What to love about travel system?
- 2 Some small drawbacks
- 3 The most important features
- 4 Pros and cons
- 5 My favorite travel systems
- 6 Reasons to buy travel system – summary
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In a travel system we have standard toddler seat which can be used when the baby has developed neck and head control and can sit up. Before it happens we can stroll with our baby in an infant car seat, attached into the stroller frame.
This is very convenient solution, especially if we drive a lot and take the baby in and out of the car many times. Little babies often take naps in car seats and we don’t want to disturb them, am I right? 🙂
|Most Important Advantage
+Pocket-friendly, serves for many years, makes it easy to transport the baby
|Most Important Disadvantage
– It might have less features than a stroller and a car seat bought separately
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What to love about travel system?
Great thing about travel system is that we can use it since the birth till toddlerhood. At the beggining we can use it as an infant car seat frame. Thanks to it we don’t have to wake our baby sleeping in a car – we just take the car seat out of the car and attach it into the stroller frame.
Another advantage of travel system is the price. Buying a stroller and an infant car seat as a set will save you some money for sure!
Besides, travel system allows to save space in the house. We just have to storage a frame, toddler seat and infant car seat, there is no need to buy a second or third stroller that would take a lot of space.
If you want to buy a long-lasting stroller and consider purchasing a travel system, you’ve got two options. On the market there are many travel systems available as a matching set of a stroller and an infant car seat. In this case, we don’t need any adapters to install a car seat into the frame.
However, there is also another option, for parents who want to buy a stroller that is not a travel system, but would work with infant car seat. Nowadays, most of the strollers are compatible with many car seat brands, we just need an adapter to install it. You can buy a standard stroller and simply turn it into a travel system!
There are also many great joggers that are compatible with many car seats and can be turned into a travel system – we just have to use a special adapter.
Some small drawbacks
There are of course couple disadvantages. Sometimes this type of baby gear has less options than a stroller and an infant car seat bought separately.
However, you don’t have to worry, there is one more option that you may want to choose. Many standard strollers (and even joggers!) are compatible with popular car seat brands.
So you can choose the stroller you really like, with functions you really need and then turn it into a travel system by choosing one of the car seats which is compatible with this stroller and also has the features you need.
In my opinion, travel system works perfectly for running errands with baby. We don’t have to take the baby out of the car seat every time we stop by the shop or office, because we can stroll with a car seat.
But I think prams are better solution for long walks as they provide flat position and perfect support for baby’s delicate back, neck and head.
The most important features
No matter what type of stroller we decide to buy, we have to carefully choose the right model that will meet our expectations and provide comfy and safe ride for our little bundle of joy.
Wheels and suspension system
If we want to use a stroller from day one till toddlerhood, we have to choose the one that has great suspension system and wheels big enough to provide smooth ride. It is very important especially during first months. We have to be sure that our newborn, sleeping in a car seat, won’t feel any shocks and bumps.
Toddler seat and canopy
When we buy a travel system for our newborn baby, we often focus mainly on the first months and pay attention primary to the quality of the car seat. But we forget sometimes to make sure that the toddler seat, that we will be using in a six months, is also comfy, safe and reliable.
The regular seat should be reclining, so the baby could comfortably nap during strolling. Another important feature is the five-point harness and padding. The ride should be not only safe, but also comfy, for our little passenger.
Canopy attached to the toddler seat should be big enough to provide great coverage for taller and bigger kid. It should be adjustable and have peek-a-boo window.
Size and weight
The frame should be lightweight, but stable and strong at the same time. It’s pretty easy to stroll with a newborn in a car seat, but remember that a one-year-old in a toddler seat weighs much more. Be sure the travel system you choose is light not only with a car seat, but also with the regular seat.
Pros and cons
Here is my list of advantages and disadvantages of this type of strollers. Although travel systems are very practical and multifunctional, we have to keep in mind some drawbacks.
|♥Thanks to travel system transporting the baby is very easy. We don’t have to wake the baby up, take him/her out of the car seat and then put to the bassinet or normal seat.
The only thing we need to do is to take the infant car seat out of the car and to install it to the stroller frame. It’s quick, easy and very convenient!
|×Sometimes the set doesn’t have so many features as stroller and car seat bought separately. If we buy travel system, it may turn out that infant car seat is great, but the toddler seat does not meet our expectation.
I think sometimes it is better to invest a little more money in standard stroller with features we actually need and to buy separately infant car seat compatible with it.
|♥Perfect for running errands with the baby.||×Car seats are not good for long strolls. Remember that during first months the best position for baby is fully flat.|
|♥Great for parents who often drive before strolling and for parents who want to invest in one stroller that will serve them for 2-3 years.|
|♥Usually travel systems’ price is pocket-friendly. We can find some models even around $200 or $300. Buying stroller and car seat separately will definitely cost more than that.|
My favorite travel systems
UPPAbaby VISTA Travel System
My absolute favorite among travel systems is UPPAbaby VISTA Travel System. We can use this stroller with MESA infant car seat, without any adapters. VISTA is also compatible with many other car seat brands, but for them we will need an adapter.
I love VISTA for its versatility and multifunctionality. Did you know that the newest version of UPPAbaby VISTA can be used for two or even three kids? How great it is?!
If you would like to read my full review of UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 click here.
I also like very much VISTA’s smaller brother – UPPAbaby CRUZ. This one also works with MESA car seat without any adapters, and many other car seats with an adapter.
Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
Chicco Bravo Trio is another one of the best travel system on the market. Transitions to and from the stroller and the car are really quick and secure. And we don’t need any additional adapters for it!
This stroller has many great features like removable and adjustable canopy, adjustable handlebar, easy to use single-action brake, large basket under the seat. Chicco Bravo Trio is alsovery narrow and fits easily through tight spaces.
Besides, tris travel system comes with great accessories included in the price: parent tray with a storage and two cup holders.
Wnat to find out more information about this stroller? You can read my full Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System review here!
Chicco Viaro Travel System
Another travel system which I can recommend is Chicco Viaro Travel System.
It has three dual wheels that provide better steering and easier turning. The wheels can handle gravel, paved roads and wooded trails.
The stroller is very convenient to use with an infant car seat. The Key Fit 30 car seat has adjustable straps which we can loose or tighten to provide comfortable ride for our little passenger. My boys used to love napping in this car seat!
Besides this stroller is very compact and easy to fold with one hand. Finally, its price is another advantage!
I only wish Chicco Viaro had a peek-a-boo window to have an eye on the baby during strolling.
Baby Trend Expedition ELX Travel System
This stroller is a great example that not only standard strollers can be turned into travel systems, but also joggers can be used with infant car seat!
If you are a jogging lover and want to use only one stroller from day one till toddlerhood for strolls and jogging – Baby Trend Expedition ELX Travel System is an excellent solution for you!
We can stroll with our newborn baby in an infant car seat attached into this stroller frame. When the baby is at least 6 month old and can sit up, we can use standard seat and start jogging.
I like this travel system for great adjustable canopy, large basket underneath the seat, child and parent trays included in the set.
Besides, this jogger has swiveling lockable front wheel for better maneuverability and stability.
This stroller is easy to push literally with one finger and it glides like a breeze. It’s definitely high-quality and durable product and I can truly recommend it to parents who love to jogg with their kids like I do! 🙂
Reasons to buy travel system – summary
Nowadays travel system is one of the most popular type of strollers. It has many advantages that encourage parents to buy it.
For example, they can serve as a primary stroller and we can use them from the birth till toddlerhood. We don’t need any other strollers, because at the beggining we can stroll with an infant car seat, and then switch it for standard toddler seat. It allows to spare some space in the house and save some money!
There are a lot of awesome travel systems on the market today, not only standard strollers, but also joggers!
If you consider to buy travel system for your baby, don’t forget to check if both parts (infant car seat and toddler seat) have the features you need!
If you have some question about how to choose the best travel system, don’t hesitate to ask me. I will do my best to help you! 🙂