A baby travel system is a car seat and stroller combo, where the infant safety seat is specifically designed for newborns and usually babies up to six months old. It’s a convenient set that comes with a car seat that you can attach to a stroller smoothly. You can easily transfer your little one to and from your vehicle without disturbing them while they sleep. Any parents would know that waking up a baby is the last thing you want.
Why you Should Buy a Travel System
Typically, most parents think of purchasing a baby car seat as the family’s travel companion. They also buy a must-have stroller separately. Purchasing a car seat and stroller combo means you will not interrupt your baby’s nap time too much when moving him from place to place. Not only will it make your life easier, but it will save your budget as well.
Another thing worth noting is that compared to a travel system, many strollers out there do not provide enough neck and head support your baby needs. The car seat is designed to provide ample support to your baby for up to six months. As your little angel grows older, his tummy muscles, back, and neck will strengthen. He would also be curious about his surroundings. During this time, you will be able to conveniently use the stroller from your travel system without the seat attached to it.
Things you Need to Consider
Buy parts separately or a combo?
A travel system comes with three parts, the stroller, infant car seat, and base where the seat fastens into for use in your car. Buying a car seat and stroller combo can save you more than buying them separately. Furthermore, the parts are meant to fit and work well together. The trick here is to ensure you like both the car seat and stroller.
Depending on how fast your child grows and his size, he will begin to outgrow the seat at around 10 to 14 months. On the other hand, you will be able to use the stroller until his toddler phase. So when it comes to longevity of use, it is essential that you’re more satisfied with the stroller. However, when it comes to your infant’s safety, the seat is where you’ll have the most critical decision to make.
If you see a car seat that you find adorable and a stroller that’s more practical, you can buy them separately. But be careful, always check their compatibility, and if there’s an adaptor available that will work with them.
Which Should I choose first?
The first thing you need to choose is the car seat. As mentioned, it is very important as it will provide your baby protection during the ride in case of an accident. Look for a sea that’s lightweight, especially if you will be moving it around more frequently. Also, make sure that it comes with a five-point harness for utmost safety.
For easy to carry seats, you may want to consider one with ergonomically designed carrying handles, allowing for a natural grip. Also look for a safety seat with a canopy. It’s a useful feature that will keep the sunlight away from your child’s eyes and sensitive skin avoiding sunburn and windburn as well.
Check that it’s not noisy when removing and installing it from its base. The last thing you want is to wake your baby up with that loud clicking noise. Also, there are car seats that use a LATCH system, which means you can install it without its base safely. This feature will make transferring the seat from one car to another easier.
Choosing the stroller
You can find a lot of strollers to choose from. There are lightweight strollers, jogging types, and full-sized strollers jam-packed with features. With so many options, choosing the right one can be daunting.
One of the first things you need to look for in a stroller is how smoothly you can fold it up. There are one-hand fold-up models which are great when your other hand is busy with your little angel. Make sure that it fits well with your vehicle. Some strollers are wider than others, so it’s a good idea to measure your vehicle first before buying a stroller to ensure a proper fit.
Although bulky and heavy seats can be a challenge when you’re carrying your child about a lot, they’re also durable and well-built. The stroller’s weight and size will depend on your needs and preferences. If you think a heavy stroller will make traveling difficult, opt for a compact and lightweight model. But if you want something sturdy that you can use for a long time, a heavy and yet durable stroller may work for you.