Baby Strollers and Car Seats – Did you know they combine?

Having a baby means going everywhere together, they depend on you since they can’t be mobile by themselves yet! So, maybe you’ve got the infant car seat already, maybe you are still researching. But did you know, baby strollers and car seats can combine, and be sold separately or together?

Chicco Brand Travel Systems

chicco-seat-stroller-comboChicco offers many travel systems, and their website is very easy to navigate and help you through the process. They have a tool that will ask you questions and get you recommendations on what you need. I highly recommend if you are just starting the research on travel systems, or really don’t know where to start.

The Bravo Travel Systems are a personal recommendation of mine. These strollers are very easy to fold and carry. Out of all the brands, these strollers seem to fold up the most compact if taking up space is a concern for you.

All the KeyFit, KeyFit 30 and Fit 2 infant car seats fit into the stroller via the child tray, and it clicks right in. Very simple.

Then, once your baby is bigger, the stroller has multi-positioning reclining backrest, a canopy, tray with 2 cup holders, and an extra seat cushion. There is also a parent tray with 2 cup holders and a storage compartment. It has a padded push-handle with 3 height positions (awesome idea, all moms aren’t the same height!), and an all-wheel suspension for a smooth ride.

This stroller can fit your child up to 50 pounds.

Baby Trend Travel System

Amazon’s Choice of baby stroller and car seat combination is Baby Trend Expedition Jogger. There are 10 different color options, if that is important to you!

This is the travel system that I purchased a few years ago. The big difference between this one and the Chicco one, is the wheels. This stroller is considered a “jogger”, meaning it has 3 wheels, and they have air in them like bicycle tires, it is made for all terrains. I live on gravel roads, so this really worked better over having four smaller wheels.

It is recommended that if you are going to use the stroller for jogging/running, that you don’t do this with the infant car seat attached. This is for when your baby is big enough to be strapped in the 5-point harness system in the stroller.

Any of the Baby Trend Flex-Loc infant seats are compatible with the stroller. They click into the child tray and release with the push of a button.

Features of this stroller include: lockable swivel front wheel, all-terrain tires, parent tray, a children’s tray with 2 cup holders, a large storage basket, extra wide push handle, adjustable canopy with sunroof, 5-point safety harness, and reflectors on the footrest.

Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System

The Evenflo Pivot Modular System is one of the best-selling baby stroller and car seat combos out there. There are 4 color varieties from what I can find.

While this stroller does have 4 wheels, Evenflo says they are “soft, but sturdy cruiser tires”. The rear tires are larger than the front.

This system is different than the first two in that the stroller’s frame has 6 modes of use. It converts from an infant car seat frame stroller, to stroller seat, and also to carriage mode. It really is a luxury travel system!

The system comes with Evenflo’s Rollover Tested SafeMax infant seat. One of the few car seats to ever be tested for rollover impact, compared to just an impact accident.

The maximum weight for this stroller is 35 pounds.

Conclusion

These systems all include an infant car seat, one base, and the stroller. Keep in mind, if you have already purchased an infant car seat, there is probably a stroller to accommodate it! You don’t have to purchase a new seat just to get a stroller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Seat Bundles – What are my options?

When it comes to car seat bundles, the search is vague, unless you know specifically what you are referring to. Do you mean an infant car seat with bases, or a seat with a stroller, or a grow with me bundle? There are plenty of options for you and your growing baby, and we’ll look over a few of them here.

Car Seats with Bases

The first car seat that your baby comes home in should be a rear facing one. Infant car seats are normally lightweight, have an easy to use carrying handle, and an easy to use base for the seat to click in and out of. These are nice because you can secure your baby in the seat, and take them in and out of locations while still in the car seat, instead of disrupting them or waking them.Infant Car Seat with Base

 

A benefit to the infant car seat that come with a base, is that you can purchase an extra base instead of a whole another car seat. Like to keep at Grandma’s, or for your significant other’s vehicle. You will need to be sure to check the information on the base before purchasing a second one. You’ll want to make sure the brand and style name are compatible, as most brands are not interchangeable with other manufacturers.

Car Seats with Strollers (Travel Systems)

You can purchase infant car seats that come with a stroller, commonly referred to as a travel system. These are convenient, as the infant seat will click into the stroller, again not having to disrupt your baby. Then as the infant grows, the stroller will still be able to be used without the car seat, getting years of use out of it.

There are a couple of things to consider when looking at the travel system’s stroller. I live in a rural setting, with not many paved roads, so strollers with plastic wheels was not a good option for me. I found three wheeled strollers with rubber wheels was great for most terrains that I would be traveling on with my baby.

I also considered how easy it folded up, and how much space it would take up in my trunk. If it couldn’t be broken down, it wasn’t going to be an option, as I needed something to take on the go with me.

Most brands of car seats have their own travel system for purchase. However, there are some companies that offer an adapter for an additional price, that will allow any brand of seat to fit on their strollers.

 

Grow with me Seat System

Grow with me car seats are also called convertible systems. These seats are intended for multi use, while your baby grows into a child. They tend to be more expensive, but with the hopes that you will be able to use it for quite a few years.

A convertible seat starts out rear facing when they are still babies, and then can be turned around to front facing. Some can also be broken down as they grow and become a booster seat. Others will offer options like extenders, that you can pull out to give your child more leg room, and also extend the seat’s height as they get taller.

Most parents will start with an infant carrier, and then transition to the convertible system’s around six months of age or so. A convertible seat is much heavier than an infant carrier, and also much more bulky. They do tend to offer a lot more comfort for the baby as they grow, with removable extra pads. These seat’s are not as convenient to switch from car to car.

They are normally very easy to install though. If your vehicle has the hooks welded to the frame, called anchors, it only takes two clicks to ensure your seat is properly installed.

They call it the LATCH exampleLATCH system among all brands of car seat’s, and it gives you a good piece of mind that you have your child safely secured. The instruction manual that comes with your seat will certainly give you directions on how to properly install your car seat with the seat belt if that is the option that you need to use.

Booster Seats

Booster seat’s are backless or high backed seat’s that are used with just the seat belt of your car. These can be purchased separately for fairly cheap, if you want to have more than one around. Most of the convertible system’s can be broken down into just a booster seat. This will be the last car seat purchase you make for your child.

Children have outgrown the harness belts on their front facing car seats, and are then ready for the booster. The booster is only meant to be used in the back seat of your vehicle, never the front passenger seat. There is no installing them other than using the seat belt, as the weight of the child on the seat is securing them in place. Make sure they don’t place the shoulder belt under their arm or behind them, as that is not secure.

Safety First

There are lots of brands and lots of reviews on the internet about car seat bundles. The most important thing is the safety of your baby, but it is good to know the differences in the kinds of seats, to ensure you place them in the correct one from when their born until they have out grown needing help.

Car seat’s are constantly being tested and improved, and so they do have an expiration date on them. If you intend to purchase a used car seat, please check the expiration date on it, as well as inquire if it has been in any kind of accident. An accident could make the seat unsafe for another use. Safety is first!