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 Bases – A Second Helper

Graco SnugFit Base

I talked about how when buying an infant car seat, it comes as a carrier and all you have to do is click the seat into the base in your vehicle. You can buy a second base for another vehicle, or to have as an extra for Grandma’s, for a fairly cheap price. Honestly, it is much easier to have a second one installed and just have to click and go, rather than uninstall and move around the one base. It will help you keep your sanity to not have to worry about moving around two parts instead of just your baby in the carrier.

Graco SnugFit Base

 

Above is the Graco SnugFit base, which I reviewed the car seat base and carrier for in my previous post. Most brands of seats will offer a reasonably priced base only, just be sure that your car seat is mentioned in their information for compatibility. 

 

Baby Car Seat Reviews

Here is a list of the top baby car seat reviews currently in 2018. I will keep it updated as often as I can. I hope this will make you feel that you are making the safest purchase for your baby!

Graco SnugRide 35

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect has been rigorously crash-tested and is one of the highest rated baby car seats. It has impact-absorbing foam all around, and has a hassle-free installation. They say “CLICK, that’s the sound of secure install”. There is also an easy to read level indicator, taking out the guesswork of installation.

It is lightweight, easy to transport between car to stroller to home and back. This car seat is compatible with many of Graco’s strollers, making it easy for you to build your own travel system that fits your needs.

This seat will fit a baby weighing between 4-35 pounds, and up to 32″ tall. It is available to purchase at Kohl’s, Target, Amazon, and almost any big outlet store and comes in three color options.

Chicco Keyfit 30

This baby car seat has outstanding reviews. It is actually the #1 rated infant car seat currently. The base has ReclineSure leveling foot and two RideRight bubble level-indicators to make sure your seat is installed properly. It is also equipped with the best energy absorbing foam for impact protection. It has a one-hand release to make it easy to remove the seat from the base, 5 point harness with one-pull tightener, a removable canopy, and a smooth underside to help protect your vehicle.

 

Chicco has also developed this car seat to be compatible with multiple strollers from their brand.

This baby car seat is for use of babies weighing between 4-30 pounds, and up to 30″ tall. It is available for purchase at Chicco.com, Amazon, Target, and most outlet stores.

UPPAbaby Mesa

The UPPA baby Mesa infant car seat is another well-reviewed car seat. This one is pricier than the first two, about $100 more.

It has a smart secure system that allows the seat to be installed in seconds. It also has adjustable no-rethread headrest with side impact protection, and has storage pockets for the harness buckles. It also is made of all flame retardant materials, wool mostly, which is where the price difference comes in. These seats have a 7-year expiration date, making them easy to use for more than one child.

It will attach to two of the UPPAbaby brand strollers without adapters.

This seat is for babies weighing between 4-35 pounds, and up to 32″ inches in height. It is available from  Amazon, buybuybaby.com, and online at Target.

There are plenty of baby car seat reviews out there, and lots of brands to choose from. I hope I can help put your mind at ease with these three great options for your baby!