Should Parents Buy A Travel System Stroller?
What’s The Inside Scoop On A Stroller Travel System
Products that can “multi-task” like stroller and car seat combination packages, will save you money and time plus give you added convenience when traveling with your baby. One of the best way two kill two birds with one stone and take care of two necessary baby items at the same time is to invest in a stroller/car seat package deal (aka) known as a travel system.
A stroller travel system consists of a standard size stroller and a car seat that is compatible and attaches directly onto the stroller and also into the car. A travel system really makes everything easier for parent who want to get around town with your baby.
Should You Buy A Stroller Travel System
If you are looking for convenience and portability, then the answer is yes. Truthfully speaking, most infants and babies fall asleep on even the shortest of car trips. Having an infant car seat that is part of a travel system makes it easy to move your sleeping child from the car to the stroller without waking or disturbing him or her.
A stroller travel system is also versatile. When your child eventually becomes too big to fit in his/her own seat, the stroller still has many more miles and lots of useful life left in it. Oftentimes, the stroller is the only one you will ever need to buy.
Is a stroller travel system a good idea right now?
Most likely. A stroller travel system is designed with infants in mind. The stroller seat of a travel system reclines to a flat or almost flat position to be able to attach the car seat safely. Once your infant becomes big enough, she or he can use the stroller without the infant car seat.
A car-seat carrier is a simple frame on wheels that you can snap a car seat onto. If you already own a car seat carrier or a full-size or standard stroller, a stroller travel system won’t be necessary.
Safety Aspects Of A Stroller Travel System
Once you have purchased a stroller travel system, take some simple steps to be sure that your child is secure:
- Assembly is usually required, so be careful and include all the parts and pieces.
- Familiarize yourself with attaching and detaching the car seat to and from the stroller before your baby sits in it. Double check the attachment again once your child is in the seat with a gentle shake. Make sure everything is as it should be before you take off down the road.
- Car seats have expiration dates, so be sure to check it. You do not want your baby to outgrow the seat before the expiration date.
- Check for JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Assoc.) safety certification seal.
Pros And Cons Of A Stroller Travel System
- A travel stroller system can often be bulky and a bit cumbersome when loading in and out of a car trunk. SUV’s are no problem.
- Because they are heavier, they are not the greatest on dirt or gravel surfaces and are harder to push on these type surfaces. They also can be difficult to maneuver in tight places and certain store aisles.
- Most travel system strollers will only accept their own car seat and come with only one car seat base. Two car families should think about buying a second car seat base.
- Infant car seats typically have a weight limit of approximately 20 pounds.
- Wide price range. A travel stroller system can run anywhere from $100 up to and over $1,000 for the high-end strollers.Do a little research, and you should be able to find the right stroller solution for your budget and needs.
They say that hindsight is always 20/20. Well in my case that is true.
I actually bought a stroller travel system awhile ago. It was a Peg-Perego stroller travel system and I was and still am very pleased with it. You can read my review of it here.
However, if I only knew then what I know now, I would have definitely chosen the Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 stroller travel system instead. It has everything that the higher priced Peg-Perego model has only at a lower price. It is also not as bulky and easier to transport.