Don’t know where to start when it comes to infant car seat and stroller combinations? This guide has everything you need to know to make an informed decision. Rather than compare all the best selling brands, this guide is intended to help you think about what you might need and how to make a good choice, as it’s overwhelming. I have picked a few of my favourites and suggested who they would be best suited for.
- Best for grandparents, bad backs and post surgery – Inglesina Electra and Ergobaby Metro+ with 360 car seat.
- Best Budget: Graco Modes Pramette Travel System
- Best infant car seat and stroller combo:Evenflo Shyft
- Best for jogging and walks: Thule Urban Glide 2
- Best ultra compact Ergobaby Metro+ ( Cabin approved Stroller ) with Nuna pipa Infant car seat
What’s the difference between a car seat and stroller and a travel system?
Typically a Car seat and stroller combination is a car seat which can click into a stroller frame with a wheelbase where there are no other toddler seat or pram attachments.
Most brands will allow you to buy the travel system and the car seat separately you might want a pram that converts to a pushchair without the car seat addition.
Do I need a car seat and stroller combination?
NO. this is not an essential item. However, they will be useful for you if you get into taxi’s a lot or are planning to go on holiday, or if you walk older children to school and need to quickly move a baby who might be taking a nap to different places without waking them up. There are no really good birth to ten car seats which allow your baby to rear face for longer. It depends on your routine. A car seat with a stroller frame only should not be your only travel option if you are likely to be transporting your baby places for longer than 2 hours.
How to choose a baby travel system?
When choosing a baby travel system, consider factors such as safety features, ease of use, durability, and compatibility with your lifestyle. Look for a system that includes a car seat and stroller that can be easily attached and detached, and make sure it meets safety standards. Consider the weight and size of the system, as well as any additional features such as storage space or adjustable handles. Overall a stroller suitable for an infant must have a near flat feature as infants that can’t hold their head can suffocate in the seated position. An infant car seat attached to a 6 month stroller is not a safe option for a baby under 6 months for more than 2 hours at a time.
Choose you Stroller First
Consider your own lifestyle and physical needs
Do you want to go on walks with uneven terrain or go jogging with your baby?
Best Stroller for jogging and country walks
Thule Urban Glide Jogging Stroller is compatible with many infant car seats
Thule Urban Glide Car Seat Adaptor compatible with- Maxi Cosi, Besafe, Cybex, Nuna, Joie, Recaro infant car seat brands.
The Thule Urban Glide has a Bassinet (sold separately) that folds flat making it great for travel, and a great option to have as a Pram from birth. A lightweight stroller would be a good option as a second stroller if you are on and off public transport or have had a c-section and need to get a stroller in and out of a car. At 22 IBs this is a medium weight stroller but still far too heavy to be lifting on your own during the first 6 months after surgery.
The Thule infant car seat adapter is compatible with most car seats making this a possible combination with your existing portable infant car seat.
The Thule range of jogger strollers are the best on the Market. If you are a serious jogger or dog walker like me and you want a pushchair that can cope with uneven terrain, there is not better option!
With Premium suspension, quick fold and fairly compact for a jogger, this is a premium product which lasts and lasts. It only has one downfall which is that it doesn’t have a newborn insert, or carry cot. So this isn’t the best jogger for under 6 months.
However, even though this stroller gives a really smooth ride, It is not the best idea to run with a newborn and is better to wait until your baby is able to sit. This stroller will be your best friend once your little one has got bigger as it is so easy to push!