The Best Travel System Strollers for Your Family
Travel system strollers can be a good option for new parents with the ability to pop the car seat in and go, but which work best?
You look down at the tiny newborn in your arms and know that, before you can blink, she'll be a toddler. The good news is, with the best travel system strollers, you can get a stroller that will grow along with her. These strollers are a great option for parents -- you can move your sleeping baby from the car to the stroller without taking her out of her car seat. How do you choose from the best travel system strollers?
First, look at the product specifications to see how much the stroller weighs. "Weight matters," says Meg Collins, the founder of motherhood survival guide Lucie's List. "Many parents buy heavy, all-terrain strollers, then shortly abandon them when they realize how heavy and cumbersome they are." Lightweight models are easier to maneuver, and your back will thank you every time you take it in and out of your car.
Also consider how long you'll need to use the stroller. While it's tempting to look for a car seat and stroller that will hold all future children, it may not be safe. "Plastic and fabric break down," says DP Nguyen, the creator of My Pregnancy Baby. "So be sure to stick to the 'use by' date printed on every car seat." Which models make the top 10 list of best travel system strollers? Give one of these a try:
- Graco Urban Lite
This Graco Urban Lite system comes in as the lightest on the list. The stroller weighs under 20 pounds and the car seat weighs less than eight pounds. The brand's popularity also makes it easy to pick up accessories at any retailer.
- Britax B-Ready
The Britax B-Ready stroller gives you 14 different ways to use it. With special adapters, it can even carry two children. The B-Ready is on the heavy side, coming in at 26 pounds -- with the car seat, the pair comes in at 36 pounds before you put the child in the stroller.
- BOB Motion
Designed by off-road enthusiasts, the BOB Motion is perfect for strolling on rough terrain. It has large wheels and a generous storage basket that makes it easy to spend the day in the park.
- Safety 1st Lift
Coming in around $240, the Safety 1st Lift includes a stroller and car seat. It also has both parent and child trays with cup holders and comes in a wide range of colors. However, it will only carry 50 pounds total, so it may not last as long as your child needs a stroller.
- Quinny Zapp X-tra
This stroller gives you the option of swivel or stationary wheels with their locking mechanism. The Quinny Zapp X-tra also boasts a flexible configuration that will take your baby from newborn to preschooler in comfort.
- Chicco Bravo Trio
This stroller is a little lighter, coming in at 23 pounds. The Chicco Bravo Trio boasts an adjustable handle -- perfect for parents who might be different heights -- and it has a large storage basket. However, the car seat requires an adapter to work with any other strollers.
- Recaro Performance
If a large storage compartment and additional pocket behind the seat sounds good to you, try the Recaro Performance. The car seat requires no adapters and has cup holders for you and your child, but the stroller weighs more than 25 pounds and the car seat weighs more than 12 pounds before you load up your child.
- Summer Infant Spectra
At 19 pounds, the Summer Infant Spectra is a lightweight option with a lot of function. It works with the Prodigy car seat that features smart screen technology to walk you through the seat installation process.
- Cosco Sprinter Go Lightly
The Cosco Sprinter Go Lightly is another economical option that features one-hand fold and dual cup holders for you. Unfortunately, it only holds children up to 40 pounds, which means many children will grow out of this stroller in a hurry.
- Eddie Bauer Origin Travel System
The Eddie Bauer Origin Travel System accommodates children from birth up to 50 pounds and boasts trays for you and your little one. It works with all Safety 1st and Cosco car seats as well as Eddie Bauer.
Shellie Braeuner is an award-winning children's author. She earned an M.Ed from Vanderbilt in human developmental counseling and has worked as a nanny for more than 25 years.
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