Getting ready to welcome your new baby, but not sure which travel system you need? Discover some of the benefits and what you need to look for when considering a 3-in-1 travel system. The multiple configurations of pushchair travel systems are designed to offer you a complete solution from day one – be ready for the first ride home from the hospital and the many adventures to follow… A all-in-one travel system is a good value because the stroller can be used after your child outgrows the infant car seat, unlike a car seat carrier frame.
Three In One Baby Travel System Buying Guide
(1) What is a 3 in 1 travel system?
Travel system is a type of pushchair that is compatible with a rear-facing car seat and usually a carrycot. The car seat and carrycot can both click in and out of the pushchair, which is handy when you have a sleeping baby who you don’t want to wake.
A 3-in-1 travel system is a versatile option, ideal for parents who are looking for a one-size-fits-all solution. In general, pushchair sets include the pushchair frame, a bassinet, toddler seat, plus a baby car seat. They are suitable for use from the moment a baby is born until they reach toddler age
(2) When to buy travel system?
- Need something flexible, adaptable and versatile
- Want a pushchair that covers travelling
- Want a pushchair that can be enhanced with a variety of accessories
(3) The benefits of travel systems
First, it lets you move your baby from car to stroller—and vice versa—without waking them up (because some babies love to nod off in the car).
A travel system also allows you to stroll with your baby from day one. Regular, sit-up strollers won’t work for newborns since they don’t have head and neck control and end up slumping over.
- They are compatible with carrycots and car seats for convenience
- Some models come with carrycots included
- They usually feature shopping baskets
- There are handy add-ons, including adaptors, rain covers and seat inserts
Your child will outgrow the infant car seat at around 10-14 months, and then switch over to a convertible car seat that stays installed in the car. But you can use the stroller through toddlerhood.
(4) What should you look for in the baby travel system?
Between the two items in a travel system, the stroller is what you’ll use the longest. There are several factors that can help you determine if it’s a good fit for you and your family, such as:
- Size and weight: This will affect how easy it is to load in your trunk, take on public transportation, get through narrow passageways or up the stairs in your apartment.
- Type of terrain it can handle: Some strollers only push well on paved surfaces while others are designed to handle bumpier routes.
- Ease of use: This is key to loving (or not loving) your stroller. It includes things like how easily the stroller opens and closes, how compact it is when folded and if the seat cover is washable.
- Convenient features and accessories: This includes thoughtful extras like adjustable handlebars and a large storage basket and sun canopy, or helpful add-ons such as snack trays and cup holders.
Price: You can get a good travel system—with a stroller that will last awhile—for not a lot of money (the Hauck Shopper SLX Trio Set, for example). Or you can splurge (such as Hot Mom Baby Carriage Pushchair Pram 2020). It’s up to you and your family’s budget.
(5) Pros & Cons of 3-in-1 baby travel system
- Widely available
- Many styles, prices, and configurations
- Comes as a set, so always compatible
- Tend to have many extra features
- Maximum weight of 40 to 55 lbs.
- May be heavy
- Tend to be large
- Steering can be difficult
- Individual components may lack quality
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