Thanks to reader Kate who reminded me I hadn’t updated this post – didn’t mean to leave you all hanging! We’ve so far taken the Nano on two flights – and I”ve had mixed success getting it onboard as carry on. One one flight – they said yes, once I showed them it folded up etc. But the flight attendant WAS a bit narky about it, so I did have to insist for them to do it.
The Doona Combo may not be the best option for every family thanks to a relatively higher price and heavy carrying weight, but it can't be beaten for city dwellers that may otherwise skip using a car seat because they are a pain to carry around town. We think this is the best way to get your baby from an apartment to an Uber to strolling with ease and enviable style making it a must-have for parents on-the-go and on-the-town.
The Chicco Cortina CX Travel System is a fantastic travel system that also includes the Key Fit 30 infant car seat, which comes with many great features as well - EPS lined shell, single strap LATCH installation, and built in lock offs for the belts. This stroller is quite a bit larger than the Bravo Trio. Stroller unfolded dimensions are 34.3” L x 20.8” W x 44” H. Folded dimensions are 42” L x 21” W x 20” H.
We did notice that the handlebars can be a pain to adjust up and down because of the huge canopy from the car seat. Bringing an infant around with this stroller might cause some problem for parents with different handle bar configurations because of this. Another problem parents might get into is getting the car seat in and out of the stroller. No, you would not have any issues putting it in and out of the base inside the car or into the stroller but getting it out of the stroller can pose difficulties.
Mountain Buggy is not a brand I’d usually associate with light and compact – they’re better known for their all-terrain vehicles, however they’ve managed to work in some of their big pram features into this compact travel pram. It has a reasonable sized hood and an okay basket given the size of the pram. It only has a half recline so you will need the additional bassinet or car seat attachment to be suitable from birth, but it more than makes up for that with a 20kg weight capacity – so while not ideal for newborns it’s fantastic for toddlers and even preschoolers.
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Just because local car seat laws don’t require kids to be in a car seat, that doesn’t change the laws of physics. Kids need to be in a rear-facing car seat until at least 2, a forward-facing car seat until at least 4 and a booster seat until they can pass the 5-step test (usually 9 at the youngest). You can book a taxi or car service equipped with a car seat or bring your own seat (which will likely save you money and time, as you can take any nearby taxi rather than waiting a special one to arrive). There are a few great options for taking a taxi with a car seat, depending on the age of your child. You can read more of our reviews of the best options for a portable car seat for taxi rides below, but here are our basic recommendations:
Double strollers are usually heavier, bulkier, and more expensive than their single counterparts. Still, parents with two kids who are close enough in age to both ride in a stroller (generally, this means two kids under 4) may find that a double stroller is the easiest way to get around. Parents who have a toddler and are expecting another child may want to get a double stroller for when the baby comes home, or they may decide to keep the little one in a baby carrier and continue pushing their single stroller for as long as they can.
It is somewhat difficult to remove the belt from the guides on either side (the red parts shown above) — and it can be frustrating for kids trying to do it on their own. At the end of the day, this seat is best if small folded size is your top priority – and you don’t mind dealing with a little finagling. If you need a “no brainer” seat, on the other hand, I recommend the Bubble Bum…
What else is there to like about this travel system? This one is perfect for families that drive compact cars. The base fits comfortably in small cars and comes with an easy release car seat so you won’t have a hard time getting it in and out of the car or stroller. Meanwhile, the stroller is light to use and easy to assemble and comes with an extended canopy for added sun protection.
This seat is one of the best travel booster seats you will find. It is also a steal at such a low price for a carry on bag and booster seat, and will keep both kids and adults happy. We are particularly fans of this option as it is made by Trunki who are great at combining functionality and fun in children’s products – they also produce fabulous kids’ ride on suitcases.
If your child is a frequent traveler, owning a lightweight car seat for travelling abroad is crucial for getting through the airport, rental car shuttles and taxis. We love our full-sized, full-features seats at home but would never dream of transporting 50lbs of car seats to the other side of the world. Here are our favorite travel-worthy car seats for kids of all ages (we actually own most of them).
Baby Jogger’s City Select Lux is a versatile, convertible tandem that has many similarities to our upgrade pick but costs $400 less. It also has a dealbreaking flaw, however. In our tests, at times the folding mechanism seemed to stick, and I had to try to fold it again and again in order to get it closed. It didn’t always stick, so the problem was puzzling. Our twin-family testers had the same trouble, and other parents have posted online about this issue, some saying they had difficulty from the beginning and others noting that the problem developed after extensive use. The City Select Lux also is very heavy at 37.8 pounds, although I found that it was actually easier to carry than some lighter strollers because the fold is compact and has an obvious handhold. We decided to test the Lux version instead of the standard City Select because it offers additional features and has a tighter fold. The two versions fold the same way.
Appearance – It can seem almost trivial, but a good design is still important as often your pram can inadvertently become an accessory! You can find prams in a variety of colours to suit you, as well as models ranging from sporty to traditional. Of course, features come first, but getting something you like to use can make it all the more enjoyable to use!
Do not underestimate just how much easier it will be to travel with a car seat that only weighs 13 or 14 pounds compared to one (or two!) that is over 20 pounds. You will be happy you bought one for travel and a spare car seat at home can come in handy too. If you want to look at purchasing a new one, here are some of the best car seats for travel. All of the car seats below are FAA approved, which saves you one bit of hassle!
Newly upgraded in 2018, this stroller has more headroom per child and more sun coverage. Parents love the smooth ride and how easy it is to fold and transport. They found it fairly easy to fit through most doors and aisles. A zippered compartment on the back stores cell phones and keys and can be removed for extra air flow. A large storage basket holds big diaper bags and purses.
If you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’ll know I’m a BIG fan of Baby Jogger prams. Big. Huge. Love them so much and the City Tour is no exception. It has a great weight limit of 20kgs. It also has a HUGE hood and great basket for such a compact pram. As you’d expect from a Baby Jogger pram the fold is swift and simple and can easily be done one handed. AND it comes with a backpack travel bag – personally I think is this is the best travel pram.
1) If you’re set on bringing one convertible and one infant seat, I’d bring the infant seat to the gate. If there’s an empty seat, many agents will shuffle sets to let your baby use it. There are also fewer opportunities for your seat to be lost or mishandled if you’re bringing it to the gate yourself. From there is put it in a padded bag like the one linked above. Not my top choice, but better than counter check with the baggage.
Among tandem doubles, you have standard models with two seats, as well as convertible strollers that can accommodate one, two, and sometimes three seats in different positions. Sit-and-stand models, which allow an older child to either sit on a bench seat or stand on a riding board while the younger one is in a seat, are another alternative. And twin car-seat frames, which are often inexpensive, are an early-days option for families with newborn twins who will then need to upgrade to a different double stroller once the kids outgrow the infant car seats or want to sit up in a regular seat (around 6 months old).
Using forward facing car seats on an airplane is usually the easiest option as with most rear facing seats, a seat belt extender is required. These should be available from the flight attendant. Arm rests can be tricky so try and get a seat narrow enough that you can lower the armrests for takeoff and landing. This can be annoying as airplane seats vary in width, but most seats should not be more than 18” wide. Any bigger than this and the seat is probably too bulky anyway.
Unfortunately an airplane booster seat provides inadequate support for aviation travel and is therefore not a suitable option for flying. The FAA does not allow booster seats to be used during take off, landing or taxiing. Some airlines do allow you to use a booster seat for airplane travel once in the air, but this differs with airlines and you will need to check with your own airline in regards to this. Although this can be appropriate for longer flights, for most parents it is a less than ideal option.
Getting your baby out and about town is not only good for the baby, it’s good for you. Strollers can be expensive, however, and complicated. You don’t want to discover too late that the model that looked so perfect on your baby-shower registry is actually too heavy to lift in and out of your car trunk or too wide to fit through your doorway. Choosing the right stroller makes outings with your baby or toddler easier, and lets you focus on what’s important — your kid. But with hundreds of strollers available, how do you find the right one for you and your child?
The Chicco Viaro is a sportier model, one that fits in with your active lifestyle in style. It includes the very popular Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, which topped our list with a 9.9 rating. It holds infants from 4 - 30 pounds. The stroller holds infants and children up to 50 pounds. The stroller’s open dimensions are 38.0” L x 25.5” W x 41.25” H. Folded dimensions are 13.5” L x 25.5” W x 33.25” H. The car seat is 22” L x 17” H x 24 “ W.
Relatively easy to push, maneuver, and use: Side-by-side doubles are generally much easier to push and turn than tandem styles, which are longer and can be tough to ease over uneven sidewalk cracks because of how the children’s weight is distributed. The best tandem strollers don’t feel like an unwieldy train to push or turn. The wheel size, material, and style all make a difference in how much effort you need to put in simply to move each stroller forward. The best strollers have storage that is easy to access and can hold a useful amount of gear.
You also need to ensure that if you are traveling internationally, that your car seat is approved for use at your destination. The seats below should be fine for use in North America and Europe (but check before purchasing). Australia is more difficult as they have more stringent laws and the majority of the time, a seat purchased elsewhere will not be permitted in Australia due to the fact that they also need to be installed at an anchor point at the top or behind the seat.
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