The Best Car Seat Stroller Combos For New Parents
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A car seat and a stroller are the two most important investments you’ll make as a parent. When you buy a baby car seat and stroller system, you take most of the guesswork out of the purchase because the two are meant to seamlessly work together. You simply click the car seat into a base in your vehicle and then, just as easily, transfer it to your travel system stroller. It’s magic. An even more magical feature of baby strollers with car seats: If your darling child is asleep, you can move the infant from the car to the without the risk of waking him or her up.
The name of game here is ease of use. You want a car seat that easily attaches to the stroller, without requiring any acrobatics or pricey tools. And of course, you need a car seat that’s on the list of those approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which all of these are. Another thing to keep in mind is the weight limit of the stroller, which usually hovers at around 50 pounds. You want to get as much use out of it as possible. The options on our list all have an easy fold, as well as sizable storage baskets. The rest, from fabrics to color schemes, is a question of taste.
We love, and do mean love, that this comes with the Coral car seat, which has a unique nesting system. If your baby is asleep, you simply pull out a lightweight carrier, carry it using the shoulder strap, and when you're ready to roll, insert the inner carrier back into the car seat. The car seat supports babies up to 22 pounds in rear-facing mode. As for the stroller, it has an adjustable handlebar and calf support, as well as an adjustable base with a self-retracting MaxiLock LATCH technology for easy installation. There's a linked foot brake and lockable swivel wheels. It has four recline positions. The weight limit is 50 pounds.
Perfect for urbanites, the new Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is agile, with a small(er) footprint. It comes with the City GO 2 car seat, which fits babies 4-35 pounds. The stroller has a weight limit of 50 pounds. You can use the stroller in four different modes: A single or double with an infant car seat, pram, or glider board. The seat reclines to a near-flat level, for napping, and the stroller has a foot parking brake and adjustable calf support.
Parents who love the durability and ease of use of the Britax will appreciate the new details on this updated stroller: A bigger storage basket as well as front access to the basket, a footwell for your kid, larger window for them to see out, a zippered pocket and 2 open pockets on the back, so you can tote more stuff around and access it more easily. A great everyday stroller, the Britax has all-wheel suspension and a one-handed fold. Included is the AAP-approved BritaxB-Safe 35 car seat, which fits babies 4-35 pounds. The stroller, meanwhile, fits kids weighing up to 55 pounds.
Bugaboo does things a little bit differently. If you buy this car seat, it's compatible with every single one of the brand's strollers, so you can mix and match as you wish. And that's a great option for parents who want something more custom. The car seat itself fits babies 4-32 pounds and is super-easy to install, thanks to a base that has green for go safety indicators. As for the strollers, we dig the Bugaboo Fox 2 stroller, because it honestly rides like a sports car thanks to its handlebar with seamless power steering. It's sleek, handsome, and has a smart dual-trigger folding system for an easy hold. It fits kids up to 50 pounds.
Let's get the stats out of the way first. The car seat fits babies up to 35 pounds, and the stroller accommodates children weighing 55 pounds. And this thing is worth every penny. From its smooth glide to its sharp looks to its independent back and leg adjustments and one-hand compact fold to a self-standing position, it's a powerhouse stroller. The seat is reversible. The handlebar is adjustable. And the multi-position seat to a near-flat position.
For ease of use when pushing a stroller, you truly cannot beat this model. Why? Its wheels have a suspension system and 12 ball bearings, so they're at home on a variety of surfaces, not just concrete. The seat is detachable, reversible, and can be folded right on the chassis. Because this stroller is only 20 inches wide, it great for tight spaces. This combo includes the AAP-approved Primo Viaggio Nido car seat, which fits infants 4-35 pounds, while the stroller fits kids up to 50 pounds. It folds inward, so it stays cleaner, and the very roomy basket is expendable so you can schlep ever more stuff around.
This genius system has an infant car seat that's got its own stroller and integrated wheels built into the base. Granted, you get limited use out of the thing: It only fits babies 4-35 pounds, period. But damn, is it convenient. When you fold it, it's in rear-facing car seat mode. When you unfold it, it's in stroller mode. And, you're done.
This basic single-to-double stroller has a unique slide-and-lock system that expands the frame to accommodate a second toddler or infant seat. It has up 22 configurations, letting babies sit at various heights and modes. It has a self-standing fold and a large storage basket that expands to two feet. It includes the Evenflo SafeMax car seat (4-35 pounds). The stroller can accommodate 55 pounds' worth of kid.
You want options? You get seven different ways to ride with this combo stroller. It fits kids up to 50 pounds, while the AAP-approved Graco SnugRide SnugLock 30 car seat fits babies 4-30 pounds. The stroller seat is reversible. There's a self-standing fold, a sizable storage basket, and best of all, the stroller works with all Graco Click Connect car seats. The newest model has a three-wheel design, so the stroller is much easier to maneuver.
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