Besides safety, the best infant travel system is one that can grow with the baby. An infant travel system is a set of stroller and car seat (which includes the car seat base). The car seat and stroller must be able to hold the infant snugly now and continue so as the baby grows into a toddler until they are no longer needed.
The idea of having an infant travel system is so that you wouldn’t have to wake the baby up going from stroller to car and car to stroller. All you have to do is transfer the car seat with the baby in it. The car seat connects to both the stroller and the car seat base in the car. Some strollers come with a removable seat but most of them will accept the car seat with or without the regular stroller seat removed.
Well-designed Infant travel systems are not only very useful but they are also a great deal. It’s like getting a package deal for buying the stroller and the car seat at the same time. In other words, it would cost more if you were to purchase the car seat and stroller separately (of the same models that come in any given travel system).
Besides the two main criteria mentioned above, the other things to consider when shopping for an infant travel system include the cost, build quality, user-friendliness, reliability, and appearance. Here are our best infant travel systems.
The Chicco Bravo Trio is a travel system made up of the Bravo stroller and the KeyFit 30 infant car seat.
Chicco is a very popular Italian brand of quality baby products. The Italian “ch” is pronounced like “k”. The Italian “c” when following by “a” or “o” is also pronounced like “k” (pronounced like the English or Spanish “ch” if followed by “i” or “e”). Therefore, Chicco is pronounced “kiko”. Sorry Chicago, it’s not a play on word on your name, nor does it mean chico as in boy in Spanish. If there’s any foreign influence on the brand name at all, “kiko” sounds quite Japanese. When you have something Italian and Japanese in your corner, you can sell anything anywhere.
To get back on topic, we are mightily impressed by the Chicco Bravo Trio travel system. The Chicco KeyFit 30 is one of the safest infant car seats on the market regardless of price. Consumer Reports raved about it, so did everyone else. It’s lined with thick impact-absorbing foam. The 5-point harness is beefy yet easy to use and comfortable for the baby. The insert for smaller babies works great just as advertised (for babies as tiny as 4 pounds).
The Chicco Bravo stroller works seamlessly with the KeyFit 30. The stroller seat comes off. With an infant, you’ll be using the car seat with the stroller a lot so it’s a good idea to remove the stroller seat and put it away for safe-keeping until the baby grows bigger. We are particularly impressed by the stroller’s sleek and stylish modern frame.
As of this writing, buying the Chicco Bravo Trio infant travel system represents a 12% discount over buying the car seat and stroller separately.
Comfy Cruiser Click Connect
Graco is a well-known value leader in baby products. The Graco Comfy Cruiser comes with the SnugRide 30 infant car seat. The Comfy Cruiser stroller is not available separately – it is a beefier version of the lightweight Graco LiteRider stroller.
The SnugRide 30 itself is a lightweight infant car seat. Lightweight for the fact that it’s light and very easy to carry, not unsafe or cheaply made. In fact, SnugRide 30 is a top-rated budget infant car seat. We are particularly impressed by the Graco Click Connect system. It’s so well-designed that you never ever have to make an effort at looking for the connection. You place the car seat on the base or the stroller and the connectors seem to find themselves! This is great stuff.
The stroller is a 4-wheel design with twin-wheels up front. It is lightweight and maneuverable. The underneath storage is below average in size but deeper than most. It is very easy to fold with one hand. It folds standing and not as compact as others, but that’s no big deal since it’s so lightweight and easy to move.
Best of all is the price. You will not find another infant travel system with better price-to-performance ratio than the Graco Comfy Cruiser.
Maxi-Cosi baby products are top-of-the-line. You’ll feel like you’ve given the little one just about the best stroller and car seat that money can buy.
The Maxi-Cosi Adorra infant travel system consists of the Mico Max 30 infant car seat and the Adorra stroller. This travel system retails for $599.99 (reflecting an 8% discount versus buying the car seat and stroller separately) but there’s a rare 20% off deal on Amazon as of this writing. Do not miss out!
The Cozi Dozi infant support (for small and young babies) that comes with the Mico Max 30 car seat is the best that we’ve come across. This travel system comes with two of them, one for the stroller seat, so you wouldn’t have to transfer the infant support back and forth.
Everything is luxuriously furnished and built to perfection, with excellent fits and finishes throughout. All paddings are first class all the way. The fabric is the self-wicking type that draws liquid away from the baby. The connectors are strong and secure. Even the storage tray under the Adorra stroller is made of heavy-duty ABS plastic.
Most enthusiastically recommended.
The best value in all infant travel systems is the Graco Comfy Cruiser. The looks are basic but this travel system works and feels like more expensive units.
If reviews and Consumer Reports recommendations mean the most to you, then you simply can’t go wrong with the Chicco Bravo Trio infant travel system. The Mico Max 30 infant car seat is top-rated everywhere and the Bravo stroller is as stylish as they come.
As for those who demand the best of the best, look no further than the Maxi-Cosi Adorra infant travel system. The Cosi-Dozi infant insert alone is worth the extra cost over the Chicco Bravo Trio, not to mention everything else is luxurious and confidence-inspiring.