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By David Cummings
Baby travel systems include a baby stroller and a car seat/carrier all in one package. The stroller and the car seat/carrier are usually coordinating and are from the same manufacturer. Purchasing them as a set can save you money and time hunting for just the right one of each.
Let’s start with the baby stroller. Baby travel systems include a single stroller made of high quality materials that are durable and can take a lot of use, because parents usually keep them through multiple children. The fabric is a woven, washable, tear-resistant material and is almost always quilted in some fashion as to protect the baby from bumps and jostling around during rides on uneven pavement and such.
The stroller usually has a sun hood cover and sometimes they have a clear plastic ‘moon roof’ built in so that you can peak down on the baby to see if they are sleeping or playing. The wheels are usually double and are on ball bearings so maneuvering the stroller is very easy to do, especially in a crowded mall or on a walk along a bumpy trail. There are often one or two cup holders and a small tray on the back near the handle for your keys or other small items. And underneath the stroller is usually large mesh basket to carry your diaper bag or some shopping packages.
The second piece of the baby travel systems is the car seat/baby carrier. This item can be used as either a car seat or a carrier for the baby. When used as a car seat, this is an infant car seat which is used for babies under 20 lbs and rear-facing. There are specially made groves in the car seat for the seatbelt strap or frequently bases you install and leave in your car and you lock the car seat into the base when car riding. If you are not sure how to install the car seat, you can go to any fire station or insurance agency and they can show you how to properly install the car seat. If your car seat has the base and you are going to use the base, make sure you have installed the base correctly as well.
The car seat can frequently double as a carrier, which means the car seat has a handle so you don’t have to transfer the baby into another piece of equipment to carry him or her around the store or wherever you are going. The handle adjusts back when the carrier is being used for a car seat and adjusts to the center of the carrier when being used as a carrier. Because they tend to be heavy, they are not as comfortable to carry your baby around for long periods of time, like a wraparound carrier or wraparound sling carrier might be, but they do provide a comfortable place for baby while in a restaurant, and you can adjust the handle so that the baby is sitting up and you can feed them.
Finally, the carrier can be mounted in the stroller and used in this way as well. If baby falls asleep in the car and you have reached your destination, all you have to do is take the car seat out and lock it into place in the stroller and you are on your way. Baby travel systems provide great convenience for parents on the go.
About the Author: Learn more about
and understand why many parents choose
baby travel systems
for their child. David Cummings is General Manager of Bustling Baby, a business devoted to providing baby mobility, comfort, and convenience to active families.