Congratulations!! You just found out that you are expecting and your little bundle of joy will be here before you know it. It’s such an exciting time. It’s time to sit down and make a list of the items that you will need for your little baby. Take a deep breath and don’t stress. I know that the list you have made seems so overwhelming.
I am sure that at the top of your list you will find a car seat and stroller. Why not combine them and buy a travel system that comes all in one? It can be more affordable and they already come functioning as one unit.
While a travel system provides some flexibility you’ll likely still want a good umbrella stroller or perhaps a double stroller for two at some point. In addition, a convertible car seat wil be ideal once carrying your baby is no longer an option. So knowing it’s something you’ll replace down the road, what travel system should you get? Here’s what I recommend.
What to look for in a Budget Travel Stroller Car Seat Combo
- Safety and Reliability
2 Good Travel Stroller Car Seat Combos from $300 to Under $400
Ok moms, my sister has this travel system and secretly I am jealous. I kinda want to go over in the middle of the night and take my baby over and steal it from her and use it. The car seat rates extremely well in safety and function. It clicks easily into the stroller and into the car attachment.
Britax B-Agile/B-Safe Travel System:
The stroller is really easy to maneuver whether walking or jogging on most terrains. And when it’s time to fold up the stroller, get out of town, it is so easy. One hand, and wham bam, it folds up nice and tight and fits in any vehicle.
The car seat itself is lightweight and not terribly cumbersome to carry around. It comes with an extra headrest piece for newborns that is removable as baby grows. The car seat base is easy to get in and out of the car. This is a great choice that will last.
Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System:
This travel system is different than most in the fact that it has three different settings.
The first mode is just for infants. You can actually take out the fabric stroller part and just use the frame of the stroller and hook your car seat in. There may be time when you don’t actually need the seat of the actual stroller, so this is nice for when they are newborns and will be in their car seat the whole time.
The second way you can use this system is like the standard travel systems you see. You hook the car seat onto the stroller, for those times when you may need the car seat and you may need the actual stroller seat.
The third way to use this system is just the plain old stroller. There is a tray on the stroller to hold all your mommy “goods” like keys, cell phone, water bottles, etc. There is an easy fold system that makes taking down the system really easy. The handle bar moves up and down, which is a nice feature if you are tall or short. The car seat is rated high in safety and is easy to clip in and out of the stroller and the car adapter.
Budget Travel System Under $150
Graco Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System:
This is a great budget-friendly travel system. It is lightweight and easy to carry around when it is folded up, and it is easy to fold. The basket underneath is large and can fit all your essentials that you might need on a stroll. The car seat fits well into the stroller.
The car seat can stick a bit when trying to unlatch from the car adapter.
The system maneuvers well but is not as smooth of a ride as previous strollers mentioned above. Some customers have not been happy with the fabric and the way it washes up and the way it wears and holds up.
Overall, customers are happy with it and it is very budget friendly.
A Good Budget Jogger Travel System Under $200
Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System, Millennium:
This travel system is a jogging system. Simply put, it is meant to be able to go jogging with. You can lock the front wheel or unlock to allow for a swivel.
There is a jogging strap for when you are jogging downhill.
There is a tray to hold your mom stuff and the shade canopy gives good coverage. When you are using just the stroller there is a tray for the toddler to hold snacks and bottles. This stroller is easy to fold, but it tends to be more bulky and harder to put in smaller cars due to the larger front wheel.
There is an extra large basket. The one struggle with joggers is that the front tire can easily pop and has to be repaired, which can be annoying. The car seat itself is great, but some moms aren’t loving the way it is fitting into the car adapting base or the stroller. But if you are looking for a jogging travel system on a budget, this is a great option.
Travel Systems Under or Around $250
Chicco is such a great trusted brand and this travel system is no exception.
Chicco Cortina Travel System 30 Romantic:
This is a great mid price ranged option that is sure to last. The car seat rates really well and is easy to use. It snaps into the stroller quickly and easily as well as the car adapter base. It is easy to fold down and maneuver and has a tray for toddler when you are just using the stroller.
The front wheels can lock into place and there is a large basket underneath and an organizing tray. This is a good quality stroller and doesn’t feel cheap. This stroller and car seat will last you multiple babies for sure.
Hopefully as you have looked through these travel systems you have found one that works with your needs and your budget. And now you can mark two different items off that baby list you have been creating. What a great feeling. Congratulations on your little bundle of joy!
Safety Tips on Choosing a Stroller
Choosing a stroller can be a very important child safety choice. The Mayo clinic has recommendations and safety tips on choosing a stroller.