I know it's early, but this is something that has always bothered me and I need more input on it.
What's the point of a "travel system" if the baby outgrows it so fast? Everyone I know only got to use theirs max 6 months and then the baby hit 20lbs and had to move to a regular car seat.
Also, if you can buy car seats that work for 5lbs-80lbs from the get go, why not just use that and save money?
But I'm confused. All the strollers seem to come with travel systems now. Can you not buy a regular stroller anymore? What do you do if you want one without a travel system? It seems that all the strollers without a travel system are made for older babies?? What kind of stroller works for newborns if you don't want a travel system?
Maybe it's because I'm insanely frugal (and we don't have anyone who will be buying us things), but I don't see the point in spending $300 on a travel system to only have to go out and spend another $150 on a car seat 6 months later....
I loved my travel system mainly because I could pull the cars eat out if baby was asleep... Kids are fussing be back soon...
*lurker from december*
DS was in his infant seat until he was a year. He was still under the weight limit and height limit but was developmentally to the point where it was easier to move him to a rear facing convertible seat. You don't have to get a travel system. You can get just the infant seat and not the stroller. That's what we did. We use the babytrend stroller frame with the infant seat. It's awesome and super light weight and so easy. When your baby is little the infant seat is nice bc you don't have to unstrap them to go into places. You just pop the seat out of the car base and take it in with you. It also helps bc you keep the infant seat in the house. So you strap them in inside where it's warm and that way you can throw blankets over them to keep them from getting cold. You aren't supposed to put them in car seats with coats or snow suits on so it would be a lot more difficult to use just a convertible seat while they are little. Also, for my child, he was under 6 lbs at birth and I wouldn't have felt like he would be safe in the convertible seat. Just seems too big. Even at 8 or 9 lbs they are still so tiny. Our infant seat goes up to 30lbs so it has a little higher rating than the 20lbs.
So this is just my 2 cents on all of this. I've been a nanny for a long time and also this is my second baby so my opinion is that the infant seat is totally worth it! But everyone is different. If you don't think you need it then skip it and save the money.
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I agree with the PP. I also have a seat (graco) that goes to 30 pounds and my youngest (biggest) was in it at least 8 months before we switched him to the one he's in now. If you are looking for just a stroller (or really anything besides a carseat itself) check out your local kids resale stores (my favorite is Little Britches but they're only here in denver metro area of Colorado). They'll have just plain old strollers. I did like that my carseat snapped into the stroller so that the baby was more supported than just one lap strap.
All the travel systems in Canada only go to 20lbs (that I've seen), none go higher than that.
I get the idea of the travel system, but I guess I would rather just take them out of a car seat and put them in a stroller without the darn car seat thingy on top (I hate those!) Everyone I've ever gone out and about with that had a baby had a travel system and I found it to be more annoying and troublesome than just taking the kid out of the car seat and into the stroller.
But...it seems no strollers are newborn friendly? That's the part I'm confused about?? Where do I find a stroller I can put a newborn in directly without a travel system? My friend had one in the UK (she didn't have a car) for her twins, but I see nothing like that one here.
Also, I plan to baby wear most places and not use a stroller unless I absolutely have to. Like, grocery shopping, etc, I plan to baby wear.
Canadian Lurker -
My infant seat went higher then 20 lbs and I got it 2006 (it has expired so if we get lucky we will need to get a new one).....Graco makes one that goes up to 35 lbs now - but I don't want to be lugging around 35 lbs of baby in a 10lb seat! - not sure if that one comes as a travel system or not.
I will echo PPs and say that being able to keep baby sleeping and not have to fiddle with strapping them in while in the car is well worth!
A lot of the higher end strollers come with attachments for putting a carseat onto them as well.
The Snap n' go can be an alternative to a travel system (use it with an infant seat) - but then you still need a different stroller for when they outgrow the infant seat.
We bought our travel system in 2006, used it for both children and still use the stroller today - so while it is an expensive item - we have more then got our money's worth
I also agree that while our convertible car seats say they are good from 5lbs, they are just so big, and the thought of putting a tiny baby into one of those just doesn't seem right
DS Sawyer 4/1/06
DD Payton too beautiful for this earth, born silently 7/19/09 at 33 wks
DS Greyson 6/29/11
DS Parker 4/14/14
Travel systems aren't necessary, but they can be nice to have. For my first child I used the travel system all the time, for my 3rd child I never took the car seat out of the car. I now much prefer to carry my baby inside to places in a sling/wrap/ergo/manduca etc then to carry him in the bucket seat which is very heavy. He still fits in it weight and height wise (my son is 1 year old and fairly average for weight and height)
There are lots of strollers you can put a newborn in without a car seat. Any of the strollers with a bassinet you can lay a baby flat in and stroll around. Of the top of my head that would be a bugaboo, city select, phil &ted's, Uppababy, orbit. The strollers I listed are more expensive then say the average Graco travel set/stroller than a lot of people around here seem to buy.
Some people do find it convenient to have a travel set so if the baby falls asleep they can bring them inside without really disturbing them. I find I am capable of taking my child out of his seat and putting him in his bed without waking him, so you don't necessarily need to have the bucket seat just to keep them asleep.
May I suggest investing in a good baby carrier, I love my Manduca which goes from newborn to something like 35lbs (I can put my 5 year old in it!)
Kristin - Mom to 3 little boys and one baby girl
Odd. We were in BRU the other night and all the travel systems the car seat only went to 20 or 22 lbs. Unless I was reading something wrong?
I just hate spending money or buying things that I will have to replace shortly. I'm very OCD about it. I would rather wake a sleeping baby to save money...yeah, I'm weird. I would prefer if I could get one car seat and one stroller that lasted for 3+ years at least...but I can't find a stroller that would work for that.
Ive got a friend who is a stroller addict (she has a kid's resale store and knows all the brands and stuff) I'll ask her for a stroller recommendation for a newborn. As for baby wearing... I can't say enough good things about my sleepywrap!! I love it!! It's easy and comfy (even for bigger gals and gals with bigger boobs)... My husband will even use it!
I understand wanting to save money, but it is the worst thing in the world to wake a sleeping baby getting them in and out of the car. I am a NICU nurse and will tell you that newborns do not fit as well in convertible car seats even though they are acceptable at 5 ish pounds. My favorite car seat is the Chicco key fit and my favorite stroller is the City Mini Jogger by Baby Jogger. It is a light weight all purpose stroller that is so easy to fold. It costs $$, but IMO is the best. You can buy a car seat adapter for your specific car seat so it can accomodate a car seat as well until you don't need it anymore. I still use it for my 4 year old. I have owned 8 strollers and I HIGHLY recommend this one. Also, I had babies that would not go back to sleep once wakened getting out of the car seat! Good luck.