A Guide To Choosing A Travel System
A Travel System can best be described as either a first stage (0+) car seat that can integrate with a pushchair or pram.
In most cases brands that produce their own car seats and prams have a simple “one-click” attachment. Having an integrated system where the car seat adaptors are already built into the car seat like you would find on the Britax Baby-Safe Plus SHR 2 or the Jane Koos or Jane Strata infant carrier makes life easier as you don’t need to remember separate adaptors or have to attach them to the pram or car seat. Both systems from Britax and Jane offer one hand release and easy connection.
For the rest of the market that doesn’t produce their own car seat, adaptors are used.
These create a connection between the pram chassis and the car seat allowing the parent to use a third party car seat. Historically there have only really been one or two car seats from one brand that a customer could choose from; either the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio or the Maxi-Cosi Pebble.
Now more brands have made sure their car seats use the same adaptors as Maxi-Cosi so parents can choose from a wide range of car seats including BeSafe, Cybex, Maxi-Cosi, Kiddy and I’m sure more will follow.
The modular pram system is currently favoured by most brands including UppaBaby, Joolz and Babystyle among others. This style of pram offers a great deal of benefits including ease of use and a potential weight reduction when the components are broken down. For example, instead of having to lift a complete pram into the house or the back of the car, a parent can remove the carrycot or toddler seat separately and then fold down the chassis and lift each piece individually; thus reducing the total weight of the pram. Although many of these modular style prams do fold when the toddler seat is attached we advise customers to detach the components where possible for ease of use. This is particularly useful in the case of the UppaBaby Vista.
Why not visit in store to discuss your requirements in more detail with our trained advisors who will be able to demonstrate all the features and benefits of the products on offer.