There have been enough viral videos over the last few years showing just how rough turbulence can be, and we’ve had some terrible trans-oceanic flights with our own kids when we’ve been glad to have them properly strapped in. If the coffee pots need to be tied down, your kids do too! A parent’s arms aren’t strong enough to hold a 2yo in heavy turbulence, making him a projectile – a risk to the child and the other passengers.
My Little Seat isn’t really a high chair; rather, it’s a clever way of safely attaching your baby to the chair so he doesn’t fall off. The seat is a diaper-style harness and the fabric simply drapes over and affixes to an existing chair. However, because there’s no tray, you’ll have to be sure you can pull your little one all the way up to the table.
The Yezz lacks some features parents may consider necessities, like a large canopy or storage bin, but it does offer a storage pocket and adequate canopy that covers enough of the baby to keep them cozy on short trips. With a list price of $250 the Yezz might be a little spendy for a travel option, but given how often you will want to use this enjoyable little buggy, we think the experience is worth the ticket price if your budget allows.
The Chicco Shuttle is a frame product designed specifically for carrying infant car seat carriers. The Shuttle is a lightweight compact product with a lower price tag making it an excellent choice for the first 9 months of your baby's life. This convenient option is easy to fold and stow with adequate storage for errand running and cup holders for quick hydration. We think this choice is useful for giving you more time to decide what kind of strolling experience you want going forward. It could potentially save you money and frustration in the long run by preventing a purchase you may regret.

Umbrella strollers are great for fun in the sun. Be happy knowing that your child is protected from the heat with an umbrella. If the day is over cast, push the umbrella portion up, and enjoy the versatility of the stroller. Light weight and flexible it will fit perfectly in your life. Don’t forget some sunscreen when you are out in the heat with your little one. Have fun and feel organized while you save money and live better. 


Newly upgraded in 2018, this stroller has more headroom per child and more sun coverage. Parents love the smooth ride and how easy it is to fold and transport. They found it fairly easy to fit through most doors and aisles. A zippered compartment on the back stores cell phones and keys and can be removed for extra air flow. A large storage basket holds big diaper bags and purses.
Therefore, you will need to decide how you would like to use your airplane car seat. A convertible car seat on airplane can be an easy option, allowing for use both rear and forward facing. This means that the seat can be used by newborns when facing the rear, creating a safe enclosure, and as your child grows can be swapped around to be forward facing. Certainly one of the more challenging aspect of using a car seat for travel on airplane is installing it, with restricted space and only one belt.
Wouldn't it be blissfully wonderful if one product could do everything you want? Well, sadly, none of them can do everything, but some options do cross the lines of type and can meet your needs in different areas depending on what they are. For example, some full-size products are relatively light and small enough to full under the lightweight product umbrella. They usually sport enough features for running errands and comfortable napping, but they are also easy to fold and fit in most trunks. The Britax B-Agile 3 is a great example of this kind of stroller. This full-size option earned awards in our Full-Size Review and our Lightweight Stroller review. The B-Agile 3 is a good primary stroller, it also works as a great lightweight option, and it can work with an infant car seat (brand compatibility is limited until late 2018). What it can't do is jog, and its plastic wheels are great for off-road use. But hey, 3 out of 4 isn't bad and lots of parents don't plan to jog with a baby anyway.
It does have some very nice touches, though. The ride is extremely smooth, and the handbrake means you can slow the stroller while going down hills just like you would with a bike. The fabrics clean very easily and resist staining exceptionally well, and the little modifications you can make like moving the seat bottom up so your child's legs can stick out straight are great when you child wants to nap.
We love the Combi Coccoro! Shoshana actually rides in this seat daily at home and we’ve taken it on every trip for the last five years. While it’s a pricey seat, after two kids we feel we’ve gotten our money’s worth. In our opinion, this is the best travel car seat (at least if your kid isn’t huge). It’s an especially great car seat for travelling abroad thanks to the multiple installation methods and it being one of the lightest toddler car seat options. Check reviews and latest prices here.
Obviously, the main reason to get this combo is that getting all items in a package is usually much cheaper compared to getting them one by one. Another reason is that it makes getting the baby in and out of the car much easier. You do not have to take them out of the car seat; you can just instead take the car seat out and attach it to the compatible stroller thus avoiding the need to wake the baby up. It definitely makes thing a whole lot more convenient for parents.
Slightly smaller than a standard Graco PNP, the 19 lb PNP Jetsetter fits in its included backpack (in a small enough package to carry on to most planes, in case you don’t want to risk checking it). It has some unique features, including a domed canopy to create shade when using it outside (or for keeping it dark in a room without proper shades (amiright??)), a vibrating bassinet for newborns, and a portable changing pad.
We haven’t tried this seat (though friends have), but we’ve heard that it can be a good choice for travel with older infants and toddlers. It’s almost as affordable as the Cosco seat above, with some versions priced under $75. It offers more room forward-facing and a higher weight limit, but isn’t as ideally suited for younger travelers. It weighs a moderate 15lbs, but probably wouldn’t be my top choice as a car seat to install in unfamiliar rental cars. Even so, it’s probably the best lightweight car seat for travel if you want just one travel car seat to last for many years. Check the latest prices here– you can also look for this clone that is sometimes cheaper.

Do research beforehand the laws of your particular destination. Some do not allow taxi travel without a car seat and may not supply their own. This means you will not be able to take a taxi without your own car seat. In Switzerland, for example, a car seat is required until 12 years of age or 150cm and you will need these for taxis as well. They can be supplied but often this involves a high charge for the taxi to go and collect one and come back and may not work at all if you have more than two kids.
That’s great to hear as we have just got our bubblebum. It’s ridiculous what car rental companies charge. We took that option on our US road trip as we didn’t have time to try to buy them (and there was no way I was travelling with two car seats from Australia – our kids were too young for bubblebum like options then and they are not allowed in Australia anyway) and it still annoys me that we paid $200 for seats that were not that great.

Renting used to seem like the best way to go until I found myself at a San Diego rental car agency sorting through a stack of filthy carseats, many of which were missing critical parts. Since then, I’ve inspected the seats at many agencies and airports, and found that although they’re sometimes clean and in good condition, there’s no way to know if you’ll find a safe, clean seat that’s the right size for your child. Car seats are important safety equipment, and it’s no fun being stranded at the airport without one, so I recommend that parents avoid renting a seat. If you have no other alternatives, check out my tips for inspecting a rental car seat here.
The Baby Trend Nexton travel system is a good option for those on a tight budget. It features the Baby Trend Flex Loc infant car seat. The car seat weight range is 5 - 30 pounds. You can fit a 4 pound preemie in there as well with an extra infant insert. The stroller holds infants and children up to 50 pounds. Folded stroller dimensions are 40.5” L x 12.3” W x 25.3” H. Unfolded dimensions are 46.5” L x 22.5” W x 44.5” H. Car seat dimensions are 26” L x 16.5” Wx 25” H.
The Britax B-Agile 3 is a lightweight, easy to fold, inexpensive option we'd recommend to a friend, especially those on a budget. The B-Agile 3 is a great go-to product for almost any adventure that doesn't include running or off-road terrain. The B-Agile 3 earned multiple awards including Best Value in our Full-Size Stroller Review and Top Pick in our Umbrella Stroller Review thanks to its lighter weight and smaller fold. It is easy to use, nice quality, and easy to fold. With a seat made for napping, large storage, and giant canopy, the B-Agile 3 offers great comfort and convenience features that work well for an awesome value compared to the competition.
Parents noted a learning curve with this system. Closing it can be a challenge since the wheels must be facing a certain way. Some parents couldn’t push it well on loose terrain or snow/slush. The storage basket can be hard to reach from the rear and may need to be accessed between the seats. The front canopy is a bit short and doesn’t provide as much sun protection as some parents had hoped.
They basically look like two strollers placed side by side, offering each child an equal view of the scenery, as well as the freedom to interact, or in some cases, get in each other's space. The configuration makes room for nifty features, such as reclining backs and adjustable seats. Other models can accept an infant car seat, if not two. Ensure the weight on either side is relatively balanced; otherwise, the stroller could veer to one side.
But, of course, just like other baby travel systems available in the market, the Britax B-Agile is not at all perfect. There are many things that still need improvement such as putting in more space in the car seat especially around the shoulder area. The car seat is also much heavier than average making it a chore to carry it around for a long time. Its stroller, however, comes with a lightweight design and is very easy to push around.
This fun-looking travel system is super affordable and has great prints and patterns that parents seem to love. The well-padded seat on the stroller has multiple recline settings plus a removable large head support pillow that can also be used in the car seat. Parents like the padding and say the car seat straps are easy to buckle. They love the many compartments in the stroller, especially the bottom basket and the covered parent tray.
It’s also very easy to install in the forward-facing mode (from 1 year and older) and remove using seat belts, and includes its own seat belt lock-offs for extra stability without the need for additional locking clips. It is also LATCH-equipped. It measures 26″H x 18.5″W x 21″D. Rear facing from 5 to 40 lbs, forward-facing up to 55 lbs. Weighs 17.6 lbs.   Find it online at:  Amazon.com     Baby Earth

A traditional car seat isn’t always the most convenient way to keep your kids safe when you travel. For in-flight use, we like the Cares Harness (tip: for very young kids who might tunnel under the airplane seatbelt, bring along a small piece of grippy shelf liner to sit on). For short car rides, or hopping in and out of taxis, two alternatives that we like and use are the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat and, for kids 30 to 80 pounds, the Ride Safer Travel Vest.


A word about checking car seats on a plane: it’s not recommended for several reasons. Have you ever had a suitcase damaged by baggage handlers? I have! But at least it wasn’t a life-saving device. I’ve seen videos of car seats, even those that were gate checked, being tossed around during the loading and unloading process. There may be no visible signs of damage when you get your car seat back, but there could still be undetectable stresses to the material that would diminish the seat’s ability to protect your child in a serious accident.
Anyone who has traveled with a young child before knows that you have to accept bringing along some extra gear. Just as you wouldn’t consider car seats option when driving around at home, you shouldn’t consider them optional on the move. Hopefully some of these suggestions while make travel with car seats easier for your family. Please leave any questions below!
For parents who are looking to get back into shape after having a baby, a jogger stroller and car seat combo helps you burn calories while taking your baby along. These are usually very sturdy, lightweight strollers that can move quickly and maneuver well over bumpy terrain. They can be more expensive than other models, which is something to think about. Be aware that not all “jogger” strollers are made for jogging. For instance, there’s a brand called Baby Jogger with several strollers, but there’s only ONE of their strollers actually approved for jogging.
This product is not the right choice if you want a one and done option but plan to jog. It also isn't good for hiking or moving off of paved surfaces for very far. Despite these limitations, it is a great everyday option that works well for travel. We think most parents will love this economical choice that can be used with an infant car seat, full-size product, and lightweight traveler.
Also, Britax is in the process of redesigning the majority of their infant car seat adapters for the B-Agile including Chicco, Peg Perego, and Graco brand seats. They have indicated a launch date for these adapters for some time in 2018. As a result, the B-Agile is only compatible with the Britax, Cybex, Nuna, and Maxi-Cosi brands and given the lack of a specific release date, we do not recommend that parents purchase the B-Agile with the intent of using it as a travel system with any other brand.

Even if the child has a seat, the FAA has been clear that standard airplane seat belts alone won’t keep a child under 40lbs properly restrained. What should you do for lighter toddlers? The CARES harness could be a good solution. It adds shoulder straps to a standard airplane seatbelt. It’s rated for 22-40lbs, though real-world feedback from other parents indicates that it fits best beginning at 30lbs. Smaller kids run the risk of “submarining”, or sliding down under the lap belt.
If we had to pick one strolling product we'd recommend to a friend interested in quality, it is the UPPAbaby Cruz. It's lightweight, easy to use, and made of high-quality materials that feel like they will last for years. Plus, the Cruz works well with an infant car seat including a few of our favorites, like the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa and Chicco KeyFit 30. The Cruz earned our Editors' Choice award in both our shoot-out of full-size options, as well as another Editors' Choice award in our Stroller and Car Seat Combo Review.
However, the deeper seat means that it may take up more space reclined in the rear-facing position than models with a shallower seat, so you might reconsider if you have a very small car (forward-facing this shouldn’t be such an issue). Other inclusions: EPS energy-absorbing foam liner, easy to use LATCH attachments, and 2-position crotch strap for the most secure fit. Rear-facing from birth or 4 lbs. to 40 lbs, forward-facing 20 to 50 lbs. 18″W without cup holder18.5″ D x 26.5″ H. Weighs 12.78 lbs.   Find it online at: Amazon.com
Anyone who has traveled with a young child before knows that you have to accept bringing along some extra gear. Just as you wouldn’t consider car seats option when driving around at home, you shouldn’t consider them optional on the move. Hopefully some of these suggestions while make travel with car seats easier for your family. Please leave any questions below!
If you're looking for a relatively low-cost stroller that has almost all of the best features of our top pick, the Chicco Viaro is the best value of the strollers we've tested. It has a three-wheel design that's very similar to the Baby Jogger City Mini, with a lightweight frame, a tight turning radius, and a pull-to-fold handle that lets you fold the stroller in seconds.

3. We had the Graco 4 ever seat for my (now 3 ) son but ended up switching it our cause HOLY MOLY that seat is heavy and just toooo big - it took over the whole back seat - i mean it was just too much of a seat. Even ascetically - its just too much. I hated it moving it between cars, with the arm rests and cup holders it was a beast to clean. So I wanted to avoid that as well.
1) If you’re set on bringing one convertible and one infant seat, I’d bring the infant seat to the gate. If there’s an empty seat, many agents will shuffle sets to let your baby use it. There are also fewer opportunities for your seat to be lost or mishandled if you’re bringing it to the gate yourself. From there is put it in a padded bag like the one linked above. Not my top choice, but better than counter check with the baggage.

The Baby Trend Nexton travel system is a good option for those on a tight budget. It features the Baby Trend Flex Loc infant car seat. The car seat weight range is 5 - 30 pounds. You can fit a 4 pound preemie in there as well with an extra infant insert. The stroller holds infants and children up to 50 pounds. Folded stroller dimensions are 40.5” L x 12.3” W x 25.3” H. Unfolded dimensions are 46.5” L x 22.5” W x 44.5” H. Car seat dimensions are 26” L x 16.5” Wx 25” H.
If you want an extremely affordable booster seat that’s light enough for your child to carry, the simple-but-functional Cosco Topside may fit the bill. Unlike most other backless booster seats, it doesn’t have a shoulder belt guide – that makes it more likely to fit slightly older kids (indeed, the minimum height is 43″ unlike the usual 40″). But at just 2.5lbs and less than $20, it may be a great choice for some families! Check the latest prices here.
A one-handed fold design and lightweight aluminum frame make the stroller fairly easy to carry. First time parents appreciated the level indicators on the seat base so they could easily tell if the angle was good during installation. The seat clicks easily onto the stroller as well. The canopy offers good SPF 50+ sun protection, and there’s a mesh peek-a-boo window to keep an eye on baby.
The Baby Trend Expedition Double is a budget-friendly option for two that you can occasionally jog with. This double product is a good option for anyone looking for the jogger look and feel, without the price tag that comes with a more traditional jogger. The Expedition Double sports pneumatic rubber wheels that work well on a variety of terrains, and a locking swivel front wheel that makes it suitable for jogging. Even if you don't jog, the features make it one of the better choices for moving over uneven terrains like grass and gravel. With identical seating, including stow pockets and canopy, and a useful parent's tray and under seat storage, this inexpensive product has features that make daily use easy and convenient, which helped it win an award for Best Value in our Double Strollers Review.

The Baby Trend Nexton travel system is a good option for those on a tight budget. It features the Baby Trend Flex Loc infant car seat. The car seat weight range is 5 - 30 pounds. You can fit a 4 pound preemie in there as well with an extra infant insert. The stroller holds infants and children up to 50 pounds. Folded stroller dimensions are 40.5” L x 12.3” W x 25.3” H. Unfolded dimensions are 46.5” L x 22.5” W x 44.5” H. Car seat dimensions are 26” L x 16.5” Wx 25” H.
But just like buying a car, most strollers get the job done; finding the "best" one means finding the best one for you. While we think anyone will love our top picks, a person who lives in a third-floor apartment downtown has different needs from a person who lives in the 'burbs. Nearly every stroller on this list offers something for someone, so even our non-winners are worth investigating.
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