CR’s take: According to our findings in the lab, the KeyFit 30 partners well with Baby Jogger’s City Mini, a traditional stroller that outperforms any Chicco stroller in our ratings. It has large wheels, good for tackling tree roots or curbs, and is highly maneuverable, even through sharp turns. The adapter proves secure in our tests, though you’ll need to remove the stroller’s canopy to ensure proper installation. We should note that one tester did have trouble getting a secure fit, but our in-house stroller expert found that it fastened securely in three separate tests.
Personally, I’m a former newspaper reporter with more than 15 years of experience interviewing experts in countless fields, including health, parenting, and safety. I’ve written Wirecutter’s guides to high chairs, baby jumpers, and umbrella strollers, the last of which involved interviewing additional stroller experts. I’m also the mom of two girls, ages 1 and 3, and I have logged more than 300 stroller miles of my own, many of them with a double stroller. I love to buckle both of my girls in for 3-mile walks or runs around the lakes near our Minneapolis home, and I have also used a double stroller with them at more than a dozen Stroller Strides exercise classes (of which stroller maker BOB is a partner), which are designed for moms and dads to push their kids along as they work out.

Because the side-by-side seats give each child an equal position with lots of legroom, the City Mini Double works well with twins (although it is important to note that this model can take only one infant car seat at a time). It’s comfortable for both kids in lots of ways. The seats easily recline with the pull of a buckle to a near-flat (or any intermediate) position; to bring them back up, you use both hands to pull on the strap ends. The seatbacks are made of mesh but have a cover, so little nappers won’t get too hot in warm weather but can stay protected from the wind when it’s cold out. Each seat has its own UPF 50+ canopy, which extends far enough to provide real shade and includes a peekaboo window. One child can lean back, shaded for a nap, while the other can sit up and look out at the world.
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. 
Once you arrive at your destination, your child will need a car seat or booster seat if you plan to ride in a car. Can’t you just rent a car seat? It’s not ideal. You have no way of knowing the history of the car seat you’ll be provided: Was it in a supposedly-minor accident that could have left it compromised? Were the straps washed in a way contrary to manufacturer instructions?
While this system isn’t cheap, it’s not as much as some of the competitors. The stroller itself might be a better investment than the car seat, since your child may outgrow the seat before they reach the weight limit. If you buy a car seat adaptor, you can easily attach another brand of seat to the B-Lively stroller until your baby is ready to sit up on her own.

Purchasing a travel system means that you will also be purchasing an infant car seat. Unless you have another dedicated seat for the car, the car seat part of your travel system is the most important part to consider. Your child will most likely spend more time in the car than the stroller, so look for a travel system with a car seat that has a higher weight limit (35 + pounds). The seat should be highly rated and really easy to install in the car.
What else is there to like about this travel system? This one is perfect for families that drive compact cars. The base fits comfortably in small cars and comes with an easy release car seat so you won’t have a hard time getting it in and out of the car or stroller. Meanwhile, the stroller is light to use and easy to assemble and comes with an extended canopy for added sun protection.
The simple but effective Baby Jogger City Mini Double basically takes two of our full-size stroller pick, the Baby Jogger City Mini, and places them side by side. Of all the strollers we tested, this safe, sturdy, reasonably priced ride is one of the most comfortable doubles for both kids, with deep, reclining seats and generous but separate canopies. It’s the narrowest, lightest side-by-side we tried, one of the easiest to push and maneuver (only true jogging strollers performed better), and the quickest to fold of all those we tested. It took less than four minutes to assemble and had the most compact fold of all the side-by-sides we examined, and while it wasn’t as easy to carry as our top tandem pick, it was much easier to lug down stairs or lift into a trunk than any of the other side-by-sides we tried and even many of the tandems. While not the most versatile double we tested, it can take one infant car seat of many brands, and you can also attach a Baby Jogger Glider Board for a third, standing passenger. You can use the City Mini Double from birth without a car seat with the seat reclined.
The Cameleon gets its name from its ability to transform into many different configurations. You can use it as a standard stroller, a bassinet, or flip the seat and the handlebar so that your big wheels face forward—allowing you to get up and over rough terrain and curbs more easily. It even has a two-wheel mode for "sand and snow" that we can't imagine anyone ever using.
Age 5+ – The best taxi booster seat around is the bubble bum (on the right in the picture below). It deflates to a very small size, but when inflated it offers a consistently good belt fit – in any car, and for any size child within the limits (minimum 40lbs). Many parents wrongly assume that their elementary school age children don’t need to ride in a booster seat in a taxi or when traveling, but most kids don’t fit properly in an adult seatbelt until age 10-12. You can read our full review of the bubblebum or check prices here.

As you might already be aware that Baby Trend is one of the leading baby products manufacturers and have etched their reputation for great quality. This travel system is just an example of it. The car seat weighs close to 11 pounds while the stroller is at 25 pounds bringing it all to 36 pounds, not bad at all considering that the stroller can accommodate up to a 50 pounds!
I also researched double stroller safety online, reviewing safety guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mayo Clinic, as well as information from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), which independently tests kids products to see if they meet the safety standards determined by ASTM International. For strollers, these tests include load tests on both the seat and footrests, checking for entrapment hazards, and stability tests with a child-sized test dummy buckled in. Most of the double strollers we tested are JPMA certified, but because JPMA is a voluntary program, we consider that certification a plus but not a requirement. I also searched for recent recalls and safety information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
During testing, I really liked being able to just pop off one of the seats (by pressing the two gray buttons on the side of each seat frame) if I was heading out with only one child, and easily reconfiguring it again when I needed to. The seats do have different weight limits (50 pounds for the toddler seat and 35 pounds for the RumbleSeat), so it’s important to read the manual and make sure you have the big kid in the right spot.

That’s why CR's car seat and stroller experts stepped in to design travel systems from the best products in our ratings. Then they tested each pairing to evaluate how well the components work together. After testing multiple combinations of car seats and strollers in our labs, we found that a few partner perfectly while others can separate from one another—posing a risk—even when used with the adapter recommended by the manufacturer. 
I put each of the 11 strollers through real-world testing with my 1- and 3-year-olds, using each model as my everyday stroller and also taking it on at least one outing, from a trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to a Stroller Strides exercise class to a jog around Lake Harriet to trick-or-treating in our Minneapolis neighborhood. I tried to fit each stroller in the trunk of our Subaru Forester SUV and in the much smaller hatchback trunk of our Honda Fit, and I lugged each one up and down the stairs to our basement. I also ran each model through a maneuverability course in front of our house, weaving around orange cones, making S and U turns, and strolling up over uneven sidewalk and onto grass.
Age 5+ – The best taxi booster seat around is the bubble bum (on the right in the picture below). It deflates to a very small size, but when inflated it offers a consistently good belt fit – in any car, and for any size child within the limits (minimum 40lbs). Many parents wrongly assume that their elementary school age children don’t need to ride in a booster seat in a taxi or when traveling, but most kids don’t fit properly in an adult seatbelt until age 10-12. You can read our full review of the bubblebum or check prices here.
The rugged Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller weighs 11.8 pounds and is suitable for kids up to 50 pounds. It boasts easy one-handed folding; and once collapsed, measures 18" x 12" x 34” and stands on its own. This is the ideal purchase for parents with plenty of gear. Tuck your diaper bag into the extra large, easy-access storage basket and your keys into the tray at the top of the push handle. The latter also incorporates two cup holders for Mom and Dad, while a removable child’s tray features a dual cup and juice box holder. Other perks include all-terrain wheels, an extended canopy with a peek-a-boo window and a reclining seat with a five-point safety harness. 

Snack trays and parent trays with decently sized cup holders are a real lifesaver for long outings. You don’t want to be stuck in the zoo on a hot summer day with no good place to store water for both of you. Having it right at hand will be very convenient. Of course, there’s always the chance she’ll play the “drop the sippy” game, but that’s where a second parent cup holder and extra storage baskets on the stroller can save the day.
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.
First of all the GB Pockit pram BLOWS MY MIND. It’s the most compact pram in the world! When folded it fits inside a shopping bag (or a backpack, heck you could probably even a large nappy bag). It weighs a teeny tiny 4.3kgs! The fold on it is just the coolest I’ve ever seen – though admittedly it took a little practice to get it to go down in one smooth movement.
However, if you’re shopping for a car seat, it’s a good idea to shop for both seat and stroller at the same time. Not all strollers are compatible with all car seats. So while Aunt Edna’s nice shower gift of a luxury $500 stroller may be awesome, you may have to purchase a separate adaptor to make it work with your $200 car seat. If it will work at all, that is.

Both seats recline individually and have their own canopies and foot rests so you can control sun exposure, etc. for each child. The rear seat reclines all the way back into an infant bassinet. Both seats have a child tray with 2 cup holders each. Parents get some great creature comforts too, like 2 deep cup holders and covered storage compartment.
Double stroller: Double strollers, like the name suggests, hold two kids at once. Some models convert from a single to a double (like the Baby Jogger City Select LUX, listed below) with the addition of a second seat and an adapter. Some doubles have seats side-by-side, while others have seats that are aligned vertically. Side-by-side models are less maneuverable in tight spaces but it's easier to get kids in and out, and you have more storage space typically. 

If you're looking for a new stroller, we think the best for most people is the Baby Jogger City Mini (available at Amazon for $179.99). How do we know? We've spent months researching every stroller on the market—over 230 of them. We've read thousands of user reviews, talked to other real parents, and spent weeks testing over 30 of the very best to see how they hold up in the real world.
CR’s take: According to our findings in the lab, the KeyFit 30 partners well with Baby Jogger’s City Mini, a traditional stroller that outperforms any Chicco stroller in our ratings. It has large wheels, good for tackling tree roots or curbs, and is highly maneuverable, even through sharp turns. The adapter proves secure in our tests, though you’ll need to remove the stroller’s canopy to ensure proper installation. We should note that one tester did have trouble getting a secure fit, but our in-house stroller expert found that it fastened securely in three separate tests.
Parents were also unhappy that the stroller isn’t compatible with more brands such as Chicco and Britax. Some parents noted that the seats didn’t have enough recline when sitting fully upright, and that their children tended to slide down. There also seems to be a tendency for tipping over if a child stands or climbs into the seat with their knees.
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.

If you’re looking for a stroller that can allow your little one to sleep, the Jovial Portable Folding Baby Stroller is fully adjustable, so that your baby can lie down comfortably. Ideal for car travel, the stroller has a foldable switch allowing it to easily to fit into a trunk or suitcase. Safety is a top priority with a five-point seatbelt and an upgraded lock system, plus an easy-to-use foot pedal. The lightweight carriage weighs 16.3 pounds and also has a lower storage area and retractable overhead canopy to keep baby cool in the hot sun. The stroller is ideal for newborns to children aged three years old.
I’m going to say also that these clever little pocket rockets aren’t just travel prams. I’ve chosen them because they can be used as your every day pram as well – they’re perfect for small cars, zipping around the supermarket, squeezing onto public transport, if you have limited space for storing a pram, or need a super light pram for lifting in and out of the car.
Mountain Buggy is not a brand I’d usually associate with light and compact – they’re better known for their all-terrain vehicles, however they’ve managed to work in some of their big pram features into this compact travel pram. It has a reasonable sized hood and an okay basket given the size of the pram. It only has a half recline so you will need the additional bassinet or car seat attachment to be suitable from birth, but it more than makes up for that with a 20kg weight capacity – so while not ideal for newborns it’s fantastic for toddlers and even preschoolers.
Where the City Select LUX truly comes into its own, though, is when you add a second seat. We've used this with our two kids as a double stroller and it's mostly worked flawlessly. Though adding the second seat kid gets expensive, you only need that if you need two full-size seats at the same time. If you've got one older kid and one newborn, you can just use the main seat on the lower section and use adapters to connect an infant car seat.
While this system isn’t cheap, it’s not as much as some of the competitors. The stroller itself might be a better investment than the car seat, since your child may outgrow the seat before they reach the weight limit. If you buy a car seat adaptor, you can easily attach another brand of seat to the B-Lively stroller until your baby is ready to sit up on her own.

The Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System features the Evenflo SafeMax infant car seat, which scored 9.6 in our infant seat ratings. This one is unique in that it’s available with several accessory options for a customizable package. Car seat dimensions are 29” L x 17.5” W x 24” H. Assembled stroller dimensions are 25.5” L x 34” W x 47” H. The car seat carries babies from 4 - 35 pounds, while the stroller’s maximum weight is 50 pounds.
What do we love about this product? For starters, it comes with a one-second, one-hand fold so you can fold and store the stroller (despite dealing with all the weight) with just a single hand. You can freely hold your child with your other hand if that is something you have to do. The stroller also locks in place automatically when folded and can stand on its own, making it very easy to transport and store.
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.
The Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System features the Evenflo SafeMax infant car seat, which scored 9.6 in our infant seat ratings. This one is unique in that it’s available with several accessory options for a customizable package. Car seat dimensions are 29” L x 17.5” W x 24” H. Assembled stroller dimensions are 25.5” L x 34” W x 47” H. The car seat carries babies from 4 - 35 pounds, while the stroller’s maximum weight is 50 pounds. 

In just a few short months, your baby will be sitting up on her own and ready to ride in her stroller without the car seat. Since the usual stroller should last until your child is 50 or more pounds, you’ll want one with good suspension and easy maneuverability. A sleeping 3-year-old can often feel like they weigh a ton, so you want something you can push around easily without breaking your back and waking her up. The stroller should also be easy for your toddler to climb in and out of without having to be picked up.
Here are some choices for the best convertible car seat for travel. We look for light weight and ease of installation. Every country we’ve visited in Europe has had lower anchors for LATCH/ISOFIX, though top tethers for forward-facing kids are not yet universal; if you’re traveling outside of the developed world you should bring a locking clip just in case and know how to use it. 

The Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System features the Evenflo SafeMax infant car seat, which scored 9.6 in our infant seat ratings. This one is unique in that it’s available with several accessory options for a customizable package. Car seat dimensions are 29” L x 17.5” W x 24” H. Assembled stroller dimensions are 25.5” L x 34” W x 47” H. The car seat carries babies from 4 - 35 pounds, while the stroller’s maximum weight is 50 pounds.

Other reasons you might want to consider the Chicco travel system is its adjustable handle height (perfect for tall parents), memory recline, easy folding mechanism, easy maneuverability and lockable front wheels. It does have a few cons though including a bulky stroller that is not exactly the most practical to use every day. Its storage compartment might also not be huge enough to accommodate phones larger than the regular iPhone. Additionally, you might find it hard to access the storage basket if you attach the car seat to the stroller.
I still remember my first solo catch up with the girls for lunch with a newborn and our old pram, then loading the car in the heavy rain and not being able to work out how to fold it down. I was drenched and thankfully my mummy friend came to the rescue after some muck around. Oh boy! I was in a panic. I thought I was going to have to call hubby to come fold it down!
This model has a regular front seat, a bench seat with a seatbelt that folds out of the way to allow caregivers to access the decent-size storage area, and a standing platform. Both seats can carry up to 40 pounds. The stroller has an optional snack tray for the front seat. Many parents have posted online that this stroller offers a comfortable ride for the older child even when they’re using an infant car seat in front, something that is not true of many other sit-and-stand strollers. The BravoFor2 comes in a standard version and the BravoFor2 LE, the model we tested, which has an extra pad insert for the front seat and a seat pad for the bench seat and costs $20 more. While those add-ons are not necessary, we think they’re worth the extra cost, as they make the riding experience a little more comfortable for both passengers. The LE version is available only at BuyBuy Baby.
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.
The rugged Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller weighs 11.8 pounds and is suitable for kids up to 50 pounds. It boasts easy one-handed folding; and once collapsed, measures 18" x 12" x 34” and stands on its own. This is the ideal purchase for parents with plenty of gear. Tuck your diaper bag into the extra large, easy-access storage basket and your keys into the tray at the top of the push handle. The latter also incorporates two cup holders for Mom and Dad, while a removable child’s tray features a dual cup and juice box holder. Other perks include all-terrain wheels, an extended canopy with a peek-a-boo window and a reclining seat with a five-point safety harness.
Graco SlimFit — The SlimFit is a solid choice for airplane use. At close to 20 pounds, it’s on the heavier side for a travel seat but it installs without too much fuss in all modes upon arrival. It’s a nice option for older children who need a high back booster at their destination — install it in harnessed mode on the plane, then quickly convert it to booster mode upon arrival! The open belt path can sometimes place the airplane’s buckle right behind the child’s back when installed forward facing. Many kiddos find this uncomfortable.
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