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Graco UrbanLite Classic Connect Travel System Review

The Graco UrbanLite Classic Connect Travel Systemis the perfect solution for those who want a lightweight stroller with the convenience of a travel system.

SnugRide Classic Connect 30 Infant Car Seat Product Features

The Graco UrbanLite Classic Connect Travel Systemcomes with the SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant car seat. It’s perfect for an infant from five to 30 pounds. Like most car new car seats, it has been crashed tested to meet or exceed the government’s safety requirements. This travel system is recommended by Consumer Reports. It has an energy absorbing foam liner to help with any potential impact management. Also a 5-point harness system comes standard.
Other safety features include a removable infant head and neck support. There is also an adjustable base level indicator to let you know if your infant is reclined in the correct position.

UrbanLite Classic Connect Stroller Product Features

The UrbanLite Classic Connect stroller can hold a child up to 50 lbs. but it’s still lightweight and roomy. You can use either the 3 point or 5 point harness system to accommodate your baby as they grow. There are multiple reclining positions and even allows your baby to lie flat. One of the best features of this stroller is the one hand standing fold. This makes getting your baby in and out of the car so much easier.

The storage basket is really big and will accommodate a standard baby bag. The handle is adjustable to accommodate various heights. The parent’s tray comes with two cup holders. A great thing about the child’s tray is that it can be removed or just pivot open to allow you easy access to your baby.

Pros & Cons

Car Seat Pros

  • Infant insert provides good head support
  • Gender neutral designs available

Seat cons

  • The belts can be tight and hard to adjust

Stroller Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Storage basket is big and roomy
  • Seat reclines completely flat
  • Lightweight and compact with one hand standing fold
  • Handle is adjustable for shorter/taller parents

Stroller Cons

  • No peek-a-boo window in the canopy
  • The seat can only adjust to 3 levels – upright, slight recline, and full/flat recline
  • Have to sit seat up when reclined to get to storage basket
  • Seat must be reclined to click car seat into place

Overall this is a great travel system for parents who want a lightweight system without compromising on the features of a standard travel system.

Baby Stroller Travel Systems Review

The purpose of this website is to help new parents choose the best travel system for you and your baby. Selecting a travel system can be an overwhelming job because there are just so many options to choose from. That’s where we come in. Our aim at Baby Stroller Travel Systems Review is to give an honest assessment of the features, pros and cons on several different top brands of travel systems.

Benefits of a travel system

Cost

When you start researching items that your baby will need, you’ll soon notice how the cost of various items can quickly add up. Purchasing a travel system is a cost effective way to purchase two main items that are needed for a baby..a car seat and a stroller. These items purchased separately can be almost double the cost of a travel system.

Ease of use

When you’re out and about shopping and running errands, the last thing you want to do is wake a sleeping baby. A travel system allows you to easily transport your sleeping baby right from the car to your stroller. Most systems are also easy to fold and transport in your vehicle.

Safety

Most travel systems can accommodate newborns as small as four pounds. They have been safety tested to ensure they meet governmental regulations for crashes. Also some hospitals will not allow you to take your baby home in a convertible car seat because some just aren’t designed for newborns.

Included in the guide are 7 columns:

  • Travel system model – (click to view more details or to purchase)
  • Travel system pictures
  • Weight of car seat – This is the weight of the seat without the base
  • Weight of stroller – This is how much the stroller weighs in pounds
  • Min/max weight of baby – This is the manufacturers recommended minimum and maximum weight of a baby
  • Max height – The maximum height, in inches, that a baby can fit the car seat
  • Price – These are approximate prices on Amazon.com. These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more. Generally the prices are: $ = under $100, $$ = $100 to $200, $$$ = $200 to $300, $$$$ = $300+
  • Rating – The average user rating on Amazon.com. If there were several models of the same travel system, the average of all the systems was calculated.

 

Evenflo Journey 300 Stroller with Embrace 35 Car Seat Review

The Journey 300 with the Embrace 35 Infant Seat is an ideal travel system for the on the go parent. With its unique Stand Hold and Fold™ feature, folding is easy with just one hand.  The Embrace™ 35 LX Infant Seat can accommodate a baby from 4 to 35 lbs. Other great features include a 2 cup parent tray, pivoting child tray, 3-point safety harness, large storage basket and canopy to keep out the sun.

Evenflo Journey 300 with the Embrace 35 Infant Car Seat Product Features

The Evenflo Journey 300 is a great travel system for a parent on the go. The infant seat can accommodate a baby as small as 4 pounds and as large as 35 pounds. This seat is nationally recognized by Safety Advocates for low birth weight babies. It has met or exceeds the Federal Safety Standards side impact tests. The structural integrity of the seat will withstand energy levels approximately 2X the federal crash test standard.

The travel system can be purchased with a car seat base with level indicator. However, the seat can be used with or without a base.  Bases with level indicators are located on both sides to help ensure proper installation of the car seat. The harness adjustments are located on the front to easily adjust to the height of your baby.

Evenflo Journey LX Stroller Product Features

A great feature of this travel system is the Stand Hold and Fold™. Although it does require two hands to fold, the stroller and it stands on its own once it’s closed. This is great when you’re getting in and out of the car and don’t want to lay the stroller down on the ground or prop up against your car. There are multiple reclining seat positions to accommodate your baby’s needs. The stroller comes with a two cup parent tray and a pivoting child tray to allow easy access to your child.

This stroller has plenty of storage under the seat. The storage is large enough to hold a regular size diaper bag. You may notice a smoother ride due to the front and rear wheel suspension system. There are dual foot-activated rear wheel brakes as well a separate brake for the front wheel.

Included accessories

The car seat comes with a standard base. You’ll have to pay extra to get a base with level indicators. The stroller comes with dual parent cup holders and a snack tray.

Pros & Cons

Car seat pros

  • 25% lighter than comparable infant car seats
  • Can be used with or without a base
  • Up-front harness adjustment for easy access
  • Ergonomic easy-to-carry handle
  • Machine-washable car seat pad

Car seat cons

  • Adjustable reclining base is extra
  • Sunshade is small and doesn’t completely cover baby
  • Handle position and clearance requirements can limit room in some cars
  • Buckle operation is stiff

Stroller pros

  • Lots of storage
  • Stroller stands on its own when folded
  • Parent and child cup holder

Stroller cons

  • Takes up a lot of trunk space when folded
  • Parent cup holder is shallow
  • Shade doesn’t completely cover baby’s face

Overall the Evenflo Journey is a good travel system for the budget conscious parent who also likes the convenience of a travel system.

Graco FastAction Fold Classic Connect Travel System Review

SnugRide Classic Connect 30 Infant Car Seat Features

The SnugRide Classic Connect is a Consumer Reports best buy for car seats. The seat has been crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards and side-impact testing for car seats. It also includes an energy absorbing foam liner to help absorb crash impact. A front-adjustable 5 point harness comes standard with this seat. There is also an infant head support cushion to help support smaller babies.

FastAction™ Fold Classic Connect™ Stroller Features

The best feature about the FastAction Fold Classic Connect Stroller is the one-second fold. If you’ve ever tested out strollers in department stores, you know how difficult some stroller can be to open to close. One model I had to read the instructions to figure it out. The stroller has a clearly marked strap that lets you know to put to open and close.

The stroller has multiple recline positions to keep your baby comfortable. It can also accommodate a child up to 50 pounds. For many children that is well past the time spent in strollers. There is also a convertible 3 or 5-point harness system that grows with your child and keeps your baby safe and secure.

Included accessories

The seat comes with a LATCH-equipped adjustable level indicator base, 5 point safety harness and removable infant head support. The stroller comes with a parent’s tray with 2 cup holders as well a child’s tray with a cup holder. You can pivot the tray to remove your child or remove the tray all together.

Pros & Cons

Car Seat Pros

  • Extra side impact padding around the head
  • Straps easily adjust
  • Lightweight seat
  • Gender neutral colors available

Car Seat Cons

  • Takes up a lot of backseat room in a compact car
  • Seat material can make baby warm
  • Large warning sticker stuck to seat
  • Doesn’t secure properly if your car doesn’t have LATCH system
  • May be too small for taller baby

Stroller Pros

  • Extra straps to secure car seat
  • Hold hand, one second fold
  • Large storage basket
  • Parent and child cup holder
  • Adjustable height settings

Stroller Cons

  • The seat doesn’t recline completely flat
  • The recliner adjuster is a drawstring instead of plastic release
  • Bulky when folded

 After reviewing several travel system, I’ve decided to purchase this unit. I feel that it’s safe, a great value for my money and very easy to use.

Baby Trend Expedition ELX Travel System Stroller Review

FEATURES

      • Includes EZ Flex-Loc infant car seat and base
      • Infant car seat accommodates up to 22 pounds
      • Boasts a built in MP3 speakers plug-in in parent tray to listen to your favorite tunes
      • Lockable front swivel wheel for ease of maneuverability
      • All-terrain bicycle tires to accommodate different road conditions
      • Convenient parent tray includes two cup holders and covered compartment storage
      • Extra wide, ergonomically shaped foam padded handle
    • Adjustable canopy with covered sunroof ratchets to block sun and wind to protect your baby from the elements
    • One hand fold reduces stroller to a compact unit
    • Multi-position, reclining, padded seat to allow the baby to rest
    • Fully adjustable 5-point safety harness and tether strap to keep the baby safe and secure
    • Reflectors provide greater low-light visibility
    • Extra-large storage basket
    • Lightweight steel frame construction

     

 

Chicco Cortina Keyfit 30 Travel System Review

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat Product Features

The Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat is one of the best seats overall for balancing crash protection, ease-of-use and vehicle fit. It features one of the best fits for newborns as small as four pounds. The thickly padded infant insert gives extra support for a smaller baby around the head, neck, back and bottom. The carrier shell also has energy absorbing foam for improved impact protection.

It has easy to use LATCH connections that have a simple pull tension to adjust. The seat can be adjusted for the correct position with level guides on both sides of the base. A 5-point harness system comes standard for easy one pull tightening and loosening.

Chicco Cortina Stroller Features

The Chicco Cortina stroller has a lot of nice features that are convenient for mom and dad and make the ride enjoyable for your baby. It features one hand fold, for those times when you really only have one hand available to close your stroller. There is a multiple reclining seat, with memory recline, so it remembers the position you last left it in before folding. The adjustable leg support provides extra comfort for your baby.

The adjustable, removable canopy is water repellent. There is a large basket, which is accessible when the backrest is fully reclined, that provides plenty of storage for all the things your baby needs.  The parent tray is also convenient for smaller items. The linked rear brakes and the 5-point harness provide needed safety for comfort of mind. There is also all-wheel suspension which gives just the right ride for your baby. An adjustable handle make strolling comfortable for moms and dads of various heights.

Pros & Cons

Car seat Pros

  • The straps adjust very easily
  • Cloth lining is easy to remove and wash

Car Seat Cons

  • Carrier becomes heavy as baby gets bigger
  • Takes up a lot of backseat room
  • Doesn’t fit in grocery carts (not recommended)

Stroller Pros

  • Smooth ride
  • Adjustable handle bar
  • Large storage basket
  • One hand fold
  • Locking front wheels

Stroller Cons

  • Bulky and takes up a lot of trunk space
  • Seat is a bit reclined even when in up position
  • Heavy to lift in and out of car

The Chicco Cortina Keyfit is a great choice for parents who are primarily concerned with safety, while still getting the main features of a travel system.

Car Seat Safety Tips

The following information is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

CAR SEAT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHILDREN

  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

Car Seats for Children: Birth to 12 Months

Children under the age of 1 should always ride in a REAR-FACING car seat.

There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only car seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

Car Seats for Children: 1 to 3 Years Old

Keep your 1 to 3 year old children in REAR-FACING car seats for as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep them safe. They should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer.

Once outgrown the rear-facing car seat, they are ready to travel in a FORWARD-FACING car seat with a harness.

 

Car Seats for Children: 4 to 7 Years Old

Keep your 4 to 7 year old children in FORWARD-FACING car seats with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer.

Once they outgrow their forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a BOOSTER SEAT … and still in the back seat.

 

Car Seats for Children: 8 to 12 Years Old

Keep your 8 to 12 year old children in BOOSTER SEATS until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly.

Seat Belts
For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.

Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it is safer there.