Finding the best travel system for your baby can feel a little daunting. After all, they have a big job to do: they need to transport your little one safely while being comfortable to push, relatively portable and hugely versatile. Indeed, they need to be compatible with carrycots, car seats and toddler seats to accommodate your baby from birth well into their toddler years. That’s a lot to think about – and potentially a lot to pay for.
Of course, like buying a car, a lot of it comes down to personal choice and is totally dependent on your circumstances and lifestyle. If you travel a lot and use public transport, you’ll want something lightweight that folds down with minimal effort. More of an off-road adventurer with a dog to walk? Sturdy suspension and durable wheels should be top of your list. Or perhaps size isn’t so much of an issue, which leaves you free to prioritise style over the more practical elements.
Whatever your needs, we’ve rated four of the top baby travel systems on the market to help you make an informed choice for you and your family.
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How to choose the best baby travel system for you
What is a baby travel system?
It’s a do-it-all pushchair with a modular design that allows you to slot in carrycots, car seats and toddler seats as needed. This means you can buy most models in a variety of different packages, ranging from barebones models right through to deluxe versions with everything bundled as standard.
Do I need a baby travel system?
Not necessarily. You could instead choose to buy a separate pushchair with carry cot, a stroller, a third-party car seat – or any combination of products that works for you. The appeal of a travel system is integration and the convenience that brings.
Everything in a travel system is designed to work together, so it potentially means less overlap. For instance, you can just click the car seat onto the travel system chassis and push your baby around town, which saves you transferring your child from a car seat to a pushchair or cot.
How much should I spend?
It’s tempting to assume that the most expensive baby travel systems must be the best, but that’s not always the case. There are a wide variety of choices at all kinds of price points – starting at around £300 and soaring well over £1,000 – so it’s best to think about what your main needs are and work back from there.
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The best baby travel systems to buy in 2021
1.Nuna Triv Caviar: Best for city living
Price: £850 | Buy now from Mamas & Papas
With a single-handed folding mechanism, lightweight design and all-wheel suspension, the Nuna Triv is an ideal travel system for busy city life or regular travel.
The main pram has an easy-to-fold design, a large storage basket underneath and the spacious flip-fold seat has an adjustable leg rest that can easily accommodate a toddler up to the age of around three.
The additional carrycot can be attached for newborns, and the Triv Caviar is compatible with any of Nuna’s PIPA series of car seats. The stroller also comes with lots of thoughtful details such as a wallet slip at the back of the seat, attractive leather detailing and a peekaboo panel along the back of the canopy.
Each piece of this travel set is sold separately so you’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary extras – such as the Isofix attachment – before you hand over your credit card.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable from birth to 22kg max; Wheels: Front swivel wheels; Folded dimensions: 32 x 52 x 65cm (LWH); Unfolded dimensions: 77-87 x 106-110cm (LH); Weight: 8.8kg (without canopy, armbar and insert)
Buy now from Mamas & Papas
2. IckleBubba Eclipse All-In-One: Best affordable travel system bundle
Price: £600 | Buy now from Pram World
If you’re expecting your second baby and already have a toddler in tow, the IckleBubba Eclipse All-In-One Travel System is a smart choice – and given the price, it may be a wise investment if you’re still waiting for your first to arrive.
It comes as an affordable complete set that includes the carrycot, pushchair, car seat and Isofix base. Secondly, the pushchair is designed with an Ickle Bubba Board: a built-in standing board that allows pre-schoolers to hop on for a ride whilst their sibling is safely snuggled up in the carrycot, pushchair, or car seat.
The travel system also comes with some lovely extras such as a full winter foot muff, a smart baby bag that fits neatly on the back handle, an extendable UPF 50+ hood, puncture-proof, high grip tyres and a wallet slip across the back of the buggy seat. The new-born carry cot is also suitable for occasional overnight use.
The pram is a little on the larger side, partly due to the bigger wheels, but this makes it great for more active families who often find themselves in the great outdoors. The only downside is that it doesn’t fold down completely flat which may be slightly cumbersome if you have limited storage space.
Key specs – Age range: Suitable from birth to approximately 4 years old; Wheels: Lockable front 360-degree swivel wheels; Folded dimensions: 58 x 80 x 37cm (WLH); Unfolded dimensions: 58 x 116 x 106cm (WLH); Weight: 8.6kg (chassis with wheels)
Buy now from Pram World
3. Micralite GetGo: Best for affordable style and great design
Price: From £495 | Buy now from Micralite
The Micralite GetGo is a classy travel system that’s suitable from birth through to toddlers weighing up to 22kg. You can buy it as a barebones pushchair (£495), or you can buy a bundle (£675) which comes with a carrycot. Whichever package you opt for, Silver Cross-compatible car seat adapters are included, so you can take