Ever since the arrival of my second child, it never ceases to amaze me how something so small needs so much stuff just to make it through a short outing comfortably and safely. Although I never had the luxury of one myself, many other parents I know found baby travel systems a simple way to make taking baby out and about a less arduous task.
Baby travel systems are a combination of items that fit together to help you move your baby around with ease. Systems are usually comprised of a stroller, car seat and carry cot. The mums and dads that I know who swear by baby travel systems love them because they enable you to move your baby without waking them. For anyone who has had problems getting their baby to sleep or ever dealt with an overtired bub knows that this in itself makes these systems a worthwhile investment.
When I was searching for the car seat and stroller best for me, I decided to steer clear of baby travel systems because I didn’t want to be locked-into using the same brand for all of my baby things. This was a choice based on my budget, style preferences, needs and my perception of the quality and usefulness of the individual components that comprise baby travel systems.
Many of the baby travel systems I saw came with things that I didn’t want or need, like change bags and boot covers. I found it cheaper to just mix and match the items I needed, which I narrowed down a stroller, car seat and infant carrier. The strollers that were part of a system were lightweight and compact but I didn’t think that they looked particularly sturdy or long-lasting which I thought was important considering how much wear and tear this item would have to endure.
When choosing baby things, another reason I didn’t go for a travel system was because I didn’t like the idea of a carry cot, firstly because I didn’t think I would use one for long enough to justify the purchase. The second reason was that I thought it would be cumbersome and awkward carrying one around, especially while shopping. This is why I chose an infant carrier instead – the closeness of wearing your baby usually puts them to sleep while allowing you to have two hands free.
Whether you choose to buy individual travel pieces or baby travel systems, shopping for baby things, particularly for your first one, is like navigating a minefield: your purchases will either be hit or miss. Some of the baby things you buy will be utterly useless while you will find others to be indispensable. It’s all part of the learning process of becoming a parent.