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What is a travel system?
A travel system is a capsule car seat which clicks into your pram. Many parents believe this is a handy option as when your baby falls asleep in the car you can easily transfer them to your pram (or inside the house) without waking them up.
Capsules can only be used for bub up to six to 12 months so often it's an additional purchase as you'll still need a car seat once they outgrow their capsule.
It's important to remember that babies shouldn't be left in any car seat for a long period of time and are at an increased risk of SIDS if left in a sitting position, so keep the capsule usage for short trips or naps only.
In Australia, there is a mandatory safety standard for all car seats. Always ensure your car seat meets these requirements, especially if buying second hand.
• Check the seat as a tag showing certification to the Australian standard AS/NZS 1754 (either 2004, 2010 or 2013).
• By law babies under six months must be in a rearward facing car seat or capsule.
Here, the Bounty Editors reveal the best travel systems on the block.
The Strider Compact stroller is leaner, lighter and smoother.
The Steelcraft Strider Compact Deluxe, $589, has one or two child capacity, interchangeable seat, infant carrier and bassinet, it is the perfect travel system stroller for new or experienced mums. The Strider accommodates the Strider Compact Bassinet, Strider Compact Second Seat and up to two Steelcraft Infant Carriers (all sold separately).
The Joie Pact Flex Signautre is a luxe and lightweight stroller with a tiny fit-anywhere flat fold.
The Joie Pact Flex Signature, $399, is a two in one system that fits matching Joie signature carriers (sold separately from $249). Includes a carry bag, rain cover, plus adapters for compatible Joie™ Gemm™ infant capsule car seats. It's a luxe and lightweight stroller with a tiny fit-anywhere flat fold.
Once the Chicco Bravo is closed the fold handle doubles as a carry handle. Good thinking!
The Chicco Bravo Travel System – Genesis, $1,095.95, accepts all Chicco KeyFit and Fit2 car seats (sold separately) with a click-in attachment. The stroller seat and backrest detach easily in one piece, along with the canopy, leaving behind a lightweight frame carrier for the car seat. It's just as easy to reattach so older babies can switch between car seat and stroller.
The Zelia stroller seat transforms into a bassinet, it is the perfect 2-in-1 stroller.
The Maxi Cosi Zelia 2-in-1 Bassinet Stroller, $499 fits any Maxi-Cosi infant capsule (sold separately) to create a Travel System with the car (adapters included). The strollers is suitable from newborn to approxiamately four years old (20kg) and features multiple position recline with full layback.
With all wheel suspension and all-terrain tires, the City Mini GT2 is suitable for any terrain.
The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2, $799, can be turned into a travel system with the included City Go™ infant car seat adapters. With an easy one-hand fold, the City Mini GT2 is compact and easy to store. You can even fold the stroller with the adapter attached!