Both pushchairs and travel systems give parents the freedom to add an infant car seat to wheels and transport a baby easily and safely outside of the car.

But which one is best?

We asked children’s product manufacturer, Joie, to give their verdict on the great debate. Hopefully, this should make your buying decision a tiny bit easier!

Understanding travel systems and pushchairs

The main difference between the two is that travel systems normally come as a complete package including a pushchair/stroller, infant car seat and fitting accessories. Some pushchairs are not infant carrier compatible or only fit specific brands/models.

Travel systems are very handy when out and about, as you can use the infant carrier car seat to move your sleepy little one from car to stroller and back again without disturbing them. However, you should never leave your infant in a car seat for more than two hours at a time, either in the car or while in travel system mode. Unless they have a lie flat mode like Joie i-level infant car seat.

Travel systems also come in a variety of options and prices, each with their own style and features, so it should be possible to find one to suit both your needs and budget.

In contrast, pushchairs are one element of a travel system and some are capable of taking an infant car seat.

The downside is that when you buy a pushchair separately from the infant carrier, you’ll need to check whether they are compatible with each other. If they aren’t, you’ll then have to think about getting additional adapters to make them fit together.

With this in mind, the travel system package can offer a real advantage to parents as it guarantees that the parts will fit together without any fuss. However, you should always check to see if the infant car seat is compatible with your car before purchasing. Luckily, Halfords offer a free child seat fitting service to make your life a little easier.

Overall, the pushchairs and travel systems debate boils down to personal preference. For instance, if you use your car a lot, a travel system might be the more practical choice as you can easily transport your little one from the car to the pushchair seamlessly.

Bear in mind that the infant carrier on a travel system will only be used until around 12 months. The pushchair part you will then potentially use until around 4 years, so make sure you get the most practical wheels for your lifestyle. Many Joie pushchairs can take an infant carrier. So from a light & compact Joie pact to a more rugged & substantial Litetrax we have one to suite.

If you’re still unsure, you can find out more details about our products on the Halfords website.

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