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Pockit Lightweight Stroller

About Pockit Lightweight Stroller Review -Which Company Manufactures It?

Pockit Lightweight Stroller is manufactured by GoodBaby International Holdings Limited, based in China.

It is known to be the world’s smallest stroller, measuring a ridiculous 11.8 x 7 x 13.8 inches when folded. In 2014 received the Guinness World Record for the most compact stroller. Additionally, it also won the iF DesignGold Award, a prestigious global-wide recognition for excellent design, in 2016.

The Price Of Pockit Lightweight Stroller 

GB Pockit is the most affordable of all GB stroller models and is currently retailing at about $135 on Amazon.

Features

Size

GB Pockit is a slim stroller that measures 28 in x 17.5 in x 39.8 in fully assembled. But it collapses to an incredibly tiny 11.8 in x 7.1 in x 13.8 in a pack, which doesn’t take much storage space. This makes the Pockit a great solution for people with small cars or those using public transport as it easily fits in overhead luggage bins in the bus or train or plane.

Weight 

Besides the tiny fold, the GB pocket weighs a mere 9.5 lbs; hence easy to lift up the stairs, carry on your shoulder when traveling, and have two hands-frees to carry your little one or groceries or bags. It is very convenient if you have a toddler who enjoys walking and only needs to be pushed in the stroller when they get tired.

Self-standing fold

GB Pockit self-standing when folded, which is very neat.

Seat 

GB Pockit is designed for use with toddlers from 6 months up to 55 lbs. The seat doesn’t have much padding, but it is still comfortable, and the fabrics are soft to the touch. It has quite a tall backrest (about 24 inches), making it perfect for taller or older kids. Note that this stroller doesn’t recline, so it’s not the best for napping. Also, the seat stays in a semi-incline, so if your kid loves to sit straight, this may not be the best stroller for them. There is also no footrest either.

It has a 5 point harness to secure your child, and the shoulder and crotch straps are padded for comfort.

Lockable Front Swivel Wheels

The GB Pockit has four small dual wheels that roll smoothly. Lockable front swivel wheels ensure the stroller rolls smoothly and maneuvers easily even on bumpy sidewalks-not rough terrains because they don’t have suspension.

Sun canopy

The canopy on this stroller is very small, so it doesn’t provide any meaningful coverage or protection.

Storage basket 

The underneath storage basket is also very small. It can only carry small essential items, not anything as large as a diaper bag or shopping bag. But, it’s easily accessible from the front and back.

Pros

  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Rolls smoothly and is easy to maneuver
  • Ultra-compact fold
  • Removable and machine washable fabric
  • Doesn’t require any assembly

Cons

  • Small canopy, doesn’t provide much coverage
  • The storage basket is really small

Installation Instructions – And Manual

GB Pockit stroller doesn’t need any installation as it comes pre-assembled, you are only advised to wash the fabric before use and that’s it. If you want to check out or download the manual, you can get it here

Weight Limit and Dimensions

GB Pockit is for older toddlers from 6 months up to 55 pounds

It measures 28 in x 17.5 in x 39.8 in fully assembled and 11.8 in x 7.1 in x 13.8 in at its most compact fold.

Adapters and Car Seat Compatibility – Which Car Seats Are Compatible With Pockit Lightweight Stroller

Pockit Lightweight stroller does not accept any car seat.

Pockit Lightweight Stroller With Travel Bag – Does It Come With Travel Bag?

Pockit Lightweight stroller does not include a travel bag

Varieties and colors – only black in color

The stroller is available in two black variations: Monument black and Velvet black.

How to Open, Close and how to Fold 

Opening the GB Pockit stroller is so much easier than closing, and it involves the following easy steps.

  1. Release the latch
  2. Using the handles open outwards
  3. Squeeze the white trigger buttons on the handles
  4. Flip it forward to get it to an extended height

How to close

  • Fold back the canopy
  • Fold-down the rear wheels and tuck them up and under into the frame
  • Squeeze the white trigger buttons on the handles as you push straight downwards on the stroller
  • Shove the stroller to collapse
  • Pull in by the handles towards the middle to fold the collapsed stroller in half
  • Secure the latch

Twins Strollers With Two Car Seats

Are you looking for the best strollers for your twins? This can be a difficult task, especially when looking for strollers that can also accept two car seats because they are so few in the market. But, we are here to help you, and after combing the internet, we compiled a shortlist of the best double strollers that will accommodate your twins and car seats and provide all the nice features that you would desire to make your parenting life a lot easier.

Basically, double strollers also come in two types of styles: side by side, where the kids sit next to each other, or tandem, where one kid sits behind the other or faces each other. The tandem configuration is commonly used with a toddler and an infant, but it can work with twins if you can get a stroller that accepts two identical seats. On our list, you will find both styles, and strollers for both flat terrain and all-terrain, and a price tag that befits everyone’s budget.

Here are the best twin strollers that accept two car seats in the market.

Reviews of Twins Strollers With Two Car Seats

1. Contours V2 Convertible Double Stroller

This is one of the most affordable double strollers in the market ($400 range) and the cheapest on this list, but it packs many impressive features. It is perfect to use with infant twins up to 40 pounds each. We loved that it is compatible with a wide range of infant car seat brands, so you won’t have a hard time selecting compatible car seats. Some twin strollers will only accept car seats from their manufacturer. But, you need to buy universal adapters separately for most car seats and some brands such as Graco, Chicco, Maxi-Cosi/Nuna, and Britax also require brand-specific adapters.

This double stroller has a tandem-seat configuration, and it is very versatile, allowing you to position the seats in up to 7 styles. Some like face-to-face, face-to-forward, and face backward work really well with twins. Your kids will also be comfortable because you can recline the seats to near the flat, and the footrest is also adjustable.

The stroller is specially designed to give a user-friendly experience, the most notable aspects being the wheels and braking system. It features the never-flat tires made of EVA so you will never have a puncture, and the rear wheels are rubber coated to give a smoother ride. It has dynamic suspension for both front and rear wheels. For the braking system, it is sandal friendly and easy to use. Stepping forward on the brake activates it while stepping back releases it. 

The strollers also feature separate canopies for each child, and we like that because one baby can be snoozing while the other wants to explore the world. The canopies are also expandable and have a mesh peek-a-boo window with magnetic closures so you can check on your angels as you journey along. It also has a decent-sized storage basket that is easily accessible. And, there is a side zipper access, which is ingenious! For accessories, you get a parent cup holder for your beverage.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is a heavy stroller. But, your troubles are lessened because it folds up and auto locks easily and with both seats still fixed, so at least you don’t have to remove the car seats. You can also easily detach the wheels to make it more compact if you want to cut down storage space. Once folded, it is self-standing, keeping it neat and clean.

Lastly, if you plan on taking your twins to Disney, there is no need to hassle for a suitable stroller. Contour Option Elite meets the requirements when the front seat is facing the parent.

Features

  • Stroller weight: 34 pounds
  • Weight limit: 40 pounds per seat
  • 8 seating configurations
  • Five-point harness
  • Reclining seat
  • Parent cup holder
  • Storage basket
  • Independently adjustable canopies with peek-a-boo windows
  • Disney size approved
  • Dynamic front and rear wheel suspension
  • Multi-brand car seat compatibility with adapters (car seats and adapters sold separately)

Pros

  • High quality and stylish
  • Sturdy
  • Easy assembly
  • Reclining seats and adjustable footrest for comfort
  • Large basket with a zippered side pocket for easy access
  • Quick and easy folding and unfolding
  • Wheels can be removed for more compact storage
  • Great pricing

Cons 

  • Heavy
  • Though the handle is contoured, the height is not adjustable
  • Reviewers complain that the parent cup holder is too small, unstable, and unusable
  • Hard to maneuver, especially with heavy children
  • It doesn’t come with a child’s tray

2. Mountain Buggy Nano Duo

If you live in the city and have infant twins that you would just love to pamper the best way possible, get this stroller. It is another affordable option (price range between $390- $ 480), but the quality is excellent and has amazing features. It is also an excellent choice for a travel double stroller.

Can you believe that it is just 20 pounds? Yes, this is the lightest double stroller we have seen. Most double strollers weigh between 25 to 45 pounds, so this one is super convenient for running errands, and it accepts two identical infant car seats. Plus, it is compatible with the most popular car seats so that you can use them right from birth. (Both car seats and adapters are sold separately) The only trade-off is that the maximum weight limit is 33 pounds for each baby, so your kids will use it for less than four years.

This umbrella stroller is very comfortable for your twins. It lets them sit side by side, and the 26 inches tall seats can recline deeply for naps while on the move. Each seat also has an adjustable footrest and three-panel adjustable canopies for protection against the sun.

Remember we mentioned pampering your sweet bunnies? Well, the Nano Duo has a really cool accessory for your newborns they call a “Cocoon,” which is a comfy gear that you attach to the strollers without needing adapters for your babies to lie snugly (you will need two for your twins). The other advantage to you is that if your babies are fast asleep, you can just pick them up in their cocoons without waking them. Plus, the cocoon has a canopy to keep your babies’ protected from the sun.

This stroller has non-flat wheels made of EVA and is only good for use on even terrains such as sidewalks, streets, malls, airports, etc. The front wheel can also swivel and lock for better maneuverability and stability. The rear wheels have suspension to give smoother rides for your little passengers.

One area that the Nano Duo beats the rest is having the tiniest fold. It has a tri-fold done in two easy steps into a small size that you can carry over your shoulder with the attached strap or store in a less spacious trunk. It is also self-standing when folded.

It also has not so spacious storage compared to the others but still enough to get you by.

Features

  • Stroller weight: 20 pounds
  • Maximum weight recommendation per child: 33 pounds
  • Compact fold with carrying straps
  • Independent reclining seats
  • Cocoon Accessory (sold separately)
  • Compatible car seats: Mountain Buggy, Graco, Phil&teds, Peg Perego, Cybex, Nuna, Maxi Cosi
  • Canopy
  • Extra-large basket

Pros

  • Smallest fold
  • One-handed maneuverability
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Great for travel with attached carrying straps
  • Easily fits through standard doorways
  • Seats can recline for comfort
  • Comes in several color options

Cons 

  • Expensive
  • Your child will outgrow it fast
  • It is complicated to fold; you need a bit of practice
  • Doesn’t have peek-a-boo windows
  • Doesn’t have an adjustable handle
  • Doesn’t have accessories like parent and child tray

3. Peg Pegero Book For Two

Some reviewers remarked that this stroller feels like a luxurious car. The quality is superb, the style is on point, and it offers a great user experience. Though it is a bit expensive ($650 range), you will get to use it for a good number of years as it accommodates a weight of up to 45 pounds per kid. Note that it only accepts Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35 infant car seats.

It has large never-flat wheels and suspension that enables it to glide smoothly on different terrains, although it is most suitable for flat terrains in the city. Plus, the handlebar is cushioned and is adjustable to different heights allowing even very tall or short people to push easily.

This stroller is great for everyday use and travel. It is only 29 inches wide, enabling it to maneuver crowded sidewalks and standard doorways. That said, the seats are also narrower and may be too tight for chubby kids. It also folds inwards to self-stand, remaining neat and clean. For a more compact fold, you can remove the wheels.

This stroller provides all that you and your twins will need. The seats can recline independently to allow either kid to keep enjoying the view or to nap. There is a separate canopy for each child with a mesh peek-a-boo window to keep your eye on them and also provide airflow to prevent overheating in the sweltering summer heat. There are also pockets to keep handy items like wipes, keys, wallet, etc, and a spacious basket to keep a diaper bag and other items you may need. We also love that the bumper bar is removable to allow your kids to get in and out easily.

Features

  • Stroller weight: 30 pounds
  • Maximum weight per child: 45 pounds
  • Adjustable handlebar height
  • Independent reclining seats
  • Canopies with mesh peek-a-boo windows and magnetic closures
  • Non-flat wheels with suspension
  • Folds inwards
  • Back storage pockets and large underneath basket
  • Compatible with Primo Viaggio 4/35 car seats only

Pros

  • High-quality materials and construction
  • One-handed steering
  • Easy folding and unfolding mechanism
  • Spacious storage
  • Wheels do not need inflating
  • Wheels can be removed for compact storage

Cons 

  • Very pricey
  • Heavy
  • Doesn’t come with accessories such as trays, cup holders, or rain cover
  • Occupies a large space even when folded
  • Doesn’t accept other car seat brands except for Primo Viaggio 4/35 infant car seats

4. Bumbleride Indie Twin

Double strollers that accept identical car seats are so few in the market, and joggers are even much harder to get. The Bumbleride Indie Twin is perhaps the best all-terrain double stroller; it provides you with tons of great features, not-so-expensive pricing considering it’s a double stroller for all-terrain ($800 range), and great looks to boot. It was upgraded in 2020, and the new version has superior fabrics and materials and new colors you will love. It is also more eco-friendly as it does not contain toxic chemicals and uses water-resistant fabrics made from recycled fishing nets and plastics collected from the ocean.

While this stroller is definitely heavy, it has large 12-inch air-filled tires and all-wheel suspension that cruise all terrains like a breeze. Don’t worry about puncture; the pump is included. Reviewers have found it easy to steer on one hand. Plus, it has a handlebar with adjustable height to make it even more comfortable to push regardless of your height.

This stroller is perfect for twins because it accepts two car seats of the same size and two bassinets. With adapters (sold separately), it accepts car seats from Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, and Nuna. This means you can use it right from birth and into toddlerhood because it carries up to a maximum weight of 90 pounds for both kids. Being a jogger, it has a strap for your wrist and 5 point harness for safety.

With two kids on the road, an ideal stroller should be able to provide a large enough storage area for all your necessities. The Bumbleride Indie Twin is unbeatably generous. The under-storage basket is extra-large, and there are also pockets in the back as additional storage for drinks, snacks, toys, etc.

It also has comfort features like infinite recline, adjustable footrest, and a pop-out extendable canopy with UPF 45+ protection that unzips to give way to a mesh peek-a-boo window. And lastly, it has a one-step fold and auto-lock into a self-standing position and has carrying handles.

Features

  • Stroller weight: 36 pounds
  • Maximum weight capacity: 45 pounds per child
  • All-terrain wheels with suspension
  • Eco-friendly materials
  • 5point harness
  • Handlebar with adjustable height
  • Wrist strap
  • Canopies with UPF 45+ protection and mesh peek-a-boo windows when unzipped
  • Extra-large storage baskets and pockets

Pros

  • High quality and durable
  • Smoothest one hand gliding
  • Luxurious super-soft fabrics
  • Uses environmentally friendly materials, some of which are recycled to reduce pollution
  • Easy folding mechanism
  • Easy to assemble
  • Ample storage with extra-large basket and tons of pockets
  • Fits through standard doorways

Cons 

  • Expensive
  • Not the smallest, even when folded
  • Heaviest on this list
  • It is a bit small for toddler twins

5. UPPAbaby VISTA V2

This is the most expensive stroller on this list ($900 range), but you will love its versatility, excellent functionality, and top-notch quality. Like all UPPAbaby Vista products, this stroller is for those who love a gear that turns heads and lasts through generations. The V2 has had an improved look since early 2020, and it now looks more stunning than ever with new premium colors and leather fabrics, and even more impressive performance.

This stroller can function as a single stroller (with one child in the main seat) or attach what the company calls the Rumble Seat to convert to a double for your twins. You also have an option of adding the Piggyback Ride-Along Board if you have an older 3rd child. The Rumble Seat and Piggyback Ride-Along Board are sold separately. Note that the Rumble seat has a lesser carrying capacity (35 pounds) than the toddler seat (50 pounds), so if you want a stroller that will grow with your twins into their toddlerhood, this may not be a suitable option.

One of its outstanding features is that it comes along with a bassinet for free! The bassinet is also of high quality and has a mattress, removable and breathable mattress pad with a vented base, and its own UPF 50+ sun canopy. The canopy unzips to reveal a mesh window for additional airflow. You can use the bassinet for overnight sleep or naps during the day with a newborn of up to 20 pounds. In the case of twins, you only need to buy an extra bassinet and probably stands to keep the bassinet off the floor.

Again, Vista V2 is very versatile and great for twins and kids of different ages as well. It can accept two infant car seats, two bassinets, two toddler seats, or you can combine any of these gears depending on your needs. We also loved that it accepts UPPAbaby Mesa car seat without using an adapter and many other brands such as Chicco, Clek Living, Cybex, Nuna PIPA, Maxi-Cosi, and Peg Perego with adapters, so if you already own any of these car seats, you should be good to go.

Whether you are using it as a single or double stroller or with the Rumble seat or bassinet, the V2 allows a wide range of seating configurations. Both the main seat and Rumble seats have similar features except for the weight capacity difference. They are reversible, so you can have them facing you or outwards. They can also recline into six positions, and the footrest moves along with the backrests providing your little ones with a relaxing space to nap. They also have a bumper bar, a removable canopy with extendable UPF 50+ protection, and a bug shield. The canopy can be unzipped to reveal mesh peek-a-boo windows for monitoring and breathability.

V2 is also very user-friendly. It has excellent all-wheel suspension for bump-free rides and an easy-to-operate sandal-friendly foot brake. It also has a telescoping handlebar with adjustable height to suit users of different heights. It also folds to self-standing in one simple step.

Lastly, it offers you the largest storage basket ever. With 30 pounds capacity, you can carry the diaper bag, blankets, water bottles, etc. It also has a pocket to keep small valuable items like a phone, keys, and wallet.

Features

  • Stroller weight: 26.6 pounds (single) and 32.6 pounds (double)
  • Maximum weight capacity: Toddler seat 50 pounds & Rumble seat-35 pounds
  • One free bassinet
  • Six reclining positions
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Self-standing fold
  • Extendable UPF 50+ canopies with peek a boo windows
  • Extra-large basket
  • Multi-car seat compatibility with adapters and with UPPAbaby Mesa without adapters

Pros

  • A free bassinet
  • Top-notch quality fabric
  • Aesthetically appealing designs
  • Removable fabrics for easy cleaning
  • Durable construction
  • One-handed smooth gliding and maneuvering
  • Great for growing families
  • Easy folding mechanism
  • Canopy with UPF50+, bug and rain protection, and mesh peek-a-boo window
  • Generous storage basket

Cons 

Graco Ready2grow LX 2.0 Double Stroller

Graco Ready2grow review by Ashley Davis of 10BabyGear
Graco Ready2grow (link to Amazon)

About Graco Brand

Graco was originally a manufacturer of car parts based in the US, but in the 50’s they started manufacturing juvenile products. They were the first to make an automatic swing for children, the Swyngomatic, in 1955 and then in 1987 came up with the first playpen, famously known as Pack’N’Play.

Today, Graco has a huge collection of children’s products, including car seats, strollers, play yards, baby swings, and high chairs, and boasts a worldwide market.

About Graco Ready2grow

Graco Ready2Grow LX is an innovative tandem stroller with an updated look and upgraded features. (The frame has a more diagonal design, easier fold mechanism, and softer fabrics). You can read more about it on Graco’s website here.

The stroller comes with two stroller seats that can accept two Graco infant car seats, making for a great option for twins or siblings close in age. The back seat can be removed to convert to a bench seat or a standing platform for the bigger child to ride along. The front seat has multiple recline options for your baby’s comfort.

The rear seat allows close interactions with your baby, while the lower seat allows easy in and out for your toddler.

Dimensions and Weight Limit 

Size unfolded: 25.63 x 48 x 47.38 inches

Folded: 42.75 x 25.62 x 14.5 inches

Weight: 26 pounds

Weight limit: up to 50 pounds in the front seat, up to 40 pounds in the rear seat

Features

12 riding positions

Graco Ready2grow LX 12 riding options are one of its top-selling features. Choose to use the two stroller seats, two infant seats, front and standing platform, bench seat and standing platform, infant car seat and one stroller seat, bench seat and the rear seat, and more.

With the 12 riding combinations, the Graco Ready2Grow LX stroller provides many options that work with twins, kids of different ages, and parents who love the versatility.

Lockable swivel front wheels 

The swiveling front wheels enable the stroller to roll smoothly and maneuver easily, while the built-in suspension provides comfortable riding on bumpy surfaces.

Brakes

The Graco Ready2Grow LX has an impressive one-step parking brake system where the pedals and the brakes are linked, so you just have to step down once to engage both brakes. Flip the pedal back, and you are ready to move.

Harness

The stroller comes with a 5 point harness for both seats. When the seats are removed to access the bench seat or standing platform, the 5 point harness converts into a 3 point harness, keeping both kids secured during rides when seated or standing. Plus, the harness straps have padded covers for comfort.

Convenient features

  • One-handed fold- the stroller easily folds down on one hand, and an automatic lock secures the fold for easier transportation. Plus, it stands on its own too.
  • Storage basket- Graco Ready2Grow has impressive storage space to keep all the essential stuff you and your kids need on your outing.
  • Child and parent tray- the stroller provides you with a removable child tray with cup holders to keep the bottles within easy reach for your toddler. Additionally, there is also a parent tray on the rear for your water, smartphone keys, and the likes.

Canopy

Graco Ready2Grow comes with two generously sized canopies to provide sufficient sun protection for both kids.

Easy to clean

Seat cushions for the Graco Ready2Grow are easily removable and machine washable. The stroller frame can be wiped down with warm soapy water.

Pros

  • Highly versatile with 12 different riding configurations
  • Added body support keeps your baby comfortable
  • One-handed fold and automatic lock system for easy storage and transportation 
  • Plenty of storage space and removable trays with cup holders
  • Large removable canopies with visor for sufficient protection 
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Too long even when folded, so it takes a lot of trunk space
  • No side by the side seating arrangement

How to Install And Manual/Instructions

Graco Ready2Grow LX is super easy to assemble. Most reviewers remark it took them under 15 minutes to set it up. If you want to familiarize yourself before purchasing, the manual is available online for download on this link.

Graco Ready2grow Lx Double Stroller Positions

The Graco Ready2Grow LX stroller offers up to 12 riding positions for two kids from infancy to youth, making it easy to get about with your family. With a front seat, a bench seat, a rear seat, and a standing platform, there are many seating options to keep your children safe, comfortable, and within reach while on the move.

Read a comparison of Graco Duoglider and Ready2grow here

How to Fold 

Folding is straightforward and quick. Here is how to:

  1. First, you will need to remove the car seat if you have it installed
  2. Fold both umbrellas down to the front
  3. Push the front seat forward as well
  4. Push in the slide button on the handlebar and twist the handle while pushing forward
  5. The stroller will collapse on itself

Which Car Seats Are Compatible With Graco Ready2grow Lx Double Stroller

This stroller connects only with Graco SnugRide Click Connect infant car seats.

What Is The Difference Between Graco Ready2grow and Ready2grow Lx?

Both standard and LX versions are very similar, the only difference being that the LX version has headrests and soft harness covers, and visors on the canopies.

Is Graco Ready2grow Lx Double Stroller Compatible with Chicco Keyfit?

No, Chicco Keyfit has very different dimensions so it can fit.

Best All-Terrain Strollers (Lightweight, Double, Budget) 2021

If you are looking for strollers that can handle all kinds of terrain including off-road sections without a hassle, then this article is for you. Read on to find which one best suits your needs.

Reviews of the Best Off-Road Strollers in the Market

Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

This is one of the best strollers in the market. It has decent quality, packs lots of nice features with reasonable pricing.

Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller has three large air-filled wheels with a shock absorption system so you are able to negotiate any terrain smoothly. The front wheel can swivel or lock in place to run faster. As a bonus, it comes with a tire pump to ensure you are without worries about a puncture no matter where your adventures take you and even a special pocket to stash it in the basket.

This is one of the lightest jogger strollers at just 26 pounds but also sturdy with an aluminum frame. It has also received much praise that it steers easily, on one hand, making it a convenient choice for everyday strolls around your neighborhood, hiking, and more.

The stroller has a weight limit of up to 75 pounds so it can carry a lot of stuff and we love that it is compatible with plenty of infant car seats including Graco, Chicco, Britax, Cybex, Maxi-Cosi, UPPAbaby, and Peg Perego. This allows you to use it with infants (for walks not jogging) but you must have the right adapters for the car seat. Without the car seat, the minimum recommended age is three months when at least your baby can support their head. You can also read our reviews of top jogging strollers in the market today

It features a multi-position seat recline and a large adjustable canopy to ensure your child is comfortable through the rides. A large plastic peek-a-boo window makes it easy to keep an eye on your baby. Also, the seat is placed higher than most other strollers, so your baby gets a better view. There is also a parent tray, mesh pockets that are sewn into the canopy, and large undercarriage storage so you can carry your refreshments and other essentials conveniently.

The stroller folds in half and auto-locks to make it easier to store. If you need it more compact you can remove the wheels. It is also easy to maintain as the fabric requires only a wipe down with soapy water.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Includes a tire pump
  • High quality and durable
  • Compatible with many car seat brands with the right adapters
  • One-handed smooth maneuverability
  • The handlebar is perfect for average and tall parents
  • Infinite recline to a near-flat position
  • Plenty of storage
  • A large canopy

Cons 

  • Large hence not the best for tight spaces
  • The handlebar is not adjustable
  • Brakes require some force to press and release

Graco FastAction Fold Jogging Stroller

This stroller is for those looking for a jogger stroller that can be used as a travel system. With a Graco car seat, the Click Connect technology allows you to connect the seat to this stroller without an adapter, so you are ready to go in a matter of seconds.

The stroller has big rubber tires that are air-filled to handle any terrain smoothly. The front wheel can swivel or lock allowing an easy transition between strolling and jogging.

This stroller provides you with plenty of places to stash you and your little ones’ necessities. There is a parent organizer with a covered compartment, two cup holders, and a spot for your smartphone. Your child also has a cup holder that can be removed for easier entry into the stroller. For additional items, there is a spacious undercarriage basket.

You will also enjoy the fast-folding action which is triggered on one hand to have the stroller fold and auto-lock to self-standing in seconds. Wheels can be detached easily for a more compact fold if you have limited space on your car trunk. The stroller has a maximum weight capacity of 50 pounds and weighs 35 pounds.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable
  • Smooth gliding and maneuvering
  • Quick folding one-handed mechanism
  • ClickConnect mechanism attaches Graco car seat to stroller without using an adapter
  • Provides parent organizer and child’s tray
  • Decent sized adjustable canopy with peek-a-boo window
  • Affordable pricing

Cons 

  • Heavy and bulky
  • The handlebar is too tall for short people about 40″ tall to push comfortably
  • The phone holder is too small, some smartphones may not fit

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Single Stroller

Baby Jogger GT2 stroller is such a great and versatile stroller. It features a sleek design, fashionable leatherette detailing, and a posh seat for a luxurious riding experience.

The stroller has three all-terrain wheels and suspension for agility and smooth rides. The tires are made of forever air rubber, which means you will never have to deal with the inconvenience of having a puncture or carrying tire pumps everywhere you go. Many reviewers have found that it is a breeze to steer and maneuvers easily.

The stroller has many features that make it user-friendly. It has a hand-operated parking brake which is easy to engage and allows easier control. The handlebar height is adjustable to your comfort level. It folds compactly easily on one hand and even includes a carrying handle. The stroller is also super lightweight than most others so you will find it easy to transfer in and out of your car. It also provides a generous storage basket underneath to carry all your necessities. We have compared super lightweight strollers in this post here.

Again it has a luxurious seat that can recline to almost flat when your child needs to nap. Calf support has padding for comfort and allows the child especially those with longer legs to sleep with legs up or down. In the middle, there is a belly bar where your child can grip as they ride. It also has a large canopy to keep your child protected from the sun and a peek-a-boo window allowing you to keep an eye on them.

It is compatible with the Baby Jogger Car seat and comes with adapters. It has a weight limit of 65 pounds.

Pros

  • High quality and durable
  • Easy to steer and maneuver
  • Large canopy with peek-a-boo window and silently operated magnetic attachments
  • Adjustable handlebar is comfortable for people of different heights
  • Near flat recline and adjustable padded leg, rest allows more relaxing posture when riding
  • Uses an easy one-hand folding mechanism
  • Easy to use hand-operated brake
  • Easy to transport with carrying handle

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not self-standing when folded
  • Doesn’t have cup holders

Chicco Activ3 Air Jogging Stroller, Q Collection

Chicco Activ3 Air Jogging stroller is great as an everyday stroller to use around your neighborhood, streets, sidewalks, malls, etc. It has all-terrain tires with shocks but they are foam-filled. The front wheel can swivel and lock which makes it a suitable jogging stroller on even terrains. A hand brake in the control console allows easy control and steering. And the push handle adjusts to three positions to allow both short and tall parents to push comfortably.

This stroller is best suited for a toddler due to its large and spacious seating, but you can also use it with your infant as a travel system. The stroller is compatible with Chicco KeyFit and Fit2 car seats with appropriate adapters and reviewers are impressed that the car seat clicks right in without a hassle.

The seat has 3D Air Mesh to increase breathability and it can recline to multiple positions for comfort. There is also a bump bar for support and safety when you are using without the infant car seat. An extendable canopy keeps the sun from your baby’s eyes and a peek-a-boo window lets you check on them as they ride.

The stroller also provides dual cup holders to keep your beverages at hand and a basket with ample storage underneath to keep everything else. It also has a tether strap to keep the stroller from rolling away accidentally. Once, you are done with your strolling, the whole unit collapses into three configurations with quick-release wheels on just one hand.

The stroller weighs 27.50 pounds and has a maximum weight capacity of 50 pounds. If convenience is what you seek, it will meet your need but it doesn’t have longevity due to the low weight limit.

Pros

  • Smooth steering and easy to maneuver
  • Easy folding
  • Large storage basket
  • Breathable fabrics keep your child cool
  • An adjustable handlebar for comfort when pushing

Cons 

  • Materials feel cheap quality compared to other strollers
  • Bulky even when folded
  • Doesn’t have a child tray
  • Low weight limit

BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller is pricey but it gives you excellent value for your money. It is feature-packed and unbeatable high weight capacity of up to 75 pounds or 44 inches in height. You can also use it from birth with BOB, Britax, and other popular infant car seat brands.

This stroller is the best for seriously active runners and those who love hiking. It has large air-filled tires with a mountain bike-style suspension system to handle even the most challenging terrains without jostling your child around. The front-wheel swivels or locks when needed. Nine positions adjustable handlebar ensures that anyone whether short or tall can push the stroller comfortably on one hand. It comes with a tether strap for your wrist to keep the stroller from rolling away. Moreover, the Lunar Black option uses ultra-reflective fabric for safety at night.

Your child will enjoy riding in this stroller. The seat is ultra-padded and reclines to near flat to allow napping or fully upright so your child can enjoy viewing the surrounding. This is really exceptional as with most jogger strollers, the seat always has a slight recline even when upright which is not very comfortable. The canopy is large and reviewers are glad that the improved version has ventilation and magnetic closure. There are also many zippered pockets to stash drinks, snacks, toys, smartphones, keys, and any other small items that you and your child need as well as a large basket on the bottom for the larger items.

The fold requires both hands and two steps, but it is easy to do. Also, it is not the most compact because you will need to lock it by strapping, which is one extra thing to do and it doesn’t stand on its own. Still, it is only a small inconvenience considering all its other benefits.

Pros

  • High quality and durable
  • Hassle-free 5 point no-rethread harness
  • One-hand steering, smooth rides, and easy maneuvering on even difficult terrains
  • Extra-large canopy with ventilation provides more airflow and adequate protection from the sun
  • Super adjustable handlebar with nine positions for height
  • Has a seat that can sit upright and recline to near-flat
  • Reflective, water-resistant, and wipeable material
  • Convenient organized storage with zippered pockets and a large undercarriage basket

Cons 

  • It is heavy and bulky
  • Requires two hands to fold and it doesn’t stand alone
  • Requires you to strap it down once folded to lock it
  • You need to buy accessories like a child tray at an extra cost

Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger

So you have two babies, no worries! This stroller has plenty of space for your babies, has convenient features, and works great on various terrains. Furthermore, it is very affordable.

It has large composite tires to handle bumpy terrain and a front wheel that swivels when you need to gain speed or lock in place for stability to maneuver more easily.

The seats can recline in multiple positions even near-flat and a 5 point harness on each seat keeps your babies secure and safe. The large single canopy has a peek-a-boo window and mesh panels allowing monitoring and ventilation to keep your twins cool under hot weather.

Also, this stroller provides you with adequate places to stash your handy items. There is a parent tray with two cup holders, pockets behind each seat, and baskets underneath the seats.

When done exploring and ready to pack it up, the stroller collapses easily and even more compactly if the seats are reclined. It is also self-standing when folded. It weighs 32.18 pounds, which is not really much considering it’s double and has a maximum weight capacity of 50 pounds for each child.

Pros

  • Very sturdy
  • Steers smoothly and maneuvers easily
  • Easy fold and self-standing
  • Side by side design fits through standard doorways
  • Affordable pricing

Cons 

  • Not compatible with car seats
  • Doesn’t have a child’s tray

Best All-terrain strollers Australia, NZ, UK, US, Canada

Australia

Mountain Buggy Swift

This elegant stroller is great for city walks, trails, or even travel. It has 10-inch air-filled tires to navigate any terrain smoothly. It is compatible with car seat brands with the right adapters and can be used until your child is 4 years old.

The seat can recline fully if you sense it’s time for your little one to nap or have it upright so they can ride comfortably as they view the world. An extendable canopy helps shield your child’s eyes from the sun.

It also has some more nice features including a grab bar, bottle holder, and reversible seat liner which is a nice touch, after all, with a baby messes are bound to happen. And, on the bottom is a storage basket for your essentials.

This stroller steers like a breeze on one hand and the sleek design make it easy to maneuver tight corners. The handlebar is also adjustable to your comfort level depending on your height. And finally, a one-handed compact fold into self-standing and a weight of just 20 pounds makes this stroller easy to transport and store.

UK-

Hauck Runner Jogger

It has large, air-filled tires that make it easy to navigate on all terrains. The front-wheel swivels and locks depending on whether you want speed or stability to maneuver. It has an adjustable handlebar, making it suitable for both tall and short parents. It can be used from birth with the baby lying in a carrycot and from 6 months to 22 kgs without the cot.

This stroller also provides a comfortable seat with an adjustable backrest and footrest. There is also an extendable canopy for maximum protection from the sun and the netting in the rear can be opened to increase airflow. 

The stroller is foldable and light enough to move around without too much muscle power. There is a storage basket for essentials or shopping at the bottom and is reasonably priced.

Canada

Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller

This is a great full-size stroller that can be used for jogging or strolling around the city. It features large wheels and a suspension system for a smooth riding experience. The front can swivel and lock in place as needed. A hand brake gives you better control when going down hilly terrain and an adjustable handlebar provides a comfortable grip for dad, mom, and any other person of a different height.

It also provides features such as a one-handed-recline, 5 point safety harness, adjustable canopy with ventilation to ensure your little passenger is comfortable through the rides. A magnetic peek-a-boo window lets you check on them without disturbing them from their nap. It also provides ample storage with mesh compartments to keep snacks and toys handy and a large basket with a zippered cover underneath.

The fold is easy and compact on one hand. If you want to make it even smaller you can remove the rear tires, which takes just a few seconds.

Thule Urban Glide is compatible with different car seats with appropriate adapters and supports toddlers with a weight of up to 75 pounds, making it a great value that you will use for many years.

Best All-terrain stroller with bassinet: Bugaboo Fox

This is a high-end stroller but it is the only one you will need from birth until your child is almost 50 pounds. It is compatible with a bassinet to keep your infant safe and comfortable during rides. Even better, the high-quality bassinet comes at no extra cost to you. You can also have it as a travel system since it is compatible with many car seat brands.

The stroller has all-terrain wheels and an advanced suspension system that enables it to navigate any kind of terrain from the city streets, grassy trails, to gravel, etc. It is also ultra-lightweight (21 pounds) and easy to steer and maneuver tight places. Once you are done with your trip, the whole thing collapses easily into a neat, compact self-standing unit.

As you would expect from such a high-end stroller, comfort and convenience are top priorities. The seat is well padded, can go from upright to flat, and is reversible allowing you to have the baby facing you or the world. It also comes with a large canopy and even a rain cover!

Best all-terrain stroller lightweight: Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 (reviewed above)

Strollers for all-terrain are usually heavy, but this stroller is an exception. It weighs slightly less than 23 pounds while supporting a weight of 65 pounds of baby weight, making it the best lightweight stroller.

Best all-terrain stroller for toddlers : BOB Flex 3.0 jogging Strollers (reviewed above)

This stroller is perfect for anyone who wants a stroller that will grow with their toddler. The seat is wide and deep and has a capacity of up to 75 pounds/ 44 inches in height.

FAQs

Graco Duoglider Review vs Graco Ready2grow

About Graco Brands and The Release Of Graco Duoglider 

Graco Duoglider is a great quality double stroller with tandem seating. It is an excellent option for moms with twins or small kids in a close age gap. It accepts two Graco car seats so that you can use them right from birth up to 40 pounds.

This stroller is uniquely designed with a rear seat that raises the child at the back to get a better view, unlike other strollers where the child in the front seat obscures their view. The rear seat also fully reclines for a comfortable spot to nap.

You will also love the convenient features of a one-handed standing fold and huge basket for all your baby’s essentials, child and parent trays, and canopies. And with front locking swivel wheels, the stroller is easy to push and maneuver. 

Graco is one of the most trusted brands over the decades when it comes to baby products. They have a huge collection of high-quality car seats, strollers, high chairs, playards, swings, and more.

Features 

  • Dimensions: 36 L x 20.5 W x 41 H inches
  • Folded dimensions: 42 L x 20.5 W x 29.5 H inches
  • Weight: 29.5 pounds 
  • Weight limit: 40 pounds per seat
  • Lockable front swivel wheels
  • Two-position reclining seat, upright and flat
  • 3 or 5 point harness
  • One hand self-standing fold
  • Stadium seating
  • Compatible with two Graco Click Connect infant car seats
  • Child trays for each seat with cup holders and footrests
  • Parent trays with deep cup holders
  • Extra-large storage basket
  • Seat canopies with visor

Pros

  • Works for newborns and toddlers
  • Unique stadium seating arrangement boosts the child in the back to have a better view
  • Full reclining rear seat for napping
  • Rear seat has a peek-a-boo window for visibility to your kids
  • Both canopies have visors for better sun protection
  • Plenty of storage area for all your gear

Cons

  • Limited access to the storage basket when the back seat is fully reclined, even with the flip-down feature
  • Reviewers don’t like that the weight limit is only 40 pounds

How To Assemble/How To Install – Instructions And Manual

First, open the stroller by unlatching the hook on the side of the stroller. Push the footrest down into a vertical position

Flip the stroller upside down to install the wheels and basket

To install the wheels start by aligning the front wheels with the front feet of the stroller. Push the wheel firmly in and then pull on it to ensure it’s well secured. Do the same for the rest of the wheels. The smaller wheels go to the front while the larger wheels are for the back.

To install the basket, align it with the two basket bars and firmly push the basket onto the back of the stroller. Snap the straps over the bar and onto both sides of the basket to secure it in place.

Next is to connect the wheels and the brakes. To do that, you need to recline the rear seat, pull up on the recline lever, and pull back. Then, insert the brake bar on the back two feet of the stroller (the brake levers should face away from the stroller). Put in wheels onto the brake bar. Secure the wheel in place using a hammer with the axle cap.

Next, flip back up in the normal position, ready for use. You may snap the snack tray in the front or rear seat if desired.

To learn more about the Graco Duoglider, you can download the manual here.

How To Open/Unfold Is Graco Duoglider

To open the stroller, simply place the stroller on a flat surface with the handles facing upwards and the wheels pointing downwards.

  • Locate the latch on the left side of the stroller
  • Push the latch down and flip the stroller forward
  • It will open up and click in place
  • The stroller should unfold as you pull
  • Continue pulling until you hear the mechanism click sound

How To Close/Fold Graco Duoglider

Before you fold, there are a few things to do. Remove the car seat if it was installed, adjust the seat back to recline position, ensure the brakes are locked, and fold down the canopies.

Once that is settled, all you need to do is twist the secure lock on the handlebar, and the stroller will collapse into a more compact self-standing fold.

How To Clean Graco Duoglider

The manufacturer recommends washing the removable seat cushion in cold water by machine and then hanging it to dry. As for the stroller frame, warm soapy water should do.

How To Recline Graco Duoglider

  • Place the stroller upright, and ensure the brake is on as you attempt to recline the stroller.
  • Locate the buttons at each side of the stroller near where your child’s elbow would rest.
  • Press both buttons to activate the recline function
  • Raise or lower the back of the seat to the desired position
  • Take your hand off the buttons and ensure the seat is steady in place by pressing firmly on the seat.

Graco Duoglider With Car Seat- Which Car Seats Are Compatible With Graco Duoglider 

The Duoglider accepts two Graco classic connect infant car seats

How To Attach Car Seat To Graco Duoglider stroller

Duo glider works only with ClickConnect infant car seats. Connecting the car seat is pretty simple and involves only a few steps.

  • Remove the cup holder from the stroller’s armbar
  • Place the car seat into the armbar with the seat facing the handlebars
  • Push down on the seat lightly until you hear a click. This ensures the seat is installed securely.

Graco Duoglider Vs Graco Ready2grow

Graco Duoglider and Ready2 grow are both great choices for families looking for strollers to transport their children with ease. 

Differences

  • Duo glider is designed for twins or babies close in age gap whereas Ready2grow is designed for the infant until youth/older kids.
  • Both strollers use the material and have similar quality. But, the Ready2Grow is bulkier and heavier, which is expected considering it has a higher weight limit.
  • Duoglider takes up a maximum of 40 pounds per seat, while the Ready2grow accommodates 50 pounds on the front seat and 40 pounds on the rear seat.
  • DuoGlider comes with two toddler seats with a tandem seating where one child sits behind the other, while Ready2Grow comes with a toddler seat and a bench seat for the older kid at the back and allows up to 12 riding configurations.
  • Both stroller models have a reclining seat function but it’s only the Duoglider that offers a full recline on the rear seat to allow napping.
  • While both strollers have a decent sized canopy for each seat, the Duoglider has a peek-a-boo window on the rear seat, but the Ready2grow doesn’t, because its rear seat faces backwards. So, you would have to stop strolling to check on your baby or arrange the front seat facing backwards.

Similarities

  • Both strollers can be used with infants from day one as they accept two Graco Click Connect infant car seats. Also, they make it easy to transfer the baby from car seat to stroller.
  • Both have a tandem seating configuration where kids sit one behind the other. In Duo glider each toddler seat can carry kids up to 40 pounds, and the rear seat allows a good view for the child in the back. As for Ready2grow, there is a toddler seat at the front and a bench seat or platform where the older kid can sit or stand.
  • Both strollers have convertible safety straps where the kids use a 5 point harness and later change to a 3-point strap when they are bigger.
  • Both strollers come with huge baskets to carry all your essential gear and shopping bags. They also have a wide opening, allowing easy access from the back.
  • Both strollers come conveniently with child and parent trays for refreshments. The only difference is that in DuoGlider, each toddler seat has its own tray even for the parent, but in Ready2Grow, the rear seat tray becomes one with the parent tray.
  • Both strollers can conveniently fold on one hand into a self-standing fold.

Faqs

Can You Use Graco Duoglider Safe For Baby To Sleep On?

Yes, the rear seat reclines flat like a bassinet for your baby to nap in.

Graco Duoglider Front Canopy Replacement – Can It Be Replaced – Where To Get Replacement

Yes, you can contact Graco for assistance.

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Cars That Fit 3 Car Seats In The Back

Finding a car that can fit three child seats in the back isn’t easy, but there are several good options out there. SUVs and minivans make the best family cars as they are spacious enough and have lots of safe and family-friendly features. Additionally, they also come with the LATCH connectors you need for installing the child car seats. If you are on the lookout for the best car seats for small cars, read these 12 I reviewed.

So after our research, here is our list of cars that will fit three car seats in the back.

Reviews of Cars That Fir 3 Car Seats in the Back

2021 Toyota Sienna

When looking for a minivan for your family, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is one of the best. Fully redesigned, the 2021 Sienna now has a sleek new look on the exterior and interior and sports a hybrid four-cylinder powertrain. It also comes with a rear entertainment system with 9 inch HD display with smartphone integration through Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Alexa system. This way, you can keep your kids busy and entertained through the rides. You can also check out these car seats perfect for Toyota Corolla

The 2021 Sienna has a spacious interior with a capacity for up to 8 passengers. The second row has 62.7 inches of shoulder room and 66.2 inches of hip room, providing plenty of space to install three child car seats. Additionally, it comes with four or five sets of LATCH connectors depending on the cabin, providing you with all the hardware you need to install the car seats.

It is also comfy to ride in, with the second-row seats having a recline function and leg rests for passengers to put up their feet. Safety features include automatic braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.

Features

  • 7-8 seating
  • FWD, AWD drivetrain
  • Continuously variable automatic
  • 186-245 horsepower

Pros

  • Fully redesigned with new sleek looks
  • Upscale interior with comfy seats
  • Great fuel economy
  • Basic warranty but with a two years complimentary maintenance

Cons 

  • Limited cargo capacity compared to other minivans
  • Limited highway passing power

2021 Honda Passport

The Honda Passport is another great family car that will accommodate your three little passengers in the back seat. It comes with a powerful V6 engine and a comfy cabin and is equipped with off-roading features for the adventurous family.

The mid-size SUV seats five people. It provides 61.9 inches of shoulder room and 57.3 inches of hip room in the back seat. It also comes with three sets of LATCH connectors

The 2021 Passport model now features an entertainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Its standard safety features include automatic braking, lane-keeping assistance, and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control.

Features

  • 5 seating
  • FWD, AWD Drivetrain
  • 280 horsepower
  • 77.9 cubic feet cargo space
  • Fuel economy City 20/Highway 25/Combined 22 MPG

Pros

  • Robust V6 engine
  • Spacious upscale cabin
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Lots of storage space 

Cons 

  • Not very fuel-efficient

2021 Kia Sorento

The fully redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento now delivers a comfortable experience and convenience at affordable pricing. This new version is boxy and bolder in appearance, and the cabin is also improved with digital interfaces and flashier styling throughout.

The Sorento has 3-row seating. The first two rows are roomy and have soft, comfortable upholstery, but the third row could do with some improvements. It has 58.1 inches of shoulder room and 55.1 inches of hip room on the second row, providing enough space to fit three child car seats. You will also find two full sets of LATCH connectors for the two outside seats on the second row and a tether anchor on the middle seat.

The Sorento standard safety features include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitor. It also comes with infotainment and connectivity features, including a standard 8-inch touch screen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is also an optional 10.2-inch screen.

Features 

  • 6-7 seating
  • FWD, AWD drivetrain
  • 8 speed automatic transmission
  • 191-281 horsepower
  • Cargo volume 13ft³
  • Fuel economy: City 20/Hwy 25/ Combined 26

Pros

  • Upscale interior
  • First two rows of seats are spacious and comfortable
  • Satisfying ride and handling
  • Varying selections of powertrains
  • Good gas mileage
  • Lower pricing compared to others in its class
  • Great warranty deal

Cons 

  • Third row isn’t comfortable for adult passengers
  • Larger 10.5 inch touchscreen lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the best in the large SUV class. Redesigned for 2021, Tahoe has a fresh face, upgraded infotainment system, a larger third row, and more cargo space. It also has two powerful V-8 engines and an efficient torque diesel.

The 3-row seater has a generous interior to seat up to nine people. The second row has 64.8 inches of shoulder room and 61.3 inches of hip room, and three sets of LATCH connectors. The third row offers 62.7 inches of shoulder room and 49.4 inches of hip room, and a tether anchor for each seat. As you can see, the Tahoe is an excellent car for those with large families.

Tahoe has robust infotainment and connectivity features to delight the whole family. These include a 10.2-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wifi hotspot. And, your kids will enjoy the rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6 inch displays on the back of the front seats.

The SUV also has safety features like forward-collision warning, automatic brake, lane departure warning, lane keeps assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Features

  • 7-8 seating
  • RWD, 4WD drivetrain
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 277-420 horsepower
  • Cargo volume: 25 ft³
  • Fuel economy: combined 18/ city 16/ highway 20 mpg

Pros 

  • Spacious interior
  • Intuitive infotainment controls
  • Large cargo hold
  • Powerful engines

Cons 

  • There some hard plastic in the cabin

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is one of the biggest mid-sized SUVs. It’s huge with a roomy cabin, user-friendly control layout, and plenty of places to stash small items, making it a practical choice for any family.

In the standard configuration, the Volkswagen Atlas seats seven adults. The second row has 60.8 inches of shoulder room and 58 inches of hip room. It is also equipped with three complete sets of LATCH connectors, so installing your three child car seats should not be a problem. The third row also has plenty of space for adult passengers and comes with two upper tethers for outboard seats.

The Atlas has an intuitive touch screen interface. Depending on the trim, the display size ranges from 6.5 inches to 8 inches. All have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker sound system, and a Wifi hotspot and Bluetooth phone connectivity to keep everyone entertained and relaxed.

Its standard safety and driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automated braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and go technology. It has two engines: four-cylinder or V-6.

Features

  • 7 seating
  • FWD, AWD drivetrain
  • 235-276 horsepower
  • 8 speed transmission
  • Cargo volume: 21 ft³
  • Fuel economy: city 16-21/highway 22-24/ combined 18-22mpg

Pros

  • Intuitive touch screen
  • Spacious seating for all three rows
  • Large cargo hold
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Warranty includes complimentary schedule maintenance for two years

Cons

  • Engine has an average performance

2021 Chrysler 300

If you love to transport your family in a large sedan, the 2021 Chrysler is a good choice. The car combines luxury, premium style, and performance.

Chrysler 300 cabin offers spacious seating for five adults in a two-row configuration. You can easily fit three child car seats on the rear seat, which has 57.7 inches of shoulder room and 56.1 inches of hip room. Three full sets of LATCH connectors are included for installation.

Chrysler’s all three trims have an easy-to-use infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has plenty of safety features, including automated braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. You can choose from its two Engine options: V6 or V8

Features

  • 5 seating
  • RWD, AWD drivetrain
  • 292-363 horsepower
  • 8 speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
  • Fuel economy: City 19/ highway 30/combined 23

Pros

  • Easy-to-use touch screen interface
  • An upscale and spacious cabin
  • Available V-8 engine is powerful

Cons 

  • Some safety features like forward collision warning are not standard
  • Not as agile as some of its classmates

2021 Subaru Ascent

The Subaru Ascent is one of the top choices for a midsize SUV for those with large families, seeing that its cabin can accommodate up to eight adults. Moreover, it has standard all-wheel drive and turbocharged four-cylinder, which gives it ample power and control on the road.

The three-row SUV has an upscale cabin featuring stain-resistant carpet and large cargo hold. The second row has 60.3 inches of shoulder room and 57.5 inches of hip room and includes two full sets of LATCH connectors for the outer seats and an upper tether and lower anchor for the middle seat. In the third row, the seat directly behind the driver comes with a complete LATCH set, while the remaining two seats come with upper tethers only.

The Ascent comes with infotainment features like a touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Wifi hotspot connectivity. It also includes advanced safety features such as high beams, forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and more.

Features

  • 7-8 seating
  • FWD, AWD drivetrain
  • Continuous variable automatic with manual shifting mode
  • 260 horsepower
  • Cargo volume 18ft³
  • Fuel economy: City 20/highway 26/ combined 22mpg

Pros

  • Roomy cabin
  • Cushy and comfortable rides
  • Tons of standard features included on every model
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Large cargo area

Cons 

  • Noisy engine with acceleration
  • Third row is smaller than some competitors
  • Infotainment system lacks customization settings and intuitive controls found in competition.

2021 Dodge Durango

For those looking for a mid-size crossover with machismo, the Durango is perfect. Offering three rows of seating, the Durango is great for the family. Not to mention that it also has comfortable chairs and an intuitive infotainment system. You can choose its V6 engine or upgrade to the burly V-8 engine.

The three-row SUV has versatile seating allowing five, six, or seven people depending on the cabin configuration. The middle row has 57.7 inches of shoulder room and 55.5 inches of hip room, along with two complete sets of LATCH connectors and one tether for the middle seat.

An optional rear-seat entertainment system is available with dual screens and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An 8.4-inch touch screen is standard, but there is an optional 10.1-inch screen. Safety features include a standard backup camera to help with reversing the large car, automated braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and more.

Features

  • 5-7 seating
  • RWD, AWD, 4WD drivetrain
  • 293-710 horsepower
  • 8 speed automatic with manual shifting mode
  • Cargo volume: 17ft³
  • Fuel economy: City 19/highway 26

Pros

  • Spacious seating
  • Outstanding towing capability
  • Optional V8 engine
  • Easy to use infotainment system

Cons 

  • Not very fuel-efficient
  • Most driver assistance features aren’t standard
  • Third row seats are sold separately

2021 Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is a luxurious SUV with a stylish exterior and interior. Its cabin is spacious with cushy seating and plenty of safety features and technologies.

The SUV seats five passengers with the rear seat providing generous seating for three adults. The back seat has 56.3 inches of shoulder room and 55.4 inches of a hip room which is enough to install three child car seats. It also includes two sets of LATCH connectors for the outer seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat.

The XC60 comes with a standard 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and Wifi hotspot connectivity. It also has advanced safety features such as rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Automated braking with pedestrian detection and lane-keeping assist are standard.

Features 

  • 5 seating
  • FWD, AWD drivetrain
  • 250-415 horsepower
  • Fuel economy: City20-22/ highway 27-29 mpg

Pros

  • Elegant exterior and feature packed interior
  • Top notch seating comfort quality
  • Large cargo hold
  • Great warranty deal that includes three years of scheduled maintenance

Cons 

  • Not as fun to drive as some of its rivals

2021 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is a top choice family-friendly minivan with 2021 redesigned to sport a refreshed exterior and interior and includes several standard safety features.

The minivan boasts a roomy cabin that accommodates 7 to 8 people depending on seat configuration. The middle row has 61.6 inches of shoulder room and 64.8 inches of hip room, providing tons of allowance to install three car seats. It comes with four sets of LATCH connectors placed between the second and third rows. The remaining seats that don’t have connectors are equipped with top tether anchors.

The Odyssey has conveniently added family-friendly features like a built-in vacuum cleaner, and rear-seat entertainment system to delight your kids. It also comes with advanced safety features like pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, and a rear-seat reminder to check how your kids and pets are doing in the back seat.

Infotainment and connectivity vary depending on the trim. Except for the LX trim, all other Odysseys come with a Display Audio system that allows customization and phone integration via Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It also includes an 8 inch touch screen. Touring and Elite both have standard rear-seat entertainment with built-in streaming apps.

Features

  • 7-8 seating
  • FWD drivetrain
  • 280 horsepower
  • 10 Speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo volume: 33 ft³
  • Fuel Economy: city 19/highway 28/ combined 22mpg

Pros

  • Roomy and upscale cabin
  • Reconfigurable second row to add seating and cargo area
  • Additional family friendly features
  • Packed with modern safety and tech features
  • Powerful engine and stable handling

Cons 

  • Second row seats must be removed to create more cargo space

5 Best Lightweight Strollers for Newborn 2021

Are you looking for lightweight strollers you can use with a newborn? Unfortunately, these are hard to come by since most strollers are designed for toddlers above 6 months. You can read my related guide on do you really need a stroller?

To stroll with a newborn, they should be in a bassinet or infant car seat that is attached to the stroller for safety and comfort. And usually, strollers that accept infant car seats and bassinet are full-sized strollers that are often heavy. This is why it’s such an uphill task to find lightweight strollers that are still sturdy enough to accept bassinet or infant car seats.

But don’t worry; you won’t have to spend hours searching as we have done the leg work for you to bring you the best lightweight strollers available that you can use from day one. We also guide you on how to choose the best one for your needs but if you think you may need a pram, you can also read these best prams I reviewed for newborns.

And without much say, let’s get to it!

Last updated on December 2, 2021 10:17 am

How to pick the best lightweight umbrella stroller 

Lightweight strollers come with many great features for maximum convenience, but you may not need all of them. Our advice is that you choose the stroller that has the most helpful features for your needs. Here are some features to consider when choosing the best lightweight strollers.

Stroller size: generally, lightweight strollers are smaller and take up smaller space than other full-size strollers. However, some fold down more compactly than others so that some can even fit in overhead bins in airplanes.

Stroller weight limit: every stroller has the weight limits specified. You may want a stroller that grows with your baby into toddlerhood to get the best value for your money. Some strollers even have add-on accessories like aboard for an older sibling to ride along.

Adjustable seat: a good stroller should have a seat that reclines in multiple positions for comfort during a ride or napping. For a newborn, you want a stroller that can recline flat or accept a bassinet attachment. 

Folding capabilities: some strollers have a one-hand folding mechanism that comes in very handy when carrying your baby in one arm.

Canopy size: A canopy or shade is important for walks in the sun or rain and some strollers have an adjustable canopy that offers full coverage, and others have UPF (Ultraviolet protection factor) to protect your baby against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Additionally, some have mesh panels for airflow and visibility.

Storage: Lightweight strollers do not normally have very large storage, but still, you may like a few pockets for valuables like keys, phone, and wallet, and a place for the diaper bag at least to make your life on the move easier.

Portability: some strollers come with a storage carrying case with a strap, and others have a built-in strap to carry over your shoulder easily when you need to transport.

Reviews of the Best Lightweight Strollers for Newborns

1. Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller

Age recommendation: from birth up to 4 years

Weight limit: 44 pounds

Stroller weight: 13 pounds

The Buggy Nano is an excellent option for families with a newborn because it is an infant car seat-ready and compatible with the brand’s Cocoon Carrycot (sold separately) without needing to buy additional adapters. The stroller is also expandable so that you can add a ride-on-kickboard for an older sibling to ride along.

Mountain Buggy has many convenient features that make it a great everyday stroller. Its narrow and lightweight design makes it easy to push and maneuver through tight spaces. Moreover, it folds up quite small so that you can just keep it behind your seat, trunk, and in overhead bins of large planes. Plus, it comes with a handy shoulder strap for easy hands-free transportation. This makes Mountain Buggy Nano a great choice if you travel a lot by car or plane.

It has a sun canopy with a flip-out sun visor for full coverage. There is also a mesh window with a fabric overlay to keep the chill out during winter. Underneath the stroller is a large basket to keep your diaper bag and other essentials.

Pros

  • Accepts newborn cocoon carrycot
  • Travel system ready and includes universal adapters
  • Can add ride-n kickboard for older kids
  • Easy to push and maneuver on one hand
  • Extendable canopy with mesh window
  • Compact fold that fits in overhead bins
  • Includes a convenient storage travel bag
  • Has a shoulder strap for hands-free carrying

Cons 

  • Requires both hands to fold
  • Handlebar height is not adjustable, but it’s comfortable for average and tall dads and moms.

2. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller

Age recommendations: From birth with bassinet or car seat

Weight limit: 45 pounds

Weight: 14 pounds

Baby Jogger makes high-quality strollers at reasonable pricing. In 2019 they redesigned the City Tour 2 to connect with the brand’s carrycot or infant car seat (both sold separately), allowing it to be used from birth. It also connects with all Baby Jogger infant car seats and Graco Click Connect infant car seats with adapters, which you buy separately.

The newly designed stroller has a deep, padded seat that is easily adjustable to allow napping and leg rest for kids to prop up their feet. Additionally, it has a simple folding mechanism that is doable in one hand into a compact self-locking package that is stored in the carry bag.

It also comes with a UV 50+ canopy with three extendable panels, a sun visor, and a peek-a-boo window. There is also a decent-sized basket underneath.

Pros

  • Suitable from birth with bassinet or infant car seat
  • Deep padded multi reclining seat with adjustable calf rests
  • Quick one-handed fold
  • Includes storage carry bag
  • Smooth riding on flat surfaces and easy to maneuver through tight spaces
  • Decent canopy and storage

Cons 

  • Does stand on its own when folded
  • Some complain that the front wheel is loud, although it doesn’t affect performance

3. UPPAbaby MINU

Age recommendations: 3 months and above (from birth with bassinet or car seat)

Weight limit: 50 pounds

Weight: 14.5 pounds

UPPAbaby Minu is designed as the perfect lightweight stroller for urban dwellers for trips to the mall, the airport, the park, etc. It is a high-end stroller that features high quality and durable construction that will last many travels through the years.

On its own, UPPAbaby Minu comes with a toddler seat that is safe to use from 3 months of age, but they do sell an optional “From Birth Kit”, which is basically a bassinet with a nice mattress that allows your newborn to lie completely flat during rides. The kit attaches directly to the frame, not the main seat. Or you can attach an infant car seat to use right from day one. It works with UPPAbaby Mesa and Maxi-Cosi, Nuna and Cybex car seats.

Once your baby reaches 3 months, you will be able to switch them to the main seat, which is pretty deep and well padded for comfort. Additionally, the seat has a near-flat recline that will enable your child to nap comfortably during rides. We also love that it accommodates your child a bit longer than others, up to 50 pounds.

This stroller has all-wheel suspension and rubber tires that roll smoothly on flat pavements, sidewalks with cracks and gravel paths pretty smoothly. It also includes plenty of storage for your essentials and an extendable canopy with a UV sun visor for maximum coverage. You can also unzip one panel to let in air cooler air through the mesh window to keep your baby comfortable during summer.

Once you are done with your stroll, the Minu folds quickly in just one hand for storage. Plus, you don’t even have to remove the from birth kit/bassinet, which is very convenient. It also has a shoulder strap for effortless carrying to your car or down the stairs.

Pros

  • Accepts bassinet and infant car seat
  • Rubber wheels with suspensions for a bump-free ride on uneven surfaces
  • Durable quality
  • Generously sized canopy with sun visor and mesh window
  • One-hand compact fold and self-standing
  • Large storage basket, which is not typical for lightweight strollers
  • Portable with shoulder strap for carrying

Cons

  • Handlebar height is not adjustable, maybe too tall for short people
  • Wheels are not suitable for off-road adventures

4. Baby Zen YOYO2 Stroller

Age recommendations: 6 months and above (from birth with bassinet or car seat)

Weight limit: 40 pounds

Weight: 13.6 pounds

Baby Zen YOYO2 is the go-to choice of frequent travelers who want to avoid the hassle and damage risks of checking or gate checking their strollers. In addition, most airlines qualify it as carry-on luggage because it folds incredibly small, and it easily pops in the overhead bin in most airplanes. 

But beyond being an excellent travel stroller, Baby Zen YOYO2 provides you with all the features of a full-size stroller and can be used from birth up to toddlerhood. It has two versions: newborn pack and 6 month+ for toddlers. You can buy seat fabrics for either newborn or toddler and the Baby Zen YOYO frame separately, which is great if you plan on using only the frame with a car seat or want to change colors for a new baby! You can also add the YOYO board for the big brother or sister to sit or stand during rides.

The newborn version provides a very cozy bassinet with head support and foot cover that your baby can use from day one up to 6 months of age and is always parent-facing. You can then convert the stroller into the 6 month+ front-facing strollers when your child is older by changing from newborn fabrics to 6 months+ fabrics.

Baby Zen YOYO2 is compatible with Cybex, Maxi Cosi, and Nuna car seats, making it a highly versatile travel system. Plus, it steers like a dream, on one hand, thanks to the suspension on all four wheels, and is also easy to maneuver even with a big kid on board.

Pros

  • Lightweight yet strong and durable
  • Compatible with infant car seats
  • Wheels can handle bumpy terrain
  • Easy to open and fold on one hand
  • Multi reclining seat
  • Ultra-compact fold
  • Easy to carry with shoulder strap
  • Extendable UPF 50+ canopy
  • Easy to remove fabric and canopy for washing
  • Cute and fashionable design

Cons 

  • Pricey
  • Canopy doesn’t have a vented mesh peek a boo window; it’s plastic
  • The handlebar doesn’t extend

5. Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight

Age recommendations: from 3 months (from birth with car seat)

Weight limit: 75 pounds

Weight: 26.2 pounds

This lightweight jogger stroller is designed to handle rough and bumpy terrains and provide a comfortable ride for your child. With its large wheels and shock-absorbing suspension, you can enjoy off-road jogging adventures with your baby.

Joovy Zoom 360 comes with a deep seat that babies can use from 3 months of age up to 75 pounds, which is really generous! But the seat cannot recline to a flat position, so it would not be suitable for newborns.

However, you can use this stroller with a newborn by turning it into a travel system. And luckily, Joovy Zoom is compatible with many infant car seat brands, including Chicco, Britax, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, UPPAbaby, and PegPerego. The only thing to remember is that you shouldn’t run or jog with a baby in an infant car seat as it could have very bad effects on their delicate neck and spine. Only jog with a child who has good control of their head and neck.

Joovy Zoom stroller has a parent console with enough room for your essentials for the trip and a special place to keep the tire pump in case you have a flat tire. It also comes with a huge canopy and a plastic peek-a-boo window which won’t provide extra airflow, but at least it provides adequate shade you will be able to check on your child during strolls.

One thing to note is that this stroller is big, and so even when it is folded, it takes quite a bit of space in your car trunk. Its large size also makes it unsuitable for narrow sidewalks and other tight spaces. To make it more compact when folded, you can remove the wheels, which is easy to do and takes a few seconds, but most parents find this annoying and inconvenient. The folding process is not a one-step or one-hand affair either, but it is relatively easy, and the stroller auto locks and stands on its own.

Pros

  • Feels very light compared to other jogging strollers
  • Suspension and air tires bump-free ride on rough terrains
  • One-hand smooth steering
  • Accepts infant car seats
  • Near flat recline for comfy naptime
  • The large canopy provides adequate shade
  • Comes with a tire pump
  • Great pricing

Cons

  • The handlebar is too high for short parents
  • The fold is not compact
  • Large, not easy to maneuver tight spaces

10 Tips to Keep Baby Warm In Car Seat

Now that we are about to enter the winter season, most parents are thinking about ways to help their children warm in the car seat without compromising on safety. Winter coats and snowsuits come in handy during this season, but the American Association of Pediatricians (AAP) warns parents that they are dangerous to use while buckling kids in their car seats. This is because the fluffy padding flattens out from impact during a car crash, leaving lots of slack underneath the harness. The baby can then slip from the loose straps and be thrown out from the seat.

If you want to find out safe ways to keep your child warm in the car seat, here are some tips:

10 Tips to keep baby warm in the car seat

1. Use a blanket

Instead of wearing a fluffy coat, use a large blanket to wrap around your child and then buckle them up. Kids always have that special blanket that they adore, and we are sure if you use it, they will be less likely to be a fuss.

2. Try a fleece coat

If it is freezing cold outside and toasty warm in your car, your baby might overheat. Coats made of fleece are a great option as they do not have lots of padding underneath the harness straps. And when worn unzipped, they provide an even better fit than a winter coat.

3. Tighten the car seat harness straps 

If you dress your child with multiple layers with the coats, it might make it difficult to get the harness straps tight enough. The harness should be tightened to provide a snug fit against your child’s chest. If you can pinch the harness straps, it is an indication you still need to tighten up some more.

4. Wear coat backward

This is another simple idea that you can use. You buckle your child and then place their winter coat over them backward, while already buckled up. Some parents also opt for coats that zip down the sides so that the back can flip forward over the harness or poncho-style coats.

5. Use thin layers

Layering helps to keep the body warm, and blankets provide a smooth coating to wrap around your baby when you leave the house. It is also easy to remove when your child gets into the car or if the interior temperature rises to prevent overheating.

6. Turn up the heat

When it’s freezing cold, just turn up the heat to make your car warm and comfortable for everyone that is riding.

7. Strike the right balance of layers and your car’s interior temperatures

During cold weather, it is normal to worry if your child is warm enough, which might cause you to overdress, leading to your child. When this happens, your child may end up overheating and becoming uncomfortable. By dressing your child with just enough layers and adjusting your car’s interior temperature, you can keep your child comfortable during car rides.

8. Use a suitable car seat cover

You may choose a seat cover but ensure that it doesn’t have layers under the baby. Remember, nothing bulky should ever be placed between your child’s body and the harness straps. Also, ensure that the baby’s face is not covered by fabric to allow airflow and prevent rebreathing stale air, which can cause suffocation. You should be keen because many retailers sell car seat bundling products that are not safe to use in a car seat.

9. Consider getting a car seat that has features for cold weather

If you live in places where it’s normally cold, you might need to consider buying a car seat with all-weather features to help keep your baby warm and comfortable.

10. Keep an emergency bag in your car

You may want to pack extra blankets and clothing like hats, mittens, and gloves in your car just in case you will ever need them. You never know when a nasty mess might happen or in case your child gets their clothes wet from the chilly weather. With a spare set, you will still be able to keep your child dry, warm, and cozy.

Are car seat blankets safe?

Yes, you can wrap a blanket around your child as a top layer over the harness to provide warmth and block out the wind. And if your baby is using an infant car seat, cocoon-style covers may be a better option.

Can a baby wear a snowsuit in a car seat?

No, you should not buckle your child in their seat while they are in a snowsuit. The fluffy padding of the snowsuit would flatten from the crash force, leaving your child loosely strapped and prone to slipping out of their seat during a crash.

Can a baby wear a blanket in the car seat?

Yes, you can wrap a blanket around your baby and then buckle them in for warmth. Blankets are safe to use underneath the harness because they do not have fluffy padding that may prevent you from tightening the harness straps snuggly around your child to keep her secure in case of a crash.

Car seat friendly coats for baby

The North Face Toddler Oso Hoodie

Made from TNF high pile fleece, this hoodie is super soft and warm. It is also very light, making it safe to use in a car seat. It is available in infant and toddler sizes.

The Road Coat Jacket

This coat is soft and warm with a puffy outer layer. It has a frontal zipper that allows you full access to secure the harness while eliminating the puffy layers between the seat and the child’s body. The front thinner layer is designed to prevent harness straps and buckles from slipping and is also marked to help you know the correct chest clip positions when using this coat. It is available for children between 12 months to 6 months.

Buckle Me Baby Coats

Available for babies from 6 months to 4 years, this coat provides additional warmth and allows you to buckle your child in a five-point harness for as long as possible. It is made of wind and water-resistant outer fabric and a warmer fleece lining on the inside. The coat has a side zipper, and hook and loop closures at the shoulders that allow you to secure the harness without the bulk of the coat getting in the way. Once the harness is tightened, the front panel closes back over the harness to keep your child warm. The coat is available in variations of blue, pink, and grey colors.

Patagonia Furry Friends Fleece Jacket

This jacket has only one layer of fleece, so it doesn’t have the extra bulk that you find in winter jackets. The bear ears make your baby look so cute and cuddly all winter. If the weather is really cold, you might need to add an extra layer to keep your baby warm.

Poncho Puffer

This poncho coat is perfect for keeping your child warm as it has two layers of thick fleece and a water-resistant top layer. Its panels go over the harness and buckles, so they do not interfere or prevent you from tightening the harness. The back panel can be flipped over the headrest to avoid bulkiness on the back, while the front panel spreads over your child’s body for warmth. It comes in one size that fits children between 6 months to 6 years old. It is so cute for a boy or girl and will go with any outfit.

Columbia fleece jacket

These are made of thick fleece, making them very warm and have a snug fit on your child’s body, so they are 100 % safe to use in a car seat. We love that they come in a ton of color options, and the price point is fantastic. These jackets are available in sizes from 3 months up to adulthood and are suitable for both boys and girls.

How to bundle up baby in winter

To dress your baby for warmth during chilly winter days, start with body-hugging clothing on the bottom like tights or leggings or a long-sleeved bodysuit. Then add regular pants and a warm top, like a sweater or thermal-knit shirt. You can also add a fleece jacket over the top. And when it is bitterly cold, long underwear is also a warm and safe layering option.

As a general rule, babies should always be dressed in one extra layer than adults. This means if you have a coat on, your baby will need a coat and blanket. Just remember to remove the extra layers of thick coats and blankets once your child gets inside the car before sitting in their car seat.

Isofix Vs Latch Vs Belt Vs Isofit Vs Others

Isofix Vs Latch Vs Belt Vs Isofit Vs Others

When it comes to child safety car seats, you have probably heard many confusing new words being thrown around, and one of them is Isofix.

In this article, we will discuss what it’s all about and answer questions that most people ask in relation to Isofix vs others.

What is Isofix

ISOFIX stands for International Standard Organisation Fix. Iso fix is an internationally standardized car seat fitting system that provides an alternative means of securing your child’s car seat or base without the needing to use a vehicle seat belt.

The system uses two clips that automatically connect the child car seat to two Isofix brackets, which are welded onto the chassis of a vehicle (the gap between the bottom of the seat and backrest). Depending on the car seat, it may also use a tether or leg load.

With this system, you just need to push the metal prods extending from the base or car seat onto the Isofix bracket until you hear an audible click, making for a simple, secure and fast installation. This installation method is especially convenient if you need to keep taking your child’s car seat in and out or frequently needing to switch it between cars.

By law, all new car models manufactured after 2014 must-have Isofix brackets and also have a third point where you can secure a strap, also known as a top tether, which prevents a child’s car seat from rotating in times of a crash. Depending on the car model, the tether strap point may be located on the floor, car’s pillar, or the back of the adult seat.

Some older cars may have Isofix brackets but not a tether strap point. However, it may still be possible to use Isofix on such a car if it has a support leg to make the third point.

The Isofix system covers both Infant (Group 0/0+) and toddler (Group 1) seats. More details on Isofix’s Wikipedia page here.

History of Isofix

Since the first car entered the market, modifications were made and restraints put in place to protect adults, but there was not much regard for children. In fact, the first child seat was a booster seat designed not for safety but to raise the child to a height that the driving parent would easily see them. The first child safety seat became available in 1960, and even in the decades that followed, it wasn’t a requirement by law to use one.

Manufacturers of child restraints then realized that the three-point seatbelts varied greatly in vehicles and that many parents were installing their seats correctly. They decided to design the Isofix mounting system to try and get their child car seats installed effectively in as many vehicles as possible.

The Isofix system was introduced in 1997, after a joint development effort by Britax-Romer, a car seat maker, and Volkswagen who installed the Isofix in their fourth-generation Golf. Later in 2002, it was implemented in the US and in 2004 by the EU. It remains the standard in European cars as Isofix and in American and Canadian cars as LATCH system. In 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) approved Isofix to be used in Australian roads.

European isofix system

European isofix system

Are Isofix car seats safer?

Research by independent bodies shows that Isofix mounted seats are incredibly safe. Instead of relying on the vehicle’s seat belt, a child’s car seat is fixed directly onto the child seat base. This highly minimizes the child’s car seat movement in the event of an accident, especially during a side impact.

According to research by Maxi-Cosi, 94% of parents use Isofix correctly. This is because one simply has to click the Isofix connectors in to install the car seat firmly.

Plus, almost all Isofix seats have green and red indicators to show you have installed the child car seat correctly. When you also factor in the top tether strap or a metal load leg, anti-rebound bar in some car seats, the Isofix system becomes incredibly secure. And, you can also secure booster seats permanently with Isofix.

Are Isofix car seats better?

Research by Independent bodies shows that the Isofix mounting system is very secure. Instead of using a seat belt, the child car seat is fixed directly onto the vehicle’s body, greatly reducing movement in case of an accident. And the other advantage is that they are so simple and fast to fit.

Isofix vs latch

Both Isofix and LATCH are systems for the rigid installation of child car seats. Isofix is mainly used in European cars, while the LATCH system is used in the US and Canada cars.

LATCH stands for Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children. It has been a safety requirement to use on all cars and child car seats in the US since September 1st, 2002.

The Isofix system includes slots built into the car seat frame. The LATCH system features a strap attached to a car seat or detachable base with hooks on either end. But there are rigid LATCH seats as well, which connect to lower anchors in a vehicle just like a seatbelt.

Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the lower anchors, requiring you to pull apart the crack between the seat and back of the adult car seat to locate them. Depending on the car, the tether anchor positions may be found on the floor, roof, or fixed to the back of the car seat. With the LATCH system, you attach the child car seat using connectors that are open clips attached to a strap. And just like the ISOFIX system, it also has two anchor points, but they are located at the bottom and a tether behind the rear seat.

In terms of safety, neither one is safer than the other as both systems are different and in different countries with their own laws and regulations. But, they are easier and faster to install and greatly minimize the risk of installing child car seats incorrectly, leading to severe injuries in the event of an accident.

Isofix vs belt/seat belt – is Isofix safer than seatbelt?

No, Isofix is not safer than a seatbelt. You can achieve a safe and secure car seat installation using both methods when done correctly. The Isofix system only reduces the chances of installing a child car seat incorrectly.

Isofix vs Isofit

Isofix and Isofit are car seats that attach directly onto the vehicle’s body with connectors onto the anchor points.

However, with Isofix car seats the child is secured using a five-point safety harness, while Isofit uses a vehicle’s built-in three-point seat belt instead.

The other difference is that Isofix description is used for Group 0+ and 1 while and Isofit is described for Group 2/3 during the classification of child car seats.

Isofix vs Isocatch

Both Isofix and Isocatch are methods of installation that secure the seat to your car seat body from the Isofix points. However, Isocatch uses Isocatch connectors and seat belts to secure the child car seat, while Isofix uses a metal load leg or top tether.

Both systems help to keep the seat stable in place.

Isofix vs Non-Isofix

Isofix car seats have a base that clicks into slots located in the crack between the vehicle seat and backrest.

A Non-Isofix car seat uses the vehicle’s seat belt system. Installation varies depending on the design and can be via a three-point or two-point system.

Both Isofix and non-Isofix car seats provide the same level of protection when used correctly. But Isofix provides a greater advantage over the seat belt mechanism because it reduces chances of error during installation to the bare minimum and is easier and faster.

Isofix vs i-size

Well, you already know that Isofix is a child car seat attachment system belonging to the R44/04. On the other hand, i-Size is a new regulation that the EU introduced in 2013 as part of the UN regulation ECE R129.

i-Size aims to make all car seats fit in all cars, and it will eventually become the industry’s standard. It will allow car manufacturers and child safety seat manufacturers to have a uniform design that will fit any vehicle type or make. Presently, not all Isofix car seats will fit into your car even if your car has anchor points and connectors; i-Size was designed to change this.

Aside from the universal fit, i-Size seats are thought to provide better protection because, unlike regular Isofix seats, they will be required to pass frontal, rear, and side-impact tests. Also, they are only installed with Isofix connectors, which reduces the chances of wrongly installing a child car seat.

i-Size seats are also intended to keep babies in the rear-facing position for longer, up to 15 months, instead of the standard 12 months for Isofix.

And, i-Size car seats are classified based on the child’s height instead of weight, which is what the R44/04 regulation uses.

Isofix vs Isosafe

Isofix is a standard that specifies how to install a car seat using specific connectors and either a top tether or load leg.

On the other hand, Isosafe is a mechanism for keeping a child’s car seat stable and in place. It is not a regulation for installing a car seat; rather, it helps improve the performance of Isofix and enhances comfort for the child during rides.

While Isofix uses connectors, Isosafe requires the use of a vehicle seat belt.

When did Isofix become standard?

Isofix was introduced in 1999, but it became a standard for most new cars in 2006. Thereafter it was made into a requirement by law that all new car models launched from November 2012 have Isofix brackets and in all vehicles manufactured after November 2014. Today almost all European cars have Isofix.

If you are buying a used car, ensure it is fitted with the Isofix brackets. Look for the Isofix logo either on a label, tab, or plastic cover hiding the anchor points.

What Isofix base do I need?

With a wide range of Isofix bases in the market, choosing the right one for your car can be confusing. Your best bet is to check with your child seat manufacturer; they usually have a website listing showing which seats are approved for which cars. Also, they will be able to advise you on which Isofix child car seat fits your vehicle.

Are Isofix bases universal?

No, Isofix bases are not the same. Most infant Isofix car seats come with their own Isofix base that installs firmly onto the car. At the same time, most toddler Isofix car seats use integrated bases. You can only use a base with a car seat of the same brand, which the manufacturer states are compatible.

Also, Isofix bases are not all the same. Some connect with a support leg, a top tether, and some with no third point.

Which Isofix base for maxi Cosi pebble

  • Pebble Pro iSize- FamilyFix2
  • Pebble Pro i-size- FamilyFix3
  • Pebble Plus infant carriers- 2WayFix
  • Pebble 360- FamilyFix 360

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  • EasyFix
  • FamilyFix
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Can Isofix be fitted to any car?

No, Isofix seats will not fit in just any car, even if the car has Isofix brackets. You need to check with your child car seat manufacturer.

When will Isofix be compulsory/will Isofix become law?

Isofix is mandatory in all new cars manufactured after November 2012 but, iSize is going to be the new standard in the future as it aims to provide universal means of safe installation of all car seats in all vehicles.

Can Isofix be retrofitted?

Yes, if you have a vehicle without the Isofix system, you can have the Isofix bracket retrofitted. And, this is possible for the majority of vehicles from different manufacturers.

Can I use a European car seat in the US?

No, it is not legal to use a European car seat in the US and vice versa because of the difference in regulations.

Isofix installation steps

To install an Isofix car seat, follow the steps below.

  1. Locate the Isofix points in your car. Look for the label, or feel with your hand deep in the gap where the seat and backrest meet.
  1. Locate the Isofix connectors (two metal prongs sticking out of the back) on the child seat or base
  1. Line the connectors and the Isofix slots and then push them into one another. You will hear a click or visible color change from red to green if the base or child car seat has an indicator to show installation is correct.
  1. If using the top tether, connect the top tether strap to its fixing point in the car.
  2. If using a child car seat with a supporting leg, make sure to adjust it correctly so that the seat is firmly braced onto the floor. Some have an indicator that turns green when the leg is set correctly.

5 Convertible Car Seats for Girls in 2021

In this post, I have reviewed the best convertible car seats for a girl. If you are a parent with a baby girl, this post is for you as I have spent several hours researching the most ideal convertible car seats for girls in the market today.

There are many convertible car seats in the market, but it’s a tough choice for a baby girl or your granddaughter as there are few options marketed towards girls. But don’t worry; we will help you get a convertible car seat that your girl will adore. To do that, we start by guiding you on how to make the right choice- what to look for and then give you a shortlist of the only seats we could find fit for girls.

Reviews of Convertible Car Seats for Girls in 2021

Disney Baby Apt 50 Convertible Car Seat

Disney has always stayed on top of its game to entertain kids with its delightful characters throughout the years. And we are pretty sure that your little girl would be excited to ride in their Minnie mouse convertible car seat.

The Disney Apt 50 is a great car seat that will last a good couple of years. It converts from a rear-facing seat for children from 5 up to 40 pounds to a forward-facing seat to be used from 22 to 65 pounds. With 6 harness adjustable height positions and 3 buckles, this car seat continues to provide a comfortable fit as your child grows. Plus, it has a good amount of padding, head cushion, and cup holders, which add extra comfort.

The car seat also ensures maximum protection for your child during rides with side impact protection and a 5 point harness. In addition, it is FAA certified for use in an airplane, and being a lightweight and narrow seat, makes the Disney Apt 50 an excellent travel option as well.

Pros

  • Fun Minnie mouse design that little girls will love
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Side impact protection to protect your child from accidents
  • Easy installation with Latch system
  • Comfortable with infant insert and adequate padding
  • Easy care, machine washable, and dryer safe removable seat pad

Cons

  • Bulky and takes up a lot of space, especially in compact cars.

Disney Baby Jive 2-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

This one is yet another option for all Minnie and Disney fans, but this time the seat has stripes with little Minnies all over the back, which is so cute.

The seat is designed to give your little girl a comfortable ride with its soft fabric and cushions throughout the years. Rear-facing your child can ride when they are 5 pounds until 40 pounds. It also switches to a forward-facing seat for your child to ride when they hit 22 pounds up to 65 pounds.

Like any safe car seat in the market today, the Jive 2-in-1 is tested and found to exceed federal safety requirements. In addition, it provides side impact protection and a 5 point harness to ensure your child is safe and secure during rides.

The car seat is easy to use with Latch for installation, removable and machine wash friendly, and dryer safe fabrics. So whether you plan to take your little girl for road adventures or air travel to some exotic locations, this seat has got your back. It is lightweight, air travel-ready, and equipped with two cup holders to keep snacks and drinks within easy reach.

Pros

  • Adorable design
  • Includes a removable head and body pillow
  • Side impact protection
  • Machine washable and dryer safe fabrics
  • Airplane ready
  • Latch equipped for easy installation

Cons

  • The seat doesn’t feel stable when installed rear-facing. The manufacturer recommends putting a rolled towel, but customers still find it does not get the seat to stay snug.

Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat, Ride Rear Facing Longer with Extend2Fit

Graco Extend2Fit has consistently been a favorite for many parents because of its high rear-facing weight limit, easy installation and affordability, and ability to fit in any type of car. And now your baby girl will fall in love with the seat because of the soft pink colored fabrics.

The Extend 2Fit has a 50-pound weight limit, allowing kids to ride rear-facing longer than many other convertible car seats. In addition, just like the name implies, it has an extendable panel that provides kids with five inches of legroom to allow them to stay rear-facing more comfortably.

The seat also tends to provide a better fit for kids of all ages, from smaller newborns from 4 pounds all the way to 65 pounds, and switches from rear-facing to forward-facing once your child reaches 22 pounds. Additionally, since the car seat can sit almost upright when rear-facing, it allows taller parents and those with small cars to get a comfortable fit.

The Extend 2Fit is built with Graco Protect plus to ensure maximum protection during a crash and an adjustable 5 point safety harness to secure your child. It also includes other user-friendly features that make it a delight to use, such as fuss-free harness storage pockets, no-rethread harness, and indicators to help with correct installation.

Pros

  • Allows extended rear-facing up to 50 pounds
  • More recline angles and indicators to ensure correct installation
  • Provides great value since it can be used from infancy up to 65 pounds
  • Generous padding to keep your child comfortable
  • High safety ratings and evidence during a crash

Cons

  • The wide seat, not suitable for three across
  • Square dual cup holders do not fit sippy cups which defeats their purpose

Baby Trend Trooper 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

Baby Trend Trooper is one of the best-rated convertible seats as it has great functionality. If your girl loves the color pink, this convertible car seat will be a great choice. However, take notice that once you take out the pink seat pad at 18 pounds, there will be very little pink color left.

The Trooper 3-in-1 is lightweight and very slim, making it an excellent choice, especially for travel because you don’t feel weighed down when lugging around, and the narrow design allows you to fit three in the back and on the plane.

This seat sits small babies from 4 pounds up to 40 pounds rear-facing and from 22 pounds to 65 pounds forward-facing. Deep side wings surround your little one in safety, while the premium cushions provide great support and comfort. There is also a cup holder on one side to keep their sippy cups or snacks within easy reach.

The car seat is equipped with a Latch for easy installation, and there are bubble indicators to ensure the correct recline angle during installation. It also has fabrics that come off for easy cleaning when the mess happens.

Pro

  • Can be used from birth up to 65 pounds
  • Adequate padding for comfort
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Can easily fit three in the back

Cons 

  • Complaints that it’s not true to color
  • Buckle straps are hard to adjust

Diono Radian 3R, 3-in-1 Convertible Rear and Forward Facing Convertible Car Seat

Diono Radian Convertible Car Seat for Girls

Besides having a girly color, the Diono Radian 3R is the one for you if you are looking for a narrow convertible seat that will comfortably fit three in the back seat or one that keeps your child rear-facing longer.

Radian 3R works as a rear-facing, forward-facing, and eventually a belt-positioning booster seat for kids up to 120 pounds or until they no longer need a child car seat. And with a life span of 10 years, this is the only car seat your child will ever need, saving you money in the long run.

Radian 3R is made with a steel-reinforced core and deep aluminum sidewalls that are padded with energy-absorbing foam to provide superior side impact protection.

The car seat also comes with super Latch connectors that make installation quicker and easier. In addition, the connectors produce an audible click indicator to let you know you have installed the car seat correctly. The five-point harness and headrest are also easily adjusted without uninstalling the car seat to rethread it, saving you time and energy.

The car seat is very heavy, but it has the ability to fold flat for easy transportation and storage in tight spaces. It is also FAA approved for use in airplanes.

Pros

  • Foldable design for easy storage
  • Allows children to ride rear-facing longer
  • SuperLatch connectors come with an audible click indicator that lets you know when you have installed the car set correctly
  • Advanced safety features provide side impact protection and reduce impact force in the forward-facing position
  • Machine washable fabrics

Cons 

  • Doesn’t come with an infant insert
  • Although it has a portable design, it’s pretty heavy to carry
  • It takes a lot of space from the front passenger when installed rear-facing

What makes a convertible car seat best for a girl? – Features to look out for

Choosing the right convertible seat for your girl comes down to many aspects such as:

Seat dimensions

Car seats differ in size and shape; some are wider or narrower than others, while others may be taller or shorter. When choosing, make sure the car will fit in your car.

Safety features

Look for features like a sturdy frame with side impact protection, shock absorption, padding, and high-quality materials.

Safety indicators

The best car seats have a built-in leveling system and indicators to show if you have installed the seat correctly.

Ease of installation

Most car seats can be installed using the vehicle seat belt or Latch system. The Latch system is an easier way for installing using built-in anchors and tethers. Remember not to exceed the maximum weight limit of your car seat’s Latch and to switch over to seat belt install once you exceed them.

Higher rear-facing weight limit

Research shows that small children are safer riding in the rear-facing configuration than in the forward-facing mode. If possible, choose a convertible seat with a higher rear-facing weight limit so your child can get the benefits of the safest position as long as possible.

Style

For a girl, you want vibrant and girly colors, not dull, monochromatic ones. In addition, you want to choose a durable fabric that is also easy to clean when it gets dirty.

Why attractive colors are good for girls

We live in a world where gender lines are drawn even with things as simple as colors, and you can see this lot better by just how manufacturers to market items aimed at boys and girls. For example, for girls, it’s always pink while for boys it is blue. If you walk into a room with a newborn, you can certainly tell by looking at their clothes and blanket colors if it’s a boy or girl. Perhaps this comes from deep-rooted cultural influence even though there are no set rules about what colors are exclusively feminine or masculine.

In 2003, Joe Hallock conducted a study and compared color preference across people of various demographics worldwide, and the results may shock you.

Both men and women choose blue as their favorite color, with 35% of female participants being in favor and more than half of the male participants.

However, the most notable difference was that while 23% of female participants considered purple as their favorite color, no male participants chose it as their favorite.

The highest percentage of male participants named brown their least favorite color, while women chose orange as their least favorite.

When it came to choosing mixed colors: 

Women participants preferred colors that are closer to red where shades of pink, but both had the same preference in regards to dark and light colors. Again it was shown women prefer softer colors while men love bright colors more.

In another experiment by Mclnnis and Shearer, it was shown that women loved tints more than shades. A tint, in this case, is any color with white added, while a shade is any color where black is added. As you can see, women love colors like pink as they are soft, youthful, and soothing.

Another thing to note is that men have a very limited sense of colors-they keep it very simple while women are more expressive or specific, as shown in the following chart.

So to answer the question, it’s important to choose attractive colors for your girl because colors affect us and influence how we feel and what we like or dislike. Attractive colors promote feelings of calm, warmth, and radiance to personality. 

And even if, as a little baby, they can’t tell the difference as they grow, you can be sure colors will affect them as one study showed where one-year-old boys and girls were shown pairs of identical items but with one pink item and another of a second color. The result was that both had no preference to choose pink over any other color. However, at two years of age, girls started liking pink, and by four years of age, boys were determined to reject pink.