What is a travel system?
A travel system is a buggy that can be used with a Group 0+ infant car seat.
How do travel systems work?
Travel systems allow you to easily attach and remove a Group 0+/infant car seats onto the frame of a pushchair with compatible adaptors.
Will I need to buy a travel system?
You don’t have to buy a complete travel system, but you may want one if you often travel in a car with your newborn. Most pushchairs are travel system compatible with a wide variety of car seats, however, it’s worth remembering that not all car seats fit all cars, so please check that the car seat you are looking to buy can actually fit in your car first.
Also, car seats are for travelling in a car, not a bus or on a train, and they are not for sleeping in either. You shouldn’t keep your baby in a car seat for longer than 2 hours, the exception is if you’re using a lie-flat car seat.
If you are going out and not driving, it’s best to use the pushchair carrycot and not the infant car seat.
Car seats are vital safety tools for keeping children secure when travelling in a vehicle, not as a device where your child can sleep at home or on a shopping trip.
After 15 months, your little one will have to move onto a second stage (Group 1) car seat, and you can use the seat unit of the pushchair a buggy alone.
How much should I spend on a travel system?
There’s a huge range in travel system prices. Like most things, there are the budget versions and expensive models, how much you send really depends on your budget.
But to give you an idea on price, we’ve ordered these travel systems by cheapest to the most expensive, starting at a bargain £250 and going up to £1280!
These are the best travel systems you can buy…
1. Cosatto Wow Complete Travel System, £695, MadeForMums Awards Gold Winner Travel System over £500
Scooping a gold award for the second year running, this system comes in seven unique, head-turning patterns.
With its sturdy frame, reversible seat unit, roomy carrycot and large shopping basket, our judges were impressed. And it’s great value for money too. Wow!
It’s also light – weighing just 7.3kg with the seat or 9.7kg with the carrycot attached, and it folds down to 82cm x 58cm x 31cm.
Add the Port Group 0+ car seat for £174.95, and a matching footmuff (£59.95) and change bag (£59.95).
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Cosatto Wow Travel System:
“The system is easy and simple to put together. The quality is excellent, and it looks stylish. It is lightweight and compact for easy handling, and when collapsed it is easy to fit into the boot of a car.” Christina, mum-of-two.
“Great travel system for parents who want to stand out from the crowd, the Cosatto Wow combines unique designs with well thought-out features like the one-handed system to remove the carrycot, and a one-handed adjustable foot rest, which makes life easier. The carrycot is deep and comfy, and the basket is large and I love the hidden storage pocket. Quality car seat that can be used belted in the car.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda.
Read our full review of the Cosatto Wow travel system here.
You can buy the Cosatto Wow travel system from Cosatto, Pramworld and Mothercare.
2. Red Kite Push Me Fusion Complete Travel System, £260, MadeForMums Awards Joint Silver Winner Travel system under £500
Suitable from birth and packed with features including a one-hand fold, reversible and convertible seat unit/carrycot, there’s plenty of bang for your buck with this 2018 silver award-winning travel system.
Leatherette details, a brushed aluminium chassis, and the package includes a Group 0+ car seat, reversible seat liner, bumper bar and a rain cover.
Weighing 15kg, it folds down to 82cm x 66cm x 34cm.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Red Kite Push Me Fusion Travel System:
“Fantastic value for money, easy to use travel system.” MFM Reviews Editor, Hazelann.
“I thought being able to change the seat into a carrycot was brilliant – I’ve never seen that before and thought it was extremely innovative and space-saving! The car seat was easy to fix onto the frame, and its inclusion made the whole thing even more fantastic value for money.’ Elizabeth, mum-of-two.
Read our full review of the Red Kite Push Me Fusion Travel system here.
You can buy the Red Kite Push Me Fusion from Asda, Kiddies Kingdom and Online4baby
3. Roma Vita Complete Travel System, £400, MadeForMums Awards Joint Silver Winner Travel System Under £500
Many parents opt for a travel system because it gives you everything you need right from the get-go, and this is no exception. The Roma Vita system includes the Vita stroller, carrycot, car seat, changing bag, footmuff and raincover – all for just £400.
And it looks fantastic too. We put the system – designed by TV star Amy Childs – through its paces, and it was certainly a head -turner when out and about.
Practical features such as the 2-way facing seat that reclines to full lie-back position is a great touch, and the large hood with viewing window makes a fun ride for your little one.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Roma Vita Travel System:
“I was actually really surprised at how light it was and the fact it comes with a carry handle at the side, makes it really easy to lift and transport, in comparison to other systems. The chassis also comes with a compact, self-standing fold, which made it super simple to fold up and store in a small space.” Nikki, mum-of-one.
“My favourite part is the sleek design and the navy and tan colour.” Katy, mum-of-three.
You can buy the Roma Vita travel system from Roma Prams.
4. My Babiie MB200+ Complete Travel System, £349.99, MadeForMums Awards Bronze Winner Travel System under £500
Designed with Billie Faiers, the rose gold and blush My Babiie MB200+ certainly looks the part. So, if you’re after a standout travel system for under £500, this could be the one for you.
A lightweight buggy with a large shopping basket, a height-adjustable handle and the fact it’s easy to fold, means this a popular choice with parents, and the reason it deserves its bronze award.
Included is a bassinet and Group 0+ Car Seat, both of which attach to the pushchair frame. It comes with a free raincover, cup holder and apron style footmuff too.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the My Babiie MB200+ Travel System:
“Great value for parents on a budget. Lots of extras. The rose gold and blush make it a real insta-pram.” Charlotte, mum-of-two.
“Once assembled, it is easy to change between bassinet, car seat and main seat, and to use the brakes, hood and fold-down.” Claire, mum-of-one.
You can buy the My Babiie MB200+ travel system from My Babiie and Precious Little One