The Best Baby Equipment For Travelling in Safety
Welcoming a new baby into the world can be a really exciting time for expecting parents.
However, when it comes to deciding what baby equipment you need to buy for travel and safety, things can quickly start to become a little overwhelming. With this in mind we have put together a guide to help give expecting parents’ peace of mind when it comes to picking the best baby products for their new arrival.
A travel system is a must-have product for all parents. They are very practical making your journey an all-round more pleasant experience for both parent and baby. Travel systems are generally available to purchase as either a 2 or 3 piece set. Included with a 2in1 travel system is the frame, carrycot and stroller seat unit. A 3in1 travel system comes with the same parts as a 2in1, plus a car seat included.
All these pieces can then be easily clicked on and off a main frame transforming your stroller to best suit baby’s needs. The great thing about this is that it means your travel system can grow with your baby as they get bigger. The carrycot can be used for newborns up until about 6 months old. As baby begins to grow past this stage, simply switch out the carrycot for the stroller seat unit and you’re good to go.
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A question often asked by many new parents is what makes a 3-piece travel system better than a 2 piece. The answer to this really is simple. With a car seat included in your travel system, there is no need to disrupt baby when moving them back and forth between the stroller and the car. The car seat can be clicked on and off the main frame of the pushchair meaning there is no need to wake a sleeping baby when it is time to get out of the car.
It can also be difficult trying to match up a car seat to a 2in1 travel system at a later date as car seats are not universal. When you buy a travel system with a matching car seat you have a guaranteed match which will save you both time and money in the long run.
When buying a car seat, it is strongly advised against buying second hand. The thought of saving a little extra cash may sound tempting at first, but the safety of your baby is ultimately being compromised as there is no sure way of knowing the true history of the car seat. Structural damage from a previous collision will not be visible from an outward appearance but will prevent the car seat from providing maximum protection in the way that it should.
Another thing to consider when purchasing a car seat is to take note of whether or not the car seat in question can be positioned in both forward and rearward facing position. Ideally it is best to look for a car seat that allows your child to sit in rear facing position for as long as possible. Rear facing position is considered to be the safest way for children to travel when in the car. If in a head on collision a rear facing car seat provides the head, neck and spine of your little one with an added level of support as the movement of these fragile areas is greatly restricted.
With so many different makes and models of strollers on the market it can be hard trying to choose the best stroller for you and your little one. However, as with all essential baby products, safety should be the number one priority on every parent’s mind. When narrowing down your list of potential strollers, only consider choosing one that is equipped with a 5-point safety harness to ensure maximum protection for your child when out and about. For UK weather make sure you equip your stroller with a nice warm footmuff and look for a stroller that includes a free raincover as standard.
Also try and find a lightweight stroller, something less that 10kgs would be ideal. Some even weight as little as 7kgs. Lightweight strollers are easy to get around with and usually feature a compact fold meaning they can easily fit into most car boots.
Infababy pride themselves on providing parents across the UK with baby products of the highest standards. All of their products have been tried and tested, passing all European and UK standards with distinction. With many of their Travel Systems, Prams, Strollers and Car Seats winning a variety of prestigious awards you can be confident in knowing that with Infababy the comfort and safety of your little one comes first. For more information on any of their products you can visit their website at www.infababy.com