Whether by land, by sea, or by air, if you're traveling with a baby there are two pieces of gear you really cannot do without—a stroller and a car seat. (And depending on where you're staying, a portable crib. Remember, most hotels offer cribs or pack n' plays for families. Just bring your own sheets.)
Lately, several genius inventions have hit the market aimed at making strollers and car seats easier on parents to haul around, such as the Babyzen Yoyo, a lightweight stroller can be folded up and stuffed into an airline's overhead compartment. Same goes for the Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller. There's also the Sit n' Stroll which converts from a car seat to a stroller and vice versa and fits exactly into those airplane aisles.
But recently we were wowed by something called Doona, a stroller that collapses into a bucket car seat...in...one...easy...shot. Really! And no extra car seat base needed.
We could walk you through the process of how to collapse the stroller, but that would probably take up too much of your time. Instead, here's diagram of how simple it is to operate. Instructions on how to strap into the car are on the side of the bucket but a detailed version can be found here (go to page 47.) This is a perfect car seat + stroller combo for trips, especially if you're heading to a big city and plan on taxi-ing around town. We've witnessed it in action and it's all sorts of amazing.
That said, there are a few catches. It's really only for infants up to 35 pounds. And of course, it's only a rear-facing car seat. There's no room to grow in this thing. It also weighs in at 16.5 pounds, which is actually not bad. For comparison, a Graco Snap and Go stroller is about 13 pounds. With the infant car seat added, it's a little more than 20. Alas, you can't fold it up and put it in the overhead but if you buy a seat for your baby, or if you luck out and there's no one sitting next to you, you can strap the car seat into the airplane seat.
The final catch is the cost: $500. Which is a fortune for a travel stroller. However, you could totally make it your everday errands type of stroller. Or maybe there's a really generous relative perusing your baby registry. Otherwise, we'll keep our fingers crossed that Graco or Chicco will make a similar and more affordable stroller in the very near future.
Here's a video from Doona on how it works. Click the On-the-Go mode to see how easily it goes from a stroller to a car seat. Then click the Car-Seat mode to learn how to install the car seat into a car.
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