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Pushchairs, travel systems, and car seats: how to ...

Pushchairs, travel systems, and car seats: how to choose the best transportation for your child

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Whether you’re a new parent or you’re adding to/upgrading your existing set-up, choosing a pram, pushchair, or car seat is an important investment to get right. 

Buying everything in one place ensures that you will have all bases covered and one of our go-tos is the Signature collection from household name Joie. A luxe range with everything you need for getting around with your little one in tow, it’s designed for everyday living and is built to last as you grow your family. From multitasking prams to safety-first car seats, here we take you through the key kit…


The smartest option when buying a pram is to go for a travel system. You’ll be using your car seat a lot in the newborn phase and it’s handy to be able to attach it to your stroller frame – especially if your baby has nodded off enroute to your destination. 

A design with sturdy wheels and good suspension will give your little one a comfy ride on different terrains – whether you’re off on a woodland walk or out shopping in town. And a roomy basket is brilliant for stowing groceries and everything you need for family days out. 

But multitasking prams don’t have to be big and heavy. The Joie finiti 4in1 pushchair weighs in at just 11.21kg and is compatible with a carry cot, infant carrier, forward and rear-facing seat. Suitable from birth onwards, we love how effortlessly it adjusts to your little one’s ever-changing needs. 

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Carrier car seats are perfect for newborns. Best bought as part of a travel system, they are useful for attaching to your stroller frame or carrying your little one inside if they’ve drifted off to sleep in the car. 

The Joie i-Level i-Size car seat cleverly converts to a lie-flat lounger with a deep 157° ergonomic recline, providing better oxygen flow for safer snoozing. It’s pushchair compatible with adaptors; and it grows with your little one with an adjustable headrest and harness – so that you can use it from birth up to 85cm or 13kgs. Most importantly, however, it’s extra safe with a Tri-Protect™ headrest featuring Intelli-Fit™ memory foam that’s engineered for optimal head and neck security.

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Compact pushchairs are great for urban living, especially if you use public transport a lot. Easy to fold down, they are a practical option if you are limited on storage space or have to lug your buggy up and down stairs. 

Not only for city dwellers though, a lightweight buggy is also a must-have for parents living in less built-up areas. You’ll find it becomes your go-to for quick trips out and about – such as the nursery pick up and drop off or grabbing groceries. And of course they are brilliant for holidays – whether you’re flying abroad or off on a staycation. 

We recommend looking for a design that you can use in the lie-flat position, which will see you through from birth all the way into toddlerhood. One of our favourites is the Joie tourist compact pushchair. Perfect for everyday use, it cleverly combines a carry cot, infant carrier and forward facing seat. 

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Once your little one has grown out of their carrier car seat, you will need to invest in a booster seat. Safety and comfort will of course be the most important things to consider, but innovative design features can really set a seat apart. 

The Joie i-Traver i-Size car seat has it all – style, safety, and plush cushioning and fabrics to make every journey feel first class. Suitable for little ones measuring 100-150cm (or about 3 and a half years and up), it has all the latest safety upgrades including exclusive side-impact certification and ISOFIX-only install. It also has a 10-position headrest that adjusts with one hand; a 3-position AutoAdjust™ seat depth for growing legs; and a 2-position adjustable back rest to keep little ones comfy. Best-of-all, it’s super-easy to install. 

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