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Top tips for living in the city with a baby and wi...

Top tips for living in the city with a baby and without a car  

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How to get around the city with a baby and without a car 

If you live in the city with a great public transport system, the chances are you don’t have a car. When you can hop on the bus, tube, or train to get about town, and order all your groceries online, then why would you, right? All the steps and stairs involved in taking public transport can make it tricky once you become a parent though. But getting around the city with a baby and without a car doesn’t need to be difficult. The secret is definitely choosing the right stroller and car seat – read on for our top tips.

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Getting home from the hospital

The NHS recommends that you bring your newborn home from the hospital in a car seat. If you don’t have a car, you can ask friends or family to drive you home, or book a taxi. Fitting an infant carrier safely in a car that you’re not familiar with can be stressful though. Especially when you are tired after the birth and you want to get your little one home as quickly as possible!

A groundbreaking new car seat, the Nuna pipa™ urbn is installed using an advanced, built-in ISOFIX system. The baseless installation feature allows for a super secure and faff-free install in seconds, making it perfect for taxi travel or use in friends and family’s cars.

The pipa™ urbn is an absolute game changer if you don’t have a car. And at only 3.3kg, it’s super lightweight – making it ideal for city living.

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Getting out and about on public transport

If you live in the city with a baby and without a car, getting around the city on public transport can seem super daunting at first. The key is organisation. Plan your journey in advance, researching a ‘step-free’ route. Keeping an alternative route in mind can be handy as well, so you don’t panic if there are cancellations or diversions!

Allow extra time to get out of the house and make sure your changing bag is packed with everything you need. Take more nappies than you think you’ll use, wipes, toys to entertain your little one, and water for you. Leaving with plenty of time will make the journey less stressful too.

Luckily, there are lots of kind people out there! You’d be surprised at how willing people are to help you lift your stroller or give up a seat for you. However, having a lightweight travel system definitely means you won’t need to rely on strangers to help you as much.

The Nuna triv™ next is a great choice if you live in the city. It weighs just 8.72kg, and folds up quickly with one hand – making it easy to get onto trains and buses. All-wheel suspension ensures a comfortable ride for your little one. The seat also has a four position recline, for napping on the go.

The triv™ next also converts easily to a travel system. It can be paired with the Nuna pipa™ urbn (and other infant carriers in the pipa™ range) with the included post adapter. This is so handy if your public transport plans fall through and you need to hop into a taxi. The triv™ next will fit easily into the boot, and as the pipa™ urbn doesn’t require an ISOFIX base you won’t need to worry if your travel plans change at the last minute.

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How to choose a car seat if you don’t have a car

Experts recommend that you try out several different car seats in your car, before you decide which one to buy. This is obviously impossible if you don’t own a car! The reason this is recommended is so that you can check that the ISOFIX base fits properly. This is to ensure car seat safety.

If you live in city with a baby and without a car, you’re likely to be using your car seat in taxis, and friends and family’s vehicles. As these cars will all be different, it can be tricky to know which car seat to go for.

The Nuna pipa™ urbn is a really great choice if you don’t have a car. It can be installed in two seconds with the integrated ISOFIX connectors. This means you won’t need to re-install the ISOFIX base every time you travel with your baby in a different vehicle.

Safety features are also really important to consider – especially if you’ll be travelling in someone else’s car and need extra peace of mind. The pipa™ urbn has Side Impact Protection (SIP) and Aeroflex™ foam for ultimate safety.

With one-handed vehicle and pushchair release, the pipa™ urbn is also super easy to transfer from stroller to car and back again. Used as a travel system with the super compact Nuna triv™ next, it’s really easy to get around the city with baby.

Plus, the pipa™ urbn is TUV aircraft certified to travel. This makes it a great option if you like to hop in a cab to the airport and jet out of the city.

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Choosing a stroller for city living

There’s lots of lightweight strollers on the market, so what are the things you should look out for when you’re choosing the best one for city living?

If you don’t have a car and you live in the city, make sure you choose a stroller that’s really compact and lightweight. This will give you the option to travel with it on public transport, and make it much easier to hop into taxis and other people’s cars.

A smooth one hand fold is also really important. Especially if you live in a small city apartment where there’s not much storage. The lightweight Nuna triv™ next folds easily with one hand, and stands up on its own, making it easy to store.

If you don’t have a car, it’s likely that your baby will be spending less time in a car seat, and more time in their stroller. Making sure that you choose a stroller that’s comfortable for your little one and easy for you to manoeuvre, is really key. Suitable from birth, the Nuna triv™ next is designed with comfort in mind. It has all-wheel suspension, a one-touch braking system, and large wheels for smooth city strolls.

This is a Paid Partnership with Nuna.

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