Here are our favorite products for moving around with baby. You may also like to see my list of 8 Best Baby Travel products.
BUGABOO CAMELEON 3
This was our number one choice for our every day stroller. Years ago I lived with my Uncle and his wife and their two young boys, and they had a bugaboo that I got to know very well. I immediately knew that one day, this would be the stroller I would have to get when I had a baby. Luckily, my in laws gifted the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 to us when Zayd was born. The Cameleon has lots of different features that we love.
- This stroller glides beautifully. It really feels like you’re pushing it on a cloud.
- The Cameleon comes with a bassinet that can be used for 0-6 months and a seat that can be used from 6 months until approximately 3 years.
- Most car seats are compatible with the Cameleon and can easily be clipped on to the stroller frame, making it easy to move baby from the car to the stroller without having to disturb sleep.
- The handle can be adjusted to fit the height of the person pushing it.
- The handle can also be moved back and forth making it easy to push the stroller up to a table if you don’t have a high chair for example, or if you would like to have the big wheels in the front when you’re at the beach or on a hike.
- I love that I can pick up the seat and turn it around to either face me or have it’s back towards me. (This is great when you have a fussy child who would rather see the world)
- The undercarriage can be a little hard to get to when the seat is in the upright position. It comes with a drawstring covered top so your belongings can be hidden away, sometimes that’s useful (like if it’s raining), but sometimes it can be a little annoying.
- Unlike some other strollers on the market, the foot rest can not be moved up, so baby’s feet are always dangling unless the whole seat is in the recline position.
- The Cameleon 3 does not make the best travel stroller since it’s pretty big even when folded and placed in its travel bag.
- Finally, it is considered to be one of the more expensive strollers on the market. It’s extremely high quality and will last for years and years to be used to with multiple pregnancies. It also has a pretty high resale value and can be sold for close to 50% of it’s retail price even years later.
There’s a reason this is one of the best travel strollers on the market. Besides the fact that it looks stylish and glides so easily when you push it with one hand, it also only weighs 13 lbs making it easy to carry around. Since we had the Bugaboo I was convinced I wound never need another stroller, but when we decided to go traveling around Asia for a few months, I started to look at lightweight travel stroller options. Never did I plan on owning a Yoyo+ since we already had one pretty pricey stroller. (A yoyo+ costs around $500 USD!). I was pretty lucky when my cousin called and told me that she had just been to the second hand store in town and saw that they had one of these guys for sale. I then of course headed over to see it as soon as I could and boy was I happy I did! I ended up buying it for $50! I was really lucky with the price since the people selling it had no idea how much it originally cost. A few bucks later and we had a brand new fabric set too. Let’s just say I still talk about it as being the deal of the century haha!
- The Yoyo+ can be used from 0-6 months in the flat nest and from 6 months to around 40 lbs (4-5 year old) in the upright position. The same frame can accommodate both positions.
- This stroller feels like silk and can easily be pushed one handed while the other hand pulls a suitcase or holds a coffee.
- The seat it fairly easy to recline and although doesn’t go flat, it is still goes back at enough of a recline for nap time.
- It’s claim to fame is it’s ease of opening and closing. It’s actually unbelievable that it can be opened and closed with just one had. (Click here –> I had to see this to believe it!)
- This stroller can fit in a backpack (sold separately) that can be carried on your back, which is really perfect when traveling.
- The hood is SPF 50 which is great for traveling and also has a peek through window up top to spy on sleeping baby.
- There’s a big zippered pocked under the handle for storing diapers and wipes or a phone and wallet for quick trips (this is so practical!)
- The handlebar isn’t adjustable so that may be an issue if you’re very tall or very short.
- It is one of the most (if not the most) expensive travel strollers on the market.
- The undercarriage is quite small and doesn’t fit much.
- Since the stroller is so lightweight, it makes it difficult to hand a diaper bag on the handle without being afraid the stroller will fall over.
MAXI COSI MICO CAR SEAT
We love our Maxi Cosi Mico car seat. A really good friend gifted it to us when Zayd was born and boy are we grateful for that. We initially didn’t think we needed to get a car seat because Zayd was born in downtown Toronto and we don’t have a car. Also, the birth center where he was born had car seats for rent. After lots of discussions with friends I have who already have kids, I was convinced we’d be happier with one. It just makes life a little easier if we needed to take a cab somewhere or for when we traveled. A lot of the time we actually would go out for walks with the car seat attached to our Bugaboo instead of the bassinet. I liked letting Zayd sit up right and see the world sometimes. He did too!
- The Maxi Cosi attached to our Bugaboo pretty easily with the extra attachment clips (sold separately)
- It’s very lightweight at only about 9 lbs. This makes it very easy to move from the car to the stroller base and to travel with.
- The entire fabric set comes off and can be washed in the washing machine. (Perfect when you have accidents)
- It comes with an extra head support pillow for newborns.
- It can be used for around a year (5 lbs to 22 lbs) which may not be the best option for a family who does little traveling and doesn’t want to invest in more than one car seat.
- The sun shade could be a little bigger but I used a car seat cover for when we were out and it worked fine.
- The base is sold separately and although you don’t really need to purchase it (you can strap the car seat into any car using a regular seat belt), it does make it a lot easier and saves time to just snap it in a clip it out when using the base.
LILLEBABY COMPLETE ALL SEASONS CARRIER
This is hands down the best carrier on the market! I’ve been using it for 16 months now and I feel like it’s growing beautifully with Zayd. We’ve literally been using it since the first week of his life. I don’t know how we would have survived without it. It’s been all around the world with us. We used it in really hot climates with the mesh exposed and in really cold winters with the mesh area zipped up for more warmth. I’ve worn it and Waseem has worn it. It’s just the best. Zayd even loves it and will see either of us putting it on and come right towards us because he knows he’ll be going for a walk.
- Can be worn with a baby from 7lbs to 45 lbs
- We love the fact that baby can be in this carrier from birth and that you don’t need to purchase and infant insert to use it with a newborn.
- The main reason we were interested in this carrier is because there is a flap on the front of it that can be rolled down exposing a mesh window for hotter climates. The window can also be closed up for colder weather.
- It’s great that there are six different positions you can put baby in with the Lillebaby all seasons. We loved having Zayd on our back for nap time while we were out exploring on our trips.
- This has to be one of the most comfortable carriers our there. It comes with a lumbar support piece that really counters the weight on the baby on your front. Zayd now weighs about 22 lbs and I can comfortably wear him for a little over an hour before getting tired.
- The straps can be worn like a backpack and also crisscrossed for someone more petite or to make it easier to nurse while baby wearing.
- The torso is extra tall for bigger babies (or toddlers) and provides extra neck and back support that can be snapped up or down.
- The seat area can be changed to wide for facing Mom or narrow for facing out. This makes carrying baby way more comfortable.
- One of the best things about this carrier is that you can use it with baby front facing. This was a priority for us since we knew we would be doing a lot of traveling and we wanted to make sure we had the option of Zayd seeing the world. You’d be surprised how many carriers don’t have this as an option.
- Can you tell I could go on and on?
- One more thing! There are soooo many different design options for this carrier I will say picking out your favorite is definitely the hardest part!
- It’s a little bit bulky if you want to travel with it. I wish it came with a travel case or a way to wrap it up to make it more compact.
- We really have used it like crazy so some of the stitching has come undone and I had to sew it up myself (so it doesn’t look the best) but I will actually say that this may just be because we traveled around Asia with it for 4 months and used it every single day (there are hardly any sidewalks in Bali and Vietnam so we didn’t use a stroller much)
BAMBOO MOBY WRAP
For as much as we love our Lillebaby Complete All Seasons carrier, we also have a very soft spot in our heart for our Moby wrap. This was another gift Zayd got when we was born and boy did we use it like crazy.
- The bamboo fabric is just the softest we’ve ever felt.
- Zayd loved sleeping in this carrier for hours when he was first born. It kept him close enough to my chest that he could hear my heartbeat and I think that really helped calm him.
- I found the soft fabric carriers to be the best for using around the house to get things done while your newborn sleeps (bonus: it’s also a workout!).
- It can take some time to figure out how to best wrap up baby but once you do it’s a piece of cake! (Check this video out for some help)
- I found it hard to use while out of the house because I was always trying to make sure the fabric wasn’t falling on the floor as I was tying it up.
- I found that Zayd and I only liked using this wrap until he was about 4 months old and then he got a bit too heavy and the fabric kept loosening while I was carrying him, which got a little annoying.
- It’s pretty pricey at $45 and I don’t see getting one if you already have a structured carrier (because you can ultimately use them for much longer).
Something you want to keep in mind when you’re putting together a registry or making a list of what you need when baby arrives is a safe place for baby to hang out while you’re doing things around the house. It’s ideal to have a seat or a basket of some sort that you can move around the house with you. For us the BabyBjorn Bouncer did that job. This is a really simple seat that bounces when you push it or when baby kicks. Some people prefer battery or electric operated swings or seats that sway or rock but for us we wanted to find something that did a little less and was very compact.
- The BabyBjorn Bouncer is very light and can easily be picked up and carried around the house with you. (or taken to Grandmas house!)
- The seat has three different positions. Baby can be be seated upright, at an angle to rest and observe and in a sleep position. It can also be folded flat for easy storage.
- The fabric is easily removed and machine washable.
- You can buy an add on wooden toy that clips across baby to keep him entertained.
- It’s on the more expensive side costing about $200. It can however be used from newborn until the age of two by turning the fabric around and making a seat for older children. With that price tag, most people won’t opt to also add the clip on toy which is a shame cause Zayd really enjoyed it.
- If you have a bigger baby, he may outgrow the bouncing position very quickly. Luckily Zayd is a little guy so he was able to use it for close to 9 months.
If you found this article useful you may want to check out my other posts titled 5 Best Baby Sleep Products or 8 Best Baby Travel Products.