Carseats & Strollers: Finding The Dream Duo
The struggle. Oh, the struggle of a) finding the perfect car seat in today’s onslaught of choice and b) actually getting your child to sit in said car seat without a major tantrum, probably ranks as one of the most stressful experiences… EVER. Are we right, mamas?!
Then you have the stroller compatibility debacle, which can be equally as traumatic. Well, fear not! To help ease your anxiety in finding the perfect combo for you and your child, we have done the hard work for you and listed our top 5 car seats along with their compatible strollers…
1. Maxi-cosi (Pebble, Pebble Plus & Cabrio Fix)
If Maxi-Cosi were a contestant in a beauty pageant, it would’ve already won the Miss Congeniality special award. Seriously, it’s that good. Touted as one of the most versatile car seats around, it can be paired with multiple stroller brands and models including (deep breath…) the Quinny Q Moodd, Quinny Zapp, Quinny Buzz, Mima Xari, and BabyZen Yoyo.
Rated as the top choice among parents – thanks to its optimum safety and comfort features- it can be installed with ISOFIX or with a car seat belt. Now that’s what we call a perfect all-rounder!
2. Chicco Keyfit 30
Chicco Keyfit 30 is the #1-rated infant car seat in America, thanks to its easy installation and safety features. Their ‘ReclineSure Leveling Foot’ adjusts to fit the vehicle seat angle and has an indicator which lets you know if you have installed it properly, is genius. Frequent travellers would also be well served with this car seat, as it conforms with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and the FAA also gave their seal of approval for it to be used on aircrafts.
As for the stroller compatibility, it can easily go with Chicco Bravo®, Urban™, Activ3®, TRE®, Neuvo®, Liteway® Plus, KeyFit® Caddy, Cortina®, Cortina® Magic and Cortina® Together Strollers. It’s like hitting the jackpot, right?
3. Besafe iZi Go
Rear-facing car seats are said to be 5 x safer than front-facing, and this is one of the considerations that BeSafe focused on when they created iZi Go. Aside from safety, they also took note of the fact that parents would need to carry the car seat around, so they designed the handle ergonomically. It also has a built-in sun canopy to provide shade to your little bundle of joy!
If ever there was a brand to challenge Maxi-Cosi for the compatibility title, then this one comes mighty close with several model options including Baby Jogger (City Mini, and City Select), BabyZen Yoyo+, Cybex Priam, Mima Xari, and Quinny Buzz. So, if you hit the roads often and want to turn some heads, The BeSafe iZi Go is a very respectable option indeed!
4. Graco Snugfix
If you’re a Graco fan, then this one’s for you! Snugfix has been designed to be your baby’s best friend, accompanying them from their first journey at birth, all the way through to 15 months. Compatiable with the Graco Evo and Evo XT Strollers, this car seat also has a brilliant safety addition of deep side wings that offers superior side impact protection.
5. Hauck Zero Plus
Car rides in the UAE can be pretty exhausting for your baby, especially when you consider how hot it can get during the summer months. With this in mind, we’ve included the Hauck Zero Plus as one of our top picks, as it truly is a car seat for all seasons. Thanks to clever interchangeable lining fabrics, you can keep your child calm and cool during the summer months and warm and cozy once winter sets in.