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In the Newborn Checklist I wrote that Ive never seen an umbrella stroller with an infant car seat stroller adapter. And I still havent seen one. But in the back of my mind, it was nagging me with the diversity of strollers available, there must be the best umbrella strollers for car seat compatibility.

After doing some research, I found out there are.

So Why Havent I Seen One?

Living in New York City where apartments run small you would think I would have seen at least one stroller like this. I couldnt wait to get an umbrella stroller when my child was born. But after doing exhaustive research I couldnt find a single one that accepted an infant car seat.

Getting an umbrella stroller from birth is a problem, as most have a hammock-style fabric, do not recline fully to 180 degrees and therefore have little head support. Not good for a newborn. Almost every umbrella strollers starting age is about 6 months.

Information presented on this site is based on the opinions of experts in the field of road safety, information from manufacturers of equipment, laboratory tests (crash-tests), and feedback from buyers and their extensive experience in testing convertible car seats (as a member of the laboratory of one of the largest manufacturers).

We have tried to provide information so that you can quickly choose the best car seat for your child and find the answers to all your questions!


What type of Car Seat should I choose?

Of all the things you buy for your child, a safety seat is one of the most important things. You will need a seat from the moment you bring your baby home until he or she is 8 or even later, depending on his/her size.

The scary thing is that over half of the child seats installed in cars today are installed incorrectly or parents are using the wrong car seat. You don’t always have to spend a ton of money to get the best car seat, as sometimes that just complicates things. We recommend planning ahead so that you can pick out the right car seat for your child and your car.

You want to look for a car seat that works with your child’s weight. Some of them will grow with your child, while others are exclusively for a certain size.

Finest car seats are

  1. Easy to use
  2. Tested in crash tests
  3. Ease of fit
  4. Comfortable for your baby (and another passenger in the back seat)

car seat and stroller

So what did most people do? What did I do?

I had an infant car seat with a Snap N Go Stroller. Then others get a travel system stroller (heavier, bulkier, pricier) that supports an infant car seat, sometimes bassinet and a toddler seat. Then the back-up was an umbrella stroller, like the Maclaren, because it was light and folded compactly. Great for travel and trips to the grocery store.

So before your child is two that counts as 2-3 strollers. Then what if you have a second baby. Well thats a whole other story.

At the time I was pregnant, it definitely seemed like no way would I put an infant plus an infant car seat on a tiny umbrella stroller. It just wouldnt be able to stand the weight. Yet, umbrella strollers that are compatible with infant car seats began to make their appearance in 2010.

That was way passed my due date. As some things are slow to catch on, I bet in the coming years I will be seeing umbrella strollers with an infant car seat attachment. If so, this just might change the landscape of stroller travel systems.

Now onto the strollers.

 

What is an Umbrella Car Seat Stroller?

There are lightweight strollers that support an infant car seat, like a Graco LiteRider Stroller. These strollers while lightweight are bulkier than an umbrella stroller when folded or unfolded.

So we are looking for a true umbrella stroller that has curved umbrella-type handles (thats where it gets its name), folds compactly and is lightweight. While you can still find a $10 umbrella stroller. A good one that will last you for years and multiple children is generally more expensive.

The Best Umbrella Strollers with Car Seat Compatibility

Heres a round up of the umbrellas strollers that are compatible with an infant car seat with some comparison stats. Arranged in ascending order by weight.

 

 

Ratings & Comparisons

Our ratings and comparisons look at the different products and compare them on a number of metrics. Remember that car seats are updated frequently, so there may be changes in measurements, however these should be noted on the official product pages.

When looking at the car seat reviews, take into consideration the needs of your own family and child – as each person and family needs something different. This page will be updated as frequently as possible because of the use.

Some of the things we will compare include:

  • Slot heights
  • Crotch buckle depths
  • Width, Height and Depth
  • Intended age
  • Weight limits
  • Height ranges
  • Lifespan expectancies

Each review will use the official description given by the production company.

 

 

Chicco Liteway Plus

  • 19 lbs.
  • weight capacity of 50 lbs
  • unfolded 35H x 19W x 40L
  • folded 42.91H x 11.02W x 11.81L
  • 5 recline positions
  • adjustable, removable canopy with zip-off rear panel and peek-a-boo window
  • carry handle
  • includes parent cup holder
  • accepts Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat

Britax B-Nimble

  • 14 lbs.
  • weight capacity of 55 lbs
  • unfolded 27.5L x 19.5W x 41H
  • folded 41.5L x 12W x 9H
  • multiple position recline
  • large canopy with sun visor and peek-a-boo window
  • shoulder carry strap
  • included cup holder, rain cover, Britax infant car seat adapters, universal adapter strap

 

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Car seats can prevent your baby, toddler, and kid from being injured in a car accident. Car seats aren’t just recommended, they’re mandated by law. Every state has slightly different regulations, but all require child restraints and certain car seat models at different phases of life. For instance, most require children under the age of two to be buckled into rear-facing car seats while not all states require booster seats once your child is older. Find out more about your state’s specific laws to make sure your seat complies and you’re doing all you can to keep your child safe.

Your kids are undoubtedly your most precious cargo. Are you confident that their car seats are keeping them safe? In 2013, 638 children under the age of 12 died in car crashes and more than 127,250 children were hurt. Of those who died, 38% weren’t buckled up in any way. We don’t mean to scare you, just to demonstrate the importance of properly restraining your child, toddler, or infant while they’re in the car. That’s why we’ve compiled important car seat safety information and the securest car seats on the market. Give this resource a read to ensure that your kids are the safest they can be while riding in the car.

Rear-Facing Car Seat (For newborn to 2-years olds)

These car seats are buckled into the back seat of your car and face backwards. They’re meant for newborn to two-year old children. While some professionals say rear-facing car seats can be upgraded to front-facing seats when a child turns one, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping your child in a rear-facing seat until they are two.

Scientifically, this is because of the way a baby’s body is formed. Unlike adults, babies carry most of their body weight in their spines due to the heft of their heads. Adults carry 6% of their body weight in their heads while a nine-month old carries about 25%. In a front facing car seat, children under one are 1.79 times more likely to get a serious injury than those in rear-facing models. For kids between one and two years-old, the odds were 5.32 times higher for serious injury.

When you get into a car accident, your body moves toward the impact site. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on your neck and spine. Babies, who have fragile spines, are better protected during accidents if their weight moves backwards. Instead of having the force course through your baby’s body, the shock is more evenly spread out on the car seat—better protecting their delicate frames.

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Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 35 Infant Car Seat Review

 

The Graco® brand of baby gear provides thoughtful, practical and dependable parenting solutions inspired by the instincts and best intentions of a loving parent. After carefully observing a parent’s natural instincts to protect, nurture, comfort and soothe, Graco brings them to life in a broad range of innovative products, from strollers and car seats to high chairs, playards, monitors and more.

 

  1. When we had our first child six years ago, we purchased our first infant car seat.
  2. Over the years (and more children) we were lucky enough to be able to use the same seat with each child. Fast forward to our fourth child’s arrival and our infant seat was set to expire just weeks after her due date.
  3. Car seats suddenly felt so overwhelming and I was constantly looking at different brands to read and compare their features to see what made them better than the next. Having always been a fan of Graco, I fell in love with their SnugRide infant seats and the features that are offered on them.

We were sent the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 35 Infant Car Seat to review in the pattern Grapeade. As soon as it arrived, I couldn’t wait to open it and see how different it is compared to our older seat.

 

The SnugRide Click Connect 35 infant car seat is designed to protect babies rear-facing from 4-35 lbs and features a comfortable seat to keep baby safe and cozy. SnugRide Click Connect 35 is equipped with Click Connect technology providing a one-step secure attachment to all Graco Click Connect strollers making it easy to create a travel system that best fits your lifestyle.

The first thing I noticed when taking this seat out of the box is how light it is compared to our old seat. One thing about carrying around a baby is how heavy they feel. Even with a newborn, you’re carrying around close to 15+lbs once the baby is inside, and I felt a lot more comfortable carrying Mya around without feeling like I instantly gained my 20lbs of pregnancy back.

 

We’ve never used a latch system with a carseat, and while our first thought was to use the seat belt, we decided to try the latch installation with our mini-van and I’m so glad we did.

With our old seat we were constantly tightening and adjusting the base because it seems to move over time or loosen with the belt. While its not something you want in a base, we thought it was the shape of the seat, and continued to ensure the base was proper in place and tight when putting our daughter in.

  • With the quick and easy latch system, it never budges.
  • Macyn is almost two years old, and tries to use the base when getting in the van because of her little legs, and it stays securely in place.
  • You’ll notice on the side of the base is a level indicator which also ensures it’s installed correctly and safely.
  • I like this small feature because a child’s safety in a vehicle is so very important, and all pro-cautions to help with safety is a big plus.

 

With a picture right on the base, you’re able to quickly see how placement goes when using different types of seat-belts, along with a latch system. While I was looking through the manual, my husband pointed it out, and I thought “well isn’t that neat!” This is also handy if you have a friend or relative taking your child and needing to install in their own vehicle.

Besides safety, the straps are my favorite feature. With our old seat, you have to pull the whole thing apart, chest clips off, and feed everything through each slot before putting it all back together. When it came to adjusting the tightness, you’d have to have the baby in the seat and then pull in the back at the straps until they were just right, but with any growth or change of outfit, it seemed as though the straps needed adjusting again.

Now with this seat, there’s an adjustable strap at the front of the seat that you can adjust each time you put your baby inside. When its time to adjust in height, you simply unhook from the back and move the strap through to the next slot. It took me about three minutes to put the straps where Mya needed them vs our old seat where it would take about ten minutes for my husband to adjust them.