Do All Car Seats Fit All Strollers?

For many babies, a simple car ride can prompt a nap. A lot of parents use a car ride to rock their baby to sleep and these families can be found driving the neighborhood with the intent of getting their baby to fall asleep. Once your baby falls asleep, you may want to avoid waking your baby up. Some car seats remain in the car which requires you to unhook your baby from the car seat and possibly wake them up when you want to take them out of the car. Other car seats, such as an infant car seat, are removable which allows you to carry your sleeping baby around in the car seat so you don’t have to wake them up.

Carrying around a car seat may sound like a good idea but they can be heavy and cumbersome. There are strollers that solve this dilemma as they can be equipped to safely hold a car seat which will allow your infant to continue their nap.

How Are Car Seats Compatible With Strollers?

Car seats that are compatible with strollers have a metal mechanism on the base. This mechanism opens and closes with the push of a button or the pull of a lever. A compatible stroller has a device, such as a metal bar, that allows the car seat to snap onto the stroller. This system allows the car seat to sit on the stroller without the risk of being knocked over and it allows the parent to safely push the infant seat around instead of having to carry the infant seat which can be very heavy. When the compatible mechanism is not in use, it can be disconnected and stored for later use. Some infant car seats have a mechanism that appears to be compatible with shopping carts. You may find several infant car seats sitting in the seat of a shopping cart while you are at the store. While it appears that this is safe, this practice is actually incredibly unsafe and car seats should never be locked onto a shopping cart. The car seat could easily become unhooked and fall or the cart could become top heavy and fall over. Only use the adaptable mechanism with strollers that are equipped to work with that specific car seat brand.

Which Strollers are Compatible With Car Seats?

Travel systems are available and they include a car seat and a matching stroller. Safety 1st Smooth Ride Travel System with onBoard 35 Infant Car Seat is a travel system that includes both a stroller and a car seat. To use the car seat with the stroller, all you have to do is remove the car seat from the vehicle and place the car seat rear facing in the stroller where it will lock in place. This advantage prevents you from having to remove your baby from the car seat and it also gives your infant somewhere to lay when you are out in public as most strollers are not equipped to hold an infant that is unable to support their own weight.

Do All Car Seats Fit All Strollers?

For the most part, no. First of all, only infant car seats are compatible with strollers. Other style car seats, such as an all in one car seat, must remain in the vehicle and are not meant to hold children outside a vehicle. For those that are compatible, most car seats are only compatible with the stroller they come with. Some strollers allow for multiple car seats to fit their stroller; however, most strollers are not compatible with different brands. This Graco Click Connect car seat is compatible with this Graco Click Connect stroller. While these two items are compatible, a car seat of a different brand is not.

Which Strollers Fit Multiple Brands of Car Seats?

Some strollers are compatible with multiple brands. This Baby Trend Snap N Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier is compatible with multiple brands meaning it has the equipment to hold various brands of car seats regardless of their unique style. Some strollers, such as the BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Jogging Stroller have an available attachment that is sold separately. This BOB 2017 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter allows for Chicco brand car seats to attach to the stroller and this BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter allows for Britax and BOB brand car seats to attach to the stroller.

Stroller brands like BOB offer adapters for nearly every major brand car seat. This is ideal as you can purchase the stroller that suits your needs and it will likely work with your car seat of another brand. Before purchasing a stroller, check which brand of car seats are compatible.

Conclusion

Having a car seat that attaches to a stroller is beneficial as you can push your sleeping infant around instead of having to carry their car seat. It is also beneficial to allow your child to remain in their car seat instead of having to remove them and then place them in a stroller. There are many travel systems sold that include both a stroller and compatible car seat. There are also strollers that are universal and allow for use with multiple brands of car seats. Some strollers offer available attachments that are sold separately which allow for different brands of car seats to work with the stroller. Having a stroller that can carry your infant seat prevents your hands and arms from getting sore from carrying an infant car seat. They allow a sleeping infant to remain sleeping and they also give your infant somewhere to lay when they are otherwise too small for a typical stroller.

Using an adaptable stroller is convenient as you can transfer your infant from the car to the stroller with one simple motion. Having a stroller and car seat that work together can be a blessing as they prevent you from having to relocate the infant from the car seat to the stroller. The next time you rock your crying infant to sleep in a car, you can easily transfer your sleeping infant to a stroller and continue their nap as you walk the neighborhood. Many strollers are available that are compatible with car seats and several universal systems allow you for use with multiple car seat brands. Not all car seats fit all strollers but there is almost always at least one travel system option, even if it’s with an adapter.


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