Just because local car seat laws don’t require kids to be in a car seat, that doesn’t change the laws of physics. Kids need to be in a rear-facing car seat until at least 2, a forward-facing car seat until at least 4 and a booster seat until they can pass the 5-step test (usually 9 at the youngest). You can book a taxi or car service equipped with a car seat or bring your own seat (which will likely save you money and time, as you can take any nearby taxi rather than waiting a special one to arrive). There are a few great options for taking a taxi with a car seat, depending on the age of your child. You can read more of our reviews of the best options for a portable car seat for taxi rides below, but here are our basic recommendations:
A manual pump is imperative for travel, IMO. If you need to pump during a flight, in the car, or at the airport, you can do so pretty easily. I have used my hand pump while on a road trip (sitting in the back seat with a crying baby) since you can’t nurse while the car is in motion. Just pump and bottle feed since certain people-who-shall-remain-unnamed (ahem) hate stopping.
Parents noted a learning curve with this system. Closing it can be a challenge since the wheels must be facing a certain way. Some parents couldn’t push it well on loose terrain or snow/slush. The storage basket can be hard to reach from the rear and may need to be accessed between the seats. The front canopy is a bit short and doesn’t provide as much sun protection as some parents had hoped.
It should be noted, however, that this travel system is not meant for jogging. But, it does come with pneumatic tires so it can take on rough terrains quite easily. Plus, the three wheel stroller provides outstanding ease of maneuverability compared to conventional travel system strollers. Parents do not have to worry so much about going downhill because it comes with easy to operate footbrakes on the rear tires.
If we had to pick one strolling product we'd recommend to a friend interested in quality, it is the UPPAbaby Cruz. It's lightweight, easy to use, and made of high-quality materials that feel like they will last for years. Plus, the Cruz works well with an infant car seat including a few of our favorites, like the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa and Chicco KeyFit 30. The Cruz earned our Editors' Choice award in both our shoot-out of full-size options, as well as another Editors' Choice award in our Stroller and Car Seat Combo Review.