Choosing the best 3-in-1 stroller travel system

Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna car seat

Choosing the best 3-in-1 stroller travel system

2019-09-13 - Getting ready to welcome your new baby, but not sure which travel system you need? Discover some of the benefits and what you need to look for when considering a 3 in 1 stroller. The multiple configurations of stroller travel systems are designed to offer you a complete solution from day one—be ready for the first ride home from the hospital and the many adventures to follow...

Above: Lena Loshkina (@lenaloshkina) enjoying a lovely ride at the park with her twins.

What is a stroller travel system?

A 3-in-1 stroller is a versatile option, ideal for parents who are looking for a one-size-fits-all solution. In general, stroller sets include the stroller frame, a bassinet, toddler seat, plus a baby car seat. They are suitable for use from the moment a baby is born until they reach toddler age. If you choose a complete travel system, you won’t need to wonder if you have everything you need, whether for traveling closer to home or further away. You also won’t need to worry about buying the stroller and car seat separately, if the different parts are compatible, or if you need to buy adapters...

In fewer words, choosing the right 3-in-1 baby stroller saves you time and money, since you won’t have the hassle of having to buy different products separately.


The different configurations available in the Bugaboo Fox travel system

Which stroller travel system is best?

When looking for the best stroller travel system, it can be useful to list everything that will make things easier for you and your partner based on your lifestyle. If you’re unsure of what you need, a complete travel system might be something you’d want to consider, especially if it’s one that can fully support you in all your journeys and different travel situations. The last thing you want is to end up with too much baby gear that doesn’t connect easily, and wake up your sleeping baby while trying to use it.

What is the safest stroller travel system?

The 3-in-1 car seat stroller you choose to buy should be compliant with the safety regulations in your region. When it comes to travel system safety, ensuring your child has the right head, neck and back support is fundamental, especially for newborns, since their back and neck muscles are not fully developed yet. When choosing a baby car seat, for example, make sure to check what kind of features and accessories are included to ensure your baby has enough support, to prevent any injuries in case your baby is exposed to sudden movements.


Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna car seat and car seat base

Did you know a baby car seat is mandatory when taking the first trip home from the hospital? Depending on your country and region, you might need to look for an option that perfectly fits your car, such as a compatible car seat base. Remember to double-check if the car seat you chose is compatible with the anchorage system in your car. This can vary per car model (newer vs older) and also depending on the safety regulations in your region. You can find our available options in our car seat accessories page.

No matter the configuration, ensuring that the harness is safe and secure is also crucial for protecting your child while on the go, no matter if you’re using the car seat or toddler seat.

How do travel system strollers work?

There are many travel system models available in the market these days. But there are two key things we would like to highlight that we think can help you make your choice.

#1 - Versatility

The idea of a stroller travel system is to allow parents to change configurations without any hassle. All our stroller travel systems come with specially designed buttons and click-in systems, to make it easy for you to replace the bassinet with a baby car seat or toddler seat in just a few clicks. You will be able to connect and disconnect the different parts and pieces so you can use the configuration you need in different situations.

When considering buying a 3-in-1 stroller system, it can be really useful to research everything from assembly to installation, and think if that specific travel system meets your needs and matches your lifestyle. Another important thing about any stroller travel system is knowing how the different configurations will affect the way the stroller folds.


Raphaëlle.L (@charlie.ma.vie), mom of two, taking a stroll with her Bugaboo Bee 5 car seat stroller

The ease of use and intuitive design for smoothly switching from bassinet, to car seat or toddler seat is very important, especially when you often need to change the configurations. The more functionalities a 3-in-1 stroller has, the more you’ll be able to use it in different scenarios (and adapt it to each stage of your child’s growth). 

  • Stroller with bassinet - your newborn will lie down in a fully flat position. The bassinet configuration will allow you to go outside for a walk with your newborn and offers ideal head and neck support. All our bassinets come with additional shields on the side and top that will keep your baby protected from the elements.

  • Stroller with car seat - also suitable to use from birth, the car seat is a mandatory requirement for your baby’s first ride home from the hospital, and all their rides until approximately 9 months old. Buying a stroller travel system that includes a compatible car seat can be very handy, as it allows you to easily transfer your baby from stroller to car and back.

  • Stroller with toddler seat - as your child grows, you’ll also need a comfortable solution for your toddler. When your child reaches toddler age, the baby car seat will no longer be suitable. Finding a 3-in-1 travel system that can accommodate a growing toddler, that has an easy-to-use harness that you can buckle and unbuckle in just a few clicks, will offer you additional comfort and convenience during short or long strolls

#2 - Maneuverability

Maneuverability is also important when making your choice. It has all to do with offering comfort not only for your baby, but also for you. A stroller that doesn’t ride smoothly, especially if you’re taking on tighter spaces and rougher terrains, will just make things more stressful. 

Depending on if you’re looking for an urban stroller or an all-terrain stroller, knowing which ones have small or large wheels can help you make the right choice. Strollers with small swivel wheels, like the Bugaboo Bee 5, are nimble and very easy to maneuver. Other full-sized strollers, such as the Bugaboo Fox and the Bugaboo Donkey 2 feature larger wheels, which combined with their specially designed suspensions, will make any ride, through any terrain, as easy and smooth as they can be, even when the stroller is fully loaded.


The Bugaboo Donkey 2 offers even more versatility for combining car seat, toddler seat & bassinet

How do you attach a car seat to a stroller travel system?

Each 3-in-1 stroller has its own design, connecting mechanisms and, sometimes, compatible adapters to help you attach the car seat to the stroller chassis or car seat base. Make sure to check if the travel system you’re considering ensures a smooth and seamless experience for you.

Some all-in-one strollers also have a compatible car seat base, which is very convenient and easy solution to safely place your baby in your car. The specially designed features will offer extra stability in order to prevent the car seat from moving onwards, backwards and sideways in case you’re ever involved in an accident. With a car seat base, you won’t need to bend over your sleeping baby to reach the seat belt buckle. You can easily click it into place when transferring your baby in or out of your car, without waking them up.

Finding the 3-in-1 travel system that has it all...

The Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna car seat was designed with your child’s safety in mind. It was also designed to enable you to transition smoothly and seamlessly from car to stroller and back, anywhere, anytime. The Bugaboo Turtle car seat is lightweight⁠—you can seamlessly click it in and out of the car seat base and stroller frame. The Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna also comes with a 5-point safety harness, completely adjustable depending on your child’s age and height.

Made from durable, super soft and breathable fabrics, the car seat inlay is ideal for your baby’s sensitive skin. The headrest will give your child the right head and neck support and protect them in case of sideways movements. It’s made with the same high-quality and soft materials as the car seat inlay, providing enough padding, and helps to prevent overheating.


Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna with the extendable sun canopy and signature smart visor

The sun canopy on this car seat is attached to its structure for a perfect fit and ease of use. Fully extendable, it features our signature UPF 50+ smart visor which will provide even better coverage and shield your baby from intense light, creating a peaceful cocoon perfect for sleeping. When extended, the smart visor stays in place with magnets—no need to cover the car seat with a blanket, making it safe for your baby.

Very intuitive to use, the Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna car seat base also features visual connector guides on the side that will let you know if the car seat is correctly placed.

You can check all our pushchair travel systems here, and watch a video on how to install the Bugaboo Turtle for extra information. Already purchased a baby car seat? No problem! Visit our dedicated car seat adapters page to find the right car seat adapter for you, and get ready to stroll anytime.  

Visit our stroller travel systems page to compare the different options and find the one that suits your style best.