One of the most essential – and also most costly – items on your list is a travel system. What exactly does a travel system consist of? The standard travel systems are made up of a stroller, car seat, and car seat base that is needed to secure the seat in the car.
If you look at photos from many years ago, you will see that strollers look very different now from what they were back then. The old-fashioned stroller was big, bulky, heavy and clumsy. It was also very basic in its functions and had no accessories or extras.
In comparison, the stroller of today is a modern-day wonder for parents. The materials used to make it are much lighter; the seats are more comfortable for the baby, with numerous positions that can recline or enable the baby to sit upright; the designs have been updated and fine-tuned to allow for easy folding and compact storage.
There is a large variety of fabrics to choose from, many of which are fully washable; you can get all sorts of accessories, such as a tray for baby’s cup and food, a cup holder for Mom’s coffee-on-the-go, an activity mobile to keep baby entertained and stimulated, as well as a bassinet for baby to sleep in while still small.
As for car seats, 40 or 50 years ago they were unheard of. Mom simply held the baby on her lap, hopefully in the back seat, and hoped for the best.
Thank goodness, today we know better. Statistics have proven that in the event of an accident, a baby who is secured in a safety seat that has been designed specifically for his age and size will have a far better chance of escaping unscathed. Sadly, babies who are not secured in car seats are often very severely injured or killed when involved in an accident.
So what does this mean for our expectant Mom and Dad who are preparing themselves for their baby’s arrival? There are hundreds of different travel systems on the market, so it means that Mom and dad have to do some homework. They have to research their options and make their selection according to their needs, priorities and budget.
What is the most important consideration when choosing a travel system? The answer to this is undoubtedly safety. When it comes to your precious child, safety is paramount and takes priority over everything else. While it is important to have a travel system that looks appealing and is easy to use, you will want to be certain that when you strap your precious cargo into the car, he is secure and fully protected.
Chicco is an Italian brand that has become a household name around the world. The company has 60 years of experience in manufacturing and distributing everything you might need for a baby. Founded in 1958, their mission is to find better solutions for parents in all things related to baby equipment.
With headquarters just outside Milan, known to be the fashion capital of the world, Chicco says that they are dedicated to staying ahead of the design curve. They love babies and love making them feel safe, comfortable and happy. They are always innovating and trying to revolutionize parenting for the next generation.
Chicco products are engineered for safety and comfort and are designed to accommodate babies through every stage of infancy and early childhood.
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is a set of three items, (hence the word ‘Trio’), designed to enable you to transport your baby in absolute safety and plush comfort. The system consists of the Bravo stroller, the Key Fit 30 Infant car seat, and a base to secure the seat in the car.
The front wheels on the stroller are 7” in diameter and the rear wheels are 9”. The front wheels swivel easily and can also be locked into one position, while the rear wheels are fixed. The full suspension allows for a smooth ride and makes for seamless navigation over bumps and turns. Handy one-touch brakes keep the stroller firmly in place when parked.
The seat of the stroller is removable so that the stroller converts easily into a stylish frame carrier for the Key Fit car seat. This travel system is available in a few color combinations. We looked at the Lilla, which is a woven jacquard fabric in a polka dot pattern in a mix of warm grey and delicate pink. The look is soft and feminine, and very pretty.
Car seats and strollers tend to get very grubby-looking and even quite dirty, especially if your baby is allowed to eat while sitting in them. The beauty of the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is that the fabric is machine washable in cold water. It is easy to remove and put back into place, and after a quick wash, your travel system will look like new once again. Of course, this is not only about the look, but also about hygiene.
How many times have you seen Moms and Dads struggling to collapse their stroller while holding a squirming baby? The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System stroller is simple and quick to fold. The stroller is lightweight, and can easily be lifted into the trunk of the car.
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System has a height-adjustable handle, which is padded for extra comfort. The handle engages easily with only one hand. This movement activates the fold, and at the same time turns the front wheels inward, keeping the stroller standing upright, and making it easier to maneuver. Once the stroller is closed, the fold handle doubles as a carry handle. The upright standing position is neat, compact, and practical for storage at home.
When you are on the go and pushing the baby along in the stroller, you often need a cup of coffee or a bottle of water, and possibly also a snack to go with it. The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System comes with a convenient parent tray with a storage compartment and 2 cup or bottle holders.
The stroller is designed to accommodate children up to 50 pounds. The base is designed for use with the Chicco Key Fit 30 infant car seat, which can safely hold a baby from 4-30 pounds in weight, and up to 30” in height.
The car seat clicks directly into either the stroller seat or the frame itself, making it simple and quick to transfer baby from car to stroller in a matter of seconds. The stroller seat is fully removable, so when the baby is still tiny you don’t need to keep the stroller seat in place. You can clip the car seat directly onto the frame.
As every Mom knows, going out with a baby involves lots of stuff. The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is a perfect choice, because the stroller comes with a basket under the seat, and can accommodate blankets, toys, diaper bags, and any other odds and ends you may need.
We have already said that safety is paramount, but comfort is also crucial. If your baby does not feel totally comfortable in his stroller, he will cry and resist every time you strap him in. The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is designed with comfort as one of the top priorities. The seat has a reclining backrest that can be adjusted into three positions, allowing the baby to sleep or sit up straight in comfort.
The stroller seat has a 5 point harness, ensuring that your baby will be firmly strapped in. Even if he is something of a mini Houdini, there is no way that he will wriggle out of this one.
When out walking with your baby, you will no doubt want him to be fully protected against the harsh effects of the sun. Babies have delicate skin and get sunburned very easily. The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System has an adjustable, removable canopy that will not only protect the baby against the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun but will also help to keep him dry if it starts to rain.
Who’s It For?
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is for all parents of babies, from newborns to toddlers up to 50 pounds in weight. It should comfortably see your child through the early years until he no longer needs a stroller and is old enough to happily walk with you.
The adjustable height feature on the handle makes this stroller perfect for people who are either unusually short or tall. It is so difficult to push a stroller when the handle is either too low or too high.
This travel system is in the middle of the range price range. If you are on a low budget or need something to use only occasionally, then this may not be for you. But if you are on the go all the time and need a travel system that is both functional and super-safe, as well as hardy and durable, then the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is the perfect three-way system for you and your baby and it should last you for many years.
What We Like About Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
The most important thing that we love about this travel system is the safety of the car seat. There have been reports of babies who have been in cars that have been involved in horrific accidents, and have not only survived but have come out unscathed because they were safely strapped into their Chicco Bravo car seat. I’m sure you will agree that you cannot put a price on your precious baby’s safety.
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is not among the most expensive travel systems available, yet it has all the features of those top-of-the-range, luxury models. It is great to know that you can get a high-quality travel system that is both safe and stylish, without spending a fortune.
The initial set-up and assembly are quick and easy to do, taking only about 20 minutes. Once done, the use of the travel system couldn’t be any easier. It literally only takes seconds to collapse the stroller and to reopen it. Transferring the car seat from car to stroller frame and back to the car is also completely effortless and can be done in seconds.
Many car seats come with a base that is finicky and difficult to install and secure into position. Not this one. It only takes a few minutes to fit it safely into your car and is easily removed with the quick pull of a latch. This is so useful for parents who have two cars, but only have one base and frequently need to move it between cars.
The car seat and stroller are not only safe but are designed with comfort in mind. We like the fact that your baby will be comfortable and happy, and will not protest when you strap him in.
Another aspect of the comfort of the stroller is the smoothness of the ride. The front swivel wheels, as well as the great suspension, help to avoid your baby feeling every little bump and turn.
We love the single-handed collapsing and opening of the stroller, as well as the fact that it is light and easy to lift. It makes going out alone with a baby so much easier for Mom or Dad.
The large storage basket under the stroller seat makes it very convenient for a day out, or for a trip to the shops. You can store a few bags of shopping or everything that you need for a baby in it.
What We Don’t Like About Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
Even though this stroller is compatible with a cup tray for babies, it is only included with certain colors of the travel system. With other colors, it can be added as an optional extra, but it has to be bought separately. We found this somewhat strange. Considering that this is not exactly a cheap stroller, we think it would have been nice for it to be included as a standard part of the package in all color options.
The cup holders on the parent tray are very small, and can only hold a very small bottle or cup. If you enjoy your jumbo-sized coffee, this could be a problem.
Some users have reported that the fabric that is used on the head support can be quite hot, and their babies sweat when in it for an extended period.
One design flaw that we found is the fact that the stroller does not have a locking mechanism or clip to keep it in the closed position. This can be a nuisance.
- Easy to fold with one hand
- Freestanding when folded
- Easy installation of the base
- Attractive appearance
- Car seat rear-faces for optimal safety
- Good value for money
- Cup holders are too small and not deep enough
- The cell phone holder is small and cannot accommodate newer, bigger phones
- No locking mechanism to keep the stroller closed
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System comes with a stroller, infant car seat, and base for the car seat. Also included are numerous accessories, such as a cup and cell phone holder for the parent, an extendable canopy, and a bottom storage basket. The stroller seat and car seat have removable covers which are fully washable. Be aware that the baby tray is only included in certain color options, rather than in all models.
Overview Of Features
The most important features are
This is an extremely safe travel system, and your baby will be protected at all times.
- Easy to fold
One of the best features is the ease with which you can fold the stroller with one hand
- Simple transfer from car to stroller and back
You don’t have to worry about fiddling around trying to clip and unclip the seat from the frame.
- Parent tray and under-carriage storage basket
Ample storage for everything you need when on the go with a baby.
- Adjustable, padded handle
The height can be adjusted to suit your comfort.
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is a middle of the range stroller, car seat, and base that is designed for safety and comfort. It is simple to assemble, and easy to use. The full suspension and swivel wheels make the stroller easy to push, even in rough terrain.
If you are a busy parent who needs a travel system that is safe, convenient to use, and affordable, you can’t go wrong with The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System.
Paulo is a passionate dad who founded Wumblers to share his parenting journey with other new parents. He graduated from Concordia University and worked as a test engineer for over a decade. Paulo loves dad jokes and craft beer.
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