Especially if you are a first-time parent, it will amaze you how active and mobile you will become after the birth of your baby. Whoever invented the term “stay at home mom” obviously never had children of their own! Being in transit between home and the day care center, to and from the doctor’s office and to and from play dates will take up a huge part of the day.
That is why it is so incredibly important to make a sound decision when it comes to selecting a travel system since it will likely be a product that you use throughout each day and also directly affects your baby’s health and safety.
This review of the Graco Comfy Cruiser will provide you with what you need to know before making a decision to purchase.
If you’re interested in a specific detail, feel free to click on it on the table below. Otherwise, enjoy and learn all the information about this product.
An Introduction to the Comfy Cruiser
For those not familiar with the term, a “travel set” refers to a car seat system which converts easily into a stroller, essentially giving you two products in one and making life on the road a parent a great deal easier. For parents who work, have multiple school/daycare drop-offs during the day or many errands to run, a travel system is well worth considering.
Graco has a well-earned reputation for quality baby products and this particular travel set is a good example of that quality. It includes the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30 Infant Car Seat, which is part of the Click Connect system that transforms this car seat seamlessly into a stroller.
For parents who have many stops to make during the day but want their infant’s sleep to be undisturbed, this ability to move seamlessly from car to stroller is imperative. The car seat is rear-facing and has been designed for babies and children from 4 to 30 pounds who are no longer than 32 inches. This means that this system will easily follow most children from infancy into toddlerhood.
And let’s face it, most parents prefer to have a stroller set that is fashionable as well as practical! With the Graco Comfy Cruiser, you can have both. This stroller has a streamlined, modern look and comes in 3 colorful colors/patterns. With this stroller set, you can be a trendy parent as well as a satisfied one.
Another question which inevitably arises is price, and some travel systems at the higher end of the scale can easily exceed $1,200, which may be out of range for many families. So parents will be happy to know that this travel system is priced at a very reasonable $169.99, making it one of the most affordable products of its kind out there, especially if you factor in the fact that you are getting both a car seat and a stroller. The lower price, however, does not mean that its quality is low.
Comfort and Safety Combined
The Graco Comfy Cruiser boasts a collection of features that will keep any baby both comfortable and safe, which are two factors that are naturally uppermost in any parent’s mind when they are choosing this kind of item for their little one.
Safety, of course, is the most important aspect of any travel system – or indeed, of any car seat. The Comfy Cruiser comes highly rated so you can rest easy at night knowing that your little one is protected while you are on the road.
It has been tested for side-impact protection (in case, for instance, of a side-on collision) and the harness keeps your little one securely in place while the shell of the car seat itself has been designed to absorb energy in the event of a crash to keep the occupant safe). The latch-equipped, stay-in-place car seat itself is able to securely fit into its parent base, which is also able to absorb some of the shock in case of an accident.
Your baby’s comfort was also foremost in the minds of the Comfy Cruiser’s designers. It offers good body support and reclines in multiple positions so you can find one that is just right for your baby. The snug (but not too tight) fit of the 3- to 5-point harness will keep your little one comfortably in place without being overly restrictive.
It includes a child’s tray that can be added as your little one grows and hold drinks for your toddler. The change in harness also allows the set to grow as your baby does so you will not have to invest in a new stroller in the near future.
Smooth Travel for Mom and Dad
The comfort and convenience of mom and dad are also taken into account with this design. Again, the travel set is made so that parents can go from car seat to stroller and back again in a way that is so easy and smooth that you do not even have to disturb your baby’s sleep, a real plus for parents who have a complicated schedule (and who doesn’t?).
The stroller frame is light-weight, self-standing, and is able to be unfolded with one hand so that you can keep hold of the car seat with the other before clicking it securely into place to become your stroller. The storage space is generous, with plenty of room for diaper bags and other important baby paraphernalia and there is also a parent tray built into the stroller with a cup holder for mom or dad to store their drinks.
Another factor to consider is how maneuverable/easy to use the system is when is a stroller. The good news is that it only weighs 26 pounds, so that for people in an urban area who may live several stories up in an apartment without an elevator, this will be easy to tote along.
Again, it is easy to unfold the frame into a stroller and the whole thing also fits well inside the trunk of the average car. The front wheels swivel, allowing for easy maneuvering down aisles of a store, around tables in a restaurant, etc.
One thing many parents may worry about before buying this kind of product is whether it will be high maintenance or not. The good news? Day-to-day care for this travel system is also a cinch. The seat cushion is machine washable for a thorough cleaning and the frame is easy to clean with a damp cloth. Parents can even easily take care of minor problems like squeaking wheels by applying a little light oil.
Parental Likes and Dislikes
Before buying any baby product, it is helpful to know what other parents have liked and disliked about the item you are going to purchase. This way you have the balanced information you need about an informed decision about what you are going to buy.
On the plus side, many moms and dad report that this travel system is truly easy to fold and slides effortlessly into the trunk for convenient travel (this is great for parents who are in transit a lot during the day). Most parents also report that it is easy to convert it into a stroller, making it a travel system that will really allow families to move seamlessly throughout their day without disturbing their sleeping infant.
Another popular feature is the storage space beneath the seat, which parents found spacious and convenient for storing baby necessities like diaper bags, extra bottles and clothes, etc. Parents also liked the choice of colors/designs and the fact that the conversion to a stroller is easy.
No matter how well a travel system is designed, there are bound to be drawbacks with any production of this nature. On the debit side, there have also been complaints about certain features of the Graco travel system. Perhaps one of the most frequent complaints is that the adjustable straps on the car seat – designed to give infants and snug and secure fit once they are placed in the seat – can be difficult to actually adjust and many parents found them frustrating.
Some parents complained about the wheels either falling out, being difficult to install or making an annoying, squeaking sound. Other parents found it difficult to install the car seat base which is necessary for car travel with this product. However, dissatisfied parents appeared to be in the minority and most were satisfied with their purchase.
To sum up, “stay at home” parenthood is a myth – and first-time parents especially will be astounded at, how much time they spend in transit between home, day care, clinics, parks, stores and other necessary places of daily life after their baby is born. And because for the average America family, so much time will be spent travelling, finding a travel system that is safe and comfortable for your baby while also being convenient for you is imperative.
Parents can feel good about their decision to buy the Graco Comfy Cruiser, however, since it meets high safety standards while still being stylish, user-friendly and also kind to the family bank account.