The Graco Mirage Travel System is the best selling Graco travel system, the car seat is group 0+ which means it is suitable from birth up to 13kg, it has side impact protection, a padded head support for newborns and the cover is easily removed for washing.
The pushchair is suitable from birth up to approximately 3 years (15kg), it is light to push, has lockable front wheels and can also be folded down easily with one hand – this only takes around a second (once you have practised a couple of times) and can be done whilst holding your baby if need be as it locks shut automatically. The Graco Mirage can be stored upright once it has been folded so helps to save space if you keep your buggy indoors.
The Mirage has 3 recline positions (including lying flat) and the car seat simply clips onto the frame using the Graco one click system. All in all the Graco Mirage is a snug, safe, affordable, reliable travel system.
The best things about the Graco Mirage
- Extremely easy to fold down and to open
- Easy to steer
- Doesn’t tip backwards when you hang a bag on and don’t yet have your baby in it
- The car seat simply ‘clicks in’ to attach to the buggy
- Attractive, compact and durable
- Light to push
- Excellent value for money
What could be better?
- The buggy is slightly on the heavy side (but light to push)
- The sun canopy on the car seat has to be handled with care, otherwise it could detach and need to be clipped back on
Is it right for you?
The Graco Mirage Travel System is fantastic value and is ideal for you if you need something sturdy, compact and easy to use. Be that walking country roads, trips to the farm, navigating the shopping centre or getting on and off buses and tubes; the durability, usability and compactness of the Graco Mirage will ensure all of your trips are stress free and enjoyable, I particularly recommend this if you are just as likely to use public transport as you are to use a car.
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The Petite Star Extreme Charisma 3 in 1 Travel system is certainly named appropriately, for this travel system is bursting charisma, charm and style; it’s 3 huge pneumatic tyres, swivel front wheel, bulky frame and one handed fold down contraption will have you dreaming about pushing your little one long before your due date. And if that wasn’t enough, you should check out the price!
This travel system includes the buggy, car seat, pram, rain cover and footmuff, it also comes with a pump for the tyres. It is suitable from birth and will last you right up until your baby no longer needs pushing!
For newborns you simply attach the carry cot to the frame and you have yourself a comfortable, safe snug pram for your tiny baby, once your little one outgrows this, you can place him/her into the buggy. The buggy comes with its own matching fleece footmuff and can also be adapted to allow more ventilation on a hot day – you do this by folding up the rear ‘skirt’.
The car seat is group 0+ and is suitable from birth – this can also easily be attached to the pushchair which is essential for when you are moving your sleeping baby from the car. If you like big you will love the Petite Star Extreme Charisma.
- Easy to assemble
- One handed folding contraption (very easy to fold)
- Pneumatic tyres (pump included)
- Very smooth ride
- It is quite heavy
- Bigger than most travel systems so may not fit in smaller cars
Who is it good for?
If you are an outdoorsy type of parent then the Petite Star Extreme Charisma 3 in 1 Travel system is the perfect choice for you with a price that is unbelievable value. This really is an all weather, all terrain travel system that will help to ensure every walk is an enjoyable, stress free one. If you are keen to do a lot of walking with your baby in the buggy, then this is for you. Similarly, if Daddy wants to push something a little less feminine than other the other pushchairs out there then he will be totally at ease with the Charisma Extreme.
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The Petite Star Kurvi Klassic 3 in 1 Travel system is a stylish looking 3 in one comprising of a buggy (forward or rearward facing), a car seat and a pram. It is competitively priced and is well designed.
The rearward facing car seat is built to EU specification meaning that it offers side impact protection which is absolutely paramount for the safety of your child, the car seat is also very easily attached to the chassis (frame). The buggy and the pram are not two separate pieces as is usually the case with 3 in one travel systems, it is an ingenious design that allows you to simply lower the back and straighten the foot rest for a comfortable, snug, safe pram, and to use it as a buggy- which can be forward or rearward facing, you just lift the footrest, raise the back and you are good to go. This means one less thing to store once your baby grows out of it which for me and for many parents is a huge plus!
The height of the handlebar can be easily adjusted to accommodate taller parents and it also comes supplied with a good sized rain cover that fits perfectly. The sun shade has two positions so there is no need to completely block your baby’s view on a sunny day if the first position offers sufficient protection.
The buggy is nicely padded and comfortable and can be reclined from sitting up straight, all the way to lying flat. This buggy will last you for the whole 2-3 years that your little one will need to be pushed around and comes at a very competitive price.
Dimensions are as follows:
Folded: 61cm x 94cm x 29cm
- Easy to use and to fold down
- Car seat is built to EU specification offering side impact protection
- Very easy to take the pram out and fit the car seat to the chassis
- No need for an additional pram (that you won’t use after 6 months!!)
- Quick release wheels
- Rain cover is supplied and fits perfectly
- Can feel a little wobbly(but not in any way unsafe)
Who is it good for?
This is great if you are looking for a stylish, reliable travel system without the hefty price tag and/or if you are lacking in home storage space!… If you are looking for a 3 in one travel system on a budget then the Petite Star Kurvi Klassic will serve you very well and I don’t foresee any disappointment. Likewise, if you are searching for a travel system that wont take up much space when not being used then this is the one for you. It measures 61cm x 94cm x 29cm when folded, doesn’t have a pram unit that you won’t use after 6 months and as an extra space saving idea; it has detachable wheels. Your baby will be safe and snug and you will have spent your pennies very wisely indeed. Click here for a full product description of the Petite Star Kurvi Klassic (opens in new window – this window will not close).
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The 3-in-1 Travel System by Baby Sportive with Pram, Car Seat, Pushchair and Accessories is absolutely fantastic value. It is lightweight, small enough to fit into most small cars when folded, easy to use and has everything you need; a car seat, a pram, a changing mat, mosquito net, rain cover, bottle holder and much more. The wheels are nice and big which makes for a smoother ride for your baby, if you would like swivel wheels you can order these from the supplier, it costs an additional £16.
As you know, when your baby is newborn, she will need to lie flat, this travel system is easily converted from a stroller to a pram; you simply adjust the pushchair so that it is flat, lift up the footrest, attach the support bar and ‘hey presto’ you have a pram. This saves having both a push chair attachment and a pram attachment which in turn means one less thing to store “until baby is big enough”.
If, like me, you want your baby to face towards you when he/she is sleeping and face forwards when he/she is awake and alert then this can be done with minimal fuss or effort. The thing I love most about this travel system is that you can easily change the direction your baby is facing by lifting the handlebars up and over the buggy. As far as I am concerned, every travel system should have this feature! The pushchair also has several recline positions which include a lie flat position.
- Folded pram with wheels 99x60x56cm
- Folded pram without wheels 85x59x44cm
- Overall height of the pram with hood 112cm
- Carry-cot internal dimension: 72x34x15cm
- Weight pram: 13kg
- Removable safety bracket protects from baby falling out
- Multi-position recline seat (including lie-flat)
- 5-Point security safety belt
- Adjustable footrest
- Pocket at the hood
Car seat Features
- 3 Point security safety belt
- Removable foot cover
- Seesaw function
- Ergonomic carrying handle
- Equipped with a removable hood
- European Safety Standard ECE R44-04.
- Adjustable suspension (at the back)
- Height adjustable pushchair handle (70-113cm)
- Strong reciprocal brakes
- Weather resistant materials
- Integrated reflectors for a better visibility
- Viewing window at the hood
- Spacious shopping basket
- 12 months guarantee
The 3-in-1 Travel System by Baby Sportive has some excellent reviews, the only negative I can find is that swivel wheels aren’t standard. This travel system is a great product at a fantastic price. Here is a round up of the most recent reviews:
- Lightweight, strong, robust and very well built
- Easily adjust the direction your baby is facing by moving the handlebars over the buggy
- Height of handlebars can be easily adjusted
- The colour and fabric are good quality
- Comes with everything you need (changing mat, mosquito net, rain cover, bottle holder, bag)
- Excellent value!
- Instructions could be easier to read
- Does not have swivel wheels as standard
Who is it good for?
This travel system is unbelievable value with no compromise on quality. Why pay £400 for a travel system when you can get everything you need plus more for under half of that! This is my best buy for those looking for a quality travel system without the top end price.
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