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Since when did a pushchair become 'a travel system'?

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AlphaBravoHenryFoxtons Tue 18-Nov-14 19:29:53

This morning I heard someone talk about the travel system she wants to buy. She already has a travel system but not the travel system she should have got. The new travel system is amazing. Apparently.

In my day we just had pushchairs, mostly Maclaren. Since when did pushing a baby around on wheels become so complicated and expensive? Am I mission something? Do travel systems land on comets or something?

bakingtins Tue 18-Nov-14 19:33:10

a travel system just means a set of wheels/chassis to which you can attach your car seat, pushchair and possibly pram/carrycot. You graduate to a umbrella fold McClaren once baby can sit up and you realise you are fed up of lugging a massive travel system around.

MollyBdenum Tue 18-Nov-14 19:33:20

Travel systems have a base which can have a carrycot attached to become a pram or have a car seat fitted so that you can take a sleeping baby out of the car. They might also have a pushchair type seat for older babies.

LetsPutTheHeatingOn Tue 18-Nov-14 19:33:54

About the time when a conservatory became an orangery?

itiswhatitiswhatitis Tue 18-Nov-14 19:33:57

The term Travel system has been around for donkey's years

TurnOverTheTv Tue 18-Nov-14 19:34:47

Yes you are missing something, a travel system isn't a pushchair grin

Artandco Tue 18-Nov-14 19:34:49

A travel system takes carrycot, car seat and main pram. A pushchair is usually just main seat

Sizzlesthedog Tue 18-Nov-14 19:34:52

A travel system is not a pushchair.

It's a chassis with interchangeable carrycot/car seat/pushchair seat.

So yes it's a system.

Winterbells Tue 18-Nov-14 19:35:07

Travel systems usually include a car seat that fits on the frame, a bassinet/carrycot and also a seat for older babies rather than just one fixed seat. I think they are quite good, especially having a car seat that fits on the pushchair frame. They also seem to be much more sturdy and comfortable.

Orangedaisy Tue 18-Nov-14 19:35:39

Maybe when it became unacceptable to just stick the baby on the back seat of the car in its carry cot without strapping it in....?

Littlef00t Tue 18-Nov-14 19:36:15

They are called travel systems because you have a set of wheels and you can clip a car seat or pram seat or carry cot into them.

Agree it's all become far too complicated. I needed a crash course from mothercare and lots of googling to even understand what all the terms meant.

BlinkingHeck Tue 18-Nov-14 19:36:17

Ds1 is 9 and they were called that then. Obviously didn't look at them before I was expecting so might've started a some time before that.

LineRunner Tue 18-Nov-14 19:38:43

Mornington Crescent.

Ludways Tue 18-Nov-14 19:38:56

I had a travel system for my ds, he's 13 now.

Actually when I say 'had', I mean 'have', it's still in the garage, lmao!

AlphaBravoHenryFoxtons Tue 18-Nov-14 19:42:18

My youngest child is 7 and I only ever had a sling and then a pushchair. And I called it a pushchair.

Sothisishowitfeels Tue 18-Nov-14 19:43:26

I remember when my sister was little she had a massive pram followed by a smaller buggy. A travel system just puts all of these into one rather than in two different things - not sure its that different!

I always think tiny babies look really odd in forward facing small buggies but maybe thats just me!

skylark2 Tue 18-Nov-14 19:45:34

I owned what I think was the very first thing describing itself as a travel system. It was Maclaren and was a frame onto which you could fit a pram, a newborn car seat or a pushchair type seat. I'd never seen one in real life when I bought it but I thought it was an excellent idea (and it was).

That was in 1996.

GoodKingQuintless Tue 18-Nov-14 19:46:39

You probably called it a pushchair because it was a pushchair, and not a travel system.

travel system comprising of car seat, carry cot interchangeable on a chassis.

these are buggies stand alone pushchairs

KenAdams Tue 18-Nov-14 19:48:21

Well then you had a pushchair not a travel system. Other people can buy travel systems if they wish. They are different things.

AlphaBravoHenryFoxtons Tue 18-Nov-14 19:49:54

I have 4 children and between 23 and 7. And to be honest, the kit hadn't change much at all between my eldest and youngest child.

Kiffykaffycoffee Tue 18-Nov-14 19:50:28

My DC is nearly 11, travel systems have been around at least that long! It's more than just a buggy, it's a newborn pram that converts into an upright buggy together with a car seat, rain cover, cosy toes and changing bag.
You can just buy a bug if you want to when you finally realise the travel system was a big fat waste of money

ilovepowerhoop Tue 18-Nov-14 19:51:07

I had a travel system - it had a pushchair, car seat and carry cot i.e. it was a complete system rather than just one item.

Kiffykaffycoffee Tue 18-Nov-14 19:51:17

buggy sorry

AlphaBravoHenryFoxtons Tue 18-Nov-14 19:52:05

My pushchair could be reversed to be either rearward or forwards facing.

ilovepowerhoop Tue 18-Nov-14 19:52:18

my dd is 11 as well and I had a travel system with her and ds who is 8 (different ones for each)

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