The stroller is one of the most used baby products that needs to withstand the elements: rocky roads, inclement weather, and your little hurricanes themselves. Yet, there are so many overwhelming considerations: Is it comfortable for baby? Is it comfortable for parents? Is it compact but also sturdy? How is the braking system? Do the front wheels jam? Can it be maneuvered with one hand (definitely a multi-tasking necessity)? Does it have a height-adjustable handle? Is it the safest option?
It is also easy to be tempted in choosing a stylish model, but those could sacrifice comfort with a fancy seat canopy that offers nothing in the way of protection for your child.
Enter the Chicco Bravo—a safe, heavy-duty yet lightweight stroller that provides a smooth ride, folds with one hand, is easy to clean, has plenty of storage space, and a sleek design.
Pros & Cons
Can be used from infancy to toddlerhood
Easy car base installation
Mesh viewing window, perfect for extra air flow and keeping an eye on baby
Only fits 1 child
Canopy does not have UV or SPF protection
Toddler seat does not recline flat
What is the Chicco Bravo Travel System?
The Chicco (pronounced “KEE-ko”) Bravo Travel System includes the stroller, the KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat and the car seat base. This travel system will last you from infancy to toddlerhood and has many useful features for both parent and child making it one of the bestselling travel systems in North America.
Specs: Revolutionary 3-in-1 Travel System
When we brought our son home from the hospital, we knew he was snug, safe and comfortable in his seat. The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat had one of the top crash testing performances, and at an affordable price, you can’t go wrong. It weighs 9.2 lbs and accommodates babies from 4-30 lbs and up to 30 inches tall. It includes an infant insert that is well-padded and made of soft material.
As your baby grows, you can remove the bottom insert and move the head insert up to three different positions to accommodate your growing baby. The inserts are easy to wipe down for a quick cleanup and are also machine-washable. The car seat has a five-point harness with adjustable shoulder straps.
The stroller weighs 23 lbs and has compact fold dimensions compared to other popular strollers (16”x 21.75”x 28”). Babies can move to the front-facing toddler seat once they have good head and neck control (around 6 months) and until they reach 50 lbs. The toddler seat has a three-position recline that can be changed by the push of a button (even while your little one is in the seat). This seat has a five-point harness with adjustable straps and the seat overall is made with quality, durable materials.
Features Parents Love
The toddler seat has several other features that makes it a winner for parents, including an adjustable/removable canopy with a mesh viewing window, a handlebar with three different positions (38-42”), linked rear breaks that are easy to lock and release, a large storage basket, a parent tray with two cup holders, and middle compartment and a snack/drink tray for kids.
The KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, stroller frame and base are simple to install using a lock mechanism where every piece clicks in place (“Click & Check” to ensure safety). The base is easily installed using their LATCH system. Car seats with click attachments are time savers for parents and the Chicco Bravo does not disappoint.
My Experience: Easy Assembly, Cup Holders, and Other Perks
When we were researching the best baby strollers with car seats, we really had no idea where to start. We knew we wanted something cost effective that would last many years. We wanted a stroller that was simple to maneuver and could be easily folded and thrown in the trunk of our car if we were in a rush. In terms of our car seat search, safety was our biggest priority.
After spending the majority of our evenings reading reviews on the infinite number of available strollers, there was one travel system that made almost all top 10 lists: the Chicco Bravo Travel System.
We purchased the system from Amazon and it arrived in one box and in great condition. Assembly of the stroller was simple, thanks to the very clear instructions and figures. The entire process took less than 30 minutes.
Our first impressions of the Bravo system were overwhelmingly positive. The stroller moved smoothly, we could maneuver it with one hand, and the brakes were reliable. We kept the toddler seat installed from the infant stage because we really liked the full canopy feature with mesh peak-a-boo window. Our son is a July baby, so this was a great feature because we could go out on walks without worrying about the sun harming his sensitive skin or overheating. As mentioned in the cons, I wish the canopy had UV protection as an extra precaution.
The base was easy to install, although we still have to tighten it every couple of weeks to ensure it doesn’t move around too much. It was helpful to have a level directly on the base to make sure it is not tipping too far forward or backward. The base on its own costs about $90, a purchase we made on top of the travel system, to ensure we have a base in each of our vehicles. Another positive is if we ever drive with someone who does not have the base installed, the Chicco Bravo car seat can be strapped in with just a seatbelt.
The most notable con to the Bravo system is the wheels. The stroller has a four-wheel shock absorbing suspension equipped with 7” front wheels and 9” rear wheels. The wheels are made of plastic and filled with foam. What would have made this stroller even better are wheels with tread to handle rough terrain. We have tended to steer clear of dirt and gravel trails for this reason.
Truly Mama Recommended: A Big Thumbs Up for the Chicco Bravo Travel System
The Chicco Bravo Travel System has everything you would ever need in your child’s early years. It is more affordable than many other travel systems without sacrificing safety and aesthetic. And if you are a family who is tight on storage space, this narrow and tight-folding stroller is definitely for you.
This travel system is 100% mama recommended, and I’m sure anyone who takes the plunge and purchases this product will be very happy they did. It is an absolute must have for on-the-go living.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the toddler seat lay flat?
No, it does not lay fully flat. It is essential that your baby has good head and neck control before making the switch to the toddler seat.
Can the car seat face inwards and outwards on the stroller frame?
No, the infant car seat is rear-facing only.
How long does the infant car seat last?
It is always important to check the expiration date. However, the lifespan is typically six years.
Does the car seat need to be replaced if it was involved in an accident?
Yes, even if there is no visible damage, the car seat must be replaced. Make sure to read the product manual for more details.
Can the Chicco Bravo be folded using one hand?
Yes! You can fold the system with one hand, which all moms know is key since your hands are always full.