For parents who travel a lot and want to pare down their baby travel gear, the Sit-N-Stroll car seat and stroller combination may be a useful option. Smooth turning wheels, simple set up and a foam-grip handle make the stroller easy to use during travel and the front belt path is easier to use in a rushed travel situation. Since it must be unbuckled from the vehicle each time, the Sit-N-Stroll isn't the best choice for everyday use if you prefer to leave a car seat buckled into your vehicle.
It also may not be useful for very long as a car seat because of the low weight limits.
The 5-in-1 Sit N Stroll can be used as a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat, a stroller, an airline seat, and a booster seat for meals. The rear-facing weight range is 5 to 30 pounds. It can be used forward-facing from 20 pounds and at least one year old to 40 pounds.
- Eliminates the need to travel with both car seat and stroller.
- Convertible car seat, can be used rear-facing and forward-facing.
- Performs very well as a stroller - smooth steering, turns well.
- Sturdy frame and nice fabric hold up to travel wear and tear.
- Stroller handle and wheels are fairly easy to pop up and down.
- Can double as a booster chair at restaurants.
- Weighs 16.5 pounds, which is less than many full-size strollers.
- Difficult to install compared to traditional convertible car seats.
- Must be installed after child is in seat due to belt path.
- Larger rear-facing kids may be uncomfortable due to belt path.
- May not fit down all airline aisles.
- "Booster seat" meal mode may be confusing to some parents since it's also a car seat.
Sit-N-Stroll is a convertible car seat with wheels and a handle that pop out from the car seat body, instantly transforming the car seat into a stroller.
As a stroller, the Sit-N-Stroll performs very well, handling corners smoothly even with one-hand steering, and the wheels and handle are easy to operate.
As a car seat, the Sit-N-Stroll is great for travel, but challenging for everyday use. The 5-point harness is simple to tighten and the harness height is easy to change. The belt path passes in front of the child both rear- and forward-facing, so the child must be in the seat as it is installed in a vehicle. When the child is already in the seat, it's harder to install the seat tight enough to be safe, so practice installation with the child in the seat before traveling.
When rear-facing, lots of kids like to cross their legs or prop them up on the vehicle seat. Since the belt path goes right over the top of the seat, it may not allow the child to find a comfy leg position.
The seat is designed to be removed from the car every time, and must be unbuckled from the vehicle to get the child out of the seat. The manufacturer suggests using the vehicle belt rather than the LATCH belt to get the best rear-facing fit.
A pool noodle placed in the seat crack may help maintain the correct rear-facing angle. But, if you're using this seat for travel, you may not have that piece of pool noodle handy in order to get a correct installation rear-facing.
Since two of the modes involve use in the car, that makes the booster seat mode a little tricky. It is not a booster seat for the car. The booster mode is only to be used for meal time. That's a handy feature, for sure, but if you don't carefully read the instructions, you might assume the booster seat was a third step for the car, after rear-facing and forward-facing.
Sit-N-Stroll is a great choice for those who travel with baby a lot or use public transportation and don't leave a car seat in their own vehicle regularly. The installation difficulty could likely be overcome by careful reading of the manual and lots of practice. As with any car seat, the safety of the seat depends on a parent's willingness to install it correctly each time.
If you have a convertible car seat already and want to use it for airline travel, consider the GoGoKidz Travelmate. It attaches to the back of the car seat to create a simple but effective stroller.