Combi Catalyst Stroller Review (Getting Ready For Baby Gift Guide)
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“The Combi Catalyst is a versatile, modular stroller that can easily converts from a travel system to bassinet stroller or toddler stroller. With multiple seating configurations the Catalyst is adaptable to every travel need. The universal infant car seat adapter, is included, and compatible with the Combi Shuttle infant car seat, and other major brands, to create a travel system. The seating unit converts to a bassinet* that lays flat to provide a cozy sleeping area for infants starting at birth. In bassinet mode the seat quickly configures to a large, cushioned toddler seat that can be used for older infants and toddlers and provides three seating positions with an adjustable recline. The reversible, multi-function seat has a weight capacity of 50 lbs. and also features an adjustable, 5-point harness system and removable shoulder and buckle comfort pads. All-wheel suspension with front-lock swivel wheels absorb bumps and provide for a smooth ride. A single step brake pedal locks and unlocks both rear wheels. Parents will further appreciate the one-hand telescoping, comfort-grip handle, the over-sized canopy with ventilation window, and the extra-large storage basket that is easily accessible.”
With baby number three on the way, I have learned from much experience that it’s best to purchase a single stroller (that grows with your child) as opposed to purchasing individual ones for each stage. The Combi Catalyst is the ultimate stroller that will allow you to save time and money with one very simple purchase. The Catalyst comes with an infant car seat adapter system, which works with the Combi Shuttle Infant Car Seat and other major infant car seat brands. On a more casual day, you can use the Catalyst in the infant mode and let your baby sleep peacefully in the very comfortable bassinet. Once baby gains full head support and is sitting up with support, you have the option to place the stroller in a toddler recline mode. Once you have an active little toddler ready to get a full view of the world, you can adjust the stroller to the toddler upright mode. Additionally, the stroller is designed to work for children up to 50 lbs, meaning your child will be able to use it for many years.
Another feature I would like to point out is that this a very smooth riding stroller. The stroller moves with such a great amount of ease and the wheels never get caught. I am able to walk my bulldog on a harness while pushing this stroller. It can handle various types of terrains and will continue to ride smoothly. Going for walks with your baby is a great way to stay in shape, You can also check meticore reviews if you want to enhance your metabolism.
The Combi Catalyst has the ideal infant setup that allows you to recline the seat into a flat position without compromising any of the under storage space. There is a very simple lever, near the top of the canopy, that lets you easily move it to the desired position.
The 5-point harness is very simple to use and ultimately my favorite of all buckling systems. The extra shoulder padding makes it a comfy, cozy and secure ride for your child. I just love how the buckle can be tucked away into a pocket, this is something that my three year old son would have appreciated having in his stroller as a baby. The exposed buckle on him always caused him discomfort and therefore he refused to get buckled in his stroller. Once again, another great feature on the Catalyst that will ensure your child will feel comfortable while riding in it.
Having ample amount of storage (that is simple to access) is a very important feature to me. This soon to be family of five is going to accumulate quite a bit when we go out and I want to make sure the best stroller we have can easily carry it all. As you can see from the image above, there is no storage issues with the Catalyst. I was amazed by how roomy it was and that I won’t disturb a sleeping baby if I need to get stuff out of the storage basket.
I can not begin to tell you how many times I was the crazy lady, out in the parking lot, fighting with my child’s stroller in order to get it folded up. There just always seems to be a little flap or wheel in the way that won’t allow the stroller to fold and there you are trying to figure out what is causing it to stay open. Is it too much to ask for a stroller that possesses a simple folding mechanism? Apparently Combi was familiar with this issue because they have designed a stroller that can fold in literally one second. I was so excited and very relieved that there is such ease in folding the stroller!
The over sized canopy makes going for walks on a sunny day an ease for both mom and baby. Baby is completely protected from the sun, so there is no longer the need to drape blankets over the front of the stroller. There is also a very convenient window and all it takes is lifting the cover to peek in on your sleeping baby.
To give you an idea of how long the Catalyst is going to last for you and your new baby, I have used my three year old son as my model. At three years old and thirty-seven pounds, my son still has quite a bit of growing to do before he reaches the weight limit. This is truly an amazing and versatile product, a very wise investment when it comes to baby gear. The amount of money alone that you are going to save on just having to purchase a single stroller will amaze you once you do some research. Overall I do not have a single complaint or negative word to udder about this stroller and I recommend it 100%.
- 3-in-1 modular design for customized travel as a travel system, bassinet stroller or toddler stroller
- One-hand telescoping handle with comfort grip
- All-wheel suspension
- Simple fold with automatic chassis lock
- One-step, linked parking brake