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Hey there, fam!! I am SO stoked to share all about how we’ve been enjoying family time during this strange time that we’ve all been going through. I never in a million years would’ve thought that during Taya’s first months of her life, that we’d only be able to get out of the house for a drive or walk. It has had its challenges but Mike and I have been able to find ways to still make our family time fun and memorable.
My friends over at Summer Infant have been a huge part of making sure that we get to have time out and about. We started using the Summer™ Myria™ Travel System about two months ago and it’s been a positive experience overall. I’m going to be breaking down all of the pros and cons with you today.
Summer™ Myria™ Travel System
The Summer Myria Travel System has 6 modes of use providing reversible seating options for the infant car seat, carriage mode, and toddler seat. The travel system includes the Affirm™ 335 Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat, Affirm™ Steeloc™ Base, and Myria™ Modular Stroller. The system also comes with a ton of “extras” like the large storage basket, extra-large canopy with a peekaboo window, parent cup holder, and child snack tray with cup holder.
6 MODES OF USE:
- Reversible seating option for the infant car seat (3-35 lbs.)
- Carriage mode (birth to approx. 6 months) – also reversible
- Toddler seat (approx. 6 months and up to 50 pounds) – also reversible
The Affirm™ 335 Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat is all about advanced safety made simple. It’s for babies that are 3-35 lbs. (15-32″) and has incredible safety measures like SureShield™ protection. It has an adjustable canopy that’s really handy and can be removed if needed.
The infant car seat has a FloatCarry™ handle which is designed to minimize strain. One of my favorite things about the car seat is that it’s extremely lightweight at under 8 pounds. I’m a petite person, so I knew that one of the factors in choosing an infant car seat for Taya would be the weight of it. It’s not awkward for me to carry and it is quite comfortable to hold.
Taya fits nice and snug in the car seat! She loves going for car rides and I think a huge factor in that is because she loves her car seat. It fits perfectly. The adjustable canopy is wonderful, especially when using the car seat carrier mode for the stroller. It comes off, as well.
The Steeloc™ base is easy to install with a secure fit and it has a level indicator to show where the right install is. It’s steel-reinforced and has levels of SureShield™ protection. When Mike installed the base he was shocked at how seamless and quick the process was.
Mike and I both have found the Affirm™ 335 Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat and the Steeloc™ Base are both incredibly safe, secure, and can be used with ease. We have no complaints with either! As I mentioned before, Taya loves her car seat, so that’s a huge plus for us. 🙂 Oh, and if you know my love for neutral colors, you already know that I love the Stone Gray shade that the travel system is in. Safe, secure, and has a beautiful design? I’m all about that!
I really love how simple the Myria™ Modular Stroller is. It has a one-hand, self-standing fold, making it extremely easy to open up. You simply press the button on the handle and it unfolds. For the Car Seat Carrier Mode, the car seat snaps into the stroller quickly and securely. I definitely prefer using the car seat with the stroller over the carriage mode. It’s just more practical for our lifestyle, especially with Taya still being a little one at just under 4 months old.
You all know how much I always need my coffee, so you bet I am a huge fan of the parent cup holder. It’s removable so you can snap it onto or off the stroller arm as needed. The large storage basket is a huge help for holding our smaller diaper bag, toys, and a baby blanket. It’s nice to have the option to have Taya face me or to face outward towards the world.
The only con that I have with the Myria™ Modular Stroller is that the wheels are hard plastic, so I’m slightly limited on where I can use the stroller. I mainly use the stroller for walks around the neighborhood and parks with pavement paths, so the vast majority of the time, it’s perfect for my mama lifestyle. But on the occasion that I’d like to go for a walk on a nature trail, the wheels wouldn’t be the most ideal for that.
Now let’s chat about the Carriage Mode! First off, I need to acknowledge how beautifully designed this infant carriage is. I think it’s absolutely darling! Don’t you agree?
Just like the Car Seat Carrier Mode, the Carriage Mode can be reversible. The Carriage Mode is for birth to approximately 6 months. Carriage Mode is set up for Taya to lay on her back, so it’s really nice for a naptime stroll. It has proper equipment and straps so that she’s secure the entire time. For the times when I’ll have Taya facing outward instead of toward me, there’s a convenient peek-a-boo window that I can peek through to check on her. The canopy is adjustable and the middle bar is removable, which both make it easy to get Taya into and out of the carriage.
There are a couple of cons for the Carriage Mode that I have personally experienced. The first is that the straps aren’t as adjustable as I wish they were. Taya is quite petite for her age and I wish the straps would go a tiny bit tighter. Then again, she’ll grow into them in time. Unlike snapping the car seat into the Myria Modular Stroller, the carriage is a bit more of a hassle to snap-in. It’s also important to note that where it snaps in is the only support it has, which is why I believe the Carriage Mode is used only until 6 months of age. It’s still safe and sturdy but it just isn’t as sturdy as I had expected.
The Toddler Seat Mode is the only one we haven’t gotten to use yet, obviously. The Toddler Seat Mode is also a reversible seat and there’s an included snack tray that is included with the system. When Taya grows, we’ll be able to use the carriage to be the toddler seat. It has an adjustable, multiple-position recline for this mode. I’m eager to try this out when Taya gets older.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS:
Overall, I am very happy with the Summer Infant Myria™ Travel System. I think it suits my family’s needs really well and I’m confident in its safety. I love that we’ll be able to use the travel system for a long period of time as Taya grows. If you’ve been around CWS for a while, you know I’m all about intentionality and practicality. The Summer Infant Myria™ Travel System fits both of those attributes for my family. Without a doubt, the few cons are completely overshadowed by all of the positives. Let me know if you have any questions at all and I’d be happy to answer them!