Gear for on-the-go
Since you don’t own a car, you can probably afford to splurge on a fancy travel system. A travel system is a combination stroller and car seat. You secure the baby in her car seat using a seat belt in the back of the taxi, while the stroller folds down and is tossed in the boot. Once you reach your destination, you can snap the car seat onto the stroller.
We’ve found that Doha’s taxi drivers will generally assist you in getting strollers in and out of the boot. Be sure to leave positive reviews, or even a tip, to make sure they continue to be just as helpful to the next family (and leave negative reviews when they don’t). Also, check for seat belts before getting in the car, as there will be the odd taxi that won’t have them.
Travel systems can often be mixed and matched; this means you don’t have to compromise. But, you may need adapters to make this work, and car seats are usually cheaper bundled with a stroller. For safety reasons, we recommend going with a car seat that has a European belt path as opposed to an American belt path. The European-style belt path, which goes around the back of the car seat, is generally safer—and should be considered essential for those families who frequently rely on taxis and Ubers.
Popular car seats that use European belt paths include Britax Endeavors, Nuna Pipa, Cybex Aton, and the Chicco Fit2. Another solid option is the Doona Car Seat, which is essentially a car seat that folds out into a stroller, handy for both frequent travellers and those of us without a car. That said, it’s expensive for a car seat that will only be used for a year or so (QR 1,770 at JustKidding).
Babies generally grow out of their travel systems by the first year. While a toddler car seat is more of a hassle, there are a few pieces of baby gear that can help. In general, it’s a good idea to research products for “family travellers” or “urban families”.