6 Smart Travel Strollers For Babies & Toddlers
We recently went out scoping travel products for new moms, and found a half dozen strollers we wish were available in our days of traveling with a very little one. Our general rule for airport/train/subway strollers is that you should to be able to close them with one hand and a foot while holding a squirming baby. They should be compact enough to easily fit in through TSA’s X-ray machines or in a car full of luggage. And they should be light enough to carry up or down a flight of stairs in one hand while leading a toddler with the other. Some of these are compact and clever enough that I like them even though they break the one-hand-fold rule. (Also read our tips for flying long distances with a baby.)
We liked all six of these buggies for traveling with babies and toddlers. We liked two for day-to-day strolling as well, especially for city dwellers who use public transportation and are tight on storage space.
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5 Cleverly Designed Strollers…
First up on the clever list is the 14-lb. Micralite FastFold, a popular stroller in the U.K. that is debuting in the U.S. later this year. It has a good sun canopy for a compact stroller and is sun-proof and water-resistant. The seat reclines a bit, the front wheels have shock absorbers and the back wheels inflate like bicycle tires to work well uneven. The handle changes positions to be comfortable for even tall dads. It folds easily and when it does can be carried or rolled along like a golf cart.
A stroller seems like a bit of a departure for Oxo, who you know for its well-designed and good looking kitchen tools. But the Oxo Tot Air is a great find. It’s a pretty basic umbrella stroller probably not what you’ll use day-to-day. But it’s perfect for that second light stroller to pop in the car and take on planes and trains. It comes in three bright colors, is smaller than two feet by 1 foot when folded and weights 11 lbs. The sun canopy has built in SPF and it folds one-handed.
GB Pockit. Like the Oxo, it probably won’t be your every day stroller, partly because the sun canopy is too small and it’s not the roomiest umbrella stroller. But it’s perfect for air travel and public transit.
At 9.5 pounds and and justt under 12 X 7 X 14 inches when folded, it’s the most lightweight stroller of the bunch. It takes two hands to fold it. But if you have a partner you travel with, one of you could actually bring this on board a plane and tuck it under your seat or in the overhead as your carry-on! No need to gate-check and trust your stroller to the whims of the luggage handlers (we had an axel bent on a brand new stroller that way).
If the Pockit is too basic for you, GB also has Qbit (right), which does indeed offer a one-hand fold, a good size canopy and a seat that reclines a bit. It’s only 21 X 13 inches folded, which will fit in an airplane overhead. It comes with a travel bag to protect it should you have to gate-check on a crowded flight. It’s a nice compromise between portable and comfortable and could be your only stroller once your child is sitting up.
BabyZen has the YoYo (left), which I’ve been seeing all over my Brooklyn neighborhood lately with good reason. This is a good every day stroller that also travels well. It’s just bigger than 20 X 17 X 7 inches when folded, so it too could go in some airplane overhead bins. And it also has a travel bag for those times when it doesn’t. It has room enough for a preschooler to be comfortable and a good sun canopy for its size.
It’s a pricey stroller, but you can use the seat in a bassinet or upright position, and it can accommodate a car seat, too with separate clips. That adds a step to folding it, but also makes it very easy for parents who want to bring a car seat on an airplane. So it’s a stroller that will take you from birth until you no longer need a stroller and on plenty of adventures, which makes it worth the price.
And 1 Stroller That’s Also a Car Seat!
Anyone who flies or takes taxis a lot has to take a good look at Simple Parenting’s Doona carseat-stroller combination. Yup, that’s what we said. It’s expensive, we must say, and your child will outgrow it in 15 months or less (they say it goes up to 35 lbs). But it’s your infant car seat and first stroller all in one purchase. And the cleverness of this Israeli-made item just might be be worth it for urban parents and frequent travelers.
It has a sun canopy, which most car seats lack, and a longer handle than most carseat-stroller frames. And it’s mechanism let’s you attach and detach the car seat with relative ease. Imagine buckling your napping child in to his stroller, wheeling him out of a hotel, strapping him in to a taxi, taking him out again, wheeling him through the airport and buckling him into an airplane seat without having to disturb him (yes, there is airport security to deal with, but still). That’s pretty priceless isn’t it?
Which of these items would you use the most?
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