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While you may be homebound during those early days of new parenting, it’s quite exciting when you are ready to break out the travel stroller. Whether it’s a far flung destination, or a trip to the in-laws, your stroller can quickly end up being a bed, a dining chair and your diaper bag on wheels. When looking for the perfect travel stroller, it’s best to focus on how light they are, how easy they are to fold, and how small their footprint is once they are compact. Depending on your style, there are many travel strollers on the market to fit every family.
Here are the best options—all less than $550—to help you get away.
If you are taking note of what is the most popular stroller in the airport, it is likely the Babyzen Yoyo+. This 16 pound stroller is approved to be stored in an overhead cabin on an airplane, making it a popular choice for families on the go. Suitable from 6 months of age to 40 pounds, globetrotting parents swear this stroller is worth the investment.
Parents are excited to talk about the Bugaboo Ant, the newest option on the market that offers a full recline option. Suitable for children up to 50 pounds, the Bugaboo Ant weighs a 15.8 lbs and is perfect when your plans require your child to spend time sleeping in their stroller. The Ant was designed to fit in most airplane overhead storage bins, and my favorite part of this stroller is the adjustable handlebar, which can be hard to find on compact strollers.
The Mountain Buggy Nano is one of the best travel strollers known for its travel hack, it is compatible with the Cosco Scenera Carseat. The Mountain Buggy Nano and Cosco Scenera Carseat combo is one of the only toddler car seat and travel stroller compatible options on the market. Parents love the versatility of traveling with the Nano, it is lightweight, compact and comes a few colors.
The Evenflo Pivot Xplore All-Terrain Double Stroller is the perfect stroller to take you to the beach and beyond. This stroller fits two children ages 6 months to 5 years, and UPF 50+ canopies. The stroller can be either pushed or pulled, and can hold up to 120 pounds of kids and gear, making it a great option to lug everything around you may need for the beach or a day int he park. The all-terrain wheels make it possible to take your family off-roads, while being safely secured.
When making the travel stroller decision, I went with the UPPAbaby Minu as I was already invested in the UPPAbaby VISTA stroller and the UPPAbaby Mesa car seat and I wanted to keep it simple. The Minu is able to be used with he Mesa car seat by way of a set of adapters, so I thought it was best to keep it all in the family. What I love most about the Minu is the deep recline, and the relatively large under basket for a travel stroller. It is also very lightweight and a smooth ride on city streets for my son.
The Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is often at the top of every travel stroller list out there. It is super affordable, weighs 12 pounds, and manages to have sturdy enough wheels to take on cobblestone streets, grass and dirt roads. This option works from birth to 50 pounds, and tall parents say it has one of the highest handle bars out there on a travel stroller.
The GB Pockit Lightweight Stroller is of the the smallest travel strollers you will find on the market. Weighing in at 9.5 pounds, at one point it won the Guinness world records for most compact stroller. Accommodating children from 6 months up to 55 lbs, this is a great stroller that can be tucked away for use on any mode of transportation.
The Best Travel Strollers for Every Kind of Parent – Forbes