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TRAVEL STROLLERS FOR BABIES COMPARED

If you are wondering what are the best travel strollers for babies then this guide will help you:

  • Find the best lightweight baby pushchair which works for your needs.
  • Compare features of various styles of top travel buggies including single and double travel strollers for babies and toddlers.
  • Discover the pros and cons of each type of travel pushchair, with real parents opinions.
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There are many different types of travel strollers, so first of all decide on how frequently it will get used, what type of traveling with a baby you intend on doing and where.

For short trips on predominately smooth surfaces, then suspension may not be a key factor in your purchasing decision, but daily outings with narrow doorways or stairs in a hot climate with naps a must, will lead to an entirely different stroller.

You might like the option of baby wearing and using a baby carrier as well as using a pushchair.

However, for these reviews, we have stuck to the main key features that have been useful to us when traveling with a baby.

Key Features When Looking for a Travel Stroller for Babies.

Key features are a full recline option, comfort, UV sun protection, ease of use, compact, lightweight, your travel needs and price

Recline, Storage and other features

A full recline option is a must for babies and sleep times. If a lie flat option does not come as standard on the below compact strollers, then a full bassinet or cot attachment is possible.

These lightweight strollers offer a recline function and a fairly decent sun canopy, but you may need to compromise on the storage basket. For instance, you could forego a large storage basket for a comfortable backpack.

Often you can buy accessories like cup holders, bag clips/ stroller purse clip hooks to make the stroller more convenient. (I found my buggy clip invaluable, especially if the storage basket was small). Decide which features are an absolute must for you, and ones you could compromise on. For example, you are unlikely to find a travel lightweight stroller with a tray.

Comfort

The stroller needs to obviously comfortable for your baby but is it also comfortable for you? Does it have adjustable handles to avoid back pain, maybe a convenient drink holder?

UV Sun protection

Even cloudy days can cause sunburn, so a stroller with a good canopy is useful not only for sun protection but also making it a little more dark and cosy for little one to relax or nap. Like all strollers, it’s often hard to get the perfect match for all your requirements, and should you need then a product like CoziGo is brilliant as UV sun protector (and as an airplane bassinet cover for babies.)

Ease of Use

After trying to take down a larger bulkier stroller at an airport gate (even after practising) and with a baby in arms, ease of use is essential! Ideally one handed fold or set up is the dream!

If you are flying or travelling solo, then an easy folding function is a must when you are looking for the best compact travel stroller.  Some of the best foldable strollers for travel can quickly and easily be folded up using just one hand. The good news is that most foldable prams for travel, are easy to use!

Compact

A compact stroller is not only useful for stowage in smaller apartments but also in crowded places and on the plane too, as sometimes a particularly compact travel stroller can be brought on board a plane as cabin carry on baggage.

Lightweight

A lightweight stroller speaks for itself, especially if you need to carry it around when not in use or lug it up and down stairs.

Your Travel Needs

What sort of travel will you be doing can impact the type of travel pushchair you need. Is it the best buggy for your holiday or vacation?

Does it need to fit as carryon on an aircraft or can it manage cobblestones in Europe with kids? Does it need to be the lightest travel stroller or one with more features?

Will it be used for short distances and to help transport your bags or will you need it for long day trips and naps during the day? Or will you load it up in the car for baby road trips?

Cost

There are some all singing/all dancing travel strollers out there – but these do come with a higher price tag like the BabyZen Yoyo. When you are looking for the best strollers for traveling, shop around and look for the best deals.

Check if companies offer price match – often if you cut the middle man out you can find a better deal too. Also look into second hands strollers, or perhaps borrow a friends?

When looking at prices, see if the stroller will last a while, or if a baby would quickly outgrow it? How often will use your travel stroller? Can it adjust for toddlers and older kids? Is it made of sturdy materials and built to last? Is it good value? Would you be able to use if for another child?

The main differences between a regular stroller and a travel stroller are the size and weight. The best strollers for travel are considerably lighter and usually a lot smaller than their heavier counterparts.

Overview:

Lightweight travel strollers may have less features and comfort but that is the tradeoff for the other practical features. The best traveling strollers for long days out are those that are lightweight and small enough to lug around and store, yet feature extras such as recline, a sun canopy and a decent storage basket underneath.

I found for me the recline and sun canopy was the most important when flying with a baby or young toddler.

In a Hurry? Here are our top picks

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ItemImageWeightDimensions when foldedReclineStorage BasketTravel BagSun CanopyMax Weight CapacityAgeCompatible with Infant Car Sea
Baby Jogger City Tour 2

Also available from Walmart
14 lbs / 6.5 kgs59.5cm x 49.5cm x 9cm (21.6″ X16.9″ X 6.8″)YesYesNoYesUp to 45lbs/22kgUp to 45lbs/22kgYes
Chicco Liteway Stroller

Also available from Walmart
17.2 lbs
‎34.5 x 18.5 x 41
YesYesNoYes‎40 Poundsup to 25kgNo
Baby Jogger City Mini 2

Also available from Walmart
17.8 lbs55 x 38 x 23 cm (9.03 x 14.96 x 21.65 inch)YesYesNoYesfrom birth to 50lbs50lbsYes. Britax, Chicco, Clek, Cybex, Graco, Maxi Cosi, Nuna, Peg Perego, and UPPAbaby infant car seats (adapters for other brands’ infant car seats sold separately)
Ergobaby Metro21.6 lbs21x17x9 “YesYesAvailable separately hereYes50lbsNewborn (with the newborn nest) to toddler Metro+ is usable from birth up to 22 kg, or 4 years, whichever comes first.Yes comes with Graco/Chicco adaptors.
Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller6.2 kg (13.6 lbs) in the 6+ version, 6.6 kg (14.5 lbs) with the newborn pack or 8.1 kg (17.8 lbs) with the bassinet.52 x 44 x 18 cm / 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 inYes Need newborn insert for infants available separately.YesYesYes22 kg (48.5 lbs)Yes, including CYBEX
Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller

Also available from Walmart
13 lbs / 6 kg12 x 22 x 20 inchesYesYesYesYes44lbsup to 4/ 44lbsYes
Safety 1st Step Lite Compact Stroller

Also available from Walmart
safety first stroller16 lbs YesYesNoYes50lbsNo
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller14.8 lbs11.5″ L x 20.5″ W x 23″YesYesYesYes, pop out UPF 50+ sunshade50lbs3 months to 50 lbs with a maximum child height of 40″Yes – MESA Infant Car Seat or select Maxi-Cosi®, Nuna® and Cybex infant car seats.
Joovy Kooper Stroller

Also available from Walmart
16 lbs29.3” L x 21” W x 12.5” HYesYes, 15lbs worth of storageNo, but it has an automatic folding lockYes50lbs3 months + to approx 5 years oldYes
UPPAbaby G-LITE Stroller11.2 lbs / 5.08 kgs20 x 34 x 42 cm/ 12.5″ L x 10.7″ W x 42″ HYesYes, holds up to 20lbsNo, has a carry strapYes, pop out UPF 5055lbs6 months up to approx. 4 yearsNo
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain12.3 lbs / 5.6 kgs20 x 34 x 42 cmYesYesNoYes55lbs6 months up to approx. 4 yearsYes – gb and CYBEX
gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller9.5 lbs11.8 inches x 7 inches x 13.8 inchesNoYesYesYes, but not effectiveNo
Mountain Buggy Nano Duo Buggy9 kg / 20 lbs51.5 x 73 x 28cm / 20 x 28.7 x 11″NoYesYesYes, but not effective15kg / 33lbs per seatnewborn – 3 years (with cocoon) 6 months – 3 years (without cocoon)Yes. It’s car seat compatible with not only car seats from Mountain Buggy but also, Phil & Teds, Graco, Peg Perego, Cybex, Nuna, and Maxi Cosi (with adaptor purchase)
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double Stroller

Also available from Walmart
23.21 lbs25cm/9.8″ x 66.5cm/26.2″ (W) x 63cm/24.8″(L)YesYesNoYes15kg / 33lbs per seatEach stroller seat holds kids up to 33 lb. From birth with additional carry cotNo
Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight

Also available from Walmart
23.5 lbs45.25 x 21.25 x 10 in (L W H)YesYesNoYes90lbs3 months to 45 lbs per child. Front seat holds a child from 3 months to 45 pounds. Rear seat holds a child from 6 months to 45 poundsYes
Joovy Kooper X2 Double Stroller28 lbs26” L x 30.3” W x 12.8” HYesYesNoYesseats for two kids up to 50 lbs each3 months+No
Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Double Stroller14.7 kg(H x W x L): 76.5 x 77.5 x 32cmYesYesNoYestwo children up to 22kgsuitable for two children from birth to 22kg (5 years approx.Yes, Graco, (H x W x L): 76.5 x 77.5 x 32cm, Maxicosi with adaptor available separately.

Detailed Specs of Our Selected Travel Strollers For Babies

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 (From birth)

Another incredibly popular stroller, for infants and beyond, one that ALWAYS comes up on Disney World and Disneyland posts as well as my Flying With A Baby Facebook page.

The new Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is heavier than the ones mentioned above, but versatile from birth to older toddler, and is compatible with car seats seats. One hand fold, multiple recline positions, a UV extendable hood, swivel wheels make it a great all rounder. It fits in with some airline cabin baggage allowances, such as JetBlue, Turkish Airlines etc but is otherwise generally over these requirements.

  • Weight: 14lbs/6.5kgs
  • Dimensions when folded: 59.5cm x 49.5cm x 9cm (21.6″ X16.9″ X 6.8″)
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes,
  • Max Weight Capacity: Up to 45lbs/22kg
  • Age: Up to 45lbs/22kg
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes

This travel stroller is available on both Amazon (worldwide) and Walmart (US residents only)


Maclaren Techno XT TRAVEL STROLLERS FOR BABIES

Maclaren Techno XT Stroller (From Birth)

The Maclaren Techo XT specifies that it suitable for children from birth. Although it is meant to fully recline, it is not completely flat, but it is near enough horizontal and certainly comfortable enough for the baby to sleep for many hours.

There is also an extendable foot rest for older babies which allows their legs to be fully elevated. The clasp to secure the straps can be a little fiddly as to unlock as you have to squeeze the buttons on the front and back at the same time making it difficult if you have long nails or weak fingers.

The straps do not adjust properly for newborns as they rub against their ears, the strap covers are definitely required but at an extra cost and for complete comfort you would need a headrest.

The XT is a compact umbrella stroller that is easy to fold away and open, and the handle at the side makes it easy to lift onto a trolley or put into the back of a car. The XT is the heaviest of the Maclarens but its benefits outweigh the extra two kgs that have to be lugged.

It is compact enough that on many occasions the Purser/CSD of the flight has allowed me to bring it on board to be stored in a cupboard. It can be a little heavy to push, but the swivel wheels to help it to easily glide around corners and manoeuvre through complicated spaces.

The Maclaren comes with a rain cover, which is great if you are travelling to tropical countries but investing in a mosquito net that fits securely is a must.

The hood has a handy clear window so you can see your child even when it is open but you will need a CoziGo or Snoozeshade draped over it if you want to completely block out the sun. The seat cover does get very dirty on the baggage belt and my hood did get slightly damaged on one occasion, so do invest in a canvas cover if you want to keep the buggy in pristine condition.

The pockets at the back of the XT are really handy for keeping water, sun cream and a hat at the ready: the storage beneath the buggy is ample for a few bags of shopping if the seat is not reclined.

One thing which always catches me by surprise is how the pushchair will topple over once to take the baby out if you have shopping bags on the handles, the buggy can also topple over when the baby is in the seat if there is too much weight on the handles.

At the end of your trip the seat cover can be removed and washed in the washing machine though refitting it can take time and is a little complicated.Pros:

  • A Compact reclining stroller
  • Lighter than a travel system. Weighs 13.8lbs
  • Has handy pockets.
  • Suitable from birth.
  • Easy fold umbrella stroller due to its one handed fold

Cons:

  • Need to buy extra pieces for complete comfort.
  • Can tip over if shopping bags are on the handle, with or without baby inside

What other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:

In general, I have been pleased with the Maclaren Techno XT and four and a half years later it is still going strong.

I am now using it for my 11 week old baby and although it is a little worn and torn, the functions work just as well as they did when I purchased it. I would recommend the Maclaren Techno XT to any travelling family and can assure you that the Maclaren brand has lived up to its long trusted name. For me, this has been the best umbrella stroller for travel.

  • Weight: 13.8lbs
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes,
  • Max Weight Capacity: 25kg/55lbs
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: No

Baby Jogger City Mini

Baby Jogger City Mini 2  (From Birth)

I know a buggy is an incredibly personal choice but I really have great things to say about the Baby Jogger City Mini when flying with a baby.

The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 has an increased recline angle to a near-flat position to accommodate newborns.

We bought a Maclaren run around when we started travelling with our son but when that broke we replaced it with the Baby Jogger and three years and another little one down the line and it’s still going strong, in spite of all sorts of rough treatment from the baggage handlers.

It’s just as travel-friendly – folds down super easily, is nippy and light – but feels much more solid and comfortable for the little ones. It feels more like a flight-friendly regular buggy than a buggy you buy specifically for flights. For more details on the Baby Jogger City Mini, including the UV cover,  please click here 

Pros

  • Light – weighs 17.8 lbs
  • Can fold with one hand.
  • Easy to manoeuvre.
  • Seat tilts back to flat for nap time on the go.

Cons

I can’t think of any!

  • Weight: 17.8lbs
  • Dimensions when folded: 55 x 38 x 23 cm (9.03 x 14.96 x 21.65 inch)
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes,
  • Max Weight Capacity: from birth to 50lbs
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes. Britax, Chicco, Clek, Cybex, Graco, Maxi Cosi, Nuna, Peg Perego, and UPPAbaby infant car seats (adapters for other brands’ infant car seats sold separately)

This travel stroller is available on both Amazon (worldwide) and Walmart (US residents only)


Ergobaby Metro (Newborn + with additional Nest)

The Ergobaby is sleek, lightweight and compact and makes a great cabin sized stroller as it folds down to fit into most overhead airplane bins with a folded size of 21x17x9 inches.

Rare for a compact travel stroller, it features an adjustable handlebar height and has a good recline function. This travel includes a rain shield and has a UV 50+ sun canopy.

  • Weight: 21.6lbs
  • Dimensions when folded: 21x17x9 “
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: Available separately here
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: 50lbs
  • Age: Newborn (with the newborn nest) to toddler Metro+ is usable from birth up to 22 kg, or 4 years, whichever comes first.
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes comes with Graco/Chicco adaptors.

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Babyzen YOYO2 Stroller (from newborn with additional insert)

This is another stroller which meets most airlines cabin baggage allowances and joins the ranks of the few strollers that fit in the overhead bin. It is not as light as the original GB Pockit for plane travel – but it weighs in at a very light 13lbs/6.2kg. – the same as the GB Pockit Plus, in the 6+ version, 6.6 kg (14.5 lbs) with the newborn pack or 8.1 kg (17.8 lbs) with the bassinet. 

The BabyZen YoYo is consistently rated highly as a contender for the best lightweight travel stroller due many of its specifications and additional features.

These include a storage bag and a shoulder strap so you can easily carry the BabyZen on board a plane. It’s narrow enough to fit in most airplane aisles and will easily fit into the hat rack. The folded dimensions are (52 x 44 x 18 cm / 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 in)

Out and about, this compact travel stroller feels sturdy and is often used as a daily stroller because of all the practical feature; including multi recline, a sun canopy, rain cover and generous under seat storage. Basket supports up to 5 kg (11 lbs)

Although the pushchair is on the pricey end of the market – it just may your most used bit of baby kit. Particularly if it is used daily and used for travel, then it may save you from buying a separate travel buggy. These airplane strollers are also quite popular in Europe because they fit through narrow doorways.

  • Weight: 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs) in the 6+ version, 6.6 kg (14.5 lbs) with the newborn pack or 8.1 kg (17.8 lbs) with the bassinet. 
  • Dimensions when folded: 52 x 44 x 18 cm / 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 in
  • Recline: Yes Need newborn insert for infants available separately.
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: Yes
  • Sun Canopy: Yes,
  • Max Weight Capacity: 22 kg (48.5 lbs)
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes, including CYBEX

Mountain Buggy Nano stroller TRAVEL STROLLERS FOR BABIES

Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller (From newborn with additional cocoon)

Although the newer Mountain Buggy Nano V3 is out, the original has many decent features and a good price point and is a good travel stroller for infants.

At 13lbs, this lightweight stroller has a full-size, padded seat with an adjustable leg rest and multi-position recline.

The seat can almost go into a lie-flat mode, making it one of the best reclining strollers for travel. However there is a newborn cocoon available as an extra, if you need.

Like the BabyZen YoYo Plus, this compact stroller comes with a carry handle and carry strap plus a travel bag. For most airline hand baggage rules, the Nano is too big to be considered as hand luggage, despite it being very compact.

The rain cover does need to be bought separately. It cannot fold one handed but feels sturdy.Pros

  • The narrow frame  is good for narrow streets  and doorways.
  • Can be pushed one-handed easily.
  • A good lightweight reclining stroller.
  • Fits into overhead storage compartments (if permitted.)

Cons 

  • Cannot be folded with one hand.
  • Can be a bit tricky down a set of steps due to the small wheels.

What other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:

“We would be lost without our Mountain Buggy Nano. It has been on almost 50 flights in 18 months and is still in the best condition. Great recline too.”

  • Weight: 13lbs/6kg
  • Dimensions when folded: 12 x 22 x 20 inches 
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: Yes
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: 44lbs
  • Age: up to 4/ 44lbs
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes

This lightweight travel stroller is available on both Amazon (worldwide) and Walmart (US residents only)


Maclaren Quest Arc Stroller

Maclaren Quest Arc Stroller (from birth with additional bassinet)

With an extendable sun canopy, 4 position recline and extendable footrest, this travel stroller offers a lot of benefits when traveling with toddlers. At 13.7lb, it’s lighter than the Mclaren XT, has a few less features, smaller wheels, but still has plenty of perks. 

The Quest Arc includes a rain cover and is compatible with the Maclaren Carrycot. All Maclaren strollers have waterproof/ UPF 50+ hoods to protect from the elements and machine washable seats.

It can be used as an infant travel stroller if you purchase the bassinet which attaches to the seat. Comes with a shoulder strap.ProsRain cover includedCan use one handedGood canopy4 position recline and extendable footrestNeed to purchase the bassinet separately to use as a travel stroller for babies.

ConsOthers can fold more compactly.

Specifications 

  • Weight: 13.7lb/6.22kg
  • Dimensions when folded: 41.3″ x 9.4″ x 11″.
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes,
  • Max Weight Capacity: 55lb
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: No

UPPAbaby MINU Stroller for Babies 3 months +

The UPPAbaby MINU is very easy to use with one step and one hand fold – meaning you can hold baby and easily open up this pushchair. The shock-absorbing, all-wheel suspension is helpful for uneven terrain.

The MINU’s spacious, reclinable seat holds up to 50 lbs and the generous pop out UPF sunshade extends to shield your child from harmful UV rays. The canopy’s vented peekaboo window allows you to check in on your child. 

This lightweight stroller weighs in at 15 lbs, and comes with a useful built-in carry handle and shoulder strap.

Car seat adapters, are available for the MESA Infant Car Seat or select Maxi-Cosi®, Nuna® and Cybex infant car seats.

Suitable from 3 months to 50 lbs with a maximum child height of 40″ or suitable from birth with the ‘From Birth Kit’ accessory

Storage under the stroller seat can accommodate 20lbs.Pros

  • Multi-position recline
  • Extendable, pop out UPF 50+ sunshade
  • Vented peekaboo window

Cons

  • It may be hard at times on cobblestones in Europe
  • Canopy could be better

What other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:

“I needed two hands for the lock but otherwise easy to use.”

  • Weight: 14.8 lbs
  • Dimensions when folded: 11.5″ L x 20.5″ W x 23″ 
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: Yes
  • Sun Canopy: Yes, pop out UPF 50+ sunshade
  • Max Weight Capacity: 50lbs
  • Age: 3 months to 50 lbs with a maximum child height of 40″
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes – MESA Infant Car Seat or select Maxi-Cosi®, Nuna® and Cybex infant car seats.

Joovy Kooper Stroller for babies 3 months +

The Joovy Kooper comes with a snack tray (it can still be folded with this on) and as well as a storage basket below, it also comes with extra storage with a zippered pocket and mesh cup holder. The recline makes it suitable for babies 3 months and older but not newborns. Whilst it doesn’t come with a bag or carry straps, you can buy stroller travel bags if needed.

  • Weight: 16lbs
  • Dimensions when folded: 29.3” L x 21” W x 12.5” H
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes, 15lbs worth of storage
  • Travel Bag: No, but it has an automatic folding lock
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: 50lbs
  • Age: 3 months + to approx 5 years old
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes

This travel stroller is available on both Amazon (worldwide) and Walmart (US residents only)


UPPABaby G-Lite stroller

UPPAbaby Denny G-LITE Stroller For Babies 6 months +

The updated version of the popular G-Lite travel pushchair is now reclinable and even lighter at 11lbs. It has lost the function to stand up by itself, but for the lightness that’s not a huge inconvenience. This travel umbrella stroller (with convenient carry strap) has dual wheels.

The seat has a breathable mesh for those hot days and the basket is very reasonably sized for a reclining umbrella stroller. The large UPF canopy is an improvement with an additional pop out sun visor. However, some readers have said the seat doesn’t offer enough support for a younger baby, making it more suitable for a toddler.

A cup holder comes as standard (yay!) The price is also very reasonable for all the functions making it one of the best umbrella strollers and a great all rounder.  Pros

  • Very light
  • Large, extendable sun canopy, pop out UPF 50+ sunshade
  • Can hold up to 55lbs
  • Price
  • A smaller recline than some.

ConsWhat other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:

“Easy to use and the carry strap is handy. Good but others fold up more compactly now.”

  • Weight: 11.2lbs/5.08kgs
  • Dimensions when folded: 20 x 34 x 42 cm/ 12.5″ L x 10.7″ W x 42″ H
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes, holds up to 20lbs
  • Travel Bag: No, has a carry strap
  • Sun Canopy: Yes, pop out UPF 50+
  • Max Weight Capacity: 55lbs
  • Age: 6 months up to approx. 4 years
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: No

GB Pockit+ All-Terrain-carry-on-strollers-that-fit-into-the-overhead-bin.

gb Pockit+ All-Terrain for babies 6 months +

The GB Pockit + All Terrain is an upgrade from the original GB Pockit and tweaks have it made it stronger, more robust, and even more practical for travel.

This newer version benefits from a recline function, a UV50 sun canopy whilst still folding up incredibly compactly, making it a fully collapsible stroller

It folds down in 2 simple steps and can be carried via the attached handle. It is considerably heavier at 12.3lbs/5.6kgs than its predecessor, but it is still a very lightweight travel stroller, which can be moved with one hand.

Although there is no travel bag or straps with the compact stroller, some people have bought backpack straps and carabiners to attach to the stroller and wear it as a backpack, as it is so lightweight.

The adjustable recline feature makes it possible for older babies and toddlers to sleep in but it does not go completely flat.

Included are adapters to click onto a CYBEX infant car seat.Pros

  • Really compact, perfect for immigration queues or day trips with a baby
  • Reclines

Cons

  • It may be hard at times on cobblestones in Europe
  • Canopy could be better

What other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:

“So useful for plane travel. We can fit it in our backpack as carryon”

  • Weight: 12.3lbs/5.6kgs
  • Dimensions when folded: 20 x 34 x 42 cm
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes,
  • Max Weight Capacity: 55lbs
  • Age: 6 months up to approx. 4 years
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes – gb and CYBEX

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Bugaboo Butterfly
Bugaboo Butterfly travel stroller as cabin luggage

Bugaboo Butterfly Review: A NEW Cabin Baggage Size Stroller 6m+

The stroller has an easy one handed fold using two buttons pressed together and it can be done with one hand. As you flick it open it often goes straight into place, but other times I have to push the back of the seat to click it all into place (I can use my knee so still one handed).

Folding it down is also done with the same two buttons pressed together and pushing down on the handle.

It doesn’t lie flat and therefore is only suitable from 6 months but it lies back enough to look comfortable for longer sleeps (111°-145°). There are two positions, upright and reclined and it can be changed one handed between the two. The seat is only forward facing.

This Bugaboo stroller is designed for children up to 22kg/around 4 years which is bigger than most in the travel stroller category. My petite 6 year old (21.5kg) has ridden in it on some longer days and it is still easy to push and tall enough in the seat to handle her. At 5 foot 9, I often struggle with stroller’s that don’t have a height adjustable bar, but I find the Butterfly is still comfortable to push.

The basket is a reasonable size and I can fit our changing bag under there.Once folded, the stroller is a very compact 45 x 23 x 54 cm which means it fits in most car boots (we have a Ford S Max 7 seater and with all 7 seats up I could fit in several folded Butterflys).

It it also approved as cabin luggage and can slide into the overhead lockers easily..

We have tried it so far on Air India, British Airways and Vietnam Airlines and it was a comfortable fit in the lockers – something that made a stopover much more comfortable for all of us! It is unusual to be given your pushchair or stroller back for stopovers as you will usually collect any stroller at your final destination. Being able to use a super compact foldable stroller in-between connecting flights was incredibly useful! Read more on the Bugaboo Butterfly here.

  • Weight: 7.3 kg
  • Dimensions when folded: 45 x 23 x 54 cm
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag?: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: 22kg
  • Age suitable for: 6 months – 4 years
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes – with adaptors available separately. Compatible with Bugaboo Turtle One and Air by Nuna & other Maxi-Cosi® infant car seats.
  • Dimensions unfolded 92.5 x 45 x 102.4 cm

gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller for Babies 6 Months +

This hand luggage sized pushchair is currently the world’s smallest and most compact stroller for travel and can fit into a backpack! It weighs a mere 9.5 lbs making it the lightest stroller for travel.

Its narrow width means it easily passes through narrow door ways and small turnstiles at train stations. However, with this version that’s where a lot of the benefits stop.

Infants cannot use this extra small stroller as it does not recline fully and toddlers needing a nap may find this uncomfortable for long periods. This original GB Pockit foldable baby strollers collapses down to a 11.8 inches x 7 inches x 13.8 inches.  

The sunshade lacks any sort of proper coverage, so you wouldn’t want to be out in prolonged sunshine without some sort of CoziGo or Snoozeshade protector which is airy.

There is a mini storage area at the bottom for small items.

With all this in mind, the original GB Pockit collapsible stroller is definitely a good contender for the best stroller for airplane travel as it meets most cabin baggage sizes. This cabin size stroller really comes into its own for plane travel, due to its compact size and those waits in passport control.

This probably wouldn’t be your every day stroller but for travel it has some clear advantages. There are several newer models out now, including the the Pockit Air Terrain 2019 model which is making this original model slightly cheaper.Pros

  • A small, lightweight compact stroller
  • Can be used as cabin baggage. It will even fit under the seat.
  • Front wheels can be locked to a stationary position or left to swivel
  • It’s really small and a very collapsible stroller!
  • Did I mention how small it is?

Cons

Only suitable for babies aged 6 months plus.

  • Sun canopy does not offer a great deal of protection
  • There is no recline option (unless you purchase the Pockit Plus)

“Easy to fold, a super light stroller and comfy as much as it can be for the size. We only use it when travelling by subway, bus and airplane.”

  • Weight: 9.5lbs
  • Dimensions when folded: 11.8 inches x 7 inches x 13.8 inches.
  • Recline: No
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: Yes
  • Sun Canopy: Yes, but not effective
  • Max Weight Capacity:
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: No

DOUBLE TRAVEL STROLLERS FOR BABIES

Mountain Buggy Nano Duo Buggy double stroller

Mountain Buggy Nano Duo Buggy (From newborn with cocoon)

The Mountain Buggy Nano Duo original version weighs in at only 20lbs/9kg and has an extra large gear tray with 8kg / 17.6lb capacity plus a very convenient carry handle and shoulder strap, making it a very portable buggy.

The maximum weight this popular double pram can take is 15kg / 33lbs per seat which is at the lower end compared to others. It’s surprisingly narrow too, with the seat measurements being only – 66cm / 26″.

  • Product Weight:  9kg / 20lbs
  • Dimensions when folded: (H x W x D) – 51.5 x 73 x 28cm / 20 x 28.7 x 11″Dimensions when unfolded: (H x W x D) – 100 x 73 x 84cm / 39.3 x 28.7 x 33″
  • Recline: No
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: Yes
  • Sun Canopy: Yes, but not effective
  • Max Weight Capacity: 15kg / 33lbs per seat
  • Age Range: newborn – 3 years (with cocoon) 6 months – 3 years (without cocoon)
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes. It’s car seat compatible with not only car seats from Mountain Buggy but also, Phil & Teds, Graco, Peg Perego, Cybex, Nuna, and Maxi Cosi (with adaptor purchase)

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double Stroller

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double Stroller (from birth with bassinet)

This newest City Tour 2 Double is lightweight compact twin stroller at 10.5 kg/23.2lbs and features an ultra-compact one-hand fold. Its lightweight, compact slim design fits through any standard doorways making it easier to get around town with 2 kids as a compact twin stroller.

The City Tour 2 Double pushchair can be used from birth with additional carry cot attachments allowing a flat surface.

The fully featured stroller includes multiple recline positions, adjustable calf supports, UV 50+ canopies and two comfortable padded seats which can hold up to 33 lbs per seat.

The large storage basket can hold up to 15lb underneath.

Some readers mention the seat is quite narrow, so it may not last til your child is 3 or 4 years of age.

  • Product weight: 23.21 lb
  • Unfolded Width: 26.1″Folded up it measures 25cm/9.8″ x 66.5cm/26.2″ (W) x 63cm/24.8″(L)
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: 15kg / 33lbs per seat
  • Age Range: Each stroller seat holds kids up to 33 lb. From birth with additional carry cot
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: No

This double travel stroller is available on both Amazon (worldwide) and Walmart (US residents only)


Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight double stroller

Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight (3 months+)

The Joovy Caboose is currently the lightest tandem stroller on the market, at 23.5lbs, and one of the most compact double strollers around. A tandem stroller has a similar width as a single stroller. However, this type of a double stroller is much longer.

The front seat accommodates a child from 3 months to 45 lbs. and reclines to 3-positions/

Rear seat holds a child from 6 months to 45 pounds

  • The rear bench seat and standing platform holds child 2.5 years and up to 45 lbs. The rear seat canopy extension protects the rear child when seated.
  • Additional accessories include a parent organizer and a universal car seat adapter
  • Product weight: 23.5lbs
  • Unfolded dimensions: 38 x 21.25 (53.98cm) x 42 in (L W H)
  • Folded up it measures: 45.25 x 21.25 x 10 in (L W H).
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: 90lbs
  • Age Range: 3 months to 45 lbs per child. Front seat holds a child from 3 months to 45 pounds. Rear seat holds a child from 6 months to 45 pounds
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes

This double travel stroller is available on both Amazon (worldwide) and Walmart (US residents only)


joovy kooper doble stroller

Joovy Kooper X2 Double Stroller ( 3 months +)

The Joovy Kopper double travel stroller comes with a removable snack tray but can also fold with in place too! It has an easy one handed fold system,

  • The large wheels on this compact double stroller help when using it one-handed.
  • For hot or sunny weather the large canopies offer a UPF 50+ protection.
  • The stroller reclines to various positions with an adjustable footrest too.
  • Storage wise there is a mesh cup holder and a zipper pocket. Below, is a large storage space, suitable for up to 15lbs.
  • If you are traveling to Disney, it meets the Disney Stroller requirements too.
  • Unfolded dimensions:  31.7” L x 30.3” W x 41.3” H
  • Folded up it measures: 26” L x 30.3” W x 12.8” H
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: seats for two kids up to 50 lbs each,
  • Age Range: 3 months+
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: No

Baby Jogger double city mini

Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Double Stroller ( carrycot extra for newborns)

Like its popular single stroller model, the seats recline to near flat position and the adjustable canopy hoods offer peek through flaps.

The adjustable calf supports and near-flat seat reclines allow you to find the most comfortable position for your children while the extra-large storage basket holds up to 10lbs. The UV50+ canopies with peek-a-boo windows provide sun protection and a way to keep an eye on your baby without disturbing them. It meets Disney requirements too.

  • Product weight: 14.7 kg
  • Unfolded dimensions:  104 x 75.5 x 102cmFolded up it measures:(H x W x L): 76.5 x 77.5 x 32cm
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: two children up to 22kg
  • Age Range: suitable for two children from birth to 22kg (5 years approx.
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes, Graco, (H x W x L): 76.5 x 77.5 x 32cm, Maxicosi with adaptor available separately.

TRAVEL STROLLER ACCESSORIES

Above we mentioned how it is hard to find the perfect baby travel stroller which meets your every need when out and about. If you do find yourself deliberating between a couple of choices, remember, often accessories can be added, like stroller hooks (my favorite!) or a stroller organizer etc. More ideas and details are below.

stroller hook
stroller hooks are SO useful and easy to pack

Stroller hooksStrollers hooks are brilliant for purchases, diaper/nappy bags and for adding to strollers that have no basket or other limited storage capacity.

Universal Stroller OrganizerUniversal organizers for travel strollers are perfect for keeping everything in one place. Organizers can hold drinks, snacks, phone, tissues and allsorts!

Cup Holders for Travel StrollersUniversal stroller cup holders which fit most travel strollers can be easily bought for added convenience.

Stroller Travel Bags – Stroller travel bags are a great way to help protect your stroller when traveling, particularly if flying. Padded stroller bags offer better protection but are more expensive, but even a polyester gate check bag can help keep straps and buckles together and the stroller clean. Stuffing a few diapers/nappies in discreetly can help protect it too. Some cabin sized strollers already come with their own bag and carrying strap making it easier to stow in the overhead lockers on the plane.

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