If you are wondering what are the best travel strollers for toddlers then this guide will help you:
- Learn about all the small folding strollers available and which is the best compact stroller for toddlers.
- Find the best lightweight toddler pushchair which works for your needs.
- Compare features of various styles of top travel buggies including single and double travel strollers for toddlers.
- Discover the pros and cons of each type of travel pushchair, with real parents opinions.
What Are the Best Strollers for Toddlers in 2023?
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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 toddler 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.
Toddlers also like to be more independent and walk, so you may find you would rather pack it away into a backpack if it light and compact enough.
However, for these reviews, we have stuck to the main key features that have been useful when traveling with a toddler.
Key Features When Looking for A Stroller for Toddlers.
Key features are recline, comfort, UV sun protection, ease of use, compact, lightweight, your travel needs and price
Recline, Storage and other features
Toddlers may not sleep quite as much as babies, but they may still need a nap if you are out exploring all day, or jet-legged. Plus they usually fall asleep just as you need arrive somewhere or land! So having a recline function makes it easier for them to get to sleep and stay asleep.
Several 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.
The stroller needs to obviously comfortable for your toddler 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 toget 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 toddler 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!
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.
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 toddler road trips?
There are some all singing/all dancing travel strollers out there – but these do come with a higher price tag. 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 toddler would quickly outgrow it? How often will use your travel stroller? Can it adjust for 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.
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 is out top picks
- Baby Jogger City Mini 2 includes infant car seat adapter, very easy to set up and fold up.
- Budget friendly stroller: Pamo Babe Umbrella Stroller – Lightweight Compact folding stroller and fits airplane overhead storage.
- Joovy Kooper Stroller comes with removable, Swing-Open Tray. Reclining seat with footrest & retractable canopy.
|Item||Image||Weight||Dimensions when folded||Recline||Storage Basket||Travel Bag||Sun Canopy||Max Weight Capacity||Age||Compatible with Infant Car Seat|
|Joolz Aer +|
|L: 21 in x W: 17.7 in x H: 8.5 in||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||72.7 lbs||6 months – 4 years without carry cot, from birth with.||Yes; many including some versions of Nuna,|
|Capucci Memento Stroller||21 lbs||29 x 19 x 12||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||55 lbs||0 to 36 months||Yes, including CYBEX|
|gb Pockit Air All terrain Lightweight Stroller||10.14lbs/4.6kgs||11.8 x 7 x 13.8||No||Yes||No||Yes||55lbs||No|
|gb Pockit+ All-Terrain||12.3 lbs / 5.6 kgs||20 x 34 x 42 cm||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||55lbs||6 months up to approx. 4 years||Yes – gb and CYBEX|
|MINU V2 Stroller-Greyson||16.9 lbs||12″ L x 20.3″ W x 23″ H||Yes||Yes||Yes||50lbs||3 months to 50 lbs with a maximum child height of 40″|
|Pamo Babe Umbrella Stroller||9.2 lbs||15”L x 5.9”W x 19.7”H||No||Yes||No||Yes,||33 lbs / 15 kg||up to 33 lbs||No|
|Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller||13 lbs / 6.2 kg||42″ X 14.75″ X 12.5″||Yes||Yes||No, has a carry strap||Yes||50lbs||no taller than 43″||No|
|Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller||13 lbs / 6 kg||12 x 22 x 20 inches||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||44lbs||up to 4/ 44lbs||Yes|
|Jeep reversible handle Stroller||21 lbs||21.3″L x 9.8″W x 31″H||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||25kg/55lbs||up to 25kg||No|
|Baby Jogger City Tour 2||14 lbs / 6.5 kgs||59.5cm x 49.5cm x 9cm (21.6″ X16.9″ X 6.8″)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Up to 45lbs/22kg||Up to 45lbs/22kg||Yes|
*Also full Review here:
|7.3 kg||45 x 23 x 54 cm||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||22 kg||6 months – 4 years||Yes – with adaptors available separately. Compatible with Bugaboo Turtle One and Air by Nuna & other Maxi-Cosi® infant car seats.|
|Baby Jogger City Mini 2||17.8 lbs||55 x 38 x 23 cm (9.03 x 14.96 x 21.65 inch)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||50lbs||from birth to 50lbs||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)|
|Munchkin Sparrow Ultra Compact Lightweight||13 lbs||15″ x 14″ x 6.25″||No||Yes||Yes||Yes, although not much coverage at all||50lbs||50lbs||No|
|Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight stroller||13 lbs||18″ W x 12″ d x 34″ h||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||50lbs||3 months +||No|
|Graco Jetsetter Stroller||14 lbs||10.38″ x 20.38″ x 22.25″||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||50lbs||Yes: Graco Jetsetter Ultra Compact Stroller is compatible with any Graco SnugRide Click Connect or SnugRide SnugLock infant car seat.|
|Ergobaby Metro||21.6 lbs||21x17x9 “||Yes||Yes||Available separately here||Yes||50lbs||Newborn (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.|
|Joovy Kooper Stroller||16 lbs||29.3” L x 21” W x 12.5” H||Yes||Yes, 15lbs worth of storage||No, but it has an automatic folding lock||Yes||50lbs||3 months + to approx 5 years old||Yes|
|Maclaren Quest Arc Stroller||13.7 lbs / 6.22 kg||41.3″ x 9.4″ x 11″.||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||55lbs||No|
TRAVEL STROLLER ACCESSORIES
Above we mentioned how it is hard to find the perfect toddler 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 stoller organizer etc. More ideas and details are below.
Stroller hooks – Strollers hooks are brilliant for purchases, diaper/nappy bags and for adding to strollers that have no basket or other limited storage capacity.
Universal Stroller Organizer – Universal 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 Strollers – Universal 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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