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Stroller Reviews: What Are Their Pros And Cons For Flying?

All reviews have been carried out either by myself or fellow mummies who have flown recently, using their own items.

The Bugaboo Cameleon  

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At the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town ( before we discovered the snooze shade)

Review by me.
We’ve all seen the Cameleon out and about on the streets, but how is it for travelling? The 2nd generation, can be tricky to put away, and it is impossible to dismantle one handed, with a baby trying to crawl on top of you or it. However, it does pack away very neatly in the especially designed Bugaboo travel bag. The carry handles and/ or wheels (depending on which edition of the bag you have), make it very convenient. You’ll find you will need a few practise goes beforehand, so as to minimise any stress whilst at the airport. (Unless you check it in straight away). Dismantling it means removing the 4 wheels, removing the bumper bar and folding the frame, taking the carry cot /chair seat off and packing them flat. ( So if you are using the bassinet, you’ll need to remove the black plastic strips, and all the Velcro fastenings). There seems to be only one way to pack the bag. My only issue is because the bag has a specific shape, it really does leave no room for error. It can take 5 minutes. (More if stressed!)
 However, once arriving at our many overseas destinations, it was well worth the effort for us and it’s come with us on every flight so far. Not only was she used to her pram, and when smaller, she slept in it when we were out in the evening and throughout the night, but it also provided adequate shelter from the elements, whether sun, rain or wind. ( The free mosquito net came in handy too). It seems to be a myth that you can’t take your regular stroller or travel system with you on the plane. You can, but to minimise any possibility of damage, I choose to use a bag to minimalize damage from any over- zealous baggage handlers.
Pros-
  • Packs away very neatly.
  • Easy to transport once in bag.
  • Great to have regular pram at destination.
  • Saves buying a new pram for travelling.
  • Can use the bassinet as cot if baby is small.
  • If using the bag, you can pack extra things inside.

Cons –

  • No room for error as it only packs one way in the bag .
  • Can be time consuming to dismantle.  
  • Heavy
  • Need two hands to fold away.

Babyjogger City Mini

 (Review by Charlotte Fletcher, mum of a now 1 year old and 4 year old).
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City Mini shown in stone. Photo from Baby Jogger website

 I know a buggy is an incredibly personal choice but I really have great things to say about the Babyjogger City Mini when flying with a baby. We bought a McClaren run around when we started travelling with our son but when that broke we replaced it with the Babyjogger 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.
Pros-
  • Light
  • 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!

 

 

Maclaren Techno XT

(Review by Lucy Bruce, mum of 3 children, including an 11 week old.)
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Maclaren XT in Persian Rose (Photo from www.johnlewis.com)

 

 As a mother of 3 small children that travel a lot, I have to been 100% sure that I pack the right type of baby paraphernalia to help me on my way. Over the years I have learnt that although your baby may be traveling in complete style and comfort, it can be a total mission (and workout) to get these items from A to B. One of the most essential baby items (and most cumbersome to carry) is the baby http://laparkan.com/buy-sildenafil/ stroller.
During my less experienced days I would transport my top of the range Bugaboo along with accessories and matching travel bag leaving me with an extremely heavy and large piece of oversized baggage on arrival. I soon learnt that the good old foldable buggy is the way forward for me, but I still had to navigate my way around the baby showrooms who displayed what seemed to be hundreds of brightly coloured push-a-longs, all claiming to be better than the next. I opted for the Maclaren Techno XT and here are my findings.
 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 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 it’s 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 blanket 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 is pristine condition.
 The pockets at the back of the XT are really handy for keeping water, sun cream and at hat at the ready and 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. 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.

 Pros-

  • Compact
  • Lighter than a travel system.
  • Has handy pockets.
  • Suitable from birth.

 

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

You may be interested in reading about the BabyZen YOYO pushchair which I tried recently, and also like to read about some baby carriers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

20 Comments

  1. Hi Carrie! like most people here, thank you so much for this brilliant blog! I'm about to attempt by first long haul with my 2month old from heathrow to johannesburg south africa. I've think I've figured out the feeding thing (order ready made formula to collect at boots terminal 5 after security), but my worry now is the stroller. I have an iCandy peach 3, which consists of a frame (fully collapsible), and then either a carrycot that snaps into the frame, or a seat that snaps in the same way (so the stroller is always in 2 pieces when dismantled.) At the moment she is only in the carrycot, as the seat can only be used from 6months on, so we are leaving that at home.

    My question is: I'm flying with BA, and understand I can take a "fully collapsible stroller" and a car seat. The plan is to have the car seat wrapped and checked in with the other large luggage, and then take the stroller (and therefore the carrycot which clips into the frame) through security and to the aircraft door. I assume at this point they will take it off me and store in the hold, so I've purchased a travel bag to store it in during transit. Now here comes the catch: the frame fully collapses and goes in its own travel bag, the carry cot collapses to half its height and goes into it's own travel bag…will I be allowed to have this there as it's technically two pieces? I know it sounds silly to go into such detail, but I do not want to get to the check in counter or aircraft door only to find they tell me it's too bulky and I now need to check it in as excess baggage at a steep price…

  2. Hi there,
    I've checked with BA for you and not a problem.the direct quote was "that will be fine within the allowance for travelling with children. The fact the items are in two bags will not cause her any issues."
    Enjoy and have a fab trip.

  3. Hi there, so glad I come across this post I need to know same thing I'm expecting my first in June and I'm going to Cyprus and Italy in July for wedding so baby only be 5 weeks old. I was thinking of getting peach 3 and need to take car seat for hire car, push chair with carry cot so baby can lie flat. Will I be able to take carry for and pram to front as it will not fit in one travel bag? Also my friends have advised me against taking my nice pram as it will get damaged in hold but to but a cheaper stroller but surely baby be too small for this. I'm due to be flying with easy jet to Italy and first choice to Cyprus? Any advice you can offer would be great as I'm panicking!

  4. I'll be flying US Airways with a three month old and a 2 year old. I have a Britax Agile Stroller- very similar to the Baby Jogger Citi Mini. And we have a carrycot that snaps into it. I've travelled with the Britax collapsable stroller before and checked it at the gate, putting in a very simple bag that basically protects from water, dirt, and makes sure the clasps and straps don't get ripped off:
    http://www.target.com/p/jl-childress-gate-check-bag-for-single-double-strollers/-/A-12403813?lnk=Rec|pdp|12403813|viewed_viewed|pdpv1|4

    I really want to take the carrycot with me, which does collapse, but takes a few minutes to do, and I'm afraid that it will get ruined. US Airways website says:
    Large, jogging, non-collapsible strollers, or those over 20 lbs are not accepted at the gate. Please check these types of strollers at the ticket counter. There is no charge as long as a child or infant is traveling.
    I'm wondering if they'll let me check in the carrycot for free and take the collapsable stroller with me to check in at the gate, which I can use for my toddler during the trip. Does anyone have any experience with this specifically on US Airways? I have the original box that I can store it in during the flight if it's checked.
    I really want the carrycot with us abroad so the baby can easily sleep when we're travelling. I've travelled with the carrycot with my older son when he was 3 months old, and it was not easy…
    Thanks!

  5. HI there, Thanks for your blog! We're traveling BA in July from Houston to Geneva and would like to take our BOB running stroller. Do you know if this would be too big to gate check?

  6. There is a buggy that solves all problems whilst travelling. Babyzen YoYo, comes in 0+ months or 6+. It folds and once folded the size and weight makes it adhere to airlines cabin luggage. This means you can use it in the airport, transfer airport and finally at the destination. Hope this helps.

  7. Used the YoYo to travel in Australia, America and Asia. Really depends on the check in and boarding staff. They keep getting us to show them it folds into 3 parts. Only issues we had was with the American airlines as they had a lack of cabin space and forced us to check in our small luggage which was our "nappy bag". 🙁

  8. Hi there! Love the blog. I am travelling to London from Toronto via air canada and am hoping to check my city lite at the gate. Do you think this will be possible?

  9. Hi and thank you.
    If it fits Air Canada's policy, then yes. "Air Canada strongly recommends the use of small collapsible umbrella type strollers (see examples below).

    A stroller with a collapsed diameter not exceeding 25.5 cm (10 in) and a length not exceeding 92 cm (36 in) is allowed, in addition to your carry-on allowance, regardless of destination. It can be checked at the gate to be delivered to you at the aircraft door at the end of your flight.

    Large strollers

    Because gate facilities in airports are not designed to accommodate them, large, heavy strollers will need to be checked in and will count as one piece of baggage toward the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type. Large strollers are also subject to space limitations, and there is a risk that they cannot be accommodated in the aircraft."

  10. Hi Carrie, any idea whether you can take a metal-framed baby backpack (like the Deuter Kid Comfort III) as carry-on? We're considering this instead of a stroller for our trip from Edinburgh to Brisbane / Sydney.

  11. I've used the Babyzen Yo Yo and loved it. Only once I was asked to check it into the hold and the plane was tiny (domestic route) otherwise no problem. I even opened it up in the aisle once when leaving the plane as my toddler was still asleep. It's also good for small car boots. The covers are completely machine washable, I've never seen a stroller that is so washable. It's very stable for its weight and size. Has a great recline. I only used the 6 months + version. The brake on the back axle is very basic so you need to keep one hand on it when travelling by bus also front wheels do not lock.

  12. We always bring the stroller – for the airport and immigration line if nothing else. You can choose which outings you want to use it for once you get where you’re going and get a feel for things. We’ve got the Halford Fliplite + a gate check bag and love it.

  13. This blog has been such help! I’m planning our first international flight from the USA to Australia. Our twins will be 20 months. Does anyone have experience flying with the Bugaboo Donkey? We use it daily and can’t imagine not having it for our 3 week trip. It’s huge and I worry about how Qantas will feel with us taking it. I can’t find size requirements for strollers, but its massive.

    If its not recommended to bring, should we travel with umbrella strollers or rent a double when we arrive? Thank you!

    • Hi Kirsten. So glad it’s helping! I’ve seen the Bugaboo Donkey used on flights before but can’t recall the airline. Unless the size is stipulated, i wouldn’t worry too much. I think its mainly USA airlines that have the weight size restrictions.

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