Benefits of lightweight strollers
There’s a lot more to lightweight strollers than their easy-to-handle weights. Here are a few pros that come with owning a lightweight stroller:
They are compact
Their compact build makes them versatile as they can be used to travel in a car, subway, bus or even airplane. Their compact build is also practical as travelling with babies can be too involving that anything that adds more weight to your luggage is the last thing any parent would need.
They are cheaper
If you can’t afford the large and bulkier strollers with hefty price tags you can opt for a high-quality and reliable lightweight stroller at a much cheaper price. You will get equal convenience without decimating your bank balance.
They are easy to maneuver
The lightweight strollers are much easier to maneuver especially on densely populated areas like malls or sidewalks. Moving a bulky stroller or even lifting it in such settings would make you regret bringing your baby along.
They are easy to set up and storage
Thanks to their compact build, you wouldn’t break a sweat when setting up lightweight strollers. Most of them come with easy-set-up mechanisms as they are made with on-the-go parents in mind. Also, most models are collapsible and can fold into smaller dimensions that can be stowed in the trunk or closet to save on space.
Features to consider when choosing the best lightweight stroller
Strollers are designed with various features but there are a few that you must consider for you to make the right buy:
Generally, there are 6 types of strollers including; full-sized strollers, jogging strollers, travel system, double strollers, umbrella and car seat carrier strollers. Full-sized strollers are bulky and heavy but more durable with a higher weight capacity than lightweight strollers. They are also packed with tons of features.
Lightweight strollers (our main reason for being here) are the best on-the-go options and they have nearly all the features of full-sized strollers packed in a compact and lightweight body.
A jogging stroller is what you need if you have to bring your baby hiking, jogging or walking. They are the best option because of their maximum maneuverability. A double stroller is the perfect choice if you have twins or a toddler who is still unwilling to give up their stroller.
The last option is the travel system. It perfectly pairs together an infant car seat with a stroller and comes in full-size, lightweight or jogger options.
This is a crucial consideration as it determines how long you will make use of the stroller. Some strollers have a weight capacity that can comfortably hold a 4 year old like the UPPAbaby MINU Stroller Jordan while others can only hold an infant like the Graco NimbleLite Stroller. For long-term use, go for one that has a bigger weight limit.
Durability is key as it would be so disappointing to render a stroller useless after only a month’s use. Contrary to popular opinion, lightweight doesn’t necessarily translate to poor quality. There are many lightweight but ultra-durable options made with high quality but lightweight material like aluminum. For your baby’s safety be sure to look out for the extras like chemical free and flame retardant materials.
This is a matter of personal preference but for you to get what suits your tastes, go for a model that comes in various colors like the Joovy Kooper X2 Double Stroller. Just keep in mind that darker colors will fade and look a bit older after a few washes than brighter colors but they are also good at hiding stains and dirt.
Well, weight is the main reason why we are here no? For easier maneuverability choose an ultra-lightweight option like The Clutch Stroller by Delta Children. It should also offer a good durability and weight balance so you can make the most out of it. All the options on our list have this superb quality.
The stroller’s folding capability is a huge determinant of its ease of portability. Strollers that fold three times like the Joovy Kooper X2 Double Stroller are much easier to travel with as they are easier to carry and better space savers. You should also check to see whether the stroller’s fold can stand on its own or you’ll always be setting it on the floor whenever you lack a spare hand.
You should know the dimensions of the stroller especially if you intend to attach it to a car seat or you have a specific space you want to store it in. It will also help you get the right fit for your baby some strollers have a large weight capacity with a very narrow build that wouldn’t accommodate a toddler over 2 years.
An adjustable seat is the way to go for your baby’s premium comfort. Go for a model that reclines in multiple positions like UPPAbaby MINU Stroller Jordan.
The near-flat recline and upright position are the most preferred positions as they allow your baby to kick back and relax or even take a nap on the go. The upright position is essential for older babies as it helps them sit up easily.
You can also choose a stroller with a reversible seat like the Bugaboo Ant Baby Stroller
if you are a chatty parent and like to have fun with your baby when moving.
The Canopy size determines how well your child will be protected from the sun and other weather elements. An adjustable canopy is an essential feature if you are fond of bringing your baby along to your outdoors escapades.
Safety comes first no matter the ride you choose to get for your child. Ensure the stroller meets the basic safety requirements like including a 5-point safety harness strap and reliable brakes. Its edges should be smooth and there shouldn’t be any spaces in which tiny fingers and toes could stuck in.
This should be one of your top considerations as moving or travelling with a baby requires you to haul a lot of essentials for their needs. Other than the large under-seat basket, a stroller with maximum storage should have extra small storage spaces for holding your essentials like keys, phone as well as cupholders.