Road Test: Ultra Lightweight Strollers
Practically every stroller company is introducing an ultra-light model to their line. Remember those rickety umbrella strollers from when you were a kid? Strollers have come a long way since. Lightweight strollers have convertible features you can adjust as the baby grows, and their weight certainly means easier use by the parents. Who wants to lift a 25 to 50 pound megastroller? As a city mom, I am really excited about this trend, because I’ll have to haul the stroller up and down subway stairs. If you are shopping for a baby shower, a new parent, or are an expecting parent adding to your shower registry, these lightweight strollers are definitely worth considering. Strollers are a great group gift, too, where a bunch of people can chip in to purchase it. To find the best options for you, I test-drove some ultra-light strollers that are tough enough to handle daily use, while still protecting the most precious cargo, and providing some of the luxury perks that the monster strollers offer.
Parents, what kind of stroller did you choose, mega-stroller or lightweight? Use our comments section below to tell us what you bought and why.
Weight: 13 lbs.
Age: infant (with car seat) – 55 lbs.
Car seat adaptable: yes
How it folds: backwards in half
Ease of fold: One button, hold down the lever while folding with one hand, then click in place to lock.
Storage capacity: Storage space under the seat is big enough to hold a diaper bag, a purse and a few extras.
Notes: This stroller comes in fun colors, has fabulous design and features a canopy window for checking on the baby. It also has a reclining seat and removable, washable fabric. This is form and function combined. Ooo-la-la! I am a sucker for the design of this but it also is seriously stable and makes a day out in the city a breeze. I just wish that the tires were a little bit heavier duty.
Weight: 16.5 lbs.
Age: infant (with car seat) to 55 lbs.
Car seat adaptable: yes
How it folds: outwardly in half
Ease of fold: with the push of one button
Storage capacity: It can hold a diaper bag and maybe a few extras, but because of the short sides on the basket you can’t really pile things up in there.
Notes: The B-Agile’s three-wheel design makes it easy to maneuver, and its wide frame is perfect for tall parents. It features a reclining seat and a canopy window so that Junior can always look up for a familiar face. I’m not a big fan of this three-wheel style aesthetically, but some parents prefer it for its maneuverability. And, I have to say that this baby handles very nicely. It has the smoothest ride of all the lightweights that I tested.
Weight: 14 lbs.
Age: infant to 50 lbs.
Car seat adaptable: yes (universal adapter)
How it folds: umbrella
Ease of fold: super easy two-handed fold
Storage capacity: MommyHooks are needed to really get some bag carrying bang for your buck. A diaper bag alone would probably fill up the undercarriage space.
Notes: This is an eco-friendly stroller, sporting a fabric exterior made from 50-percent recycled bottles and an interior fabric that is 50-percent bamboo. It also has a peek-a-boo canopy window and a reclining seat. When I gave this one a spin around the office, The Flite felt a little more wobbly than the others but if you’re shopping for a stroller that is both eco-friendly and lightweight, this is the one.
Most stroller brands offer ultra-light versions, so if these aren’t singing to you I suggest checking out Maclaren, Valco Baby, Chicco, and PegPerego. All make strollers worth checking out if you’re on the market for a lightweight travel solution for the wee one.
Wondering how to wrap a stroller?
It’s best not to assemble the gift, in case the parents receive duplicates and need to return one. You can wrap the box using an inexpensive, large plastic tablecloth. That can be reused in the future and is less likely to tear than wrapping paper, or wrap it in a crib sheet, and make it part of the gift.
See Gift Guru Dana Holmes’ tips on hosting a simple baby shower.