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Picking a Stroller

Whether rushing out-of-state on a moment’s notice or jetting off to another country, adopting parents find travel strollers essential. So which are light enough to take on a trip, but durable enough to stand up to everyday use?



Kolcraft Jeep All-Weather Reclining Umbrella
// $39.99 // kolcraft.com // (pictured, right)
Reviewed by Cynthia Vissers and Jack (two, Korea), Jacksonville, North Carolina 
Suitable for infants? No
Weight limit: 35 lbs.

Comfort & Safety: I was a little nervous about this stroller’s three- (vs. five-) point restraint system, but it kept Jack nice and snug—even when he leaned forward to watch the pavement go by.

Travel Factor: The stroller doesn’t have a carrying handle or bag, but it’s so lightweight there’s no need for either. It folds up compactly and maneuvers well—good for navigating crowded airports. The cargo pockets hold enough baby gear, so I don’t need a diaper bag for running around town. But they’re not big enough for a daylong outing or an adoption trip.

On the Go: On our two-mile walk, the stroller was great—the steering was smoother than any I’ve tried. The all-weather seat pad lives up to its name. When in place, it provides an insulating layer in cold weather; when rolled down for warm weather, it exposes a breathable mesh back.

 

Chicco C6
// $59.99 // chiccousa.com // (pictured, right)
Reviewed by Kristen Ghesquiere and Sophia (two, China), Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
Suitable for infants? No
Weight limit: 37 lbs.

Comfort & Safety: Sophia’s near the upper weight limit for the stroller, but she seemed comfy, and the waist and shoulder straps kept her secure.

Travel Factor: The nicest feature was a carrying strap that attaches to the stroller. (When flying home with a little one, you can use the stroller in the airport, then check it at the gate, rather than with your luggage.)

On the Go: I was impressed with how sturdy it is, especially given its price. We tried it in the middle of a Canadian winter, and had no trouble navigating snow and slush. The mesh storage basket is too small to hold a diaper bag, but it was handy for stashing a few necessities.

 

Peg-Pérego Aria Twin
// $329.99 // pegperego.com // (pictured, right)
Reviewed by Nikki McCarty, Ian (three), and Ellie (six mos., both U.S.), Midland, Georgia
Suitable for infants? No
Weight limit: 90 lbs. (45 lb.-limit per seat)

Comfort & Safety: The Peg-Pérego Aria Twin’s five-point harness was great for our baby, and my three-year-old proclaimed the stroller “very comfortable.” The side-by-side seating was a nice feature—Ellie likes sitting next to her big brother.

Travel Factor: This stroller’s lightness surprised me—we expected something that held two children to be heavier. Folded, it’s no bigger than the stroller-car seat combo we’ve traveled with in the past. It can be pushed with one hand, so it would be great in an airport.

On the Go: The storage basket under the seats is large enough to accommodate a diaper bag. My only complaint is that the adult’s cup holder isn’t big enough for large water bottles, and the children’s trays don’t have cup holders.

 

Combi Cosmo EX 
// $99.99 // babiesrus.com // (pictured, right)
Reviewed by Lisa Wilson and Maria (one, Guatemala), St. Louis, Missouri
Suitable for infants? Yes (and car-seat compatible)
Weight limit: 45 lbs.

Comfort & Safety: My daughter seems comfortable in this reclinable stroller. The five-point harness system is easy to use.

Travel Factor: This stroller has an aluminum frame, which makes it light, but it doesn’t seem strong enough to withstand being checked on a flight unless it were packed in a box.

On the Go: This stroller has comfortable handles, it’s lightweight, and easy to store—but it’s not the sturdiest. I took a nearly identical Combi Cosmo stroller with me when I adopted Maria last year, and it didn’t hold up after the trip with everyday use.

 

Maclaren Volo
// $129.99 // maclarenbaby.com // (pictured, right)
Reviewed by Melanie Matheson and Gavin (two, U.S.), San Rafael, California
Suitable for infants? No
Weight limit: 55 lbs.

Comfort & Safety: The five-point harness comes in handy. Gavin loves his new stroller so much, he wants to push it instead of ride in it, so I’ve taken to buckling him up inside our apartment, then carrying him down two flights of stairs. Good thing the stroller’s so lightweight!

Travel Factor: You can carry the stroller with the sling shoulder strap when you’re not using it—perfect for a child Gavin’s age, who doesn’t need to ride all the time. The stroller is remarkably light. It would be great to have on a vacation.

On the Go: The storage basket makes a big difference on a stroller so compact. The Maclaren Volo, easy to maneuver over bumpy sidewalks, is now our primary stroller. We both love it and are having a wonderful time exploring our world with it.

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