Let’s face the facts: the stroller is the most difficult element to choose when expecting your first child. Even after reading reviews for hours, you can easily make a bit mistake. I know what I mean, I did! And if your goal is to travel with your baby or toddler, I’ll try to make you avoid the same mistakes.
At the birth of Little globetrotter #1 end of 2008, we are offered a Quinny Buzz. A three-wheeler very comfortable for baby. Certainly ideal when you live in a house and you never need to take the stroller in your car (because you need a huge trunk to make it fit in!). But we live in an apartment in Singapore. I had a crush on three-wheelers because I wanted to keep skating with my baby. But I go out more often with my baby more often wearing sandals than rollerblades! And the stroller is 12 kg plus the baby weight – heavy. The storage is also extremely limited.
When he was 18 months, I bought a MacLaren Quest Sport. Lightweight (6 kg only), easy to carry, solid and with a large sun canopy.
But you can’t use it with a newborn. So when Little globetrotter 2 arrived, I invested in the MacLaren Techno XLR. Under UK and U.S. standards, it can be used for a baby from the age of 3 months old. I used it for my baby from … 6 weeks onwards but I have to say he was not a small baby. This stroller is light yet very robust, with a large sun canopy, a storage basket and another pocket on the sun canopy for smaller items. It reclines completely (4 positions), it folds easily and fits in most trunks: the traveling parent’s dream stroller.
My selection criteria for travel stroller:
- Comfortable for baby
- Easy to fold alone
- Enough storage space (I do not want to carry a bag on top of pushing the stroller)
- Does not take up too much space (in the trunk of the taxi in the middle of suitcases, space is limited)
- Large sun canopy (in South-east Asia, the sun is shining almost everyday)
- Cover easily washable (the stroller will get dirty quickly as you travel)
This article is not sponsored by MacLaren. I would also explore the Babyzen YOYO travel stroller if I had not already one!
To go further:
My Mommy Manual – How to pick a travel stroller?
If you are also a traveling parent, what stroller do you use?