Planning on Traveling a lot with your Baby?
Shortly after Havana was born and before we started traveling we knew that we needed to buy a travel stroller. We received the Uppababy Cruz as a gift from our parents, which we use during the day, but it is not really compact and easy to use if you are planning on traveling with your child.
Especially if you are planning trips through out Europe a travel stroller will come in handy. I talk about this a lot in my destination travel blogs, for example in my Paris blog. Investing in a travel stroller is also one of the first things I advise new parents to do if they are planning on traveling with their babies.
Getting Your Money´s Worth
A stroller is not cheap by any means, so please take your time on researching various strollers to make sure it fits your needs. I will not go into the details on how to choose a day yo day stroller, as it is a personal choice. However, I do recommend that you pick the stroller that best suits your lifestyle.
Having been living in Europe for most of my life I know that the cities are generally not equipped for traveling with big strollers. Especially before we went to Paris I insisted that we needed to purchase a travel stroller. In Paris, the streets are really narrow, the restaurants are small and there are very few escalators and elevators. I knew we would not be able to get around very easily with our Uppababy. To help you with your decision making process in finding a travel stroller I have made a short checklist below.
Travel Stroller checklist:
- Ask other friends who are parents for their input & advice
- Decide on a budget
- Go to the store, ask for advice and try folding and lifting the pram.
- Make a list of how you will be using the stroller, as it needs to fit your lifestyle
- UK parents just as an FYI Mamas & Papas and John Lewis provide free parent to be advice session on all baby related items. These are worth checking out.
- Try to look for online reviews for pros and cons
Recommended Travel Strollers
During my research and having spoken to friends who traveled with their kids before Havana was born. I narrowed down the search to 3 travel strollers: Mountain Buggy Nano , Baby Zen Yo-Yo and Ergobaby Metro. It was between these 3 strollers as they are all approved to carry on the plane as overhead luggage and we knew we were going to travel a lot.
There might be times where a flight attendant is confused and tries to tell you that you need to check it in, but they are all approved to go in as cabin luggage.
Please also note that this is an independent review and does not include a full list of features for all travel strollers that are out there on the market.
Positives of all Travel Strollers
- Overhead/Carry-on approved for all airlines
- Lightweight & easy to fold
- Innovative & small
- car seat compatible
- Durable and easy to clean
- Fits in train & airline aisles
- Reclining opens [ This comes in handy in many EU cities, as there will be times when you have to change your babies nappy on the pram 😉 ]
- 2 year warranty for Yo-Yo, 2 year warranty for Ergobaby and 1 year warranty for Nano
Negatives of the Travel Strollers
- While the Ergobaby Metro is the cheapest they are all still not cheap
- You cannot adjust the handle bars
- Rain covers & other items need to be purchased separately
Our Travel Stroller of Choice
As you will be able to see all travel strollers are really similar. And as we do not have a Baby Zen Yo-Yo please note that I confirmed the positives and negatives with friends before publishing this blog. However, as you can see there is not much of a difference between the two. All are approved and can be taken in as carry-on for all airlines and serve its purpose as an easy to travel with stroller.
In the end it is up to your personal preference and budget. We had the Mountain Buggy Nano for one year and it served its purpose, but I didn’t find the wheels too sturdy and it was a little annoying to fold. I am so glad I didn’t spend all that money on the Babyzen though, because the wheels on that stroller are way smaller than of the Nano and Ergobaby and it is not ideal for tall children. It is quite a small stroller and our tall now 3 year old definitely wouldn’t fit in that one at all. The Ergobaby Metro City Stroller on the other hand, which we have had for 2 years now is amazing. It is a reasonable priced, it is suitable from birth until ages 3/4, you can buy a backpack for it which is the best and ideal for travelling, it folds easily, closes easily and almost lays flat making it ideal for the baby/toddler to sleep. It is really the best investment we have made. It is really sturdy and is still in excellent condition after having been on 30+ trips with it. I highly recommend it. I absolutely love how you can get a backpack for it which makes a huge positive impact when travelling.
Because I am such a huge fan Ergobaby, I also managed to obtain a discount code for all of my followers, which gives you 15% off any of the Ergobaby UK products. The code is JETLIFEERGOFRIENDS and it is valid until the end of August 2020.
If you have any additional questions or comments in relation to these strollers please feel free to DM me on Instagram @jetlifebaby or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help.
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