Strollers have come a long way since the bulbous Blue Cross prams of our youth. Shaking things up on the family travel scene has been the influx of the ‘hand luggage stroller’. That’s right, a stroller so clever it can be folded up neatly and stored in the overhead locker on a plane. Which can save you the arduous task of waiting around for your stroller after a longhaul flight. Or even worse, when you have no choice but to collect your stroller from a luggage carousel after a looooong, tiring airport walk.
Zee grande dame of such strollers, was the stylish French brand BABYZEN with their YOYO. So successful have they BABYZEN been that their latest model is a limited edition collab with Air France. Since BABYZEN launched over 5 years ago, other brands have made their debut, meaning there are more affordable models on the market. However, with the upside of the compact, lightweight stroller, may come a few downsides. On certain compact strollers, the recline isn’t as large as on standard models and storage space and sunshade can be minimal. Plus the stroller may not be as sturdy as your day-to-day stroller and therefore feel unsteady on tougher terrain.
It is also important to check the airline guidelines. For example, Singapore Airline specifies the following regarding this type of compact foldable light-weight stroller:
- The stroller must meet SIA’s standard cabin bag dimensions (up to 7kg and sum of length, width and height should not exceed 115cm) and must be able to be stored in the cabin overhead compartment.
- The stroller will be counted towards your cabin baggage allowance for your class of travel (i.e. your compact foldable lightweight stroller will be counted as 01 piece of cabin bag).
Mommy Points has an excellent in-depth summary of airline stroller policies around the world.
In case you are thinking of taking the leap and purchasing a ‘hand luggage stroller’, check out our guide as to what’s on the market…
The gb Pockit+ Plus (weighs 5.6kg)
When the gb Pockit was originally launched, it took the world by storm. However the team at gb (goodbaby) have launched a new and improved version, building on from useful feedback from parents. Meet the gb Pockit+ Plus, suitable for 6 months to 17kg (approx. 4 years old). The cleverly designed, compact fold uses the 2 x 2 D technique. In two steps the stroller folds up into a compact, light, handbag shaped package.
When folded into it’s most compact size, the Pockit+ measures 32 x 20 x 38 cm and weighs approx 5.6kg.
The new gb Pockit+ now has multi-position recline. There’s a recline strap at the back of the seat that allows an easy adjustment of the backrest as well as a big sun canopy for increased sun protection. Parents can also use it for newborns as it’s compatible with GB and Cybex infant car seats (with special adapters – sold separately).
Available in Singapore from Pupsik Studio SGD 349, USA from Target USD 299.95
For an in-depth review of the gb Pockit Plus+, check out Little Baby Gear
The Babyzen YOYO+ (weighs 6.2kg)
The BabyZen YOYO was the original ‘onboard buggy’ to be fully compliant with IATA guidelines for cabin baggage dimensions (56 x 46 x 25 cm). The size of a folded YOYO+ (52 x 44 x 18 cm) is less than or equal to most recommended hand luggage sizes. Folding is easy, can be done with one hand. The YOYO+ backrest can be inclined to 145° in several positions, and features comfortable padding with a 5-point harness.
Jetlag & Mayhem has roadtested the BABYZEN YOYO+ on several occasions, check out our review!
This is not a cheap buggy. Once you’ve bought the frame + colour pack + seat base (either for baby or toddler), it is in the region of SGD 719 / USD 541.
Baby Jogger City Tour (weighs 6.3kg)
At Jetlag & Mayhem we have long been fans of the Baby Jogger City Mini. So we were pleased to see this innovative stroller brand (they invented the 3-wheel stroller and the jogging stroller) introduce their travel version.
The ultra-portable City Tour stroller folds with just one hand, provides a multi-position reclining seat, and meets carry-on requirements for many modes of transportation. The City Tour stroller measures 56cm x 23cm x 45cm when folded.
Check out Baby Foote’s review of her Baby Jogger City Tour
Nano travel stroller by Mountain Buggy (weighs just under 6kg)
Mountain Buggy are a New Zealand outfit, born out of a father’s need to create a buggy with all terrain agility. Over the years the products have involved and a few year’s ago, the nano travel stroller was released.
The nano is lightweight at less than 6kg. It measures 54 x 31 x 51cm when folded,and can easily fit into many carry on luggage units for planes, trains and cars.
nano now delivers a lie flat newborn solution with the additional accessory Mountain Buggy cocoon*; a soft-shelled, newborn carrycot.
Where’s Sharon has a an in-depth review of the nano.
The nano is USD 322.99 and available for purchase from the Mountain Buggy website. In Singapore, you can find it at Mothercare for SGD 499.
The ZOE XL1 Best v2 (weighs 4.9kg)
I have to admit, I’m not overly familiar with the US brand Zoe Strollers but I like their story.
The ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is a lightweight, compact, feature-rich, everyday stroller. When closed it is 66 x 51 x 16 cm. The stroller
As far as I can tell, they don’t ship internationally… Available from Amazon USD 229