If you’ve ever had a long weary walk chasing toddlers through an airport to the baggage carousel, you’ll appreciate the invention of the ‘onboard buggy’. Well I coined that phrase but I’m referring to a new breed of buggy/stroller that is so compact, it can be folded up to fit in an airline overhead locker. Massive news for parents who travel frequently or simply like the latest gadget. Not so great for the average passenger who is fighting for space in the overhead locker.
There’s a been a few on the market for a while (namely the BabyZen YOYO) but 2016 will see the release of even more ‘onboard buggies’. If you’re interested in buying one, here’s a roundup of what the market has to offer. Always remember to double-check with the airline that your new purchase fits their onboard hand luggage size requirements which can vary.
The Babyzen YOYO
The BabyZen YOYO was the original ‘onboard buggy’. The first in the world to be fully compliant with IATA guidelines for cabin baggage dimensions (56 x 46 x 25 cm).
It folds into a package of 52 x 44 x 18 cm and weighs 5.9kg. Folding is easy, can be done with one hand.
Check out Celine’s review of the Babyzen YOYO for Jetlag & Mayhem.
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 USD 469. However users will tell you that they love the sturdiness and drive of what is such a lightweight and easy to fold frame.
Get ready for a new kid on the block, the ZOE XL1. There are two version, the ‘BEST’ and then the ‘DESIGNER’ (aka a slightly more snazzy version which is currently sold out).
The ZOE XL1 weighs just 4.5kg when fully assembled and apparently fits in more overhead compartments than any other high-end stroller.
It folds into a package of 66cm height x 40 width x 17 cm (with wheels on).
For more information, check out the Laughing Mummy’s analysis of the Zoe XL1
The ZOE XL1 retails for USD $149.99 through the Zoe Strollers website (ships to Australia, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, US)
Nano travel stroller by Mountain Buggy
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, this lightweight travel stroller can easily fit into many carry on luggage units for planes, trains and automobiles.
There’s an interesting review of it on Made For Mums where the reviewer says: ‘I’d be very nervous relying on kind-hearted airline crews because according to hand baggage rules on many airlines the Nano is too big to be allowed on-board. I contacted British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and RyanAir and all of them said technically it would have to travel in the hold. ‘
The Nano is cheaper than the YOYO at USD 249.99 and available for purchase from the Mountain Buggy website.
Mothercare XSS Pockit Stroller
Apparently this will be one of the biggest buggies of 2016. It weighs 3.9kg and set the Guinness World Record for being the world’s “smallest commercially available folded pram” in 2015 due to its measurements of 35 X 30 x 18cm.
The Pockit Stroller was designed by GB (a partnership of parenting brands GoodBaby and Cybex) and doesn’t have a recline.
For a more in-depth review of the Pockit, check out Mom’s Stroller Reviews.
The Pockit Stroller will retain for a very reasonable GBP 129 (USD 181), available exclusively through Mothercare.