Travelling with your baby or toddler is challenging enough, but having the right gear can make the trip easier.
A safe stroller is priority number one, but along with testing the stability and braking Consumer Reports also tested for ease-of-use.
“We test strollers for how you’ll use them in the real world. For example, is it easy to get in and out of the trunk? And when you’re at the gate check you don’t want to be holding up the line, so does it fold quickly and simply?” explained Joan Muratore, Consumer Reports stroller expert.
While your regular stroller might be just fine to travel with, some features can make navigating the airport a bit easier.
“Manoeuvrability is key when you’re traveling. The wheels should be fluid and responsive, and a single handle makes it easier to push if you just have one hand free,” said Muratore.
The Chicco Bravo Trio travel system costs $650 and is a Consumer Reports Best Buy. The stroller folds easily and testers give it high marks for manoeuvrability. The infant car seat can pop right into it, or it can be used as a stroller for children six months or older who are able to sit up on their own.
Another good option for travel is an umbrella stroller. They’re small, and they’re light, and they’re great for getting around crowded places like amusement parks or museums.
The Summer Infant 3D Lite is compact and lightweight, with a reclining seat and a carry strap. At $120 dollars it’s also a CR Best Buy.
If you shop south of the border, the Quinny Yezz doesn’t recline, but it’s compact and light and has a handy carrying strap. According to testers it "turns on a dime."
Most airlines will let you gate check your stroller for free, so you don’t have to worry about fitting it into that overhead compartment or taking up space as one of your precious carry-ons. Same goes for your child’s car seat if you won’t be using it on the airplane.