Umbrella strollers are lightweight and collapsible for easy storage. They fold easily and do not add bulk to travel gear. Most models are compact enough to fit in the overhead compartment of a plane. In general, umbrella strollers are easy to handle and maneuver even in tight corridors and through obstacles.
But because they are foldable, umbrella strollers usually have limited space which may make them constricting for larger babies. The seats cannot be reclined, making them unusable for infants. They can only be used by children six months and above who are big enough to sit upright.
Types of Umbrella Strollers
Kinds of Umbrella Strollers include the following:
Pared-down umbrella strollers
A pared-down umbrella stroller is the most basic and most affordable umbrella stroller. It is made up of a seat, a frame, four wheels, a safety belt, and handles. It is ideal for short trips when the baby simply needs to be transported from one place to another.
Feature-packed umbrella strollers
A feature-packed umbrella stroller has all the features of the basic model plus other useful add-ons such as parent organization trays, rain hoods, toy bars, and snack and drink holders. It is ideal for sight-seeing in the park or touring the mall when diapers, baby bottles, and toys need to be brought along.
Choosing Umbrella Strollers (Buying tips)
Frame: For durability, choose an umbrella stroller made with a durable aluminum steel frame. It should have a high weight capacity. Harness: Choose an umbrella stroller with a five-point harness system if you frequently use it for transporting your baby through busy crowds. Look for one with a three-point harness system for use in occasional trips to make your child more comfortable.