Lightweight Infant Strollers
Almost as soon as baby is brought home, concerns about taking baby out of the house pop up. Most new moms have received some kind of baby car seat or carrier at a baby shower to transport baby safely home from the hospital. She may even be the recipient of hand-me-downs from friends and family or the lucky purchaser at yard sales or flea markets for other kinds of baby transportation. Car seats are a definite necessity but a stroller or carriage can be a life-saving convenience. There are many strollers or baby carriages to choose from and each has their own benefits and disadvantages. Most moms have found lightweight strollers can be the best all-around choice even if they own more than one style of stroller or baby carriage.
Lightweight strollers are easy to push. That alone makes them desirable, Most lightweight baby strollers will have a single handle, much like a grocery cart handle. Because the stroller is light, one hand in the center of the handle can push the stroller along freeing up a hand to hold on to a toddler, examine merchandise or even enjoy a drink. If a mom is doubly blessed and needs seating for two in a carriage, lightweight tandem strollers are available that offer the same conveniences as the smaller models with only adding a bit more weight. Also check out these Lightweight Umbrella Strollers for even more added convenience.
Maclaren Volo Lightweight Stroller
The ultra-lightweight Maclaren Volo (9 pounds) comes with a sunshade, rain cover, carry strap and five-point harness. A small basket holds parent gear under the seat. The mesh seat is great for ventilation, but the seat doesn't recline.
Valco Baby Latitude Lightweight Stroller
Valco Baby's Latitude stroller is really a standard stroller in a lighter weight.The handle is adjustable for your comfort, and you can also recline the seat from newborn position all the way to fully upright. A car seat adapter for Graco SnugRides and Britax Companions is also included.
Chicco C6 Lightweight Stroller
The Chicco C6 is a basic stroller with a much sturdier frame and better steering than many of the less-expensive umbrella strollers. It's really easy to maneuver this stroller in tight spaces. Unlike bare-bones umbrella strollers, the C6 includes a sunshade, a reclining seat and a 5-point harness.
Micralite Toro Lightweight Stroller
The Micralite Toro offers smooth steering and a tight turning radius. The weight limit is 40 lbs. A rain cover, foot muff and sun shield are included with the stroller, as is a nap bar. Folding and unfolding the Toro stroller is pretty easy, but requires two hands.
Peg Perego Pliko P3 Lightweight Stroller
This lightweight baby stroller even features a rear footboard that allows a second child to ride. The Pliko stroller can be folded with one hand and is fairly compact when folded. The child tray opens for easy access, and it also can be removed entirely.
Mid- to heavy-weight carriages offer one obvious advantage over lightweight strollers. They have plenty of room to carry things other than the baby. This may be important to some moms but most will agree the ability to carry stuff does not compensate for the bulk and weight of these larger carriages. Lightweight baby strollers are more maneuverable, easier to fold up out of the way, more convenient when traveling and don't take up nearly as much room as their heftier counterparts when stored.
Lightweight travel strollers tend to be on the less expensive of the stroller and baby carriage line up. And while this is a very good thing, it also means a diligent buyer needs to examine her intended purchase carefully. The basic structure of the lightweights should all be able to carry a precious bundle safely. Bur check the wheels and the way they're affixed to the axles. While there is virtually no danger of a flat tire, the idea of seeing a wheel rolling away from your lightweight double stroller or any lightweight stroller can be aggravating at least and potentially dangerous at worse