With so many options available on the market from Disney themed umbrella strollers to sports strollers, how do you choose the right one for you?
When shopping for strollers for my son I “test-drove” many different types of strollers before settling on an umbrella stroller.
The Maclaren Globetrotter strollers have many advantages and some of the reasons why I chose one of them is because they are lightweight strollers, sturdy and available in many different colors, so you are not limited for choice. Removable, machine washable seat means they are durable, long-lasting and easy to clean.
I do a fair amount of traveling, and a baby or toddler is always accompanied by a lot of luggage, so this made the Elle Baby Lite stroller ideal because it is compact when folded, so it takes up minimal space in the vehicle.
– Made of durable, long lasting materials
– Folds compactly
– Carry strap and handle
– Soft grip handles
– oversized canopy
– Storage basket is difficult to access when occupied
If you are looking for a cheap umbrella stroller, as a second stroller which you could leave at Granny’s house, or for quick trips to the shops for example, then the Cosco range is perfect for you. They are available in many different colors and prints.
My son often spends time over weekends with his Grandmother and this stroller worked perfectly for her, because the stroller has an adjustable canopy and storage basket she could manage on her own to take baby shopping, out for ice cream or just a walk around the neighborhood with ease.
With the Cosco Umbrella strollers easy folding and weighing between 8 – 14 pounds she could fold, lift it and pack it away without hassle.
This umbrella stroller comes with adjustable canopy, is easy to fold and compact. It comes with a lightweight car seat, one of the lightest car seats currently on the market. It is equipped with snack tray for baby, parent tray with 2 cup holders and a nice size storage basket
– Folds compactly
– Comes with car seat
– Car seat is light and comfortable
– Reclining seat
– Adjustable canopy
– Not ideal for rugged terrain
I found that on the more rugged terrain the basic stroller was not as manageable as I would have liked and it proved to be very difficult to maneuver, on purchasing a Kolcraft Sprint X Jogging Stroller this was no longer a problem. The jogging stroller boasts a large storage basket for all baby’s necessities as well as 2 cup holders for Mom and Dad. The reclining seat, all-terrain wheels with front wheel suspension and 5 point safety harness ensures that Mom and baby have a safe and smooth ride. It’s one-handed, self-standing folding makes it easy to fold for quick and convenient storage.
– Easy assembly
– Lockable front wheel
– Air filled wheels
– Adjustable handles
– Unstable and wobbly when jogging
– Heavier than the other strollers
I don’t have any personal experience with double strollers, however again you are spoilt for choice due to the large range available. The Graco double stroller with canopy is a tandem type double stroller. Front seat, bench seat, standing platform and rear seat for two riding options for two children; 3- and 5-point safety harnesses in the front and back seat respectively you are ensured of your children’s safety. Front swivel wheels with suspension are lockable, and with the extra large storage basket, you and your little ones will have a comfortable ride with all your necessities on hand.
– 12 riding options
– 2 removable canopies
– Front wheels have suspension, can swivel and lock
– Only 2 riding options when using car seat
– Small seats
– Car seat tends to become dislodged at times
If you would prefer to have your little ones sitting side by side instead of tandem the Chicco Echo Twin double umbrella stroller with canopy is the one for you. It has independently reclining seats, adjustable feet support, lockable dual front wheels with suspension and canopies that also adjust independently. They are compact when folded with carry handle for easy transport and storage.
– Seats recline independently
– Four seating positions
– Adjustable foot supports
– Large storage basket
– Difficult steering
– Quite heavy
– Can be difficult to unfold
Disney umbrella strollers with canopy
Always popular choice is the Disney themed umbrella strollers with canopy, and it is easy to see why they are affordable and what child doesn’t like Disney? They are available in Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Disney Cars, Winnie the Pooh, Disney Princess, Hunny Stripes and much more.
The cons are that they tend to be entry level strollers and can be a bit flimsy in some instances.
Whether you have a boy or girl there are so many umbrella strollers to choose from, no matter your budget, they range from cheap umbrella strollers to the more expensive sports strollers. The color choices are also endless with teal, red, blue, charcoal, green and much more available. They come in plain, floral, patterned, or you can even have them custom made.
There are also many accessories that you can purchase for your umbrella stroller, which includes insect netting, seat liners, organizers, stroller fans, stroller toys, bassinets and weather shields. You will also find that umbrella stroller canopy replacements and wheel kits are readily available
Most of the umbrella strollers, come with user manuals with instructions on how to assemble and how to fold, they are easy to clean to keep them looking good as new so once your child has outgrown it, you can put it in storage and reuse it with your next child or even sell it second hand.
Don’t let the large variety of strollers available dishearten you, choose the right one for you by considering your budget, your needs, and your baby’s needs. Important points that I considered were safety first then comfort, weight, price and overall ease of use. By following these basic guidelines, you will ensure many happy travels for you and your baby in your stroller of choice.