Contrary to popular belief, having a child does not necessitate a move the suburbs. Plenty of parents raise kids in New York City ⏤ they just learn to adapt to the challenges. Number one being: finding space in a tiny apartment for all the not-tiny baby gear, first and foremost a compact stroller.
Considering how much car-less city dwellers rely on walking, no piece of baby equipment is more important than the stroller ⏤ it’s the primary mode of transportation. But unlike in the ‘burbs, there’s rarely a garage (or car trunk) in which to park or store it. That’s what the hallway is for, right? Which means that a lot of full-sized strollers sold today simply aren’t ideal for urban use. And why we rounded up six baby strollers that make the cut.
Now, we’re not talking the best umbrella strollers here. While fine for travel and quick trips, they aren’t necessarily built city tough. These compact strollers, on the other hand, offer full-sized features but are lighter and can fit in the elevator or be carried to your fifth-floor walk-up. Not only that, but they all collapse or fold up to conveniently fit in a closet, behind the couch, or under a bed when not in use. Most also slide into a backpack and fit in the overhead bin of an airplane too ⏤ so yes, they’re also good for travel.
The current Guinness World Record holder for most compact stroller (not a joke), the 9.5-pound GB Pockit uses a two-step technique to fold down to about the size of a personal pan pizza. It self-stands when folded and easily fits into a backpack, which then easily fits into your tiny closet or an airplane’s overhead bin. It can carry 55 pounds of kid and 11 pounds of their gear in the bottom basket. Even better, the new larger 2017 Pocket+ model added car seat compatibility (with a GB or CYBEX infant car seat) and a reclining seatback.
- Weight: 9.5 lbs.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 55 lbs.
- Folded Dimensions: 11.8″ x 7″ x 13.8″
Omnio Backpack Stroller
Omnio is full-sized stroller that doesn’t just fold down into the size of a backpack, but actually becomes one. The same padded six-point shoulder harness used to strap the child in doubles as backpack shoulder straps that allow dad to sherpa the 16.5-pound Omnio around town. The all-terrain, omnidirectional tires roll sideways without having to swivel (making it easier to steer) and pop off ⏤ making it easier to store. It features a detachable all-weather hood with UV (UPF50+) protection, reclining seat that can be removed for cleaning, telescoping handle, zipped main seat pocket, and a central foot brake pedal. Also, a handy waterproof travel bag.
- Weight: 16.5 lbs.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 50 lbs.
- Folded Dimensions: 21″ x 16″ x 11″
Doona Car Seat Stroller
How many city apartments have room for both a full-sized stroller and a portable car seat for crosstown cab rides? Answer, not enough. Which is why the 2-in-1 Doona ⏤ an infant car seat with an integrated compact stroller ⏤ is a must-have for urban parents. Simply pull it out of the Uber and the wheels fold down like a plane’s landing gear. And speaking of planes, it’s FAA approved. Doona comes with a cushioned insert for infants up to 11 pounds and the unique design allows the stroller handle to double as an anti-rebound bar when positioned against the car’s back seat. A sunshade, rain cover, snap-on storage, and padded travel bag are all sold separately.
- Weight: 16.5 lbs.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 35 lbs.
- Folded Dimensions: 9″ x 41″ x 10″
Baby Jogger City Tour
Baby Jogger’s City Tour weighs in at a paltry 14 pounds and uses a cool one-handed trifold to shrink itself down to the size of a carry-on bag. The stroller actually comes with backpack-style travel case for easy transport and/or storage. The City Tour rocks a large UV 50+ canopy with peek-a-boo window, rear parking brake, and an ample underneath basket, not to mention front-wheel suspension and locking wheels. Also, a reclining seat.
- Weight: 14.2 lbs.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 45 lbs.
- Folded Dimensions: 22” x 17.7” x 9.1”
The Yoyo+ might be billed as a “luxury travel stroller,” but it comes loaded with amenities not found on a lot of full-sized strollers ⏤like four-wheel suspension, a patented “Soft-Drive” system that “eliminates speed wobbles on rough terrain,” and extendable leg rest. It’s car-seat compatible, boasts a thick reclining mattress, and comes with a pop-up canopy and rain cover. As for the size, the easy one-handed fold collapses it to about 20-inches by 17-inches, which means it should easily fit under the table of your favorite restaurant. And if you need to take it on the road, there’s an attached padded shoulder strap and accompanying bag.
- Weight: 12.8 lbs.
- Capacity Limit: Six months to 33 lbs.
- Folded Dimensions: 20″ x 17.5″ x 7″
OXO Tot Air Stroller
Weighing a mere 11 pounds and priced at a low $180, the OXO Tot Air Compact Stroller could be the best bang for your buck. Mesh sidings and front wheel suspension make help keep your baby undisturbed by any small bumps in the sidewalk. It’s compact, too. When you’re done using it, you can fold it up to roughly the size of a satchel and strap it on your back – or stash it away in your apartment.