In the world of baby strollers there are hundreds of options, ranging from basic “get the job done” types to strollers that could be mistaken for a Cadillac. Whatever your needs are, rest assured there is a stroller that will work for you.
With my two kids, I’ve always been a fan of umbrella strollers. Inexpensive, lightweight and easy to use, umbrella strollers make a lot of sense for occasional use with older babies and children. My favorite feature of umbrella strollers is their ability to fold completely, just like a real umbrella. Basic models of umbrella models sell for around $20 or less, while deluxe umbrella strollers can cost $200 or more.
Cosco Umbrella Stroller
Widely available and sold at nearly every baby superstore, the Cosco Umbrella Stroller (80/100) sells for less than $20 and is a fantastic deal for a basic stroller. While it’s not a fancy, bells-and-whistles piece of baby gear, this stroller gets your child from point A to point B. Super lightweight at only 8.4 lbs., it has an upper weight limit of 40 lbs. The seat is does not lie back, and it’s suggested for use in babies seven months and older.
“The Cosco Umbrella stroller has gotten a lot of use in our family. We’ve had ours through two toddlers and trips to the mall and the zoo and still looks and works great.” —seaflower, Reviewer since 2010
Chicco C6 Umbrella Stroller
For four times what you’d pay for a Cosco, you could purchase the Chicco C6 Umbrella Stroller (84/100), which doesn’t appear to have many more features than the cheaper models. So what are you paying for? The Chicco C6 has a higher-quality 5-point harness, a sturdier frame and thicker fabric in the seat. The seat reclines a bit, but not enough for very young babies to use it. You’ll still need to wait until your infant is sitting up on his own before using it. The entire stroller weighs 11 lbs., with a 37 lb. weight limit.
“It is lightweight but yet still has a storage bag underneath and has straps to safely secure your little one in. It also has great turning ability and drives better than an average umbrella stroller.” —groovecon3, Reviewer since 2008
Kolcraft Jeep Wrangler All-Weather Umbrella Stroller
For around $40, the Kolcraft Jeep Wrangler All-Weather Umbrella Stroller (69/100) leaves a bit to be desired by Viewpoints reviewers.
“We have had no problems with durability…the fabric is intact and everything works like it is supposed to. However, it is awkward to use. The handles are not adjustable and seem too short. I also feel like I have to stride differently than normal or I step on the wheels. VERY annoying! All in all, it works in a pinch for short, quick outings.” —determank, Reviewer since 2009
Kolcraft’s Jeep Wrangler stroller is similar to other models in weight (9.48 lbs), but it has additional features that some parents consider important, like cup holders. There’s nothing more enjoyable than a nice walk with my kids, but having a place to set my latte sure makes it a little better!
Before you decide which of these strollers is right for you, read Viewpoints reviewers’ opinions and go to your local baby superstore and try the strollers out before you buy. Can you collapse a stroller one-handed while juggling your baby/coffee/cell phone? Will you need room for a diaper bag or beverages? Testing strollers in-store is important—especially important for parents who are a little shorter or a little taller than average.
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