Best Lightweight And Compact Strollers For 2017

Aug 25, 2017

I'm a huge fan of lightweight, compact strollers. Partly because these type of strollers are very convenient for city life and partly because I'm petite and prefer not to be encumbered by a heavy, bulky stroller. Lightweight, strollers are designed for portability, weight under 18 lbs and generally feature a simple, compact fold.

Some people are OK with a lightweight stroller being of inferior quality. Their reasoning being that it's a backup stroller which is only used on specific occasions and therefore doesn't need to be exceptionally wonderful. However, for many city dwellers and frequent travelers, a lightweight stroller occupies the place of a main stroller and therefore needs to have as many comfort and convenience features as possible.

My personal standards for a lightweight stroller are very similar to my standards for full size strollers. Just like a full size stroller, a lightweight stroller must be comfortable for a child, provide a good sleeping surface with a deep recline, have high quality textiles, good sun coverage, fold easily and maneuver well. Looks also matter and the lightweight strollers that have a more attractive design get my attention. Of course in a lightweight stroller I have to compromise on the push quality due to smaller wheels. A lightweight stroller will never handle grass and uneven terrain as well as a full size stroller with larger wheels. That just comes with the territory. Lightweight strollers are designed to be mostly used on pavement and indoors (think malls, airports, museums, etc.).

Here's my list of the best compact and lightweight strollers for 2017. These strollers were chosen based on the following criteria: Weight, compactness, child comfort features, ease of fold, quality, aesthetics.

MIMA ZIGI

The Mima Zigi, like all  Mima strollers, has a cool, futuristic look, with transparent wheels, chrome accents and a fluid seat design. The stroller is a head-turner, but also extremely functional. It seems that the designers at Mima really thought of everything!

The Zigi is made with:
  • An adjustable, telescopic handlebar
  • Adjustable backrest and leg-rest 
  • Innovative, one-push open/close canopy
  • One-hand, super compact fold. The folded stroller stands upright
  • Folded size (18 L x 10 W x 22 H) is a accepted as cabin luggage on most airlines
  • Rear wheels suspenssion
  • Beautiful fabrics and leather details
  • Stroller weight - 18.5 lbs
  • Mima Zigi can be used from birth with an optional bassinet or infant car seat.
  • Travel system compatible
  •  Zigi will be available in 3 colors.



BABYZEN YOYO+Babyzen Yoyo +

Ever since the release of the original Yoyo stroller, it has been extremely popular for travel and city life. The stroller is as compact as it gets, has a tiny fold and a handy carrying strap. The Yoyo+ has been updated to allow for even more convenience:

  • Can be used from birth with a parent facing bassinet attachment or car seat. 
  • One-hand folding, unfolding and driving 
  • Reasonably large storage basket 
  • All-wheel suspension for a softer ride 
  • Adjustable, UPF 50+ canopy 
  • Removable and machine washable seat fabric
  • Extremely compact when folded (52 x 44 x 18 cm), the YOYO+ can be taken on-board a plane as cabin luggage 
  • Comes with a rain sheild and storage bag
  • Weighs 13.7 to 14.5 lbs (6.2 to 6.6 kg) depending on the version.


Mountain Buggy Nano Year Of Rooster

The new Nano V2 folds even more compact than it's predecessor, making it a perfect travel companion. While the stroller is narrow and lightweight, it still features a full size seat, which can be suitable from newborn (with carrycot attachment or car seat) to well into the toddler years. Despite it's small size, the stroller is very stable and sturdy.

Nano's outstanding features:
  • Folds compactly to just 22" x 12.2" x 20", suitable as hand-luggage on most airlines
  • Weighs - 13 lbs
  • Stands upright when folded
  • One hand flick out unfold 
  • Shoulder strap for hands free carrying 
  • Exposed carry handle when folded in satchel 
  • Improved mesh ventilation system in back of seat, with detachable cover
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Rear wheel suspenssion
  • Travel system ready - built in safety belts to secure a car seat no need to purchase additional adapters.
  • Optional, lightweight infant cocoon
  • Travel bag included
  • The limited edition version includes a matching seat liner


GB Qbit +

The GB Qbit+ is one of the few lightweight strollers with a completely flat recline, making it suitable for use from birth without an addition of a carrycot or car seat (though the stroller is car seat compatible). It's also one of the few compact strollers which include a bumper bar.

Other great features:
  • Easy one-hand fold
  • Free-standing when folded
  • Weighs 16.8 lbs
  • Suitable from birth to 55 lbs
  • One-hand push and steering
  • Large canopy with viewing window
  • Nearly flat recline
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Swing away bumper bar
  • Head support pillow, shoulder and crotch pads 
  • Easily accessible, large shopping basket
  • Travel system compatible 
  • Available in 6 colors




Greentom is Dutch stroller brand that will be available in USA for the first time this year. The Greentom Upp is a unique concept in stroller design. Besides for being lightweight and very versatile, the stroller is as green as it gets, being completely made of recycled and biodegradable materials. The stroller frame is made of Polypropene and the high quality textiles are made of recycled PET bottles.
Greentom Upp is a 3-in-1 stroller. The frame can be used with a classic, forward facing seat, a newborn carrycot or a reversible seat unit. It can also be used as a travel system with an infant car seat. Available in 3 frame colors and 10 vibrant fabric color options.

  • Weighs 15.4 lbs (With Classic seat)
  • Flat seat recline
  • Infinite recline strap
  • Roomy seat
  • One-hand steering
  • Large canopy with flip out sun visor
  • Removable bumper bar
  • 8” rear wheels and 6.5” swivel wheels
  • Frame can be used with 3 different seat options
  • Travel system compatible with adapters 
  • Simple "book" fold
  • Made of recycled, biodegradable materials



CYBEX MIOS

Mios is the newest addition to Cybex stroller collection for 2017. This stroller is a perfect hybrid of compactness with full-size stroller features. While it's in a higher weight category than the other options in this post, it's still under 20 lbs (weighing 19 lbs to be precise) and has a small foot print.  As with other Cybex strollers, Mios has a sleek, contemporary look that will resonate with Urban parents. 

Here's a list of all of Mios impressive features:

  •  19.6" wide
  • Weighs 19 lbs
  • Reversible seat unit
  • Unique breathable mesh seat (Can be covered with a seat inlay)
  • Flat recline
  • One-hand recline lever
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Swing away bumper bar
  • Height adjustable handlebar
  • All-wheel suspension 
  • One-hand fold
  • Self standing while folded
  • Extendable canopy, with viewing window (Rated UPF 50+)
  • Large shopping basket
  • Flip-flop friendly break
  • Bassinet and travel system compatible 
  • Available in 7 colors, plus 3 Special Edition fashion prints.



Babyhome Vida is a very lightweight and compact, full featured stroller, that is also very affordable at $299. It features an attractive, fluid design with a slim frame, a compact fold and lot's of thoughtful features. It is one of the few compact strollers with removable and washable seat fabric. Kids are messy, and the ability to wash the stroller fabric offers a degree of convenience rarely found on a stroller in this price-range.

Other features:
  • Suitable for 3 months to 55 lbs
  • Stroller weighs 16 lbs
  • Can be used from birth with a Nest Kit (sold separately), or an infant car seat
  • Roomy seat with tall seat back
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Extendable, 3 panel canopy with a pop out sun visor
  • Peek-a-boo window on canopy
  • Mesh ventilation panels in back of seat and on the sides of canopy
  • Large, easily accessable storage basket
  • One-hand manuverability
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Compact, standing fold
  • Removable, washable seat fabric
  • Travel system compatible
  • Optional bumper bar sold seperately
  • Available in 5 colors



VALCO BABY SNAP 4 TREND

The new Valco Baby Snap 4 Trend is loaded with all the 'full size' stroller features, like a roomy seat, large basket and ginormous canopy, while still being relatively light at under 18 lbs. 

  • 8 klg (17.6 lbs) 
  • One-hand fold
  • Infinite strap recline
  • Flat recline position, suitable for infants
  • Height adjustable handlebar
  • Tailormade fabrics
  • Huge, extendable canopy with mesh portion
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Leatherette covered bumper bar and handlebar
  • Mesh ventilation window in back of seat
  • Zip-up pocket in back of seat
  • Large storage basket
  • Available in 3 colors. 


OXO TOT FLY STROLLER

If you like the Oxo Tot Cubby and Cubby+ strollers, you will absolutely love the new Oxo Tot Air stroller! When Oxo designs baby products, they do it right, and this stroller is no exception. More info coming soon!

  • Weighs only 11 lbs
  • Super compact fold (suitable as carry-on luggage on most airlines) 
  • Front wheel suspension
  • Large canopy with peek-a-boo window
  • Mesh sides for ventilation
  • Large storage basket
  • Shoulder carrying strap
  • Estimate release date - October 2017


New Mutsy Nexo Colors For 2017!

Feb 16, 2017


A fantastic new year has arrived and with it, a brand new collection from the Dutch stroller brand Mutsy. Gorgeous new colors and fabrics have been introduces for all of Mutsy's stroller models - Igo, Evo and Nexo.


Mutsy Nexo stroller 2017 Grey

Nexo, the newest stroller in the Mutsy lineup, has been one of the most popular strollers of 2016. It is a hybrid of style, convenience and compactness. For 2017, two new colors have been introduced - Mist Melange on a black frame and Ash Melange on a silver frame. Both color options are accented by leather details, giving the stroller a luxurious and contemporary dimension. 

Nexo has been created for the Urban lifestyle and the sophisticated new colors, in addition to the 2016 Blue Melange and Grey Melange, fit into the city setting perfectly.

You can check out this stroller in action in my 'Out And About With Mutsy Nexo' post from this past Summer.


New stroller 2017 Mutsy Nexo



Accessorize your Nexo stroller with car seat adapters, a water resistant warm footmuff with micro-fleece lining, rain cover, and a sleek, modernistic cup-holder. 


Mutsy Nexo rain cover accessory

Mutsy Nexo footmuff Mist Melange




Playtime New York Show Highlights

Feb 14, 2017


Over the weekend, we had loads of fun, attending the Play Time New York show at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. Playtime is an absolutely stunning trade show for children's brands. It runs in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Berlin. The New York show featured 180 international and local exhibitors, displaying kids and baby fashion, shoes, accessories, nursery decor, toys and gifts.

I've been to other trade shows before, but this was my first time attending Playtime, and I was so impressed with how beautiful and pleasant it was. The atmosphere was calm and  every single booth was a small magical place to be discovered. 

There was a feeling of authenticity and community at the show. A lot of the businesses were family owned and manufactured their products in their home-towns with an emphasis on quality and sustainability. There were also plenty of hand-made businesses, which I'm always a big fan of. 
Most of the booths were represented by the actual owners, artists  and designers of the brands and it was really great to see the face behind the creative products and learn their individual stories.

While every booth was extremely attractive, here are some exhibitors that stood out for me.

OF UNUSUAL KIND  - Is a collection of whimsically modern paper dolls, created and hand illustrated by Anja Kroencke in New York. Of Unusual Kind is a celebration of paper craft, exquisite pattern and unique, individual style. 

Playtime New York

Of Unusual Kind paper dolls




LOUISE MISHA  - Created by two friends and inspired by travels, the brand features bohemian, nostalgic fashions for babies and kids. At the request of many mothers, there's now also a women's collection in the same distinct style.

Louise Misha baby romper



KALINKA - Based in Bulgaria, Kalinka is a brand of classic, hand-knitted garments for babies and kids. The softest Merino wool, imported from Peru, is used to knit Kalinka styles. Each piece is made with love by Bulgarian grandmothers, utilizing centuries-old traditions passed down through generations.  



GOOSE GREASE -  Family owned and run business, based in Brooklyn, NY, Goose Grease creates wooded dolls, made of sustainably harvested wood, hand-chiseled and hand-painted. All materials used in production are non-toxic and water based, making these dolls safe for kids of all ages. There are many doll collections to choose from and your kids can even paint their own family of dolls!

Playtime New York



EASY PEASY - Is a French brand of stylish baby shoes and accessories. The collection is eco-designed, utilizing vegetable-tanned, chromium free leather, water-soluble glue and organic cotton packaging. The shoes are flexible and buttery soft, ensuring perfect comfort for little feet.




MI & ME - Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Mimi of MI & ME designs and sews each piece by hand with a keen attention to detail. From every seam, to intricate filigree snaps, Mimi's creations are sure to delight little ladies.

MI & ME hand made dresses



DONSJE - Founded by Florentine van Oosten Slingeland in 2013,  Amsterdam based brand of hand-made baby and toddler booties, warm leather hats and adorable accessories. All Donsje products are made to high standards. The shoes are super soft and flexible, perfect for first-walkers and the hats and little purses are full of whimsy.

Donsje leather booties



NEW! Bugaboo Bee5 Stroller For 2017

Feb 1, 2017


Bugaboo Bee 5 stroller Botanic canopy

Bugaboo has updated their extremely popular Bee3 stroller for 2017! The Bee3 has become the Bee5 (not sure what happened to 4). This is what many die-hard Bugaboo fans have been waiting for. With improvements in both performance and style, the Bee is now better than ever!

So what's new?
  1. Improved front wheel suspension for even smoother ride, 
  2. Improved maneuverability, 
  3. A more comfortable seat
  4. Pocket in underseat basket
  5. New, integrated attachment points for accessories (eliminating the use for adapters)


The new Bee5 is also completely customization from top to bottom! You can pick whichever colors best suit your style for the:
  1. Stroller frame 
  2. Extendable sun canopy 
  3. Seat and bassinet fabrics 
  4. Leatherette handlebar grips 
  5. Wheel caps (available in dark red and white)

New Bugaboo Bee 5

There are three new design collections, Core, Premium and Signature. 
The Core collection offers 8 color options - Ruby Red, Black, Sky Blue, Sunrise Yellow, Olive Green, and Soft Pink.
The Premium collection features Grey Melange, Red Melange and Blue Melange. 
The Signature collection for now offers 2 new prints, the Botanic and the Waves. 

 You can mix and match the seat fabric and canopies, expressing your individual style!

The Bugaboo Bee5 will retail for $739 - $809, depending on your frame and fabric choice.

The release date is March 2017, but you can be pre-ordered now!

Bugaboo Bee5 2017 botanic butterflies seat



Elodie Details Footmuff Review

Jan 26, 2017


Elodie Details stroller bag

I've been looking for a very warm, yet attractive and feminine footmuff for Little Missy.
The Elodie Details stroller bag in the Bedouin Stories pattern fit the bill perfectly, and so it joined our collection of stroller accessories. 

Elodie Details is a Sweedish brand of fashionable baby items, which are sold in over 30 countries. Sadly USA is not yet one of those countries, but will hopefully join the list sometime in the next few years. In the mean time, Elodie products can be imported from the UK and the process is simple and surprisingly speedy. Hopefully, my review of Elodie Details footmuff and matching hat will be helpful to whoever is in the market for these items.

Let me start of by saying that a footmuff is a really great invention! Because it attaches to the stroller, it will not slip down and get caught in the wheels, the way a blanket might. Also, footmuffs are generally weather-proof and much, much warmer than a blanket.

There are many warm footmuffs on the market to choose from, but like I mentioned before, I was craving something out of the ordinary and feminine. 


FIRST IMPRESSION

The Elodie Details stroller bags are available in many beautiful colors and patterns. I chose the Bedouin Stories color scheme. This pattern in pastel tones is very refined looking. It consists of pale grey and dusty pink with touches of teal and pale aqua. In one way or another this palette matches most of my strollers and adds some pizzazz.


The footmuff comes in a zip-up bag with handles. Included in the bag is an information card which basically lists all of the footmuff's features. 

Elodie Details footmuff review


MEASUREMENTS AND FEATURES



The Elodie Details footmuff is quite generous is size, measuring 100 x 53 cm (39.4 x 20.4 inches). My two year old daughter fits very well into it with plenty of wiggle room.

The outer fabric is 100% polyester, treated with a special BIONIC-FINISH® ECO coating to make it windproof and water-resistant. The inner is lined in soft micro-fleece. The footmuff has a substantial weight and feels very fluffy and warm.

Caring for Elodie Details footmuff is so easy! It is machine washable and can even be tumble-dried at low temperature. I haven't had the chance to test it out in the wash yet, but I love the idea of it being so low maintenance. 



The footmuff has openings for a five point harness, making it compatible with most strollers on the market. 
There's a zipper on both ends and the top portion can be completely zipped off, leaving the underside as a cozy stroller liner. There's also an option to fold down the cover partially and snaps to keep it in place.


Warmest stroller footmuff review


On the reverse side, there's a pocket at the top, which goes over the stroller backrest and hold the footmuff in place. Some footmuffs from other brands also have a non-slip coating in the back, but this feature was left out on the Elodie footmuff. Truthfully, I don't feel it's necessary in this case. The pocket is effective enough in preventing the footmuff from sliding down.

The elasticized upper is meant to be used as a hood in cold or windy weather, or folded around the stroller's backrest. Since it's pretty shallow, it is only effective as a hood for very small babies. 


Elodie Details makes a lot of beautiful accessories to match their stroller bags, including pacifiers, hats, blankets and rain shields. I ordered a winter hat in the same Bedouin Stories pattern to go with the footmuff. The hat is exceptional quality and  very warm. Just like the footmuff, the hat is treated with ecological finish to be weather-proof and is lined in cozy micro-fleece. It runs true to size (Little Missy is wearing size 2-3).

Girls winter hat with pompom





OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE


The first time I zipped up my daughter into the Elodie Detail stroller bag, she was so cozy and content, she went right to sleep. As luck would have it, it started to rain when we were on our nature walk, so I was able to witness the footmuff's water-resistant qualities. The droplets stayed on the surface and did not get absorbed. Little Missy continued sleeping peacefully for two hours, oblivious of the rain. Needless to say, mommy was so pleased!

The only thing that's missing on this stroller bag is an opening at the bottom for the feet, in case you'd want your child to be wearing shoes. Also, keep in mind that because the footmuff is so fluffy, not all strollers would fold with it on. 

Other than that, I am perfectly thrilled with the Elodie Details footmuff! It's roomy, very warm, stylish, weather-proof, low maintenance and fits most strollers. Did I mention how beautiful it is? 


Mutsy Nexo stroller


WHERE TO ORDER

In USA, Elodie Details Footmuffs are available at Petite Marvels Boutique. You can also order Elodie stroller bag and matching hat from Amazon UK. Currently many color options are on sale and YES, they ship to United States! The shipping charges are very reasonable and the order takes about 5 business days to arrive. Also, keep in mind that the price you'll be seeing in Amazon searches includes tax that will actually be deducted during checkout if you live in the States.