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How each traveling family can find the best compact stroller for a toddler (2022 edition)

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From a stroller compatible with a baby car seat to a compact stroller for a toddler, there’s a stroller that suits the needs and budget of each traveling family. To help you get the best value for your money, Bébé Voyage recommends strollers that you can use from your baby’s birth to until your child is a toddler. Also, among baby strollers 3 in 1 travel systems can save you $$$ significantly, as opposed to having to buy the components separately. Especially if the near-flat or lie-flat recline of your baby’s stroller keeps the baby happy and comfortable, you could skip buying or bringing a bassinet on your trips.

Most strollers on this list are compact enough to fit in many overhead luggage bins. Most weigh less than 13 pounds (5.9 kg) and made the cut for our list of best light strollers for travel, too. So be sure to check out our quick comparison chart at the bottom of the article which gives you the weight and folded dimensions of each best-value stroller included here. 

Also, stay tuned for our next article on double travel strollers. 

 

Baby Strollers 3 in 1 – From Newborn to Toddler

Babyzen YOYO2 compact stroller with teddy bear
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Babyzen YOYO2

 

The Babyzen YOYO2 is customizable with an attachable YOYO ride-on board for your toddler to stand on, while your younger child is seated in the stroller. Club Bébé Voyage members love their original YOYO. Improved frame, harness, and suspension take Babyzen YOYO2 a step further than YOYO. All of the fabrics of Babyzen YOYO2, including the UPF 50+ Anti-UV fabric, are washable. The backrest recline accommodates multiple positions. 

 

  • Ride-on YOYO board for toddlers available
  • Car seat compatible
  • Lie flat bassinet add-on available

 

 

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Mountain Buggy Nano V3 

Mountain Buggy Nano V3 will grow with your baby, from a newborn to a 44-pound child. The full recline fabric sling seat of a Nano V3 accommodates a lie-flat position, making the stroller a good choice for newborns. Small enough to fit in many overhead luggage bins, Nano V3 is also a compact stroller for a toddler

 

  • Suitable from birth to toddler
  • Car seat adaptor included giving baby strollers 3 in 1 option
  • Can be carried like a shoulder bag

 

 

baby strollers 3 in 1 travel system: GB Pockit+
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GB Pockit+ All-Terrain

 

If you are a fan of super light and compact baby strollers 3 in 1 travel systems, consider a Pocket+ All-Terrain for features like a large canopy, breathable mesh fabric, and multi-position backrest recline. The Pockit+ compact travel stroller comes with an adaptor to accommodate a CYBEX infant car seat. It fits in the overhead compartments of many planes and trains.

 

  • Suitable for children up to 48 pounds (22 kg)
  • Car seat adaptor included for newborns
  • UPF50+ UV protection

 

 

Best Compact Stroller for Toddler

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Zoe Tour+ Classic 

 

At a low price, Zoe Tour+ Classic may protect your baby from harmful UV rays. Its frame is built with durable high-grade aluminum and can hold up to 45 pounds (20 kg). With the purchase of an adaptor, Tour+ Classic can be converted into a tandem to accommodate an additional child. 

 

  • Adaptor available for use with Chicco infant car seat
  • 165-degree, near-flat recline
  • Fits in most airline overhead compartments

 

 

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UPPAbaby G-LITE

 

The G-LITE by UPPAbaby features tall ergonomic handles for easier pushing, hand level triggers for quick folding, and a hand strap for carrying. Your baby is sure to be comfortable, riding this stroller equipped with a four-wheel suspension. The G-LITE is easy on the wallet and holds up to 55 pounds (25 kg)… one of the highest loads in the compact stroller for toddler category.

 

  • Extendable UPF 50+ sunshade
  • Suitable for children six months to 55 lbs (25 kg)
  • Water-resistant fabric

 

 

 

Mother holding baby and summer infant 3d-lite stroller over her shoulder
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Summer Infant 3Dlite

 

If you’re on a tight budget, go for a Summer Infant 3Dlite. With this stroller, you can have both a lightweight stroller and a large seat area. In addition, 3Dlite comes with anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels.

 

  • Flip-out sun visor
  • Removable canopy
  • Four-position recline

 

 

 

Mother pushing Kolcraft Cloud light stroller with baby in it
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Kolcraft Cloud Plus

 

Consider Kolcraft Cloud Plus for a family on the go with an infant or toddler who can sit up. The Cloud Plus comes with some of the same features as other lightweight strollers that cost more. 

 

  • Three-tier extended canopy
  • Peek-a-boo window
  • One-handed fold

 

Traveling should be an exciting and fun experience for everyone. By investing in a stroller that will grow with your baby and last into toddlerhood, you can save some money and re-allocate it to your travel budget. We hope that referencing our list saves you time in finding a best-value stroller suitable for your needs that also can be used for a few years of your child’s life. 

 

Comparison chart

Here’s our handy reference table to compare our recommendations for baby strollers 3 in 1 systems and compact stroller for toddler by the two most important criteria for travel: folded dimensions and stroller weight.

Name Folded dimensions Weight
Babyzen YOYO2 7.1” H x 17.3” W x 20.5” L 

(18 x 44 x 52 cm)

13.6 lbs (6.2 kg) 
Mountain Buggy Nano V3 12” H x 20’ W x 21” L

(30 x 51 x 53 cm)

13 lbs (5.9 kg)
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain 7.9” H x 13.4” W x 16.5” L

(20 x 34 x 42 cm)

12.3 lbs (5.6 kg)
Zoe Tour+ Classic  7.5″ H x 20.3″ W x 26″ L

(19 x 51 x 64 cm)

11 lbs (5 kg)
UPPAbaby G-LITE  10.6″ H x 15.7″ W x 42″ L

(27 x 40 x 107 cm)

11.2 lbs (5.1 kg)
Summer Infant 3Dlite 11” H x 12” W x 42.8” L

(28  x 30 x 109 cm)

13 lbs (5.9 kg)
Kolcraft Cloud Plus  12″ H x 18″ W x 34″ L

(30 x 46  x 86 cm)

11.8 lbs (5.4 kg)

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