Umbrella strollers are lightweight, compact strollers that are usually 20 pounds or less. They get the name because of the 2 curved handles that look like handles of an umbrella. The greatest thing about these strollers is that they are easy to carry, fit into small spaces and fold small. The more expensive umbrella strollers have some features of full size strollers but at a smaller scale.
Here are the differences between an umbrella stroller and full featured stroller:
- Usually no cup holder for parent.
- Usually no snack tray for the baby
- Smaller or no basket under stroller
- Less stable or durable than full features strollers
- Most do not fully recline
- Smaller canopy
- Less, plush seats
- Not recommend for use until baby is 6 months old
- Cannot hang bags off of handles because the stroller can tip over.
- Check the stroller for balance – does not tip over when pressure is placed on handles.
- Should not have exposed hinges.
- Durability – you can find umbrella strollers for less than $20 but they may not last long and they have zero features.
- Ideal to have 1 handed folding.
- Should have a wide wheel base and low seat.
- Rubber tires instead of plastic tires.
- Comfortable safety harness.
- Look for the JPMA (Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association) seal