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A plane-travel-friendly pushchair under 200GBP for a big baby

Teresa • 14 Jun 2021

Hi, I am after a stroller but do not know which one would be best for me.

I want to buy it now because I am flying with it next month, so I need it to be compact and easily foldable by myself. Then I would use it for the city.

My child would be 6 months, she currently weighs around 8kg (big baby).

I don´t want it to be too big but it needs to be sturdy. I would not want to pay more than 200 pounds...

I liked the Joie Litetrax 4 but my partner says it is a bit too big for our needs.

Do you know of any stroller that might be suitable for us please?

Thank you for your help.

Eli • 15 Jun 2021

Hello, Teresa,

For plane travel, you'll need an ultra-compact, a small-folding, lightweight stroller (so not the mid-size Joie Litetrax 4 stroller (I mean, it can be done, but it's not the most comfortable option to carry).

I was first thinking about the Chicco Goody. The height capacity is higher, the seat-to-canopy space is tall enough even for the baby to grow, and the stroller'ss seatback is the most upright I've seen on an ultra-compact (it is because it's operated with a lever). Totally fits your budget.

Another buggy I'll mention would be the Maclaren Atom - a small and nice-to-push sturdy little stroller fitting overhead compartments in a plane. And since it's not new anymore, the price is much nicer than it used to be in the beginning.

The last I'll mention is the Quinny LDN. The design is rather special, but it allows a comfy enough push and a tall backrest to last for the child.

I hope I helped! Don't forget to keep in mind that these small compact strollers are great for traveling, but they are smaller in size = less all-terrain, less roomy, and with small wheels. There will be compromises on the stroller because of that. Read more about negatives of ultra-compact strollers in this article, just to get in the picture, but also remember it's the most practical solution for traveling if chosen right.

Your -very berry- Eli.

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