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An ideally reversible, cabin-approved stroller for a 4 months old

Marj • 14 May 2024

Hi Eli!

We are in need of a compact and lightweight stroller, better if it is cabin approved as we will have a 15-hour flight with our 4-month old son in 2 months. Therefore, it would really help us during the layover.

Honestly, I would like it to be reversible (parent and front facing) since he is still very young. I have seen articles saying that it is suggested to have a parent-facing stroller till 9 months of age. I looked at Maxi-Cosi Leona (not Leona 2) but I have seen negative reviews regarding its wheels. As an alternative, I saw that Recaro Lexa Elite has similar dimensions. I would like to know your insights regarding these two models. Do you happen to know if these are cabin approved as well?

If we were to sacrifice the reversibility, I would like to know your comments regarding Ergobaby Metro+ deluxe. It weighs 8kg. Do you have other options similar to this stroller that is maybe a bit lighter in weight?

Thank you so much in advance!

Eli • 15 May 2024

Hey, Marj,

The Leona (1) was truly getting quite bad reviews, the user experience unfortunately wasn't the best. Definitely better to try the Lexa Elite which is a little sturdier, however you have to found on the seat being smaller, not lasting crazy long, and aksi the small wheels just not being awesome to push on bumps and cobblestones. Still could work if you are braced for that. The folded dimensions of 55 cm x 47 cm x 26 cm should fit some airlines (1-2cm p or down is usually not a problem), but each airline has a different set of requirements so you will need to check with the one(s) you chose to be sure it will be ok.

Another similar stroller, and the last one I recommend here, would be the Cybex Eezy S-Twist² which is a bit better even, I guess (51.5 cm x 45 cm x 30.5 cm when folded), so perhaps that would be worth looking into as well.

From the non-reversible models, I personally would go for the Joolz Aer+ which is the most practical and well made, at least from my point of view, and weighs 6 kg. That one will be accepted on board for sure, it's IATA-approved.

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