When you live in the city, walking is simply a part of your daily routine. And that’s not going to change just because you have a baby. If anything, you’ll probably walk even more than you used to. The only difference is now you’ve got a little one in tow. So picking the right stroller is a really big deal. You’ll want one that offers a smooth ride, has plenty of storage (for both you and baby!), is easy to fold, not so wide that navigating store aisles is a pain and doesn’t weigh a million pounds. Depending on where you live, you may have to lug it up/down subway (or apartment) stairs on the regular. Oh, and side note, but even as a parent, style points still count for something.
Strollers can be really expensive, so we recommend you think of it like buying a car (which you may not own, because #cityliving, but you know what we mean). Do your research and take a few different models out for a spin before you actually buy one. As a start, we’ve whittled down the options for you—here are the 5 best strollers for every day use:
The great thing about the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Stroller ($399.99 on Amazon)—and what makes it incredibly popular among parents—is that it’s sleek, relatively light (weighs 22.5 pounds) and stylish, but also surprisingly sporty. It has three air rubber tires and all-wheel suspension for smooth maneuvering on any surface, including bumpy sidewalks. The City Mini is also notoriously easy to fold up and use everywhere, with an adjustable handlebar, adjustable seat and leg rest for baby and a hand-operated parking brake.
We’re big fans of the UPPAbaby Cruz and Vista strollers, but if you’re looking for something a little more compact, with the same amount of high-end features, the UPPAbaby MINU ($399.99 on Amazon) is perfect. It has a full-grain leather handle bar, an extendable, pop out UPF 50+ sunshade, all-wheel suspension, a roomy storage basket and a secure, multi-position reclining seat. But the best part? The MINU only weighs about 14.5 pounds and folds down super fast, with a one-handed, one-step fold feature.
The Bugaboo Bee5 Complete Stroller ($749 on Amazon) packs a lot of smart features into its small, lightweight (about 19.5 pounds) frame. It’s reversible, so your baby can either face you or everyone else, folds up neatly and quickly, and comes with some pretty sweet accessories, including a water-repellent, UPF 50+ sun shade, a rain cover and an adjustable handlebar with soft, faux-leather grips. And just in case you do have a car, this stroller is car seat compatible too.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller ($479.95 on Amazon) is made for sprinting through those busy city streets. And bonus: weighing about 25 pounds, this all-terrain “vehicle” is not as big and bulky as a lot of other jogging strollers. It has an ergonomic, adjustable handlebar, a large basket to stash all your stuff and three tires to keep your baby steady while you stride.
Best Double Wide:
Just because you’ll be pushing two kids around, it doesn’t mean you need to double the price or the size of your stroller. The super smooth Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller ($209.99 on Amazon) is only 30 inches wide, which still fits through standard doors, and weighs about 32 pounds. A large canopy protects both kids from the sun and rain, while reclining seats keep them cozy and a removable bumper bar keeps them secure. You also get two separate spots to hold your coffee, plenty of storage space—oh, and happy kids!—out of the deal.
Freelance writer/editor and contributor at MamasUncut. West Coast-based, East Coast-raised. Doubled down on the parenting gig last year, with two kids under the age of 3—plus a 2-year-old black shepherd/lab mix who thinks they’re actually his babies. A good day: run, bake, eat, repeat.