Choosing a Fold Up Pushchair

Fold-up pushchairs make it easy to hop on and off public transport, or can be tucked away in the back of the car. They are also extremely light and compact which makes them perfect for travel by plane.

This UPPAbaby is one of the smallest folds that we’ve ever seen. However, it comes with a few limitations, such as a tiny canopy and a lack of storage.

Ease of folding

When choosing a fold up pushchair, you must take into consideration where and how you’re going to be using it. If you’ll be travelling with your infant on planes A compact, light buggy is a great choice as it can fit in the overhead luggage compartments and is typically small enough to be carried on the shoulder when unfolded. You should look for an infant stroller that can be folded with one hand while you hold your child. It should also include a handle that is adjustable in height so that parents and caregivers of different heights can to use it comfortably. A lock wheel that swivels is essential if are planning to hike with your baby. It will help you navigate the terrain that is uneven. Look for features like the ability to recline deep enough the baby to sleep comfortably while you’re moving, and an extendable sun canopy.

It’s important to test the pushchairs before purchasing to make sure that they can be folded with one hand while holding your child. Our testers found the UPPAbaby GLUXE to be especially good with its clever mechanism that combines into a slimline package smaller than an umbrella. It also has a handy pocket to store keys and phones, as well as the ability to recline the seat with one touch, which is ideal for children who prefer to nap while on the move.

A few of the smallest fold-up pushchairs can be used as early as the moment of birth. They offer an easy-to-leap seat or a carrycot. This is perfect for infants who prefer to sleep during the daytime. If you plan on using your travel system from the start, a one-click attachment system for an infant car seat is also a must.

The smallest of the bunch that’s the Cybex Libelle, is an ideal choice for families who travel and folds more compactly than its counterpart the YOYO2 (only 4cm smaller), and weighs less at under 6kg so is extremely light to carry around. It is also easy to use with a one-hand fold and the seat can recline for toddler naps. This model is a great choice for hikers, as it comes with a huge front swivel tire which can take on any terrain.

One-Handed Folding

It’s always recommended to have a folding pushchair, whether you are going for a walk or using public transport or flying to a different land with your baby. It’s not a good idea to fold a complicated travel system and manage the child and all their essentials, like keys, shopping bags and other items. This is the reason why pushchairs and strollers that can be folded one hand are the most sought-after option for parents.

One-handed fold pushchairs can be collapsed by pressing a button or buttons. Some models require more effort or even two hands, but the ease of the process makes them still easy to handle and store away. They are also light and easy to carry or to store in small spaces.

The G-Luxe from UPPAbaby is a great illustration. This model features one of the easiest one-handed folds that we have seen in our round up, with an easy and smooth operation that involves only pulling on an incline at the base of the chassis. It can also stand up on its own, making it perfect for storing in the corner of a cafe or in a foyer.

The Bugaboo Bee is another model that folds by one hand. This is one of the original compact-fold pushchairs, and despite being larger than other models it has a neat, easy to fold. It also has a number of excellent features, such as the deep reclining seat as well as an expanded UPF50+ canopy to keep your child covered on sunny days.

Some of these pushchairs are designed specifically for toddlers and older children. However there are other options to use right from birth. These pushchairs come with a seat that can be fully or partially lied-flat and some even come with a baby car seat. MFM editor Gemma has travelled extensively with her young son in the Babyzen YOYO, which is among the original buggys of this kind and remains a popular choice. It’s a little smaller fold than other models, but it’s very easy to carry and fits in the allowance for cabin luggage on a majority of airlines.


When a pushchair folds down it takes up very little space, and is often extremely light. It’s especially true for umbrella-folded pushchairs that weigh less than 20 pounds. These are ideal for short walks on pavements or flat surfaces and also for transporting between your car and other’ houses. They’re also a good choice if you don’t want to invest in a proper all-terrain buggy and are happy with your pushchair on flat surfaces.

If you’re looking to use a compact fold-away pushchair on uneven ground or on muddy or sand surfaces, you should consider an air-filled tyre. They’re a little heavier than normal tyres, but they’ll provide more grip and traction. The extra weight does add to the overall pushchair size however, so it’s important to be aware of that.

A majority of pushchairs that are lightweight are made for older infants and toddlers who can sit up on their own, but a growing number are suitable for babies from the age of. These include models like the Mamas & Papas Airo, with a lie-flat seat and the option of adding an additional carrycot pack (sold separately) or an infant car seat to create a travel system. Some compact-fold pushchairs are designed to be used with a stroller board to transform into a double buggy. perfect for taking Grandma or Grandad along too.

A lot of the top strollers that are lightweight are simple to use. Some pushchairs can be opened or closed with the press of a single button. Others feature more intricate mechanisms, but they take up little space. Some even come with a strap for your wrist that allows you to your grip on the pushchair even when it’s folded, and this can make a big difference in the ease of move around.

While some lightweight pushchairs can be very stripped down however, the 3D Lite from Contours is a fantastic illustration of how a small stroller can be loaded with of features. There’s also a decently-sized basket, lots of padding and adjustable handlebars (for parents who are tall or short) and a huge canopy that protects. Additionally, it’s extremely light and comes with a handy carrying bag.


One of the main things you will need to be aware of when choosing the right pushchair is the size of the pushchair egg when folded. Some pushchairs have a very compact fold, while others are bigger based on the overall size and features.

The compactness of a pushchair could be an important factor in the event that you are planning to travel with it. Some models can fold down to a compact size, or even into a bag which makes them ideal for storage in the boot of your car or carry on the plane. If you plan to travel frequently or live in a place where you don’t have a stroller every day This is the ideal option for you.

The most effective pushchairs are those with a simple, easy-to-fold process. The Babyzen YOYO was the first of its kind and has since been copied, but it still stands out thanks to its clever details and its superior performance.

The Babyzen YOYO is a compact fold and is slightly bigger than the average hand luggage allowances, making it perfect to travel with. It can even be taken to the gate and used during the time between taking off and catching your flight.

The Mamas and Papas Airo is a compact pushchair that offers more space. The seat reclines fully, and there is plenty of padding to keep your child feel comfortable. It can be used as early as birth with the addition of a newborn cocoon pack or carrycot (not included).

The Ergobaby Metro+ can also be used as a light stroller for everyday use. It is compact in fold that can be positioned upright when not in use. However it’s not as simple to operate as some other models and can produce a lot of noise when you adjust the canopy, which can awake your baby.

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