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The 9 Best Compact Strollers in 2018

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The 9 Best Compact Strollers in 2018

Are you thinking about swapping your full-size stroller for a more lightweight one? Or maybe you want to add a compact stroller to your pram collection? Whether it's for travel, for getting around town or for doing a solid to your overworked biceps, there are many reasons you may be in the market for a compact stroller. And as for many other baby products, the market is saturated with great options. So to help lighten up your load a bit, we've rounded up the best compact strollers in 2018! Below are 9 of our faves.

1. Babyzen Yoyo+, from $499

The Babyzen Yoyo+ is not only sturdy enough to be your everyday stroller, it can also be used from infancy as a travel system with either a bassinet or car seat. It’s great for travel as it’s lightweight, has a compact fold and fits into the overhead compartment on most airplanes.

2. GB Pockit+, $259

The GB Pockit+ is the newer version of the beloved Pockit Stroller -- you know, the one that folds small enough to fit inside a backpack! While the Pocket+ is slightly larger, it comes with some really great upgrades, such as larger sunshade. It’s also newborn ready and still has a very impressive compact fold. To top it off, it’s the only stroller on our list that has adjustable handle bars and is suitable for children all the way up to 55 lbs!

3. UPPAbaby Minu, from $399.99

Like UPPAbby’s full-size strollers, the Minu can be used from infancy with a newborn kit or car seat. But what's new for UPPAbaby? It has a one-handed compact fold that makes it easy to travel with or pop in and out of the trunk. We love that you can collapse the Minu with one hand which frees up your other for holding your toddler’s hand.

4. baby jogger city tour LUX, $299.99

For parents looking for a great lightweight, compact stroller that is suitable for babies 3 months and older, the baby jogger city tour LUX is a great option. Just like the City Tour, the LUX is at a low price point, but it comes with many more features. That includes a modular seat, a detachable bassinet, an adjustable foot rest, a hand break and a bigger canopy. Just like its predecessor, the City Tour LUX has a quick and easy fold, and it even has a strap for an easy carry.

5. Diono Traverse, from $249.99

The Diono Traverse is one of the newest compact stroller on the market. It’s the ultimate travel stroller, as it’s super lightweight 12.3 lbs and easy to fold. But the real magic of the Traverse is in the telescopic pull-along handle that allows it to be pulled just like your luggage. Important to note, while the near flat recline makes it suitable from birth, it can not be used with a car seat, as a travel system.

6. Mountain Buggy Nano Travel Stroller, $249.99

The Mountain Buggy Nano has all the features you look for in a compact stroller. It has a quick fold, carry strap, and flip-flop friendly brake. Plus, it is newborn ready when paired with either a Mountain Buggy cocoon or car seat. Best of all, you do NOT need adapters to turn this stroller into a travel system. Safety belts are built in to safely secure a car seat capsule to the stroller!

7. Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller, $89.99

The Summer Infant 3Dlite is a budget friendly umbrella stroller but still offers many of the must-have features you’d expect from a compact stroller. With a four-position recline for naps on the go, an easy fold, auto lock and carry strap for transporting, 3Dlite is quite the steal.

8. Quinny Yezz Stroller, $279.99

The Quinny Yeez is ultra lightweight, has a simple one finger push to close, carry strap and even stands when folded. The Yeez has a unique hammock style seat; but for those of you who have on-the-go nappers, it’s important to note the seat does not recline.

9. Silver Cross Jet Travel Stroller, $349

Preview! This summer, Silver Cross is introducing their compact stroller, the Jet. It’s made for travel, and like the Diono Traverse, it rolls like a suitcase. It also features a UPF50+ extended hood and is newborn ready. Though good to keep in mind, it has a smaller weight capacity than many other compact strollers, only 40 lbs. What's more, it's the only super compact stroller that can be used with newborns without having to purchase anything extra!

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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