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We love a good family adventure. But traveling with kids? It's no easy feat, mamas. Gone are the days of throwing a few things in a bag and catching the next flight to the beach; now it's all about packing lists and pacifiers, diapers and dream feeds, and doing your best not to forget all the things you need to make it through the day with your little ones. And number one on our must-have travel list? A compact stroller.

A lightweight, compact travel stroller is an absolute must for a family on the move. When you're juggling kids on the go, the last thing you need to worry about is a big, bulky stroller that's going to take up your entire trunk or slow you down in the airport. (Yes, you you really do need that bigger stroller, too, but we'll get to that later!)

And if you Google "lightweight strollers" you're going to discover there are more than just a few of them... there are hundreds of options for you to choose from. Which we're guessing is just a wee bit overwhelming for you! Fear not, we tested many—actually, our babies tested them!—to help narrow down your choices. Things we considered when picking our faves: Stroller weight, maneuverability, durability, open/fold functionality, storage and, last but not least, appearance.

So, if you're planning your next trip—or just looking to lighten your load—check out our favorite lightweight strollers that are perfect for travel!

1. Bugaboo Ant

Famed stroller brand Bugaboo just launched its lightest-ever stroller, created specifically for traveling, and after testing the goods, let's just say we're here for it! Weighing only 15 pounds, the Bugaboo Ant has the modern design touches and the comfy ride the brand is known for. Our favorite features are the ones typically not available in travel strollers—like the reversible seat that can face forward or inward, the adjustable handlebar and the fact that when not in use, you can pull the stroller like a rolling suitcase.

More about that seat: Ergonomic and ultra-padded, it has three recline positions, including 180 degrees, allowing for naps on the go. The integrated all-wheel suspension provides a smooth ride and nimble maneuverability allows for one-handed steering—say it with us, mamas, wahoo! Overhead compatible—we dare you to find an airplane bin it can't slip into!—the stroller also has an ample sun canopy with UPF 50.

More to know: Start using the Ant with baby on day one with the purchase of the Bugaboo Bee Baby Cocoon, otherwise it's recommended you wait until baby is six months old to take the Ant for a spin.

Weight: 15.8 pounds

Price: $549

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2. gb Pockit Air All Terrain 

gB Pockit Air All Terrain

Curious as to which stroller holds the 2014 Guinness World Record for the world's most compact stroller? Look no further, mamas—it's the Pockit! (Really, it is!) Folding into the size of a purse in a matter of seconds, this 10.6-pound baby-transporting marvel is seriously amazing. We're pretty sure our diaper bag weighs more.

Even though the Pockit is small, it's mighty—it can hold a child up to 55 pounds, and is sturdy enough for whatever your travel day may have in store for you. There's not a ton of storage, but hey, sacrifices need to be made somewhere in a stroller that fits into a backpack!

More to know: Double wheels can handle everything from cobblestones to gravel with ease, and the seat back is comprised of breathable mesh, keeping baby cool on even the hottest days.

Weight: 10.3 pounds

Price: $159.95

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3. Colugo Compact Stroller

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While there are many reasons Colugo made our list—those sassy patterns!—the easy one-handed fold is chief among them. As many parents probably know, being able to fold a stroller with a baby on your hip is KEY when you're in a stressful situation (think: riding on public transportation or going through the metal detectors at the airport). With Colugo, you can multitask like a champion, thanks it its one-handed, two-second fold, and the best part is that yes, it can fit in most airplane overhead bins.

At 16 pounds, the Colugo is a bit heavier than the others on the list, but the fact that it comes with an attached carrying strap and a separate carrying backpack makes the extra heft a non-issue for short and long jaunts alike.

Appropriate from 6 months old to a max weight of 55 pounds, the Colugo also has a bassinet ($95.00) available here. All in all, this stroller has great maneuverability and can be pushed with one hand in almost all scenarios, it's the perfect grab-n-go strollers for parents, whether they're dropping baby en route to work or traveling overseas.

More to know: The sunshade canopy has UPF 50, the storage basket's got ample depth and the stroller comes with an extra washable padded seat insert.

Weight: 16 pounds

Price: $285.00

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4. Babyzen Yoyo+

If you're looking for the ultimate in compact strollers, the Yoyo checks all the boxes as the luxury splurge pick. It boasts the most amenities of all of our choices: a "soft drive" system (enabling you to navigate rough terrain without having to lock the wheels in place), ample under-carriage storage, a reclining seat, an extendable leg rest, four-wheel suspension, beautiful fabrics (that peppermint green!) and extra seat padding, custom color packs, and a carry strap, just to name a few.

Like our other compact picks, it also folds up teeny-tiny via an easy one-handed fold, and it's compatible with many infant car seats, making newborn travel a breeze. It's even certified for airline carry-on luggage, meaning you've got one less thing to worry about when you're taking your little on on the plane.

More to know: Celeb mamas like Blake Lively, Chrissy Tiegen and Jessica Biel wheel their babes around in the Yoyo. The extendable sun canopy has UPF 50 and rain covers are included. Also, it's Disney-approved!

Weight: 16 pounds

Price: $500.00

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5. Delta The Clutch Stroller

If you're not looking for a travel stroller hybrid, and you're decidedly in the market for one that is light-as-a-feather, well then mama, look no further than Delta The Clutch Stroller. Weighing just 11 pounds, the Clutch folds up smaller than a paper grocery bag in just two seconds. It comprises an adjustable sun visor, a good amount of under-seat storage and a five-point harness with reflective straps. And despite its compact stature, the stroller is super easy to maneuver thanks to a bevy of swivel wheels.

More to know: It meets Disney size requirements (celebrity mom Jenni "JWOWW" Farley loved using it at the park wiht her kids) and like the rest on our list, can fit in an overhead airline bin—but at this weight, you won't be struggling to get it up there!

Weight: 11.7 pounds

Price: $139.99-$149.99

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6. Summer Infant 3DLite

Summer Infant 3D Lite

At under $100.00, the 3DLite is the most affordable option on our list—but that doesn't mean you'll need to sacrifice any of the must-have features you want in a compact stroller. This sturdy stroller weighs in at 13 pounds and features a four-position recline, a roomy storage basket, and a fully adjustable (and removable) canopy with a flip out sun visor. It even has a cup holder perfectly sized to fit your third coffee of the day. ☕☕☕

Although the fold isn't quite as compact as some of the other strollers on our list (it's a vertical fold rather than a horizontal one), it's still easy to carry with the attached shoulder strap and won't take up a ton of room in your trunk.

More to know: One of the most popular strollers on Amazon, the 3DLite has more than 3,300 positive reviews!

Weight: 13 pounds

Price: $89.99

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7. Ergobaby Metro City Compact Stroller

Ergobaby Metro City Stroller

If you're looking for a compact stroller that is crazy comfy for your little one, this is it. Comprising a highly-padded (and washable) seat with side and lumbar support, the Metro focuses—not surprising—on delivering a superb ergonomically comfortable experience to wee ones, and it delivers. The plush seat reclines almost fully flat and an adjustable leg rest (which is also super padded) means that babes can nap on the go now.

With the ergonomic well-being of parents in mind, too, Ergobaby designed the Metro go easy on mom and dad. How so? A one-handed fold, for one. And 14 pounds, the stroller requires less force to push and less muscle to heft around—the Metro is the only stroller certified "back healthy" by the AGR of Germany. That's right, mamas, this one deserves a slow clap from all of us. (Bonus: The stroller comes with a carrying backpack for those times you know you'll be lugging it around.)

As for the ride, it's a smooth one thanks to bigger rubber tires that swivel on a dime and a spring suspension system that filters out the bumps and divots of the outside world.

More to know: The ample, extendable sun canopy has UV-50 protection and the stroller fits in an airplane overhead bin.

Weight: 14 pounds

Price: $299.00

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8. Baby Jogger City Tour LUX

Baby Jogger City Tour LUX

This compact stroller is one of our favorite options for families on the go who also need the versatility and maneuverability of a much larger stroller. Weighing in at 19 pounds, it has five riding options: an infant car seat, a foldable pram, a reversible seat (rear or forward facing), and a glider board for an older child. All of these amazing features don't compromise this stroller's compact design, though—the LUX folds up small enough to meet carry-on requirements for most airlines.

The City Tour is constructed from soft, breathable fabric, and has an easy one-hand fold with an auto-lock feature. It reclines to a nearly flat position, has an XL canopy with a peekaboo mesh window, and has four swivel wheels that offer incredible handling even over bumpy terrain. (We truly forgot we weren't pushing our larger, everyday stroller instead of one that folds up into a backpack!)

More to know: It features a built-in carry strap and comes with a backpack-style carrying bag.

Weight: 19 pounds

Price: $299.00

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9. UPPAbaby MINU

UPPAbaby Minu

We've yet to meet an UPPAbaby we didn't love, and the MINU is no exception. Weighing in at just under 15 pounds, this compact powerhouse of a stroller will take you wherever you need to go without sacrificing on the conveniences you've come to know and love from the brand—a smooth ride, a multi-position reclining seat, an extendable canopy, and an easy access basket with ample storage.

And the fold? It's truly the stuff of dreams, mama. It's quick, easy and, most importantly, one-handed. (Really, we tried!) Great for on-the-go parents due to the built-in strap and carry handle, it also easily converts into a travel system with the use of adapters.

More to know: The Minu isn't only for big babies, it can also accommodate a newborn with the use of the From Birth Kit ($129.00) accessory, making it not only a great compact travel stroller, but also an all-around stroller for urban parents who may be tight on space or who need to climb stairs on a daily basis.

Weight: 14.8 pounds

Price: $399.00-$429.00

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10. Mountain Buggy Nano

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The Nano is another one of our absolute favorite full-service, everyday strollers that also boasts the convenience of a compact, easily portable travel option. It's easy to maneuver thanks to built-in rear wheel suspension and swivel wheels, and can even be popped over curbs while you're exploring city streets.

If you're looking for a lie-flat option, there's an accessory called the cocoon that easily snaps in (and out), making the stroller newborn-friendly. And speaking of accessories, there are many! From special edition color packs to a glider board that transforms into a toddler scooter, we 💜all of the personalized options the Nano offers.

More to know: The stroller features a two-button fold that transforms it down to 21" x 12" x 20"—small enough to easily fit in an overhead airplane bin, on a train, or even on the floor of your car's backseat. (It also has a one-handed unfold.)

Weight: 13 pounds

Price: $199.00

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We spend a lot of time prepping for the arrival of a baby. But when it comes to the arrival of our breast milk (and all the massive adjustments that come with it), it's easy to be caught off guard. Stocking up on a few breastfeeding essentials can make the transition to breastfeeding a lot less stressful, which means more time and energy focusing on what's most important: Your recovery and your brand new baby.

Here are the essential breastfeeding tools you'll need, mama:

1. For covering up: A cute nursing cover

First and foremost, please know that all 50 states in the United States have laws that allow women to breastfeed in public. You do not have to cover yourself if you don't want to—and many mamas choose not to—and we are all for it.

That said, if you do anticipate wanting to take a more modest approach to breastfeeding, a nursing cover is a must. You will find an array of styles to choose from, but we love an infinity scarf, like the LK Baby Infinity Nursing Scarf Nursing Cover. You'll be able to wear the nursing cover instead of stuffing it in your already brimming diaper bag—and it's nice to have it right there when the baby is ready to eat.

Also, in the inevitable event that your baby spits-up on you or you leak some milk through your shirt, having a quick and stylish way to cover up is a total #momwin.

2. For getting comfortable: A cozy glider

Having a comfy spot to nurse can make a huge difference. Bonus points if that comfy place totally brings a room together, like the Delta Children Paris Upholstered Glider!

Get your cozy space ready to go, and when your baby is here, you can retreat from the world and just nurse, bond, and love.

3. For unmatched support: A wire-free nursing bra

It may take trying on several brands to find the perfect match, but finding a nursing bra that you love is 100% worth the effort. Your breasts will be changing and working in ways that are hard to imagine. An excellent supportive bra will make this so much more comfortable.

It is crucial to choose a wireless bra for the first weeks of nursing since underwire can increase the risk of clogged ducts (ouch).The Playtex Maternity Shaping Foam Wirefree Nursing Bra is an awesome pick for this reason, and because it is designed to flex and fit your breasts as they go through all those changes.

4. For maximum hydration: A large reusable water bottle

Nothing can prepare you for the intense thirst that hits when breastfeeding. Quench that thirst (and help keep your milk supply up in the process) by always having a water bottle with a straw nearby, like this Exquis Large Outdoor Water Bottle.

5. For feeding convenience: A supportive nursing tank

Experts recommend that during the first weeks of your baby's life, you breastfeed on-demand, meaning that any time your tiny boss demands milk, you feed them. This will help establish your milk supply and get everything off to a good start.

What does this mean for your life? You will be breastfeeding A LOT. Nursing tanks, like the Loving Moments by Leading Lady, make this so much easier. They have built-in support to keep you comfy, and you can totally wear them around the house, or even out and about. When your baby wants to eat, you'll be able to quickly "pop out" a breast and feed them.

6. For pain prevention: A quality nipple ointment

Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt, but the truth is those first days can be uncomfortable. Your nipples will likely feel raw as they adjust to their new job. This will get better! But until it does, nipple ointment is amazing.

My favorite is the Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter. We love that it's organic, and it is oh-so-soothing on your hard-at-work nipples.

Psst: If it actually hurts when your baby latches on, something may be up, so call your provider or a lactation consultant for help.

7. For uncomfortable moments: A dual breast therapy pack

As your breasts adjust to their new role, you may experience a few discomforts—applying warmth or cold can help make them feel so much better. The Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Pack is awesome because you can microwave the pads or put them in the freezer, giving you a lot of options when your breasts need some TLC.

Again, if you have any concerns about something being wrong (pain, a bump that may be red or hot, fever, or anything else), call a professional right away.

8. For inevitable leaks: An absorbing breast pad

In today's episode of, "Oh come on, really?" you are going to leak breastmilk. Now, this is entirely natural and you are certainly not required to do anything about this. Still, many moms choose to wear breast pads in their bras to avoid leaking through to their shirts.

You can go the convenient and disposable route with Lansinoh Disposable Stay Dry Nursing Pads, or for a more environmentally friendly option, you can choose washable pads, like these Organic Bamboo Nursing Breast Pads.

9. For flexibility: A breast pump

Many women find that a breast pump becomes one of their most essential mom-tools. The ability to provide breast milk when you are away from your baby (and relieve uncomfortable engorged breasts) will add so much flexibility into your new-mom life.

For quick trips out and super-easy in-your-bag transport, opt for a manual pump like the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump .

If you will be away from your baby for longer periods of time (traveling or working outside the home, for example) an electric pump is your most efficient bet. The Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is a classic go-to that will absolutely get the job done, and then some.

10. For quality storage: Breast milk bags

Once you pump your liquid gold, aka breast milk, you'll need a place to store it. The Kiinde Twist Pouches allow you to pump directly into the bags which means one less step (and way less to clean).

11. For keeping cool: A freezer bag

Transport your pumped milk back home to your baby safely in a cooler like the Mommy Knows Best Breast Milk Baby Bottle Cooler Bag. Remember to put the milk in a fridge or freezer as soon as you can to optimize how long it stays usable for.

12. For continued nourishment: Bottles

Nothing beats the peace of mind you get when you know that your baby is being well-taken of care—and well fed—until you can be together again. The Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle Newborn Starter Gift Set is a fan favorite (mama and baby fans alike).

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A viral video about car seat safety has parents everywhere cracking up and humming Sir-Mix-A-Lot.

"I like safe kids and I cannot lie," raps Norman Regional Health System pediatric hospitalist Dr. Kate Cook (after prefacing her music video with an apology to her children."I'm a doctor tryin' warn you that recs have changed," she continues.

Dr. Cook's rap video is all about the importance of keeping babies facing backward. It's aptly called "Babies Face Back," and uses humor and parody to drive home car seat recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

"Switching from rear-facing to forward-facing is a milestone many parents can't wait to reach," Dr. Cook said in a news release about her hilarious video. "But this is one area where you want to delay the transition as long as possible because each one actually reduces the protection to the child."

Last summer the AAP updated its official stance on car seat safety to be more in line with what so many parents were already doing and recommended that kids stay rear-facing for as long as possible. But with so many things to keep track of in life, it is understandable that some parents still don't know about the change. Dr. Cook wants to change that with some cringe-worthy rapping.

The AAP recommends:

  • Babies and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.
  • Once they are facing forward, children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible. Many seats are good up to 65 pounds.
  • When children outgrow their car seat they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly, between 8 and 12 years old.

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[Editor's note: Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country.]

Suicide rates for girls and women in the United States have increased 50% since 2000, according to the CDC and new research indicates a growing number of pregnant and postpartum women are dying by suicide and overdose. Suicide rates for boys and men are up, too.

It's clear there is a mental health crisis in America and it is robbing children of their mothers and mothers of their children.

Medical professionals urge people to get help early, but sometimes getting help is not so simple. For many Americans, the life preserver that is mental health care is out of reach when they are drowning.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg just released a plan he hopes could change that and says the neglect of mental health in the United States must end. "Our plan breaks down the barriers around mental health and builds up a sense of belonging that will help millions of suffering Americans heal," says Buttigieg.

He thinks he can "prevent 1 million deaths of despair by 2028" by giving Americans more access to mental health and addictions services.

In a country where giving birth can put a mother in debt, it's not surprising that while as many as 1 in 5 new moms suffers from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, more than half of new moms who need mental health treatment don't get it. Stigma, childcare and of course costs are factors in why women aren't seeking help when they are struggling.

Buttigieg's plan is interesting because it could remove some of these barriers. He wants to make mental health care more affordable by ensuring everyone has comprehensive coverage for mental health care and by ensuring that everyone can access a free yearly mental health check-up.

That could make getting help more affordable for some moms, and by increasing reimbursement rates for mental health care delivered through telehealth, this plan could help moms get face time with a medical professional without having to deal with finding childcare first.

Estimates from new research suggest that in some parts of America as many as 14% or 30% of maternal deaths are caused by addiction or suicide. Buttigieg's plan aims to reduce those estimates by fighting the addiction and opioid crisis and increasing access to mental health services in underserved communities and for people of color. He also wants to reduce the stigma and increase support for the next generation by requiring "every school across the country to teach Mental Health First Aid courses."

These are lofty goals with a lofty price tag. It would cost about $300 billion to do what Buttigieg sets out in his plan and the specifics of how the plan would be funded aren't yet known. Neither is how voters will react to this 18-page plan and whether it will help Buttigieg stand out in a crowded field of Democratic candidates.

What we do know is that right now, America is talking about mental health and whether or not that benefits Buttigieg's campaign it will certainly benefit America.

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If you breastfeed, you know just how magical (and trying) it is, but it has numerous benefits for mama and baby. It is known to reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, and cuts the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half.

If this wasn't powerful enough, scientists have discovered that babies who are fed breast milk have a stomach pH that promotes the formation of HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells). HAMLET was discovered by chance when researchers were studying the antibacterial properties of breast milk. This is a combination of proteins and lipids found in breast milk that can work together to kill cancer cells, causing them to pull away from healthy cells, shrink and die, leaving the healthy cells unaffected.

According to researchers at Lund University in Sweden, this mechanism may contribute to the protective effect breast milk has against pediatric tumors and leukemia, which accounts for about 30% of all childhood cancer. Other researchers analyzed 18 different studies, finding that "14% to 19% of all childhood leukemia cases may be prevented by breastfeeding for six months or more."

And recently, doctors in Sweden collaborated with scientists in Prague to find yet another amazing benefit to breast milk. Their research demonstrated that a certain milk sugar called Alpha1H, found only in breast milk, helps in the production of lactose and can transform into a different form that helps break up tumors into microscopic fragments in the body.

Patients who were given a drug based on this milk sugar, rather than a placebo, passed whole tumor fragments in their urine. And there is more laboratory evidence to support that the drug can kill more than 40 different types of cancer cells in animal trials, including brain tumors and colon cancer. These results are inspiring scientists to continue to explore HAMLET as a novel approach to tumor therapy and make Alpha1H available to cancer patients.

Bottom line: If you choose to breastfeed, the breast milk your baby gets from your hard work can be worth every drop of effort.

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