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Don’t think you need a lightweight stroller for day trips? We’ll change your mind

While long-distance travel can be challenging for new parents, day trips are the perfect alternative to enjoy time away from home without affecting your child’s schedule or environment. With minimal packing requirements, these fun family escapades offer the change of scenery of a mini-vacation without any of the constraints or complications of a big trip. Satisfy your wanderlust with a lightweight stroller that gives you the true sense of freedom you’re looking for. Here are the reasons why these practical and portable strollers are perfect for those impromptu excursions that you and your little one enjoy so much.

Easier to maneuver

Full strollers may be an excellent way to schlep all your baby items, but they’re certainly not a practical way to move around when you’re in adventure mode. They are heavy, feel clunky, and take up a lot of space. Just the thought of getting it in and out of the car trunk may be enough to kill your traveler spirit. And if you’re taking a train or public transportation, you’ve probably already scratched the idea of the day trip altogether.

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A lightweight stroller, on the other hand, is everything you need on these special expeditions. It’ll feel like a feather as compared with your full stroller, which makes it much easier to push around no matter where you go. Turn left, right, and zigzag your way across fun destinations with the ease and comfort of a lightweight stroller.

Effortless storage

While you explore everything that your surrounding towns have to offer, you will most likely also grab a bite at local restaurants. Umbrella strollers are the perfect companion at restaurants, because they shut easily and are very compact. Prop your child’s stroller in any little corner and enjoy a family meal without worrying about a bulky stroller that is in everyone’s way.


While you may think that umbrella strollers are flimsy, that’s truly not the case for all. Many manufacturers understand that parents prefer a lightweight version of their stroller for weekend outings without having to sacrifice on sturdiness. There are many models out there that offer both, strength and safety for your child, while being easy to handle.

Look for a lightweight stroller that offers a firm structure and a durable material. This will give you the peace of mind that your baby is safe and that your purchase is long-lasting.


Just because you are getting a compact stroller doesn’t mean that your baby will be squished in there. Numerous models are very spacious to accommodate your growing baby. As your baby gets bigger, you will only be taking more and more of these exciting day trips. So, it’s important to find a model that helps you move around easily while also giving your little one room for growth.

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These spacious models also tend to have more room for your basic items. You can often throw a diaper bag in the stroller basket and enjoy the comfort of a cup holder so you can sip on your favorite beverage while sightseeing.


Many parents avoid umbrella strollers because they are concerned about the height of the handles. While this may have been a reason for concern back in the day, modern lightweight strollers are usually built for parents of all heights. No need to worry about back pain during your family outing. Just review the specs before purchasing your lightweight stroller, and make sure it works for you.

No need to carry your baby around

Speaking of sore backs, a baby carrier is no alternative to a lightweight stroller. Even if your baby is small and doesn’t seem to weigh much, a full day of holding your baby in a carrier can be enough to leave you crouching all week.

Lightweight strollers are ideal because they also provide baby with a place to sit or sleep without you having to carry them. They make the trip easier and more enjoyable for everyone, so you can go out and repeat the adventure next weekend.

Better airflow and visibility

Full-size strollers don’t always provide the air flow that babies need to stay fresh during day trips. Whether you are touring your surrounding area or venturing a bit farther away from home, you certainly want to avoid a baby who cries every time you put them in their stroller. Make the most of your day with a lightweight stroller that keeps your baby comfortable and happy throughout the day.

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And remember, you and your partner are not the only ones who will be taking in the view. Day trips are as important for baby as they are for the parents, so you want to make sure that your child is able to see the new surroundings and explore the area. With a more open stroller, your child will feel less confined and will enjoy the view as much as you do.

Say cheese

Day trips are perfect photo ops for you and your family. Since you will probably be taking lots of selfies on your outing, you want to make it as easy as possible to take your baby in and out of the stroller. Avoid those pictures where the parents are kneeling down next to the stroller and make your photos Instagram-worthy with a portable stroller that makes in and out a piece of cake.

Let your child explore

There’s no better way to raise an outdoorsy explorer than with frequent day trips. As your child grows up, they will gain a sense of curiosity and will want to explore their surroundings. Don’t let a full-size stroller stop them. With a more lightweight version, you’ll easily let your child climb on and off the stroller so they can exercise their senses and have a blast on the trip.

Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean that you have to spend your weekends inside the house watching cartoons for the millionth time. Children are naturally adventurous and fun creatures who love exploring. If you also want to go out and enjoy nature and nearby cities, a lightweight stroller is the perfect companion for your family day trips. Choose the model that best suits your family’s style and head out of town with the confidence and mobility you need for a fun-filled day.

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