In the Newborn Checklist I wrote that Ive never seen an umbrella stroller with an infant car seat stroller adapter. And I still havent seen one. But in the back of my mind, it was nagging me with the diversity of strollers available, there must be the best umbrella strollers for car seat compatibility.
After doing some research, I found out there are.
So Why Havent I Seen One?
Living in New York City where apartments run small you would think I would have seen at least one stroller like this. I couldnt wait to get an umbrella stroller when my child was born. But after doing exhaustive research I couldnt find a single one that accepted an infant car seat.
Getting an umbrella stroller from birth is a problem, as most have a hammock-style fabric, do not recline fully to 180 degrees and therefore have little head support. Not good for a newborn. Almost every umbrella strollers starting age is about 6 months.
So what did most people do? What did I do?
I had an infant car seat with a Snap N Go Stroller. Then others get a travel system stroller (heavier, bulkier, pricier) that supports an infant car seat, sometimes bassinet and a toddler seat. Then the back-up was an umbrella stroller, like the Maclaren, because it was light and folded compactly. Great for travel and trips to the grocery store.
So before your child is two that counts as 2-3 strollers. Then what if you have a second baby. Well thats a whole other story.
At the time I was pregnant, it definitely seemed like no way would I put an infant plus an infant car seat on a tiny umbrella stroller. It just wouldnt be able to stand the weight. Yet, umbrella strollers that are compatible with infant car seats began to make their appearance in 2010.
That was way passed my due date. As some things are slow to catch on, I bet in the coming years I will be seeing umbrella strollers with an infant car seat attachment. If so, this just might change the landscape of stroller travel systems.
Now onto the strollers.
What is an Umbrella Car Seat Stroller?
There are lightweight strollers that support an infant car seat, like a Graco LiteRider Stroller. These strollers while lightweight are bulkier than an umbrella stroller when folded or unfolded.
So we are looking for a true umbrella stroller that has curved umbrella-type handles (thats where it gets its name), folds compactly and is lightweight. While you can still find a $10 umbrella stroller. A good one that will last you for years and multiple children is generally more expensive.
The Best Umbrella Strollers with Car Seat Compatibility
Heres a round up of the umbrellas strollers that are compatible with an infant car seat with some comparison stats. Arranged in ascending order by weight.
- 19 lbs.
- weight capacity of 50 lbs
- unfolded 35H x 19W x 40L
- folded 42.91H x 11.02W x 11.81L
- 5 recline positions
- adjustable, removable canopy with zip-off rear panel and peek-a-boo window
- carry handle
- includes parent cup holder
- accepts Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat
- 14 lbs.
- weight capacity of 55 lbs
- unfolded 27.5L x 19.5W x 41H
- folded 41.5L x 12W x 9H
- multiple position recline
- large canopy with sun visor and peek-a-boo window
- shoulder carry strap
- included cup holder, rain cover, Britax infant car seat adapters, universal adapter strap
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