"Umbrella strollers" do not have umbrellas. The term refers to the handles, one for each hand, that are curved like the handle of an umbrella. Umbrella strollers are lightweight strollers, collapsible so they can fit easily into a car. They are designed for children from 6 months to 4 years, the basic requirement being that baby can hold her head up on her own. There are several inexpensive but good-quality models that are available.
Determining which inexpensive umbrella stroller is best is not a science. The question is which umbrella stroller is right for you and your child for your specific circumstances. Prices for strollers can go as high as £487. Once you have ruled out strollers that cost £130 or more, you are in the "inexpensive" range. Now you need to look at the cost, size specifications, special features, weight, portability, comfort and what you and your baby will do with this stroller. Four well-reviewed inexpensive umbrella stroller models are: the First Years City Jet, the Chicco Ct 0.6, the Chicco Liteway and the Jeep Wrangler Twin Sport All Weather.
As of 2011, the First Years City Jet umbrella stroller was priced as low as £26. This stroller can accommodate a child up to 22.7kg. and has a wide base so that baby is not cramped. The handles are longer than other models, preventing Mom and Dad from kicking the back of the stroller or having to bend forward to push it. The City Jet has a sturdy five-point retainer harness and a reclining feature for the little passenger.
Chicco Ct 0.6
For a little more money, £52 as of 2011, you can purchase the Italian-designed Chicco Ct 0.6. The Chicco 0.6 has two reclining positions for baby, a padded five-point retainer harness, a carrying basket and a detachable, all-around wind canopy for gusty, chilly days. The Chicco Ct 0.6 collapses into a compact 4.99kg. package, and the stroller comes with a carrying bag and shoulder harness, in case baby wants to walk for a while when the car is not nearby.
The Chicco Liteway is another step up from the Chicco Ct 0.6. With all the features of the latter, the £84 Chicco Liteway is padded throughout the passenger compartment. Standard umbrella strollers have a 17-inch back, while the Chicco Liteway has an extra long 19.5-inch back, giving baby more headroom. Owners consistently praise the easy handling of the Liteway, which turns easily with one hand. Many also like the "Fuego Red" colour option for safety, because it is extremely visible.
Jeep Twin Sport
For parents who are pushing twins, the double-wide Jeep Wrangler Twin Sport All Weather Stroller is a good-quality and inexpensive choice. As of 2011, this double-wide umbrella stroller sells for £55. The Jeep Twin Sport collapses and can be carried, at only 11.3kg., and works well for airports. The Jeep has roll-up mesh for circulation on hot days, independent reclining seats, independent canopies, two cargo bags and shock-absorber wheels. Each seat accommodates babies up to 15.9kg.
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