With the high cost of car ownership in Singapore, many of us use public transport and taxis to get around with our children. Kid wrangling can be hard at the best of times, let alone when you have to get on a bus with a baby or toddler, or wake a sleeping baby and fold up your pushchair with one hand.
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Choosing the perfect pram to ease your travelling woes is a parenting challenge as hard as making sure your child is safe in a taxi – especially now that Uber and Grab are required to refuse passengers with children without booster seats.
We’re here to take some of the sweat out of the buggy selection process, to get you zipping about Singapore sooner. Here’s our top five lightweight, foldable prams just perfect for your newborn or toddler. These are also fantastic travel strollers, by the way!
1. GB Pockit Stroller
The most compact and feather-light stroller in the world is the aptly named BG Pockit Stroller. It’s a tiny 4.8kg and 30 x 18 x 35 cm when folded! When in action on city streets you can push with one-hand while holding your latte (we all know coffee holders are one of the baby items you don’t need to buy). When you’re ready to go on that next family holiday, this pram can be folded in two easy steps and popped in your handbag. It’s also self-standing when folded, making it easy to prop next to the table when out at your local cafe. We love this stroller! (From S$700)
2. Babyzen YoYo+
Another stellar super-light pram we’ve got our eyes on is the Babyzen Yoyo (6kg, 52 x 44 x 18 cm when folded). It’s also small enough when folded to fit in overhead cabin locker – so no waiting around for excess baggage on your weekend getaway. It’s suitable for use from birth, is parent-facing and is machine-washable for the inevitable toddler spills. Push and fold with one hand! Now if that won’t have you channeling Zen vibes, nothing will. (From S$300)
3. Stokke Scoot
It’s no secret we love Stokke here at HoneyKids HQ. Of course this fab brand carries a compact city pram to suit the urban parent – the Stokke Scoot! Weighing in at 11.8kg with lockable swivel wheels, it’s easy to manoeuvre on bustling Singapore streets. We like the oversized canopy that offers UPF50+ protection for soft baby skin and the adjustable rotation handle. Folds up in seconds. Pure class. (From $1,199)
We know from personal experience that the Maclaren Quest is the perfect buggy to keep in the car for that quick trip to the shops. We’re always travelling with a kid-entourage, and this pram wins points for being super-easy to open, close and use (my five year old is chief pram-pusher). Recline the seat with one click of the hand when your kiddo needs some shut-eye. The only downside to mention is that the dual handles means the Maclaren can’t be pushed one-handed. But this is outweighed by the fact it is 5kg light – a lifesaver especially for fellow pregnant mums out there.
5. Baby Jogger City Mini
Towards the bigger end of the compact pram market (at 7.6kg) is the Baby Jogger City Mini. The BEST feature of this nimble pram is the quick-fold technology – all you have to do is lift a strap with one hand and it folds itself. Voila! We’re also fans of the hand-operated brake and the auto-lock for easy storage. Despite the name, it’s not a jogging pram, so no need to feel guilty about wearing active wear for no reason. (From S$699)
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