Your little one is curious and has their head on a swivel. Constantly looking and watching the world around them.
Umbrella strollers are an easy and convenient way to let your little one see the world and allow you to get around with ease. While I love the convenience of umbrella strollers, many parents are stuck wondering what age is an umbrella stroller for?
You might have lots of questions about umbrella strollers, the best age to use them and even alternatives. I wanted to take some time to answer those questions and many more below!
Let’s stroll on!
What is an Umbrella Stroller?
An umbrella stroller is a stroller that is compact, light weight and easily collapsible stroller. The design is unique because it has a compact and light weight, making it perfect for families on the go.
This type of stroller is often compared to an umbrella because is collapses down similar to an umbrella and has the hook or J shaped handles like the classic umbrella design.
What is the Weight Limit on Umbrella Strollers?
Most of the time, the maximum weight on an umbrella stroller is 55 pounds. Each brand varies in it’s weight compacity, so be sure to check your stroller.
What Age Is Safe to Use an Umbrella Stroller?
So, what age can you safely use an umbrella stroller with your little one? It is important for your baby be able to sit up before they can safely ride in the umbrella stroller.
The age a baby can sit up unassisted is typically 6-9 months. Your child can use the stroller safely until they hit the weight limit or become uncomfortable.
Are Umbrella Strollers Safe For Infants?
If your infant can sit up unassisted, then yes an umbrella stroller is safe! This milestone is an important one to reach when determining if your infant can use an umbrella stroller.
The umbrella stroller sits mostly upright, and while it does have safety straps, it is not safe to rely on them should your baby lose their balance and flip out.
Important Features of Umbrella Strollers
Okay, so you’ve settled on an umbrella stroller..great! So, what are you looking for?
What are the most important features to look for when purchasing an umbrella stroller? Let’s jump in!
A light weight frame is important so that you can easily maneuver the stroller and lift it as well. A light weight frame is a must when looking for an umbrella stroller.
The ability to fold your umbrella stroller with ease is important. The last thing you want to be doing is struggling to fold up your stroller with a fussy baby or in the heat/cold.
Three or Five-Point Harness
Safety is always most important when it comes to strollers. I personally like having a 5 point harness for that extra bit of containment and safety.
Having a 3 or 5 point harness is important, especially for little ones that are wild.
Keeping the sun out of your little one’s eyes is important while in the stroller. A stroller that has a large canopy is great to help keep the sun off of them and out of their eyes.
Having a reclining option is great to have especially when it comes to naps and allowing for your little one to relax.
This feature is great to have while you are on the go with your little one!
Making sure that your little one is comfortable and cozy while in the stroller is important. Having comfortable padding in the stroller is important to make sure they are comfortable and having a good time.
Good Air Circulating Fabric
Making sure that the umbrella stroller has good air circulating fabric is important. Umbrella strollers can get really hot if you are not careful. Making sure that you have good fabric can help that!
You need to have storage options when you have kiddos. Storage is an absolute must!
Is an Umbrella Stroller Worth it?
Have you ever heard the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? Well I think the same applies here, “value is in the eye of the beholder”.
I think it really depends on you and what you prefer and how you plan on using the stroller. I really like using umbrella strollers for walks, parks, fairs, grocery stores (if you aren’t shopping alone).
The downside to umbrella storage is that they don’t usually have a lot of storage for diaper bags, snacks, etc.
What age is an Umbrella Stroller Actually For?
Umbrella strollers are for infants that can sit up independently all the way up to toddlers that hit the maximum weight for your stroller.
It is important to stay within the guidelines of your stroller to ensure the safety of your baby.
Is My Child Ready for an Umbrella Stroller?
If your child can sit up independently, then they are ready for an umbrella stroller! YAY!
There are some umbrella strollers on the market that can recline, however I still prefer to have my little one sitting up independently before letting them sit in an umbrella stroller.
Umbrella Strollers We Love
Here are some of my favorite strollers. I love these strollers for different reasons and I can’t wait to share them with you!
A lightweight stroller makes any outing a little easier. The Summer 3Dlite Convenience Stroller has a durable aluminum frame that weighs just 13 pounds and has a large seat area, plus anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels.
I love that this stroller is small enough to fit in most airplane overhead bins, closets, and even the smallest cars, weighing 18.1 lbs. Premium, breathable, and quality fabrics selected for durability and luxurious appeal with you and baby in mind.
Even though the Baby Joy is lightweight, it is constructed strongly with heavy-duty Aluminum frame which can be used for a long period time for your baby from little infant to an older one. You can fold it without much effort when you want to store it.
The Kolcraft Cloud Plus is travel friendly lightweight design (only 11.8 lbs), perfect for traveling and day trips. The reclining seat offers 5-point safety restraint system and accommodates child up to 50 pounds and 40 inches tall.
Safety 1st Step Lite Compact Stroller provides a padded harness covers and folds quickly. This stroller has a lightweight aluminum frame and a breeze to carry, at only 15 lbs.
The stroller can accommodate holds a child up to 50 lbs.
The revolutionary ultra-compact folding mechanism of the Pocket Air All-Terrain reduces the stroller into a handbag-shaped package in seconds and is airplane hand luggage compliant.
Take to the skies with confidence. The ultra-compact folding mechanism of the Pocket Air All-Terrain is airplane hand luggage compliant, freeing you to travel with your stroller without hassle.
When it comes to an infant stroller, this eye-catching one is definitely for you. You and your baby can go along anywhere you want, may it be in parks, travel, or any outdoor destination. Its blue dragon cartoon design made it look simple, clean, and cuter so it becomes really playful.
This umbrella stroller for toddler is ideal for your child. It has enough space to move around it. When folded, it is really handy, it is strong, and sturdy.
The CoolKids lightweight baby stroller has passed ASTM and CPSC certification. The 5-point harness system effectively protects the baby’s safety, safety wrist strap to prevent it from slipping off. The One touch brake firmly protect the safety of the baby.
The UPPAbaby G-LITE is so lightweight and portable that it will surely become your favorite ‘get around town’ accessory. Juggling kids, the groceries and your car keys? You can pick up the G-LITE with one hand using its convenient carry strap. Suitable from 6 months to 55 lbs.
Weighing in at just 17 lbs., this lightweight baby stroller in playful prints with matching aluminum frame is ideal for everyday errands or as a convenient travel stroller.
The 4-position backrest with easy, one-hand adjustment offers multi-position recline, and the adjustable leg rest provides additional calf support for growing children.
Mesh side panels for ventilation ensure a more comfortable ride.
This small, fully functional stroller is super light, weighing just 15 Lbs. The lightweight design makes traveling easier. The durable aluminum frame extends the life of the stroller. Under the sleeping basket is a large storage basket, which can hold anything from toys, diaper bags, waterbottles, etc.
The stroller folds easily and unrolls in just 3 seconds, with a double lock that automatically locks without falling apart. Great for traveling, on crowded streets or in storage spaces.
With a sleek design, this ultra-lightweight stroller features a compact, self-standing fold (oh, you’ll thank us later), and is compatible with all Century® Carry On™ Infant Car Seats so you can create a super-lightweight travel system.
A large, adjustable canopy has a visor and a peekaboo (we see you!) window for check-ins with your silly little goose as you explore the great big world. But the thing we’re most proud of?
The Portable Baby Stroller is designed w/ spacious and comfortable seating for your baby. Easy to fit in small spaces of cars, vans or air travel. The stroller will make your baby feel comfortable w/ its leg rest and reclining seat.
Features engineered aluminum frame construction which ensures durability of the stroller w/ maximum weight capacity of 35 lbs. Also features a big storage tray basket under the stroller and a free carry bag for easy storage.
Are you always on the go? The Rocket Plus Lightweight Stroller has you covered because is equipped with an ultra-lightweight frame that offers easy strolling and effortless mobility when on the go.
This stroller includes a canopy and visor to protect your child from the sun, as well as a 5-point harness to keep them safe and comfortable. Not only will baby be comfy, you will experience comfort as well with the soft grip handles, and convenience with the parent organizer and cupholders for easy accessibility to your on-the-go essentials.
I love that his stroller has a fully reclining backrest and adjustable footrest providing a lie flat mode that is perfect for little ones. You will love how ultra-lightweight the stroller is weighing in at under 15 lbs to help you glide through the world, with neat pull along handle just like your luggage!
The Hauck Sport T13 is lightweight and compact weighing only 13 pounds, which is perfect for families on the go.
The backrest is adjustable and the seat is soft-padded seat. The Hauck Sport features a 5-point belt, bumper bar, and canopy with UV protection, giving you peace of mind that your little one rides safely.
The swivel front wheels features precision technology for outstanding control and effortless push/glide. The Delta has locking back brakes, puncture-proof 6-inch tires that are durable and shock absorbing.
I love that this stroller only weighs 14.5 lbs!
The extra large storage basket below is ideal for holding toys, groceries, and diaper bags. The full-size canopy has a pop-out sun visor and provides adequate shade as your little naps.
I love that the seat cover is removable which makes for easy cleaning. The multi-position seat back and full-size seat offer complete comfort for your child.
You will love the easy single-hand switch to the fully reclining position.
Designed for parents who like to on-the-go. Its lean frame folds into a space-saving package that can fit in overhead compartments, under train seats or in car trunks. It has a hassle-free canopy with flip-out sun visor that is perfect for sunny days. Brings your baby a comfortable outdoor experience.
A lightweight stroller makes any outing a little easier! The Summer 3Dmini Convenience Stroller has a durable aluminum frame that weighs 11 pounds and has a full-sized seat, plus auto-lock, anti-shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels.
Whether you’re traveling or just on the go running everyday errands, having a lightweight, compact stroller is a must! It’s mini, but mighty for long-term use and offers both an everyday and travel stroller option.
Umbrella Stroller Alternatives
I love umbrella strollers, but you may have very valid reasons for looking at alternatives.
Umbrella strollers are nice, and definitely serve a great purpose, but if you are looking for something different, Just Simply Mom has you covered.
Best Umbrella Stroller Alternatives for Infants
Structured Baby Carrier
There is just something special about having your baby close to you. I love being able to kiss my little one while walking and getting things done.
The Lillebaby carrier provides just that, plus it provides comfort and support for all with two-way straps for front or backpack-style carrying, a large storage pocket, a removable sleeping hood, and extendable torso.
Baby wraps are another great alternative to umbrella strollers. I love baby wraps for newborns up to toddlers!
The Ergo Aura baby wrap is made of a stretchy, breathable fabric that is great for wrapping beginners.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been to the chiropractor countless times for carrying a baby or toddler on my hip. The Tushbaby Hip carrier is a lifesaver!
The ergonomic seat puts your baby’s hips in the pediatric-recommend M position, and reduces painful spine curvature for grown-ups aka fewer trips to the chiropractor!
I love the sit-to-stand stroller! It is one of the best things I’ve ever purchased.
The fact that it accommodates 2 kiddos is great, but I also like that your toddler can have options.
If you’ve ever been somewhere with an independent toddler that didn’t want to sit, and also didn’t want to walk you know what I mean.
If you love the outdoors, you need this hiking carrier. I have used hiking carriers for years and they offer great support and allow for your baby or toddler to be able to experience the world along with you.
Your child will be carried safely in his padded cocoon with safety straps and stirrups. This Baby Hiking Backpack Carrier also has a removable sun visor that shields your little one from the elements.
Best Umbrella Stroller Alternatives for Toddlers
Piggyback rides are great, well until they aren’t. After a while your toddler gets squirmy, you get tired and it’s all downhill.
The standing piggyback carrier allows you both to be supported safely while being able to walk around. This carrier shifts most of the weight to your shoulders, giving your back a rest.
Having seating options for your toddler is a must, especially if you are often on the go. A glider board is a brilliant solution for transporting two children in your single stroller, with the older sibling simply riding along on the board when needed.
The push tricycle will probably be your toddler’s new favorite mode of transport! The tricycle allows them to pedal and you to push which is so convenient.
I’ve always thought these bike trailers are so neat! The unique folding frame and quick-release wheels pack up neatly for compact storage and transport.
The universal coupler easily attaches to almost any bicycle for added versatility in one-time installation!
Perfect for your next family trip!
Scooters are a great way for kiddos to get around in something other than an umbrella stroller. Using a scooter helps to improve your kiddo’s balance and bodily awareness.
The 3-wheel design provides the perfect balance, so you don’t have to worry about your toddler falling as easily. You will be amazed at how quickly they learn to balance.
Safety first though, always remember a helmet!
Best Umbrella Stroller Alternatives for Large Families
This all-terrain stroller wagon with anti-shock wheels and padded seats provides premium comfort to passengers. 3-position adjustable Harnesses to fit 2-7 years old complete with room for your kiddos to stretch out.
The heavy-duty steel frame holds up to 110 lbs (55 lbs per seat). Foot brakes on each wheel to control 360° rotating and linear rolling. The canopy shields sensitive skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
The adjustable push handlebar is designed for parents of varying heights. The telescopic pull handle makes the double wagon stroller adaptable to rugged outdoor terrain.
We all know that Jeeps are made for rugged terrain, and this wagon stroller is no different.
An amazing plus is the detachable cooler bag holds up to 16 cans and is perfect for the lake! Parent organizer with 3 storage compartments and front zipper pocket; 1 parent cup holder; Large front and back storage pockets.
The wagon has 2 adjustable leatherette handlebars so you can push or pull. The swivel front wheels allow for easy turning and all-terrain puncture-proof airless tires make trails a breeze.
This wagon stroller holds up to 110 lbs!
Joovy’s Caboose Too is a versatile double stroller that will let two kids ride the way they choose. This sit-and-stand double stroller gives your kids the option to sit, stand, or ride in the seat, with a rear bench, rear seat, and standing platform.
For ease, the Caboose Too has built-in compatibility with the Universal Car Seat standard, and an easy-tap rear brake, stopping runaways before they start.
For comfort, the Caboose Too features a big sun canopy, so the kids are shielded from harmful UV rays, and a heavy-duty suspension system, so the kids can nap undisturbed, even on the go.
Take your family jogging with the Baby Trend Expedition EX Double Jogger Stroller. Made for two children, this jogging stroller features composite tires and a locking front swivel wheel that allows you to keep the front wheel in place while jogging.
If you’re out for a leisurely stroll, simply unlock the front wheel for greater maneuverability.
For your convenience, the parent tray includes two cup holders and covered compartment storage. For your children’s comfort and safety, the double jogger features a ratcheting canopy, a multi-position reclining seat, and adjustable five-point safety harnesses.
Store your children’s necessities in the large storage basket and you’re ready to roll. At the end of your trip, quickly and easily fold the stroller into a compact unit.
Getting around with two little ones is easier than ever with the MOMPUSH Lithe Double stroller! Lightweight at only 24 lbs with a super compact and easy one-step fold, it’s a perfect twin stroller or ideal for your infant and toddler to share the ride.
Features include reclining seats, adjustable leg rests, and UPF 50+ rated expandable canopies to ensure your children are comfortable on the journey.
Frequently Asked Questions About What Age is an Umbrella Stroller For
I’d love to answer some common questions about what age an umbrella stroller is used for. Here are some of the most common FAQs!
Can a 3 or 4-year-old use an umbrella stroller?
Yes, they can! As long as your 3 or 4-year-old is not over the weight maximum then they are just fine.
Plus, at 3 or 4 kids think that they need to bring toys and stuffed animals with them. When they tire of carrying said toys or stuffed animals, they will have a place to ride. LOL!
Are umbrella strollers good for toddlers?
Yes, umbrella strollers are good for toddlers! Even if you have the stroller for your little ones when they don’t feel like walking umbrella strollers are always a good idea!
Let’s face it, toddlers can be finicky. They are learning how to make choices and form their independence. When they are tired of being independent, the stroller will be there!
At what age does a child stop sitting in a stroller?
As soon as they start walking, toddlers will want to be on the go walking. Unfortunately, they don’t have much stamina, so it’s nice to have the stroller as a backup.
Do you really need an umbrella stroller?
I would say yes, you need an umbrella stroller, and here’s why:
Convenience: Umbrella strollers are remarkably convenient and something nice to have on hand. Family walks? Get the umbrella stroller! Trip to a theme park? Umbrella stroller. Farmers market? You guessed it, umbrella stroller.
Time of Use: Umbrella strollers can be used for a significant period of your child’s early stages. From the time they can sit up to the time they hit the weight maximum they can use an umbrella stroller. Not to mention, it’s great to use through all of your kiddos.
More Versatile: I find that umbrella strollers are more maneuverable than regular strollers. There are more places that you can use an umbrella stroller than places you cannot.
Why do people buy umbrella strollers?
Most people buy umbrella strollers for convenience and ease. Umbrella strollers are great for travel and maneuvering in tight spaces.
Umbrella strollers are easy to store and don’t take up much room in the home or vehicle. They can also be used for a significant period of time, from about 6 months-5/6 years old (depending on weight)!
For these reasons, umbrella strollers have gained quite a bit of popularity.
What age is appropriate for an umbrella stroller?
Umbrella strollers are age appropriate from around 6 months to 5 or 6 years old depending on your child’s weight and stature!
What stroller folds the smallest?
The gb Pockit stroller mentioned above is actually the world’s smallest stroller! It easily fits in the overhead bin on an airplane!
Overall, purchasing an umbrella stroller is a personal preference. I personally love umbrella strollers and get a great deal of use out of them.
The most important thing is making sure that your little one is safe and comfortable in any way they travel.
So, I’ve got to know… do you like umbrella strollers?
If so, which one is your favorite? If not, what was/is your alternative?
Be sure to let me know in the comments below!