15 Best Travel Strollers for Toddlers in 2024

Author: Celine Brewer

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Traveling with toddlers is a big change from traveling with a baby. If your toddler is anything like mine, you’ll sometimes wonder why you’ve brought along your toddler travel stroller. My toddler constantly wants out of the stroller. Then he wants back in. He wants to walk, then he wants to be carried. Not only that, but snack and meal times still fill a large part of the day. In my experience, the best travel strollers for toddlers are ones that are lightweight, easy to travel with and have a compact fold.

Toddlers love exploring, but those little legs still get pretty tired! All that moving around and testing out everything they find can make them exhausted! So you can still expect to get a few years out of a toddler travel stroller. I love the idea of a stroller that can be folded up and carried, making it easier to hold your toddler’s hand when he’s in the mood to walk.

When he gets tired, it’s easy to pull the toddler travel stroller back out and get a little nap on the go! Alternatively, when your toddler is walking or being carried, you can use the stroller to hold your bags! You’ll be glad you have that toddler stroller for travel!

a toddler asleep in travel stroller.
Toddler having a nap in ErgoBaby Metro+ stroller.

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Best Travel Strollers for Toddlers

With so many great options, finding the best lightweight travel stroller for a toddler isn’t an easy task! Based on my years of traveling with toddlers, I’ve included my recommendations plus plenty of details for each compact travel stroller to help in your search for the best stroller to travel with a toddler.

My Recommendations for the Best Toddler Travel Strollers

I know you don’t always have time to read the whole article, especially when you are chasing a busy toddler! So here are my top picks for the best travel stroller for toddlers:

Overall Best Toddler Travel Stroller

Ergobaby Metro+ or the Inglesina Quid – both are lightweight toddler travel strollers, have a compact fold and are good up until 50 lbs. You’ll get tons of use out of either of these strollers with that high max weight capacity, plus they are easy to push around even if your toddler decides to walk. (Use BFMETRO100 for $100 off a Metro+ as part of their holiday deal!)

Best Budget Toddler Travel Stroller

Summer 3Dmini Convenience– a well rated umbrella stroller at an affordable price.

Best Lightweight Stroller for Toddlers

GB Pockit Air All Terrain – one of the best compact strollers for toddlers. The best part about this one is you can carry it in a backpack when your toddler decides to walk instead of ride.

Best Travel Stroller for a Big Kid

gb Pockit+ All-Terrain – has a weight capacity of 55 pounds, making it a decent choice for a stroller for a child over 50 lbs.

What to Look for in a Toddler Travel Stroller

Here are some things to consider when looking for the best toddler stroller for travel:

1. Reclining Stroller Seat

My kids didn’t do well when they missed a nap, so this feature was especially important to me. If your toddler is still napping or doesn’t do well missing a nap, get the best reclining stroller for your toddler. A compact toddler stroller with a good reclining seat will keep your toddler comfortable and help you get your toddler to sleep while you are sightseeing.

toddler sleeping in a travel stroller.

2. Well Rated with Safety Features

Consider only well-rated travel strollers for toddlers made by a reputable company. Ensure it has all the important safety features like locking wheels, won’t tip when it’s reclined and a 5 point harness.

3. Easy One-Hand Fold

There will be times when you are trying to hold your toddler and fold up the stroller at the same time. Getting the a fold up stroller for toddlers with a one-hand fold will make your life so much easier.

4. Small Compact Fold

Often times your toddler will want to be out of the stroller walking (see my post on baby carrier vs. stroller for travel). If your toddler travel stroller has a compact fold, you or your partner can carry the stroller in a backpack travel bag while the other runs after your toddler. This is especially useful when visiting places that aren’t stroller accessible or when flying with toddlers.

a toddler from the BabyCanTRavel.com family, slowly climbs the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy.
My toddler wanted to climb the Spanish Steps in Rome.

5. Comfort

Your stroller still needs to be comfortable so your toddler will enjoy being in it and with any luck nap in it. Look for a lightweight travel stroller for toddlers that still has decent padding in the seat and where your toddler can sit comfortably.

6. Canopy

I used to use a large swaddle blanket as a stroller sun shade while traveling with my kids, but it just wasn’t up to the task. A large extendable canopy is important to keep your toddler out of the harsh sunlight. Look for a toddler stroller for travel that has a canopy that can offer the right sun protection for your toddler.

There are aftermarket products like the CoziGo stroller cover that can be added on if the canopy isn’t ideal. These stroller sunshades are ideal for helping your toddler nap on the-the-go!

a happy toddler in a stroller with a CoziGo Stroller Cover.

7. Storage

You’ll still be carrying around all the diapers, snacks and other toddler travel essentials, so choose a portable stroller for toddlers that has enough storage. I would often toss a toddler travel carrier in the bottom, as you just never know when you might want to use it!

8. Price

A travel stroller for toddlers can get pricey! Make sure you know your budget for the best lightweight toddler stroller before you start researching.

9. Extended Life

Not all travel strollers for toddlers have a high max weight capacity. If you have a tall or heavy toddler, make sure your toddler won’t outgrow your lightweight toddlers stroller for travel. If you are looking to buy a new travel stroller for your toddler, make sure the maximum weight capacity is 50 lbs or more.

10. Food Tray and Cup Holder

These aren’t deal breakers, but nice-to-haves. Having the ability to give your toddler a snack or even to play with one of these screen-free toddler travel toys while walking is a huge convenience. The best toddler strollers for travel should also make your life easier! Consider a lightweight toddler stroller with a snack tray and cup holder. At a minimum, you can always look for toddler travel strollers where these items can be added after.

a baby from the BabyCanTravel.com family, uses a snack tray on her stroller to enjoy a snack on-the-go.
My toddlers loved eating snacks on-the-go in their stroller.

Other things to keep in mind when purchasing a stroller:

  • How much will you use your toddler travel stroller? This will help determine how much you spend on your stroller.

  • Where will you travel with your stroller? Does it need to meet Disney stroller size requirements? Does it need to withstand cobblestone streets while touring Europe with a toddler?

  • Are you flying with a stroller? Will your travel stroller be used primarily for road trips with a toddler or will you be flying with a stroller frequently? This will help you decide how compact your travel stroller needs to be.

  • Will you have more children? If you plan on having more children, consider getting a travel stroller for infants that still meets your needs traveling with a toddler. Eventually, you may want to look into the best double travel strollers.

Optional Accessories for Travel Strollers for Toddlers

Not every travel stroller is going to have all the features you want. If you really like one of my recommended travel strollers for toddlers above, but it’s missing a feature that is important to you, don’t worry. I’ve written a post with the best add-on accessories for travel strollers which should solve your problem.

best toddler travel strollers

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Celine Brewer is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's helped millions of new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade. In addition to writing on her baby travel blog, she has shared her expertise on traveling with a baby or toddler by contributing to articles about traveling with a baby with the Washington Post, USA Today, the Lonely Planet magazine and Pregnancy & Newborn magazine.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site FamilyCanTravel.com, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site TravelBanffCanada.com.

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