Having the right baby travel gear makes a trip with a baby or toddler so much easier. While this is definitely not a one-fits-all situation, there are some baby and toddler travel products that are worth the expense.
We also recommend parents keep their travel style in mind when traveling with a toddler or baby. If you are a minimalist, you’ll want to look for baby travel essentials that are multi-use or that can be used right through to the toddler stages.
These days parents also have plenty of options for airplane travel strollers; strollers that are lightweight and fit in the overhead bin on an airplane. What’s so great about that? There’s no waiting for your stroller that you’ve gate checked!
Spoiler alert: The Inglesina Quid Stroller fits in the overhead bin on the airplane!
Also, important when choosing the best travel stroller is getting honest reviews from parents who have used it. Fellow traveling parents Le Tran and her husband took the Inglesina Quid Stroller on their trip to Crete with a toddler. Here’s what they had to say about this travel stroller.
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Inglesina Quid Stroller Review
- Why Choose the Inglesina Quid Stroller for Travel
- First Impressions of the Inglesina Quid Stroller
- Using the Inglesina Quid Stroller in the Airport
- Taking a Toddler to Crete with the Inglesina Quid
- What We Love About the Inglesina Quid Stroller
- Things That Would Make the Inglesina Stroller Even Better
- Final Thoughts on the Quid Stroller for Travel
- Pin It For Later!
Why Choose the Inglesina Quid Stroller for Travel
When our little one was less than six months, it was easy to carry him on trips. We could carry him in a baby carrier, and he would sit still, enjoying the scenery around him. As he grew older, and became heavier, strapping him wasn’t working for us any longer.
Our toddler would want to walk, rest, walk, rest and fidget too much to be strapped to us. Being a family that likes to travel, we wanted an option that we could take with us on trips where he could rest and at the same time be portable.
We needed a lightweight and compact solution on trips.
The Inglesina Quid Stroller seemed to fit the bill, so we tested it out on our recent ten days trip to Crete with a toddler. Our trip included three stop overs, for which we rented a car and needed a stroller that could be opened and closed quickly and easily. To make the trip even more challenging, I was six months pregnant.
First Impressions of the Inglesina Quid Stroller
The first thing we noticed when unpacking the Quid stroller was how lightweight and compact the Inglesina stroller was in its bag. The Inglesina Quid Stroller weighs 13 lbs but felt a lot lighter.
As parents with a toddler a lightweight, easy to fold stroller for travel is key. It took us a few practices tries to be fluid in the opening and closing of this Inglesina travel stroller, which was well worth the time when it came to doing it one handed at the airport security line.
With practice, we became pros at quickly opening and closing our new compact folding stroller!
This compact lightweight stroller folds up to be 23” x 18.3” x 6.8”, which is small enough to be considered carry-on. The small, folded size of the Inglesina Quid stroller was incredibly useful when going through airports on short connections with a tired baby who just wants to rest.
Using the Inglesina Quid Stroller in the Airport
Having a light travel stroller was ideal for flying with a toddler. Once we got to the airport, as we were able to stroll about easily. This lightweight foldable stroller rolled smoothly on the moving walkway, up and down and throughout the airport. It was maneuverable through tight spaces around seats and easy to board with when it is folded in the Inglesina stroller bag.
We had no issues managing this stroller that folds into a bag throughout the airport.
Since we were traveling during the pandemic, we also used the Inglesina rain cover as a shield since our toddler was too young to wear a face mask. The Inglesina rain cover was easy to fit and is worth having for rainy days. Being able to use it in the airport to help keep our little one safe was just another added bonus.
Once we were ready to board, it’s a snap to fold up the stroller and put it back in the stroller travel bag. One of the biggest benefits is that when the Inglesina Quid compact stroller is folded it is small enough to be considered carry-on. We really appreciated that we could use it immediately when landing, which is invaluable for those long-distance connections.
Once on the jetway, we were able to quickly unfold it and be on our way. We didn’t have to wait for the stroller to be brought up to the gate, taking up time. This is super important for tight connections too.
We loved that we didn’t need to risk damage to our travel stroller by checking it with our luggage or gate checking it. On this recent trip with our toddler, we had two transfers with less than two hours. We were able to move through the airport quickly with the Quid stroller and even spend time at the lounge before boarding the next flight.
Had we not brought a travel stroller, or even if we had to wait for our stroller at the gate, we wouldn’t have been able to move about so quickly through international security and customs with such ease.
For those who travels frequently, a fold up stroller for travel that fits in the overhead bin on the airplane is truly a must!
Taking a Toddler to Crete with the Inglesina Quid
While we are used to cars with large trunks in the United States, cars in Europe are typically small hatchbacks with limited trunk space. Even so, the Quid fit perfectly in the small car we had and still had space for a large suitcase and day packs.
The flatness with which the Quid folds up really helps free up space as it allows for other luggage to be placed side by side.
The ease of removing the stroller from the bag and unfolding with a one-handed open was welcome especially on the hot summer days of Crete. The last thing you want to do is stand in the scorching sun with a crying baby trying to unfold a stroller.
With the adjustable leg rest, we were able to have it lowered so our little one could dangle his legs rather than have them raised. This was more comfortable for our toddler, but we like the feature of having it lifted when using the Quid stroller with a baby.
In small towns in Europe, the sidewalks are usually very uneven, twisting and narrow, in addition to the cobblestone paths. The Quid travel stroller rolled comfortably for the most part when strolling about town. Sometimes my husband had to push the stroller over the most uneven sections but for the most part I was able to push the stroller along just fine.
At 6 months pregnant, I was able to push the Quid stroller up the hills easily due to its light weight. There were occasions where we had to use the stairs and again, we appreciated it being only 13 lbs. It was easy to carry the stroller, even with our toddler inside.
Throughout our time in Crete, our toddler was comfortable and even napped during these bumpy rides.
The extendable shade was perfect for keeping him shaded under the scorching Mediterranean sun. We were able to easily extend or retract it on the move, as needed. We also liked the peek-a-boo flap that allowed us check in on our little traveler while the sunshade was extended.
When eating at restaurants, this easy to fold stroller allowed us to stow it away rather than leaving a stroller outside and possibly losing it.
Managing baby food while traveling can get messy. The seat was easy to clean with a wet wipe and since it was so lightweight, we can shake crumbs out easily. Inevitably, there are spills, some stickier than others. We had spills inside the bottom basket as well as on the stroller itself. On both occasions, the wet wipes we used for the little one were enough to wipe up the mess with no stains.
Another toddler travel product by Inglesina is the fast table chair. Read our full review of the Inglesina Fast Table Chair.
There is a small area on top of the stroller where we could also store small items like phones and keys. We’re not sure if this was an intentional design but we used it anyways and just made it easier to walk about cluttered free. As seen, we hung our day backpack on the back of the stroller and even with the heavy backpack, the stroller was still balanced, with and without baby.
We used it every day on our trip and our son loved being in it as well. It has definitely become one of our toddler travel essentials.
What We Love About the Inglesina Quid Stroller
We’ve highlighted many of the great features of the Inglesina Quid Stroller above. These are the things we love most about this travel stroller:
Having a compact travel stroller that fit in overhead bin on the airplane and takes up very little trunk space is a huge bonus for traveling parents. The Inglesina Quid is 18.3″ x 40.6″ x 30″ when open and 18.3″ x 22.8 x 6.8″ when closed.
Again, at only 13 pounds we were able to easily push around this ultra-compact stroller. It also made managing stairs quite easy and it was light to carry in the Inglesina stroller bag when necessary too!
3. Easy to Fold
We took the time to practice the fold and unfold, which was worth doing at home. We really appreciated this when it came time to board the airplane or for storing it at restaurants.
As we mentioned, we were impressed with the ability of this stroller to maneuver given its light weight. We had no issues pushing this stroller around Crete with our 21-month-old in it.
Both the stroller travel bag and rain cover were well worth having. We like that Inglesina has a stroller bag, so we didn’t have to try to find one that may or may not fit. The Inglesina rain cover is perfect for rainy or windy days. We also liked it to give our toddler extra protection in the airport.
6. Extendable canopy
A large extendable hood is a must-have, especially when traveling to a warm destination.
We found the pocket at the bottom was large enough for a purse and some water bottles. We hung our backpack on it, as needed.
8. Adjustable footrest
Our toddler preferred to have the footrest down so his legs could dangle. We like that this stroller has the option to adjust this.
9. Multi-position recline
The seat back can be adjusted down in case the little one needs to nap. There is a button behind the seat that can lower and raise the seat with ease, without disturbing the little one. Should he fall asleep in the upright position, we can lower him down without even disturbing him.
Things That Would Make the Inglesina Stroller Even Better
While we have no complaints about this Inglesina travel stroller, if we could ask for anything here are some improvements we think could make this travel stroller even better:
- While we recognize that sturdier wheels would add additional weight, it would make uneven surfaces like cobblestone even easier.
- There are generic cup holders for strollers, but given the quality of the Inglesina made products, having one made specific for this stroller would be a nice to have.
- Parents traveling with a baby or toddler always have plenty of stuff. If the bottom storage could be bigger, that could help hold more stuff. There seems to be more room at the bottom of the stroller such that the pocket could be extended without adding much weight or dimensions to the stroller.
- We were happy with the sunshade, but like most strollers there were occasions when the sun was low that it didn’t cover him. Either having a larger sunshade or one of these add-on stroller sunshades (like the CoziGo stroller cover) would be helpful.
- The wheel lock was convenient and easily pressed with one foot. However, there is no indication to show if it’s locked or not. It would be better for safety to have a red and green indicator to show when the brake is engaged so we don’t accidentally leave the stroller without the brakes on.
- It’s rare to find a stroller with an adjustable handle – especially travel strollers. Given that my husband and I are different heights, an adjustable handle would be great.
Final Thoughts on the Quid Stroller for Travel
Overall, the Quid is a great travel stroller for flying with and for traveling with a toddler. Being able to carry the stroller on as carry-on was great for connections.
We would highly recommend the Inglesina Quid Stroller for fellow parents who plans to travel internationally with babies or toddlers. With a baby on the way, we plan to get plenty more use out of this travel stroller. Given the multi-recline positions, it will be our infant travel stroller when our daughter is 3 months old!
We’ve even started to use our Quid stroller more around town at home instead of our larger, bulkier stroller.
Le Tran and her husband have done trips with their son since he was three months old. They are a family of three, soon to be four, with penchant for traveling. With a new daughter arriving, they wanted to take a trip before she is born with their 21 months old son. This trip had an added bonus of Le being six months pregnant and a very active child always wanting to explore.