If you’re not already up on your baby-gear terminology, the term “umbrella stroller” might be a bit misleading. It does not refer to a stroller with a built-in umbrella for protecting little ones from the rain, but rather to a compact stroller that folds up into a stick-umbrella-like shape for easy transport. That said, because they are lightweight and portable, umbrella strollers are quite handy for getting around with youngsters on rainy days, when you often need a spare hand to hold your actual umbrella or fish out your keys to get back inside. Here, six baby-gear experts’ favorite umbrella strollers — all of which include protective canopies and are compatible with full rain covers.
This stroller, made from recycled, non-toxic plastic bottles, is great for getting around with kids between 6 months and 4 years old, according to Sylvana Ward-Durrett, the co-founder and chief executive officer of children’s gear website Maisonette. “It’s super lightweight and comfortable for your child, making an on-the-go parent’s life so much easier,” she says. The built-in canopy shelters kids from light drizzles, and an attachable rain cover (sold separately) made from breathable, non-toxic materials can easily be slipped on when those drizzles turn into a downpour. (The cover folds into a small pouch that hooks onto the stroller’s frame, keeping it at arm’s reach when you need it.)
Mom Galyn Bernard — co-founder of kids’ clothing company Primary — recommends the quick-folding Colugo stroller because “you can push it with one hand, which makes maneuvering much easier.” (A plus for those days when your other hand is latched onto an umbrella.) The stroller, which is made for children of 6 months or older (an infant kit, sold separately, makes it a fit for newborns, too) also comes with its own rain cover.