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Make maneuvering airports easier with a better stroller

Posted November 22, 2017 11:23 a.m. EST
Updated November 22, 2017 6:41 p.m. EST

Traveling with a baby or toddler is challenging enough without the headache of cumbersome strollers, but having the right gear can make trips easier.

Crowded airports can be a tough obstacle course for parents maneuvering strollers. According to Consumer Reports, regular strollers may work well for travel, some features can make navigating the airport a bit easier.

"Maneuverability is key when you're traveling," said the magazine's Joan Muratore. "The wheels should be fluid and responsive, and a single handle makes it easier to push if you just have one hand free."

The Chicco Bravo Trio travel system is a Consumer Reports Best Buy. The stroller folds easily and is easy to maneuver. Parents can add an infant car seat or use it as a regular stroller for older babies who can sit up on their own.

Another good option is an umbrella stroller, Muratore said.

"They're small, and they're light, and they're great for getting around crowded places like amusement parks or museums," Muratore said.

The Summer Infant 3D Lite is compact, light and has a carry strap. The seat reclines, too, and at $80 it's a Consumer Reports Best Buy.

The Quinny Yezz doesn't recline, but it's also compact, light and has a carrying strap. Consumer Reports testers say it "turns on a dime."

Most airlines will let you gate check a stroller or car seat for free, so you don't have to worry about finding storage for it on the plane.

Consumer Reports only recommends strollers that meet mandatory federal safety standards.