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BABY BUGGY & CHILL

Babyshop’s guide to the top ten strollers to take your little ones through the staycation season

 

School’s out, lockdown’s lifted, and families are busy planning getaways to some of the beautiful coastal, desert and city resorts we are so lucky to have in our region. 

Choosing the right stroller for your infant can be as time-consuming and baffling as finding the right hotel, with the myriad of appealing options out there. It can also be every bit as important a choice.  For example, a stroller can be a high-ticket item, an investment that needs to take you through the next few years at the very least. Therefore, versatility is vital, as is the ability to fit into the overhead cabin of the aircraft when you are finally ready to start traveling overseas again.

In the meantime, nobody wants to struggle with complicated mechanisms, a heavy load, or a screaming baby who is too hot or uncomfortable, all the while juggling suitcases, car keys, handbag and the rest of the family.  Sound familiar? 

Luckily, Babyshop is here to help you make the right choice for you and your family. Our Personal Shopping Experts are on hand to guide you every step of the way and will help steer you to success. However, we know that you love to do your own research before making any significant purchase, and are likely to get information overload when you start Googling, so here is our selection of some of the best models in the market right now, which we hope will inspire you. Happy holidays!

Babyshop Strollers

 

BEST ALL-PURPOSE STROLLER

Giggles Casual Baby Stroller

AED 799

Giggles Casual Baby Stroller

The Giggles Casual Baby Stroller is ideal for everyday activities such as a walk around the park or the mall, and also great for family weekend getaways. Stylish, comfortable and practical, it has many handy features such as a reversible seat, so your little one can either enjoy the security of facing you, or face forward to see the world when feeling more curious. Perfect for use from birth, as it has a full-recline function, and with a simple push button folding mechanism, it’s super handy when you’re balancing your newborn in the other arm. Unlike your clothes, it can be wiped clean of all inevitable baby messes (spit-up be gone) and has a handy storage area underneath for your diaper bag and shopping. This is hands down our favourite all-purpose stroller of the season and, at just AED799, it won’t break the bank either!

 

BEST FOR TRAVEL

BABYZEN YOYO Stroller + Newborn pack

AED 1,980 + AED1,050 for the newborn pack

BABYZEN YOYO Stroller + Newborn pack

For those of you who love to travel, you may be interested to know that the legendary Babyzen YOYO stroller was the first ever made to fit in an aeroplane overhead locker, measuring just 52 x 44 x 18 cm when folded! In addition to being compact and feather lightweight at just 6.6kgs, it is also renowned for its easy one-handed folding, making this the ideal travel companion. If you’re avoiding flying this summer and planning a road trip instead, you’ll be happy to know that it’s also travel system compatible with a car seat, so suits all types of journey. 

The YOYO can be used from birth with a newborn pack, and all the way up to 6 years, so you’ll get maximum use out of it, and the high-quality fabric seat cover can be removed, and machine washed, to keep it looking like new throughout. However, if you fancy a change, it’s available in eight distinctive colours so you can personalize whenever you feel like it.

A great stroller for the City, it boasts effortless one-handed steering, and you’ll be able to weave through crowded shopping malls like a pro, and with the new XXL basket, there’s plenty of storage for all your purchases!  

If you’re looking for a stroller that boasts portability, comfort and style, then the Babyzen YOYO is definitely worth a test drive and is an online exclusive.

 

BEST FOR TWO

Juniors Victory Tandem Stroller with Canopy

AED 749

Juniors Victory Tandem Stroller with Canopy

The Juniors Victory Tandem Stroller with Canopy is a great choice for twins or an infant and older baby to ride together, taking a lot of the stress out of leaving the house with two small children. New babies can ride safely and comfortably in the back seat which has three recline positions, including lie-flat and is suitable from birth to 15 kgs, while bigger children (from six months to three years) get a front seat view of the world. The tandem format is often preferred to the side-by-side as it remains narrow enough to fit through most doorways and tight spaces.  The Juniors Victory comes complete with a large, easy access shopping basket, and weighs just 13.32kgs, but the best thing of all is the price tag. We know that with multiple children the expenses can seem insurmountable at times, so Juniors is the go-to brand if you’re looking for value for money in addition to great functionality and form.

 

BEST TRAVEL SYSTEM

Graco Evo Travel System

AED 1,999

Graco Evo Travel System

Most travel systems come with a stroller and a car seat that attaches right to it, but the Graco Evo Travel System also offers a matching carry cot, making it perfect for travel as it works like a mobile Moses basket. It’s also designed for all weather, including a warm foot muff and rain cover to complete the set.

The pushchair can be fitted forward or rear facing, and has three positions including lie flat, so perfect for sitting up and watching the world go by, or dozing off on a long day out. The basket underneath is very spacious and easy to access, and it has a simple push button fold to a very flat and easy to store structure. 

The main benefit of a travel system is that you don’t have to wake your baby to move them from the car to the stroller – if you’ve ever had to wake a sleeping baby, then you’ll know why this is such a bonus! In addition to be hard wearing, versatile and easy to use, the Graco Trio Evo gives you great bang for your buck as you will have all the essentials in one purchase. 

 

BEST LIGHTWEIGHT

Joie Baby Stroller

AED 623

Joie Baby Stroller

One of the most portable of strollers in the market, this model by Joie is in the featherweight category at just 6kgs, and with a fast fold system and handy carry strap, it’s ideal for the patient parent of the toddler who just can’t make up their mind if they want to go for a relaxing ride, run around or be carried! It’s fully reclinable so also suitable for newborns (up to 3 years or 15 kgs), and the ultra-soft seat will ensure complete comfort and support to your resting or sleeping little one, while you stroll along the beach front, park or shopping mall. To top it off, it can be used together with the Maxi Cosi infant car seat, making the transition from stroller to car much easier to navigate. The Joie Baby Stroller is definitely a winner in our eyes!

 

MOST STYLISH

Giggles Aura Reversible Baby Stroller

AED 1,199

Giggles Aura Reversible Baby Stroller

One of our newest arrivals, the Giggles Aura Reversible Baby Stroller is simply gorgeous with luxurious detailing such as the sleek black satin frame with a pop of copper and leatherette detailing on the articulated, soft touch, ergonomic handle, and shimmering fabric. Black will always be the timeless style statement, which Dad will be equally proud to commandeer, and if he’s 6 feet tall or more, never fear as the stylish handle comes with 3-position height adjustments! 

 

The Aura is not all style and no substance though, coming with many handy features such as a fully reclinable and reversible seat unit, so your little one can be forward or rear-facing, and it’s self-standing so won’t tip over when folded. Genius! 

 

MOST VERSATILE

Giggles Tulip Stroller with Adjustable Canopy

AED 1,199

Giggles Tulip Stroller with Adjustable Canopy

The Giggles Tulip Stroller is one of our best sellers with its multiple useful components, and absolutely ideal for outdoor use given the fully adjustable sun canopy to provide optimal shade and privacy. Owing to the user-friendly and functional design, the stroller can be converted into a bassinet when fully reclined. It scores high on the comfort scale with features such as the soft padded cushion, and also on flexibility and variety with its reversible seat, so you can choose front or rear facing, whichever you and your little one fancy in the moment. The shopping basket is large and easy to access, which is a definite advantage should you also opt for some retail therapy to pass the time while the little one is sleeping, and it can easily be wiped clean to clear up the inevitable little messes. Overall a completely safe and comfortable and enjoyable experience for mother and child, what more could you ask for!

 

BEST BUDGET STROLLER

Juniors Cabin 3-Fold Baby Stroller

AED 359

Juniors Cabin 3-Fold Baby Stroller

The Juniors Cabin 3-fold baby stroller represents the most incredible value for money, which is always a top consideration for first time parents who are hit with the most overwhelming expenses preparing for the baby’s arrival, and never more so than in today’s difficult times. It ticks all the important boxes:

Lightweight and compact ✔

Easy to handle and manoeuvre ✔

Unisex ✔

Multiple position reclinable seat with soft padded fabric ✔

Adjustable leg rest ✔

Large storage basket ✔

Includes carry bag ✔

Wipe clean ✔

 

Need we say more!

 

MOST PRACTICAL

Joie Muze LX Travel Stroller with Canopy

AED 749

Joie Muze LX Travel Stroller with Canopy

The simple, stylish and lightweight Joie Muze travel system comprises a stroller with a fully reclining seat suitable from birth, plus car seat. 

You don’t need to invest in the more expensive traditional carrycot prams, which can later convert to a pushchair for older babies and toddlers. Some mums may only use the stroller occasionally, perhaps planning to carry the baby in a sling. The Joie Muze is a fantastic option for budget conscious parents, and whilst light in weight, is definitely not light on features.

It has a fast and compact one-handed fold, and free standing when folded so won’t tip over, making it easy to use on public transport or when packing up the car.

It has a multi-position seat back and footrest, very roomy shopping basket, UPF50+ sun canopy with viewing window, snack and play child's tray, parents’ tray with double cup holder, and naptime is made a lot easier with the lie flat option plus adjustable calf support. The included Juva car seat handily attaches without the need for adaptors, and a pushchair with travel system capability means that you can get out move your baby from house to car to pushchair chassis without having to wake or disturb them. If only they made these for parents!

 

MOST COMPACT FOLD

Giggles Zorro 3-Fold Baby Stroller

AED 649

Giggles Zorro 3-Fold Baby Stroller

Last but not least, we love the Giggles Zorro 3-Fold Baby Stroller! Perfect for taking on getaways when you have a boot full of luggage, it fits inside a handy carry bag when folded, and weighs only 6kgs. In addition to being such a handy portable design, it has all the mod cons such as sun and rain canopy, safety harness, multi-position reclining seat with adjustable leg rest, easy access shopping basket and wipe clean capability.   

 

We appreciate that you are still spoiled for choice, but hopefully the above has enabled you to narrow down your wishlist, and our Personal Shopping Experts are ready and waiting to help you make the final decision that delivers what you need.

 

Now all that’s left is to book that staycation, safe in the knowledge that you and your little ones will be well supported. 

 

Enjoy the Summer!