Light-weight parent facing stroller - does it exist???

(53 Posts)
chiccadee Thu 01-Apr-10 21:06:07

I guess this question has been asked before but I can't find the answer.

My 16 month old son loves facing me/DH in his pushchair but he's almost outgrown our travel system (which is, anyway, very big and heavy now). We have a lightweight stroller but it faces forward which isn't much fun for DS. Does anyone know of any lightweight folding parent-facing buggys or strollers?

nappyaddict Thu 01-Apr-10 21:07:22

It's not extremely lightweight but the Bugaboo Bee or Loola Up.

chiccadee Thu 01-Apr-10 21:30:50

Thanks Nappyaddict. When I looked, those were the sorts of pushchairs I found too - but they're not much lighter than the Streety which I have already. I just can't believe that there isn't a lightweight parent-facing stroller out there. Talk about a gap in the market!

nappyaddict Thu 01-Apr-10 21:38:41

You don't really get light to push from birth buggies much lighter than the Bee though do you? I think it has something to do with being sturdy enough to be supportive of a newborn and also carry the weight of an older baby well too.

HinnyPet Thu 01-Apr-10 21:41:26

Don't get the Loola!! Complete rubbish, think mothercare do a "twist" or something?

nappyaddict Thu 01-Apr-10 21:49:48

Hinny Did you have the Up or the 2 handled version?

chiccadee Thu 01-Apr-10 21:51:50

You're right about the Bee, Nappyaddict - I agree. It's just that as my DS is 16 months now, I don't need the 'strudy newborn' bit anymore. Ideally I want an ultra-lightweight, 'chuck it in the car and off we go' sort of stroller.

HinnyPet - not heard of that one but I'll look it up, thanks.

nappyaddict Thu 01-Apr-10 21:54:43

I guess they reckon most people will want a RFer from birth?

differentID Thu 01-Apr-10 21:59:04

thing is, a rear facer has to be perfectly balanced and strong enough to take the weight of a sturdy toddler. To be sturdy enough to do that there has to be a certain amount of weight, especially if the seat unit isn't going to be extrememly close to the ground.

HinnyPet Thu 01-Apr-10 22:01:04

2 handled version. I had it for 3 days before returning it to mothercare

chiccadee Thu 01-Apr-10 22:01:22

Yeah, I guess so. What a shame though, that all the manufacturers assume that when you move to a lightweight stroller, you'll automatically want a forward facing one. sad

HinnyPet - I found the My Child Coco Twist but that doesn't look as if it is parent facing. Is that the one you were thinking of?

differentID Thu 01-Apr-10 22:02:43

the spin is the mothercare one.

HinnyPet Thu 01-Apr-10 22:03:21

No, sorry it's called "spin" I think!! It's the new one

nappyaddict Thu 01-Apr-10 22:06:12

The Spin is heavy though. I personally always go for from birth ones even though my DS is 3 cos it means he can lie down and nap comfortably in them.

Lionstar Thu 01-Apr-10 22:06:49

iCandy Cherry is extremely light, I think 8Kgs seat + chassis. Still fits my 3 year old rear facing, and can push one handed easily.

chiccadee Thu 01-Apr-10 22:06:50

That's interesting, differentID. I've never been great at physics but I can't figure out why this should be an issue for rear-facing strollers particularly? I mean, if you stand in front of a normal stroller and push it backwards it doesn't become unstable. Is it something to do with the weight shifting if the handles are at the front, rather than the back, so to speak?

chiccadee Thu 01-Apr-10 22:08:37

Ooh, some more suggestions, thank you Lionstar and HinnyPet. Off to bed now but will look them up tomorrow.

Lionstar Thu 01-Apr-10 22:13:32

Here is the iCandy Cherry. They have just brought out some new colours. The shopping basket is huge too. Not brilliant for off-roading, but we were glad not to have huge air-filled tyres taking up space.

differentID Thu 01-Apr-10 22:16:06

On rear facing pushchairs the fabric tends to be stretched around a frame which then attaches to the more solid frame via a clip systemm of sorts. yes?
On a forward facing stroller type the main, solid body of the pushchair takes the strain and the centre of balance is closer to the frame which makes it more stable, I believe. It also means it's cheaper to produce as they don't need to add a counterbalance.

I don't know if that makes any sense?

nappyaddict Thu 01-Apr-10 22:25:00

Cherry and Bee are a similar weight so if Bee is too heavy for you then Cherry will be too.

gleegeekgleek Thu 01-Apr-10 22:36:02

I don't think you'll find a truly lightweight (under 7kg) buggy style pushchair that faces the pusher/ parent.

Manufacturers, rightly or wrongly, assume that the age group very light buggies are designed for prefer to face outwards and see the world.

chiccadee Fri 02-Apr-10 20:35:41

Thanks for all the comments. I think I understand, DifferentID, thank you!

I've looked at the ICandy and Spin and the ICandy looks (apart from the Bee of course) to be the best of the bunch but - as NappyAddict and GGG suggest - neither of them are truly lightweight and compact enough to make me part with that much cash. Not the sort of thing you can sling over your shoulder to get on the train/tube/bus etc while carrying a toddler and bags if you know what I mean.

I guess DS will just have to make do with forward facing on those occasions - or we'll dump the pushchair entirely and stick to the LittleLite.

Thanks all.

BertieBottsChocolateBeans Fri 02-Apr-10 20:42:50

The streety is quite lightweight in terms of rear facing buggies, sorry to say!

Would you consider something like this? They do look a bit dated now (though there is one slightly less 80s version on there ATM!) but they are much lighter than the rear facing buggies on the market today.

BertieBottsChocolateBeans Fri 02-Apr-10 20:50:05

Also remember that the bigger the wheels, the "lighter" it will feel to push - the actual weight of something doesn't make that much difference, can you imagine trying to lift one of the old silvercross coach built prams? And yet they were apparently very easy to push. The Streety has quite small wheels if I remember correctly?

chiccadee Fri 02-Apr-10 20:57:33

Hi BBCBs, that's interesting, I'd not seen these older silvercrosses before. I don't suppose you know how much the wayfarer lite weighes, by any chance, as the ad doesn't say? It's not as small as an umbrella fold but if it's light then it might be a cheap compromise.

We don't use our pushchair all that much (the rucksack and scootababy tend to be options 1 and 2), so I can't justify spending a vast sum on it.

chiccadee Fri 02-Apr-10 21:01:50

BBCBs - I take your point about the size of wheels but I really need something I can pick up and put over my shoulder to take on and off trains, buses, aeroplanes etc as we do quite a bit of travelling so weight really is a factor for us. Ideally, something that comes with a shoulder strap or would fit into a standard travel bag but it sounds like that just isn't to be.

IMoveTheStars Fri 02-Apr-10 21:02:48

M&P Urbo ?

Weighs 9kg, and I'm not sure how small it folds, but looks pretty good?

gleegeekgleek Fri 02-Apr-10 21:13:32

Urbo is cool looking but really a lightweight pushchair is anything under 7.5kg.
For the OP's needs 9kg will be too heavy.

Have you looked at an Ergo as a more practical option than your Littlelife carrier?

chiccadee Fri 02-Apr-10 21:14:56

Hi Jareth, thanks, that looks great but is heavier than the Streety we've got already, alas.

Was hoping for around the 6-7kg mark - thought it would be an easy search but now I feel totally daft!

IMoveTheStars Fri 02-Apr-10 21:23:30

ahh, ok. sorry - skimmed the thread a bit

not sure a lighter one exists as the structure of the pushchair needs to be much more complicated.

My sister has an iCandy Cherry - always been a bit envious of it (i got a Quinny Buzz and it was a pile of sh*t!)

chiccadee Fri 02-Apr-10 21:23:53

GGG - I did try an Ergo and it was great but we already have a Scootababy which we and DS all love and which works fantastically for short journeys.

There are still occasions when a pushchair is useful - especially because we travel quite a bit and then I have bags/suitcases etc to carry too. It's because of the rucksack and sling though that we don't use the pushchair every day, which is why I'm reluctant to fork out for something expensive like a Bee.

BertieBottsChocolateBeans Fri 02-Apr-10 22:07:59

Ah no I am not sure, sorry - but it looks quite bulky when folded so I am not sure it would be suitable anyway if you want to be able to carry it.

ArthurPewty Fri 02-Apr-10 22:11:31

Loved my Ergo, when i could use it.
Also love my Buzz, but it isnt really 'lightweight' - though its offroad capacity is far more useful to us.
Good luck, OP, finding summat that suits.

Not the lightest but Hauck Infinity, or Babystyle Oyster may be wink

chiccadee Fri 02-Apr-10 23:12:44

I think the Oyster, Infinity and Buzz are heavier than the Streety that we have already but thanks for the suggestions.

kellyatbabyguds Sat 03-Apr-10 14:20:43

I know its not much use for you now but Quinny are bringing out a new version of the zapp which is rear facing and will recline!

nappyaddict Sat 03-Apr-10 17:44:54

Do you know when/what it will be called?

kellyatbabyguds Sun 04-Apr-10 19:31:24

At the moment they are calling it the Zapp recline and its due out towards the end of the year

chiccadee Sun 04-Apr-10 21:15:59

That's useful to know, thanks - I'll keep a lookout for it.

IMoveTheStars Sun 04-Apr-10 22:37:30
nappyaddict Mon 05-Apr-10 13:21:59

Which bit are you linking to in the brochure Jareth

IMoveTheStars Mon 05-Apr-10 16:14:55

The Quinny Sennz

chiccadee Mon 05-Apr-10 20:05:44

Not sure if I've misread the brochure but I think the Sennz is forward facing only.

kellyatbabyguds Tue 06-Apr-10 18:58:14

The Quinny Sennz is only forward facing its very light weight and compact and is due out this summer. The Zapp recline is not in the current brochure I will try to find more information on this and let you know more details as I have only seen a picture up to now.

Sonilaa Tue 20-Apr-10 19:55:12

I want an unbrella type rearfacing one. for airtravel I need one that folds in one piece.

I have an obaby atlas which would be perfect for me if rearfacing. (cheap enough not to hurt too much when broken in transit)

mclaren or whoever please do something I*m sure there is a market for it!

lou7771 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:26:57

petite star bubble

Yes was coming on to suggest the Bubble. Looks good.

SpooMoo Sat 13-Jul-13 14:45:25

We're looking for this too - anyone got any further? We just want lightweight stroller, patent facing for my parents to use.

poppingin1 Fri 19-Jul-13 20:22:45

Would this meet your needs?

Njoy Bubble

The Njoy Bubble is the worlds only umbrella stroller with a reversible seat. Plus its on sale right now. Not many people seem to know about it.

poppingin1 Fri 19-Jul-13 20:26:50


Just realised someone had already mentioned it.

LilMissPiggy1 Tue 08-Apr-14 22:49:52

Has anyone got/tried the Njoy Bubble? I too am looking for the same thing but am struggling to find anything that isn't part of a travel system and therefore mighty expensive!! I did come across the Urbo2 which if it was part of a system and had a lower price tag I would be interested and not sure how much difference there is between original Urbo and Urbo2 before I go on a second hand hunt... the Urbo2 reads as though the suspension is much better for slightly bumpier tracks! I am just waiting to hear back from Petite Star to find out where I can view the Bubble in person..... I've looked at Bugaboo Bee but don't like the seat..looks like there is nothing too it and not keen on frame style either :-/

opalmoon810 Wed 16-Jul-14 20:37:33

I have a Combi Urban Walker - its fab! It goes in reverse as well as forward facing mode. I bought mine in Oz, but I've just done a search online and see that they're now in the UK. DS is now 18 months old and prefers FF so to tbh, I loved having a stroller that could do both with minimal fuss!!!!

tarajstevens Thu 30-Oct-14 16:32:53

For anyone else who comes across this thread, just FYI, the Petite Star/NJOY UP Bubble is no more. Baby Jogger have bought the design and released it as the Baby Jogger Vue. There's a good review of it here. smile

I'm very excited by this as I'm a bit fed up of only being able to see the top of my son's head (an ankle injury means I can't wear him in a sling as often as I'd like). sad

When I was pregnant, we bought a Baby Jogger City Mini GT. It's an excellent buggy in all ways other than the no rear facing option, which I didn't realise would bug me as much as it does!

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