The best baby strollers for NYC apartment living

Here we take a look at the best baby Stroller for every NYC Lifestyle: Walk-ups, Budget, Doubles.

There are so many varieties of strollers out there, but the key to finding the perfect fit for your growing family is to focus on your lifestyle. So, forget about how cool the stroller that your best friend has looks or the one that you read about in that parenting magazine.

You should think about what stroller will be perfect for your needs, by taking into account factors like the size of your NYC apartment, the number of stairs you climb in a day, how are you going to use it (crowded places, jogging, train).

While your friends in the suburbs may use their strollers intermittently, strollers are essential here within the city (they are almost as essential as subways).

The perfect urban stroller will be one that folds neatly and occupies very little space in your apartment, it should be lightweight so you can haul up subway or apartment stairs, it should be durable to take on the curbs, potholes, weather that it will potentially encounter every day. The bigger ones are great for family outings during a holiday, but for the daily grind, nothing beats a lightweight stroller for everyday use in New York City.

More things to consider:

  • You’re in a three-floor walkup and lobby parking is off limits (a common scenario)
  • You may have to endure a daily subway commute to the day care (in your not-so-distant future).
  • You live in a studio and space is limited (many can relate to this)
  • NYC has busy sidewalks, narrow doorways and shopping aisles, so when it comes to double strollers, tandem streamlined styles are better than side-by-side

We spoke to several Manhattan moms, and sales reps at stores that specialize in baby goods, and here are their recommendations.


MacLaren Triumph: Ultralight, carry strap and durable, but expensive. For kids upto 55 pounds, so well into school-age

You definitely get good-enough strollers for under $50, but they are not sturdy and less likely to last more than a year, navigating New York city streets.


UPPAbaby G-Luxe stroller: Lightest reclining stroller on the market, UV sunshade, great customer service.

Mountain Buggy Nano: Lightweight, compact, comes with carry strap.

“It’s really small and if you put hooks on the wall or in a closet, it can even hang and [stay] off the floor,” says an NYC mom.


Babyzen Yoyo: Popular foldable stroller among NYC moms. Collapsible to the size of a carry-on

Bugaboo Donkey: Popular, multi-purpose stroller, can be used from the newborn stage to the older toddler stage.
All terrain wheels, easy to maneuver (not collapsible though)

More Popular Strollers

  • Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single Stroller
  • Bumbleride Indie Twin
  • Britax B-Ready Double Stroller
  • Maclaren Quest
  • Valco Baby Snap4
  • Uppababy G-Lite.

Updated: December 29, 2017 — 2:07 pm

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