There are many things to consider when buying a pram such as ease of use, portability and safety.
More and more parents are also opting for lightweight and compact options.
A bulky pram is cumbersome, tiring to push and awkward to manoeuvre, and it can make parents dread something as simple as a trip to the shops.
It doesn’t have to be this way, and there are many lightweight prams that combine size, useful features and convenience (and can be folded away in seconds).
To help you find the right product for your family, we’ve analysed the most popular lightweight prams in Australia and assessed them against a range of important criteria.
This review and comparison can help you find the best lightweight pram for your little one.
Our top pick: BabyZen YoYo2 Stroller
- Weight: 6.2 kg to 6.6 kg
- Suitable for: 6 months to 18kg
BabyZen has an excellent reputation for producing high-quality, quick and light strollers and the YoYo2 doesn’t disappoint.
The YoYo2 is the latest upgrade from BabyZen and there are several improvements that give this pram a better feel.
The YoYo2 has an upgraded reinforced frame making it stronger and able to handle a child of up to 18kg without a problem.
The pram has a 5-point harness, a canopy window so you can see your baby and a waterproof-treated zipped back pocket for added convenience.
Each of the 4 wheels has an independent suspension making the stroller smooth and comfortable for the baby.
While the suspension helps produce a smooth ride, the small wheels mean it can still be a struggle to push the pram through rougher ground and uneven terrain.
Another update that we appreciate is the faux leather handlebar, this looks and feels more premium compared to the previous rubber handle. There is also a safety wrist strap, this is a small but important addition.
Folding and unfolding this pram is quick, the set comes with a padded shoulder strap and carry bag so you can carry the folded pram with ease (it is even cabin-baggage size).
Overall this lightweight and compact forward-facing pram is a great stroller that offers a lot of features you’d expect from a larger pram but in a tiny 6.2kg package.
- Weight: 8.5 kg
- Suitable for: Up to 22.5kg
The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is one of the most popular lightweight prams in Australia.
The compact, 3 wheel design weighs 8.5kg and is one of the strongest options listed as it supports children up to 22.5kg.
This pram can be folded away with one hand for ultimate convenience.
The City Mini 2 has a few upgraded features including improved wheels to provide a smoother experience.
The front wheel has a suspension and comes with a lock so you can put it into a fixed position or you can use it as a swivel wheel.
This provides the best of both worlds and lets you set the pram to suit the situation.
A swivel wheel makes tight turns much more manageable while a fixed wheel is ideal for when you are in a bit of a rush and you’re going faster.
We love that the City Mini 2 can be used from birth, it has an adjustable seat recline so you can lay your baby in a nearly flat position. There is also adjustable calf support for older children.
The City Mini 2 has UV50 canopy windows and an extra-large storage basket.
Overall this is a sleek and sporty pram that is lightweight, functional and robust.
- Weight: 6.2kg
- Suitable for: Up to 15kg
The Bugaboo Ant is the smallest and lightest offering from the Bugaboo range. This stroller is designed completely differently from their other prams and boasts a range of convenient features including one-hand steering and a telescopic handlebar.
The Ant Stroller has all-wheel suspension and the seat is both reversible and reclinable.
This means you can use it as a forward-facing or rear-facing travel pram, something you don’t get with the other listed travel prams.
The Ant is not the lightest pram and it is suitable for little ones up to 15kg, meaning it is not quite as strong as the other listed options either.
The folding travel system of the Ant is an engineer’s dream but may be a little over-complicated for parents.
Particularly as many of the prams we have looked at can be folded in 1 or 2 simple steps. This travel system has 5 steps which can take some getting used to.
Once folded you can keep the handlebar extended and pull the pushchair behind you like it’s a small suitcase. It is very clever and comes in handy when on the go with a toddler who has decided they want to walk.
The design of this pram has been well considered, it is a great option for travelling and has under seat basket storage for added convenience.
The Ant is a compact travel stroller with a reversible seat and lots of useful features.
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- Weight: 5.6kg
- Suitable for: Up to 22kg
The second-lightest baby stroller on our list is the GB Pockit+ All Terrain at just 5.6kg.
This is a compact city stroller that is ideal for use in tight spaces such as shops, narrow sidewalks and restaurants.
This is easy to push, lift and carry while offering lots of comfort features for your baby.
The Pockit+ is the upgrade on the very popular Pockit model. The Plus has front swivel wheels, an adjustable seat back and is travel compatible too.
The canopy is larger than the original Pockit too and the sunshade offers UPF50+ protection.
The seat has good padding and the backrest is now multi-adjustable for sitting up or laying down while on the go.
This is a super lightweight, compact pram but the small wheels mean it is not great for use on uneven ground.
Another thing we noticed is the straps are quite awkward and the waterproof cover is tricky to set up.
The Pockit+ is 2 step folding but once it is up and ready to use it is excellent.
The original GB Pockit was stripped back and minimalistic, we are glad to see this improved version, it offers great value for money for anyone needing a lightweight pram for use in a town or city.
- Weight: 6.3kg
- Suitable for: 6 months to 18kgs
The Joolz Aer stroller is stylish and compact. This pram has a high-end design with lots of features and an overall luxurious feel.
The pram folds easily, you simply push a button and push the pram down and it folds into itself. The button system means folding and unfolding takes seconds.
The lightweight stroller makes a great everyday pram and it is a suitable option for car and plane travel too.
The 4 wheel suspension is great and the option to lock the wheels in position is very handy too.
The Aer comes with a travel/ storage bag and a rain cover, it also has a handy pocket on the back of the seat.
The seat is adjustable but it doesn’t lay flat so is not suitable for newborns.
The design is great for 6 months+ and the extended UPF 50 sun hood helps to keep your baby shaded.
The seat recline is controlled using a zip, it is easy to recline it but pushing it back to the original position and zipping it into place is very fiddly when your baby is still in the pram.
Overall, the Joolz Aer is stylish, well ventilated and offers lots of storage space.
- Weight: 7.2kg
- Suitable for: 0 months – 4 years (max 22 kg)
The Chico Miinimo is a compact stroller that looks great and is suitable for newborns up to 4 years. When folded down the pram is very compact and can be carried over the shoulder or in a bag that can be worn as a backpack.
The large, padded seat offers 4 adjustable positions as well as adjustable leg support.
The seat can be fully flat or in a sitting position making it great for a baby or young toddler.
The canopy comes with a full rain cover included, something that is often sold separately with prams.
This travel stroller is one of the heavier of the listed prams at 7.2kg.
Although slightly heavier, it is easy to manoeuvre, the wheels are both swivel and lockable and they can be removed for even more compact storage.
The Miinimo has a minimalist style and we love the quick one-hand fold and the convenient ability to free stand too.
Although there are many great features, the Miinimo does not offer some of the benefits other travel prams in this list offer such as an adjustable handlebar and canopy windows.
The hood also does not offer SPF protection so it is not the best choice for sunny days. With that said, this is an affordable and convenient option for everyday use.
- Weight: 4.25kg
- Suitable for: 6 months to 15kg
If you’re looking for a low cost, light pram or stroller the 4Baby Everyday is worth a look. This could be the lightest pram Australia has to offer at just 4.25kg. It is certainly the lightest travel pram on our list.
The 4Baby Everyday stroller doesn’t offer as many premium features as some of the other models listed but it does have all the basics.
This includes a retractable canopy and an adjustable safety harness and footrest.
This stroller has ergonomic handles so it is comfortable to push around. Unfortunately, there is no seat recline so this stroller is not suitable from birth and is best suited to short, local journeys.
The main benefits of the 4Baby Everyday is that it is a lightweight, compact stroller that folds away easily too.
Travel Stroller Buying Guide
Buying a new lightweight stroller is a big investment that will hopefully get everyday use so choosing the right one for you and your baby is important.
This buying guide will help you identify the key features you need so you can confidently buy the best travel stroller for your family.
Ease of Use
A lightweight travel pram needs to be easy to fold and compact in size.
This increases the prams portability and makes it much easier to travel with airlines, public transport and even makes life easier when simply putting the pram into the car boot.
The majority of the lightweight prams and strollers in this list even adhere to the airline hand luggage weight limit meaning they can be folded away and stored overhead.
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Lightweight travel prams are impressively compact compared to standard prams.
Travel strollers are designed to be practical and often have fewer features, keeping the design minimal.
In recent years there have been excellent upgrades seen on travel strollers.
These upgrades have helped to bring back some of those more premium features without sacrificing the small size and light weight.
Single Or Double Prams?
There are plenty of lightweight single to double and double pram options on the market too.
Double prams weigh more and don’t tend to fold away as compactly but are ideal for travelling with 2 young children.
If you are travelling with a double pram, it may need to go in the hold of the plane rather than as carry on luggage but this depends on the model.
If your youngsters are of different ages then you may want to consider single to double prams as these can be adapted to suit the situation.
Age & Weight
Strollers are designed to suit children of different ages and weights. It’s important to check the weight limit of the stroller before purchasing.
Not all strollers are suitable from birth. If your baby is less than 6 months old it is important to find a stroller that is suitable from birth and allows your baby to lie flat (has a flat recline setting).
Options may be limited but our list contains a couple of suitable options.
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A travel system with multiple recline options and an adjustable footrest will help keep your baby or toddler comfortable when on the go.
A sun canopy is an essential feature in Australia as it provides shade and keeps your baby protected from the hot sun.
Most travel stroller models include a sun canopy that offers SPF protection but this is not always the case so check the specifications.
Many strollers have storage under the seat or at the back of the seat.
Having some storage space is necessary to keep the essentials within reach without needing to dig through rucksacks.
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All of the prams sold in Australia need to comply with the mandatory safety standard, the Australian Standard – AS-NZS 2088:2000.
These safety standards include the need to have at least one brake, and harnesses to keep the baby secure.
Other Features To Consider
- Cup holder/bag clips
- Toddler seat
- Car capsule/car seat
- Reversible seat (forward-facing and rear-facing)