Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor
Why she did it: Anything that promises to make travel with a toddler easier is worth a shot.
Pros: Now that my baby has morphed into a headstrong 2-year-old, my travel needs have changed. I greatly miss using a carrier, but with a 28-lb. toddler, it’s no longer the easiest option for me while schlepping around an airport.
So it’s time for a travel stroller, and the GB Qbit has many selling points for families on the go. It has the simplest fold/unfold I’ve seen in a travel stroller (two buttons on the handle push in and to the side to fold, then a one-handed lock; undo the lock and then a flick of the wrist pops it back open).
My kiddo seems exceedingly comfy thanks to the padded seat and straps and the option to recline. And I love that the under-seat basket is actually usable. Not for anything too large, mind you, but my bulky diaper bag does slide underneath.
The four double wheels keep it sturdy, and the folded size is small enough to easily fit in your trunk and even in many overhead compartments for air travel.
Finally, the stroller comes with its own travel bag so you can carry it over your shoulder while keeping it clean.
Cons: Obviously, it would be nice if the stroller could fit in all overhead compartments — on a smaller plane, this would need to be gate-checked. A strap attached to the stroller itself would also be quite helpful for when you’ve got to carry the stroller and your child, or wage the age-old hand-holding battle.
As is, the stroller is a bit awkward to carry (it weighs 14.8 lbs.) without the bag if you’ve also got a baby or toddler in tow.
The verdict: A very solid travel option that you won’t mind pushing long distances and also fits in small spaces. If you have a full-size stroller as well, this is a good option to keep in the car. You won’t fit a week’s worth of groceries under the basket, but it’s still a usable place to stash stuff while on the go without having to buy additional accessories.
The Qbit also comes with car seat converters that accept the GB Asana35, Maxi Cosi Mico and Cybex Aton infant car seats. For the toddler phase, the stroller accommodates children up to 50 lbs.
Cost: $179.99, available in Aqua, White or Raspberry at Babies “R” Us and in Salsa or Charcoal in specialty stores.