There are myriad things you need to take with you when taking your baby or toddler out of the house, let alone on holiday, so investing in the best compact stroller can make everything a little more manageable.

In recent years, there has been an influx of lightweight pushchairs better designed to suit modern lifestyles compared to the large, unwieldy prams of old. Today, it’s rare for such a pushchair or buggy not to fold down to fit in the back of a car or on a train but not all of these strollers are created equal.

The best compact strollers are those which don’t skimp on comfort and style in pursuit of their diminutive size.

For their price, they also need to offer more than just somewhere for your child to nap on holiday by being sturdy and reliable enough for everyday use, too. Whether that’s for leaving it at a grandparent’s house or nursery, or taking into town.

We use the term stroller, pushchair and buggy interchangeably throughout this guide because different brands refer to them in different ways, as do many parents. But each of these models are lighter, smaller, often cheaper, versions of the larger prams and pushchairs that many of us tend to buy when our babies are tiny – the kinds of giant prams that soon outlive their purpose as our toddlers become more mobile.

The majority of these strollers are suitable from birth, meaning that they offer lie-flat seats, and most have fixed, forward-facing seats and have all been road-tested for the past month. We’ve included some that have reversible seats, as well as a couple of models that are compatible with car seats meaning you can get a decent travel system for less.

If you do opt for a compact stroller as your first, and possibly only, pushchair then bear in mind that babies under six months must lie flat when sleeping to avoid their airways becoming constricted.

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The verdict: Compact strollers

These compact strollers wouldn’t have made the cut if they weren’t all more than up for the job but the best compact stroller when price, size, usability, comfort and extras is all taken into account, for us is the Ickle Bubble Globe. It’s become our go-to stroller for both short trips and long walks and we’ve had a number of compliments on its style.

If the Silver Cross Jet wasn’t so expensive, relatively, it may have taken the crown because its build-quality is just so great.

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