Strollers aren’t required to meet flammability regulations in the same way that car seats are, but they may still contain flame retardants and/or may be made with plastics that contain BPA, PVC, phthalates, and other harmful elements. Below is a list of excellent strollers that you’ll want to consider; most of these are non-toxic strollers made by responsible manufacturers who have limited their use of harmful ingredients in the making of their strollers. Please note that you should still limit the time your baby spends in their stroller (and car seat).
Lightweight Stroller Frames:
If you’re using an infant car seat, you’ll either want to purchase a stroller frame or choose a compatible full-size stroller that attaches to your car seat (or both, actually). Some car seat manufacturers also make a matching stroller frame, such as the Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi Stroller and Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller.
Otherwise, if your car seat doesn’t have a matching stroller frame, you could try the Baby Trend Snap N Go Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier. This is essentially a compact and lightweight version of a stroller, and I find that many moms use this in the early days. It should fit most infant car seats, including the Chicco, Maxi Cosi, Britax, and UPPAbaby seats.
Full-Size Non-Toxic Strollers:
- Baby Jogger City Mini: The City Mini stroller is extremely popular, and for good reason. It’s lightweight and portable, and can be folded down with one hand (meaning… you can fold the stroller while holding your baby!). It steers well and has a generous sun canopy, and the seat reclines to a near-flat position, making napping in the stroller a lot easier. In the United States, Baby Jogger’s strollers are truly non-toxic, as they are made free of flame retardants, PVC, BPA, latex, Teflon, phthalates, AZO dyes, and Scotchguard. The biggest downside to this stroller is that it doesn’t offer a parent-facing option, except when using an infant car seat. This is a big negative because I find it very helpful for younger babies (i.e. during the first 6-8 months or so) to be able to see their parents or caregiver when in the stroller. Compatible car seat brands include Baby Jogger, Britax, Chicco, and Maxi-Cosi. It is not compatible with the Nuna Pipa. There is also an upgraded version of the Mini, the City Mini GT Stroller, which comes with all-terrain tires (though it is not a jogging stroller).
- UPPAbaby Cruz: I love the UPPAbaby Cruz! It’s a high-end compact, non-toxic stroller that offers almost everything a full-size stroller does. It offers a parent-facing option, which I find so delightfully useful in the earlier months when your baby just wants to see mom. Then, when your baby is ready to explore the world, you can face the seat forward. The seat itself is compatible for both toddlers and newborns (using the newborn insert), and has an easy-to-use recline feature. It is easy to steer and offers a really smooth ride (it rivals the Bugaboo), has adjustable-height handles, and boasts a huge storage basket. It’s not as easy to fold down as the City Mini, but it does stand on its own when folded. Plus, you can rest assured that UPPAbaby does not use toxic flame retardants, BPA, Phthalates, Lead, PVC, Latex, Teflon, or ScotchGuard in any of their products. I’ve been very happy with my Cruz, and find that it’s a better option for your first baby than the UPPAbaby Vista, which is more ideal if you have two young children in a stroller. You can add on an optional bassinet (which you don’t need and probably won’t use) that can also be attached to a bassinet stand and used in your home. The Cruz is compatible with the company’s own Mesa Infant Car Seat, as well as Chicco and Maxi-Cosi seats using adapters.
- Britax B-Agile or Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System: A lightweight stroller that folds down very easily (also with one hand, like the City Mini), the Britax B-Agile is another great stroller to consider. It features a large canopy for sun protection (so it’s good for a lot of outdoor use) and a generous storage basket. It maneuvers well and is great for everyday use. It doesn’t give you the option to rear-face your child (unless using the car seat), so your baby will always have to face forward when using the stroller seat. The B-Agile is compatible with the Britax B-Safe car seats (and you can save nicely by buying the two together as a travel system set), as well as Chicco, Peg Perego, and some Graco Snugride car seats using an adapter. Britax is committed to not using toxic flame retardants in any of their products.
Non-Toxic Jogging Strollers:
Families tend to fall into two camps with jogging strollers – they either use them all the time or not at all. Hopefully you’ll get plenty of use out of yours if you decide to purchase one. If not, they resell well on Craigslist. Before using a jogging stroller, speak with your pediatrician; many will recommend not using a jogging stroller before your baby is 6 months of age.
- Bumbleride Speed Jogging StrollerBumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller: Bumbleride is a responsible manufacturer, choosing only the best materials for their strollers and using methods to reduce their eco footprint. These are wonderful non-toxic strollers! All of their strollers are free of flame retardants, PVC, phthalates, and polyurethane foam. The fabrics used are Oeko-Tex certified and are made from 100% recycled polyester made using recycled post consumer water bottles. The Speed Jogging Stroller has a lightweight aluminum frame, a large canopy for protection from the elements while outdoors, adjustable handles, and a large storage basket. It has a smooth ride and is easy to fold down. This stroller is compatible with Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Maxi Cosi Mico, Cybex Aton Q, Cybex Aton 2, Cybex Aton, and Nuna Pipa car seats.
- BOB Revolution Flex Stroller: The BOB is the go-to stroller for your family’s outdoor adventures (and is also great for daily use, if you don’t mind lugging around a heavier stroller). It’s an all-terrain stroller with an impressive suspension system that can safely be used for jogging. It comes with an adjustable handlebar, a lock-or-swivel front wheel, and an easy 2-step fold. It’s easy to use, easy to lock and unlock, and also very comfortable for babies and toddlers alike. This is a popular choice for most families, and many parents I know love their BOB.
Non-Toxic Umbrella Strollers:
At around 6 months of age, you might find it more convenient to start using a more lightweight stroller instead of your full-size stroller. That’s when an umbrella stroller will come in handy.
- UPPAbaby G-LUXE StrollerUPPAbaby G-LUXE: This is a wonderful umbrella stroller because it has a lot of features that many other umbrella strollers omit. First, it is incredibly well-made, being an UPPAbaby stroller. So you know that you can count on UPPAbaby’s excellent quality and customer service (should anything ever not work out). And it’s also one of the better non-toxic strollers available. It comes with the same impressive sun canopy that you’ll find on the Cruz and Vista strollers, that offers plenty of protection from the sun. The seat reclines to three positions, and it comes with a carry strap (for when your toddler just has to walk on their own!). The stroller also stands on its own, which is helpful for so many reasons. As with all UPPAbaby products, the G-LUXE does not contain any halogenated flame retardants.
- Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller: Weighing less than 12 pounds, the 3Dlite stroller is one of the lighter umbrella strollers on the market. The stroller features a large storage basket and a four-position recline. The seat is comfortable for your baby, and easy to fold down. With these great features, and at such an affordable price point, this is a great umbrella stroller to consider. At just 2 pounds heavier than the 3Dlite, the Summer Infant 3D Flip Convenience Stroller comes with all of these features, and it allows you to rear-face your baby. Pretty amazing for an umbrella stroller, when you consider that many full-size strollers don’t even offer this feature. This is not a non-toxic stroller.