Carrier or Stroller? The great baby travel debate! 

Carrier or Stroller? The great baby travel debate! 

The biggest question many parents have when going on vacation with their baby is whether to take a carrier or a stroller! Lots of people have very strong opinions when ti comes to carrier or stroller but here is our break down of what we think is best and why! In truth, I think the answer is you always need both!

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For me it totally depends on where you are and what you are doing on what is the most appropriate. So what are the key questions you should ask yourself before making the decision on whether today is a stroller day or a carrier day?

What is better for the airport carrier or stroller? 

We always check the stroller. I like being able to pack it myself to make sure it doesn’t get damaged and to make sure (all being well – please dont let me have just jinxed myself) it gets on the flight. For that reason I think the carrier is the best option for the airport. I also find it easier when travelling solo to go through security with a carrier more than a stroller!

Also many airports have strollers available so you can always use one of them if you need to!

What is your preferred method at the airport?

How long are you going to be out? 

If you are going to be out for a long day you may not want to carry your baby all day. You can always take the carrier with the pram should you want to mix it up!

What are the streets like? 

Nothing is a travel pram killer like cobbles as we found out in Oxford! The carrier may be easier if you are in a cobbled place!

Oxford cobbles – a travel pram killer

What transport do you use? 

Will you be mostly walking or using public transport if so – what is access like? For instance in London only limited stations have pram and wheelchair friendly accessibility. Carriers might be easier for getting around!

What is the weather going to be like? 

When we were in Rome everyone said that a stroller wasn’t possible. The weather gave us no option and actually if we ever went back we would definitely use the pram again. In truth heavy rain forced our hand and if I returned to Rome I would use the pram again. We covered a lot of ground, kept the baby warm and dry  and had a really lovely day out!

Rain in Rome

We had a similar experience in Stockholm! There we found that the pram was more comfortable for thick layers and offered more protection from the biting Winter wind. We used the rain cover for an added layer of protection.

Cold in Sweden

Conversely, in hot weather like in Qatar and the UAE we find it is way to hot to use the carrier. You both end up sweaty and sticky. The pram is definitely a better option for hot weather!

What  will you be doing for nap times? 

If you are going out for a long day how will you accommodate the baby’s naps? We find it easier to have Baby E in the pram for napping during the day. There is nothing she loves more than napping in her pram so for long days out we can’t really be doing without it!

Napping in Valencia

What activities are you doing? 

Some places don’t allow prams. For instance some museums will make you check your pram. Check any locations ahead of time so you know if you will be allowed to take the baby in the pram or the carrier and pack accordingly!

Same planning is needed for outdoor activities. If you are going on a hike or even just a city walk – think about what the terrain will be like. If it’s not flat the carrier may be a better option!

The carrier was perfect for hiking Montjuic

What is your preference on a normal day – carrier or stroller?

What is it that you prefer to use in your day to day life? Whatever you are most comfortable with everyday is likely what you will prefer to use while travelling. Personally, I am a pram person all the way so this tends to be our default but I usually have the carrier packed underneath the pram so I can make use of both.

We have recently reviewed the Familidoo Air Stroller which may be of interest if you are looking for the perfect travel stroller

If you are interested in carriers our friends at Flip Flop globetrotters recommend the Manduca Carrier

I hope these questions will be of help when you are travelling to think about baby transportation methods but I would love to hear how you make your decisions in the comments below!

How do you decide what to use when travelling? Do you prefer a carrier or stroller? I would love to hear your preference with a straw poll in the comments! 


  1. April 10, 2017 / 6:32 am

    I’d pick just the carrier for an under one but after than I took both as it gave us options. #marvmondays

    • April 10, 2017 / 6:48 am

      I think having a summer baby in the Middle East made us more reliant on stroller but we have always taken both though baby just wants to walk now

  2. April 10, 2017 / 7:00 am

    I couldn’t do without a pushchair expecially for carting round a change bag and shopping. That said our carrier was great too and avoids finding lifts!! Thanks for sharing for #marvmondays x

    • April 10, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Good point! I don’t know how I use to shop without a pram to hang things on

  3. April 10, 2017 / 10:37 am

    This is a great post and just goes to show that a pram and carrier are both great for different reasons! I used to use a carrier more when Alfie was younger, but now we have a stroller which is lighter, and I can’t carry him for as long in the carrier because he’s heavy, then having both is a great option. I must say he has always slept better in the carrier than the pushchair though! #MarvMondays

    • April 10, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Great tips and nice to hear a different perspective! My little one refuses to sleep in the carrier

  4. April 10, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I have never got on with a baby carrier.Chris took our son out in the carrier yesterday and it just didn’t look comfortable. We are on our third carrier 🙁 Strollers are fab, and reign supreme in our house! #marmondays

  5. April 11, 2017 / 12:44 am

    Love a carrier as it means not having to worry about whether a stroller will fit or will be practical. Our two boys both slept well when worn on our fronts. Not very comfortable for hot humid weather though.

    • April 17, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Being in qatar has meant we have been less keen on the carrier

  6. April 12, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I mostly use the pram but if the place is awkward for a pram then I will use our sling wrap that we have. #MarvMondays

  7. April 13, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I definitely lean more towards the pushchair now.. with my first though, we lived in London and I couldn’t have survived without my sling there! #MarvMondays

    • April 17, 2017 / 9:27 am

      I can see how London and peaks aren’t great but we tend to be a pram family

  8. April 14, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    A great post and something I always think about when travelling #marvmondays

  9. April 17, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I definitely agree you need both – if you don’t have both with you you always want one or the other! #marvmondays

  10. May 1, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    We have experimented with strollers, but with twins, we have accomplished so much more with carriers than we could not have with a stroller, there is no question what we always choose. Carriers all day long!

    • May 1, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      That’s really great to have a twins perspective and wasn’t what I would have expected. Thanks for sharing your experience

  11. May 3, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I couldn’t image choosing one over the other. I love both but for different reasons. When our kids are 12mths & under I rely heavily on a carrier, but as they get older more on the pram. As you say though, how long you are out for, what you are doing that day, the weather… they all play a part. Great read, loved it.

  12. May 3, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    We normally take both and use each one depending on what we are doing that day. We find it hard to choose just one though #familytraveltips

  13. May 3, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I agree that both are useful depending on the situation. We also find the buggy particularly useful in hot countries when it is just too hot to use a carrier. #familytraveltips

  14. May 4, 2017 / 9:45 am

    It’s a great post, we always chose the buggy though as we had 3 under 13 months at one point!! #familytraveltips

  15. May 4, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Oooh it’s a tough one – I guess age and location dependant . I definitely prefer a carrier for a tiny baby though. However, a stroller offers good protection from the elements. #familytraveltips

    • May 5, 2017 / 5:01 am

      I think living in the Middle East made me prefer the stroller

  16. May 8, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Lots of great points here. For me, a stroller never worked under any circumstances! I had one when my eldest was born and used it a handful of times. It was nothing but trouble so from then on, I used a carrier for both children all the time. I don’t ever recall an occasion when I wished I’d had a stroller. The one time I was most glad of the carrier was when I was in Paris. It’s such a difficult city to navigate with anything bulky, I have no idea how I’d have coped on the underground with a stroller! Thanks for linking up to #FamilyTravelTips!

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