As a city mom you’ve probably been toting your kiddo in a carrier longer than your suburban friends because it’s easier than riding public transportation with a stroller. And while your Bugaboo Frog or UppaBaby Vista has been great for strolling through parks and running some local errands, full-featured models aren’t exactly made for navigating buses, small stores, and less-than-spacious restaurants with ease. So if you’re in the market for an umbrella stroller, you want to look for a lightweight option since you’ll probably be building up your biceps carrying your kid up and down stairs anyway. Recline is key for napping on the go. And, remember, you’re going to have to master the feat of a folding a stroller while holding your child so you can’t have a tricky-to-collaspe model. Here are five strollers we think will make your life a little easier as you get from here to there in the city with your kid.

Most Compact: Peg Perego Pliko Mini Stroller, $249.99

If you're trying to slip into packed (and tiny) grocery stores or find a way to sneak your stroller into the back of a busy restaurant without asking everyone you pass to pull in their chairs (embarrassing!), this one is for you. It has one of the slimmest profiles around both folded and unfolded and it even reclines. Speaking of folding, you can do it one-handed, without bending over and there's a carry handle to make toting the 13-pounder onto buses or down stairs a breeze.

A Downside: Moms report this stroller is a bit rickety and flimsy feeling, despite the fact that it does hold up to a city lifestyle.

One More Plus: We love this stroller's full-coverage canopy. It has lots of adjustability so you can block the sun from your baby's eyes and sensitive skin no matter what angle it's coming from.

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–Julie Seguss

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