Please meet my friend: the Valco Baby Snap 4 Trend stroller. If you like the City Mini/B-Lively, prepare to have your mind BLOWN: the Valco Baby Snap 4 Trend stroller is similar, yet a few pounds lighter (say whaat?) — 15 lbs vs. ~18 lbs. A lesser-known and well-kept secret in the stroller world, it’s one of my favorites.
Valco Baby is originally out of Australia with operations in NYC. Popular in the Northeast (but little known in the South or West), Valco Baby initially made waves with their double and triple strollers. Now, they are bringing the thunder from down under with their lightweight and stylish single strollers.
The seat is wide and tall and even fit my exhausted 5-year-old (below) on a trip to Disney, though we were nearing the 45-lb weight limit.
It was perfect for my 2 (almost 3)-year-old. The seat comes with a gnaw-proof bumper bar and reclines fully for newborns.
Car Seat Compatibility
For infants, you can also purchase a separate car seat adapter for Maxi-Cosi Mico or Nuna Pipa.
The buckle is objectively toddlerproof and a unique feature of Valco Baby Strollers. It requires pushing the release whilst pushing downward on the buckles at the same time. It takes some practice, but I assure you no toddler will bust out of it.
Canopy, Braking, Storage, Accessories
The handlebar is adjustable with three height preferences.
The canopy is large and even has a 3rd zip-out panel for when the sun is low on the horizon. It’s comparable to that of the City Mini/B-Lively, which you know I love.
The storage basket is large and deep and will definitely hold a lot of STUFF. The only issue is that the opening isn’t super huge, although you can get a larger diaper bag in there by inserting it sideways. I found that the shoulder carry strap got in the way of the stroller basket opening, but you can lengthen or tighten it to get it out of the way. I had this thing packed to the brim at Disney — it held a lot!
The Valco Baby Snap 4 Trend stroller also comes standard with a mini organizer in the back, which zips onto the canopy. In it, you can put a bottle, a phone, and keys. It does not come with a cup holder, but you can buy one separately, which I always recommend.
The brake is an easy one-step brake that any pair of flip-flops can handle.
While not an all-terrain stroller, the 4EVA tubeless tires ride surprisingly well even over grass and brick. The steering and handling on this stroller is dreamy (for a NON all-terrain stroller, at least). In fact, the Snap 4 Trend glides forward with a certain airiness.
Folding & Carrying
The fold on this stroller is super easy—nay, downright snappy! Just press the fold/release button, squeeze the handlebar release and voila. It snaps down (and auto locks) VERY compactly so you can throw it into the smallest of trunks.
Note that the fold is not quite as convenient as the “seat fold” of the City Mini/B-Lively, which you can fold and carry away with one motion without having to bend over and pick it up off the ground.
It’s very easy to carry around with the shoulder strap:
It’s also very easy to carry down the stairs. Seriously y’all, it’s SO lightweight.
The Valco Baby Snap 4 Trend Stroller gives the City Minis and B-Livelys of the world a run for their money. It’s ideal for those who are looking for a full-featured stroller with the weight of a heavier umbrella stroller—especially for those who are looking for something a little different. Also? Perfect for travel.
Thus, if you’re looking for a great everyday stroller, definitely add this one to your search! #yourewelcome