Dummy’s guide to folding prams and strollers

guide to pram foldingNew to parenthood or battling with a new type of baby carriage? Need a dummy’s guide to folding a pram or stroller? You’ve come to the right place.

We can’t show you how to fold every single brand and model of pram or stroller, but we can take you through how to fold the common models from the brands that Australian parents rated in our Canstar Blue 2015 prams and strollers survey.

Australians rated these brands as easy to fold

For compactness and ease of folding, Australian parents gave Baby Jogger a 5-star rating and Valco Baby and Target a 4-star rating.

Want a lighter frame to fold? Valco Baby, Target and Maclaren each received a 5-star rating for the weight of their prams and strollers.

Valco Baby

Valco Baby has two ultra-handy YouTube channels – one where they demo all of their pram and stroller models, and one where they have children demo their most popular models of prams and strollers.

Find out how to fold more Valco Baby prams and strollers in the product manuals on their website.

Baby Jogger

Baby Jogger has a YouTube channel filled with promotional and instructional videos for their prams and strollers.

o   City Mini GT: video.

o   City Mini Zip: video.

Mountain Buggy

The Mountain Buggy strollers all seem to fold pretty much the same, but take note of how to convert from stroller to pram in some of these instructional videos.


Britax Australia manufactures Steelcraft prams. Some models don’t have instructional videos, just promotional videos or an assembly manual, so visit their list of strollers and look at the product page for your particular model.

  • Strider Plus: This model has its own website and a set of short and helpful instructional videos for setting up and folding down the stroller, two-seat stroller, infant carrier, and pram with bassinet.
  • All other models have instructional videos on YouTube that you can watch from the Britax Australia page for that product, e.g. the Agile Travel System pram product page.
  • e-brakeTM Stroller: Warning: We recommend you do not watch the videos for this model on their website or YouTube. The promotional video for this stroller contains disturbing footage and images of what can happen if your stroller is not properly secured or does not have adequate brakes. Unfortunately, the e-brake manual also doesn’t actually tell you how to fold it, so you’ll have to ask a sales assistant how to do it if you decide to get one.

Phil & Teds

Phil & Teds have their own YouTube channel for their instructional videos. You can find your particular model in their playlist of instructional videos.


Maclaren’s website did not provide any instructions for how to use your stroller or pram effectively, although their now-inactive YouTube channel had one video for how to fold the umbrella stroller model. However, we found one customer’s guide to folding and unfolding a stroller model, and a retail store’s guide to using the Techno XT model.


Bugaboo has a YouTube channel filled with what seems like hundreds of demo and instructional videos for all of their pram and stroller models and accessories.


Target sells many different models of strollers in Australia so we’ve looked at how to fold just the most popular ones at the time of writing.

  • Trek Layback stroller: instructions not available.
  • Childcare Rialto Platinum stroller: watch demo video for how to unfold or read PDF manual (p5 for unfolding, p10 for folding).
  • Mother’s Choice Citrus 4 Wheel Newborn Stroller: instructions not available.
  • Hipod i-Fold stroller: see page 14 of PDF manual for how to fold.

Love N Care

These folk have so many models of strollers that we can’t list them all! Look at their list of strollers and select your model, then click on the “download Instruction Manual” icon. For example:

Want to stop folding altogether?

36% of Australian parents we surveyed said they prefer baby carriers or slings over prams and strollers. A whopping 85% said having a baby carrier or sling gives them more freedom to do things and go places. The choice is yours.

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