The classic Australian children’s book “The Magic Pudding,” written in 1918, starts with a dilemma for the protagonist, a koala named Bunyip Bluegum: he wants to leave home, but he hasn’t got a traveling bag, nor does he have a swag (an Australian bedroll). He asks the wise poet Egbert Rumpus Bumpus for advice, and Bumpus tells him:
“As you’ve no bags it’s plain to see
A traveler you cannot be;
And as a swag you haven’t either
You cannot be a swagman neither.
As you have neither swag nor bag
You must remain a simple wag.”
It’s a shame that Bunyip’s dilemma occurred about a hundred years too early for him to use the Valco Baby Snap 4: this Aussie baby stroller is a fine companion for travelers, and for their traveling gear as well. The Snap 4 Stroller weighs in at only 13 pounds, but it has plenty of room for your growing child, with an enormous seat, a 44 pound weight capacity, and a nearly-full recline for napping, and a huge basket besides!
The Valco Baby Snap 4 Stroller is very much like the Valco Snap, with one extra front wheel, for parents who prefer the feel of four wheels over three. Otherwise, it has all the same features we love about the original Snap:
- Folds in a snap: The Valco Baby Snap 4 Stroller has an easy, speedy, compact fold – we watched a video where reviewer Miss J folded it on camera without even practicing! The Snap has an automatic fold lock that holds it firmly closed, and a carry strap that lets you sling it over your shoulder. The seat fabric folds inside, keeping your stroller clean when you’re not using it.
- Cool canopy: The Valco Snap 4 Stroller has an enormous expandable hood that gives your child tons of coverage from the elements. A peek-a-boo window lets you check on your kiddo, and when the seat is fully reclined, you can open another mesh window to let air through. You can also get a sharp new Valco Baby Vogue Hood to accessories your Snap 4 Stroller – it’s just like the canopy that comes with the stroller, but you can choose another color! There are plenty of bright options that will make your Snap look snappy.
- Lots and lots of room: The Snap 4 Stroller’s 14”-wide seat has tons of room for older kids. The combination of light weight and heavy capacity makes the Snap a great companion for travel – if your 4-year-old is all tuckered out halfway through a day at Disney, she can nap in the Snap! According to reviews, the Snap maneuvers nicely even with a lot of weight in it, and if you’re in bumpy territory, you can lock the swiveling front wheels for a bit more stability. The Valco Baby Snap 4 also has an unusually roomy basket for a lightweight stroller – you can fit an entire full-sized diaper bag in it, and it’s easy to access.
- More features: The Valco Baby Snap 4 Stroller also has an adjustable 5-point harness that’s easy for you to unbuckle but quite impossible for your child; puncture-proof tubeless tires; a flip-flop-friendly brake; and a removable bumper bar with a gate opening (you can open one side to put your baby in). Infant car seat adapters snap into the same housing as the bumper bar, making them easy and intuitive to use.
So whether you’re swaggering through Sydney, rumbling through London, nipping through New York City, or just taking a quick spin around your own block, the Valco Baby Snap 4 Stroller is a terrific travel solution for you and your child.