While you may not be able to find a stroller that is 100% free from all synthetic material, there are actually plenty of high-quality strollers on the US market that are free from the “worst” toxicants, such as PFAS and flame retardants.
I’ve done a lot of research on the topic in order to bring you the best non-toxic baby strollers that are not only safer for your children, but also come with lots of great reviews and features that make your life easier.
Below you’ll find non-toxic jogging strollers, umbrella strollers with UV protection, car-seat compatible strollers, and a lot more.
In a Nutshell:
On my hunt for non-toxic strollers, I prioritized brands that are free from PFAS and flame retardants.
There is a lot of info below about what to look for (and recommended brands), but here is a quick overview of some of the non-toxic stroller options on the market:
- For a jogging stroller: Good news! Many of the brands below have options for non-toxic jogging strollers, including Bumbleride, Guava, and Chicco.
- Most compact non-toxic stroller (when folded): Guava Roam
- Best non-toxic stroller for large/growing families: Zoe Tribe
- Most affordable non-toxic stoller: Chicco Lite Way Stroller ($110 at time of publication; only available at Target.)
- Best for a full travel system (with stroller & car seat): Nuna (they have several travel systems) or Chicco Corso Primo ClearTex Travel System (for a more affordable option)
- For non-toxic umbrella strollers: Most of the brands below offer options for lightweight, non-toxic umbrella strollers with canopies. Specifically, you may want to check out the Chicco Lite Way Stroller, the Nuna Trvl stroller, the Bugaboo Butterfly, and the Joolz Air+.
- Best non-toxic double strollers: Again, most of the brands below offer options for double strollers. The only ones that don’t have double strollers at this time are Guava and Bombi.
Table of Contents
- Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Strollers
- “Intentionally-Added” Chemicals vs. Contaminants
- Not All “Eco-Friendly” Strollers are Non-Toxic Strollers
- What If You Can’t Afford to Buy a Non-Toxic Stroller?
- It’s a Changing Landscape… So Stay Tuned!
- Other Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Non-Toxic Stroller
- What Are the Different Types of Baby Strollers and Their Purposes?
- Best Non-Toxic Baby Strollers
- Other Strollers I Looked Into
- Do Newborns Need a Special Stroller?
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Featured Image Credit: Bumbleride
This article was written by Abbie Davidson, with assistance from Konstantina Antoniadou.
Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Strollers
When it comes to certain consumer products, it’s relatively easy to find something that is 100% non-toxic, plastic-free, and made only from organic and natural materials.
That’s not the case when it comes to strollers. All strollers utilize quite a bit of plastic.
Unfortunately, all plastics do come with potential problems (the extent of which we still don’t know), but when they can’t be completely avoided, try not to fret.
What I suggest doing instead is prioritizing. Dodge the worst types of plastic when possible (such as PVC), and prioritize avoiding some of the worst chemical additives, such as flame retardants and PFAS.
There are several different types of flame retardant chemicals, with some of the “worst” being polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs.
Generally, flame retardants are endocrine disruptors that are linked to things like:
Before 2014, strollers sold in the US were required to pass flammability tests, which was difficult to do considering that many of the materials used (like polyurethane foam, for example) were easily flammable. This led manufacturers to add synthetic chemical flame retardants to their strollers.
When strollers became exempt from these requirements, many manufacturers kept using them anyway.
But in recent years, some states—such as California and New York—have started implementing more sweeping bans on flame retardants in certain types of consumer products, including ones made for babies and kids.
These state-based bans usually act as de facto national bans because manufacturers aren’t going to make different products for different states; they’re just going to change their processes across the board.
What this basically means for those of us in the United States is that although flame retardants have not been completely removed from strollers sold in the US, they’re largely on their way out!
An important note about flame retardants in the UK:
Unfortunately, as of late 2023, flame retardants are still required by law in the UK. This means that:
- If you buy any stroller in the UK, it most likely contains flame retardants. This includes some of the brands below that are generally FR-free except when they’re shipped to the UK (such as Bumbleride).
- If you buy a stroller from a UK/EU-based brand but have it shipped to the US, I would suggest reaching out to the brand before purchasing to make sure that the version of the stroller that you’re getting is free from flame retardants.
PFAS are similar to flame retardants in the sense that they used to be widely used in products like strollers, car seats, and lots of other consumer goods, but are now slowly being phased out.
These are the Teflon “forever chemicals” that are added to fabrics in order to make them resistant to water and/or stains.
PFAS exposure is linked to a wide range of health concerns, including:
- Testicular, bladder, or kidney cancer
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Weakened response to vaccines
- Reduced fertility
- Birth defects
- and more
Many companies are switching to PFAS-free treatments such as C0 or polyurethane. While these treatments may not be perfect (little is currently known about C0), I still believe that these options are safer than their PFAS-laden predecessors.
When shopping for PFAS-free strollers, you’ll want to look for brands that are completely free from all PFAS, not just a couple of them. There are literally thousands of different kinds of PFAS, and most of them are similar in terms of their potential health effects. So if you see a stroller brand advertise their treatments as “PFOA-free” or PFOS-free,” that should be a yellow flag. Those are just TWO types of PFAS, and it does NOT necessarily mean the product is totally PFAS-free.
On a related note, you may see some brands use the term “PFC-free.” This stands for perfluorinated chemicals (whereas PFAS stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). PFC is an older term that scientists have generally moved away from because it’s confusing, but it is still used sometimes. (You can read more about this here.) But the important thing to know is that “PFC-free” DOES refer to the entire group of chemicals. So if you see “PFC-free” on a stroller, you should be in good shape.
What About Durable Water Repellent (DWR)?
As you shop for strollers (or other types of products), you’ll see that some products are treated with a DWR finish. This is what makes it waterproof or water-resistant.
This can be confusing because DWR treatments MAY or MAY NOT contain PFAS. There are different formulations of DWR; some of which are PFAS-free and others that are not.
Therefore, just be aware that if you see a product that advertises the use of DWR, you may want to clarify whether or not it uses PFAS.
PVC is one of the “worst” kinds of plastic. For strollers, it’s often used for thin plastic parts and those clear rain windows.
Vinyl chloride itself is linked to several kinds of cancer (especially for those who work with it in an industrial capacity and/or have been exposed via disasters like the East Palestine train derailment), but it can also contain additional toxicants such as phthalates or heavy metals.
Ideally, you’ll want to look for “better” plastics, such as polyethylene. Or at least look for PVC that is explicitly free from things like phthalates, lead, and cadmium.
Other Plasticizers and Synthetics
As I mentioned above, it’s impossible to completely avoid synthetics when buying a stroller. That said, here are some other chemicals you may want to try and avoid if you can:
- Phthalates (which are endocrine disruptors and are used to soften plastics)
- BPA and other bisphenols (which are also endocrine disruptors and are used to harden plastics)
- Polyurethane foam
“Intentionally-Added” Chemicals vs. Contaminants
Another thing to note is that when it comes to certain chemicals like PFAS, there is always the risk of contamination.
Sometimes, PFAS can make their way into products via the manufacturing process, even if they were not added intentionally.
In my opinion, this is why we need more sweeping legislation in order to get these toxic chemicals out of our supply chains entirely… But that’s another topic for a different day.
There is essentially no way to know for sure if something is 100% PFAS-free unless you test it in a lab, which is really expensive. (And even these lab tests are imperfect, but again, I won’t get into that right now!)
The good news is that even if something is contaminated with PFAS, the amount of PFAS in the product is going to be much lower than it would be if it was intentionally-added.
That’s why our recommended non-toxic baby strollers are free from intentionally-added PFAS (and other toxicants).
Not All “Eco-Friendly” Strollers are Non-Toxic Strollers
With sustainability becoming more and more trendy each year, most companies are trying to implement more eco-conscious initiatives throughout their products and supply chains. This is, of course, an amazing thing!
However… it can also make things confusing.
In my research, I came across quite a few brands that have multiple eco-friendly features and processes in place, but are still using toxic chemicals like PFAS and/or flame retardants.
The only reason I bring this up is just to give you a gentle reminder not to be afraid to dig deeper and/or ask more questions from the brand in question if things are unclear.
What If You Can’t Afford to Buy a Non-Toxic Stroller?
I get it. Having a new baby is expensive. Strollers are expensive. And finding a stroller that fits all your criteria in terms of safety as well and functionality is no small feat.
So if you’re stressed out about not being able to afford a new non-toxic baby stroller, here are a few suggestions:
- Search for secondhand strollers on platforms like GoodBuyGear, Rebelstork, and Facebook marketplace. If possible, try to get your hands on a stroller that was made before 2014 (since all strollers made before then contain flame retardants).
- Also, check with the brand itself to see if they have any refurbished options. Many brands are implementing secondhand options in order to increase the circularity of their products.
- Put your stroller on your baby registry so that someone else might buy it for you! 😉
- Consider just getting organic accessories. For example, you might buy the Bumbleride organic cotton insert and just use it with whatever stroller you already have (if it fits). So even though you’re not getting the entire non-toxic stroller, you’re at least controlling the material that’s in direct contact with your baby.
- Try not to worry too much. You can’t live a *perfectly* non-toxic life, and if buying your ideal stroller is just not going to happen, that’s okay. There are many other things you can prioritize that will make a positive difference for your child. The products you put on their skin, the food they eat, etc… There are many opportunities to decrease the environmental toxicants in your home, and it’s okay to prioritize according to what’s realistic for you.
It’s a Changing Landscape… So Stay Tuned!
The good news is that PFAS and flame retardants seem to finally be on their way out of consumer products. Many brands are switching to PFAS-free water/stain-resistant treatments such as C0, while others—such as Guava—are skipping or minimizing the extra chemical treatments altogether (which might be a good idea, considering that PFAS might actually be useless in preventing stains anyway).
This general trend toward phasing out PFAS is happening in part because of changing regulations, as well as consumer pressure.
And this means that brands are making changes often. Bugaboo, for example, just completed their PFAS phase-out in July of 2023.
So, with that being said, we are going to try and keep this guide updated as more brands get rid of these harmful chemicals. So, stay tuned!
Other Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Non-Toxic Stroller
In addition to being made with safe materials, your stroller has to work for you. Here are some other things to think about when it comes to your preferences, needs, and lifestyle:
Car Seat Capabilities
Not every stroller works with every car seat. Some of the brands below sell their own car seat (or have partnered with a car seat brand) so that you can buy a whole set that will work together.
Others, however, sell car seat adaptors (separately), which are compatible with certain car seats and not others. So, before buying your stroller and/or car seat, be sure to check the details to make sure you can combine the products you’re planning to use together.
Consider the opened-up size as well as the folded-up size. Some double strollers are so wide that they don’t fit through all doorways. Some strollers fold up small enough that they can fit in airplane overhead bins.
So, think about your travel plans and day-to-day routines to make sure you get the right size stroller.
Ease of Folding
Pretty much every parent has experienced the frustration of trying to fold up a stroller with one hand while holding a crying kid in the other.
Many of today’s strollers have magical one-handed folding mechanisms, which is amazing. Consider whether or not this is a high priority for you.
Number, Age, and Weight of Kids
If you’re planning on having more kids in the near future, you may want to get a stroller that can be expanded to fit your growing family. This might save you some money in the long-run. Zoe, for example, offers strollers that can hold up to four kids!
Also: will the stroller be used for a newborn, or mostly just toddlers/older kid(s)? This may influence what kinds of seats and features you need.
Many strollers have recommended weight limits, so ensure your child falls within the specified range. For newborns, look for strollers with a bassinet attachment or seats that recline fully for proper support. You may also want to look for adjustable features like seat recline positions and footrest height so that the stroller can grow with your child.
Other preferences and lifestyle factors you might want to consider are things like:
- How much storage do you need? (And do you need cupholders and other little things like that?)
- Will you be taking the strollers for runs? On trails? What kind of terrain do you plan on traversing with your kid in tow?
- Will you be taking the stroller to Disney? They have limits on stroller size!
What Are the Different Types of Baby Strollers and Their Purposes?
Standard strollers: Sometimes called “city” strollers or “everyday” strollers, these are your go-to, all-purpose strollers that are perfect for everyday use. They’re typically equipped with comfortable seats, storage baskets and diaper bag holders, and maneuverable wheels. Great for strolling around the park, running errands, or going on adventures with your little one.
Jogging strollers: If you’re a fitness enthusiast or love going for jogs, jogging strollers tend to have sturdy frames, large air-filled tires, and a suspension system to handle rough terrains.
Lightweight strollers: When it comes to convenience and portability, lightweight strollers are the champs. They’re compact, easy to fold, and lightweight (hence the name). Perfect for travel, quick trips, or navigating crowded spaces.
Umbrella strollers: Need something compact and fuss-free? Umbrella strollers are your answer. These lightweight strollers fold up like an umbrella and are easy to carry and store.
Travel system strollers: Travel system strollers are all about versatility. They consist of a stroller frame that can be used with an infant car seat. This means you can seamlessly transfer your sleeping baby from the car to the stroller without disturbing their dreams.
Double strollers: For families with twins or siblings close in age, double strollers are a game-changer. They come in different configurations—side-by-side or tandem (one seat in front of the other). Double the cuteness, double the fun, and double the joy of strolling together.
Best Non-Toxic Baby Strollers
Alright, now let’s get to our recommended brands!
Free from: PFAS, Fire Retardants (except when shipped to the UK), PVC, BPA, Phthalates, Polyurethane Foam, Chlorine, Vinyl, and Formaldehyde
Options: All-Terrain, Double Stroller, Reversible Stroller & two jogging strollers (the Speed and the IRONMAN)
Price Range: $699-1,029
Bumbleride is definitely one of the best brands for non-toxic strollers that are free from all of the most concerning toxic chemicals, like PFAS, flame retardants, and PVC. The fabric they use is made of OEKO-TEX certified recycled PET.
Bumbleride strollers check a lot of boxes when it comes to performance as well. They’ve got hundreds of positive reviews and have earned the trust of conscious parents who need a stroller that’s not only safe but is also durable and easy to use in real life.
One example: Your Bumbleride stroller will still be able to hold up in the rain. To make it water-resistant, they use a PFAS-free durable water repellent (DWR) called C0. C0 is becoming very popular these days as a water/stain-resistant coating that is PFAS-free and approved by third parties like bluesign®, ZDHC, and OEKO-TEX.
Bumbleride has great options for non-toxic jogging strollers and all-terrain strollers. They utilize air-filled tires (instead of foam-filled) and all-wheel suspension, making these strollers a good choice for you if you live in an urban environment or want to be able to take your stroller out of the trails.
Even though most of their strollers can be used for jogging (pretty much all of them except for the Era Reversible Stroller), they have two options that are meant specifically for jogging: the Speed and the IRONMAN. These have a bunch of safety features, including things like a wrist strap to prevent runaways, a canopy for sun reflection, 360 swivel, full recline, and extra reflective elements (only the IRONMAN has the extra reflectors).
Their strollers have a bunch of other super useful features, too—like plenty of storage pockets, ergonomic handle trigger release with one-step fold/standing stow, and more.
They have a handy Stroller Comparison Chart, too, to help you easily see the difference between their options.
Bumbleride doesn’t make its own car seat, but its strollers are compatible with many of the popular car seat brands (see here). They’ve also partnered with Clek to bring you a car seat/travel system that works well with their strollers. (Just make sure you get the Thunder or Pitch Black colorway for the car seat, as those are the only ones that are PFAS-free at this time.)
Lastly, Bumbleride offers a ton of accessories to make your life easier, from car seat adaptors to a mini board for toddlers to ride on(!), to a collection of organic cotton inserts to keep your baby warm and comfortable, and more.
They also make it easy to repair your stroller if you ever need to, with a range of replacement parts and a customer support team to help you out.
Free from: PFAS, flame retardants, PVC, BPA, phthalates.
Options: Single-to-Double Stroller
Price Range: $450
Mockingbird’s modular non-toxic strollers are also free from flame retardants, PFAS, and other potential toxins.
Equipped with an extendable UPF 50+ all-weather canopy, go-anywhere wheels mirror, and a generously sized basket that holds all the essentials up to 25 lbs, it’s no wonder why these strollers come with thousands of positive reviews from happy parents.
Plus, it’s got the one-hand fold!
You can easily switch between forward-facing and parent-facing modes. They offer a 2nd Seat Kit and a Riding Board, which means it can technically hold up to three little ones. They’ve also got an attachable bassinet option for newborns, car seat adaptor, and lots of other optional accessories like snack trays and more.
Mockingbird also did a bunch of testing for durability, too. They put the strollers under repeated impacts and 10,000 simulated sidewalk curb maneuvers to ensure they can withstand any knocks and bangs that may come.
Mockingbird also offers a 30-day trial and a generous limited lifetime warranty.
Free from: PFAS, Flame Retardants, limits on VOCs
Options: Single strollers, lightweight/travel strollers, convertible/bassinet-ready strollers, reversible strollers, and travel systems
Price Range: $500-1,200
Because of the fact that Nuna has figured out a way for their car seats to meet US flammability standards without added flame retardants, Nuna is a good option for full travel systems that include both non-toxic strollers and car seats.
Many of Nuna’s strollers and car seats are GREENGUARD Gold certified, which means they’ve been verified to be below a certain threshold when it comes to VOCs and other toxicants like phthalates. Although GREENGUARD doesn’t currently ban PFAS, Nuna has told me that their products are indeed PFAS-free.
They definitely have several different options to suit your growing family, including single strollers and convertibles.
Most of Nuna’s strollers come equipped with large baskets that can hold a lot, plus UPF 50+ rating canopies for sun protection. They have add-on accessories like snack trays, cup holders, travel bags, and. more.
They also use healthier fabrics for many of their liners and accessories—like organic cotton and TENCEL.
Free from: Flame Retardants, PFAS, PVC.
Options: Roam Stroller (crossover/jogging stroller)
Price Range: $650
Guava’s Roam non-toxic jogging stroller is GREENGUARD Gold certified, which means it’s been third-party verified to meet a certain set of standards when it comes to volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
This is definitely good news, but it doesn’t necessarily mean anything about flame retardants and/or PFAS. So, I reached out to Guava and they told me:
“We have avoided using waterproofing & stain-resistant chemicals to make sure the stroller doesn’t have PFAS or their newer substitutes. The stroller does not contain PFAS. The weather resistance of the polyester material is due to the tight weave and PU coating on the back. Please note it is not fully waterproof…water will bead up on it initially, but will absorb over time. However, this will not damage the material and it will dry out. For stain resistance, we’ve also avoided using chemicals. Rather, we have simply made the seat liner removable and washable for the inevitable spill.”
So, that’s obviously very good news that the Guava Roam Stroller is PFAS-free, but parents may want to bear in mind that it does not have an alternative water-resistant treatment added to it. This won’t be a big deal for most people, but it’s just worth noting.
It’s also worth pointing out that the Guava stroller is not free from polyurethane foam. The Guava team told me that the stroller comes with a FR-free polyurethane foam seat padding.
One of the main selling points of the Guava is that it has what they call “3D Nesting Fold™,” which means it “folds 50% smaller than traditional joggers to fit even in small vehicles.”
Some other key features that joggers might be interested in, include:
- Lock/unlock from the handlebar for quick transitions between walking and running.
- Airless, rubber tires (so you don’t have to worry about punctures) and independent suspension for all types of terrain.
- A “60-day Test Ride” policy, which means if you don’t love the stroller after you’ve tried it for 60 days, you can get a full refund.
You also have the option to buy extra accessory bundles, including a car seat adaptor, snack tray, rain cover, extra storage, and more.
Free from: Intentionally added fire retardants, PFAS, BPA, and phthalates.
Options: Various full-sized strollers, jogging strollers, lightweight strollers, and double strollers. Plus they also have a frame stroller, which is a more affordable & lightweight option that fits a newborn’s car seat.
Price Range: $110-400
(Car seats are a little different. If you get a Chicco car seat, make sure you get one of the ClearTex ones to ensure it’s FR-free. But none of their products have any added PFAS.)
They’ve got options for non-toxic umbrella strollers, jogging strollers, modular strollers, and ones that are car seat compatible.
If you want to go with a full travel set, I recommend checking out the Corso Primo ClearTex Travel System because that one comes with the ClearTex fabric (as well as other material safety features like GREENGUARD Gold certification and organic cotton inserts). It comes with an infant car seat that attaches to the stroller, but then you can switch the stroller around as your child grows. (It’s got a total of six configurations!) It’s also got extras like a one-hand fold, a zip-extend canopy, rear-suspension wheels, and lots of storage.
Note that not all of Chicco’s strollers are PVC-free. For more details, you’ll want to check the specifications on each stroller’s product page to see which parts contain PVC.
This Netherlands-based brand offers more non-toxic strollers. Since they sell products around the world, whether or not they are free from flame retardants depends on the country. But Bugaboo did confirm with me that all products sold in the US are free from flame retardants.
Additionally, they told me that as of July 2023, all of their products are PFAS-free. (This may be important to know if you’re considering a secondhand Bugaboo stroller that was made/sold before that time.)
Bugaboo’s strollers are on the more expensive side, but they do have a lot of different options, including ones that have bassinets and reversible/convertible strollers.
One of the things that sets them apart from the other brands is how customizable they are in terms of fabrics and colorways!
Free from: Flame retardants, PFAS, polyurethane foam.
Options: Bēbee Lightweight Stroller
Price Range: $200
Bombi’s strollers do not have added flame retardants or PFAS. They confirmed with me that they do not add durable water repellants of any kind to their strollers.
They only have one star offering, which is their Bēbee Lightweight Stroller (which is available in a variety of colors).
This is another non-toxic stroller that comes with a magical one-handed fold. It’s also got a bunch of other features, like ‘infinite recline,’ an extra large umbrella canopy (with UV protection), a 5-point safety harness, and lots of storage.
Plus, the fabrics are made almost entirely of recycled plastic bottles, a tree is planted with each purchase, and 1% of sales are donated to environmental non-profit organizations.
They’ve got several optional accessories, too, including a car seat adaptor, footmuff, snack tray, and more.
Note that not all of Bombi’s products are PVC-free. Their rain cover is made out of PVC.
Joolz also has several everyday strollers that are free from PFAS and flame retardants.
Their Aer+ lightweight stroller is good for toddlers and kids. It’s got a 5-point harness, folds up easily and compactly, and is airplane-compatible.
The Day+ stroller is a good option for babies because it comes with a bassinet/carry cot that’s suitable for newborns. The Hub+ can also fit the bassinet but then can be converted to a toddler stroller afterward.
They’ve also got extra features and accessories like an extra-large sunhood/canopy, a bumper bar, storage baskets, option footmuffs, snack trays, and more.
They also offer a 10-year transferable warranty, which means if you hand the stroller down to another new parent, the warranty stays with the stroller.
They also plant a tree with each purchase.
Free from: Flame Retardants, PFAS, BPA, Pesticides, Phthalates, Polyurethane Foam, Formaldehyde.
Options: The Tour (everyday single stroller), The Traveler (lightweight single stroller), The Terra (jogging stroller), The Twin (double stroller), The Tandem (a single-file double stroller), The Trio (seats 3), and The Tribe (seats 4).
Price Range: $249-649
Zoe is a really great option if you already have or planning on having a lot of kids. Most of their strollers can be adapted to either add or remove seats based on how many little ones you need to put in it. For example, you can turn The Tour single stroller into a double, or you can turn The Trio triple stroller into a quad!
In terms of materials, all of Zoe’s strollers are made without the most harmful chemicals like PFAS and flame retardants. For the plastic parts, they use recycled polyester, nylon, EVA, and food-grade polyethylene. Instead of PFAS, they use a 600D polyurethane-coated fabric to make the seat and canopy water-resistant.
Another one of Zoe’s main selling points is how lightweight they are. Their lightest weight ones (The Traveler and The Tour) are 12-13 lbs, and the heaviest one (The Tribe, which seats four) comes in at 32.2. lbs. The singles and doubles can also be folded using one hand.
They don’t make their own car seat, but they do offer a click-in car seat adaptor that works with several popular car seat brands, like Chicco and Graco. Not all of their strollers are car seat compatible, though, so just make sure to check before buying.
They’ve got a lot of extras, too, like cupholders (for both parents and little ones), spacious storage baskets, reclinable seats, and expandable UPF 50+ canopies for sun protection. In terms of accessories, they offer add-ons like snack trays, extra storage compartments, carry-straps, all-terrain wheels, and more.
Many of their strollers do come with leatherette handles, but they are made with PU, not PVC. You can opt to replace those with snack trays if you want.
Lastly, most of their strollers are Disney-approved and meet all park requirements! (Except The Terra jogging stroller.)
Greentom (Only Available in Europe)
Greentom’s strollers are made to grow with your child from newborn to about four years old. They’re out of recycled materials, and the mattress is made out of OEKO-TEX and GOTS certified organic wool. They offer accessories like car seat adaptors and footmuffs, too.
Instead, of PFAS, Greentom uses a PU coating on their strollers to make them water-resistant.
Greentom is currently only available for purchase in Europe, but if you’re in the US, you can sometimes find one secondhand on a site like Good Buy Gear or Facebook Marketplace.
It comes with a Lifetime Warranty, too!
Other Strollers I Looked Into
Here are some other strollers I researched to find out if they are PFAS/FR-free or not:
- Britax/BOB: These two brands are owned by the same company. They are free of flame retardants, but are probably not free from PFAS. When I reached out to them to ask, they told me that they use a DWR finish, but refused to answer me about whether or not the finish uses PFAS.
- Graco: As far as I can tell, Graco strollers are NOT free from PFAS or flame retardants.
- Joovy: Joovy’s strollers are free from flame-retardants, BPA, and phthalates, but are not PFAS-free as of fall 2023.
- MaxiCosi: Their PureCosi™ accessories are free from flame retardants, but it’s unclear or they contain PFAS and/or if any of their other products contain these chemicals. I’ve reached out to them and have yet to hear back.
- Mountain Buggy/phil&teds: These two brands are owned by the same company. I reached out to them and they told me that “The DWR treatment for the product may contain PFAS.”
- Naturkind: They do have several sustainability initiatives, but their strollers are not PFAS- or flame-retardant-free. They also only ship to Europe at this time.
- Silver Cross: It’s unclear whether Silver Cross strollers that are sold in the US have flame retardants and/or PFAS additives. I’ve reached out to them to ask and am still waiting to hear back.
- Stokke: I really want to be able to recommend Stokke’s because they have high-quality products and lots of positive reviews. I know that at least some of their products are PFAS-free and instead use a “BIONIC FINISH®” which is PFAS-free finish. But unfortunately, they have not been clear with me about whether or not all of their strollers are free from PFAS and/or flame retardants. I may add them in the future if I can get a straight answer from them.
- UPPABaby: Some of UPPABaby strollers are free of flame retardants, but not all. When I reached out, they told me that “We do not use PFAS on our car seats, seat liners, bassinet lining, or mattress covers” and that they “are committed to meeting new governmental regulations as they come into effect.” So, it sounds like they’re making progress, but I personally would like them to be more explicit…
Do Newborns Need a Special Stroller?
Newborns don’t necessarily need a special stroller, but it’s important to consider their specific needs and safety. While some strollers are suitable for newborns, others may require additional accessories or attachments to provide proper support and comfort. Look for strollers that offer reclining seats or bassinet attachments, as these can provide a more secure and comfortable position for your newborn.
Additionally, ensure that the stroller has proper head and neck support, as well as a five-point harness for added safety (which most of the brands above offer). It’s always a good idea to consult the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations to choose a stroller that meets the specific needs of your newborn.
I hope this guide has helped you find a non-toxic stroller that fits your needs and preferences so that you and your new family can stroll with confidence!
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