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The Stroller

Several people have wondered which stroller we decided to purchase for baby boy.  So, without further ado, I give you the Baby Jogger City Mini 2011 in black!

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I’m so happy with this stroller.  It satisfies my 3 main criteria that any stroller must meet:

  1. One handed fold {So easy!  You pull up on the carry-handle and it folds in half}
  2. Can be carried in one arm {Very lightweight – weighs just under 17lbs/7.7kgs}
  3. Usable from birth onwards {Has a weight capacity of 50lbs/22.6kgs}

Why these 3 criteria?  Because:

  1. I don’t want to be fiddling with all sorts of flips, clips, clamps, and latches while also trying to keep a hold on baby boy.  Give me something simple.
  2. We have a lift in our building, but in order to reach our level you must climb a half-flight of stairs.  Can you see me trying to carry a big stroller up the steps while also holding baby boy?  No thanks.  I want something that I can easily carry.
  3. It makes no sense to me to have a stroller that either (a) can’t be used till baby boy is a few months old, or (b) can only be used for the first few months of baby boy’s life.  I want one stroller that can be used from the get-go.

And aside from the fact that it meets my 3 primary criteria, the Baby Jogger City Mini has also won several safety and parenting awards {e.g. the NAPPA Gold Award, Mother & Baby Gold Award, iParenting Media Award, Australia International Design Award, and the 2010 GOOD Design Award}.  Furthermore, it meets many of my “secondary criteria”:

  1. Compact
  2. Sturdy
  3. Easy to navigate with a 360 degree rotating front wheel {that can also be locked}
  4. A good height for someone as tall as me {5’8″} – I’m not hunched over the push bar or kicking the back of the stroller while I walk

And then there’s a whole bunch of other little things that I love about it…

  1. It comes with a lot of accessories – great storm cover, a bug cover, adjustable belly bar, child’s console, child tray, cooler, parent’s console, cup holder, mp3 console with speakers {good grief!}, a carry bag, car seat adapter, bassinet attachment, a glider stand {for older children to ride along}, an extra seat support, and more…
  2. It’s easy to assemble.  From start to finish, it took me 5 minutes.  Nice.
  3. The stroller shade has 3 panels and is one of the most “sheltering” that I’ve seen.  But if you want baby to have some sun, it can also be pulled back for less coverage.

Want to see how easily it folds?

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Isn’t that fabulous?  It’ll be so easy to pick up baby boy, grab the handle, and just go.  Perfect for getting on the bus or walking up the stairs or tossing in the back of a car.  We decided to purchase the storm cover {a necessity in Auckland} and the baby bar that sits up front.    I may decide to purchase some of the other accessories at a later date, but there’s no rush.

Here are some of my own photos.  I couldn’t resist taking a few once it was set up and in our house.  Plus, my mom really wanted to see what it looked like 🙂

Reclining – shade fully extended

Reclining – shade partially extended

Upright – shade fully extended

Upright – shade closed

Upright – front view

Upright – back view

Reclining – back view with vent open

Reclining – back view, covered

Pull Handle

Folded up and ready to go!

Yep – safe to say that I love this stroller 🙂

If you’d like to purchase this stroller for yourself, click here and select from the drop-down “Where To Buy” menu.

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6 thoughts on “The Stroller

  1. That is pretty funny – at least it’ll be one less thing to think about when you are pregnant!

    As far as the accessories, those aren’t included when you purchase the stroller – you have to pay extra for those here, too :-/ We bought the belly bar and storm cover, but anything else I’ll buy in the States – it’s more economical over there and we can have family bring it when they come to visit 🙂

  2. Ok, this is going to sound weird and creepy, but – despite not being pregnant nor having a baby, this is the stroller I have already picked out for myself. It is amazing! And in the US, it doesn’t come with ANY of that stuff, so consider yourself lucky! 🙂

  3. Wow, what an awesome stroller!! I can’t believe how compact it is when folded down! And it looks super easy to use. Good stuff 🙂

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