Double Strollers 8
Have you started purchasing anything for your baby yet? Not sure where to start? Well, I’m in the same boat so stick with me and we’ll figure this thing out together.
The first thing I wanted to sort out was my stroller. I was a little overwhelmed with all the different types out there so I popped into Snuggle Bugz as I knew they would help me out. They have a huge selection of strollers to test out, fold, and even try in your trunk! And thank goodness for their knowledgeable sales associates, with so many options, they definitely helped me navigate through the different types of strollers to really get down to what I need. There are jogging strollers, umbrella strollers, singles, doubles… the list goes on and on. But after speaking with Katrina at the Burlington store and trying out various strollers, I really had to ask myself “What do I want out of this stroller?”.
Here’s a list of what I came up with:
- A good every day stroller (I’m not a jogger… yet!)
- One that isn’t too hard for me to lift
- A stroller that can eventually fit two kids
- Would love it to be able to attach a bassinet
- A stroller that has adaptors for a car seat
- One that’s easy to move around
- Would like a bug protector (for summer walks!)
- Stable enough to hold my diaper bag
- Storage underneath
Once my ‘wish list’ was figured out, Katrina was able to point me in the right direction and we narrowed my choice down to a couple strollers…
THE 2017 UPPABABY VISTA VS. THE 2017 BABY JOGGER CITY SELECT LUX
When I was looking at the UPPAbaby Vista and the Baby Jogger City Select LUX, I really didn’t notice a difference. Have you also been debating between the two? I asked Katrina a bunch of questions that helped me and will hopefully help you too.
One of the main differences is the profile at the very front of the strollers. With the LUX, you’ll find that the frame is a bit wider and the weight goes over top of the wheels. This can actually make it a bit harder to move things around but it can also hold more weight at the front of the stroller. Quite the opposite for the Vista. It has a narrower profile and the weight sits behind the wheels making it more agile. It also means that you can’t put as much weight at the bottom of your stroller. Why does this matter? Well, when you convert the stroller to a double you can have a heavier child in the bottom seat in the LUX. Let me explain the weight restrictions a little bit more.
To be exact, the LUX can hold up to 45 pounds in each seat. The Vista can hold up to 35 in the bottom seat and up to 50 pounds in the top seat. Both strollers require you to purchase either a second seat (for the LUX) or a rumble seat (for the Vista) to convert it from a single stroller to a double. They also both have the option to carry a third child by adding a piggy back ride-along board to the Vista or a glider board to the LUX. Pretty cool that they’re both capable of carrying three kids at once!
BASSINET & OTHER ACCESSORIES
Another difference between the strollers is the fact that the Vista comes WITH a sleep rated bassinet. This allows you to take the baby directly from the stroller to the bedroom without having to move them from their sleeping spot or worse… wake them from their sleep! With the LUX you do have the option to purchase a pram as an additional accessory. The Vista also comes with a bug shield for the bassinet and a bug shield and rain cover for the toddler seat, these accessories are available separately for the LUX. It’s important to note though that there is about a $300 price difference between the LUX and the Vista which probably accounts for the additional accessories you receive with the Vista.
One super cool accessory I discovered for the LUX is the ‘shopping tote’. Trust me, you have GOT to see it for yourself!
When folded, the frame of LUX will not stand up on its own. If this is something that concerns you then the Vista might be the better option for you. This feature might come in handy if the stroller needs to stand alone when in storage or when loading the car.
Good and bad news for comparing strollers… car seats are able to connect to both strollers. This makes for an easy to transition baby from car to stroller and vice versa especially in those winter months!
Ok mamma, I’m not sure if this comparison has made your decision easier or harder as they are both AMAZING strollers but whatever you decide don’t forget to ask about ordering times as it can take about a month if quantities aren’t in stock and much longer than that if you’re picking a popular colour or model.
In the end, I decided to go with the UPPAbaby Vista as it comes with all the features and accessories that I’m looking for.
What’s the next baby gear to purchase? The car seat. Good news! We’ll be talking all about that in next week’s post.
Hope you can tune in for some more ‘Baby Talk’.
Jackie is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood weekly through this series “Baby Talk” with Jackie and check out her Nursery planning tips and tricks in her blog “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville.
So here we go the final stroller review! In many opinions I have saved the best for last – the City Select by Baby Jogger. I have to agree this is a pretty awesome stroller if you are looking for a great single and a great double I am pretty sure that this takes the cake!
For those of you mommas on the stroller hunt – if you haven’t heard of the City Select this is the time for you to check it out. After testing out this stroller I will guarantee that you will love it! It’s pretty scary making a guarantee online but that is how confident I am. Do you own a City Select? What do you love about it?
Here is my pro & con list of this baby…
- Great single stroller that can become a double! This means you will not have a garage full of strollers.
- Turns on a dime and is very easy to push – the wheels move effortlessly and the handle bar can adjust for a comfortable push
- Many different seating positions…..check them out! If that doesn’t impress you I am not sure what will 😉
- When you are in ‘double mode’ it still feels like a single
- Frame folds easily
- Fits comfortably in most trunks
- Adjustable hood for your older child
- Higher price point although you will get great use! Each item like the 2nd seat , rain cover, car seat adapters and bassinet are separate purchases
- On the heavier side
- You have to put the 2nd seat on/off when getting in and out of your vehicle
- The seat was a bit of a tight squeeze for my 3 yr old Kellan
- If you are using it as a double and both kiddos are napping you can only use it in one seat position to get a comfortable recline
Overall, I really loved the City Select and would highly recommend it to all you moms & dads who are looking for a stroller that is designed to maneuver great and can be used as a double down the road.
Stroller shopping is not easy and I am hoping that my ‘little blog series’ helped answer some questions. Just make sure you purchase a stroller that fits your lifestyle – if you walk/run daily and love the outdoors I am sure the BOB would make you happy, If you are in and out of your car the City Mini Double would be a good option and if you want it all in one stroller the City Select will be worth every penny!
Please feel free to comment any more questions you may have and I will happily answer them!
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs hanging out in the ocean? You’ve guessed it – BOB! What do you call a stroller with amazing wheels & hood (just to name a few of my favourite features)? – Yup, you got it – BOB!
If you haven’t heard of the BOB stroller line-up I will fill you in with what you have been missing. BOB has been a tried, tested & true stroller in my eyes. Since I started working at Snuggle Bugz it has always been one of my favourites for active moms & dads. The company has been around for 17 years and has been making quality strollers the entire time. They have a line-up of great strollers that can fit any lifestyle from hard-core runner to everyday cruisin’.
You also might want to check out the BOB video (if you have 9 minutes to spare).
I feel like, through all my stroller days, I haven’t met any BOB owners that don’t loooove their stroller (correct me if I am wrong)!
But, like any stroller out there, Mr. Bob has his pros and cons:
- Easy to maneuver – great for rugged terrain. Honestly the stroller turns on a dime!
- Easy to fold
- Awesome separate hoods that give amazing sun coverage with peep windows
- Nice and roomy/comfy seats
- Has a nice feel when you push it – good suspension (that’s what my hubby said)
- Great seat recline
- Decent under-basket – Mister Myles decided it was his favourite hang-out spot.
- Takes up a lot of trunk space. I needed to remove some wheels in order for it to fit into the ‘trunk’ of my Toyota Matrix.
- More bulky/rugged. I didn’t feel comfortable pushing in the mall for fear I would take some displays down.
- Fairly heavy and wide frame for lifting in and out of your vehicle (if you are a mini-momma this may not be the best choice).
Overall, this is the stroller to buy if you live in the country, walk daily or love to camp. It will get you through any terrain effortlessly! I really feel that you are getting great value and quality for what you pay. Unfortunately, for me I don’t run and I spend too much time haulin’ my stroller in and out of my trunk to make this the perfect fit for my lifestyle.
My final stroller to ‘test’ is the City Select. Many of you are experts on this one but I thought I would give it a whirl!
See previous items in the Double Stroller search –
The double stroller journey continues! This past week I didn’t get a chance to ‘steal’ a stroller to test for the weekend so I am going to tell you what I think of the double stroller that sits in my trunk. Yes, rewinding back before mister Myles was born we debated up & down if we should sell our Bugaboo single (which we loved) and buy the City Select or hang on to our single and buy a less expensive double. We opted with the second route and purchased the City Mini Double by Baby Jogger!
Here are a few reasons why…..
- We hope to have more children and I like having a double if some kiddos come for the day and we want to hit up the park. So, I knew it would be put to good use even if it got lil’ dusty for a month here or there.
- I like the features of our single Bugaboo and wanted to keep it as our single. So I figured I had the best of both worlds without emptying my wallet.
- Lastly, laugh all you want…..I like the side by side double over the ‘stacking double’. I figured I would be more likely to strap my 3 yr old in a side by side double than the City Select.
All that being said, I think I made a good decision but here are my pros and cons list for the City Mini Double by Baby Jogger:
- Easy to fold. I can do this with one hand, no taking off seats or juggling anything around (other than my baby).
- Separate canopies that offer great sun coverage and peep windows
- Good recline. I like having a good napping stroller so I can regain some sanity while shopping
- Small enough that it fits through any standard door
- Good price point for a double
- No ‘beefy’ front wheels so it doesn’t maneuver great through snow (yeah, crummy winter for this stroller)
- Accessories are sold separately and can jack the price pretty quickly
- Doesn’t have any extra fancy features like adjustable handle bar, fancy foot break etc….
- I find the straps annoying to adjust. This may just be me but I find it pretty cumbersome.
- You can only use this for double occupancy (you can’t remove one of the seats), so it may sit in the garage for some months
Overall, I would recommend this stroller to any of my girlfriends. You totally get good bang for your buck with this guy. You are giving up in the maneuvering department but I still am happy with our purchase. Do you have this stroller? What is your pro/con list?
Will this one take the cake? You will have to check back in since the stroller journey continues!
See previous items in the Double Stroller search –
The perfect double stroller search is still on a roll. This past week I tested out the Bugaboo Donkey. I am Bugaboo fan and was super excited to give this guy a ‘push’.
If you are not familiar with the Bugaboo Donkey and all the stroller options, it may be good to familiarize yourself with this little clip –
That was way easier than explaining all the bells & whistles on the Donkey. If you want a stroller that starts chatter and turns heads this is the one for you! Adam (hubby) and I took the Donkey out for his inaugural spin at Ikea and so many people were pointing and asking questions. Wowzers!
- Very easy to maneuver. It moves like butter, you feel like you are pushing a single stroller.
- I love all the seat options! Myles faced us while Kellan was forward-facing. Both Seats can flip, have their own hood and a great recline if babe falls asleep!
- Did I mention you can use a bassinet and a toddler seat at the same time! I am a huge fan of bassinets and this is a fantastic feature.
- The best feature yet is that the frame widens to become a double or shrinks to become a single – no need to switch strollers in and out of your car if you are out with just one child.
- Open and closing requires a bit of work. Especially if you have limited trunk space – it required me to change the frame to a ‘single’ in order for it to fit.
- It is costly. This is not a cheap stroller – worth the money if you are looking for something that fits a lot of needs and is super smooth to push and easy to maneuver.
- You do have to purchase the duo or twin kit if you want to use the Donkey as a double.
Overall, the Donkey is a great stroller and is super stylish. It is fun to ‘customize’ the look of the stroller with different tailored fabrics. In my opinion I would purchase this stroller in a heart-beat if I did a lot of walking from my home or if I lived in NYC (and won the lotto)! 😉
But I didn’t find it to be an easy transition to put the stroller in and out of my car which I do a lot… so back to the drawing board! I am excited to see which stroller takes the cake!
Do you have a Donkey? Would you recommend this stroller to your closest friends?
So the search continues this week with the City mini double by Baby Jogger!
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