City Mini 5
Hi! I’m Alyssa and this is my first post on the Snuggle Bugz blog. I live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband and son who we welcomed in January 2013, and today I’m chatting about my stroller!
“What kind of stroller do you have? Do you love it?”
It’s a conversation I’ve had with almost all of my mom friends. Strollers are one of the biggest investments expectant parents make ahead of their little one’s arrival, so it’s not surprising that I find myself chatting about my stroller choice on an almost weekly basis.
We have the Baby Jogger City Mini GT. And yes, I love it!
For me and my family, this is the perfect stroller. However, I’m always sure to qualify my rave review with the simple fact that it might not be for everyone. The City Mini GT is not for you if you want to jog or if you plan to use your stroller to cart more than a couple items home from the local store. The compact stroller can’t do everything, but that which it’s designed to do, it does remarkably well.
The City Mini GT’s size was the reason we purchased it a couple months ahead of Grayson’s arrival. It’s sturdy enough to comfortably seat Grayson (and any future children) until he reaches 65 pounds, but small and agile enough to take almost anywhere.
We do a fair bit of traveling as a family, and this stroller eliminated the need to buy an umbrella stroller for plane and car trips. It’s relatively lightweight, but more importantly it comes equipped with Baby Jogger’s patented quick-fold technology that allows me fold it up with one hand! Once folded, it’s also super flat for easy storage in cars, planes or on public transit.
Plus, unlike umbrella strollers and most other compact strollers, the City Mini GT has 8.5-inch tires designed for all-terrain use. In the last 10 months I’ve logged hundreds of kilometers on this stroller, through snow, gravel, grass and more, and never once have I been stuck.
I should mention that somewhere along the way, the left side brake stopped working (I’m afraid I’m not mechanically-inclined enough to explain the brake issue any more specifically than that.) Thankfully, the problem was short-lived thanks to excellent customer service from Baby Jogger’s Canadian distributor, through whom all warranty issues are handled. Replacement parts and easy-to-follow (says hubby) instructions were mailed to us within a matter of days, and a few minutes later we had a stroller in perfect working condition.
Other standout features on the City Mini GT include a huge sun canopy with two clear viewing windows, a convenient hand break, height-adjustable handlebar and a reclining seat suitable even for newborns.
The cons – of which, the small under-seat storage basket is definitely the most significant – exist, but they are far outweighed by the benefits of this versatile stroller.
For anyone who travels or just wants the convenience of a lightweight, easy-to-fold stroller, the City Mini GT is an excellent choice.
And so remains the question – What kind of stroller do you have? Do you love it?
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 –
Since President Obama’s inauguration, everyone’s been talking about Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha and their fabulous coats. Now we’re not really in the “presidential coat” business, but the purple hues the two girls were wearing have sparked a bit of a rush for purple!
- Ubbi Diaper Pail – Purple
- Baby Jogger City Mini – Purple
- Stokke Tripp Trapp
- Bobux Baby Shoes – Lilac Double Hearts
- Inflatable Animal Hopper – Purple/White
- 3Sprouts Hooded Towel
- Baby Bjorn Babysitter in Black/Purple
- Klean Kanteen 12 oz Sippy
- Life Factory 650ml Flip Cap Water Bottle
- Cloud B Twilight Turtle
We popped into the Baby Jogger booth to learn a bit about two of our most popular strollers here at Snuggle Bugz – the City Mini and the City Select. I’m truly amazed at the craftsmanship and complete genius that’s behind these strollers, particularly the folding! Check out the video below as I interview Bob from Baby Jogger about the two strollers.
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