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We surveyed 53 mommies, who used a total of 26 different brands of strollers. Here are our findings:
- The top five considerations when choosing a stroller are: weight/bulkiness, price, foldability, safety and comfort for the baby.
- Mommies with more than one child typically invest in a double stroller. In this case, it is the expandable Baby Jogger City Select.
- Wants the option of converting a single stroller to a double (or triple) stroller to accommodate more kids
- Likes the unconventional idea of a handbrake
- Likes to have multiple seat configurations in the stroller
- Prefers tandem strollers as compared to those side by side with narrow seats
Introduction of Baby Jogger Strollers
As a well-known brand in the stroller world for almost 40 years, it would not come as a surprise to know that they have a total of 4 types of strollers to cater to parents of different lifestyles.
From the all-terrain, to jogging, to compact and lightweight, to double strollers for growing families, the Baby Jogger is a brand that fits all.
Importance & Considerations about Strollers
One might think that owning a stroller is not a priority for the first few months of a newborn. Being small and light enough to babywear all the time, you might not feel the need for a stroller.
There are several benefits to owning a baby stroller. Being in a stroller keeps your baby safe and comfortable while close to you, and also prevents parents from overstraining themselves from constant babywearing.
Fret not, it is never too late to own a stroller once you know the type that suits you and your baby the most.
Mommies mainly considered the following factors when buying a stroller: weight/bulkiness, price point, ease of folding, the safety aspect and if it was comfortable for their baby.
Certain occasions call for different strollers. Compact, lightweight and cabin-sized ones for frequent travellers who prefer to have their strollers stowed above them during a flight. Big, sturdy ones with air-filled wheels big enough to handle any terrains for parents with active lifestyles.
A stroller that’s able to keep up with your growing family is a big plus. Think ahead when purchasing a stroller, in case you plan to have a second or third child.
How Do I Feel About It?
I came across the Baby Jogger after researching different types of double strollers. Having used four other different brands of strollers, I decided that the City Select was the most versatile stroller in the market that suits my family best.
As first-time parents, it was intimidating to choose and decide on that ONE stroller that would suit our lifestyle the most. Figuring that we would be expanding our family in the near future, we contemplated replacing our first stroller that we bought to one that is able to convert to a double stroller.
Space constraints at home was another factor that helped make up our minds to own an all-in-one stroller that can be expanded to fit another child, when needed.
We travel with our toddler using public transport most of the time. The City Select has a huge storage basket that I’m most impressed with. It can carry a heavy load of groceries and personal belongings while being able to manoeuvre smoothly. This was one of its selling points as I love to keep my hands free as much as possible. I managed to squeeze a big tote bag plus my cabin-size luggage into the storage basket, took trains and strolled along cobbled streets during our holiday in Berlin! Just imagine my joy.
I loved the fact that the brake system is hand-operated – just a simple flip to activate the brakes. It can be a saving grace especially during rare times when parking on slopes. With the stroller bag hanging on the parent handlebar, it blocks the view of the foot brake and sometimes you think you stepped on the brake fully but you didn’t, and wonder why the stroller is starting to roll. Also, sandals-friendly. Your toes will thank you 😉
One thing to note is – to be alert when the child is seated facing you as those curious hands may reach out and try to pull the handbrake.
Another selling point about the City Select was its multiple seat configurations. There are 16 combinations you can switch about, it’s amazing! With extra accessories, you could essentially fit an infant, a toddler, and even a third child all in the stroller. What is this sorcery, I ask myself all the time. This leads on to my favourite feature further explained below.
What I Love and Dislike
A novel idea – hand-operated brake!
This was useful for me as a foot brake may be covered if the under storage basket is full. Hence, with a hand-operated brake, I need not fumble to look for the foot brake while trying to balance myself.
You can convert their single stroller to a double stroller with an additional second seat. When riding tandem, it can be stacked up stadium-style seating so both children get the same front or back view. To include a third child, you can buy a glider board to be attached to the stroller.
With their car seat adapter, you can create a travel system with their car seats, or Graco car seats. You could also purchase Baby Jogger’s travel system right from the start.
With these different accessories and configurations, it can suit a growing family. It could also give parents more flexibility if they are planning to have a second kid.
With multiple recline positions, parents can find a position comfortable for a curious toddler, or a sleeping baby.
With a 15lbs (6.8kg) under storage basket, parents find it useful whenever they are heading out – no more carrying of diaper bags anymore!
With front-wheel suspension with never-flat wheels and all-terrain tires, parents need to worry about the comfort of their sleeping baby in the stroller.
In Singapore, we may not feel the need for all-terrain tires with front-wheel suspension as we are blessed with relatively flat roads. However, in European countries, cobbled streets are common sights and it is crucial to have suspension and all-terrain tires.
For a single stroller, it can be quite heavy – 26.71lbs (12.11kg). For parents who are looking for a lightweight and foldable stroller, this may not be it for you.
Mommies actually recommended for fellow mommies to try pushing and folding the stroller independently so you can gauge if this stroller is easy to handle for you.
This was something to note especially if you are handling a child and a stroller alone. Nevertheless, you could grab the stroller with two hands and that would solve the problem.
Places to Purchase
Amazon Baby Jogger City Select Single Stroller
Amazon Baby Jogger Second Seat Kit for City Select 2 Stroller
Amazon Car Seat Adapter
Amazon Glider board
I would recommend the City Select for parents who want:
- To invest in a stroller which can grow along with the family
- Lots of customisations and configurations with the use of a second seat, infant car seats and/or bassinets, plus a glider board for the older kid. You’re basically covered for all stages throughout their childhood.
Ultimately, choose a stroller according to YOUR lifestyle, YOUR favourite features, YOUR budget.
To end off this post, I would like to give thanks to the sweetest mommies, who replied me amidst their busy schedules to make this review possible: