Hi moms: I'd really appreciate your input on strollers! I have a chicco cortina travel system and now that my son is almost 9 months, he likes to sit up and I find that the seat is too reclined (even in the highest position). It is also pretty bulky. I am looking for all the key features: comfy for him, good sun shade, good size basket, easy to fold, sturdy, etc. So, do any of you recommend or have feedback on the following strollers:
I would definitely recommend it as both a single and/or double stroller. I have been using it since day one with the twins with the car seat adaptor, so I use it like a snap and go, and it's super easy. Set the car seat on the adaptor, it snaps in, then just snap the strap over the top of the car seat, and you're off. Bonus, that the teething babies chew on the strap! It came with the regular seats and we're just about to put those on here in the next month or so, and they are also very easy to put on/off and super lightweight. Again, I can't emphasize how nice it is that's it's so lightweight and easy to get in/ out of my SUV, plus it literally can make a right turn on a 90 degree angle (even with the twins in it!) and even as a double fits easily in store aisles, thru parking lots, etc.
The only real con I've found is that there isn't a drink holder for coffee. Baby jogger makes a "parents console" that is made of canvas, and would be good if you had a water bottle or something with a lid, but I would never put coffee in there, and to be honest, especially at the beginning when I was getting much less sleep, I really needed coffee on my walks! I also have a diaper bag that clips onto the stroller handles, so I just put my keys/ cell phone in the front flap so I didn't need the console.
They have some at Bergstroms if you wanted to take a look at it and compare the agility/ lightness to other brands. It helped us make a decision. Also, I found a good deal on ours online at albeebaby.com, including free shipping. Good luck!
i agree with jennifer i have the baby jogger city select AMAZING!!! I think it is great as both i have a 2 year old and a 3 month old and it is so light and compact but also has so many great functions. great as a single but if you plan more kids then this stroller is perfect. cons are that you have to buy parent console and trays seperate but pros are a everything cann be taken apart(seats) AND put in washing machine, you can even add a platform to it when the kids get bigger and want to stand, i walk everywhere and it is so easy and smooth to handle, i wish i had just got this when i had my first baby and added to it!!!!
also i got my system at wayfair.com (formally strollers.com) i paid no shipping, no tax and for joining there Free rewards program i got 3% back on my purchase in the way of dollars on my next purchase which saved my 45$ on the second seat and kit it was awesome!!
Jillian, does the baby jogger seat have the option to face you then face forward? I'm confused with the different options City Select strollers offer.
ok, i think i've finally narrowed it down to two options: the city select or the uppababy vista. i think the bob is too bulky for me (and i don't ever intend to jog ...with or without the baby! lol). i am still having a hard time deciding...i like that both can be used for 2 kids down the line...the uppababy basinet also looks like it could be useful in the future.
Janet: Thanks for the link! I found it helpful and nice to hear from another mother and not from a sales person. My only fear is leg room; but then again, what 5 year old actually sits in a stroller....they'll be too busy walking and running! Hmmm I'm still torn, maybe I'll go this weekend to test it out, not sure how I feel about it being 28 lbs! Let alone having to manually lock it and the fact that it doesn't free stand.
I love my uppababy vista. It's lighter than the baby jogger city select (by 4 lbs). I've had it since my son was 8 months old. He's now 21 months old and it's sturdy, comfortable, handles well and has a big storage space. I was considering getting an umbrella stroller for quick trips because it's heavy and big for quick trips. I'd say it's great for when you're out for long periods of time like amusement parks, etc. But one thing you might want to consider is that my son doesn't like to sit in his stroller much at all anymore. He's a very active child and wants to walk or hold my hand. So for quick trips he'd rather be walking. He'll only sit if he's sleepy or tired. I still use it a lot and like the "just in case" factor for turning it into a double and all the other options like the large sunshade, big basket for storage, etc.
We just got in the Baby Jogger at my store (Granola Babies in Costa Mesa) and yeah...it's all that. Mostly because they thought of so much when it comes to the way you can carry the baby (in the select) and the Mini in that it folds so stinking fast it's crazy! But, you're welcomed to come by if you want to see it in person and take it for a stroll in the courtyard.
Thank you all for your feedback! In the end, it came down to the baby jogger city select and the uppababy vista. I went in and checked them out and bought the uppababy vista (to complicate matters, i also considered the cruz since it just came out). After comparing them in person, I preferred the seat position (high) and features of the vista. The wheels, though a little bulky, looked sturdier to me, and I really like that it can stand when folded. The basinet was also a plus to me (for use with a future baby, of course). Ok, and of course, I can't lie...in the end I guess it also comes down to aesthetics, and I really liked the look of the vista.
I also considered the cruz, but after seeing it in person, felt that the wheels were cheaper, and it had far less features (i.e. can't attach a belly bar or snack tray), and the foot rest only has two positions (unlike the vista). I was initially interested in it because it was a less bulky version of the vista, but it ultimately seemed more like an overpriced umbrella stroller.
So, there you have it. Hope that was useful.Thanks again for all your input!