As time goes by my stroller needs have changed here and there, and we recently unloaded our giganta-stroller and started looking for something new. B does not want to sit in it anymore, so there was no use in hanging on to a triple that barely fit in our trunk. So we went and bought a popular brand of double umbrella stroller from a big box store. That was a huge waste of money! Yes, it folded up nice and small, but if the kids stretched out their legs we’d abruptly stop in an aisle with a foot smashed under the wheel. Screaming children, holding up traffic…not my idea of a good time.
Just as I was complaining all over about that little piece of useless metal stroller, the kind folks at Baby Jogger contacted me. I was thrilled at the opportunity to review the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller. I had heard so many wonderful things about them from other twin moms, and I could not wait to try it out. The big brown truck dropped it at my door and I immediately had it out of the box. This baby was so easy to put together. B did most of it to be honest, with a little mommy help here and there.
We put this stroller through rigorous testing before I was ready to write this review, and let me tell you, the results are great! Along with everyday use, we also tested it out shopping at the mall, to the doctors office, and at a regular preschool drop-off/pick-up.
Let’s talk everyday use first. This stroller takes up much less space in the trunk than our last jogging stroller, meaning the groceries will fit around it! It is easy to manoeuvre and the wheels are nice and small, and can swivel or be locked. Also, one of the first things I noticed about it, is that the wheels do not stick out from the side of the stroller. Another great feature is the adjustable canopies. Sometimes L needs to be a little more closed off, than just shaded from the sun. A simple shopping trip can be overstimulating for him. These canopies come way down. He can have most everything blocked out and feel more comfortable. It’s like this stroller was made for us!
We rarely go out with all of the kids, especially not to crowded places. It is just such a hassle with all of buckling and unbuckling of car seats and strollers, the hazards of a parking lot, or a little one wriggling out of your grip. Those days may be over for me! We took the City Mini Double to the mall on a busy night with lots of Christmas shoppers about. We had such a relaxed time. We manoeuvred through the crowd with no problem. The store that I never go to, because the aisles are too narrow was a breeze for once! I love, love, love how narrow this stroller is! I seriously can not get over it! My husband pushed it for a while and commented on how much he likes the placement of the handlebar. It is easy to push and he didn’t have to stoop over. We made a few purchases that were easy to store underneath in the basket, and when I tired of carrying my purse, it fit snugly in the mesh storage on the back of the seats. We even got a compliment from another shopper about how sleek and stylish the orange and grey is. We give it an A+ for shopping with!
Where I probably complained most about the past strollers was that they did not fit well through the doors at the pediatricians office. I hate (with a passion) handling doctors appointments alone with all three boys, but sometimes I just have to do it. For this I need the stroller. The City Mini Double preformed fabulously here too. It fits through doors with no problem, and can turn in tight hallways with ease. It is also super duper easy to put the kids in and get them out when it is their turn to see the doc. The buckle is easily accessible and manoeuvrable and there is no hassle involved. I give it an A+ for doctors office use (with a couple extra credit points for being so easy to fold up and get back in the car)
Three days a week I have to pick B and his best bud up from preschool. Not only am heading in the building with the twins, but I also have another little one from my home childcare that comes a long with me. Coming out of the building I have 5 kids with me! While it isn’t a super busy parking lot, it is still not the easiest thing to get them all to the car without some one trying to run off (most often L). The City Mini has made this much easier too. Before we got it, I would not use the stroller because it was either too much of a pain to get set up and folded down, or because it didn’t fit in doors. Now, it saves me time to put them in it, rather than chase a tot around the parking lot while holding a string of hands of 4 other kids. Nice visual right? Not so fun. I love that I can put Mr. Squirm away from mama in the stroller with his brother and the big kids can all help me push. Everyone stays together and we get through the parking lot quickly and safely. After everyone is buckled, it only takes a second to fold up and put in the back. I can even get it put away with one hand. For preschool pickup the stroller gets another A+.
Baby Jogger. There are actually quite a few additional accessories that can be purchased for use with the City Mini, including a glider board that attaches to the back for an older child to ride along.
As always this is an honest review full of my own opinions. I was not compensated for this review other than being sent a sample of the product to review.