Stroller Review: City Mini Stroller by Baby Jogger

Note, I received no compensation in exchange for this review of the City Mini by Baby Jogger.  I registered for the City Mini at Babies R Us for my baby shower, and received it as a gift from family.

Even now when I think about it, my heart palpitates a bit. Choosing a stroller was by far the most stressful part of registering for me. I had heard a stat that most parents buy something like 5 strollers during their child’s stroller riding years, because it takes that many to get it right … and I did not want that to be me!! I also watched interestingly (and probably looked a little like a creepy voyeur) as moms struggled with collapsing strollers or putting them into cars … and I did not want that to be me, either!!

I went to a couple of stores and tried my hand at folding strollers. It was hard – ridiculously so. I even had a store manager who couldn’t figure one out with me. With that hands on experience confirming what I was already thinking through my observations, I was ready to research … a lot. If you know me, that is one of my strengths – learning, gathering input, and focusing until I have found and implemented the solution. It was easy to apply this business strength to this particular task.

I started by determining what I wanted in a stroller. Here is the list I came up with:

    • Lightweight – I wanted to be able to handle it on my own when necessary
    • Durable – I did not want to invest in a new one after a year
    • Easy to fold – for the same reason as the “lightweight” feature
    • Small profile – those huge strollers just seemed to get in the way when I watched people with them

So with this list, I started searching. I Googled “best lightweight strollers” and saw the same couple of ones coming up on list after list. Then, I saw this video by Baby Gizmoand I was sold! City Mini seemed like the answer to all my problems and to all my desires. When I went to play with one in person, I was stunned by how simple and fluid the folding was – just like the video. And, how easy it was for me to carry. This one woman watched me, pregnant as I was, folding and refolding this thing like magic, and said “oh my, I wish I had known about that when I was pregnant”. Yay, I win!

Fast forward to now, I have a 10 month old and have journeyed across the ocean with him and our awesome City Mini, let alone across our park and our mall. And let me just say, I am in love with my stroller. I know that is a strong statement, but it’s true!

  • It is light yet holds up to anything (witness: 30 days worth of European cobbles and of being stuffed into train shelves),
  • it really does fold one handed – I can hold Zachary in one arm and fold and carry it in the other with no issue,
  • my son is super comfy in it,
  • it turns on a dime and with only one hand,
  • the shade on it is ridiculously big and it therefore makes for great shade and great rain covering,
  • it is narrow and fits anywhere and through any door I have ever pushed it,
  • it reclines almost all the way for napping or changing,
  • it has great accessories that allow you to customize the stroller (see below),
  • and it is stylish.

I am so happy with my decision and would buy this again in a heartbeat – even after seeing all the tres fancy European brands during our trip. Way to go, Baby Jogger, you have designed a winner!

Click here to view City Mini at Babies R Us

Recommended accessories:
  • Foot muff – this is like a sleeping bag that fits right on the stroller and we have found it to be a key accessory in cold weather.  It installs easily and does not get in the way of the quick-fold system.  Check out virtually all of our Europe vacation photos because it is in almost all of them.
  • Belly bar – Zachary likes to hold onto the belly bar when he leans forward, and puts his feet up on it when he is lounging back.  We also like that it provides a handle in the front of the stroller so that when we have to lift it up stairs, one of us lifts up the stroller by the main handle and the other picks it up via the belly bar.
  • Self leveling cup holder - This accessory is genius in the way it is designed as it moves with the stroller so it is always level and tilts when you store it.  Great as a cup holder but also a place to put a half-drank bottle!

 

City Mini boasts a giant hood that keeps Zachary shaded in the sun and dry in the rain

City Mini boasts a giant hood that keeps Zachary shaded in the sun and dry in the rain

City Mini's accessory footmuff keeps Zachary cozy!
City Mini’s accessory footmuff keeps Zachary cozy!

Zachary enjoys holding onto the bellybar!
Zachary enjoys holding onto the bellybar!

 

The City Mini reclines almost all the way down so it can be used for napping, diaper changes, or in the case of this photo, as a make shift play yard.
The City Mini reclines almost all the way down so it can be used for napping, diaper changes, or in the case of this photo, as a make shift play yard.

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  3. Poca says:

    Hi!
    How about folding the stroller with the foormuff?
    Is there a hole in this foot muff so it’s easy to fold the stroller?
    Thanks in advance for your answer!

    • Angela says:

      Hi there, thanks for visiting… The muff has slits that allow the quick-fold mechanism to be used and also to pull the safety straps through (this also keeps it affixed to the back of the seat rather than falling down). When the stroller is folded with the muff on, the area where the feet go does flop around a bit because that part isn’t affixed, but at least it can still be folded. We love the muff, so much better than a blanket!

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