Product Type: Baby Jogger prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Baby Jogger City Mini Double
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Baby Jogger City Mini Double
Date: 12/01/11, updated on 15/11/11 (1101 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to store, easy to manoeuvre and reasonably light.
Disadvantages: Small shopping basket
***Baby Jogger City Mini Double***
The Baby Jogger City Mini Double is a side by side double pushchair. I was immediately attracted to this pushchair because it is more compact and slim-line than many other double side by side pushchairs. It is only 75cm in width which means the pushchair can fit through standard doorframes (including my own front door).
The pushchair comes in 7 different colours, (including red, cream, orange and grey) however as I like to play it safe I opted for a completely black model. There are a number of matching accessories available such as footmuffs, changing bags, a bumper bar, cupholders and a buggy board for an older child to be carried on. You can also purchase a car seat adapter to attach ONE car seat onto the City Mini Double.
The pushchair is a standard side by side pushchair with the seats facing outwards, which is the only position the seats can be positioned in. The seats are fully reliable so the Baby Jogger City Mini is suitable from birth however it only has the option to connect ONE car seat to the pushchair chassis so this is not a complete TWIN travel system.
I purchased the Baby Jogger City Mini Double from a local independent pushchair shop. However Boots, Mothercare, John Lewis and Kiddicare also sell the pushchair. It is worth noting however the range of colours is limited from these retailers to the black or the red and cream model.
I paid £279.99 for my pushchair. Currently Kiddicare are the cheapest retailer online selling the pushchair for £279.99. Prices range up to £349.99 with other retailers.
I bought a number of accessories to go with my pushchair which included 2 Baby Jogger footmuffs (£59 each) and a bumper bar (£30) to fit across the pushchair.
***Using the Pushchair***
One of the advantages of this pushchair it is ridiculously easy to fold and assemble. To assemble the pushchair all you have to do is unfold the pushchair from its folded position and it literally clicks and locks into place and is ready to use.
To fold the pushchair all you have to do is pull a cord in both of the pushchair seats and the pushchair literally folds in half and the wheels tuck in against the frame. I have never had issues with folding or carrying the pushchair when folded although my mum does find it difficult. My mum however is very small (less than 5ft) and has mobility issues, meaning a traditional umbrella folding stroller is easier for her to assemble and fold. The design of the Baby Jogger makes storing it very easy as it folds flat and means it fits into a car boot easily. I can fit it into the back of my Seat Leon lying flat (59 reg model) plus still have enough room for a full week's worth of food shopping to sit on top. The pushchair also fits into the back of my mums Ford Fiesta with the wheels off lying down flat.
The handle of the pushchair can't be adjusted however it is a perfect position for my height (I'm 5ft 5) and my partner who is considerably taller also finds it is a comfortable position. The handle also has a rubber grip covering it which is made from a very durable material and makes gripping onto the handle easy even if your hands become hot.
The Baby Jogger City Mini is very easy to push. This is due to a number of factors. Firstly this is a very lightweight double (11.2kgs) which is surprising as the pushchair looks and feels very sturdy as it is a very good quality product. Secondly the wheels make the pushchair very easy to manoeuvre and steer. It is possible to push on more difficult terrains with one hand and can be steered around corners (with two children inside) with one hand.
The biggest issue I have with the pushchair is the shopping basket. The shopping basket is relatively large as it is the size of the pushchair width and almost length wise and is reasonably deep. However it is very low down on the pushchair, meaning if you put anything remotely heavy inside the shopping basket drags on the ground, affecting how easy the pushchair manoeuvres. By remotely heavy I mean a 2 pint bottle of milk!
The seats do recline fully making the pushchair suitable from birth. The seats can be adjusted independently from each other by a strap on the back of each seat which is very easy and quick. Because the seats inside the pushchair are quite large when I first used this when the boys were six month old (and the size of average 2 month old babies) they did slip around in the seats slightly, especially when sitting up. A number of friends who have used this pushchair for their children from birth commented that their tiny babies look lost in the seats. To give your child a more comfortable snug fit you can purchase "head huggers" which support your child's head and can be attached inside the seat in the Baby Jogger. These can be purchased from Kiddicare and Mothercare and cost around £7.99 per support. These were a massive help and I have only recently taken these out of the seats now the boys are almost 12 months old. The seats also have vents on the back of each seat which can be opened during warmer months to let the air flow to your baby and so they do not over heat, and during the winter kept shut so your child stays warm.
The 5 point harness inside of each seat is also very secure and adjustable into a number of positions onto the seat so it accommodates a newborn baby as well as it would a three year old child. My only issue with the harness and straps is that when the pushchair was new adjusting the strap lengths was difficult because the straps felt quite rigid and stiff. This has corrected itself within a few months of use and the straps area lot more flexible and soft feeling.
The hoods on the pushchair are massive advantage as you do not need parasols to shade your baby from the sun. They can be pulled down fully which shades your baby completely as they cover the entire seat. Although as your child gets older you may need to ensure that their legs are kept covered as the hoods will not cover the legs of toddler (from about 2 years old) when their legs are rested on the foot support. The seat hoods are also independent from each other so you are not restricted to having the hoods over both children if this is not necessary. The hoods also have clear viewing panels inside in two places in each hood; therefore you can see each child easily.
The pushchair also comes with a raincover. This fits over the pushchair entirely and has small clips to attach it at the bottom of the pushchair so the cover fits securely, brilliant if it is windy and raining as even in gale force winds the raincover does not lift off. The raincover is very easy to store when it is not is use and as it is compact fits in the shopping basket under the pushchair leaving room for other items.
The additional accessories I purchased for the Baby Jogger City Mini are also of a very good quality. The footmuffs were relatively expensive (costing £59 each) however match the pushchair perfectly and are very versatile. These are large in length wise meaning these can be used for older toddlers as well as newborn babies. The front of the footmuffs also zips off easily meaning your child can sit on the fleece inner lining and you can zip the front of the footmuffs off when you enter a shop and then zip it back on if you go back outside. The fleece liners on the back and zip off piece of the footmuffs can also be zipped off so you can put these in a washing machine if necessary.
The bumper bar which attaches all of the way across the double pushchair was also a very worthwhile purchase. This clips on and off and the click of a button yet is very sturdy meaning you can attach toys to it for your children to play with. You can also adjust the height of this bumper bar.
***As a pushchair for twins***
Probably the best piece of information I can give about this pushchair is the following. Out of the 10 sets of twins that regularly attend the local twins club we go to (ranging from newborn babies to 3 year olds) 8 of the mothers have a Baby Jogger City Mini. That to me is a brilliant recommendation for this pushchair.
The compact nature of the pushchair means although it is a side by side double, it is very narrow and can get through standard doorframes. Meaning you don't have to worry about going shopping and not actually being able to fit through the shop door. The pushchair is also very easy to push and manoeuvre as it is light and the wheels are very easy to steer, even as your children grow and get heavier. A big advantage for parents is that the seats can be adjusted independently as can the seat hoods allowing you to have one baby awake and the other baby asleep (and pull the hood down).
My only downside to the pushchair is that in between the two seats is a piece of black material separating each seat, which means smaller children and babies can't see their sibling. Once children reach 2 years old I wouldn't imagine this isn't such a problem but currently at a year old my boys get concerned that they can't see or touch each other. Sometimes however this isn't a bad point, especially if your children are antagonising each other!
This is by far my favourite double pushchair. The quality of the pushchair is excellent, not to mention it is easy to manoeuvre, light and compact.
As the pushchair is suitable from birth it's a brilliant solution for parents of twins or two children, especially as you can use this up until your children outgrow a pushchair so is extremely good value for money. A definite winner of a pushchair in my opinion.
Summary: A brilliant value double pushchair which is easy to push and easy to store.
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