Product Type: Baby Jogger prams, pushchairs and strollers
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I love this pushchair!
Baby Jogger City Mini Double
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
Baby Jogger City Mini Double
Advantages: Quick fold, easy to push, great design
Disadvantages: Can't convert to a travel system
We first went shopping to look at double pushchairs when I was about 5 months pregnant, I was already struggling to walk due to problems with my pelvis so didn't want to leave it too late. Even though we went to a large city centre and visited several shops none had on display the model that I really wanted to see but we were happy to look at some of the others. The first thing that struck me was how long it took to put them up and down, we took one out to the car to try and when after what seemed like forever it was finally in the boot I felt like crying. If it was going to take that long to get the pushchair in the boot and I'd got to get 2 babies in car seats too was I ever going to leave the house?! Looking back at my hormone fueled panic at that point I'm so glad we found the Baby Jogger City Mini which met everything on my pushchair must have list. This list included
- Suitable for newborn twins (many double pushchairs are only suitable for 1 newborn or from 6 months)
- Fitting in the boot of our car
- Being able to see my babies when pushing the pushchair
- Easy to put up and down
I have the 2010 model and the 2012 model does include a few updates which I will include
This pushchair has 2 seats which can be adjusted individually by a toggle and strap on the back to recline through any angle down to a completely flat position which is suitable for newborns. The seats are vented when reclined although there is a cover for this vented area if you need it. The seats have a decent amount of padding and my babies were always comfortable enough to sleep straight away when I took them out. They did look tiny in it when they were newborns but Baby Jogger now sell compact carrycots which you can attach to the buggy for newborns. I would have gone with this option if it had been available then.
It has a 5 point harness which is padded between the legs and on each shoulder. You can easily change the tightness of this as the babies grow and I've always found them really secure. As baby gets taller where the harness attaches to the back of the seat can be changed so it's always the right height.
Quick fold Technology
The best part of this pushchair for me is how simple it is to fold down. There is a material handle located in each seat and you just pull them both at the same time and it collapses, brilliant! You can then lift it into your car boot and off you go. Another new feature of the 2012 model is a strap to keep it closed whilst folded, this isn't something that I've missed having though. There are poppers either side that hold the handle strap in place whilst babies are in it but these only take seconds to do and undo.
I really love that each seat has it's own individual hood/sun canopy so you can have them in different positions if necessary. They have 3 positions of which 2 have a clear plastic window so you can see that baby is okay. When fully extended baby is covered well and there is no need for a separate sun umbrella.
The buggy has 8" wheels with the front 2 being closer together than the back 2. The front wheels can either be left free moving or can be locked into position, I always have mine free moving as I'm normally needing to turn but it's a good option to have. The wheels have a 'quick release' which I rarely use but may be necessary to fit it into a small car boot.
It is easy to push and negotiate curbs with and I'm always pleasantly surprised at how easy I can manoeuvre it.
This is located on a bar between the back wheels and is bright red so easy to find. You operate it by foot and apart from once needing a spray of WD40 it is still fully functioning after 2 years.
There is a large shopping basket under the pushchair but this is quite difficult to access on the 2010 model, I'm pleased that this has been improved for the 2012 model and hopefully is no longer a problem. There is also netted storage on the back of both seats which is really handy for keeping bits and pieces like hats and drinks.
Baby Jogger offer a choice of material colours and these tend to change with each years new release. Ours is black although I like the look of the purple one! It is durable material and is still looking good. You can remove the cover but I have never attempted this. It is wipe clean only and I just use baby wipes for this.
This pushchair can not be used as a travel system for twins and although on odd occasion it would have been handy to have been I'm still happy I chose it.
I have a rain cover and cosy toes for the buggy although neither are Baby Jogger branded both fit really well.
Dimensions and weight
H104.7 x W76 x D73.6cm and weighing just 11.8kg this pushchair fits into both our medium sized cars. The 76cm width fits through all standard shop and lift doors. We always planned to keep the pushchair in our garage so didn't need to worry about it fitting through our front door which was a relief as I don't think it would fit!
The handlebar height is 107cm which both my husband and I find comfortable despite the difference in our heights. The handlebar has a durable rubber cover and although it says not to hang anything off it I've always carried my changing bag over it with no problem.
Price and Availability
We paid £315 from Boots for ours and it also had triple advantage card points. I think this is excellent value as it has lasted from newborn through to toddler brilliantly. Many twin mummy friends who had expensive travel systems to start with now have Baby Jogger Minis so I'm pleased I saved myself lots by buying it from the start.
Prices do vary so it is worth shopping around and if you are buying for twins to check if they offer a twin discount.
Would I recommend?
Yes, it's worth writing a list of what you need from your double pushchair as we're all different but for me it has been great. I've walked miles with this buggy over the last 2 years and the twins still love it.
Summary: An excellent double pushchair suitable from birth
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