We bought this when our baby boy was a newborn and it has been a great pushchair.
~About the Pushchair~
The seat is made out of a hardwearing material. It's all black so doesn't show dirt and therefore easy to clean, we vac it out and most of the material parts can be detached and put into the washing machine or quickly hand washed plus the material dries very quickly.
There is a hood which looks a little different to the one in the pic, I think ours is a newer model and it covers all over the baby making it dark for when they are sleeping. There is also a window for parents to view the baby. There is a 5 point harness which clips together, although I only use the bottom part of the harness now our baby is 2.
The seat back is adjustable to almost flat and is adjusted by a pull cord at the back of the seat and there is a large basket under the seat for shopping etc. The handle is adjustable which is really helpful if people of different heights are pushing. There is also a foot rest which can be put up for children who are too small to put their feet on the rest above the front wheel.
~Using the Pushchair~
It pushes like a dream, really smooth because of the big wheels. Unlike some buggies its wheels don't need to be pumped up, I'm not quite sure quite sure how this works, I think they are "blown" up with a kind of foam, but it is really handy not having to worry about punctures or blowing the tyres up. The front wheel swivels and I couldn't live without this function as it makes navigating the pushchair much easier. It's got three wheels, the only problem I find with this is it can be a little unstable when going up steps and I have to put the pushchair on the escalators backwards. We had a four wheel pushchair for my daughter and I did find this more stable for steps and escalators.
The only other downside is its quite heavy, so lifting in/out of the car or up stairs can be a little difficult. The wheels do easily clip off though if needed to pack it into a smaller space, like a car boot.
I think we paid £340 for it, it's been well worth the money and is still in good condition after two year's worth of almost constant use.
Having been through a great number of pushchairs for my 12 month old and finding it hard to find one that suited us completely, I was shown the baby jogger city mini by a friend and have never looked back!
The baby jogger city mini is a sturdy birth to walking style pushchair with a lie flat back, large shopping basket and fabulous one handed fold that sets them apart from all other buggies! It also has a separate carrycot available for that added piece of mind for your newborn!
The seat fabric is attached to the lightweight frame using extremely strong popper buttons so is easy to remove for washing and cleaning and the wheels are large and can be removed using a simple catch for storage.
The one hand fold technology allows the user to fold the buggy by simply pulling upwards on a strap in the center of the seat and the buggy very quickly folds in half allowing you to transport or store the buggy while still allowing a free hand!
Overall a fantastic, easy to steer and store buggy!
The Baby Jogger is an expensive but thoroughly good value item. We bought our City Single from Halfords for £189, but it is definitely worth shopping around as prices can veer from this price to over £300 on the official website.
The baby jogger comes in a number of colours and styles ours is a red and black City Single, it is a one seat pushchair for babies from 6 months upwards, the idea for my partner was that she could use this whilst jogging to keep our little one with her, this hasn't happened in practice more due to lack of time than any issues with the buggy, but when we have had to rush for buses etc it can be used for jogging quite easily.
The design is very cool, one wheel at the front, two at the rear, a large hood which can go through 3 levels keeping baby entirely shaded, partially shaded or open to the elements, the hood has two see through windows so you can see what your little one is doing, or you can cover these to help your baby sleep. The wheels are large and strong and built for use on the dodgiest terrain, they are superb and really durable. The pushchair has a small basket underneath, big enough to keep some shopping, a small bag or some blankets, the handles are well designed and easy to grip and hold.
The harnesses to hold baby are easy to move as they grow and aren't too restrictive, they are padded and add a layer of comfort for your child, the chair can also be used upright or laid back to allow your little one to sleep, the push chair is large enough to last until around 2-2.5 years of age with ease.
The pushchair is easy to push and move, we've used it in London, it is large but easy enough to weave through shoppers, aisles and in restaurants, it isn't restrictive in anyway and really is an easy push, it is light and agile and I really prefer this to our previous pushchair from mothercare. The brake is simple to administer on the back of the buggy you just step on the red switch.
Packing it up:
This is so easy to pack up, simply pull the cord in the middle of the chair and it folds in half, we've used this in lifts at airports, in cabs and cars and it takes 20 seconds, to reopen you just pull the cord again and the buggy is reassembled, it is superb in this respect and such an ease to your mind when you are trying to get on a bus in a rush or simply need space.
Extras cost extra, you have to pay extortionate amounts for rain covers, sun covers, drinks holders etc, we bought these and they have proven useful, but it's a shame they don't come with the chair.
I think this is a superb push chair, some of the extras like the drinks holder are overpriced (As I regularly remind my partner), however for a pushchair that is a smooth push on all terrains, including bumpy woodland, this is so easy to use and a pleasure to pack away, this peace of mind is worth a lot and in comparison to our previous pushchair this really is light years ahead in terms of design and ease of use.
I would recommend shopping around via sites like offeroftheday as there are some good prices if you are prepared to have a different colour or design sometimes, this is the best pushchair I've ever used and I was sceptical at first thinking it was purely for jogging mums, but am now happy that if this ever broke (I can't see that happening), we would replace it with another from the same range.
The Baby Jogger City Mini is a lightweight stroller style pushchair that is suitable from birth, it retails at around £199.
I have to admit that the only reason I chose the City Mini is because it was the only one (Barring the Petite Star Zia) that would actually fit in the boot of my car! I quickly found out that most pushchairs are really bulky, even when folded. The City Mini is extremely well designed and folds down to a tiny 77 x 52 x 16 cm, all wheels are also removable to make it suitable for even the smallest of boots. It boasts Patented Quick-Fold Technology, meaning that you can fold the pushchair with the simple pull of a handle, this is very easy to do and can be done single handed. The pushchair is also easy to reassemble, again this can be done single handed.
Once assembled (easily done in less than 5 minutes, with a very helpful manual), it is a dream to use. It weighs 7.8kg so it is pretty light and therefore not too difficult to move around. Pushing is a dream, it glides easily over most surfaces - I've used it on and off road, on many uneven surfaces, and it has always been an easy ride. The only issue I have is that the back wheels are fixed, which sometimes makes turning a struggle. The front swivel wheel helps, but I find that as the pushchair is so light, it's easier to just pull the pushchair up by the handle to reposition it when turning tight corners, such as in small shops.
The thing I love about this pushchair is the multi position hood. There are three sections, as you can see from the picture and you can push the hood right back or have one, two, or all three sections open. I tend to have two sections open when my son is awake and upright, and lower it to three when he is asleep or it is particularly windy as it is quite low down so it gives him more protection and privacy. The second and third section of the hood have clear viewing windows so you can check on your little one, the windows can be covered when not in use, or when you are using the other one, so they don't look 'out of place'.
The pushchair has the standard 5 point safety harness, with adjustable height so will always be a comfortable and secure fit. The seat reclines right back, it has a thick clip that you use to secure it wherever you want it so you can have it however you want rather than in set positions. The handle bar is fixed at 107 cm, which I find a comfortable height. I'm quite tall so find some pushchair handle bars give me back ache, but this one is just right. It is also set back from the pushchair so you have plenty of leg room.
The shopping basket is quite small, but it will hold a couple of bags of shopping. The main problem with the shopping basket is that it doesn't open for easy access so there you can't always get bulky things in there, I often find that I have to take things out of the shopping bag to be able to get it in, I then have to refill the bag once it's in the shopping basket, which can sometimes be quite irritating! This, along with the fixed wheels are only minor irritations though, and the pushchair is otherwise perfect so I think the Baby Jogger City Mini still deserves a five star rating!
Here is a link to the one I bought, it has lots of pictures so you can get a real feel for the pushchair... http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.208-3470.aspx
I recently bought this pushchair, after becoming increasingly frustrated with my Graco travel system. Baby is more aware of what is going on, and likes to see around her, so this pushchair is ideal. I'd researched the pushchair before purchasing it too - I did not find a bad review, all were incredibly positive about it.
I was also looking for something a little more lightweight, and easy to fold down for putting in a car. Definitely no complaints with the Baby Jogger pushchair - it is compact when folded, and so easy to fold up! It comes features "Patented Quick-Fold Technology" - it can literally be done with one hand (unlike the Graco which also claimed this) - I honestly didn't believe it was possible until I tried it!
The Baby Jogger is a three wheeler pushchair - it is incredibly easy to steer due to this, and is also light to push (be careful going downhill though - don't let go, or it's off!!). It has one large round handle for pushing, which makes it possible to push this one-handed.
It has a large basket underneath, which is most easily accessible from the sides of the pushchair. It fits plenty in it, so is more than ample.
The pushchair does state not to hang bags off the handle, but I do put my changing back over it and have not had a problem doing this. I think it is more warning against heavy shopping bags which may upset the weight distribution and tip up the pushchair.
The seat is able to recline right back to an almost-laying position - handy for when the little one is having a nap. The sun canopy is excellent and comes right over the whole pushchair - you do not need a parasol with this at all.
A raincover is available for purchase separately - we did get this, as living in Britain it gets used more than the hood for sun protection!! It is very easy to put over the pushchair and features a zip across it, for letting in air on warmer days.
My little one loves being in the pushchair, and I could not recommend it enough - definitely my best 'baby purchase' so far!
After sticking with my Mamas and Papas Pliko Pramette for nearly a year I decided I needed a new more lightweight stroller as I was moving abroad and didn't want to have to take anything heavy on the plane. I scoured the internet reading review after review on all the pushchairs and this, the Baby Jogger City Mini, seemed to be the best bet for me. I couldn't find a single bad review on it, everyone seemed to absolutely love it and I have to agree so do I (nearly!).
I bought mine for £139.99 in green and grey which is a lot of money to spend but you definitely get what you pay for. It is a three wheeler pushchair with swivel front wheel which makes it really easy to push (you can push with just one hand). It is very sturdy, has an excellent sun canopy, which comes down much further than any others I have ever seen and best of all you can collapse the pushchair with just one quick movement and it fits into the tiniest of spaces. It also reclines nearly completely flat which is another bonus over a lot of other pushchairs. Now here comes the "but" and it is quite a big "but" in my opinion: when my daughter is sitting upright, it is impossible for her to lean forward and so she just appears slumped in it all the time. In her old pushchair, she used to be able to lean right forward and was much happier this way. This may not be a problem for some children as they may prefer the more laid back approach but my daughter can get quite frustrated with it at times and despite all the other brilliant things about this pushchair I am left wondering sometimes whether I would have been better off with just a straightforward umbrella stroller.
It's the only swivel wheel stroller on the market that utilizes our patented Quick-Fold Technology, making the city Series the only strollers you'll ever need. Sleek alloy wheels with true 12 inflatable tires allow the stroller to go places most other strollers only dream of going. Combine that with all of the features that make your life easier, such as an adjustable handle, one-step recline system, multi-position canopy, machine washable fabric, and the City Series can truly take your child from birth and beyond.