In this day and age, a baby stroller is way more than a utility to trolley your child in when you’re away from home. In our current world of hipster, hash tagging, instagram, lifestyle/mommy blogging parenting, strollers are a status symbol. That’s right! You read me correctly! In 2016, your baby’s stroller says a lot about YOU, how on trend you are, and your lifestyle. A stroller must not only be functional, but it must be stylish and it must have swag! The right stroller has the ability to streamline your life as a new parent, and make toting around a little one and all of their accessories a whole lot easier if you choose wisely. So let me tell you a little bit about the one that has impressed us for the last 18 months: The City Select Stroller By Baby Jogger.
The City Select is actually the second stroller that we purchased after Connor was born. We were totally those new, parents-to-be that did tons of research, watched endless YouTube reviews, and visited various baby stores to try out and price travel systems. Only to discover a month or so after she was born, that the one we so eloquently handpicked didn’t fit our lifestyle or us. Ha! I’ll go more into later…
But first, here are a few specs on The City Select:
The City Select is the “stroller that grows with your family.” It can be used as a travel system, pram, single, double, or even triple stroller! That sounds amazing, right?! Additional seats & adapters that can make those options possible are sold separately (I’ll tell you why I think that’s a good thing in just a bit.) With over 16 different seat configurations & 6 different colors (blue, black, purple, red, tan & gray), The City Select is easily the most versatile stroller on the market right now! The City Select has a 45lb weight capacity per seat and a multi- position footrest. Its UV 50+ sun canopy provides a great amount of shade on a sunny day and has peek-a-boo window (you can open & close) to check on your little one.
Here are a few things that I totally love about this product:
1.The versatility of the seat(s) and the ability to turn Connor facing outward or toward me in the various reclined positions available – When we first got it, we paired ours with a Maxi Cosci infant car seat. I loved how the car seat adapter sat up high and I didn’t have to lean down low to see her. Fast-forward many months later and this feature still comes in handy with the toddler seat; when we are out and about, while Connor is sleeping (like this past weekend at the Peterson Auto Museum). I like to recline her facing toward me so that I can keep an eye on her, she has a bit of privacy, and so that being in a foreign place does not startle her when she awakes.
2. It’s a full-size stroller – very sturdy, smooth, and agile. Great for exploring the city and a tad bit off the beaten path.
3.The large under seat basket – REALLY comes in handy with shopping and having lots of bags or a blanket and small cooler for a fun park outing.
4. The adjustable handlebar – a lifesaver since Hubby and I have about an 8″ height difference between us.
5.The easy to use hand brake – versus the tricky foot break that I’ve experienced on other strollers.
6.It folds in half very easily – in just one movement (by pulling up the side levers, this stroller is broken down). You can also remove the back wheels rather quickly for a more compact storage space.
7. Machine Washable – It’s easy to remove and wash the cloth body.
8. The perfectly sized, all terrain wheels – We’ve taken ours to parks, museums, nature trails, and to the beach! *They’re not meant to be used while jogging*
9. The overall design is very sleek and minimal (& this is why I like that many of the adapters come separately). This also gives you great ability to completely tailor and customize your stroller to your liking and lifestyle without having to pay for or store accessories that you’ll never use. Over the last year, as our needs have evolved and Connor has gotten older, we have purchased three great accessories: The Child Tray, the Belly Bar, and the Parent console; each ranging from $20 – $30.
Oh the places this stroller has gone!…
Here are a few things I don’t like as much about this product:
- The Child Tray & Belly Bar have different designs/attachments, so the attachments are not interchangeable.
- At 28lbs, some may consider The City Select to be on the heavier side compared to an umbrella stroller. However, this is about the average weight for a full-size or jogger stroller.
- Sometimes I wish that it actually were a jogger! Ha! However, we are happy with our current wheels over larger wheels that are not as appealing when walking in malls and other indoor venues.
- With a price tag of $529, it can easily be out of one’s budget. But I honestly feel like the City Select is up there (style wise) with Orbit Baby or Stokke, stroller brands that usually cost about $1000 or more. I will also say that the CS is definitely worth the investment if you have multiple children or plan to have more children. Fortunately, there are also a number of great discount shops (like Albee Baby & Amazon) that carry it for a better price.
The Big & Short
We really do love and enjoying using our City Select Stroller by Baby Jogger. The overall quality is great and it is very easy to use. It’s modern, sleek, and almost completely customizable with so many colors, accessories, and configurations available. It has a great amount of under seat storage and an adjustable handlebar. If you are always on the go like us, having a full-size, city style stroller will probably fit your lifestyle and your needs for the years to come. And finally, although the price tag may give some parents sticker shock, it’s a great investment for a family and those who plan to expand their family in the near future.
Shop the City Select Stroller by Baby Jogger here. I would love to know if you decide to purchase it and how you like it!