BEST stroller for THE CITY...i.e. New York City!!!
February 20, 2014
I have had this stroller for 3 years now and I just had to come and write a review since as a new parent, I remember how useful all of the reviews were for me in making our decisions about which of the bizillion baby products/gadgets/etc. would work best for us. In retrospect, this was one of the best purchases we made in preparation for being City parents. I'm a born & raised NYer and my mom STILL has the sturdy umbrella stroller she used for all 4 of her kids starting 42 years ago! Strollers have gotten SO huge...so heavy...so expensive, I honestly had NO idea. I couldn't believe the prices these things are going for these days! We toyed with the idea of a Britax with a 'reversible' seat because I really do believe on bonding with the child and giving the comfort of seeing the parent amidst being pushed around so many stimuli... and so we also looked at the Stokke, the Bugaboo series, etc. But then the blood flow came back to my head and I just couldn't justify paying more for a stroller than I paid for my first motorcycle! We saw someone with the City Mini on the subway, liked the look & asked them about it and they raved. So after much research & finding a deal we were fully happy to pay the $170 for it. I must say, it was completely worth it and we're looking forward to see good use out of it for the second ( & third & more...) children in the future. I don't know if these strollers will last 40 years, but the benefits now are numerous.
1) When our daughter was an infant until she was 13 months, we used the frame, without the fabric as the base & stroller for the car seat. She was facing us, it felt very sturdy & protective and I immediately noticed that the stroller was 'thinner' than the 'SUV brands' about because I could go down any tiny bodega shopping isle and the wheels allowed me to maneuver easily through small spaces. I carried her in am Ergo most of the 1st year anyway, but when we needed the stroller it was great. We live between Brooklyn and Rome, Italy and I couldn't have predicted how convenient those wheels would be on the cobblestobnes! ( I saw a 'fancy' stroller topple over w baby inside on the cobblestone streets! NOT with the stable Citi Mini!).
2) The stroller is perfect for local neighborhood shopping, errands, etc. with a very large and easy to load 'basket' on the bottom. the stroller has a good 'center' so can be loaded up quite a bit and still not fall back with your baby in it just because you let go of the handles.
3) even if it doesn't have an extendable foot rest my daughter always has and still can take a really good nap in this stroller. The fact that it reclines all the way back is great and when she was small & we were traveling a bit, with some blankets, she's even slept the night in the stroller.
4) Now that she's older, my daughter can climb in and out by herself and with the front bar, for neighborhood runs, doesn't need to be strapped in and she's still secure wioth the depth of the seat & the front bar.
Let's be real, its a lightweight stroller in comparison to what's out there, but it is NOT light. My mother refused to take my daughter on the subway with it so we did end up getting a jazzy umbrella stroller that we use for inter-borough traveling and now for international traveling, mainly because the cars are smaller in Europe and the Citi Mini is still too big for a standard EU trunk!
BUT, This is my Brooklyn Stroller and I am writing this review today after 2 months + of steady blizzards and rain and snow freezing rain over snow over layers of ice over snow.... and I must say I have been THOROUGHLY impressed by this stroller. When Its Icy, it had a grip and when its snowy-slushy, it cuts through it like hot water. Without this stroller I would have spent unnecessary money on cabs to school because its just a 15 min walk but the weather has been treacherous and it has truly been a life saver. There were school-runs where I would see moms struggling block after block to carry their child over and through the snow. I did not see ANY other strollers out in these weeks besides a few Citi Minis and one Phil & Teds jogger. ( no cute Bugaboos, No Stokkes...no strollers were out for DAYS). Not only is my daughter super protected and cozy even without the rain cover ( the canopy is amazing) but she just holds onto the front bar and loves the 'bumpy bumpy' ride over mounds of ice/snow/slush. The guys in my neighborhood have taken to say "Oh, here she comes! She knows how to drive that thing!" and I even received applause from stranded pedestrians after maneuvering through a tricky snow-blocked mound! And if you do need to lift it over a huge puddle for example, it is not that heavy that its a struggle...
Whether its unpaved streets, potholes, a walk through the muddy park or an actual run in the park, this stroller is GREAT. We have done absolutely no maintenance to it in 3 years and it could probably use some oil as the steering can be quite tight at times, but my daughter walks a lot and we really only use it for Brooklyn school runs & grocery shopping/ farmer's market trips so I consider it a great investment.
You may need to get a companion umbrella stroller if you travel internationally/ move between boroughs like we do ( we went w the Uppababy G-Luxe) but still, with sales, we spent $300 on BOTH strollers and couldn't be happier.
Quality doesn't always mean a high price and I'm happy to say that over time, the lesson, from a native NYer is stay practical, functional and high-functioning in your baby-gear choices... who cares how 'chic' and expensive the stroller looks? Save the money for outfitting your kid in cute and 'chic' clothes...they are the REAL accessory after all ... or better yet....for that private pre-school they're on the waiting list for! Enjoy!