New Mom Approved!
I was very thorough in choosing a stroller for my first baby (who arrived at the end of July) because as a former NYC nanny I have years of experience with various stroller models and brands. I knew I wanted a travel system that was super easy to fold and unfold, that was relatively lightweight, and that didn't take up my entire car trunk. The Ballios M earns high marks from me in all of those categories, in addition to other features I love.
PROS: The stroller is extremely easy to fold and unfold with one hand. It's the lightest travel system on the market (from what I can tell) and also doesn't have a huge profile, so when I'm pushing it down busy sidewalks or in crowded spaces (like the Starbucks in Old Town Alexandria) people don't hate me for taking up too much space. The wheels are durable for all terrains. The seat can face either direction and has a deep recline which is nice for naps. Another thing I LOVE about the stroller is how smooth it pushes, with one hand, which makes it easy to open and go through doors by myself. Also, the handle height extends so my tall husband and I can both push it with no troubles.
CONS: We have a newborn and have just been attaching our Cybex Aton 2 infant car seat to the stroller base for now. The only annoying feature about the stroller so far is that you have to buy the car seat adapters separately. The first few times we attached the car seat it was difficult to detach, I think because the parts were all so new and stiff, but with a bit more use it's become very easy and I am able to do it by myself. Also, just a note, when we assembled the stroller the front wheels were already in the lock position and the stroller didn't push right until we realized that and unlocked them. It's been smooth sailing ever since.
OVERALL: For the price (it's cheaper than the comparable UppaBaby Cruz travel system) you really can't beat the Ballios M. I'm really happy with our purchase.