Time for me to weigh in on the Baby Jogger City Mini debate!
The City Mini is definitely for some people, and definitely not for others. If you’re more than 6″0, then it’s not for you. If you don’t have a car, then it’s not for you. If you live on a third floor walkup, it’s definitely not for you. But if you’re an average height, driving, ground floor living kinda guy, then I would definitely recommend it.
The problem is, first of all, that I can’t push it without my knees banging into the back (try it in the store before you buy it, for sure. But make sure you’re trying it with the seat fully reclined if you plan on using it at all for your baby’s first six months or so of life). If this is an issue for you, but you still like Baby Joggers, then I’d recommend checking out the City Elite, or the City Classic. Both are much more accommodating for us taller types. The Baby Trend Single Snap N’ Go Stroller is also a good solution. Though no taller than, and possibly a bit shorter than the City Mini, the Snap ‘N Go seems just a little bit better designed, and doesn’t bang against my knees (as often).
Assuming you have a car, then you’re not likely to have to drag stuff along with you on long hikes with the stroller, so the City Mini ought to be ok for you. If you walk to most places you go to, like Sarah and I do, then you’d probably prefer something with a bigger basket (The City Mini sports a tiny little basket that you need to pay extra for*. It’s good for a folded raincover and about half a diaper bag). The Snap ‘N Go Infant Car Seat Carrier fits the bill for us carless types, for two good reasons. It’s got a huge basket (For me, the ideal basket is one that’s legally bound to say “Please do not put your baby in the basket”), so you can totally do your grocery shopping without a separate shopping cart. The easy Car Seat functionality also makes it super convenient for jumping in and out of taxis quickly, because let’s face it, us walk-everywhere types quickly become taxi-taking types when faced with a screaming baby.
The Snap ‘N Go is also great for walk up apartments like ours because it’s so light-weight. We just detatch the carseat and walk it us, and leave the frame under the stairs (something we’d never do with the $200 City Mini).
So, anyone looking to buy a slightly used City Mini?
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*Apparently, you don’t pay extra for the basket. Thanks Sarah for the correction. The basket is still too small though.