Quite a few people have asked what my new buggy is like so I just wanted to follow on from my post a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t want to review the buggy too soon without having got to grips with its features but now I’ve taken it out to town, parks and off-road so feel able to give you my opinion.
The Baby Jogger City Mini Double is a fantastic pram. It does have it’s downsides like everything, but it has a lot more positives than negatives.
We were lucky enough to find a second-hand 2011 model on ebay. The reason we wanted the ’11 model was because it has backboards in it (so the seats don’t sag as apparently can happen to earlier models) and it also allows one or two carry cots to be attached. We went for this on the off chance that we might decide to have another baby while the boys still need a buggy (are we crazy I hear you cry?!) If we did have another we’d be able to accommodate a single baby (assuming we don’t have another set of twins) in a lay flat carry cot while one of the boys used the stroller seat and the other used a buggy board on the back. Very forward thinking.
What I love most about the Baby Jogger is that it folds in a second. Maybe even half a second. You literally just pull a strap and lift and it closes neatly. There is a Velcro strap to secure it together and then it stands up on its own without having to lean against anything. In a fight with the Out n About Nipper 360 on these features it wins hands down. To put it up is just as easy, undo the Velcro strap and flip it open. It’s actually quite beautiful if you’re a buggy geek like me.
The seats are upright and they can lay back quite far, making it suitable for little ones. The mechanism for laying the seats up and down is a lot easier than the Out n About (that was a strap and a buckle which gets undone to lay down and done up to sit up, however, when you’ve got heavy babies/toddlers it’s a nightmare to lift them up, hold them there and buckle it back up again). The Baby Jogger has a strap and a toggle type system where you squeeze it and push as you lift the seat. Much easier.
It has fab big sun shades that work independently. These can come right down, providing a great coverage, or you can just pull them out a little to stop the overhead sun. There is no need to hang a blanket over the front of your pram as I used to with the Out n About when they were little and needed a sleep while we were out.
It’s a sturdy buggy; it doesn’t roll away when you let go of it which is a relief after the Out n About. And although the advice is to not hang bags off the handle, I have done and even without the boys in and a heavy bag on the back it hasn’t tipped up (unlike the Out n About out which tips even with light bags hanging off it). But as I said, buggies all tell you not to do that so it’s not fair to judge on this point.
It has solid wheels, so no more worrying about getting constant punctures as we had with the Out n About.
It has a large under storage, although this isn’t as accessible as I’d like. It almost meets the bottom of the buggy, which means you need to undo the attachments to get things in. I can live with that.
The handle is high. I’d read a review from someone before I bought it that said if you’re under 5ft3 don’t buy it as it’s too high. I’m around 5ft and yes it is high and yes when the sunshades are down you can’t see the front wheels. But if it’s sunny and I need the shades (and have a particular need to see the front wheels like if I’m in town) I open the two clear visors and look through those instead to make sure I don’t take out any ankles. I don’t mind walking with my arms a bit higher as it gives me a work out without even trying. I didn’t feel this was enough of a reason not to buy a buggy that sounded perfect in all other ways.
It isn’t as manoeuvrable as the Out n About. You really need two hands to steer it, so no leisurely Starbucks latte drinking unless you’re heading in a straight line on even ground, and it’s not quite as easy off-road or to go up pavements.
My only real frustration I have is that it still doesn’t fit through our front door, although I believe it probably will fit through most others (I think we just have a weird sized doorway). Again, I can live with it as I want a side-by-side and I’ll have the same problem whichever I choose.
My dream would be for Out n About to meet up with Baby Joggers and produce a Baby Nipper that has the beat features of both buggies. But that’s not going to happen so in the meantime I’ll stick with my Baby Jogger.
It’s time to sell my trusty Out n About and embark on a new life with my Baby Jogger. I like it but I think I’ve come to realise that no matter how hard I try, I’ll never find a buggy that ticks every single box. For me, for now, this one is the closest match I’ve found to the ultimate double buggy. And fingers crossed it’s the last double buggy I ever have to buy as I really can’t afford not to like this one.