Baby Jogger City Mini is one of my favorite strollers. It has a huge canopy, roomy seat, and can hold a child up to 50 lb. But the best feature of this stroller is the one-hand fold. This is one of THE easiest folds I’ve seen!
More importantly, it weighs ONLY 16 lb! This is perfect for moms like me who has back problems and can’t lift a heavy stroller. It is NOT a jogging stroller. Many parents think, that because it is made by Baby Jogger and has three wheels, it’s for jogging. Nope. It is an everyday stroller that you can take to the shopping mall, stores, cafe, doctor appointments or park.
City Mini is truly the BEST stroller for parents who live in the city, because you can have a child in one hand and easily carry this stroller in another. We all know how challenging it is, if you live in a building with no elevator and need to carry a child and a stroller down the stairs. If you travel a lot, you will love how light and compact it is.
City Mini is so well designed, it won many awards like iParenting Media Award, NAPPA Gold Award, Mother and Baby Award and Good Design Award. Celebrity moms like Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner, Naomi Watts, Salma Hayek, and Tori Spelling absolutely love this stroller. Celebrities have a lot of money and can afford to buy any stroller they want. So, the fact that they use City Mini shows you that most expensive strollers are not always the best.
This stroller is almost as light as the umbrella stroller, but still has all the features of a regular one. It’s great for older babies from 6 months and above. It is not recommended for newborns. But, if you want to use it for a newborn, you can get a car seat adapter and convert it to a travel system, or you can buy a bassinet/pram. City Mini Double option is also available.
I gave City Mini 5 out of 5 stars because I absolutely love the huge canopy, the easiest fold in the world, and how compact and light it is. I almost don’t have anything negative to say (usually never happens). There are only two things I would change: I would make the basket a little larger and more accessible, and I would make the handle bar adjustable. That’s it! The City Mini is sold for about $259 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
-Huge canopy. This stroller has one of the BEST canopies (if not the best) on the market. It is so huge, they even put 2 peekaboo windows. It has three sections and goes down very far. Good sun protection is one of the top features on my list. My daughter Sophia is very sensitive to the sun light and starts complaining as soon as it gets into her eyes.
The only downside is that they used a ‘velcro’ closure for both peekaboo windows. It is very noisy and can definitely wake up a sleeping child. I wish they would use a magnetic closure like they did on the City Mini Elite model. It does cost a little more, but I think parents wouldn’t mind paying a few extra dollars for that.
-Handle bar. The handle bar is NOT adjustable. It’s located at 41″ from the ground. I think it will be too high for shorter parents. So, test it first. Now, if you need an adjustable handle bar, there is a City Mini GT model that is slightly heavier and more expensive, but it does have an adjustable handle bar.
-Padded seat. The seat is very roomy. It can hold a child up to 50 lbs. It’s 14″ wide with a measurement of 23″ from the back of the seat to the top canopy. The leg drop is 10″. It has an infinite seat recline that goes down to almost flat position. To recline the seat, you need to adjust one-handed strap system in the back of the seat. To bring the seat back up, you will need both hands. It’s a little challenging to do with a child in the seat.
-Mesh window. Once the seat is reclined, you will see a large mesh window in the back of the seat. It provides nice air circulation on a hot summer. If the weather gets cooler, there is a retractable weather cover that you can use.
-5 point harness. It has 5 point padded harness that is attached with clips to the loops in the seat. To adjust it to a different height, you don’t need to re-thread it. All you need to do is to hook it to a different loop. Very easy. You can even do it with your child in the seat.
-Mesh pocket. There is a large mesh pocket on the back of the seat that you can use for all the mommy essentials like keys, wallet, phone, and sunglasses. Since this stroller doesn’t come with a parent console, this pocket is very useful.
-Basket underneath. The basket access has been improved from a previous model, but is still hard to access from the back. This was one of the biggest complains. The 2012 model has a curved basket bar for easier access from the back and mesh elastic sides. Although you can fit in a large diaper bag, it is still not a very convenient basket. I think they should keep working on it.
-Wheels. The are three 8″ hard rubber wheels. The front swivel wheel is doubled for extra stability. It can be locked in place when the terrain gets rough. To make the stroller more compact, you can remove rear wheels with a push of the button. BTW, although it’s not on their site or in the documentation, the wheels from the City Mini GT model fit into City Mini. Yep. You can just pop this rubber wheels off and replace them with those forever-air wheels. I was thinking that since all of the City Mini models are almost the same with the exception for the wheels, they should sell those forever-air wheels separately, so you can transform City Mini into all-terrain stroller. Wouldn’t that be nice?
-Suspension. This stroller does have a front wheel suspension that will absorb some of the bumps.
-Parking break. There is a one step break in the back. To lock it, all you need to do is step on the red pedal located between the back wheels. To unlock it, you can step on the top of it or lift the pedal up with your toes. Not flip-flop friendly.
-One-hand fold. The fold is a breeze! It is one-hand one-step fold. This is one of the main features of City Mini that made it so popular. You can hold your child in one hand, and fold the stroller with the other by pulling on the handle that is located in the middle of the seat. We moms always have our hands full. Don’t we? It it’s not a child, it’s a diaper bag or a toy. So, easy fold is very important. And it is such a compact stroller that it should fit in ANY car. The folded dimensions are 24″W x 31″L x 10″H. If you live in a city and have a small car, this is perfect. Since it weighs only 16 lbs, you can easily carry it in one hand.
-Automatic lock. Once you fold the stroller, it automatically locks. No clips, no straps! Since I had my baby, I do have back problems and it’s a lot of extra pain for me if I need to place the stroller on the ground to manually lock it.
-No bumper bar. I like to have a bumper bar, so wish it was included. I feel like it’s an extra safety and Sophia loves to put her feet up on it.
-None adjustable handle bar. This should be easy to fix and I hope that the next model will have an adjustable handle bar.
-Velcro on the canopy. Most of the strollers that are sold today, have a velcro closure on their viewing windows. It would be nice to have a magnetic closure especially since Baby Jogger has it on the Elite model.
-Inconvenient basket. Basket underneath the seat is not my favorite. Although you can fit a large diaper bag, it will take some effort to stuff it in and to take it out. I think, they should change the frame a little by putting the parking brake only on one side (like on Britax B-Agile) and remove that cross bar. This will allow them to modify the basket to make it more accessible.
Baby Gizmo has detailed video review that you might find very useful. Note: The headhight from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy is 23″ and not 25″ as they say in the video.
Stroller weight: 16.8 lb
Weight limit: 50 lb
Folded dimensions: 24″W x 31″L x 10″H
Handle bar height: 41″
Seat to canopy height: 23″
Overall length: 39.5″
Overall width: 24″
Baby Jogger gives a lifetime warranty on the frame of the stroller and 1 year on small parts and fabric. Here is more information on the warranty.
For 2016/2017 this stroller is available in six colors: green, black, red, blue, purple, gray.
City Mini has a lot of great accessories that has to be purchased separately. I wish some accessories like snack tray and adult console were included.
-Snack tray. This is a must-have item! It is very easy to attach and remove. It has one cup holder. My daughter likes to grab the tray and pull herself forward, so she can sit up straight and look around. It is durable and very easy to clean. You can just take the whole thing to the kitchen and clean it there. By pushing a button on one side of the tray, you can easily swing it out to let your child in and out of the seat. There is no need to remove the whole thing! The stroller can also be folded with the tray attached.
Another thing I like about it, is that I can attach toys with the plastic hooks to it. Some parents complained that it sits too high and I have to agree. It does sit a little too high, but I have a very tall child, so it works fine for me. If you have a shorter child, I would recommend getting a belly bar instead since it is adjustable. This tray can be used with City Mini, City Classic, City Elite and Summit 360 strollers. You can find it for about $20.
-Universal parent console. This console is made out of quality material and includes one cup holder and two insulated compartments. The cup holder is large enough to hold my large Starbucks coffee or a water bottle and the drinks stay horizontal without spilling. The compartments are deep enough to hold all the little items like keys, wallet, sunglasses and phone. This console is worth the money. It can be used with any Baby Jogger stroller. You can purchase it for about $27.
-Glider board. If you have an older child who likes to move around and see things, this accessory is for you. It will give your child more independence and will make him feel like he is pushing the stroller. Anything to keep them busy! :) It is a little pricey at around $58.
-Belly bar. Unlike the snack tray, this soft padded bar can be adjusted for the height of your child. When it gets dirty, you can just unzip the cover for cleaning. Very easy. Kids love to pull them self up so they can sit up straight and look around. You can also attach toys to the bar to keep your baby entertained without losing them. Many parents like this belly bar more than a snack tray because they can adjust the height. Some said that it can be used as a car seat adapter, because it does hold the car seat very tight even though it doesn’t lock it in place. It costs around $28.
-Car seat adapter. If you want to transform your stroller into a travel system, buy this car seat adapter. It works with most popular car seats like Peg Perego, Maxi Cosi, Graco, Chicco, and Evenflo. This adapter can be used on City Mini, City Mini GT, City Elite, Summit XC and FIT models. It can be purchased for about $60.
-Carry bag. If you travel a lot, get this carry bag for convenient storage. It is made out of durable material and will last you for a long time. It costs around $70.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get City Mini 2016 in one of the six beautiful colors for around $259 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
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