I got tons of emails over the last few weeks asking me to review Mamas&Papas Urbo2. Sorry it took me so long, I have been crazy busy lately. I’ve also promised you to do a comparison between Urbo2 and Armadillo Flip XT which will be out soon.
The Urbo2 has received a complete face lift and now is one of the hottest strollers on the market. Wondering what’s so great about it? One of the best features of this stroller is the reversible seat with deep one-hand recline that is suitable for a newborn.
The seat if very roomy and has super plush padding. It also has ability to become a travel system or you can turn it into a bassinet by replacing the seat with a matching bassinet. Perfect for a newborn!
Mamas&Papas have also raised the frame of the stroller a little and added front-wheel suspension making the ride super smooth. Despite the small wheels, it handled bumps very well. The narrow frame and small foot print make it very easy to maneuver in tight and crowded places even with one hand. The fold is even more compact than on Nuna Mixx, so you should be able to fit it even in the smallest trunk. The canopy now is really big and has a mesh panel for better ventilation.
Many parents complained that Armadillo models don’t have a bumper bar. Well, Urbo2 does! It’s a very nice leather covered swing-away bumper bar. And talking about the looks, isn’t Urbo2 stylish? The colors are pretty, the faux leather bar looks classy, the fabrics and metal frame feel well made and high quality. Amazing!
Urbo2 also features adjustable leg rest, lip-flop friendly brakes, automatic lock, and adjustable leather covered handle bar. This baby weighs only 20 lbs!
All these updates made Urbo2 a great stroller for urban lifestyle. This could be easily your ONLY stroller. The travel system and bassinet options make it perfect for a newborn. Take it to the park, mall, or a stroller around town.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because I think that Mamas&Papas did a great jog updating it. This could be one of my favorite strollers. There are a few things of course that could make it even better like: being able to fold it with the seat in parent facing mode, larger basket, and larger wheels. You can get Urbo 2 in one of the six beautiful colors for about $599 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). You can also get a matching bassinet for around $250 on Amazon.
Take a look at this stylish couple! The baby is not even 6 months yet and this mom is so skinny already… does anybody else thinks this model doesn’t have kids? LOL.
I absolutely love Donna Wilson! She is a British designer who won many fans around the world with her colorful knitted creatures and striking fabrics. Her handcrafting techniques like felting, knitting and wrapping make her products feel so familiar. Luckily, Mamas&Papas have used one of her designs on Urbo2 making it truly a fashion statement.
-Large canopy. Mamas&Papas know how to make a great canopy. This one goes down all the way to the bumper bar (yes! Urbo2 has bumper bar included) providing full coverage. It has a new mesh panel that you can unzip for better air circulation on a hot summer day.
I am glad they’ve added a mesh panel since this is one of the main complaints from parents. It can get a little hot in the summer under that canopy. The canopy is also thinker now thanks to extra hood lining protecting your little one from any sunlight. There is also a large peekaboo window with magnetic closure (no noisy Velcro. Hooray!) There is a little loop on the canopy that you can use to hang a toy for your child.
-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! It has a swing-away bumper bar covered with leather-like material giving this buggy a luxury feel. It’s now located at the better angle (which is 2.5″ inches higher than on Urbo) for easier ins and outs. I have to admit, I love having the bumper bar. When kids are young they can use it to pull them self up and when they are older it’s a nice extra safety feature that prevents them from jumping off the seat. My daughter is 2.5 years old right now and I almost never use the harness anymore. I just put her in the stroller and she holds on to a bumper bar. I don ‘t know why Mamas & Papas couldn’t put it on Armadillo models. I mean, Armadillo Flip XT is one of my favorite stroller, but it does not have a bumper bar. You should see how many emails I got from parents asking me if bumper bar is important. It just such a pain in the behind to put a harness on your toddler every time. A lot of parents who absolutely love Armadillo go with a different stroller because of the bumper bar. Thankfully, Urbo2 got it!
-Reversible seat. It has a reversible seat that is 12″ with 20″ seat back and a measurement of 24″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. I love that you can see your little baby for the first few months. Very soon you will need to flip the seat because your baby is getting bored looking at you and wants to see the world. Oh, they grow up so quick! This roomy seat has a deep one-hand recline that goes to almost a flat position suitable for a newborn.The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs.
What I like about this seat is that you can create a bed-like environment for you child by lifting the leg rest up and fully reclining the seat. There is plenty of room for your child to stretch and take a long comfortable nap. Also great for quick diaper changes!
I think that flat recline is very important even for an older child. Many luxury strollers like Uppababy Cruz have one-piece seat that is always in a sitting position. The seat has very nice plush padding to make your child extra comfy. BTW, the seat is much more upright from the previous model and it’s also located now 1″ higher from the ground bringing the baby closer to you.
Not as important, but worth mentioning is that the back of the seat is now black to complement the rest of the finishes. You can also convert it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat or convert it into a pram by replacing it with a matching bassinet.
-Adjustable foot rest. There is an adjustable foot rest that goes up and down providing your little rider with more room to stretch his little legs. Makes diaper changes much easier!
-Adjustable handle bar. It has an adjustable telescoping handle bar that is covered with super nice leather-like material just like the bumper bar. LOV it!
-Run-away strap. The is a new feature that has been added as an extra safety feature. I personally never use it so not a big deal for me.
-5 point harness. The seat has an adjustable padded 5 point harness with center release button. I like how the material on the padding matches the canopy. The buckle is a puzzle piece so it takes time to align all the pieces before you can lock it. It’s annoying in the beginning but once you get a hang of it, it’s not a big deal.
-Medium basket. The basket got updated and now is bigger and better supported. It is still a medium size, but I was able to fit my large diaper bag in it. It is very easy to access from the back or the sides. You can even get into it from the front when the seat is fully reclined. In the world of baskets it’s OK. Don’t expect to go grocery shopping with it.
-Wheels. It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 6″ wheel in the front and 7″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. The font wheels now have a quick release button for easier cleaning and storage. I really like the silver rims that look very stylish and make it stand out. The maneuverability is great! Very easy to push with one hand even fully loaded. I tried strolling in the city with it and it handled bumps and uneven surfaces pretty well considering the small wheel size.
-All-wheel suspension. The old model had only rear-wheel suspension, but the new model has also the front-wheel one. Since the wheels are pretty small, the added suspension helps a lot to smooth out the bumps.
-Flip-flop-friendly brakes. The easy to spot red brakes are located near rear wheels. They are flip-flop-friendly now so you wont scratch your shoes or toes.
-Compact fold. You will need both hand to fold it, but it’s very easy. Make sure you seat is in the front facing mode first. Next, push two button on the sides and collapse it down till you hear the click of the automatic lock. Surprisingly the fold is very compact. The folded dimensions are only 11″H x 21″W x 33″L which is even more compact than Nuna Mixx 18.6″H x 23.2″W x 35.5″L. Now, of course Mixx has larger wheels and larger basket, but other than that it is very similar to Urbo2. Urbo2 also has a standing fold that is not being advertised by M&P probably because it’s not very stable.
-Rain cover. INCLUDED! The new redesigned rain cover fits better and looks nicer.
-Insect net. INCLUDED! This included insect net that also doubles as a sleeping shade, is conveniently stored underneath the leg rest in a zipper pocket. It easily attaches to the canopy and the sides. The fit also has been improved.
-Bassinet option. You can turn your stroller into a stylish pram by getting a matching bassinet. This bassinet is one of my favorite. I really like that it holds its shape without sagging down and wrinkely material like many other bassinets have. The metal detailing on the sides make it modern and luxuries. You can also use it at home as an extra sleeping place for your child.
-Footmuff option. The fabric of this footmuff resists wind and water helping your child to stay warm and comfy. I also like the ultra soft fleece lining that feels so nice and plush.
-Travel System Option. You can convert it into a travel system by getting infant car seat adapter. It works with most popular brands like:
- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 32/Connect 35
- Primo Viaggio SL/IP
- Cybex Aton/Cybex Aton2/Cybex AtonQ
- Maxi-Cosi Mico/Citi/Pebble/Cabriofix
- Nuna Pipa
-Medium size basket. The basket is not as large as on other full size strollers, but I was able to fit my large diaper bag in it.
-Small wheels. The wheels are on the smaller side (6″ and 7″) when it comes to a full size stroller, but maneuverability is really great even when it’s fully loaded. So while I would like to see a slightly larger wheels, 7″ and 9″ would be great, this buggy handles bumps pretty well.
-Seat position when folding. The fold is very easy, but the seat has to be in the forward facing position if you want to fold it with the seat attached. I find this annoying.
Since there has been a lot of different updates, I decided to list them separately one more time:
- Quick release button on front wheels.
- Added front-wheel suspension.
- New mesh panel in the canopy for better air flow.
- The seat is now 1″ higher from the ground.
- Extra hood lining in the canopy to protect you little passenger from sunlight getting in
- Larger and better supported basket so you can fit more stuff.
- Easy to spot red brake pedals that are flip-flop friendly now. No more shoe scratches!
- Better bumper position. It is positioned 2.5″ higher now for easier ins and outs.
- The back of the seat is black now to complement the rest of the finishes better.
- Run-away strap has been added to the handlebar for parents to have more control.
- The foot plate is rounder and easier to grip now.
- Reconfigured 5 point harness for easier footmuff and liner attachments.
- New rain cover that fits and looks better.
- The footmuff now provides better coverage and includes fleece lining.
- Insect net that also doubles as a sleep shade is now included and is hidden underneath the leg rest in a zipper pocket.
- High position of the bassinet. The bassinet now sits 2″ higher on the frame bringing your baby closer to you.
- The bassinet has also been improved and now is 10% roomier inside.
- Despite being roomier inside the bassinet is now 25% more compact and can fit into the smallest trunk.
Here is a video overview of all the changes.
Here is a great video overview.
Here is a video of a happy couple with a happy baby.
Stroller weight: 20 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 21.6″W x 28.3″L x 11.8″H
Handle bar height: 38″- 41″
Seat to canopy height: 24″
Front wheels: 6″
Rear wheels: 7″
Overall length: 39″
Overall width: 22″
Check out how Urbo2 compares to Armadillo Flip XT and Sola2 MTX.
Mamas & Papas gives 2 year warranty from the date of purchase. Here is more information on the warranty.
The Urbo 2 model is available in six colors: black, navy, chestnut, mulberry, donna wilson and camel. All of strollers come with a silver frame.
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 Mamas & Papas Urbo 2 in one of the six beautiful colors for about $599 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). It comes with a bumper bar, rain cover, and insect net. You can also get a matching bassinet for around $250 on Amazon.
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