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Switching my UPPAbaby Cruz stroller to Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller was one of the best things I have done. My daughter enjoys walking or running so she doesn’t want to be strapped in a stroller all the time. In fact, it was a real struggle to put my daughter in the stroller. She screamed and cried, just didn’t want to be in it. Therefore, I ended up carrying her in a baby carrier when she wanted to be carried. My daughter is a big toddler. Oh boy, she was so heavy to carry at one year and ten months! Weirdly, she didn’t mind being carried in a baby carrier. Therefore, I often carried her in a baby carrier when she needed to be in the stroller. Don’t get me wrong. UPPAbaby Cruz had been great and we loved it. However, when she got bigger, I think maybe she felt trapped in there since the stroller seat was in a higher position and we had to lift her up to put her in.
Consequently, my husband and I decided that it was the time for an umbrella stroller. We wanted a stroller that is light and compact so when we go out, it is not a burden to bring a stroller around. In this way, when she is walking, we can still move the stroller easily with one hand and hold her hand at the same time if we needed to. With an umbrella stroller, she can also sit herself in the stroller on her own without us trying to put her in the stroller.
There were several potential strollers we were deciding from. After a long research and tryouts, we finally decided on a Baby Jogger City Tour stroller. I am very happy with the stroller so far. Weirdly, my daughter doesn’t mind being in a stroller any more with a new stroller. When she wants to go outside she would sometimes go to the stroller and sit herself in the stroller on her own. My daughter actually likes Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller! This finally marked the last day of using a baby carrier for me, yeah! So here is my review on Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller.
Baby Jogger City Tour Umbrella Stroller Pros
Baby Jogger doesn’t use flame retardant chemicals in their strollers. Flame retardant chemicals are very harmful and they could cause negative health effects such as a cancer. You can read how toxic flame retardant chemicals are in my previous post, ‘Strollers Without Flame Retardant Chemicals‘.
Baby Jogger City Tour weighs 14 lbs. Considering a full size stroller is between 16 ~ 35 lbs, 14 lbs is so much lighter. My UPPAbaby Cruz was about 22 lbs so going from 22 lbs to 14 lbs felt a lot lighter. It is so light that you can carry the stroller with one hand when folded. You can also carry it like a bag pack with a carrying bag that comes with a stroller. Baby Jogger City Tour stroller is not only good for everyday use but also when you are traveling.
The size of a stroller is important to me since I want a stroller that I can move easily while looking after my daughter and my dog. Dimensions of a Baby Jogger City Tour stroller are 38.77″(H) x 35.82 “(D) x 17.71” (W). Dimensions of my previous stroller, UPPAbaby Cruz are 40.5″ (H) x 37″(L) x 22.3″(W). So the Baby Jogger umbrella stroller is much more smaller than UPPAbaby Cruz. It is pretty compact which I like a lot.
What is more impressive is that it is super compact when it is folded. Folded dimension of Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller is 22.04 (H) 9.05 (D) x 17.71 (W). It is so compact that it meets carry-on requirements for many airlines, therefore, you can bring it on the most airplanes as a carry-on.
Easy Fold/ Unfold
Baby Jogger City Tour Umbrella Stroller has one of the easiest fold/ unfold capability. You just press the handle bar button to fold handle bar forward. Then press the red button under the seat and pull the strap on the seat. That’s it and the stroller is folded. You can fold the stroller with one hand.
Unfolding is done with two hands. You release the safety catch and unfold the whole stroller by pulling out hood and the bottom part of the stroller.
Wheels and Easy Maneuverability
A Baby Jogger City Tour stroller has 5″ swivel front wheels and fixed rear wheels. It has front wheel suspension. Front wheels are lockable for long distance strolling.
Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller’s maneuverability is excellent. This is one of the reason why I bought Baby Jogger City Tour stroller. Wheels are made with EVA foam. Foam-filled tires are usually better in maneuvering than plastic wheels. I needed a stroller that I can maneuver easily since I go to park everyday with my dog and my daughter. To take care of them both, I needed a stroller that doesn’t give me any trouble and easy to push and steer with one hand. Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller maneuvers very well not only on a street pavement but also on grass, uneven pavement or terrain even with one hand.
Canopy is important because it blocks damaging rays from the sun for a baby. Baby Jogger City Tour does have a good size canopy (SPF50+) which covers face of a baby when sun is shining.
Also, canopy of Baby Jogger City Tour stroller has a peekaboo window. This feature is a must-have feature for me. Some strollers do not have a peekaboo window on the canopy. However, for me, I need to see my daughter as I am walking. Baby Jogger City Tour stroller has a peekaboo window with velcro which you can open and close. You can also keep the window open by rolling it up and fasten with a elastic loop. I am very happy there is a peekaboo window in the Baby Jogger City Tour stroller.
Recline Of The Seat
Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller has one-handed recline with multiple positions. The seat is reclined using a toggle at the back. However, you need two hands when you raise the seat. Like other umbrella strollers, the seat doesn’t recline all the way down to a flat position since the seat is for a baby 6 months or older. However, it does recline quite deep to a near flat position which helps my daughter sleep comfortably.
5 Point Harness
Baby Jogger’s five point harness is fairly easy to use. The harness can be used as a 3 or 5 point harness depending on your needs. Therefore, I can just strap the bottom part at the waist so my daughter can be more free on the upper body. The top straps can be also separated to two parts. Therefore, when my daughter is sleeping, I can free her arms from the straps without trying to taking her arms out of the strap. The shoulder straps are padded which provides more comfort for my daughter.
This is a personal preference. However, for me, this feature is a must-have. I walk my dog with my daughter every day. I hold the leash with one hand, sometimes, hold my daughter’s hand and still have to push a stroller with my other hand. With one hand, I should be able to push a stroller, make turns and go. I have tried a two handle stroller such as a Maclaren Triumph stroller and it was impossible for me to make turns with one hand. Therefore, having one handle on a stroller is important. With Baby Jogger’s smooth maneuverability and one handle make it easy for me to move around especially when I have a leash or a toddler’s hand to hold.
Leg Rest/ Foot Rest
Calves of my daughter are well rested on the stroller since the area between the seat and the foot rest is connected. This area is also slightly slanted so that legs can rest. Many umbrella strollers don’t have this area connected and just have the footrest. The leg rest area is not adjustable or anything but it still helps when my daughter falls a sleep and the seat is in the laid back position, her legs are rested instead of dangling in the air. Foot rest is not big but enough for my daughter to rest her feet down.
Easy Seat Cleaning
Baby Jogger City Tour stroller seat can be removed and machine-washed. That is great since my daughter has spilled milk or dropped food while in the stroller in the past.
Baby Jogger City Tour Umbrella Stroller Cons
I wish that the seat is a little deeper. The seat has a plenty of room, I am only talking about the depth of the seat. Right now, the seat fits my daughter, however, it looks like she could slip down if there is no safety harness. I think the seat is comfortable for my daughter since she likes being in the stroller. UPPAbaby Cruz we had before probably had a better seat since the seat is bigger but my daughter just didn’t want to be in that stroller any more. My daughter is fine being in the Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller, however, I would feel more secure if the seat is a little deeper and there is no possibility that she can slip down without safety harness.
You won’t find a big storage basket in an umbrella stroller. Since everything is compact, a storage basket will be much smaller than the storage basket you find in a full-size stroller. Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller has a decent size storage basket for an umbrella stroller. It fits a small diaper bag or backpack. That is it though. I wish storage basket was a little bigger. However, there is an extra storage pouch on the back of the seat which helps. There is also a zippered pouch on the basket where you can store a carrying bag case for the stroller.
Separate Purchase of Accessories
Some umbrella strollers comes with a rain cover when buying a stroller. However, Baby Jogger City Tour stroller only comes with a carrying bag case. You have to buy other accessories including a rain cover separately.
Other Possible Cons
Baby Jogger City Tour umbrella stroller doesn’t stand on its own when folded. This doesn’t really bother me at all since I hardly fold the stroller to carry or something. However, it could bother some people if they want the folded stroller to stand alone.
Handle bar of a Baby Jogger City Tour is not adjustable. Again, this doesn’t bother me at all since the handle bar height is perfect for me. However, it could bother some people if they needed to adjust the height of the handle. (for someone who is really tall)
Baby Jogger City Tour Umbrella Stroller is an excellent umbrella stroller. I am very happy with it. I am happiest about its maneuverability, its weight and compact size. Although I wish that the seat was a little deeper, the storage was a little bigger and a rain cover was included with a purchase, I am glad I got this stroller as an umbrella stroller for my daughter. My daughter loves being in the stroller and certainly it made my life easier. If I had a choice to buy an umbrella stroller again, I will pick a Baby Jogger City Tour stroller again. In addition, I will certainly recommend this stroller to others who is looking for an umbrella stroller.
If you want to find out what non toxic umbrella strollers are available, please read my previous post, ‘Non Toxic Umbrella Strollers- Which Umbrella Stroller Is The Best?‘.
If you are interested in non toxic strollers without harmful flame retardant chemicals, please read my previous post, ‘Non Toxic Strollers Without Flame Retardant Chemicals.’
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