STROLLER WAR : Uppababy Minu or GB Pockit Plus

Torn between buying an Uppababy Minu or GB Pockit Plus? Here’s a comparison review of 2 of the hottest-selling strollers to help you decide on which stroller will best match your lifestyle.

 

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UPPABABY MINU VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

Size and Portability

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If you are a frequent traveler, you might find the GB Pockit Plus attractive because of its highly impressive small fold. Traveling light with a toddler in tow is possible with this neat little gear.

 

Besides its earlier version, GB Pockit, I have yet to see a stroller that will beat GB Pockit Plus’ small fold, 12.5 x 7.8 x 14.9 inches to be exact.  It’s small enough to fit inside a tote bag so you could easily bring this little gear inside airplanes.

 

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The Uppababy Minu, although not as small, is also small enough to fit into airplane overhead compartments.

 

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Both are considered to be lightweight strollers with GB Pockit Plus weighing only 12.3 lbs while the Uppababy Minu weighs heavier at 15 lbs.

 

GB Pockit Plus, however, does not have a carry strap. It could easily have been the most ideal stroller for travel save for that missing detail. It has a loop like handle between the wheels (you can find it when it’s folded)  and I found it awkward to hold because you cannot avoid touching the wheels. I highly recommend purchasing GB Pockit travel bag if you decide to buy this stroller.

 

Uppababy Minu, although a bit bulkier, has a nice shoulder strap for carrying that makes it very convenient to use because it frees your hand from carrying another luggage.

 

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Weight Capacity

Some websites say that GB Pockit Plus can carry a load of up to 55 lbs, the manual specifies though that GB Pockit Plus’ recommended maximum weight allowance is only 37 lbs. 

On the other hand, Uppababy Minu can carry a much heavier load of 50 lbs.

That said, you can expect GB Pockit Plus to retire sooner than Uppababy Minu.

 

Travel-System Ready

Both strollers are travel-system ready, which means you can use them from birth until toddlerhood. GB Pockit Plus and Uppababy Minu can both be paired with compatible infant car seat brands and bassinets.

 

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For GB Pockit Plus, you may pair it with a GB Cot to Go bassinet,  for Uppababy Minu it’s bassinet is called a From Birth Kit.

 

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These bassinets are sold separately.

 

GB Pockit Plus is compatible with the following infant car seat brands:

 

  • GB Idan

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

Uppababy Minu is compatible with the following infant car seat brands:

 

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

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UppaBaby Minu stroller comes with its own adaptor that is compatible with the said car seats. As for GB Pockit Plus, the adapters are sold separately. Click here to see compatible GB adaptors.

GB Pockit Plus recommends that babies need to be at least 6 months old or at least 20 lbs. before using the stroller without the bassinet.

As for Uppababy Minu, parents can forgo the bassinet and infant car seat  as soon as babies reach 3 months old.

 

Maneuverability and Suspension

 

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In terms of driving performance, the Uppababy Minu will outperform the GB Pockit Plus both on smooth and slightly bumpy surfaces.

 

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With Minu’s bigger back wheels which is 7 inches at the back plus its 4-wheel suspension, it is definitely more resilient to less desirable road conditions.

 

 

 

GB Pockit Plus' small dual wheels
GB Pockit Plus’ small dual wheels

 

The GB Pockit Plus, on the other hand, has small dual wheels which is ok to drive on malls or other places with smoother surfaces. But because it has smaller wheels compared to the Minu and  no suspension on any, expect the ride to be more shaky when driven over mild bumps.

Aside from that, because of its very compact folded size, GB Pockit Plus has a lot of hinges that makes it a little flimsy and noisy in my opinion.

On the other hand, Uppababy Minu, overall is more solid and sturdy.

 

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Ease of Fold

One of the reasons why I love the Uppababy Minu is its one-hand fold. All you have to do is slide the slider which is located on the handle, press the button across it and push down the stroller to fold. This is very important as you want your other arm to be holding your baby while in a public place.

Unfolding Uppababy Minu is also very easy to do. You just have to release the latch which is located at the side of the chassis and pull up the handle bar to unfold the stroller

 

Watch the folding demo below.

The GB Pockit Plus’ fold is impressive but would require some work. You can fold it 2 ways – the Everyday Fold and the Ultra Compact Fold.

Just to give you an idea of how the Everyday fold goes here’s the process.

To fold the GB Pockit Plus, simultaneously push the buttons located at the handles, push the stroller down, fold the frames inward towards itself and wait for the snap to make sure that the stroller is locked.

To unfold it, first you have to unlock the hook, which is located between the handles of the folded stroller. Then, pull out the handles away from each other, press the buttons located on each side of the handle and give it an upward shake to unfurl the stroller.

Other videos on YouTube made it look so easy to do but the video below is more realistic based on my first-hand experience folding the GB Pockit Plus.

 

Folding the GB Pockit Plus would require both of your hands to do the work. The folded size is impressive however folding it would take some getting used to.

Comfort

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Both strollers have reclinable seats that are suitable for supporting your little one’s neck and back. It is also a great feature that allows your toddler to nap comfortably while you stroll around.

Uppababy Minu's Back Rest
Uppababy Minu’s Back Rest

 

Although GB Pockit Plus has a modified, rounded and bigger canopy, it is still no better than most strollers’ canopies. It’s still short and you would have to buy a canopy extension if you want more coverage from the sun. I guess, this is also one of the compromises that come with its small fold size.

 

Uppababy Minu, on the other hand, has a 2-panel canopy with a tuck-away sun visor that is more adequate to give your little one some shade. Both strollers have canopies that are made out of UPF 50+ fabric that gives more protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

One more advantage of the Uppababy Minu is its built-in adjustable leg rest that helps keep baby’s legs from dangling awkwardly.

Both strollers have comfortable seats that are deep enough to comfortably to sit on.

 

Safety

Both strollers have a 5-point harness that you can adjust as your baby grows.

 

GB Pockit Plus has a standard one-step brake that is intuitive to use. Uppababy Minu, on the other hand, has a color-coded brake on each rear wheel. The red lever is to engage the brake, the green lever is to disengage. Both are flip-flop friendly.

Steering

The GB Pockit Plus has 2 separate short handles while the Uppababy Minu has 1 horizontal handlebar that is covered with 100% leather making it look sleek.

Uppababy Minu's 100% Full-grain leather handle
Uppababy Minu’s 100% Full-grain leather handle

 

The height of GB Pockit Plus’ handles is at the 38 to 39-inch level while the Uppababy Minu has a slightly higher handlebar at about 41-42 inches from the ground.

 

Price

Now let’s talk about the strollers’ price. GB Pockit Plus costs around $230 – $240 on Amazon while Uppababy Minu retails at around $400.

 

UPPABABY MINU VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

GB Pockit Plus is more affordable and great for travels but should not be abused for everyday use.  If you are after quality, design, features, longevity and flexibility of usage, I will put my money on the Uppababy Minu.

Check out what other users have to say about the Uppababy Minu and the GB Pockit Plus.

 

J is for Jeep North Star Stroller Review

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Now you can brag to your friends that you have fully paid a JEEP in cash! LOL

This conversation-starter,  J is for Jeep North Star Stroller could could easily be bought in Amazon for less than $50. Dirt cheap, right? You’ll be surprised that its features are anything but.

The Jeep North Star stroller is loaded with essential features that will not only give other pricier strollers a run for their money but it is also a great stroller with a purpose to help less-privileged babies in need.

But before I share that, let’s tackle the features of this Amazon top-selling stroller first, shall we?

Notable Features of the J is for Jeep North Star Stroller

1. Great for Sunny-Day Strolls

Do you think it is early to introduce your baby to outdoor life? Of course not! You and your little adventurer will surely come to love the design of the J is for Jeep North Star stroller. In true Jeep fashion, the North Star stroller was built to match your rugged and outgoing lifestyle.

Take your baby out for a mid-day stroll. The Jeep North Star stroller has a large, European-style canopy and a tuck-away sun visor that will give your little one ample shade from the sun. If want more coverage, you can buy a canopy extension.

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Mesh Back Rest

During warmer days, the padded seat can be rolled-up exposing a nylon mesh back rest so your little sweating machine will feel cooler from behind. The rolled-up seat also makes for a great head rest to give your child a comfortable sight-seeing experience.

2. Lightweight But Strong

Some places are not quite stroller-friendly and you have no choice but to carry your baby and stroller at the same time. Your arms will thank you because this stroller only weighs 11.68 lbs which makes it one of the lightest strollers in the market. Although it is light, it is also strong enough to carry a 40-lb child. In child age that is about 4 years old. This means you can use this for a long time. Longer than some high-end strollers.

However, one downside to this stroller is that you have to wait until your baby is 9 months old or as soon as he or she can sit up independently because the back rest does not recline.

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3. Has A Removable Carry-all Parent Organizer

Moms will definitely love this awesome detail! The Jeep North Star stroller comes with its own removable carry-all parent organizer that is designed to securely hang from the back of the stroller. The organizer has a handle and can be re-purposed into a handbag. Put your phone, keys, makeup kit, wallet and other important items inside the bag . And if you want to park your stroller somewhere, you can easily take the baby and the bag with you.

4. Drives Like A Jeep

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Adaptable All-Terrain Stroller

Adaptable on both smooth and rough terrains, this stroller sports 5.5-inch dual, EVA wheels on its front and back.

This kind of wheels is the same kind used in bicycle tires making it very low maintenance and has nice traction too.

And because it is dual, the wheels don’t get jammed in cracks easily. Equipped with suspensions, the front wheels is also capable of 360 degree-swivels which makes it glide smoother on smooth surfaces. For bumpy road conditions, you can manually lock them to stabilize the ride.

Steering the Jeep North Star stroller is also easy with its extra-long handles that are wrapped with foam for a non-slide grip. And if you are taller than average people, you will find this stroller comfortable to push. The height of the handle from the floor is about 40-41 inches making it tall-people friendly.

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  • 3-point harness with crotch padding which holds the baby by the waist and the crotch. (That means there is no harness on the shoulders to restrain and support your baby’s upper body.)
  • Calf support which keeps the child’s legs from dangling under the stroller
  • Cup holder for holding bottles
  • Each rear wheel has its own step-on brake
  • Traditional umbrella-fold procedure. The stroller does not stand on its own when folded.

Limitations of the Jeep North Star Stroller

1. It’s Non-Reclinable.

The backrest cannot be reclined so napping might be a little uncomfortable.

2. It Has No Carrying Strap

Portability may be an issue because it has no carrying or shoulder strap. You can just carry it by the frame or handle.

3. It Would Hardly Pass As a Carry-On Luggage

Most of the time, umbrella strollers are not accepted as a carry-on luggage. The most you can do is request that the airline allows it for gate checking.

Summary

Pros

  • Canopy has decent coverage
  • Back rest can be rolled up to be a head rest
  • Mesh back rest for better air circulation
  • Stroller is lightweight (11.68 lbs only)
  • Maximum weight capacity of 40 lbs.
  • 5.5 -inch dual EVA wheels with front-wheel suspension
  • Comes with its own parent organizer
  • High handles (great for tall people to use)
  • Costs less than $50

Cons

    • Seat is non-reclinable
    • No carrying strap
    • Does not fit inside airplane overhead bins
    • Cannot be used from birth
    • Only has 3-point harness
    • Does not stand on its own when folded

Now let’s talk about the main reason why I am rooting for this stroller.

When You Buy It, You Are Also Buying A Less-Privileged Baby His or Her Own Crib.

I don’t know if I am just hormonal today but I actually got a little emotional over the idea of small babies not having a decent place to sleep in.

This stroller gives you the opportunity to help less-privileged babies have a safe place to sleep in through Delta Children. This organization owns Simmons Kids, manufacturer of nursery furniture, kid’s furniture and baby gears.

So, if you purchase any of their products, you automatically donate a portion of the sales to the Safe Sleep Campaign. This campaign helps raise funds to donate cribs to babies belonging to poor families.

Watch the video below to know more about Delta Children. 

Conclusion

Overall, the Jeep North Star will be a good spare stroller for travels and short trips. This stroller will suit you and your tot’s outdoor-loving nature. And for its quality and features, $50 is a very attractive deal. Not to mention that you’ll be able have the privilege of helping a bigger cause.

Check out what other users have to say here.

Do you have other questions about this product? Leave me a message below. 🙂

Ciao,

Sheila

 

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Cheap Baby Stroller- Joovy New Groove Ultralight Review

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Is it possible to buy just one stroller for your child until he or she outgrows it? It definitely is! The Joovy New Groove Ultralight is a newborn stroller that is very durable and could last you a very long time. It’s one of the few umbrella strollers that I have seen which you can use from birth until your child no longer needs a stroller.

Sounds interesting? Let’s talk more about this neat little gear.

Features of the Joovy New Groove Ultralight Stroller.

1. Can Be Used Until Your Child is 55 lbs!

Your baby can ride the Joovy New Groove Ultralight stroller until your child reaches 55 lbs. So I checked online what age should the child be when he or she reaches that weight range. According to the Center for Disease Control, 55 pounds is the normal weight of a 10 year old child. Yes, 10!  By that time, your child would no longer need a stroller, right?

This stroller has a generous weight capacity for an umbrella stroller. At 55 lbs, this could be the only stroller you will ever have to buy.

2. Great For Sleeping

I couldn’t stress enough how a full recline is so important for your baby’s comfort. The Joovy New Groove Ultralight has a near-flat recline which is the best position for protecting your baby’s spine and head and of course, a comfortable position for sleeping toddlers as well.www.strollersforever.com

Currently, I have a non-reclinable umbrella stroller. I thought that it’s fine because my baby’s now 2 years old. But, after seeing my toddler drift to sleep in a non-reclinable stroller with her head bent on the side, it made me feel sorry for my choice. So, this feature is a must-have in my next stroller.

The Joovy New Groove also has an adjustable leg rest that you can lift up or push down for additional leg support. You don’t want your baby’s legs to be dangling while he lays flat, right? So, this is really a nice feature.

Another great surprise from this stroller is its tuck-away mesh wrap that you can pull out and wrap around the leg rest to keep your little baby’s legs from flailing. Honestly, for me, it’s not really a must-have but it’s a cool feature nonetheless.

3. Spacious Even For Taller and Bigger Kids

If your baby turns out to be a tall human being, he or she won’t have to hunch down inside the stroller. The canopy is 28-inches high from the seat which will give even tall children ample head room. The seat is also spacious and comfortable. Normally, umbrella strollers have only about 12-inch wide seats, the Joovy New Groove has 14! So, if Elmo, Barbie or anyone from the gang decide to come along, they are welcome to join the ride.

4. Full-Coverage Canopy

My baby gets fussy from the hot weather so I try to avoid mid-day strolls as much as I can. But sometimes, going out is inevitable and I have no choice but to bring my little one with me.

Joovy New Groove’s canopy is large and can give ample shade from the sun when you have to go out for quick outdoor strolls. I give it extra points for using UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) canopy fabric. This material gives additional protection from the sun’s UV rays. But of course, let’s get real here, it only covers the head, right? LOL How about the rest of the body? If you want to fully protect your child from the sun, you may consider getting a canopy extension online.

Going back to the Joovy New Groove’s canopy, it has a small plastic peek-a-boo window on top with a flap cover so you can keep an eye on your little one or vice versa. It would have been better though, if they used nylon mesh on the window instead of plastic for better ventilation. Nevertheless, the canopy is great.

5. Easy to Drive

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Dual Wheels with 4-Wheel Suspension

No need to veer away from parks and places with less desirable road conditions.The Joovy New Groove Ultralight is one of the best lightweight strollers to drive.

All thanks to its 6-inch dual wheels that are equipped with an all-wheel suspension. Big wheels, dual and all-wheel suspension is a winning combination when it comes to maneuverability. What I like about dual wheels is it doesn’t get caught in surface cracks easily.

On smooth surfaces, you can make the front wheels swivel for a more agile drive and lock them manually for a steadier ride on bumpy surfaces.

Tall parents will find this a joy to push. The handles are positioned 42 inches high from the ground, which means you don’t have to hunch while pushing this stroller.

6. Lots of Pockets and Storage

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Well-padded, Fully Reclinable Back Rest

The storage pockets inside the stroller are such a cute detail. You can use them to hold bottles, keep little toys or maybe you can just let your little tot decide what to do with that space.

As for you, you have your own zipper pocket at the back for keeping small valuables. On top of it is a built-in, mesh parent cup holder. As if that’s not enough,  the manufacturer thought of adding another attachable cup holder that you can place near you or near the child. Isn’t that thoughtful?

The underneath storage basket is ok for an umbrella stroller but it is definitely not for Christmas shopping! It can only carry up to 5 lbs.www.strollersforever.com

But, like most umbrella strollers, the basket cannot be accessed from behind when the back rest is fully reclined.

7. Easy to Fold and Portable

The Joovy New Groove has the same traditional umbrella-style fold as most strollers of the same kind.

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Shoulder strap

To fold, start by pushing up the locking lever that is located at the back. Next, step down on the side lever and push the whole thing forward all the way down.

To unfold, unlatch the lock at the side, push the front wheels forward and lock the frame by stepping down on the locking lever behind the stroller.

 

See how it’s actually done. 

Just to add, the stroller stands by itself when folded. So if you hate the idea of dust and germs getting onto your stroller while it lays on the floor, you’ll love this feature.

It also has a carry-strap for portability. Taller people will have no problems carrying this around. But, if you are a short person, like me, you might have a problem carrying this along.

8. Very Attractive Price Point

This umbrella stroller comes at a very low price of less than $150 on Amazon. Check price and color options here.

9. Other Standard Features

  • 5 Point Harness with a center lock and release button
  • 2 parking brakes  that are intuitive to use
  • Foot Rest

Limitations and Disadvantages

1. It is NOT Ultralight and It Takes Up Space

It is not ULTRAlight as the manufacturer named it to be. The Joovy New Groove weighs 15.7 lbs. It is heavier than most strollers in the umbrella category. It is also big with a folded size of 43.75 x 14 x 10 inches.

But, given its weight capacity, it is totally understandable.

2. It is NOT Allowed To Be Hand-Carried Inside the Airplane

I don’t think this comes as a surprise as most umbrella strollers are not small enough to be placed inside an airplane overhead bin. At most, you can ask the airline if it can be gate checked.

Conclusion

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The Joovy New Groove Ultralight stroller is recommended for parents who are tall and more tolerant to weight. This stroller will be quite a challenge to carry around if you are petite. But, other than that, the Joovy New. Groove stroller has great potential to be the only stroller that you will ever need for your child.

Check out what other customers have to say here.

Do you have other questions about this product? Leave me a message below. 🙂

 

Ciao,

Sheila

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Besrey Lightweight Stroller  Chicco Liteway   Summer Infant 3D Lite Mountain Buggy Nano  Baby Jogger City Tour 2

 Uppababy Minu  GB Pockit Plus or Babyzen Yoyo Plus Babyzen Yoyo Stroller

Cheap Baby Stroller – Besrey Lightweight Is Feature-Rich and Stylish for less than $100

I shared in my recent article how this stroller obsession of mine began. I once had a mistake of buying a bulky, expensive and heavy travel system which I eventually regretted buying. That experience gave me an aversion to any baby item that are bulky and heavy. If you are a petite person like me, i guess, you have a better understanding of my situation. So, when I stumbled upon the Besrey Lightweight Baby Stroller (BR-C703S model), my heart skipped a beat. This cheap baby stroller is feature-rich and very stylish that it almost won me over.

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Besrey Lightweight Stroller

Notable Features of the Besrey Lightweight Stroller

1.  Stylish and Functional Design

I will be honest here. I am quite picky when it comes to stroller designs. And I know that you are too. We can spot a tacky-looking stroller from afar. Not that it’s bad, but we know there are other better choices. Personally, I believe that style has little to do with price. And that’s what I love about this stroller.

It’s high-landscape design (meaning it has a seat that is positioned high) and eye-catching canopy gives it a somewhat luxurious feel. There’s nothing about it that screams budget stroller. This gear is a perfect example that you don’t need to break the bank to look good.

The stroller also has a nice, stylish canopy that offers decent coverage from the heat of the sun. On top of it is a mesh peek-a-boo window that allows you to spy on your little one or your little one to check on you.

Looking closely, the Besrey Lightweight Stroller has a really nice fabric which comes in different colors: pink, grey, sky blue and my most favorite one is dark green. The bumper bar is also a nice touch and can be attached and removed according to your liking.  I must say that the overall design looks absolutely charming.

Besrey Lightweight Stroller’s Stylish Canopy

2. Suitable from Newborn until 36 Months

The Besrey Lightweight is not a travel-system ready stroller but what’s great about it is that your newborn can use it even without the bassinet. Yes. You can use the stroller from day 1 until your baby is 36 months old or 33 lbs to be exact. I personally survived without a bassinet because I alternately used a carrier and a stroller on my baby.

Now, let’s talk about the seat. The Besrey Lightweight stroller has a soft, ergonomic seat that is spacious enough to accomodate your fast-growing baby. And we know that in order to grow, babies need to sleep a lot,  that’s why I love that this has a fully-reclinable backrest to ensure that babies get to sleep comfortably. There is also a leg rest that you can lift up to provide leg support especially for small babies.

3. One-Handed Push

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Besrey’s Rear-brake

Very agile and very light, this stroller has dual wheels and can be pushed with very minimal effort. Anything that requires less energy is good news for a tired mom like me. LOL

The front wheels can also swivel making it glide on smooth surfaces. However, the rear, singular wheels are narrow and could be caught in between deep cracks. From what I know, this stroller has no suspensions, therefore it is not recommended to be used on rough surfaces.

It has a horizontal handlebar that is high enough to be pushed comfortably by tall people.

4. One-Handed Fold

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The fold

I love its easy, one-handed fold. It’s very identical to the fold of my favorite stroller, the Uppababy Minu. To fold, just push the button on the handlebar, slide the slider across and push down the stroller to collapse. Unfolding is almost the same procedure, push the button on the handlebar, slide the slider and pull the handlebar up. What a neat feature!

5. It is Portable

The Besrey Lightweight Stroller’s compact fold makes it easy to carry around. It doesn’t come with a shoulder strap but you can lift it by the handlebar to carry. It weighs 15 lbs and has a folded size of 32 x 12 x 18 inches. It doesn’t fold small so I am not sure if this will fit inside the airplane overhead bin.

Other Standard Features and Inclusions

  • 5-point security harness with shoulder and crotch pads to secure your child while you stroll
  • An underneath basket that can hold a weight of 6.6 lbs
  • A rain cover
  • A one-step brake at the rear that is intuitive to use

Summary

Pros

  • Great high-landscape design
  • Fully Reclinable Seat with adjustable leg rest
  • Suitable from newborn to 36 months
  • One-handed fold
  • Weighs only 15 lbs.

Cons

  • Does not have a carry strap
  • May not be small enough to be allowed as a carry-on luggage in planes

Conclusion

I really wanted this stroller  but I realized that it can only be used until 36 months. My child is now 2.2 years old. Bummer. Too late to the party.

I wish I knew about this product earlier. Other than the weight limit, I have no problems buying this for us. So, is the Besrey Lightweight Stroller the best you can buy for less than $100? So far, I would say, yes.

Check out what other customers have to say here.

Do you have other questions about this stroller? Leave me a message below. 🙂

Ciao,

Sheila

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Related articles: Chicco Liteway  Summer Infant 3D Lite  Uppababy Minu,  Baby Jogger City Tour 2, Babyzen Yoyo Plus and Mountain Buggy Nano. 

 

Is Chicco Liteway Stroller A Good Deal? – Stroller Review

Still writing about Below $100 Strollers, Chicco Liteway, is included in my guilt-free buy list not only because it is cheap but because this stroller did not scrimp on design and features. This product has been in the market since around 2013 and it is showing no signs of leaving Amazon’s roster of top-selling lightweight strollers despite the competition. Is Chicco Liteway Stroller A really good deal?

If this neat little stroller is one of your prospects, here’s a break down of the things that you need to know about the Chicco Liteway stroller.

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Chicco Liteway

Notable Features of the Chicco Liteway Stroller

1. It Doesn’t Look Cheap At All

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Chicco Liteway seat

There are a lot of umbrella strollers that I can write about, but honestly, I didn’t want to right about things that I don’t really like. I am very picky when it comes to style and the last thing that I would want for my child is to ride on a cheap-looking stroller. Style doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and Chicco Liteway showed us that.

The stroller comes in many different shades but the most common ones are: Fog, Lagoon, Ocean, Sunset and Astral. The colors are nice and chic. The matching colors of the seat and the aluminum frame at the back is a nice touch. The word “Liteway”  is printed on the same frame which gives the stroller a nice character. For a $100 this stroller is quite a looker. Check out price and product inclusions here.

2. It is Very Comfortable To Ride On

Your baby will experience maximum comfort riding the Chicco Liteway. The seat is spacious and deep with a built-in adjustable leg rest that offers support to your baby’s legs. With its well-padded seat and back rest that reclines to a near-flat position, babies will love sleeping on this stroller. Reclining it is easy, you just have to squeeze the adjuster behind the seat and pull down the seat to your preferred position. If you want to adjust it to a more upright position, just push the seat forward and it will snap back in place.

It also this tuck-away nylon fabric foot wrap that you can sort of wrap around the bottom part of the stroller to keep your baby’s legs from flailing.

3. It Can Be Used Until Your Child is 5!

The frame is made of strong aluminum but lightweight metal that can carry your baby from 6 months up to 5 years old or about 40 lbs. 

4. It is Easy To Drive

Your baby will feel like riding an SUV with Chicco Liteway’s adaptable wheels. It has a 5.5 inch-front wheels and 7-inch rear wheels that are equipped with rear-wheel suspensions. This stroller will perform well on both smooth and uneven surfaces. If you want to make the ride steadier, you can lock the front swivel wheels manually. The ergonomic, soft handles are easy to steer even by taller people.

5. It is Ready for the Rainy and Cold Season

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Chicco Liteway’s Cup Holder

I guess Chicco thought that a little sunshine wouldn’t hurt your baby. You may find the size of Chicco Liteway’s canopy to be a little short. For more coverage from the sun’s heat, you may want to buy a canopy extension online that costs less than $15. The canopy also has a peek-a-boo window at the top so you can check out your kiddo from time to time.

But, Chicco Liteway more than prepared for the rainy and cold seasons. The package comes with a rain cover and a foot muff to keep your baby warm during winter. Moms can also bring a cup of coffee as this package comes with parent cup holder as well.

6. It has a Manageable Fold

Let’s start with the Unfold. Just unlatch the lock located at the side of the stroller, push the front part of the stroller forward and push down the rear-locking mechanism using your foot.

To fold, step on the lever located at the right side of the stroller, push up the rear locking mechanism using your foot, push the back part of the stroller forward.

See video demo below.

7. Other Features

  • There are 2 brakes that are found on each rear wheel. Both are very intuitive to use.

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    Chicco Liteway back
  • The 5-point harness system is very secure.
  • The underneath basket has a decent space for storing a medium-sized diaper bag.
  • The fabrics are machine washable.
  • It has a handle at the side for easy carrying.

Limitations and Disadvantages

Chicco Liteway Stroller Weight – It is 17-lbs Heavy

I don’t think I have to elaborate on this but for an umbrella stroller 17.2 pounds is just heavy. If you are someone who is petite and hates heavy stuff. This might not suit you well.

It Will Not Be Allowed to Be a Carry-On Luggage in Planes

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Size and Fold

Because umbrella-type strollers do not fold small, the Chicco Liteway’s chances of being accepted as a carry-on luggage on airplanes is slim to none. You have to check it in as a luggage or, at most, you can ask the airline if it will be accepted for gate checking.

Summary

Pros

  • Has a nice design
  • Has a spacious and fully-reclinable seat
  • Has an adjustable leg rest
  • Can be used from birth to 40 lbs.
  • Easy umbrella-style folding and unfolding procedures
  • Machine-washable fabrics
  • It is below $100

Cons

  • Heavy at 17 lbs
  • Doesn’t stand upright when folded
  • Canopy is a little short
  • Takes a lot of space

Conclusion

Overall, the Chicco Liteway stroller is a good budget stroller that has all the necessary features and more. The major downside is the weight and size. If that is something that you can handle then you will definitely appreciate this neat little set of wheels. I would recommend this as an everyday stroller. If you have a large vehicle with a spacious trunk, this will fit well. This is NOT very ideal for travels.

Check out other customer reviews here.

Do you have other questions about this product? Leave me a message below. 🙂

Ciao,

Sheila

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Is The Summer Infant 3D Lite Stroller For You?

Quality strollers need not be expensive as proven by this stroller which is currently enjoying top-selling status online, the Summer Infant 3D Lite strollerIt is one of the most raved about strollers because of its attractive price, durability and functionality. Know what makes this stroller the #1 umbrella stroller choice by Amazon users. Is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Stroller Also For You?

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Here are the Notable Features of the Summer Infant 3D Lite Stroller

1. Very Easy to Carry at Just 13 lbs!

As your baby grow bigger and heavier, this stroller promises to stay light at 13 lbs. Attached onto the stroller is a carry strap to make sure that bringing this around won’t be burdensome.

2. Can Be Used By Your Child Until 8 Years Old

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Summer Infant 3D Lite

Babies who are strong enough to hold their heads up can start riding the Summer Infant 3D Lite stroller and can enjoy it until they are 50-lbs heavy. In child age that is around 7-8 years old according to the Center for Disease Control (US). That is a long time to use a stroller. That is why this is the most preferred umbrella stroller online. Even some high-end strollers do not have that high weight capacity.

3. Comfortable Even For Napping

Are you raising a future Miss Universe or NBA star? Your tall kid can sit comfortably on this stroller. It has a spacious 12 inch-wide seat and a 28-inch high canopy.

Your growing baby needs some quality sleep. Sleeping will be comfortable in this stroller because of its multi-level position recline that can be lowered to about 140-degrees. Reclining it is a bit different from other strollers that use an adjustment strap. For this one, you will  have to squeeze the red levers on both sides with both of your hands to adjust the recline positions. If you want to put it back to its previous position, just push the back rest forward and it will snap right in place.

4. Easy to Push

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Riveted Handles

It has 2 riveted rubber handles that make it easy to hold. Pushing it is easy because of its big 6-inch wheels. Bigger wheels drives better and the Summer Infant 3D Lite absolutely did not disappoint.

The front wheels can make 360-degree swivels making it nimble and sensitive to every steer. This feature works great on even and smooth surfaces. But for rough pavements, you may lock the front wheels to keep it from swiveling.

The rear wheels are built with suspensions to absorb vibrations when strolling over bumpy roads and grassy patches. That means the Summer Infant 3D Lite is adaptable to all kinds of terrains.

The handles are also positioned quite high at 41-42 inches from the ground. Taller people won’t have to slouch to drive this amazing set of wheels.

5. Safety Harness has a Buckle Cover

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Spacious Seat

Keep your baby secure with this stroller’s 5-point harness. It has a center lock and release button that is very intuitive to use.

What’s cool about this design is it has a buckle cover that is intended to make your child forget about the button so he or she won’t even think about unbuckling it herself. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. That’s a very good idea.

6. Other Cool Features

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Summer Infant 3D Lite – Small Pocket for Storage
  • It comes with a storage bag which is located at the back for keeping valuables safe.
  • The removable cup holder is also a nice touch. You can attach it by the side of the handle to free your hands from holding a bottle while driving or you can also move it right next to your child to hold his bottle.
  • The underneath storage basket can hold up to 10 lbs which quite normal with most umbrella strollers. However, you won’t have access to it when the back rest is in recline position.

 

Watch demo video below.

7. Easy on The Pocket

If that is not a good reason enough to make you stop and look. I don’t know what else will. The Summer Infant 3D Lite Stroller comes with all essential features without hurting your pocket. Check out price here.

Limitations and Disadvantages

1. It is Not Easy To Fold

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Summer Infant 3D Lite Umbrella Fold

You will have to use your right foot and your hand to fold the stroller. It starts by stepping on a lever on the side of the stroller to disengage the lock. Next, pull up the handle at the lower back of the stroller, after that, push the back rest forward all the way down. You will hear a snap that signals that it is already locked.

To unfold the Summer Infant 3D Lite, you have to push the front wheels down to the ground and then step on the lever at the back to fully unfold and lock the frames in place. Watch the demo below.

 

One more disadvantage to this stroller is it doesn’t stand on its own when it’s folded. So if you are a germophobe, you won’t like this idea.

2. It Takes Up Space

Although  it is light, it takes up space and will usually not be allowed to be hand-carried inside airplane cabins. In that case, you might want to also buy a travel bag for checking in.

3. Canopy Without A Peek-a-Boo Window

The Summer Infant 3D Lite’s canopy is not big enough to protect your child’s face from the sun. It has 1 panel with a pop-up sunvisor but lacks the usual peek-a-boo window. You may want to buy a canopy extension online to provide more shade from the sun’s heat.

Summary

Pros

  • Stroller weighs only 13 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity of 50 lbs.
  • Spacious Seat and High Canopy
  • Reclinable Back Rest up to about 140 degrees
  • Costs less than $100
  • 6-inch wheels with back wheel suspension
  • 41-42-inch high handles that are suitable even for tall people

Cons

  • Doesn’t stand on its own when folded
  • It is not allowed to be carried inside most airplanes

Conclusion

Summer Infant 3D Lite Review
Summer Infant 3D Lite Review

Despite some of its cons, the Summer Infant 3D Lite stroller is a practical and sensible choice. If you are after a light and durable everyday stroller, this will serve your family well.

Check out what other customers have to say here.

Is there anything else that you would like to know about this stroller? Leave me a message below.

Ciao,

Sheila

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Related Articles: Chicco Liteway,  Besrey Lightweight  Babyzen Yoyo Plus, Uppababy Minu, Baby Jogger City Tour 2

A First Time Mom’s Guide to Buying the Perfect Travel Stroller

As a first time mom, I did not realize how much our lifestyle should be a major consideration in our decision to buy a stroller. I thought all strollers were created the same. They are just for transporting babies.

Knowing nothing about strollers, my husband and I were smooth talked by a salesman to buy a full-size, travel system that had all the features that we would ever need.

I thought he knew better so we paid a couple of hundred dollars and took it home. Fast forward to 6 months, nobody in the family wanted to bring the bulky and heavy stroller. We realized that it was an expensive rolling piece of mistake.

When we flew to Hong Kong days before my daughter turned 2, we hurriedly bought a cheap umbrella stroller and we never looked back ever since.

I don’t want you to make the same mistake, so if you love to travel, here are some tips to help you narrow down your options. I encourage you to look at the figures and features closely so you can get the most out of your money.

Here’s a Checklist to Help you Search For the Perfect Travel Stroller

1) Is it Small and Lightweight?

Lightweight is a term that is used loosely these days. One of the lightest ones as of this writing is the GB Pockit which is less than 12 lbs. To spare your back and shoulders from carrying a supposedly lightweight-but-otherwise-heavy stroller, consider buying one that is about 12-15 lbs only.

 

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If you are a frequent flyer and you are looking for a stroller that can roll with your globetrotting lifestyle, it’s best to get a stroller that folds small so you can hand carry it inside the airplane. Again, GB Pockit has the tiniest fold of all with a size of 11.8 x 7 x 13.7 inches. There are other strollers that are also small enough to fit inside airplane overhead bins. You can consider them too, just try to limit your choices to the ones that are more or less 20 inches in length and height and less than 11 inches in width. A smaller fold gives your stroller a bigger chance to be approved as a carry-on luggage in most airplanes.

2) Is it travel-system ready?

Buying a travel system is different from buying a travel-system ready stroller. A travel system is a stroller set that comes with its own infant car seat and base. Most of these travel systems are loaded with features, such as a snack tray, a parent tray, a cup holder, a leg rest, a foot rest etc. Those things make it heavy and huge and that’s the last thing you want to bring when you are traveling.

Babyzen Yoyo Plus
Babyzen Yoyo Plus

I recommend that you buy a travel-system ready stroller instead. Travel-system ready strollers are designed to accommodate a

bassinet and an infant car seat that you only have to buy when you need to. If you like to add the features that I mentioned earlier, most of them can be bought online as attachable accessories.

If you intend to buy a bassinet for your newborn, know that bassinets cannot be used interchangeably with other stroller brands, at least for now. For example, if you buy a Mountain Buggy stroller, the bassinet must also come from the same brand.

You have more freedom to choose infant car seats because many travel-system ready strollers are compatible with most car seat brands. The Mountain Buggy Nano is one good example because of its universal adapter that comes with the stroller. You just have to choose which car seat you like, know if it is compatible with the stroller and check if it requires additional adapters to be installed.

I always advise first-time parents to not settle when it comes to buying a stroller. After all, the bassinet and the infant car seat will only be used for a few months but the stroller is what’s going to be stuck with you for the long haul.

3) Does it Have a High Weight Limit?

This is very important in determining how long you will be able to use your stroller. A stroller with a higher weight limit is perceived to be stronger and more durable. Ideally, you should look for a stroller that can carry a maximum weight limit of at least 40 lbs or higher. A good example of this is the Uppababy Minu, which has a weight capacity of 50 lbs.

 

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4) Is it Portable and Easy to Fold?

Fold is one of the first things i look for in a stroller. If a stroller’s fold is too complicated, I usually do not recommend it. There are many options in the market that have folds that require less learning curve and less handwork too. I go for strollers that have a one-hand fold feature like the Uppababy Minu, and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2.

 

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These features are so convenient to use especially when you’re rushing in an airport or just trying to make a grab of your active toddler.

5) Is it an All-Terrain Stroller?

Exploring different places with your baby calls for a stroller that is adaptable to all terrains. Unlike jogging strollers, most  all-terrain strollers have front swivel wheels that make them agile. However, small strollers usually comes with a small set of wheels that are about 5 inches or less. The problem with small wheels is that they tend to be shakier on rough surfaces while bigger wheels drive steadier on rough surfaces.

Some manufacturers make up for the small wheels by installing built-in suspensions on the wheels to absorb mild shocks. To ensure that your baby enjoys a steadier ride, I recommend that you go for a stroller with front or rear-wheel suspensions. Even better if it has suspension on all 4 wheels. As a general rule, the more suspensions there are, the steadier the ride will be. The best option in terms or maneuverability in my opinion is the Babyzen Yoyo Plus.

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6. Is it Comfortable for the Baby?

Sometimes even the most exciting sights won’t be enough to keep your baby awake during your trips. A stroller with a low-recline that is about 140 degrees to a near-flat position will give your little one a comfortable sleep while you proceed with your itinerary. An adjustable leg rest like the one in Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is also a bonus.

 

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Check if the stroller also has an adequately-sized canopy. This is important if you intend to stroll for long hours outdoors. You may also want to get a stroller with a canopy which is made of UPF50 fabric. That would give your little one extra protection from the sun’s UV rays. Additional accessories like parasols or other canopy extensions can also be bought online.

 

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Strollers vary in seat padding. Some are thick and cushiony, which are great when you are traveling to cold places like Europe, Canada or the US. Some strollers have thinner and more breathable padding that is perfect for travel in Asia and other countries with warmer climates. Depending on your location and where you will mostly travel, it’s really up to you to decide which will best suit your baby’s needs.

With that checklist in mind, know that you may or may not find all those things in one stroller. No stroller is perfect but determining your priorities and non-negotiables will help you find the stroller that’s perfect for you.

STROLLER WAR: GB POCKIT PLUS OR BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2

Still selling like pancakes on Amazon as of this writing, the GB Pockit Plus, has proven that size is king when it comes to travel strollers. Having recently came out with a travel-system ready model in GB Pockit Plus, a lot of its loyal consumers did not hesitate to purchase the new one. But just recently, Baby Jogger came out with a promising new model, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2. This stroller challenges the features of one of the top-selling strollers as of the moment but with a few compromises.

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER?

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two.

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Size and Portability

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The GB Pockit Plus is a 2014 Guinness World Record holder for being the smallest folded stroller and it is hard to argue with that. It has a folded size of 12.5 x 7.8 x 14.9 (inches) and weighs only 12 lbs which makes it small and light enough to be carried inside a tote bag.

 

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The Baby Jogger City Tour 2, on the other hand  has a folded dimension of 17 x 7 x 21.6 (inches) and weighs about 14+ lbs. It’s definitely bigger and heavier than the GB Pockit Plus but is still small enough to pass as a carry-on luggage in most airlines.

 

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It’s a shame that both strollers do not have carrying straps. The GB Pockit Plus has an attached loop handle at the middle for carrying, while the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 comes with its own bag which is convenient to use because it frees both hands.

 

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GB Pockit Plus has a carry bag that is sold separately as an accessory.

 

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Weight Capacity

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is slightly heavier but with a good reason. It can carry a heavier cargo with a maximum weight limit of 45 pounds or about 5  years old in child age. The GB Pockit Plus, on the other hand, can only support a cargo of up to 37 pounds or about 4 years old in child age.

Travel-System Ready

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GB Pockit Plus Configurations

 

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Both strollers can be paired with a bassinet and an infant car seat which make them suitable to use from birth. Baby Jogger has its own version of bassinet, Tour 2 Bassinet for GB Pockit Plus it’s GB Cot to Go. 

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GB Pockit Plus is compatible with the following car seats:

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is compatible with

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Six-month old babies or those who weigh 19 lbs or more can start using both strollers without the bassinet.

 

Maneuverability and Suspension

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The GB Pockit Plus has one of the smallest wheels that I’ve seen with just 4.5 inches in diameter. It is not recommended for strolls on bumpy roads. It has a lot of hinges and very light which makes it feel fragile to drive. It also does not have suspensions on any of its wheels so it is best to avoid uneven roads with this one.

 

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GB Pockit Plus’ 4.5 inch wheels

The GB Pockit Plus has dual front wheels that swivel which makes it agile when strolling in malls, airports or other places with even terrains. The front wheels can be manually locked for a more stable ride.

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 easily wins this round with its 5-inch front wheels and almost 6-inch rear wheels. The front swivel wheels can also be locked for stability. It has a front-wheel suspension which makes it more adaptable to less desirable terrains.

 

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Ease of Fold

GB Pockit Plus’ commercial success is because of its lightness and very impressive compact fold. There are 2 ways to fold it, the Everyday Fold and the Ultra Compact Fold.

Watch the GB Pockit Plus’ fold demo below.

 

This video made it looks so easy but I tried folding and unfolding it myself in the shop and it took me a lot of attempts to finally get used to it. The fold would require some handwork from your part, not just your hands but even your legs! It is not the easiest to fold a but ironically I felt a sense of fulfillment to see that I was able to fold it so tiny successfully.

 

Watch the Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s fold below.

 

If you’ve watched the video, it’s pretty obvious that Baby Jogger City Tour 2 takes less sweat in folding and unfolding it. To unfold it, you just have to pull the handlebar up to pull it away from the rest of the stroller.

Folding it just requires one hand to push the button at the handlebar, slide the slider, push the stroller down and pull up the fabric handlebar located somewhere between the seat and the back rest.

Comfort

Both strollers are suitable for long hours of strolls. Both the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and the GB Pockit Plus have seats that recline to as low as 145 degrees.

 

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The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a slight advantage because of its built-in leg rest which will give smaller babies a more comfortable sleeping position. The seats of both strollers are spacious and well padded. Pads are not too thick which is nice if you are in a place where climate is warm.

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The canopy of the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has three panels and a pop up sunvisor. It is larger than that of the GB Pockit Plus. It also has a large, mesh peek-a-boo window at the top and a retractable cover at the back to let more air in.

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Peek-a-boo window of the Baby Jogger City Tour 2

As for the GB Pockit Plus, it has no peek-a-boo window at the top but the design of the backrest is open at the sides. Both canopies are made out of UVF50+ fabric for extra protection from the sun’s harmful rays. 

 

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Safety

The 5-point harnesses of both strollers are secure enough to keep your baby safe all throughout the ride.

 

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Baby Jogger Belly Bar

 

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 and the GB Pockit Plus do not have built-in bumper bars. But, the City Tour 2 has an available belly bar accessory that you can avail in Amazon for less than $30. Both strollers have a one-step brake at the back that are intuitive to use.

 

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Steering

Both have non-adjustable handles that are 38-39 inches from the ground. The GB Pockit Plus has 2 handles on both sides that are easy to maneuver. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has 1 horizontal handlebar that can be pushed with a single hand. People who are average in height won’t have a problem pushing both of these strollers.

 

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Price

There is not much difference in the price points the two strollers. The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is roughly about $230 – 250 USD. Check latest price here.

GB Pockit Plus, on the other hand, retails at about $200 – 230 USD online. Check the latest price here.

City Tour 2 comes in 3 different shades : Jet (Black), Seacrest (Blue) or Slate (Grey).

GB Pockit Plus comes in 2 tones – Laguna Blue and Satin Black.

 

Check out what other customers have to say about the GB Pockit Plus and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2.


 

Baby Jogger City Tour – 7 Reasons Why You Should Get The Latest Stroller

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Are you looking for a great and durable stroller to bring on your next travel? Here are 7 reasons why you should get the latest Baby Jogger City Tour stroller.

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1) It is Lightweight and Portable

 

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Traveling light is a challenge when you have a baby in tow. Good thing, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is one less baggage to think about. It is lightweight at 14 lbs and has a folded size of 17 x 7 x 21.6 inches that is small enough to fit inside airplane overhead compartments.

It comes with its own shoulder tote bag which is perfect when you are planning on bringing it on your travels. However, it does NOT have a carry strap so you have to put it inside the bag each time you have to carry it.

 

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Although the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is not as light and small as other strollers like the GB Pockit Plus or the Babyzen Yoyo Plus this stroller promises to be a reliable, small and sturdy companion for traveling.

If you’re preparing for a long flight soon you might want to check out this cool travel foot rest from Amazon.

2) It Has One of the Easiest Folds

 

I am a fan of one-handed folds especially when traveling and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has got to be one of my favorite folds. To fold the City Tour 2,  just press the grey button at the handlebar, push the backrest forward and lift the handle located in the middle of the seat and the backrest.  It’s amazingly easy to do.

 

3) It can be Used from Birth until Toddlerhood

 

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You don’t have to suffer by bringing a bulky travel system stroller along with your newborn. This lightweight, travel-system ready stroller can be paired with a Tour 2 bassinet and infant car seats such as Baby Jogger City Go and Graco Click Connect.

 

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The Tour 2 bassinet can be used until your baby is about 19 lbs or 9 months in child age. However, I doubt if your baby would like to wait that long inside the bassinet. Come 6 months, your curious baby can enjoy the stroller without the bassinet.

With a weight capacity of 45 lbs, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 stroller can be used until your child is about 5-6 years old. This stroller could be the only stroller you would ever need.

 

4) It is Comfortable for Your Baby

Unlike its older version, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a spacious and breathable seat that is adequately padded for long hours of sitting. The back rest can be lowered to 145 degrees. This feature will help support your baby’s head and back while he or she is asleep. It also has a built-in and adjustable leg rest that will further make sleeping a comfortable experience for your baby.

 

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The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a pretty decent canopy that gives ample coverage from the sun. Lightweight strollers usually only have 2 panels, this one has three panels and a tuck-away sunvisor. It is made out of UPF 50+ (Ultra Protection Factor) fabric that protects your baby from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

What I love about it is its large, mesh peek-a-boo window at the top of the canopy which is very similar to that of the UppaBaby Minu.

 

5) It is Safe to Use

Made out of strong aluminum frames, this stroller is light but strong enough to carry your child as he or she grows. It has a 5-point safety harness with a center lock and release button that will keep your child from falling off the stroller. Its one-step parking brake is easy to lock and unlock by foot.

A belly bar can be separately purchased on Amazon if you feel more secure having one.

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6) It Drives Well

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The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has 5-inch swivel wheels at the front and 5.9-inch wheels at the back. The front, swivel wheels are equipped with suspensions to lessen the vibrations when you stroll over cobblestone streets. You may also manually lock the front wheels for a steadier ride. I can’t say that this is the best in terms of maneuverability but the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 performs fairly on both smooth and slightly bumpy surfaces.

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The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a handlebar that is easy to steer and has a height of about 38-39 inches from the ground. Its handle bar makes one-handed pushing doable. You may also oft to buy this stroller organizer to free your hands.  It has a slot to hold your cup and other items.

 

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7) It is Reasonably Priced

Its price ranges from $230 – $240 in Amazon depending on the design. It comes in three stylish colours –  Jet (Black), Seacrest (deep blue) and Slate (light grey). The Tour 2 bassinet will cost you around a $100 to $120 and the Baby Jogger City Go infant car seat is around $200 to $230.

Check out the latest price here here.

 

My 2 Cents

If you are a practical person who is after value for money, I would say that the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is for you. It  has all the essentials to comfortably and conveniently stroll your baby from day 1 until he or she no longer needs a stroller. It is small which makes it great for traveling and is durable which makes it great for everyday use. And for that price, this is one stroller that you definitely must have.

Check out what other customers have to say about this product here.

 


STROLLER WAR: Baby Jogger City Tour 2 or Babyzen Yoyo Plus

Just freshly released, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is now out in the market, following the success of its older version, the Baby Jogger City Tour. If you’ve been eyeing the Babyzen Yoyo Plus but having second thoughts about it because of its price, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is a great stroller to compare it to simply because they are so much alike.

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2 vs Babyzen Yoyo Plus

Size and Portability

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Carrying both  strollers around is easy because they are light and small, designed to fit inside airplane compartments. Although both strollers are small, it is always a good idea to check first with the airline if they could be carried inside the airplane. Each airline has their own carry-on luggage policies that may be different from others.

 

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Both strollers are lightweight but Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is heavier by a pound.

It also does not help that the City Tour 2 does not have an attached shoulder strap like the Yoyo Plus. However, it does come with a shoulder carry bag that is convenient for traveling.

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Babyzen Yoyo Plus has its own airline-certified Premium Travel Bag that can be bought as an accessory.

 

Weight Capacity

Despite the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 being heavier, it did make up for it in terms of weight capacity. The City Tour 2 can carry a heavier cargo of up to 45 lbs while the Yoyo Plus can only carry up to 40 lbs.

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Travel-System Ready

Both strollers can be used from birth. You can pair them both with a bassinet. You can get a Tour 2 Bassinet for Baby Jogger and Newborn Pack for the Babyzen Yoyo Plus.

 

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Infant car seats can also be attached to both strollers.

 

Babyzen Yoyo Plus is compatible with the following:

 

  • BABYZEN iZi Go Modular by BeSafe (YOYO+ adapters are supplied with the seat)
  • BeSafe iZi Go & iZi Go Modular
  • Bébé Confort Pebble & Pebble Plus
  • Cybex Aton Q
  • Maxi-CosiPebble & Pebble Plus
  • Nuna Pipa
  • Maxi-Cosi® Mico AP

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is compatible with the following:

 

 

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One bonus feature of the Yoyo Plus is it can be attached with a Babyzen Yoyo Plus Board.

 

Babyzen Yoyo Plus Scooter Board

 

 

This scooter board will allow your young walker to hitch a ride. It has a removable saddle that your child can sit on when he or she gets tired of standing. There’s no need to bring another stroller for your older child for short trips. This board can carry up another 44 lbs.

 

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Maneuverability and Suspension

 

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How about their driving performance? Babyzen Yoyo Plus glides very wheel on smooth surfaces. It has an all-wheel suspension that absorbs mild shocks. On the other hand, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has suspensions only at the front wheels.

 

 

Babyzen Yoyo Plus with scooter board

 

 

The Yoyo Plus also has a Soft Drive System feature that automatically locks and stabilizes its front wheels when it hits uneven surfaces. That means, you don’t have to stop to lock the front wheels when you drive on bumpy tracks.

As for the City Tour 2, you can make the wheels steadier by manually locking the swivel wheels.What I like about the City Tour 2 is its rubber wheels. Rubber is more adaptable to different kind of terrains because of its traction.

Babyzen Yoyo Plus, on the other hand, has wheels that are made out of hard plastic. While it maybe sturdy, it may not be advisable to use it often outside especially when the ground is slippery.

 

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2

 

 

Ease of Fold

Both the Babyzen Yoyo Plus and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 have easy unfolding procedures. Pull the handlebars up and give it a little shake so the strollers will loosen and unfold.

As for their folds, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is easier to fold because you can do it successfully with just one hand.

 

Watch the Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s fold below.

 

To fold the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, you have to start by pushing the button located at the handlebar, slide the slider, push the stroller down and pull up the handle that is located at the middle of the seat and the back rest. Unlike the Babyzen Yoyo Plus, there’s no need to bend low to do this procedure.

Watch the Babyzen Yoyo Plus’ fold below.

 

As for the the Babyzen Yoyo Plus, both hands are needed to push the buttons at the sides of the frame. After that, you have to push the canopy all the way back and with one hand, reach below the stroller, pull the red button, grab the metal bar beside it and lift the stroller up so the stroller automatically folds. It took me a couple of times finally get it. I must say that it feels nice and snappy. However, I appreciate Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s fold more.

 

Comfort

 

Both strollers have comfortable, reclinable seats. It can go as low as 140-145 degrees, which is great when your baby falls asleep while strolling. The earlier version of the City Tour 2, the Baby Jogger City Tour, has a shallow seat. Customers complained that it is too narrow. I’m glad that the manufacturer fixed it this time.

 

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Their canopies are just about the same height and are high enough to accommodate older and taller kids. I like the large peek-a-boo window at the top of the Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s canopy. The window has a large opening that is covered by a mesh material which is very similar to the UppaBaby Minu. In contrast, the Babyzen Yoyo Plus’ peek-a-boo window is quite small. There is really not much to see when you peek.

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Peek-a-boo window

 

What I like more about the City Tour 2 is its built-in adjustable leg rest which keeps babies’ legs from dangling especially when they are in a sleeping position. The Babyzen Yoyo Plus, however, can be attached with a leg rest that can be bought separately as an accessory on Amazon.

 

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Safety

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Baby Jogger Belly Bar

Both strollers have a secure 5-point harnesses with a center lock and release button. If you want extra protection, you may buy an additional bumper bar for both Babyzen Yoyo Plus

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and Baby Jogger City Tour 2

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Also, both have a one-step brake that is very intuitive to use. Step down to lock and lift the brake to release.

 

Steering

They both have fixed, horizontal handlebars.

Babyzen Yoyo Plus
Babyzen Yoyo Plus

The Babyzen Yoyo Plus has a higher handlebar that is 42-inch from the ground while that of the City Tour 2  is approximately 38 – 39 inches high.

Price

The Babyzen Yoyo Plus is priced at almost $500 on Amazon.  Note that price could go higher or lower depending on the color.  You may choose from different shades such as : Taupe, Grey, Ginger, Peppermint & Red.

Babyzen Yoyo Plus in Taupe. — Click to check other colors.

 

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is way cheaper around $220 – $260 USD. It has 3 color variations:  Jet (Black), Seacrest (Navy Blue) & Slate (Grey).

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2, Slate

 

My 2 Cents

Pushing the Babyzen Yoyo Plus feels like a luxury. It’s smooth riding experience and amazing features come with a price. But if you want a stroller that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, without compromising sturdiness and essential features, then the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is also worth seriously considering.

Check out what verified purchasers have to say about Babyzen Yoyo Plus and Baby Jogger City Tour 2.