If you’ve ever tried to take a baby or toddler on a trip abroad – or even just on public transport – you’ll know that many pushchairs are not suitable for traveling around.
This becomes even more apparent when you’re doing something alone and trying to carry your baby, his usual gear, and his pushchair down 30 flights of stairs because the train station you’re stopping at doesn’t have a lift.
Luckily, there are a variety of lightweight strollers on the market that are increasingly appealing to parents as their little ones reach six months of age.
Many of these pushchairs are cabin friendly (perfect for air travel), fold easily and are much lighter than other pushchairs on the market. Some even come with straps, bags, and handles to make transporting them easier.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing our honest reviews of the lightweight stroller options on the market. This week is Baby Jogger City Tour 2. How does it compare to the others? Read on to find out.
Baby Jogger City Tour 2
Price: £284 from Baby Jogger (price correct at time of writing)
Does it come with accessories? Cover bag. Other additional equipment – such as rain cover, umbrella, etc. – needs to be purchased separately.
Suitable for babies from birth up to 22kg. 5-point safety harness. Has adjustable calf support and multi-position backrest. Easy to steer and maneuver. Equipped with an extendable UV50+ canopy with peek-a-boo window.Baby Jogger City Tour 2
This stroller was noticeably larger than other strollers I tested in terms of seat and frame size, making it a great choice for people with larger babies and toddlers who seem to grow every five minutes.
There’s a large canopy to help protect your little one from the sun, complete with a foldable peek-a-boo cover to keep them safe, and the seat also reclines flat for nap time. (All you have to do is pull the button on the back of the seat, and voila, you have a horizontal child.)
Once they’re up, the chair sits fairly upright, meaning snack time in the pushchair isn’t too tiring.
But one of its best features is how easy it is to fold – you press a button on the bottom of the handle and it folds easily into a compact shape. There is a clip on the right side of the frame that you need to attach to keep it intact.
It’s also very easy to reopen – another genius feature. Just release the clip and it will open. With the right amount of strength (and a little luck), you can put it back in place with one hand while holding your little one. This is a godsend when getting around London by underground and navigating the many steps the underground has to offer.
Unfortunately this pushchair doesn’t have shoulder straps like the Babyzen YOYO2 (which is very useful), but it does have a small handle built into the seat so when it’s folded you can easily pick it up and drag it down the stairs. There’s also a shoulder strap attached to the included carry-on bag, making it easy to carry around the airport (as long as you remember the bag).
The storage compartment underneath is a decent size – enough to fit a few shopping bags or a medium-sized change bag – and the brake system is easy to use. You simply press the button on the rear right wheel with your foot to keep it still, then flick it up again to start moving.
Although the handle is not height adjustable, my partner (who is 6 feet) and I (5 feet) found it easy to use and comfortable. The wheels are a good size, but not too big, and the overall riding experience is quite smooth.
This is one of my favorite lightweight prams because of how easy it is to fold up, as well as how comfortable it is for my toddler to strap in – I think this has something to do with the adjustable calf support.
The Baby Jogger isn’t cheap, but it’s also not the most expensive stroller out there, so I think it’s worth buying. Overall, I’m a big fan.
The verdict: 9/10