Baby Jogger City Mini GT • City Mini • Baby Jogger City Premier • Baby Jogger City Select
UPPAbaby Vista • UPPAbaby Cruz • Quinny Buzz Xtra 2.0 • Cybex Agis M-Air3
Britax B-Agile • Britax B-Ready • Nuna Tavo • Baby Zen Yoyo+
Baby Jogger City Mini GT: A fantastic all-terrain single stroller. You could also get the regular City Mini, but I think the City Mini GT is worth the additional price. It’s easily collapsible (with one hand!!!), has a side handbrake and does well on surfaces “off the beaten path”. We had the City Mini GT when we just had one child and it was great, minus the small storage basket. This works well for any living situation, but it isn’t ideal if you walk to do your grocery shopping since the basket doesn’t fit multiple grocery bags. I do love how easily it can get up and down bumps and curbs.
Baby Jogger City Select: Converts from a single to double; very similar to the UppaBaby Vista but a lot cheaper. Baby Jogger City Select LUX: Baby Jogger is coming out with a new convertible stroller in 2017 – the City Select LUX – and it sounds pretty awesome.
Note: Baby Jogger is the brand, these are not jogging strollers.
UPPAbaby Vista: An awesome luxury stroller that can convert from a single to a double. It folds easily and is pretty compact when it does. This is a huge perk of a double stroller if you have a small living space. We sold the City Mini GT and got the UPPAbaby Vista when my second was born. Tip: We got it for a deal since we bought the floor model. I LOVE the UPPAbaby, the many configurations, the storage basket, etc. But I do miss the lightweight, easily compacted, maneuverability of the City Mini GT.
Britax B-Agile: If you are getting a Britax infant car seat, you should get one of the Britax strollers.
Britax B-Ready: This is a great convertible stroller. It can be a single or a double and has about a dozen different seating configurations. It’s a more affordable alternative to the UPPAbaby Vista.
Nuna Tavo: This is a less expensive and more lightweight alternative to the wonderful Nuna Mixx. (The only reason I don’t list the Nuna Mixx here is that it is just as expensive as the Vista, but it does not convert to a double.)
Other strollers to look at:
I adore the modern design of the Stokke Xplory. It’s incredibly expensive for just a single stroller, but it looks good!
Bugaboo has a line of sleek, modern and innovative strollers. I really like this one as a single stroller. It has an extra large basket, convertible seat, and self-standing fold. It also comes with a bassinet to use with your infant.
The price is high! If you live in a city and your stroller is basically your car, it may be worth the money to purchase one of the Bugaboo strollers. If you are looking for one that converts to a double, check out this one.
(more detailed reviews coming soon)
If you are a runner, a jogging stroller is must-have so you can exercise with your baby! Typically your baby has to be about six-months-old before they can safely ride in a jogging stroller. Because of this, and the fact that jogging strollers tend to be very heavy, you may not want to use it as your everyday stroller. If you want a jogging stroller as your only stroller, I recommend getting a car seat adaptor that works with your infant car seat, and getting a jogging stroller with a swivel wheel. The car seat adaptor is necessary to allow your infant to ride in the stroller safely for the first few months. The swivel wheel is key so you don’t have to lift the front wheel every time you want to turn when you are strolling around town.
BOB Revolution Flex or BOB Revolution Pro: The BOB is a very popular jogging stroller. These are both excellent all-terrain single strollers that you can jog with. They are expensive and heavy. The main difference between the two is that the Pro has a hand operated rear drum brake. If you want a jogging stroller and don’t have much space, it is worth considering one of these as your primary stroller. If you are tight on cash, you can often find good gently used jogging strollers on Craigslist or other resale sites. BOB recently added a new more affordable jogging stroller to their collection, the BOB Rambler.
Thule Urban Glide 2: While the BOB has been the leader in the jogging stroller market for a long time, it faces tough competition from the Thule Urban Glide. Not only is it more maneuverable, but it also has a more affordable price-tag.
Bumbleride Indie: Bumbleride is a great purchase if you want to be eco-friendly! They are made from recycled materials, no fire retardants, Oeko-Tex certified and their manufacturing process gives off significantly less carbon dioxide emissions than that of other brands.
Budget Jogging Stroller Option: Baby Trend Expedition This is a good jogging stroller for the price, which is generally between $90-$130 on Amazon, depending on the color you choose. It isn’t ideal for serious runners, and the front wheel doesn’t feel as stable. But you are paying way less than you would be for the top jogging strollers. If you are a casual jogger and have a tight budget, you should take a look at this one!
This is an optional stroller frame that basically serves as wheels to your infant car seat. Your living situation will determine how useful this is for you. Living in a condo with a long walk to and from the elevator, this was really nice to have when taking the baby out in the car. But if you live in a very urban area and don’t use your personal car much, it probably isn’t worth it. If you get this, it should be the same brand as your car seat. Not every infant car seat has a frame/caddy that works with it. Now that we live in a suburban area, I still see this being useful anytime we go somewhere in the car with the baby in the first 5-ish months. The stroller frames are lightweight and easy to fold and put in the trunk. You can keep the baby in the car seat and easily snap the seat on to the frame when going to an appointment, a restaurant, a park or anywhere really. That way you don’t have to lug the car seat around on your arm or take your infant out of the car seat to put in another stroller. We loved our Chicco Caddy Stroller Frame.
Later (5-ish months)
Umbrella Stroller – Most (not all) umbrella strollers shouldn’t be used until the baby is 4-6 months old. If you use a car a lot, you’ll love having an umbrella stroller in your trunk at all times.
Note: If I had a lot of money and a huge house with a lot of storage, I could make a great argument for having a: single stroller, double stroller, jogging stroller, umbrella stroller AND infant car seat stroller frame. BUT, that isn’t the case. Assuming that also isn’t your situation, you have to decide your priorities and which ones make the most sense for you. I do believe you should wait and get an umbrella stroller when your baby if a few months old if you decide you need that – since most aren’t recommended for newborns.