So, I’m a new mom. And as you know, I go all in when I do something. Shopping for baby gear was something I put a lot of time and effort into. So to fall into the wonderfully created, full of information mommy blogger cliche, I’m going to tell you why I am head over heels in love with my stroller: the Baby Jogger City Select.
If you know me, you also know that I’ve always been ready to be a mom. Yeah, I’m that girl. For the last 10 years (at least) I’ve paid attention to strollers and car seats and toys … and all the stuff. One time, I even asked a stranger in a parking lot what she thought of her City Select while she was unloading it. Obviously, she sang it’s praises.
All I can remember from my time around kids are the old strollers that are kinda clunky, don’t look like the highest quality, are still really expensive, and pretty heavy. Strollers today have changed so much. Seriously. Some of them look like they came to planet earth from creatures who are on a visit to America. They also cost an out of this earth amount (I’m talking about you Orbit coming in at $1,400+).
Months after Cody and I were married (long before babies were planned for) I came across the City Select. I fell in love at first sight! It was convertible, streamlined, and best of all could hold multiple babes. WOW. So naturally, I started looking into them. Reading more about them. Watching more videos.
I’m pretty sure on Black Friday that year, I almost bought a City Select because it was on major sale… mind you this was 2 and a half years before baby.
- holds multiple kiddos (16 different ways!)
- easy to turn
- durable and handles well on any terrain
- baby can face out (to see the world) or in (to see mom or dad)
- huge basket to hold plenty of stuff (even two weeks of groceries!)
- hand brake
- can be used as a high chair & is easy to clean (just hose it off!)
- bassinet option
- a little heavy
- the seat has to be taken off when rear facing for storage/folding (although this is common in many strollers today)
- all the extras come at an extra expense
Multiple babies you ask? Yes! Up to 3. This was my biggest selling point. I could use the same stroller for baby number one up to number three. All without buying a bigger stroller or having to deal with the awkward double wide stroller that doesn’t fit through a door frame. How you ask, click here to see the 16 different set ups to which you can add on a kick board for the older kiddo to stand and ride!
Now personally, I have used the City Select stroller since day 5 of motherhood. I use it every week, if not almost every day. We’ve taken it across all kinds of terrain: grass, pavement, rocky gravel, sidewalk, dirt. It’s best on solid surfaces, but is managable on grass. Overall, it handles beautifully and can turn on a dime! FYI, this is not made to be a running stroller. I don’t run.
Because we opted to get a convertible car seat instead of the bucket seat, we also chose to get the bassinet attachment for the stroller. I really questioned if it was worth it, but once we started using it, it definitely was! He took so many naps in here. However, if you do have a bucket seat, you can attach it right to the frame. Here is my 5 day old bundle of joy on his first stroller ride:
Another fun perk is that you can buy the “hychair” attachment to attach the seat straight to a table. Hello, travel high chair! We have used this a handful of times and really liked it!
One of the accessories I don’t love is the Baby Jogger console, shown below, that holds keys and drinks because it doesn’t stay secured on the handles. Needless to say, I’ve spilled some drinks. (Update: I switched to the Skip Hop console and it stays up MUCH better!)
The City Select’s handlebar extends to three lengths, which I really appreciate for long walks. In crowded or tight spaces, it’s nice to pop it into its shortest setting. I also appreciate the full coverage the canopy provides against the hot Texas sun or blustery wind! Truman loves to look out the window at the top.
The HUGE basket underneath is an asset! I frequently put all two weeks worth of the groceries in the stroller’s basket. It’s great for us both. Truman’s happy grocery shopping because he’s comfy in his usual stroller, I’ve been able to have a full “basket” to shop with, and I’m really comfortable maneuvering it.
Let’s talk about price real quick. It’s expensive. Not Orbit baby expensive, but it runs about $500. Buy Buy Baby has seasonal sales on it (note that their 20% coupons do not work for Baby Jogger items) and Amazon occasionally does too.
We got ours as a gift (thanks mom & dad) while BBB was having a BOGO sale. We were able to receive our second seat for free! If this amount seems crazy, encourage friends or family who want to get you a meaningful gift to chip in. They can buy it together or get you the gift card so you can buy it! If you register on Babylist, they even have a “fund” you can set up for just that purpose.
So, overall, I highly recommend the City Select and can’t wait to continue to use it for years to come! To me, this is definitely one of those things you really want to invest in. Quality over quantity. Every day I use it, I sing its praises.
Do you have a stroller you love? If so, which is it?