Choosing a stroller was one of the harder baby registry decisions the Mister and I had to make. Even though we prioritized our list of must-haves: light weight, compact, and ease of use; I had a hard time choosing. I loved the idea of a bassinet, but considering most bassinets require a two-step closure process I decided against it. I kept picturing myself at the grocery store with the little Man and trying to get him in the car, the groceries put away, and the stroller put away; and I knew I needed an easy to use every day stroller. After multiple trips to Buy Buy Baby and Galt Baby, we settled on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT.
Features that make it great for mom & dad:
The City Mini GT hit all of our must haves. It weighs in at only 21lbs, one of the lighter ones that we tested, that wasn’t an umbrella stroller. Its one-handed close system sold us on this particular stroller, which hits another two of our must-haves: compact and ease of use. Just imagine carrying your baby in one hand and closing your stroller with the other hand. You simply pull up on the strap and the stroller collapses on itself; there’s also a lock on the side to keep it in the collapsed position. The air tires make this one of the easiest strollers to maneuver and it features a front wheel suspension system. Another newer feature, the adjustable handle bar, makes it perfect for both myself and the Mister to use despite our varying heights. I love the large UV 50+ sun canopy that completely covers the little Man, and features 2 “peak-a-boo windows” so I can keep an eye on him. The hand brakes are great for when you want to park the stroller, or just keep it from rolling away when unloading your little one. As far as storage goes, there is a large pocket on the back of the seat, great for keys, doggy bags, and my cell phone, as well as a basket under the seat. The basket can accommodate a large diaper bag, but getting it out with the little Man in the seat is no easy task.
Features that make it great for the little Man:
The stroller features a roomy seat that is about 14 inches wide and 10 inches deep with a padded five-point safety harness. The safety harness attaches to the back of the seat with small clips, which is so convenient and less of a hassle than threading the straps to accommodate a taller child. The seat can almost fully recline, which can be done with one hand, notice a theme here. I can’t tell you how useful this is for when the little Man falls asleep while we’re out and about. The seat also features a mesh air vent to keep the little Man comfortable in the heat, and a retractable weather cover for cooler temperatures.
Contrary to its name, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT is not a jogging stroller. It is also not a travel system. To use this with our car seat we had to purchase a car seat adapter that was compatible with our car seat. Odds are you will have to purchase the car seat adapter, as the stroller is meant to be used with babies that are 6 months and older. Storage and accessories are limited. Although the stroller features a large back pocket, I would have preferred a parent console (storage pockets/cup holder), which you can purchase for an additional fee.
All in all, I am so glad we went with this stroller. It’s convenient, light-weight, comfortable for the little Man. All of which make it the perfect everyday stroller for us.