I’ll admit, when I was pregnant with Harry, all I wanted was a jogging stroller – and that’s all I had for a while. It works! And for those of you who are working with very limited space and can only have one stroller, I’d recommend it. But, I have completely changed my tune on the importance of two strollers. Having a smaller, more compact stroller that is easier to travel with is really one of the things I’d say is very, very helpful to me. The Mamas & Papas Armadillo, as a lighter, more compact stroller, has proven to be just about necessary for shopping, traveling, and even just walks around the neighborhood.
Harry and I recently spent some time with the Armadillo and are beyond happy with it. It’s surprisingly compact, easy to use, lightweight, and practical. We’ve done the leg work for those of you who are thinking of adding this stroller to your registry – and spoiler alert, we loved it.
Let’s start with the positives:
This was by far the easiest stroller I’ve ever put together. It took less than two minutes, and a had a one year old “helping.” The wheels were so easy to clip on, it unfolded quickly, and it was ready to go. Definitely a bonus considering other strollers and baby products seem to take a bit more effort.
Also easy? Folding it down for transport. With some strollers there seems to be a learning curve to folding it down. Not the Armadillo. Again, the easiest, most instinctual folding mechanism I’ve come across, with an automatic lock. (One handed fold in just seconds!)
The stroller was comfortable for Harry. The removable extra large canopy protected him from rain AND sun. The seat was nice and big, and the adjustable leg rest could be positioned in the upright position to provide a nice large spot for napping on the go (especially with the adjustable back in the downward position).
The multiple safety features gave me peace of mind. The stroller has a five point safety harness, all-around suspension, puncture resistant swivel wheels and a brake that was easy to use, even in flip flops.
The Armadillo is compatible with many popular car seats, which really makes this a stroller you can use from birth all the way to 50lbs.
As for the negatives, there really weren’t many:
The foot rest did seem to creep up to the upright position on me, which wasn’t a big deal as Harry seemed to like having his feet up, but this could be a possible annoyance, especially with larger children who don’t want to feel like they are laying down or have their feet dangling off the edge.
The extra large canopy is great, but my one teeny complaint would be the tiny window for peeking at Harry while we’re out walking. It’s really not a big deal, but the window was pretty small and I did find myself looking around the canopy once or twice to check on him.
Overall? I love the Armadillo. Any negatives I experienced were far outweighed by all the fabulous features of this stroller. Mamas & Papas have produced an easy to use, functional, and practical stroller which I would highly, highly recommend to anyone looking for a standard stroller for use anywhere from rougher roads to indoor shopping.
Though we were not paid for this review, we were sent an Armadillo to test. All opinions of this post are those of The Wise Baby and Harry.