Going Out More with Baby Jogger City Mini Double

Since the day we returned the City Select Double Stroller after our review we had since stopped going out with both Ayra and Zara. Those few weekends without a double stroller were spent at home. Probably because the two girls would rather be carried more than they would like to walk on their own, unless we are in a toys store, the library or at a playground. So going out with both of them can be quite a muscle training session for us.

Thanks to Baby Jogger, we can now go out anytime to anywhere we want because we have got the City Mini Double! Call us lazy you may, but with this double stroller, we are going out every weekend! The girls love their new stroller and would stay in it for almost the entire time we are zooming around from places to places.

Shopping made easy with the City Mini Double

As both girls are happy and comfortable in the stroller, we had no problem spending an entire day out shopping with them. And the big basket below the stroller means no need for hanging bags nor accessory to hold the bottles and diaper bags, just dump everything into the spacious basket, easily accessible from the sides of the stroller.

We went to Changi Beach one evening for a stroll and sand play…

Either or both of them can recline down to rest or sleep without having to disturb the other child’s comfort. This is one plus for us as compared to our experience with the City Select, as we had to bring the kid out from the seat to turn it to face the right direction in order for one or both of them to lie down comfortably.

We attended Zara’s first blogger event at Food For Thought with the City Mini Double

Our first time at Botanic Garden with the girls, and I think we will be heading there more often now. The friendly carpark is stroller accessible and we can get in and out of the carpark, Food For Thought restaurant and the garden very easily. Will plan a family picnic one of these none rainy days!

Single hand pushing possible too!

Those who did not try it before may think pushing a wider stroller is going to be more tedious and difficult to manoeuvre. After using the Citi Mini Double for a month now, we are all loving it! Pushing the stroller around is effortless, and 8″ lightweight front wheels makes going in and out of the train easily; no more wheels trapped in gap! The front-wheel suspension also makes pushing through patchy grass area or sandy places at the beach so much easier and more enjoyable for the girls.

City Mini Double Folds!

The one main feature we prefers more in the City Mini Double is the easy fold. Just lift the two straps on the seats and the City Mini Double folds itself! The stroller can be stored compactly in an upright position.

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Zara’s loving it!

Just look at how comfortable she made herself in the stroller, with her snacks and water bottle within reach.

Thanks to this very versatile and steady stroller, Ayra and Zara are getting to go out more together. And the mummy me need not have to strain those muscles carrying the girls for prolong hours while going out together. This is a win-win for the girls and me! Thank you Baby Jogger!

Why Should One Consider a Double Stroller – Review of City Select 2014 by Baby Jogger

Before No. 2 arrived, I was looking out and considering to purchase a double stroller. I eventually did get the Contours Tandem Stroller when Zara was about 3 months but sold it off after using it twice. It was just too bulky to go out with.

We ended up using a single capella stroller to fit both of them when Zara was able to sit up on her own.

Ayra and Zara on Capella Stroller

Which was super dangerous! I seriously do not encourage anyone to try this at all.

Or on days we know we needed both of them in stroller, we bring two with us!
Garfield Run 2014 - Our First Family 3KM Fun Run

When we had a chance to test drive the new City Select stroller by Baby Jogger, I jumped into the opportunity. And now Ayra has been asking for it after our two weeks trial! Had to try lots of tricks to get her to accept the ones we have at home instead. Super headache!

Still too big…

Let’s start with the not so favourable points of the City Select with extra seat attached.

  • It is still heavy. Sometimes heavy stroller is good, cause it means it won’t fall if weight is not evenly spread across the stroller. In this case, we are glad it is heavy and steady, as it gives us better confidence that the stroller can take the weight of both our girls.
  • Storing can be quite a headache. There wasn’t space in the store room at home for this so we had it left opened and stored next to our dining table during our 2 weeks experience with it. The girls use it as seats while watching movies on TV!
  • Getting in and out of lifts can be rather challenging, especially in a packed one. We try to take the cargo or fireman lifts in shopping malls when we were out in the City Select. Lesser crowd and bigger lifts.

5 Sep 2014 - Sisters Bonding Time

But it works…

The girls loved it and could stay comfortable in the stroller through an entire day of shopping, with no cries nor protect. I was rather shocked when we took them out in the City Select over a long weekend when we had to bring them out.

Napping in the City Select is not a problem for one or both of them, it just shows how comfortable it is for the child when they snooze off whenever they feel like it, without any effort.
5 Sep 2014 - Sisters Bonding Time

Shopping in malls with City Select is more manageable compared to my previous experience with the other double stroller. This pushes with ease, turns well and is able to fit between shelves in stores. Just to avoid stores like Watsons where things are stacked openly and can get quite cramp between rows of stuff.

7 Sep 2014 - Family Shopping Trip to Westgate Mall

I even managed a trip to the mall alone with both of them!
5 Sep 2014 - Sisters Bonding Time

Why you should get a double stroller?

Cause mums shouldn’t stop going out just because we have more than one kid! Owning a double stroller means more outing opportunities with the kiddos even when alone. Do get one with big storage space and easy to use locking system.

Such a stroller is great for those who do not drive and go everywhere with just the train. Unlike most of the other Baby Jogger strollers, you got to remove the seats before you can close this one. Not that ideal for those who need to ride in cabs and 100% a no go for those who need to catch a bus! Even if you drive, unless you have a super huge boot space, else the stroller is just going to take up the entire boot with little or no room for anything else.

The City Select with two seats packed behind the Toyota Rush…

With plans to do away with our family car due to the little use for it these days, and the convenience of the LRT and MRT right from our doorstep, we may just get one double stroller next year! Now that we’ve tried the City Select, hope to try out other options before we decide which to invest in. How I wish there was a stroller rental service in Singapore that rents out all of Baby Jogger strollers!

In search for a double stroller

With No. 2 coming soon, I’ve been shopping around and looking at what other parents are using. Every time I see someone housing two kids in a stroller, I’ll stretched my neck a little further to check out which brand and model it is. Picking a suitable stroller is a long process for me, having bought 3 strollers before, my next purchase must be one that can last me a good 3 to 4 years at least and must be able to house both my kids when we are out. Ideally it should be flexible enough for me to make it a one-seated when necessary.

After some research, here are the two shortlisted ones I’m considering. Appreciate if any mummies or daddies who have used any of them before let me know your thoughts (goods and bads) about the stroller.

Britax B-Ready + Second Seat

Price: Approx S$868 from Amazon + shipping or locally at $979

Britax B-Ready with second seat

Contours Tandem Strollers

Price: From S$500+

Contour Tandem

I’m leaning towards the Britax as its more compact but its heavier. How how?

And then on second thought, do I really need a tandem? No. 2 can be carried in a baby carrier/sling till 12 months and No. 1 can continue to use the current stroller. And when No. 2 is to sit in a stroller, No. 1 should be able to go stroller-free ya? Question now is will I ever have to bring both out for an entire day alone, on these rare days, I will surely need a tandem to fit both of them and all their barang barangs! Hmmm… this is a dollar and cents decision…