Buyer’s Guide: Strollers and Accessories

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Here is a list of strollers and accessories I have purchased, or received as a gift or hand-me-down from friends/family, that I can personally recommend.

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BabyZen Yoyo+ in Pink/White on the left, and the Mountain Buggy Nano (my 2nd favorite travel stroller) on the right.

Stroller

UppaBaby Cruz – A wonderful stroller for daily walks to the market, due to its sturdy frame and huge storage bin. We have the one with the neoprene handle ($499). For $50 more, I believe you can upgrade to leather. When I tried the leather in stores, I preferred the grippier feel of the neoprene. I strongly recommend testing out strollers before you decide which to buy.

UppaBaby Stroller Accessories

Recommend buying one of these, not both: Seat LinerInfant SnugSeat – I ended up selling the SnugSeat and using only the Seat Liner, since I used her infant carseat with an adaptor on the UppaBaby Cruz frame during her infant days.

Ethan & Emma Parent Organizer – Not an UppaBaby product, as the UppaBaby one sucks, IMHO. This cupholder and organizer can be used with virtually any stroller.

Ganoosh Footmuff Recommended if you’re planning to use the stroller in cold (below 40-degree) weather and your baby kicks off blankets.

UppaBaby Stroller Travel Bag – Recommended if you plan to take more than 2-3 flights per year and do not plan to purchase a travel stroller (otherwise save your money and put it towards the BabyZen Yoyo+, below).

Double Stroller

Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller – I tested a ton of double strollers and generally preferred the side-by-side options over the tandem ones because the felt more stable and were easier for me to push. I chose the confusingly named Baby Jogger City Mini (it’s not a jogging stroller) because of the one-handed collapse, and reasonably compact fold (fits most standard size trunks). It also is narrow enough to get through standard sized doorways without a problem.

Travel Stroller

BabyZen YoYo+ – I am OBSESSED with this stroller. It is ideal for babies after they are sitting up on their own, though there are adapters available for certain infant car seats, and there is an infant kit for it. This is now my primary go-to stroller. It is so light and easy for throwing in the car, and is amazing for air travel, as it fits in the overhead bin, and can be hacked to accommodate a lightweight, compact convertible carseat. I have the black frame with taupe cover. It also comes in a white frame (the black cover on the white frame looks sooo chic).

My second-favorite travel stroller is the Mountain Buggy Nano. I ultimately chose the BabyZen because I liked how it handled, and because it was easier and more compact to fold. The Mountain Buggy Nano is a really good choice, too, though.

Travel Stroller Accessories

MOLLE Straps – I use these straps to strap on the Evenflo Tribute carseat onto the BabyZen Yoyo+ frame in the airport (NOT for going out and about, literally just for getting around the airport)

 

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