From the beloved Baby Jogger line to the trendy Bugaboo and the ever-so stylish UPPAbaby, the 2013 stroller biz is seriously competitive and, for shoppers, this can be just slightly overwhelming.
Before setting out and getting lost in the sea of stroller selections, check out our top five picks for 2013.
Whether you’re looking for the coolest, smartest, or sassiest stroller, we’re here to help you—and baby— meet your match.
Suggested Price: around $749 at Baby Rama Canada
Like the name suggests, the outdoorsy Mountain Buggy's +One is a highly durable, all-terrain stroller that accommodates growing families.
The Buggy is one seriously solid selection, which explains why it’s a tad on the heavy side, at almost 30 lbs. That said, with rear-wheel suspension and 12-inch rubber tires offering the ultimate stability, it’s packing the perfect goods for both city strolls and rugged, off-road rides.
The Buggy works for newborns up to age five, and if a second baby is on the horizon, it will deliver, comfortably seating two little ones. The amazing design allows both kiddies to face outward, while maintaining the slender form of a single stroller, which means easy navigation in tighter spaces.
Take note that while the price may seem steep, it does include a bassinet—or ‘cocoon,’ as the company calls it. Other fantastic features include: an adjustable handle, quick-release wheels, large storage basket, and generous sun canopy. It’s also car seat compatible and easy to fold.
Adventurers will love the hearty Mountain Buggy, but because the company is based in New Zealand, some accessories may not be available at stores in Canada, though many can be ordered online.
“After tons of research and trial runs, we went with the Mountain Buggy +One stroller. Our top reasons for choosing it were: 1) It has an attachment for a second child, so we won't need to buy a new stroller for baby number two, 2) The attachment lets both kids face forward with unobstructed views, 3) It's a three-wheeler, so we'll be able to keep going for our weekend hikes and rural strolls, 4) It allows newborn baby to lie completely flat, and 5) It allows baby to sit in the front- or rear-facing position.
Basically it met all of our really important must-have requirements." - Kristen Thompson, soon-to-be mom
Suggested Price: around $399 at Baby On The Hip
For day-trippers, travel-lovers, and off-road explorers, the award-winning Baby Jogger City Mini GT is designed with you in mind. With air-filled tires and a swivel front wheel for precise maneuverability, the GT—which last year earned Gold by Mother & Baby for best pushchair—will take you and baby anywhere you’re raring to go. For faster paced outings, the front wheel also locks.
You may wonder what took so long, but 2013 marks the launch of the Mini GT in black, as well as crimson and black. The company has also added extra padding, which means a comfier space for baby.
As far as specs go, the GT is top-notch. It lies almost flat for newborns, carries up to a whopping 65 lbs., and works with a variety of car seats. One feature that makes this stroller stand out from the crowd is that it is extremely sturdy and impressively lightweight at just 21 lbs.
Other convenient features include: the one-handed folding system, adjustable handlebar, and two ‘windows’ on the canopy (which can be closed or rolled open to peek in on baby). Meanwhile, the GT doesn’t skimp on storage space, so it makes for a good shopping companion, as well.
"We decided on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT because we had no car and lived in a condo and wanted something easy to collapse and that packed small for storage. The only negative I've found is that the baby cannot face you while you stroll but now that our baby is older it doesn't matter.” - Sandra Vitorovich, mom of one baby boy
Suggested Price: around $1,659.99 for twin model; $1,499 for duo style, accommodating children of different ages; and $1,199 for single at Crocodile Baby
It has stylish good looks for sure, but while the Bugaboo Donkey is a high-end luxury stroller, it doesn’t sacrifice function to fashion.
For those with one child, two children of different ages, or even twins, with just a few simple clicks, the Donkey transforms to suit your needs. Yep, it can go from a single stroller to a side-by-side double in a flash!
Double strollers are often wide, and the Donkey is no exception—though it is considered one of the leanest duo luxury strollers at 74 cm.
It’s compatible for one or two car seats, and with air-filled, 10-inch swivel wheels and 12-inch rear tires, it handles mixed surfaces with ease.
It also boasts an adjustable handlebar and a generous basket.
Watch out for sunny gold and jewel blue—the two new punchy colours arriving in March, with sleek black-and-white stripes lining the inside.
Noteworthy: Earlier this year, the company announced a voluntary recall on the carry handle used on both The Bugaboo Donkey and Cameleon, due to a button that can come off, and is offering free replacement handles. Visit bugaboo.com for more info.
“Our initial research involved stopping parents of twins on the streets and basically interviewing them on the stroller they had. What most parents of twins told us is that they had to buy multiple strollers for their twins ... one for the newborns and another for the toddlers. The ‘Donkey,’ as we fondly refer to it, is four strollers in one. We started with the bassinets, you can put the car seats onto it when you're out, it also has seats, and it transitions to one seat if you're ever out with one kid. It wasn't the cheapest but we're hoping we won't have to buy another stroller!” - Lindsey Coulter, mom of twin baby girls
Suggested Price: $789.99 at SnuggleBugz
The UPPAbaby Vista is definitely on the pricey side, but it’s easy to see why this fashionable and multi-faceted stroller is so sought after.
The Vista comes with a bassinet (which has a removable, all-natural liner made of cotton and soybean fibre), a seat, a toddler rain cover, and a bug shield. Other selling features include the SPF 50 sunshade and super sturdy rubber tires. The Vista can also be positioned with baby sitting forward or facing you, and carries up to 50 lbs.
New sharp colours for 2013 include the very sophisticated Taylor Indigo, which is similar to a rich navy, and the earthier Ella Green, which is a lovely teal and quite gender neutral.
"We went with the UPPAbaby Vista for a few different reasons. It can convert into a double stroller if we decide to have another rug rat and it comes with all the fixings, including a bassinet and chair. The wheels are durable in the snow, and we like the sleek design. It’s sometimes a pain to maneuver in tight spaces given the width between the back wheels and their size, but other than that, we love this stroller and highly recommend it.” - Sophie Nicholls Jones, mom of one baby boy
Suggested Price: around $549 at Fab Baby Gear
It’s cool, has a fun design, and smart, snazzy features—meet the Bumbleride Flyer. One of the standout features of the Flyer is the crafty reversible handlebar, which means you can switch between having baby look forward or toward the driver in seconds. Available in cheery colours (seagrass, ruby, aqua, lava, vita, and spice), the Flyer also includes a bumper bar, cup holder, car seat adapter, rain shield, and infant headrest for extra coziness. It weighs just 19 lbs. and holds up to 45 lbs.
“We chose the Bumbleride Flyer because you can adjust it so that you can face your baby while strolling ... thought that might be a nice feature — and it is.” - Megan Bennett, mom of one baby girl