Watch 5 things you need to know about the Baby Jogger City Mini
Does the fact it’s a 3-wheeler make it easier to manoeuvre?
I haven’t pushed a three-wheel buggy before and was surprised at what a difference it makes. Turning is easy, and speed-walking feels like what this buggy was made for, though it should be pointed out that despite the name, this is not a jogging pushchair!
The wheels are big and sturdy, it feels like you could be pretty rough with them and they’d hold up.
How compact is it and how does it fare on the bus, in shops, around town?
I live in London and bus-buggy-wars to get the spot are real. Tiny buggies are ideal for the bus, so this buggy isn’t my favourite for travelling. But I’m coming at this with experience of a Yoyo and a Bee, which are so much easier on public transport.
This is also pretty annoying to take on the Underground. I don’t like taking it on the escalator, and it isn’t easy to walk it up and down flights of stairs without help from a stranger. I try not to use this on the bus and the underground for that reason.
I find it a little annoying. So many buggies and car seats have a poor buckle design – someone out there, please make a great one! The top part of the harness falls out constantly. When you’re wrestling a wriggly child in and out of the buggy – especially a grumpy, tired one – it needs to be quick and easy to do up.
How many recline positions are there?
The seat reclines using a toggle, so you can prop it to pretty much any height you want – and it lies practically flat.
I also have a Britax B-Agile double buggy, which is also a toggle system, and the City Mini’s is infinitely easier to use. Having said that, toggle systems aren’t my favourite because you have to put the break on and use both hands to make it work.
But they do give you the flexibility to have the seat at any angle you want it to.
How comfy is the Baby Jogger City Mini?
It’s where my baby naps all the time, whether we’re walking outside or just home with it parked in the bedroom (we live one-level). I use a cosy toes buggy bag in it (not the official one), and it works very well.
How is interacting with your little one in the Baby Jogger City Mini?
The peek-a-boo hoods make it easier to interact, but it’s a forward-facing buggy so interaction is never going to be ideal. While pushing it, I can’t soothe my baby with my voice adequately in it, but I don’t expect to be able to.
How about the hood?
The standard hood it comes with is excellent – it is a triple, meaning it’s huge, and it has two peek-a-boo holes so you can see if your baby is asleep (or not!).
Plus it’s got UPF50+ sun protection, so it’s perfect for holidays or sunny days.
What do you think of the basket?
When it comes to shopping, the basket is a great size but awkward to get to – you can’t get to it from the front, only the back. There’s a warning that you shouldn’t dangle your bag from the buggy’s handles printed on it (you shouldn’t dangle your bag from any buggy’s handles, really, though I do), but I found it difficult to squash my nappy bag underneath.
What age is it best for?
It is suitable from newborn, in the near lie-flat seat, and can also be paired with a carrycot which you can buy separately, varying from £139.99 to a deluxe version for £199.99. I personally think it’s best for babies aged around nine-months-old and up because it is forward-facing.
Incredibly easy to assemble. The easiest buggy I’ve tested by far – you just slot the wheels on. It took one minute.
Who would it be most useful for?
Parents who do a lot of walking on rough pavement or grass, who are happy for a forward-facing buggy.
Anything unique about it?
The three-wheels, which means it is very easy to push over rough terrain.
Is it good value for money or do you have to buy a lot of additional extras?
It is fantastic value for money, with an RRP of £269.99, though it can be found for less than this at online retailers. You can buy a separate carrycot (£139.99-£199.99), a cosy toes footmuff (£49.99), a rain cover (£24.99) and cup-holder (£22.99), as well as tons more accessories.
Incredibly easy to push, very comfortable for passengers, great price. I would absolutely recommend.
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City Mini pushchair
Child age (approx)
Birth to 4 years
Dimensions & Weight
H:106.6cm W:60.9cm L:74.9cm
H:22.8cm W:61.6cm L:77.4cm
Travel system compatible
Compatible car seats
Baby Jogger City Go; Graco Click Connect; Maxi Cosi Cabriofix; Maxi Cosi Pebble and Pebble Plus; Cybex Aton; Kiddy Evolution Pro
Seat facing direction
Multi-position – Use the strap to raise or lower recline, rather than fixed positions
Suitable from birth
Patented quick fold technology
Ventilated near flat reclining seat with weather cover
5 point safety harness
Quick release wheels
multi-position sun canopy
Multiple storage compartments
Clear viewing windows
Suspension system front wheel, accessory mounting bracket, mesh recline and weather cover, harness pads, multi-position sun canopy, storage fold strap, storage basket,