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At some stage in the parenting journey, most of us mums find a lightweight buggy is a must, whether for keeping in the car, using on public transport or just to replace that bulky newborn pram. The Baby Weavers Citi is an attractive, good value buggy that’s ideal for around town, although it’s not the smoothest ride for your little one.
The Citi, from Kiddicare’s own brand Baby Weavers, is a lightweight pushchair that’s suitable from birth to around 3 years (15kg). It has four recline positions, including a lie-flat option, and an adjustable leg rest for extra comfort. The umbrella-fold stroller is compact when folded and has lockable swivel wheels for manoeuvring on different surfaces.
The Baby Weavers Citi includes handy features such as a large viewing window and storage pocket in the hood. It comes in an impressive 12 designs, from fairly classic to eye-popping, ranging from £79.99 to £200. The package includes a raincover, matching footmuff and changing bag.
What we love
The biggest benefit of the Baby Weavers Citi has to be its bargain price – the starting price of £79.99 is hard to beat. It feels well built for a budget lightweight stroller, and the inclusion of a changing bag and footmuff makes it an even bigger bargain.
Some lightweight strollers skimp on comfort, but my 10-month-old Katie seems quite happy in the Citi. The footmuff, in particular, is a real asset – its deep padding makes the buggy much more snug. I also like the adjustable leg rest, which means Katie can travel with her legs supported, rather than dangling in mid-air.
The removable bumper bar is a big hit, too. It’s an unusual feature on a lightweight stroller, and is useful for attaching buggy toys to.
The Baby Weavers Citi is, on the whole, easy to fold and unfold, and easy to push. I’m also impressed by the wide range of designs available, even though they’re not all to my personal taste.
What to watch out for
The Baby Weavers Citi really needs a more expansive manual than the four-page leaflet it comes with. It arrives with its front wheels detached, and the instructions don’t specify how to attach them. Result? I put the first wheel on wrong, and my husband ended up having to prise it off with a knife.
Although the Citi is easy to push, it does get a bit of wheel-wobble, which makes it quite juddery. Meanwhile, my husband – a fairly average 5’ 10” tall – complains that the handles are too low and wishes they were height-adjustable.
I find the Citi doesn’t fold fully with the footmuff on, which means I have the added hassle of removing it before folding.
However, the main problem I had was when the Baby Weavers Citi got completely jammed when I tried to fold it in a busy car park. After struggling with it for 10 (humiliating) minutes, I gave up and squeezed it onto the back seat of the car unfolded. Only when I investigated later did I realise that the clip that holds the stroller shut when folded catches on the fabric of the hood, preventing it from folding. I don’t know whether this is a design flaw across the range, or a random one-off, but it left me well and truly red-faced.
Who is the Baby Weavers Citi best for?
Parents or grandparents looking for a basic but well-equipped lightweight stroller with a range of looks to choose from.
The Baby Weavers Citi is a great budget buy that would serve you well either as a next-stage stroller when your little one outgrows his pram, or as a spare for the car or for the grandparents’ house. It’s a comfy ride for little ones, and the inclusion of a footmuff and changing bag makes it excellent value. Just watch out for problems with folding and unfolding, and be prepared for low handles if you’re on the tall side.
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|Child age (approx)||Birth to 3 years|
Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions||H:103cm W:49cm L:66cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:105cm W:30cm L:32cm|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing|
|Front wheels||Lockable swivel|
|Accessories included||Footmuff, changing bag, raincover|