Spotlight Product Review: Baby Jogger City Mini 2011

The Baby Jogger City Mini 2011 is the same City Mini we have come to love but better with one added feature.  After parents complained of the sling-like seat that left kids slouching, Baby Jogger added a PE board in the backrest of the seat on their 2011 models to give your little rider more support and a more upright position. 

Falling into our lightweight plus category, the City Mini weighs in at a very reasonable 16.9 lbs. Set on a quality aluminum frame with the one of the fastest and easiest folds around and features for mom and baby alike, the City Mini is one of the best lightweight strollers around.

The seat is wide and roomy, making for a comfortable ride even for an older child. The seat is very wide at 14” across and has a 20” seatback and a measurement of 25” from seatback to canopy.  With the large seat and weight capacity of 50 lbs, we can even let our 4 and 5 year olds to jump in for a ride.  It has an excellent 5-point, padded harness that is easy to adjust to fit snugly on a small child yet big enough with room to grow for a larger child. The seat is deep and set back almost over the rear wheels to give this lightweight, 3-wheel stroller great stability.

Like we said earlier, there is a new PE board in the backrest giving it a more rigid form to keep your babies from slumping in the seat.  The City Mini sports an almost flat (150 degree) recline that is easy to recline with a strap system. Baby Jogger also added two Velcro straps on the back of the seat to attach to the frame to bring the seat even more upright when this position is desired.  When reclined, the seat is well ventilated with a large mesh window to allow air to flow through, and a drop down weather cover allows you to close the mesh back when the weather is cool or rainy.

The canopy on the stroller is GIGANTIC, and believe it or not, actually shades your child completely from the sun. The canopy is almost twice the size of most of stroller canopies on the market. Plus, the canopy has 2 peek-a-boo windows. It’s that big! We can’t say enough how much we LOVE this canopy!

For taller moms and dads, there is an extra high handle bar (it’s not adjustable though) that measures 41” from ground to handlebar to prevent you from kicking the frame. Underneath there is a medium size basket that has convenient side access since getting into the basket from the rear may be difficult with a fully reclined seat.

The City Mini has three 8-inch wheels and a suspension system that gives your little rider a very smooth ride. The maneuverability on this stroller is fabulous. It turns on a dime, is easy to push and can be controlled easily with one hand. We tested it at the top of its weight limit of 50 lbs and even though it took a bit more wrist power, we still weren’t disappointed. Knowing that it’s not meant to be an all-terrain stroller, we did find that it can handle bumpy roads, brick streets and small rocks but it might provide a bumpy ride for baby.

Our favorite feature besides the canopy is the easy, one-handed fold (patented “Quick-Fold” technology). Folding the City Mini couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is pull up on the folding strap in the seat and the stroller folds flat. It’s that easy! And by flat, we mean it’s only about 8 inches (the size of the wheels) high when folded. We are able to take our child out of the stroller and while holding him in one arm, fold the stroller and throw it in the trunk of a car at the same time. It’s just so convenient!

With its folded dimensions of 30.5″ x 24.25″ x 9″, this stroller is a compact package that is easy to transport and fits in the smallest trunks. Our only minor complaint would be that the City Mini doesn’t stand up on its own when folded.

Another great feature of the City Mini is that with an additional adapter it accepts most car seats to make it a travel system. The universal car seat adapter is designed to fit several car seats including, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, Britax Companion, and most Graco and Evenflo models.

There are many great accessories that are sold separately for the City Mini to fit everyone’s needs including: Rain/Wind Canopy, Bug Canopy, Footmuff, Belly Bar, Belly Bar Console, Child Tray, Parent Console, Car Seat Adapter and a Cup holder.

The City Mini 2011 comes in six fun colors so there is a choice for everyone.  This Spring Baby Jogger will launch the highly anticipated City Mini in deep purple and gray.

If you are looking for a lightweight stroller that maneuvers beautifully, easy to fold, has a fabulous sun canopy (one of the best), a very large and roomy seat, accepts an infant car seat and a sports a taller handle, the Baby Jogger City Mini is the stroller for you!!

There are many great accessories that are sold separately for the City Mini to fit everyone’s needs including: Rain/Wind Canopy, Bug Canopy, Footmuff, Belly Bar, Belly Bar Console, Child Tray, Parent Console, Car Seat Adapter and a Cup holder.

The City Mini 2011 comes in six fun colors so there is a choice for everyone.  This Spring Baby Jogger will launch the highly anticipated City Mini in deep purple and gray.

If you are looking for a lightweight stroller that maneuvers beautifully, easy to fold, has a fabulous sun canopy (one of the best), a very large and roomy seat, accepts an infant car seat and a sports a taller handle, the Baby Jogger City Mini is the stroller for you!! 

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To watch our full video review of the Baby Jogger City Mini, click the video below:

 

*Thanks to Baby Jogger for sending us the 2011 City Mini to review!

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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Pasadena Mom
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Great review, next time though I would suggest talking a lot slower.

Do you know if City Mini have a manual to show you what all the velcros are for? I didn’t realize you could make the seat upright with the velcro, or lock the folding mechanism with the straps and snaps because they don’t tell you in the manual – seems silly for them not to tell you all the features. I just sort of stumbled on them. Wondering what else I don’t know.

Rosemary
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Will you be reviewing the 2011 City Mini Double? Does the double also come with the PE board? And the straps to make the seats more upright? Thanks!

Minty
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Great review. The 2011 is model is certainly impressive, it’s one of those strollers where there isn’t really any negatives.

Sarah
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So is this stroller able to be used for jogging? The name and tri-wheel design leads me to think it will be – however the tires are so small it might cause for a rough ride for the little one. I have read several reviews on this and no where do I see anyone saying it IS NOT a jogger but I also don’t see anyone saying it IS!

Trudy
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I received my BJCM 2011 the other day and mine does have a locking mechanism by way of a small hook to keep it closed if necessary. Its a bit hard to do up and undo so I doubt I will use it very much. Mine also has red straps near the basket that snap onto the frame. This stops the stroller from being folded (you have to undo them to fold) I managed to get one in a black/Diva Blue colour (beautiful!) which I think must be an exclusive colour for the store I purchased it from as I… Read more »
Jeannie Swanson
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Thanks for the review, once the 2011 model is available I’m ordering one in red!

casey
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You forgot to add that there is a bassinet that can be attached to the stroller as well, so you can use it with a newborn (if you don’t want to use the carseat). I had it for my son who is 2 and have only seen 1 since – not sure why it’s barely known, but it’s a great feature.

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