I bought the Baby Jogger City Select 3 weeks before Zachary was due – although he actually arrived 2 days after we purchased it!
This pushchair wasn’t the one I was originally after. I had my heart set on an iCandy Peach Blossom – but once I was shown this pushchair (and the price tag!), I was smitten.
The main attraction to the Baby Jogger City Select is the fact that it can be either a single or a double pushchair. This really appealed as Abigail wasn’t even 2 when Zachary was born, and as she is on the smaller side, we couldn’t expect her to walk everywhere and yet once she was able to walk further the pushchair was still usable as a single. It didn’t feel like such a waste of money.
The seats are only suitable from 6 months old, so we had to purchase a separate carry cot, which used the frame of the seat (it’s an easy popper system to remove/install the material to create either the carrycot or the seat), as well as a separate purchase for the “Toddler Kit”. For the Baby Jogger City Select, Carrycot and Toddler Kit we paid £650 brand new – which was a bargain compared to over £1,000 for the iCandy.
The pushchair came in 3 boxes. One for the main pushchair, one for the carrycot and one for the toddler kit. It’s easy to put together. The chassis just needed the wheels put on, and the carrycot and seat just needed the seat unit popping on to the seat chassis.
The Baby Jogger City Select is fairly long, but I prefer length to width as I find navigating shop aisles can be a nightmare with a side by side.
It is light and easy to push, even with a toddler sitting on the front – although once you have both seat units in use, there are many different positions so you can easily distribute the weight of the heavier child.
The Baby Jogger City Select has a large basket which is ideal for storing bags etc and front swivel wheels. The handlebar is also extendable, so is great for all heights, as well as having a brake lever on the side of the chassis as opposed to a foot brake.
A raincover is not included in the price, but can be purchased separately. We haven’t bothered with a raincover. The hood is quite large and therefore protects the little ones, as well as being waterproof material, meaning the water just falls off.
This pushchair gets a lot of use and is the main pushchair that we use on a day to day basis! It can be a bit of a fiddle as you have to remove the seat units in order to fold down the chassis, and we also remove the larger back wheels in order to put it in the car, but overall it has been a great pushchair for us and accomodated our needs.
The fact that it can be used as a single or a double pushchair was a huge selling point for us. It meant that we could initially use as a double, then as Abigail grows and is able to walk further we could use is as a single and not have to buy a new pushchair.
It may not have been our first choice of pushchair, but it is definitely one I would recommend to anyone considering a double – and have done to several people who have stopped me and asked what it’s like!