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Baby Jogger City Classic

  • Mar 9, 2010
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The BJCC is a great stroller for those who want a do- it- all all-terrain stroller that will last them well into pre-school.

Pros-

1. The FOLD ! All you have to do is yank on the handle in the middle of the seat, and the stroller automatically  folds in half. The wheels are easy to pop on and off too,if you need even more space. (watch where you put your hands when folding, as I learned that hard way) Folded laying down  Folded, propped up


2. The CANOPY!   The canopy is perfect for where I live in FL. It has three positions: up, halfway (which is more than some stroller canopies) and all the way down. My 10 month old is completely shaded when the canopy is folded all the way down. It almost touches the bumper bar. It also has to peek a boo windows that can also be covered by flaps that are secured with straps that have velcro at the end. The sides of the canopy have mesh windows for ventilation which are secured with small pieces of velcro and can be rolled up and secured. Perfect for those hot, sunny FL days!

canopy all the way back partial canopyfull canopy

3. The STEER AND PUSH!  I can push and steer my 10 m.o one handed while holding a Mickey'd's sweet tea with no problem. ( that's a southerner's version of a latte) The BJCC handles bumpy and rough terrain and sidewalks really well. It has three 12 inch air tires that don't get caught anywhere. If you are going down tall curbs, don't worry, the BJCC handles them easily enough that you don't have to inch the stroller down wheel by wheel.The BJCC also has a good suspension on all three wheels~ a very smooth ride. The mechanism to lock the wheel straight is also right in front of the footrest, which makes it super easy to change swivel wheel modes.  I have also placed my gf's 3 and 5 y.o. I was still able to steer and push one handed with the 3y.o, but the 5 y.o who is 45 pounds, I needed both hands. It was still very easy to push her though, no lower backaches from huffing and puffing a stroller up a hill!

4. The SEAT!   My 10 m.o is a bit of a peanut, but my gf's tall 5 year old, who is in the 87% for height fit in the BJCC with PLENTY of room, canopy down. Perfect for parents who want a stroller to last for years to come. For smaller babies, a Snuzzler or the optional bassinet will help make the stroller not seem so huge. It also is nice and wide and plenty deep, and has a bit of padding. It also has an easily height adjustable 5 point harness that comes with matching shoulder pads. ( I removed mine prior to the photo to give my dd a little more freedom of movement. The shoulder straps can be easily unclippped to use it as a lap harness. It has a push buckle in the middle to release the straps. ap \\front view with bumper bar013

5. The Recline!! The recline on the BJCC is very very deep, almost flat. I would feel very comfortable placing a newborn in it.  It is a perfect for your LO to take a nice nap. The recline mechanism is a good one too- all you have to do it squeeze a clip and pull out to make it a recline( you can do this one-handed) and the squeeze and tighten to move up. And it holds up heavy children without collapsing, unlike some strollers that have similar mechanisms.  full reclinepartial recline

6. The Storage!! The BJCC has a great zippered pocket at the top of the seat under the handle and the whole back of the seat is this great net bag. This makes up for the lack of the parent console. Also the basket is small/medium sized and pretty decent. I can squeeze a few bulky fleece blankets in there. You can only access the basket from the sides. underseat basket zipper pocket and mesh bag

7. The Handle Height!!   I am only 5'5, but I can tell you that this stroller would be perfect for tall parents. The handle pivots to several different heights. It is also made out of a great tough rubber material that grips to your hands and that seems it like it can stand up to little tiny teeth. What makes the stroller tall is the seat height. When I first opened the box, It was a little awkward for me at first to push it was so tall. The handle came up to almost my chest. handle at highest height handle at lowest height 

8. The Bumper Bar!! You have to buy this separately ($30) but it was well worth it. Buy the bumper bar instead of the carseat adapter. It's a great bar that s adjustable to several different positions. It also allows you to securely place a carseat. I accidentally discovered this one of those torrential rainy Florida days when I had to run dd indoors to avoid getting soaked. I was soaked, but she was dry as a bone. I pulled the two shades together and ran for it!

9. The Material!!      I have the BJCC in brown/stone and I can tell you that the stone part is very easy to keep clean. The material is very tight woven and waterproof. It  cleans up super easy. Just a spray of the hose will get all that dirt, sand, and grass off off of material.

Cons- (not that many)

1. The seat does make the baby slouch a bit. But this easy to fix. You can buy a PE board from Baby Jogger for $8 or make your own like I did from a piece of tile board we had left over in the garage, The back of the seat pocket has a curved bar that you can remove. we used this as a template to cut the board to size. When you are done the board fits right back in the same pocket. It works like a charm ~ My dd doesn't slouch at all now! I think this is more important for smaller babies.  The older ones didn't seem to notice. Also, for younger/smaller babies, a Snuzzler will work just fine unless you want to buy the bassinet.

2. The BJCC comes with almost no accessories- bumper bar , parent console or cupholder. All are readily available aftermarket. But to be totally honest, The BJCC has such a great net bag and small zippered pocket, I haven't missed the parent tray. I bought a JL Childress cupholder for my sweet tea for $6 at Baby Depot, and I am good to go!


4. Watch your hands!!! Forget Maclaren umbrella hinges, I tried to fold it and lift it into the car at the same time and I put my hand under the hinge like a dummy, and I saw every star in the sky!!! I definitely learned that one the hard way!

5. Is it a bit wide and a little hefty for frequent in and out of the car use or at the doctor's office, etc. But if you don't use your stroller that often, and are fine with slinging your baby for situations where the stroller might be a hindrance, then the BJCC could easily be your one and only ( but what fun is that??)

I hope this helps someone in their stroller search. Feel free to drop me a line if I left anything out or if you have any questions.

TTFN!!

Raquel

 

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June 10, 2010
I'm thinking if I should buy the stroller in Lilac, you're saying it cleans easily? How upright is the most upright position of the seat? Thanks!!
 
May 17, 2010
BJCCs are soooo great! Awesome review! [Applause] :)
 
March 10, 2010
What a great review! And terrific pictures! Very helpful post!
 
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The pros:  It was the easy fold that drew me to this stroller.  You basically pull on the handle that is in the middle of the seat and voila!--the stroller is folded.  No muss, no fuss.  I didn't want to have to fight with the stroller.  However, the steering, the smooth ride and the height (I'm tall--5'10) are what sold me on the stroller.   I live in a small, old town where the sidewalks are cracked, narrow and otherwise unpredictable yet this stroller glides over …
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The City Classic is a stylish multipurpose stroller with all terrain capabilities. The City Classic's standard features include patented quick fold technology, lockable swivel front wheel for all terrain strolling, lightweight quick release wheels and a padded seat with a 5 point padded safety harness. The integration of Baby Jogger's accessory mounting bracket it's never been easier to accessorize your City Classic stroller for use from birth and beyond.
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