I started researching buggies about half way through my pregnancy. As well as perusing every pregnancy magazine and online shops, I turned to friends who had young children and asked for their recommendations.

The one brand that kept coming up was the City Mini by Baby Jogger, even from friends who owned a completely different buggy. Before accepting our fate, I decided to do some research.

It’s always a good idea to have a think about what’s important to you when it comes to big purchases. Think about the kind of lifestyle you lead - do you live in a hot climate? Will you be driving a lot? Does your neighbourhood have nice wide areas to roam or is it full of small pavements?

It was these kinds of questions that lead me to this set of priorities;


Must fold easily (CHECK)

You can easily fold the City Mini with one hand. There are no brakes to release, no handlebars to fold or slide in. With one pull, the whole buggy is folded. And the clever part? It’s in the opposite direction to where the baby sits, which means there’s no way it could ever fold while they’re inside.

Good steering with one hand (CHECK)

Your baby won’t always want or need to be in the buggy. With the City Mini, even if my little one is in it, I’m often on the phone or holding a pack of Maltesers in one hand which leaves only one hand to steer the buggy. The City Mini is so easy to manoeuvre, it just glides around our small streets and tight corners seamlessly.

Lots of storage space (CHECK)

The basket under the buggy is so roomy that I’m pretty sure I could fit in there myself. I’ve also bought extra hooks for the side for when the whole family goes out on trips. It fits so much and stays totally stable. I have piled on items weighing more than the buggy itself, and it has never let me down by leaning backwards.


Downsides?

As cliche as it sounds, I had to really think about this. The buggy is such a godsend for city living, and also for day trips to forests, fields, and uneven gravel. The only downside is that once folded, it can be heavy. When would you need to lug it folded up? For me, it’s only in and out of the car. If you need to move it from one place to another - you could simply use the wheels.

In short

This is your have-your-cake-and-eat-it buggy. It has plenty of storage space, and yet stays stable when carrying a heavy load (child + shopping + coats + bags + dog food + dinner). It folds easily even with one hand, and yet is strong and supportive for the babysitting inside. The only downside is that it can be a little heavy; if you’re thinking of walking around with a folded up buggy, this might not be the one for you. Other than that - it’s the perfect match for city living.