I am the first to admit that I am a bit of a stroller snob. Our first stroller was the ultra luxe Stokke Xplory. It is a city stroller with fabulous features, and isn’t built for in-and-out car trips as it is bulky and doesn’t quite fit in a trunk if any other items are present. This wasn’t an issue to me since I don’t drive, but in the event my husband was on daddy duty it could pose a problem. Our next and current stroller is the Uppababy Vista. Modern, sleek and strolls the cracked sidewalks of Chicago with ease the Vista is my go-to everyday stroller. I thought it was the only stroller I would ever need, but upon American Airlines changing their gate check stroller weight, I decided a trimmer stroller was needed.
So what is a girl to do when all of the umbrella strollers she has seen just don’t compare to her shock absorbing, fully reclining, deluxe full size stroller? Turn to the Internet to find an alternative with only 2 weeks to spare.
I saw all the usual suspects; Maclaren, Graco, Safety 1st, etc. Then I came across the Baby Cargo line. A relatively new brand based out of New York, Baby Cargo has set out to recreate the common perception of the umbrella stroller. Their line of three compact strollers are all priced between $100-$199. They are perfect for the mom who only uses her stroller to go to the mall or zoo, but sturdy enough to act in place of a full size luxury stroller when on vacation or on a quick trip to the park.
The 300 series isn’t your ordinary umbrella stroller and you can tell just by looking at it. It comes in at a svelte 14.9 lbs and comes equipped with a rubber carrying handle and webbed shoulder strap. The stroller combines a sleek matte black graphite frame with luxury fabrics that are embossed, embroidered and soft to the touch. Because it is jam packed with features. It will last from birth (not 6 months+ like most) through 50 lbs.
When we got to the airport we checked our bags and headed for security. I kept Atticus in his stroller up until we got to the x-ray scanners and then put him our Beco Butterfly carrier(review will be up soon!) and went through security with ease. All you have to do to fold the stroller is pull up on the shoulder strap, step on the lever on the right and let the shoulder clapse on itself. It locks with a clasp on the side. Even the TSA agents mentioned how seamlessly we got through security. There was no fuss at all… perfect!
We gate checked our stroller with American Airlines and were off! We got to watch Jim (baggiage handler) carry our stroller to our plane.
Daddy is 6’4 and had no problem maneuvering the stroller through O’hare!
The stroller not only folds easily, leaving your hands free to hold baby and your purse, but can be carried either with the side handle rubberized grip or the shoulder strap.
The seat features a 5 point harness, padded shoulder straps (without Velcro – no snags!) and an adjustable foot rest. The foot rest can be brought up, laid flat and folded down depending on your child’s height. The seat is also fully reclinable and can adjust between seated, reclined and flat.
I wasn’t sure how Atticus was going to do in a stroller that faced out towards the world since he has always faced me, but he really dug it! He had no problem dozing off and it was super easy to recline his seat using one hand.
The stroller features a peekaboo sun hood so you can look down at your munchkin while walking.
With all these great features, you are probably wondering what is wrong with the stroller. Nothing is particularly “wrong” with this stroller. For the price, I think this is one of the best umbrella strollers on the market. Anytime I wouldve think of a complaint I had to remind myself, that this IS an umbrella stroller and won’t have all of the features our full size stroller has. A couple things that could be improved would be adding a larger sun shield. The canopy did not cover Atticus from the California sun and the addition of a UV sun shield would make this strollers 5 stars. A larger under-carriage basket would also be handy. My husband suggested a telescopying handle for the shorter/taller crowd and I would have likes a seat that would face forward and back, but as I mentioned… This is an umbrella stroller, we can’t have it all.
Now I’m sure you are wondering how you can get your own Baby Cargo stroller. Well, do we have good news for you! On Monday, March 19th from 8:30-9:30PM EST you can join #TravelInStyle and @babycargo @nancy_horn and @primetimeparent for a twitter party focusing on traveling with baby! There will be a variety of giveaways including the Baby Cargo line of strollers!
If you can’t make the twitter party, please submit your story between March 18 and April 27th for your chance to win a $5000 prize package! All you have to do is share your story about traveling with your baby/child. It can be comical, nightmare-ish or even magical! The travel package will include a 2 night stay to The Peninsula New York Hotel with airfare! There will be one grand prize winner and 9 runner-ups to receive their very own Baby Cargo stroller! Submit your entry by clicking here.
And on that note…
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