Product Review: Baby Jogger City Mini and Glider Board

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Baby Jogger Glider Board

We own the Baby Jogger City Mini since back in 2011, so I can only review the model that I own. I imagine the newer versions are fairly similar.

It has held up amazingly over the last 4 years and we are able to use it again for our younger son. It’s easy to clean, it’s the perfect size for getting through tight store aisles but big enough to provide a comfortable ride. The parent console (sold separately) has deep pockets with covers and deep cup holder. The stroller is lightweight, the wheels are sturdy, the canopy is large, the recline is useful and the opening and collapsing mechanism couldn’t be any easier.

If you’re in the market for a stroller, I would highly recommend the City Mini Baby Jogger. My only complaint about the City Mini is that the undercarriage storage space is very small. I can’t even fit my diaper bag in the allotted compartment. I hang mine from the handle bar ( I don’t think it’s recommended, but it has worked okay for me), so the small compartment isn’t too big of an issue. For that reason I give the City Mini  4.5 out of 5 stars.

We are taking a family vacation to Hawaii and I want both of my boys to be comfortable without having to take more than one stroller. Traveling as a family of four means enough luggage as it is. I decided to give the Glider Board a try for $79, a snap on board so that my older son can stand, yet ride along too. I figured both of my boys can play a little musical chairs between the stroller, glider board and carrier when there’s a lot of walking involved.

Here is my review for the Glider Board itself when we took it out for a test drive:

Pros:

  • It was relatively easy to install. It snaps right onto the wheel axle of the City Mini. My husband help with a part of it, but overall it wasn’t too bad.
  • It folds up nicely when it’s not in use. It isn’t necessary to uninstall it and the stroller still collapses easily, even with the attached piece.
  • It holds up my son who weighs 39 lbs. without any issues. The weight capacity is labeled as up to 45 lbs.
  • My older son enjoyed riding along and having the ability to easily hop on and off.

Cons:

  • It is difficult to reach the stroller handle bars when the Glider Board is on the outer most setting. I am 5’6″ with long arms. My arms are almost completely extended straight ahead when pushing the stroller, which isn’t very comfortable.
  • My son is 43″ tall so I have to pull the Glider Board out as much as possible so he’s not pressed against the handle bar. He can manage at the middle setting, which is the only way I can push the stroller.
  • Because of the poor ergonomics, I felt less control over the stroller. The further out I put the Glider Board, the less control I have over the stroller. It is manageable for a short time, but I couldn’t imagine pushing both of them for extended periods.

Overall, I give the Glider Board  2.5 out of 5 stars. The Glider Board provides a little break for an older child but with the awkward angle for the pushing adult, it cannot be used for extended periods. I imagine if the standing child is under 38″, it would make it much more comfortable for the adult pushing the stroller. I’m still on the fence, but lean towards keeping it for convenience it’ll provide when needed. I might have to look into a wagon at some point, but for traveling, I think this will do the job.

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