Review: City Premier by Baby Jogger

Already a huge fan of the City Mini Double by Baby Jogger, I was delighted when they got in touch to ask me to review their latest design, the City Premier. We bought the double almost 4 years ago after having Savannah, and it has joined us on every holiday and every major outing since. It has never let us down and has seriously survived the test of time being battered in and out of planes! So did the City Premier live up to my high expectations?

Yes.

It is everything I loved about the double with the added bonus of a larger storage basket and a hand break (and of course the ease of pushing a single!!).

The large sports like wheels make it incredibly light and easy to manoeuvre and despite the large wheels, it’s incredibly compact which was the biggest appeal to me with the double.

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It has 5 seat positions for extra comfort. With just a simple squeeze of the handle under the hood the whole seat can be dropped back to a lie flat position which is perfect for sleeping babies. It can also be front or rear facing depending on what suits your little one.

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The Baby Jogger hoods are simply the best! They offer such good coverage plus a UV protection of 50. I was impressed with the hidden magnets to secure the covers on the peek a boo windows, it’s all these little details that makes it feel like a really well thought out design and quality product.

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The big wheels make for a super smooth ride for your baby and the front wheels can be locked for complete control on rougher terrains.

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I much prefer a break that can be controlled with my hands as opposed to my foot, I find releasing breaks with my feet really ruins the top of my shoes!

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You can extend and compress the handle bar easily with a large button on the inside of the bar.

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The seat can be released from the frame easily with the little grey buttons either side of the seat, this is how you can change the seat from forward to rear facing.

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I am SERIOUSLY impressed with the glider board that attaches to the back of the buggy for Savannah to ride on. I had previously used a generic board for this and found I was constantly smacking my shins on it with every pace I made! It was also very rickety and felt quite unstable when in use and was generally such a palaver to stow away I very rarely used it. In comparison, this board is absolutely brilliant. It feels so secure and to stow away, it literally clips up on to the buggy and you barely notice it’s there!

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The downside is that I do now have a very lazy 3 year old…

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Finally, we can cross the road safely! Normally it’s a “Right everyone hold on to something or someone!” situation, this little board has made life much easier when I’m on my own with all 3 of them.

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The basket is actually really deep, perfect to store your nappy bag and stuff the kids coats in!

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A sharp pull on this strap is how you collapse the buggy. It does take a bit of getting used to but once you’ve mastered it, it’s very simple and hassle free.

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You can see here how tidy the glider board is when not in use.

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Over all, I am very impressed with the buggy and absolutely recommend this as one to consider for your little ones! Another accessory I have but didn’t get photographed is the Premier Foot Muff which I would totally recommend in this freezing cold weather, it’s such piece of mind knowing how warm and cosy Anastasia is!

The City Premier is priced at £449.99, for more details on this buggy you can check out the Baby Jogger official site here.

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It’s a Girl! And She Wore…

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Less than 24hrs old!

So after 9 months and 9 long overdue days, little Savannah Ruby Jacobs is born… It was a mild winters day, James (who?) Arthur was number 1 in the Radio 1 charts and according to the Mayans – the week the world was going to end…

This is obviously a fashion and beauty blog so I won’t go into the gruesome details of labour, although I will say this – we should be awarded more than a baby for surviving it, quite frankly – diamonds should be compulsory. Savannah was born in a birthing pool and I suppose as far as labour goes, it couldn’t have gone more smoothly – (or so my husband keeps telling people), and I have to say the lack of drugs (despite my desperate pleas) did seem to make for a reasonably quick delivery.

When she was born, she looked horrific. There I said it. The thing that no mother says… But my word, Paul and I couldn’t believe our eyes!! Scarlett was such a little beauty!? The poor thing was so huge and badly swollen with a full head of hair and that shade of newborn grey, all the beautiful names we had been discussing prior to her birth seemed inappropriate now! But as every hour went on, she became more and more beautiful and I just couldn’t wait to show her off. She is only 3 days old as I write this and is the dream baby, I just can’t put her down! Scarlett seems to like her and spends hours playing “peek-a-bye!” with her, little Savannah will have the patience of a saint!

Now, on to the clothes…

Savannah made her debut appearance in her new born Mamas and Papas ‘Welcome to the World’ baby grow, we just about did it up – did I tell you she was 9lbs 8ozs!? She developed what is known as ‘the newborn rash’, it is completely harmless, just their sensitive skin adjusting to suddenly being clothed. When we got home, I put her in her Merino sleep suit and swaddled her firmly for a nap – to my total amazement, the rash dissapeared and her mood totally changed. Since then, she has not been in anything aside from Merino, I have managed to get my hands on this cocooi newborn gown, it is such peace of mind knowing she is wearing something so kind to her skin. Only 2 are really required per week (assuming she doesn’t throw up over them!) and I can’t recommend them enough as essential sleepwear for when your baby is first born.

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Her first present was a gorgeous Cath Kidston baby grow, this was Scarlett’s signature outfit when she was born so I am really pleased to get the same grow in a different print for Savannah! I already know she will be living in this.

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I am still in my yoga pants which I don’t intend to get out of until Christmas eve at the very earliest! And thanks to my engorged boobs (christ knows what size they are, all I know is that my 32F Emma Jane nursing bra doesn’t even cover them!) I am not able to wear any of my normal tops, but thanks to experience, I was prepared and have a couple of nursing tops designed to adjust to all sizes! This black tunic top from JoJo’s has been a life saver, loose around the tummy, comfy and doesn’t have that awful frumpy look so many nursing tops have (and it’s in the sale!). Once I am back in the swing of shopping I will let you know about some of my finds that work for breast feeding without losing complete style sense. Until then, I am not freaking out, just getting busy with my savoy cabbage leaves and waiting a couple of days for them to resume to normal size!

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The day I left hospital, I was checking my Facebook account and discovered that my favourite nappy bag brand Storksak had been trying to get in touch with me regarding a competition that I had won – could my week get any better!? I am now the very proud new owner of the Elizabeth Leather in Red, apparently my interpretation of Christmas being less about Quality Streets and Miracle on 34th St and more about hideous Peppa Pig slippers and small crimbo trees hidden by a baby proof cage had quite the effect on the Storksak team and they felt I deserved the bag! Screen Shot 2012-12-23 at 21.43.08This is going to look fab on my two new prams, the Chicco I-Move and the Baby Jogger city double! (On another note, I just have to say if any of you are considering the I-Move, make sure you invest in the bundle offer – the car seat is pure luxury for Savannah compared to the Maxi Cosi we had before!)

Well with Christmas just hours away, presents wrapped and 3 Cadburys selection boxes already demolished, I have a feeling it is going to be a very exciting New Year!

Happy Christmas Everybody! x

The Pram… The Ultimate Accessory

You have got to love your pram, you’ll be walking with this more than driving in your car and they are just too expensive to get wrong! I suggest finding the biggest pram retailer you can, and sampling as many as possible to find your perfect fit. John Lewis always do a big selection and I will always advise buying from a department store as opposed to an independent retailer when making a big purchase like this. Don’t leave it too late in to your pregnancy either, I was huge when we bought our first pram so my husband did all the testing – it would appear his idea and my idea of a “lightweight pram” are rather different…

I went for the most stylish pram I could get my hands on, and I still vouch that this is one of the best looking prams you can get, however… it was so heavy, I used to dread getting it in and out of the car! But if weight isn’t a huge concern of yours then it is still a pram I would recommend. It also goes into a double buggy for if you are planning on another little addition to your family quite soon! 

As soon as the iCandy Strawberry came out, I had to get it – it looks as good as the Peach but is lighter – perfect! This one doesn’t go into a double however and unless you are due quite late in to next year I would probably rule it out as there are production problems at iCandy meaning they can’t keep up with the demands on this pram and won’t even give a date it will be available! Still, it looks great. The one negative is the collapse mechanism, it’s one of those that requires “the nack” and when lending to grandparents could result in them being stuck outside M&S waiting for someone with a similar pram to lend a hand! Sorry mum!

The Chicco i-Move is brand new to their collection and the first pram they have bought out that ticks all the style boxes, they have a fab bundle offer that contains absolutely everything you could need including the bassinet and car seat, as well as a gorgeous foot muff and a really handy changing bag! (Which if you already have your Storksak on order is great to give to your mum for when she is babysitting!) You can also get a board for a toddler to stand on whilst you push your baby around which I know Scarlett is going to love for shorter walks. The only downside I can see at this point is the teeny basket at the bottom, but this is nothing that a mummy handle and a large Anya Hindmarch shopper can’t solve! Check out this video review from Which? it really is this simple and light weight! www.youtube.com

I didn’t like the Bugaboo when I first started my search but I have to say, since they have blacked the wheels and brought out even more colour ways I think they look great! Since sampling at The Baby Show I can also say they are very lightweight and extremely practical so definitely a strong contender to consider. Love this limited edition available at John Lewis!

You don’t really want to take your precious pram on holiday with you, not just because sand is an absolute killer and you will never get rid of every last grain, but because they are likely to come out of the plane with small but essential parts missing! I would suggest investing in a Micralite buggy, the ultimate in easy!

The Mini City Jogger is my pram of choice for a double buggy, I’m not going to lie, my absolute main criteria when double buggy shopping was the width and for this I didn’t care if it fits through doors – I need to know how  I am going to get around the shops!? Anyway, this seems to tick the boxes, looks good, lightweight and narrow enough. I’m not a fan of the double buggies that make you choose your favourite child to put on top so seating them next to each other should prevent future tantrums!

 

 

If you know of any others that you might like to recommend please add them to the comments below for others to check out when on their search! Recommendations are the absolute best way to shop when looking for anything baby related! You can click on any of the images above to get further info.

TIP – Try to avoid total black if possible, it shows up all the sticky finger marks that are inevitable! Also, find the cheapest you can online and ask any major department store if they will price match.