Baby Jogger

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The original Baby Jogger debuted in 1984

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Baby Jogger started as a maker of jogging strollers and expanded into compact-folding strollers (the City series) aimed at urban and suburban parents. Baby Jogger was founded in 1984 by Phil Baechler (pictured) who invented a stroller to enable him to pursue his passion (running) by marrying air-filled bicycle tires with a stroller frame. He recounted the company's founding in an interview with the Seattle Times in 1994[1]:

(Baechler) said he derived the stroller's slant from Double A Fuel dragsters. The Baby Jogger allowed Baechler to quit his copy-editing job at the Yakima Herald Republic seven years ago. He started the company in a rented garage. "I had no intention of going into business," he said. "I was just trying to figure out how to get my daily run in."

By 1993, Baby Jogger was selling 29,000 strollers per year, mostly to bicycle shops and specialty baby stores. The stroller's high price ($545 for the entry-level model in today's dollars) limited their appeal, although the company racked up $6 million in estimated sales by its 10-year anniversary.

The company ran into financial difficulties in the early 2000's amid the economic recession and declared bankruptcy in 2002. Baby Jogger was bought out of bankruptcy in 2003 by Dynamic Brands, which also owned several companies that made golf bags and accessories.

Dynamic Brands reinvigorated the Baby Jogger brand by adapting the quick fold of its golf bag products to a baby stroller and launched a series of compact strollers aimed at urban parents. In 2014, Dynamic Brands sold Baby Jogger to Newell Brands (owner of Graco baby gear) for $210 million.

In the 2010's, Baby Jogger had a run of best-selling strollers, thanks to the boom in sales of three-wheel strollers that quickly fold. Ironically, the company found the most success with small wheel, compact models that strayed from its roots as a stroller for runners. Even though the name Baby Jogger lives on, most strollers offered by the company today are not designed for jogging.

Baby Jogger current divides its line between the City Series (compact-folding strollers) and Summit (jogging strollers). All Baby Jogger strollers are made in China.

Flagship model: Baby Jogger City Tour 2

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 (14 lbs., see price on Amazon) is a compact, lightweight stroller that has a one-step, one-hand fold. It can pair with a Baby Jogger infant car seat (sold separately) to make a travel system. When folded it is 23" by 19.4". Other key features include:

  • Rear-wheel suspension: The City Tour 2 has rear-wheel suspension, which helps to smooth out bumps in the road for a more comfortable ride.
  • Multiple recline positions: The City Tour 2 has multiple recline positions to better accommodate a napping child.
  • UV 50+ canopy with ventilation window for air flow.
  • Included carry bag.

As for cons, this stroller lacks a cup holder or parent storage console—this is sold as a separate accessory. That is unusual for a stroller in this price range.

The storage basket is small and somewhat difficult to access when the seat is fully reclined. The handlebar is also not adjustable, so parents who are short or tall may find it uncomfortable to push.

Finally, because of the way City Tour folds, it is not as compact when folded compared to competitors in the ultra-compact category—and will most likely not fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane. For comparison, the BABYZEN YOYO+ is 20.5" x 17.3" when folded—about 2" to 3" more compact that the Baby Jogger City Tour 2. It is also more expensive than the City Tour 2, however.

In the past year, Baby Jogger rolled out a special edition of this stroller, called the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Coastal, see price on Amazon). This model features fabrics made from recyclable materials and includes a weather shield, carry bag and belly bar.

Other City-Series Strollers: City Mini GT2, City Select, City Sights

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 (22.4 lbs., see price on Amazon) is a tri-wheel stroller that is pitched for more all-terrain outings, thanks to larger rubber tires. Unlike the City Tour, it does have a height-adjustable handlebar. It also features a UV 50+ canopy with mesh ventilation window and an almost-flat reclining seat. There is also a double version of this stroller that has two seats side-by-side.

The City Mini GT2 also works with Baby Jogger infant seats, yet lacks a cup holder or parent console (sold as accessories).

This stroller has the one-hand, quick-fold that is seen across the Baby Jogger line.

The Baby Jogger City Select 2 (28.1 lbs., see price on Amazon) is a single-to-double stroller that can morph into 16 different configurations. With a telescoping handle and foam tires, the City Select is among the most expensive strollers in the Baby Jogger line. Like most single-to-double modular strollers, the City Select has a raft of accessories including a second seat, car seat adapters, footmuff and rain shield.

For a while, Baby Jogger also sold a "lux" version of the City Select, which adds five more configurations, including a jump seat that can be used up to 45 lbs. The seat on the LUX version folds in a more compact manner—making the stroller 30% smaller when folded. At 28.4 lbs., the LUX is roughly the same weight as the original model. It also added rear-wheel suspension. As of this writing, it appears the Baby Jogger City Select LUX is discontinued but still for sale online.

A special "eco collection" version of the City Select features "soft, breathable TENCEL™ fabric that helps with thermal regulation and is sustainably sourced."

The Baby Jogger City Sights (26 lbs., see price on Amazon) is a newer arrival to the Baby Jogger line and is basically a City Select that can NOT add a second seat. Hence, it is still a modular stroller where the seat can face forward or back . . . and can accomodate an infant car seat.

In a sense, the Baby Jogger City Sights is to the City Select much as the UPPAbaby Cruz is to the Vista—the Sights is less expensive and has less functionality. Once folded, the City Sights is about 20% more compact than the City Select. The one-hand fold on the City Sights is simpler than the two-hand fold on the City Select

One unique feature to the City Sights: it has a bassinet accessory that is not available on other Baby Jogger models. While the City Sights is designed for one child, a stand-on board accessory is available that enables an older child to stand in back.

The infant car seat compatibility varies between the City Sights and the City Select—while both have adapter for Britax, Chicco and Graco, the City Select also works with the Peg Perego and UPPAbaby infant seats. The City Sights does not.

Summit X3 Jogging Stroller

The Baby Jogger Summit X3 (28.4 lbs., see price on Amazon) is the only remaining Baby Jogger model that is aimed at runners. The air-filled tires and front wheel that can be locked mean the Summit can be used on gravel or running paths.

The stroller also features a hand brake, sunshade with UV 50+ canopy and peek-a-boo window plus a near-flat reclining seat. The Summit X3 also has a one-hand fold, although it has a large footprint when folded (34.65" x 25.79" x 15.35").

The Summit X3 is compatible with infant car seats.

From time to time, Baby Jogger offers special editions of this stroller—the most current version is the Baby Jogger Summit X Robin Arzon (see price on Amazon), designed with the ultramarathon runner.[2]

A double version of the Summit X3 is being released in the summer of 2023.

Safety Recalls

In 2013, Baby Jogger recalled 23,700 car seat adapters that were sold as accessories to their strollers. "The car seat adaptor support bars can fail, posing a fall hazard to children." The CPSC reported "Baby Jogger has received 47 reports of the car seat adaptor supports bars failing and car seats falling to the floor. Reports include two injured infants with bruises to the head and toes."[3]

In 2012, Baby Jogger recalled 8400 Baby Jogger City Versa strollers for a "stroller frame (that) can fail to lock in place and collapse while in use, posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller." The CPSC reported "Baby Jogger has received six reports of incidents with the stroller's frame failing to lock. No injuries have been reported.[4]

In 2011, Baby Jogger recalled 1545 jump seats sold as accessories due to a fall hazard: "if the jump seat does not properly lock into place, the seat could disengage from the stroller and allow the child to fall out." Four reports of children falling out of the jump seat resulted in injuries that included scrapes and one broken nose.[5]

In 2009, Baby Jogger recalled 41,000 City Mini strollers for defective buckles that "could break or unlatch," creating a fall hazard. No injuries were reported.[6]

Can a Baby Jogger be used from birth? What age can baby sit in a Baby Jogger?

The answer: it depends. Many Baby Jogger strollers can be used with an infant car seat (adapters and seats are sold separately). These car seats are designed for use from birth.

However, most Baby Jogger models do not have stroller seats that are designed for infants. Here is what the official statement from Baby Jogger on using the upright seat on a Baby Jogger model:

HOW OLD SHOULD MY BABY BE BEFORE THEY ARE ABLE TO SIT IN THE UPRIGHT SEAT OF A BABY JOGGER? Our strollers and joggers can be used for children in an upright position from approximately six months to five-years-old. We do not recommend placing your baby in the upright seat of the stroller or jogger until they are able to sit and hold their head up without assistance.[7]

FYI: Only one model of Baby Jogger (the City Sights) has a bassinet accessory which is designed to be used from birth.

Is a Baby Jogger City Mini for jogging?

No, despite the name, the Baby Jogger City Mini is not for jogging or running. In fact, nearly all stroller models sold by Baby Jogger are not designed for jogging. The only exception is the Summit X3.

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