Stroller Cleanup Time
As you may or may not know I am a total stroller junky. I have been known to buy a stroller on a really good sale use it for a while then sell it or find a great deal on a used stroller and clean it up then use it for a while and sell it to move on to the next stroller. The one exception to this are my single and double BOB Revolutions which I love and will have until the day no more stroller are required for my kids or probably any other family members kids who knows.
When you are a stroller junky like me you need to know how to clean your strollers to make them look great again. Now that the warm sunny weather has finally arrived it is a great time to clean your stroller and do some basic maintenance. The way I like to clean my strollers is first vacuum out any crumbs or chunks of stuff then on a nice sunny warm day take them outside and hose them down until they are soaked with water. Once soaked I take a sponge and a toothbrush or larger soft brush plus a bucket of warm soapy water (I use unscented dish soap other people love Dawn) and starting at the top of the stroller and scrubbing it down. The tooth brush works great on the straps and in crevices. After I have scrubbed down the whole stroller I rinse all the soap off and dry the metal parts down with a towel and let it dry in the sun. I know some people also use Oxiclean spray and spray down the stroller and let it sit in the sun before washing it to help with staining and mildew. Also some seat fabric that is removable like Uppababy and Baby Jogger you can wash in the washing machine just make sure to put it back on the frame to dry.
Once your stroller is nice and clean you should look it over for any maintenance it might need. If it has removable wheels take them off and wipe down the axles and clean out grit that might be in the axle shaft. You can lubricate the shaft with white grease or BuggyLOVE WheelLOVE and also you can put WD40 on brakes or squeaky shocks just make sure not to get it on the fabric as it stains.
Here are some online resources:
Cleaning a BOB
Cleaning a Baby Jogger
Cleaning a Bugaboo
Do you have any great trick for cleaning your stroller?
Molly, her husband, and their 4 and 6 year split their time between their little piece of the cape in Orleans and Cambridge. She was a kindergarten teacher before her oldest was born then became a SAHM. She loves running, books, supporting literacy, nature walks, arts, craft, knitting and sewing as well as being outside and on the beach!
Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller Review
My family and I will be travelling to Miami at the end of this month to visit family and although my kids are older now I will do way too much fast walking to expect them to keep up all the time so we need to bring a stroller(s). At first I was going to bring my old double BOB (which I still can’t life without) and check it. Well when I began reading about travelling with bigger strollers and not being able to gate check them plus the amount of strollers that get damaged or destroyed I was shocked. So I decided to look into small lightweight stroller for travel and I came across the Baby Jogger City Tour stroller which is small enough you can carry it on! This got me very excited so I began to research the Baby Jogger City Tour stroller and if the kids would fit in them but I couldn't really find much on using the stroller with bigger kids. In the meantime I add one to my Amazon cart to watch the price. Brand new Baby Jogger City Tour stroller are $199 and on Amazon they are $159.
Let's start with the basic stats of the Baby Jogger City Tour stroller it weighs 14lbs and the child weight limit is 45lbs. The seat is about 8” deep, 12” across and 17” high with an additional 7” between seat back and canopy (24” in total height). The canopy has a large peekaboo window and 50 SPF of protection. The seat back can recline almost flat making suitable starting at three or four months (depending of head control). Since this is a compact stroller the underseat basket is small but can fit a small diaper bag there is also a zip compartment to store the travel bag (included with stroller with a handle and backpack straps making for easy transportation of the stroller).
At 6.5y my daughter is almost 43’ and about 43 lbs and my son 4.5y is about 41” and about 40 lbs. So on the larger side for stroller use but they both fit in the stroller (see pictures) and seem excited to take it on our trip. I did try attaching my Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi Ride-On Stroller Board which worked as long as the attachment pieces could still be pushed to the side when folding the stroller. That being said I could not really push the combined over 80lbs of kids easily using the ride on board and will not be taking it travelling with us. See picture for Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi Ride-On Stroller Board attachment. I am not sure how solid this installation would work over time (the Lascal site doesn’t have info for the City Tour whether compatible or not).
Do you own a great compact travel stroller or a City Tour? What do you love about it?
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