Despite being on to our third child, I’ve never owned a stroller. We had a fuller pushchair, but the smaller stroller isn’t something I ever used with the older two children. I’ve made do with the larger pushchair and just given up when they had outgrown it. Mr H however is a much heavier baby so carrying him is becoming harder and harder. When I was asked if I’d like to take a look at the Kiddies Kingdom Joie Collection I knew it was too good an opportunity to pass up.
I am a fan of Joie stuff, we have a Joie car seat for Mr D and I like the bright colour of the stroller we chose, the Joie Nitro stroller in midnight blue. Mr H is getting heavier and heavier to carry on my back these days and there are some days when I really do need a rest from carrying him, plus the general stuff that three children seem to require whenever we are out and about. The Joie Nitro stroller is perfect for me. It’s super lightweight to handle, I can pick it with one hand and it opens and closes really easily. You simply release the catch at the side, and then push down on a lever at the back and you’re set. To close it back up again you release one lever then push down on another and the stroller folds in on itself. There is a lttle catch to clip the whole thing together then a carry handle to help with lifting it into the car/house.
The basket underneath is a generous size, well certainly big enough to house the hats and scarves, drinks and the such we take out as well as the sticks and conkers we *must* collect on every trip to the park!
We have enjoyed some lovely walks, and last weekend, we took Mr D’s bike to the park and Miss E took her toy pushchair and we packed a football too. We had a good walk, run and cycle around the park and Mr H certainy enjoyed shouting after his siblings a he watched them take off ahead of him, then giggled with glee as I ran and pushed him to catch up.
The five point harness is easy to fasten and release and keeps Mr H secure. The rain hood is easy to put up and down and the pushchair is easy to steer. The front wheels can be fixed in place (as I like) or can be left free which Damian prefers, it’s simple enough to switch between the two settings. The fabric of the pushchair is easy to wipe clean, as I found when someone got muddy handprints on it recently, and the bright blue really is a flash of light at this time of year when it can seem dark and dull a lot of the time.
We have only had cause to use the rain cover once – this was at the weekend when the boys and I headed out to a cafe whilst Miss E and Damian were at gymnastics. It was a bit of a faff at first to do, but I soon worked it out and managed to keep Mr H dry. The Joie Nitro stroller is easy to push and steer on flat terrain as well as the more ‘off road’ type stuff that we seem to find ourselves doing!
I’m really impressed with the Joie Nitro stroller and it will be well used by us. We were also sent a lovely SnuzPod blanket, but Mr H insists on this being used to play hide and seek with, rather than actually keeping his toes warm! It is however lovely and soft and I’m sure will get use as we get to the colder weather and he realises that he needs to keep those little toes warm!
Kiddies Kingdom sent us the Joie Nitro Stroller and Snuzpod Blanket in exchange for this review. All words, opinions and images are my own.