When it comes to essential nursery SWAG, a lightweight stroller is top of the list. Here we check out the UPPAbaby G-Luxe for the road trips ahead…
A lightweight stroller for nursery
September is a busy old month in the parent kingdom. A new generation of children start school, the academic year begins, and with all the shuffling going on, space is finally available for your little one to start nursery. As excitement, heartache, guilt and relief kick in thoughts turn to essential nursery swag – notably your stroller…
Lightweight all the way…
Trivial as it may seem, entering the world of childcare presents a number of logistical challenges. Who drops baby off and how, where does the stroller go and who collects it? All questions that need addressing to make your return to work a smooth process.
I’ve been doing the nursery run for nearly a year now, and have learnt a lot in this time – namely that you need a lightweight umbrella stroller that is easy to open, close and throw your child into at a moment’s notice!
Launched only last year, I was drawn to the UPPAbaby G-Luxe stroller, which claims to be one of the most lightweight models on the market, and decided to put it to the test.
Is your stroller nursery ready?
There’s a few things to keep in mind when you invest in a stroller for the nursery run.
If you’re driving, features to consider are a stroller that’s lightweight, easy to open and collapse and doesn’t take up too much room in your boot.
If you’re using public transport you’ll need to take into account a stroller that isn’t too bulky for getting on and off buses and potentially has a cup holder for your morning coffee.
And for those simply walking, you’ll need a stroller that can sustain year round weather, with robust wheels being a key feature.
The UPPAbaby G-Luxe stroller
I’ve reviewed a number of different travel systems in the past few years, each with their own distinct personality and style. And what I’ve found about UPPAbaby is that it’s a sensible, well-considered, high-quality no nonsense brand. There’s no gimmicks, no ‘puff’, just a good product.
To start, the item is delivered in an almost complete state so you don’t have to spend hours putting it together. The few things that have to be clipped in are very straightforward.
The wheels are a dream – robust enough to take on kerbs, steady enough to offer a smooth ride and sizeable enough to show the road who’s boss. By far the best wheels I’ve tested on a stroller.
The seat is padded, comfortable and very easy to strap baby in with two clicks. This is another one of my favourite features, both for its simplicity and that it saves me a lot of time on my nursery journey’s, unlike other models I’ve struggled with.
In two easy manoeuvres the stroller folds flat with a strap to carry in and out of the house. My car boot isn’t big (VW Polo) but the stroller fits with good room, handy for collections at the nursery.
The stroller comes with a canopy and an extra sun shade. It’s well thought out, but I’d have liked a little window where I could peer in to see baby.
Inside there’s lots of room and one thing I really like is that my Boo isn’t hidden away, but very much able to see what’s going on around him. The seat is quite elevated compared to other strollers – this is to avoid feet scuffs, a key consideration for older children. Some parents may feel that with just a strap holding baby in, they are quite exposed. However, I’ve seen how much my little one enjoys the ‘freedom’ of the exposure, so it’s a hit with us.
There are three recline positions using the back lever. However, I was surprised that the seat doesn’t fully recline into a flat bed. That said, it didn’t seem to bother my little one, who slept happily on it several times during testing.
There’s one brake on the right side which is easy to use and very secure.
Walking with the G-Luxe is easy. It glides over kerbs, rolls smoothly on surfaces and provides enough shade on a sunny September afternoon.
The stroller comes with a rain cover and cup holder, the rest you need to buy. I recommend the Babyganossh Footmuff for the winter months, which is compatible with it. You gotta keep baby warm if you want a happy bunny during those cold morning drop off’s! If you want to pimp it further, also check out the parent organiser and pram bag, all worthy inclusions.
Ask my husband and he will tell you that his favourite feature is the cup holder for his morning Starbucks during nursery drop offs! Men, so easy to please 😉
But I’m more refined then him, so take my word for it that these are the best features:
- A handy strap for taking the buggy in and out of the car during the nursery run (thank you UPPAbaby!)
- Hard wearing wheels suitable for all terrains
- Padded handles – easy on the palms!
- Generous basket space (for your shopping)
- Machine washable lining, for all those mucky handprints
- A smooth ride, thanks to their high-performance, 5.75” diameter wheels
Room to improve?
It’s hard to find fault with the UPPAbaby G-luxe, which has been cleverly made with parents and babies both in mind. But if we had to be picky, it would be nice to have an extendable feature for the handles.
How it compares in the lightweight category
Here’s the UPPAbaby G-Luxe compared to other lightweight umbrella strollers in the market. As you can see, it’s one of the lightest products available…
The technical bits
- The lining can be machine washed
- It’s so light it weights just 15lbs
- It comes in all colours of the rainbow, I went for Jake Black
- Extendable SPF 50+ sunshade
- Folded dimensions: 12″W x x8.5″L x 42.5″ H
- Suitable from 3 mo to 55lbs
We are huge fans of the UPPAbaby G-Luxe. It’s a well designed, adaptable lightweight stroller that is extremely suitable for the nursery run. It’s ideal for children of toddler age and will offer durability and reliability when you need it most. Thumbs up all the way.
The UPPAbaby G-Luxe stroller starts from £194 and is available from all good stockists, including www.uppababy.co.uk
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