I must be honest–the excitement of doing my first review for MOMinds overwhelmed me as I tore open the boxes containing the new Baby Jogger POD I agreed to test drive. Then a pregnant me, my older brother, who is a carpenter, and my mom attempted to decipher the puzzle that was the POD and all its accessories.
We opened the biggest box and found no instructions, so we continued blindly through the building process. However, after we had tried each attachment, DJ–my two-year-old son–found the instructions in the pocket on the back of the chassis. Yeah, none of us thought to look there. But that’s beside the point. We finally got the thing assembled and here’s my take:
Things I Liked:
- The various attachments make it easy to accommodate any activity. The POD can be used a basic stroller, a trailer that you can pull behind a bike or a jogging stroller. And because the back tires are extremely similar to bike tires, the stroller is good for all-terrain walks, jogs and rides.
- It seats two. The chassis has a soft seat that accommodates two tots up to 100 pounds. When there is only one child inside, the 5-point harness system is easily adjusted to seat your solo rider in the middle. I could see there was plenty of room as DJ made himself comfortable with outstretched legs. Best of all, there are pockets on each side inside the POD for sippy cups, snacks and/or toys.
- The handbrake. Toddlers in strollers on hills can be a very scary situation, especially if you always envision a runaway carriage and you snowballing behind it. There’s a convenient mechanism right on the handlebar to prevent this from happening.
- The windows, which allow for easy viewing. As we wheeled around, you would’ve thought DJ was in a parade as he waved to his grandma and shouted “Hi granny!”
- The mosquito net and rain canopy make it a perfect spring and summer stroller.
Things I Didn’t Like So Much:
- It’s big. Like really big for my two-bedroom apartment on the second floor. Besides the fact that it’s heavy, it’s kind of awkward to carry down stairs.
- When DJ was younger, I had a travel system with cup holders up top for mommy. This one does have that option, just for an additional price.
- It’s a little pricey for my budget. But after playing with the Maybach of strollers, I would purchase it if I had the extra cash.
Things DJ Loved:
The fact that he could be wheeled around in a tent. He liked the mosquito net and wanted it zipped at all times. Considering I had to bribe him out of it, I would assume he considered the seats comfortable.
Overall, the Baby Jogger POD is an investment in a durable, easily convertible, comfortable stroller. It seems as though it would last through a few tots or can be passed to family members with great confidence they will get as much enjoyment out of it as you have.
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