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While it is certainly convenient being able to test-drive strollers in store, it also raises the overhead and ultimately, the selling price of that stroller. Seeing how well other brands are doing in the direct-to-consumer niche, Mockingbird has jumped on the bandwagon offering their new luxury modular stroller online only!! Some parents may be wary of a stroller they can't test out in person, so Mockingbird offers a 30-day trial, with free shipping both ways, and a lifetime guarantee! To make it even easier for you, I reached out to them to get my hands on the stroller to do a personal review and demo (with our 3.5 and 6 year olds) for you! Watch my video below and keep reading for all the details!
Because they cut out the middle man, Mockingbird is able to offer this high end stroller for just $350! Crazy right!? It's beautiful, functional, and comes with some great accessories. Here are some of it's fantastic features:
The seat has a 5-point harness, a 50 pound maximum, and is infant-ready with the purchase of 1 of 3 options: $30infant insert, $30 car seat adaptor (car seat not included) or $100 bassinet. Otherwise, the seat is good from about 3-6 months of age.
It has a one-hand lever that easily adjusts it into several recline positions, and the foot rest also has several positions. The mesh peekaboo window has a magnet, meaning it's silent and will stay shut despite wind gusts. The canopy also has a mesh zippered panel that you can pull up to give your child a nice breezy nap in summer! There are 3 color options for the canopy's outer fabric (black, blue, or light blue) and two options for the inner fabric (black and white polka dot or grids - both high contrast to promote early childhood visual development).
As you can see from our demo video, our 3.5 year old twins (38" tall, 35 pounds) fit in there perfectly, but our 49" 6-year old, while within the weight limits, was a bit of a tight squeeze. The manual does say it's not for over 42", so this isn't going to work past the age of 5 or so, except in a pinch like a quick trip to the doctor.
The underbasket is enormous, with an unbelievable 25 pound maximum load! So, throw your diaper bag, older kid's back pack, your purse, you name it! For a carless city parent such as myself, a large and sturdy basket is extremely helpful as we haul goods from our daily grocery run in the stroller! It also has a little velcro pocket on one of the inner sides, a very discreet spot that could be useful! The basket has easy access from the back, and with a quick un-velcro of a panel you can also access it from the front.
The canopy is decent, but when the seat is reclined it is at a 90 degree angle, meaning during certain times of the day you may end up with sun streaming in on your little one. This is why the extra attachable full coverage sunshade that comes with the stroller is so great, and really unique! It has a few internal magnets on the top panel that line up with magnets in the edge of the canopy. It then hooks onto the edge of the foot rest with elastic, and has an elastic that hooks onto each side of the seat to make it incredibly secure. I love the magnets because they're silent - no worries about waking your child when taking this extra shade on or off!
The Wheels, Frame & Fold:
The wheels give a smooth ride, but aren't air so you don't have the added worry of an on-the-go flat! The frame has a very simple one-handed fold, and has a compact self-standing fold! You can adjust the handle bar to several heights, depending on height of care giver. This is also helpful if you plan to pair it with a ride-on-board (Mockingbird doesn't have their own... yet). The leather handle and belly bar are really smooth and luxurious, and you can choose between black and brown.
These don't come with the package, but here are some great accessories you can purchase as extras (in addition to the infant insert, car seat adaptor and bassinet mentioned above):
Now, I haven't been using this stroller heavily or regularly, so I can't attest personally to its durability, but after a quick demo I am really loving it. It pushes smoothly, handles curbs well, has a great recline and sun shade options, and a huge basket for hauling all of our gear! On top of that, I love the color/design option choices, all of the extra accessories you can buy, and hello - the price!! Don't forget, they have a 30-day trial with free shipping and return, so if you're on the fence, just go for it already!! Get more info or purchase your stroller on hellomockingbird.com today! And let me know what you think!!!
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I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)