A Day Out With Cousins
While I don’t consider myself the ultimate stroller expert, it is safe to say given the blog name that I might be a little obsessed with them, highlighting them as a SITC specialty. We’ve been through so many styles and sizes with endless features it would make your head spin so when I recommend a brand or particular stroller, you can trust that I am drawing from a very deep well of stroller wisdom.
As you know, living in New York we are constantly schlepping all over the city and it can be exhausting for the kids. Strollers are still a part of my life since Gemma is only three years old and cannot fully walk around town without having to rest her little legs.
We also get to share Gemma’s stroller when we have special playdates with her younger cousins. The Sola² works for kids up to 50 pounds and is roomy enough for Gemma but still works perfectly for her cousin Emilia who is only 18-months-old.
One of my favorite brands is Mamas & Papas. The name alone really gets me because parenting isn’t just about mamas because papas stroll, too! Their strollers are a cinch to put together and always ride smooth and handle well. I recently had the opportunity to test out the new Mamas & Papas Sola² Chrome stroller and I have to say…I am impressed.
The newest Mamas & Papas Sola² Chrome stroller is pretty remarkable. It combines the ease and durability like a heavy duty stroller but also the mobility of a travel stroller. It folds seamlessly and is very lightweight; but also reclines fully for a comfortable sleeping position. The Sola² is compatible with a bassinet for newborns and a variety of car seats. It has adjustable handles, an easy to use five-point safety harness and removable bumper bar.
The Sola² also has a relatively small footprint so it doesn’t take up much floorspace in our apartment. The storage basket is also deceivingly spacious, which is essential for city strolling since we’re transporting toys, snacks, towels, clothes and sometimes groceries!
I was also impressed by the sleek design and fabric. The basic black looks sharp against the chrome and black body of the stroller. The fabric is breathable and easy to clean, too. I also love the full canopy and option to orient the seat facing mama and papa or the world. On long strolls, especially in the summertime, the sun can really beat down, so it is nice to be able to adjust the seat to face away from the sun to protect your kiddos.
Normally Gemma likes to claim her stroller throne but she is happy to give up her seat if it means she gets to hang out with her little cousin all day! We recently had a full day of fun activities…waterpark, playground, picnic, and of course plenty of snacks.
Spending an entire day out with a young toddler can be difficult with naps and toting along all the extras. Mamas & Papas products are designed with their sleep mission in mind: the bassinets and stroller seats all support natural stress-free sleep for baby.
Little Emilia still naps twice a day so the Sola² was absolutely perfect because we were able to fully recline the seat so she could have a comfy and long snooze by the water while the bigger kids ate ice cream and the mamas enjoyed a glass of wine!
The Mamas & Papas Sola² Chrome sells for $499 and will be available in four colors at dozens of retailers this fall. Black is a no-brainer because it hardly shows wear and has a sleek look. But it is nice to roll with a camel color or a pop of teal! The cool denim will be available exclusively at buy buy Baby.