Alia is a first-time stay-at-home mom of a beautiful baby girl, and she enjoys writing about all things family-related.
The Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller
Let me start by saying this is a completely honest, unpaid review of the Mountain Buggy Nano, and that it is based solely on my own experience. I can not speak for others. I only hope this review brings a little insight for those struggling to make a decision on which stroller is the right choice for their family.
That being said, I am a big fan of this stroller. Living in a big city without a car, I had very specific requirements. I needed one that was lightweight, easy to fold, and most importantly, able to accommodate an infant car seat. The Mountain Buggy Nano was the only stroller that I found that was able to check off all of those boxes and then some.
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty or jogging stroller, the Nano is not for you. If you’re looking for a great travel option or just prefer a lighter everyday stroller, this is the one for you! The stroller itself weighs 13 lbs and is suitable for children weighing 4-44 lbs and up to four years of age. When folded, its dimensions are 21W x 12H x 20L. It has a 5-point harness and comes with a handy travel bag. It has seatbelt-like adapters and also bungee cords to attach car seats but more on those features below. It comes in several colors and they have make limited-edition styles as well.
Easy to Use
I needed a stroller that was lightweight and could accommodate a car seat because we do not have a car and use ride share services on a regular basis. I needed to be able to put the car seat in the stroller when we got to our destination. Not only was I pleased to hear that the Mountain Buggy Nano could do just that, I found out that it had a clever seat-belt and bungee cord system that was compatible with most car seats on the market without having to buy any extra adapters. An infant car seat can go in front or rear-facing. I can only personally vouch for both the Chicco KeyFit2 and the Cosco Scenera Next fitting very well. It was an added plus that not only my infant car seat fit but also the larger convertible one as well. I always feel confident that my kid is safe and secure when using the adapters. You can pop the bungee cords back in your diaper bag or purse when you’re done and the seat belt hides back under the stroller when not in use as well.
It has been a lifesaver for getting around in a bustling city.
Great for Traveling
Honestly, that car seat option alone was reason enough for me to pick the Mountain Buggy Nano but it's great for traveling as well. My extended family all live about an eight-hour-drive away. My husband works long hours and most weekends so he is usually unable to come with us when we visit my parents. So my daughter and I have done a lot of flying back and forth starting when she was about three months old.
We all know that traveling with kids is never easy but it is especially difficult doing it alone. She is at the age where she is old enough to walk but not old enough to not need to be in a stroller through large airports. Having the Mountain Buggy Nano has been a huge help. It compacts to a small size that does fit in many overhead bin compartments. I can only attest to this being the case with Southwest Airlines. I was also quite pleasantly surprised when it fit (with the wheels off) underneath my seat! The wheels are fairly easy to take off once you learn how. Learning this was a huge plus if you’re short like me and reaching up in the overhead compartments has been a lifelong hassle, not to mention adding a baby into the mix.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Of course, as with much in life, no stroller is perfect. Folding does require both hands which means I often have to put everything down (including my baby!) to do it. Folding can also be slightly tricky until you get the hang of it. Luckily, there is an instructional youtube video from the company that I have watched many times on how to use most of the stroller’s features. Except of course, for taking off the wheels which I explained in the picture above. There is also no cup holder which is a real bummer for me considering I am an avid iced coffee drinker and there is no front tray for your toddler to put their snacks or toys on. The sun canopy is a little short and the sun is sometimes in my daughter’s face. The handle is not adjustable which is not ideal for those on the taller side. But for me, those are just minor inconveniences for everything else I am getting.
But, it is not all bad! For being a travel stroller, it has a pretty decent storage basket as I often put my groceries or entire diaper bag in it. I also find that it's pretty easy to clean. Every so often, I just suck up all the remnants of past snacks or whether else my daughter has left behind with a vacuum attachment and its pretty much good as new. It can also be steered one-handed and does have many attachments (such as a drink holder and snack tray) and replacement parts that are sold from the company. Although, I am not sure of their dependability as I have never purchased any.
Long story short, for this mom, the Mountain Buggy Nano is definitely worth my money. I have had it for about a little over a year now and have had nothing but positive experiences with it. I would definitely purchase this stroller again if I had to do it all over again.
I hope this review helps! Please comment with your experiences with the Nano. Good or bad! I would love to hear them.
© 2019 Alia Parisi