Since Rob returned from his last deployment we have been very lucky to spend some quality time as a family until he starts Marine Corp Command and Staff College in a few weeks. Most recently, we took a trip to Annapolis to show Parker around the US Naval Academy.
It was the perfect time to try out our new Joovy Scooter we received for review. Whenever we take day trips I like to be as prepared as possible and having a reliable stroller with a few bells and whistles always make the trip nicer. After using the Scooter around Annapolis I picked out 10 of our favorite features about that are definitely worth mentioning to anyone who is in the market for a single stroller.
Hands down one of my favorite features about all Joovy strollers are their amazing canopies. The accordion design allows you to choose how much coverage your little one needs. The canopy on the Scooter certainly did not disappoint and was great on our hot sunny day.
Rob loved the adjustable handlebar which made for a more comfortable ride when he was pushing Parker around. The Scooter has 10 different handlebar positions ranging from 29″ to 41.75″ high which you can adjust in seconds making it easy to switch back and forth. As you can see, it also helps with an independent toddler who insists on pushing his own stroller.
I love a stroller that gives me a spot for all of my essential items which usually entails my phone, keys, wallet, and water. The parent organizer zipper pocket is the perfect size for keeping my wallet, keys and phone is a secure place that is easily accessible. The attached mesh cup holder is also a great place to keep a bottle of water or a zippy cup for easy access. There is also a plastic cup holder that attaches to the side of the stroller for a second beverage.
One of the first things I look for in a stroller are the safety features, specifically the harness. The Scooter has a 5-point harness that can easily be adjusted to a 3-point harness when your little one is older. The Scooter also has a bumper bar that Parker just loved to hold on to while he people watched.
There are two mesh pockets on the inside of the seat for a sippy or toys that can be reaches easily by a little one. Parker really enjoys being able to put his own sippy cup away and taking it back out whenever he wants!
Storage on a stroller is extremely important to me since I usually pack a lot. On long day trips that includes water, snacks, and extra clothing in additional to the usual diaper bag items. The Scooter undercarriage gave us plenty of room for two coolers to hold lunch for three of us, water for the day and snacks to keep our hungry hippo happy. We used the Thirty-One Single Thermal Cooler and the Thermal Tote which both fit perfectly underneath with room for our Becco Butterfly and our Skip Hop Safety Harness in case Parker wanted to get out and walk.
One of the hardest parts of being out all day is nap time. We are really lucky to have an awesome napper, even at age two. While he is pretty flexible and can handle a missed nap here and there, I still like to give him the option. The Scooter has two features that make it a little easy for Parker to get comfortable and take a nap while out. The seat has an easy recline latch that allows you to pick the exact position all the way down to a 149° recline. The other unique feature is a two position footrest that attaches to the lapbar so little one can stretch their legs all the way out.
The Scooter has swivel lock front wheels and sealed bearings on all four wheels allow for great handling and easier pushing. The one-step linked parking brake makes it easy to lock quickly. So easy that it took my toddler just a few minutes to figure it out himself.
One thing I never thought to check with a stroller when Rob and I first started searching two years ago was their balance. There are tons of strollers out there but most don’t have a large enough basket underneath to hold everything you would need for an entire day. That’s when diaper bags like our Diaper Dude come in handy because they clip right on to the stroller’s handlebars. There is just one problem… If the stroller isn’t balanced, as soon as the child gets out of the stroller it tips over. The Scooter had great balance and Parker was able to get in and out without the stroller tipping over, or even being close to.
There is nothing worse than struggling to open or close a stroller in the parking lot while wrangling little ones. The Scooter has a quick trigger fold and a carry handle on the seat to easily put it in the car. I love how this stroller is designed so that it never needs to hit the ground when folding or unfolding it. The Scooter can stand on its own when folded and is very compact given it’s comfortable size when open.
Thanks to the Joovy Scooter I had a fantastic time walking around Annapolis. This was certainly the perfect stroller to bring on a long day trip in a fairly crowded area with small sidewalks. I am really looking forward to our next family outing which will hopefully be in DC to celebrate the 4th!
You can purchase a Joovy Scooter for $299.99 in a variety of colors including blueberry, purpleness, black and charcoal. You can also purchase a Scooter Car Seat Adapter that is compatiable with the Chicco® KeyFit 30, Graco® SnugRide® Classic Connect 35, Peg Perego® Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 for $34.99. Or the Scooter Tray for $29.99.