I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for GB. I received a gift card to purchase a GB stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.
I ADORE strollers – it’s one of the things I am famous/infamous for among my real-life friends (and family). So today I am thrilled to be reviewing the new lightweight GB Ellum stroller – and, as you can tell from the photo, 23-month-old Anna was equally thrilled!
All of my children have inherited my stroller mania, actually! They thoroughly enjoyed coming along with me to Babies R Us to purchase the stroller, and were eager to open the box as soon as we got home:
There are a few things I look for in my strollers:
- Comfortable for the baby/toddler
- Great maneuverability
- Easy fold/unfold
- Easy push
- Storage space
This stroller meets all of these criteria! I ran it over dead grass, live grass, tree bark, and mud with no issues. The stroller was also very stable. Some of the lightweight strollers can be easily tipped by exuberant siblings; this one does not have that problem. It has a small footprint, which makes it great for maneuvering small shops and narrow sidewalks. The one thing I would tell parents to be aware of is that the seat is in a fairly relaxed recline even in its most upright position. Anna loves this, and chills out as soon as I strap her in, but some children might prefer a more upright seat.
Don’t be fooled by the small footprint – this is a stroller that will definitely grow with your child! It can work as a travel system (with the Chicco Keyfit and Graco Snugride infant seats), and there is plenty of space for Anna to grow – even though, at 23 months, she is the same height as several of her three-year-old friends! Tall almost-five-year-old Lily can easily fit into this seat. The basket looks small, but it holds a surprisingly large amount of stuff, although you do have to access it from the front (by lifting up the leg rest – easily done).
The stroller fold is one of my favorite features! See the text in the bottom of the seat? There is a red pull bar just below the text. To fold the sit, you kick up the middle of the back bar and then pull on the strap. The stroller locks in place so that it can stand on its own while folded. To unfold, simply release the latch, open the stroller, and press down on the rear center bar to lock the stroller in the open position.
This photo shows the removable cup holder (rear right). I know this is important to a lot of parents. I don’t particularly like cup holders (I find them bulky), so I was glad that this one was removable. It also showcases the generous canopy (only partially unfolded in this photo) as well as the plush strap covers, which are very comfy and soft.
What features do you look for in a stroller?