I’ve gotten the hang of bringing my kids with me everywhere. It really was no issue when I had just one baby, but now that I have two kids with two very different needs, there has been some adapting and learning these past few months. Once a routine was established with my infant, travelling was much easier, and trips to the park, zoo, aquarium, and supermarket became a breeze. One of my biggest tricks to keeping both of my kids in my sight is “containing” them. Keeping them in a stroller together so that I knew where they were, and I never had a fear of my toddler running off as I was tending to my infant.
I’ve tried a few double strollers, and while each of them are very useful, there is something different about the Britax B-ready. You see, my toddler doesn’t always need to be in a stroller, and when I drop her off at school and have just my infant, there is no need for a double stroller. My other double strollers look a little silly when I have just one baby in them, although they do work really well for transporting groceries and such, but otherwise, a double stroller isn’t always necessary.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a stroller with an optional double seat? A stroller that you can start off with when you have your first baby and can then be expanded when your family does as well? This is where the Britax B-Ready comes in. I know I’ve said it before: many strollers do not last through your first baby and you may need to get another stroller anyway when you have another baby. The Britax is not only sturdy, but it is very durable and can withstand years of children, growth, and strolls.
Putting together the stroller was simple. I did it myself and had it complete within 15-20 minutes. The step-by-step instructions were clear and easy to understand. I thought the second seat would be tricky to install and take out as necessary, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was very easy to put in place. Soon after we were ready to take our first trip- to Starbucks! Mama needed some coffee and the kids needed some fresh air, so off we went!
The ride was very smooth. These NYC sidewalks aren’t exactly a walk in the park, but the Britax handled the ride very well. The ONLY problem I actually had was getting up sidewalks that had a slight incline. My single stroller has a place to rest your foot so that you can arch the stroller and get up the sidewalk. The Britax B ready didn’t have this, but I figured out to place my foot behind the left wheel to hold it down and tip the stroller back. This was just as effective and not an issue once I got the hang of it.
The storage basket is a decent size, but if you have a toddler sitting in the back seat, their feet will rest in the storage basket. This wasn’t an issue at all for us, but something to be aware of. When we took the stroller to the Bronx Zoo, I was able to fit my diaper bag backpack, a few bottles of water, and my toddler still had room to rest her feet. As a double stroller, I love that this takes up no more room than it normally would, as the second seat is nestled under the main seat. Truly genius if you ask me!
I didn’t realize that the B-Ready is recommended for children 6 months and up. I used it with my 4 month old and she was fine in the seat. The B Ready can be used from birth if you use it with the Britax car seat, and then once your baby is 6 months you can use it with the included seat.
My favorite feature, well, there are many, but I have to say I love the brake. A double stroller can be heavy with added weight, but the simple push-pedal brake didn’t even hesitate when I locked the wheels. Another push with my foot and the brake is released. Very easy! Another great feature, which I never took into consideration until I found myself tripping over our old stroller, is an adjustable handle. My husband and I have a 7 inch height difference, so pushing a stroller is a very different experience for us. When you have longer legs and take larger strides, you may find yourself tripping on the rear stroller wheels. The simple to adjust handle bar worked well for us with just a push of the side button.
The Britax B Ready also comes with cup holder- which many strollers don’t include. I will never understand WHY strollers don’t include cup holders and make you pay extra for them, but I was happy to see that Britax did include one for my much needed coffee! Included accessories are Infant Car Seat Adapter Frame, rain cover, and the cupholder. The Infant Car Seat adapter is compatible with the following car seats: Chicco Key Fit, Chicco Key Fit 30, Graco Snugride 32, Graco Snugride 35, and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio.