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Blog: Beginner’s Luck: Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller Review By »

November 16th, 2016

I have been having a lot of firsts with Ethan lately, he did his first roll (back to tummy), he had his first taste of solid food (priceless, to see Ethan squint his face of disapproval then smile after he starts chewing then wanting more!), he had his first swing ride (absolutely loved it, smiles all around!). All of these firsts are the start of him seeing what this world has to offer.  I feel very lucky that I able to share in all his first experiences, soon he will crawling, walking, talking, then before I know it, moving away for college! I want to encourage Ethan to grow and develop, but a part of me is sad that there is no turning back, he won’t be this small forever, I notice myself thinking “wow how much I am going to miss these moments”, and I marvel at the fact that I created something so beautiful. I make sure that I pause and absorb all these wonderful first experiences I am having with my son, and I am cherishing all the happiness that has been created and blossoming in my home!

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I had another big first experience lately and that was getting my first infant stroller. And I definitely had beginner’Quinnys luck! I was given a fantastic stroller from Babies“R”Us, the Quinny Buzz Xtra. I can tell you my first infant stroller experience was a great one, I lucked out that the Quinny has so much to offer, and has catered perfectly to my family’s lifestyle and needs.

Strollers like car seats, can be overwhelming to purchase due to the many options available. I know when I started to look into strollers I was overwhelmed. To me, buying a stroller, it is kind of like buying a car. You need to think about your lifestyle and your needs, and definitely comfortable price point. So many styles and options to choose from where do you start? I think it is best to be honest with yourself.  If you really don’t see yourself jogging and being outside on rocky roads too much, then don’t invest into a jogger. If you live in the city and will be stroller through lots of crowds and getting onto the subway, then you may want to look at a smaller more compact stroller. These are the types of questions you may want to ask yourself when you start looking.

I know for myself, I needed something that was small enough I could take out shopping, or to outdoor events with crowds, tough enough to handle the park and long walks with the dog, but I also knew that it was very important I had a stroller that I could use all the functions with ease, that it was user friendly, so I was never standing there looking silly trying to figure out how to work, fold, unfold the darn thing. I also wanted something stylish and updated that suited our family’s modern tastes.

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So how does the QUINNY meet my list and possibly your list of requirements?

Well small enough – Yes, the Quinny is perfect for size because it offers a stroller for multiple age stages, so no need to add more strollers to the mix. The Quinny has adapters sold separately to attach infant car seat and carriers (Tuk foldable carrier and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats). In terms of size, it does not have that bulky exterior that a lot of stroller have. After using the Quinny for errands I found I was able to move around the store and aisles with ease, I never felt like I was a captain navigating a giant ship. Quinny folds up nice and small, it lays down for compact storing options.

Tough enough – The Quinny promotes “never-flat, all terrain tires” that are designed to accommodate being outdoors on various driving conditions to promote smooth strolling. The tires are chunky and strong looking, you can see that they can handle some serious bumpy roads, ensuring that your little one does not feel the rocky ride! Also, you can lock the swivel front wheel to assist with the terrain trails.

User friendly – The Quinny promotes that it was designed to be easy to use. I have to agree. There are many features that the Quinny offers that are user friendly. Firstly, getting the stroller to unfold, literally takes the push of a button, and the unique hydraulic system pops the stroller up into place without any effort needed on your end. Saves me looking silly struggling with a large complex stroller! To fold up, simply slide up the buttons on the side and push down, you will hear a click when it’s done.

Stylish and updated – My husband is a designer, and funny enough, the first thing he commented on about this stroller was that the design was so sleek and modern. I found out after reading more about Quinny, that they promote that they create innovative designs, (they also have won awards for innovation and design) so my husband was able to pick up on that detail right away. If you like trendy items, “urban life” appeal, this would be a great stroller to match your modern taste.

Cool featuresA height adjustable push bar, so this is nice to accommodate various height levels, to ensure more comfort for you and whoever else will be using it. The extra-large canopy with built in visor – this is a serious weather protector, you can shelter your baby from sun, wind, rain or snow, whatever condition you experience, the canopy has the ability to spread all the way down over the baby, meeting the handle bars. Recline seat– with the push of buttons on either side of the seat, the seat can do a full recline into a laying position, so baby can nap as you stroll. The seat material is very plush, very comfortable feel. I like how the shoulder straps also have this plush covering the harness straps, keeping baby nice and cozy and not being exposed to straps rubbing against the skin/clothes.

Downside– I found myself getting stuck in the grass, it didn’t glide as nicely as I had hoped. The stroller rides amazing on pavement, gravel, even dirt roads, but grass, not so much. The canopy being as large as it is, if you have the seat facing forward and the canopy fully stretched essentially covers the baby’s face, great for weather protection, but then I can’t see Ethan. The stroller itself is lower to the ground, you will have to do lots of bending if you need to fuss with the baby, so if you prefer something higher up, this might not be the stroller for you. This stroller does not have a cup holder (for baby or parent) those are considered add on features – but it is sold separately and available to buy.

So if your lifestyle and needs matches mine, this can also be YOUR first stroller, and add this to list of many great firsts you’ll be experiencing with your new bundle!

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Tip for new moms:

If you want some extra sleep time and mommy break time, take baby for a walk! The fresh air does wonders for fussy baby, and for those little bundles that need some assistance with nap time.

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