Baby Jogger City GO Car Seat and City Premier Stroller Travel System Review
As a mom of five children ranging in age from infant to 11 years old, every now and then something happens to make me realize how much the world of baby products has changed since I first started shopping for my oldest daughter. Case in point: travel systems. Back in the day, it seemed like most moms chose an infant seat and coordinating stroller based largely on the cute pattern. Since I was determined to avoid the “cute pattern” trap, I did some research and ended up buying a car seat frame to cart around my infant car seat, with plans to buy a nicer stroller after the infant car seat was outgrown. The travel system concept, while good in theory, was sorely lacking in execution. Travel system strollers did not have much going for them, and conversely good strollers were not often compatible with infant car seats.
Fast-forward eleven years and the world of car seats, strollers, and yes, travel systems, has changed. The Baby Jogger City GO travel system, consisting of a City GO infant seat and a City Premier stroller, is a prime example of how the travel system concept has evolved in the past decade. Not only is there a lot to love about the travel system components separately, but I also really like how they work together.
Rear facing only car seat: Baby Jogger City GO
The City GO is essentially a rebranded Graco SnugRide 35LX Click Connect. While there are a few differences between the two seats, much of what is written here about the City GO car seat has been taken from Kecia’s review of the Graco SnugRide 35LX Click Connect. Thanks to Kecia for allowing me to appropriate her thorough review!
City GO specs and features
- Rear-facing only: 4-35 lbs, 32” or less and top of child’s head at least 1” below top of seat
- No-rethread harness (15 height positions; see photo below)
- 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
- Energy-absorbing EPS foam lines entire headrest and sides of shell (see photo below)
- Adjustable base (6 positions)
- Lock-off on base for installations using seat belt
- Push-button LATCH connectors on base
- Can be installed without base, with traditional or “taxi safe” (AKA “Euro-style”) belt path routing
- FAA approved for use in an airplane
- 7 year lifespan before expiration
View from below; note the many harness height settings
View from above with cover removed; note EPS foam on head rest and sides of the seat
View from the side with cover removed and head rest fully extended
The City GO currently comes in three (gray-themed) colors: Black/Gray, Steel Gray, and a darker Charcoal Gray. With a MSRP of $229.99-$249.99, the seat is widely available online, including at Amazon and Babies R Us, and in store at select Buy Buy Baby and specialty baby store locations.