Disclosure: I received the B.O.B. Motion Stroller mentioned below for the purpose of this review. I received no other form of compensation. These are my own, honest opinions. I only recommend products and services to my readers that I feel are trustworthy and that I can stand behind with pride.
Ask any busy parent what helps them handle their children effortlessly while on the go and I’m willing to bet one answer that would come up over and over again is “good quality gear”.
By gear of course I mean carriers, strollers, car seats and the like.
For me personally, a good stroller is EVERYTHING.
Since Jackson was a baby we’ve been through quite a few…and when it comes to strollers I’ve seen it all. The good, the difficult to clean, the poorly constructed, the hard to fold, the one that weighs for more than it should – well, you get the idea.
I realized early on that Jackson was happiest in a stroller when we were on the go, so I made it a point to find ones that would meet both our needs when it came to things like comfort, ease of use, and storage.
While I was prepared for using a stroller in Jackson’s first 3 years, I didn’t realize when he was a baby just how much they would help me in the long run.
My son will be 6 years old in August, an age in which most children would not want to be seen in a stroller. But for Jackson, who has severe Autism and sensory issues, having one at this age is imperative.
Because of his Autism, Jackson has difficulty standing and walking for long periods of time (due to both lack of patience and some muscle tone issues). He also becomes easily frightened or overstimulated in areas with various noises or crowds of people, so a stroller is like his own little “safe zone” no matter where we are.
BUT…we ran into a problem earlier this year when Jackson suddenly weighed over 50 lbs, which is more than the weight limit for most standard strollers on the market today.
As our Spring Break trip to Disney neared closer…I became concerned. How would we get around the parks effectively?
The Motion is great because unlike the joggers we’ve all come to know and love from B.O.B., this stroller is meant for more urban use with trips to the park, mall, and for travel.
The stroller is a very unique shape and has small wheels which make it easy to use, even in narrow spaces…and easy to fold (both big pluses in my book!).
And, it is made to accommodate your baby, all the way up to your large toddler (up to 44 in. tall). The total weight limit for the stroller is 76lbs. (occupant plus luggage weight), which I felt is way above the standard for typical strollers.
Let’s be honest here…if you are going to seriously road test a stroller for performance, what better way to do that than spend a week at Walt Disney World with it?
So of course…that’s exactly what we did.
Overall I was impressed with the Motion.
- It was light and easy to use.
- It was a good size and height and made it easy to push J right up to the table in most areas.
- When we had a couple of food spills, the fabric was easy to wipe clean.
- The sunhood was ample and I loved the option to have it fully extended in front to give J a bit of privacy.
- It folds in one step…in a single motion. WOW.
- There were “toggle switches” on each of the front wheels which would allow you to lock the wheels in place in the instance you would be using the stroller on a more rough terrain….but unfortunately Jackson kept bumping these with his feet during use and then I would be surprised when I tried to turn the stroller, but could not. One reason for this of course is that Jackson has the longest legs of all time…and is constantly moving his feet around – so this issue might not affect everyone.
- While the storage basket was a decent size, I was disappointed that there was not a bag hook or cup holder that came standard with the stroller. A handlebar console is available as a separate purchase, but I wish it were just included as a standard feature with the stroller.
If you are looking to make an investment in a stroller that will last as your child grows, I would recommend that you consider the Motion as a great option for the “On The Go Family”.