Get Out and PLAY – Day 4
I know my daughter can’t ride in a stroller forever, but as she creeps nearer and nearer to the weight limit on most strollers, I can’t help but feel a bit frantic. The thought of giving up naps on the go, portability on wheels, and my personal on-the-go purse hook just sends chills down my spine. Whether we are traveling, exploring our neighborhood, or even grocery shopping, I don’t think I would get much done without my beloved lightweight stroller.
When I heard that The First Years had introduced the Ignite Stroller, a lightweight and compact stroller that is rated for up to 50 lbs and can fit within any baby budget, I was thrilled. That’s 10 more pounds of strolling bliss than most strollers offer, as well as numerous other features that I have come to rely on during our days out.
The Ignite stroller was ready to stroll within a few minutes of coming out of the box, and it’s been strollin’ ever since. From the local mall to our farmer’s market and even doing hot laps around our kitchen island, my daughter loves the Ignite stroller and has been giving it quite a workout. And, it’s great that she loves it because she still has over 15 lbs to go before she hits that 50 lb weight limit and there’s a whole lot more strollin’ in her future.
Raves: Taller handles, which I love because my hubby is 6’3” and I’m 5’10” so we can’t use just any stroller on the market comfortably. This paired with the fact that I don’t kick the back of the stroller when I walk might be the number one reason I’m raving about the Ignite. Neither of us have to stoop to push and can walk with normal strides without worrying about our toes. But, the great part is that my much shorter sisters all agreed the handle height is even comfortable for them, which means everyone is happy to help push.
Adding to the ease of use is that the Ignite maneuvers really well, so much so that my two year old daughter can push it easily – even if that’s through my kitchen at dinnertime. She also really loves to fill the large parent console located on the stroller handles. While ideally this would be used to store baby and toddler necessities safely should I want to leave the purse at home, it does usually have all her favorite toys zipped comfortably inside which is nice, too.
I really adore the multi-position recline, which makes all the naps on the go possible. Since this is something that many lightweight strollers are lacking, this was a very big deal to us. I can’t tell you how many times my daughter has napped in the Ignite in the past month, or how much ground we’ve covered while doing it, but I certainly can tell you how much we’ve appreciated having a quick and easy stroller to grab when we are out and about.
It also has an easy one hand fold, a slim profile once folded, and easy carrying at only 14 lbs which means that you could even take the Ignite on a major trip with you. Whether you are checking it at the gate or with your luggage, it would certainly be nice to have once you get to your destination and you will be very glad you packed it. While I do wish it had a carry strap for taking through the airport, I will settle for throwing it in an umbrella stroller bag which can be bought in numerous stores and online.
While you won’t find air filled tires or other luxury features that the other full-size strollers have, it is perfect for the parents who need a sturdy and well thought out stroller for zipping about town. It has 8 larger 6” wheels that stroll easily on pavement, sidewalks, and even hard-packed dirt, making it great for urban and slightly rural settings. The front wheels even have swivel locks on them, a feature that is really rare in umbrella-type strollers and something that we appreciate when discouraging our daughter from pushing her brother down the street.
The Ignite also has a decent sized canopy that was ideal for our uses but might need to be paired with a rain cover if you plan on using it during bad weather frequently. During light rain it did well shielding baby and toddler, and when the sun peeks out it covered all the exposed skin of my little ones well. It can also be completely removed if it is in your way for indoor use or cloudy days, something I really liked.
The only thing that took a little while to get used to was that the undercarriage basket was hard to get to when reclined. It wasn’t impossible to get at, but it is much easier to get at when fully upright. As someone who has used far too many strollers with little to no basket, I was happy to see that the Ignite was decent sized and could fit a fair amount of child’s gear, cameras and more. As long as the items weren’t huge, they could be easily accessed even when reclined.
Overall, we really liked the Ignite and would recommend it to anyone who needs a lightweight stroller for around town or while traveling. The Ignite is packed with features, can last from baby to toddler, and has a great budget price that parents will appreciate. We loved the way the Ignite handled, especially in tight spaces like crowded markets and trips around town and have found it indispensible now that we oftentimes have to fit two strollers in the trunk.
The Ignite Stroller is available in numerous designs and patterns including Abstract Os, Pink Polka Dotty, and Retro Geo and retails for $59.99 -Dimensions: 34.5″ L x 18.5″ W x 39″ H
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