Snap4. 

When my Husband gave the OK to add a new stroller to our fleet (thanks, babe), I knew exactly what I wanted to try. The Valco Snap4.  I’ve eyed this stroller for a while because it has every feature a busy mom like myself, is looking for.  Valco is hard to come by in stores, so, I know my stroller loving Mommas will really appreciate this review 😉

Hope you enjoy!

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If I had to describe the Snap4 in one word, it would be “Easy”.  It’s just so freaking easy.  It’s easy to assemble, easy to push, easy to fold (with one hand) and easy to carry (it even has a carry strap).  You all know by now that I love anything that makes my life easier!

I feel like Valco watched Dad’s across the world trying to fold strollers and decided to solve the problem for them.  You guys should really thank Valco 😉

The Valco Snap4 features a lightweight aluminum frame, near flat recline, extra-large extendable canopy with a peek-a-boo window, bumper bar, nice size storage basket that’s easy to access, and my favorite, a child proof harness!!  It literally took me 10 minutes to figure out how to un-clip the harness the first time I used a Valco stroller. Not my finest moment.

Here’s Harper living the life and loving the nice recline!

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When I’m looking for an everyday or travel stroller, I want an easy fold, plenty of canopy coverage, something that won’t tip easily, and a nice recline for naps on the go.  The Snap4 hits all of these and more. Let’s talk about the fold for a minute…  Valco has a unique fold that I am kind of obsessed with.  The stroller folds into itself so your seat and fabric are protected.  They call it a clean fold.  I LOVE it!

Check out the photo below comparing the City Mini to the Valco.  Strollers are like my kids, and I don’t like to compare them to one another.  But, sometimes that’s needs to happen to decide what’s right for you…so…

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The fold is so compact, I was able to fit the Snap4 behind the driver’s seat of our GMC Terrain. Even when my husband was driving! More room in the trunk for strollers!! #buyallthestrollers

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I really love the push and maneuverability of the Snap4. It was a breeze to push through gravel, bumpy Chicago sidewalks, and grass. Brody has become obsessed with this stroller as well, and even at 34 inches tall and 30 lbs, it still kept the same great push. He also seemed comfortable in the seat and had room to grow!

One more awesome feature I want to point out is how upright the seat sits. My kids are super nosey (I wonder who they get that from) and don’t like any sort of recline. I don’t know if they assume I’m trying to get them to nap or what, but, it usually ends in a bad situation.

If I had to change one thing about the stroller, it would be the handlebar. It sits at a really comfortable height for me, as well as my husband. But, I always favor an adjustable handle bar. Definitely not a deal breaker, but still something to consider.For reference, I am 5’2″ on a good day, and my Husband 5″10″.

Ok, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and talk specs…

Price: $199.00-$279.00 (depends on color and where you order from)

Weight: 15 lbs (lighter than a City Mini or Britax B-Agile)

Max Weight Capacity: 44 lbs

Seat back height: 19.5″

Seat to tallest part of canopy: 26.5″

Seat Dimensions: 13”W x 8.5”D x 19”H

Folded dimensions: 20.5″W x 30.5″L x 14″H

Handlebar Height: 41″

Storage pockets behind seat

Flip Flop friendly foot brake

Valco Sports Pack (Air Tire Kit) <–click here for a super smooth ride

Car seat compatible: more information here

One hand, clean fold.

Includes bumper bar

I want to tell everyone looking for a lightweight stroller, to try the Snap4. Ok, I kind of already do that… 😁 But, I feel like this stroller is overlooked and it’s a totally fabulous option! I know if you try it, you will love it!

If you see us roaming around Chicago in our Snap4, say Hi!

Happy Strolling


Umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh

Sorry, I had to…

If you couldn’t figure it out by the title, today we are talking about Umbrella Strollers. Umbrella strollers are light weight (usually between 8-15lbs), they fold fairly tiny, like an umbrella (if you were wondering), and are great for errands, theme parks, or keeping at your parents/in-laws as a spare.
I’m not a huge fan of Umbrella Strollers. I’m a one hand push and large basket kind of girl, but, we still have one that stays with my Mom in Florida. I purchased our Chicco Echo during our last trip to Florida so I had something to use when we went to the park, grocery store, etc. It folds small, comes in some really cute, bright colors and actually has a descent sized storage basket. I was a little surprised with how much I liked the Echo. Even when my 30lb 2-year-old hopped in, it was easy to push. It has 4 recline positions, adjustable footrest, and a 5-point harness.

My major complaint is the canopy. It’s so small I had to drape an A&A blanket over the top to keep the sun out my babes eyes. Princess hates the sun in her eyes.
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For $99 I think the Chicco Echo is nice to have lying around as your spare stroller. Would I keep this as my one and only? Probably not.

If you’re looking for something that is lightweight like an Echo but can handle a long day at a theme park, or withstand some major traveling, I would recommend the Uppababy G-luxeMaclaren Techno XT, Peg Perego Pliko Mini or Bumbleride Flite. When you buy a stroller, you want a quality product that’s going to last. Same applies to an umbrella stroller. Even though it’s your spare, make sure it’s a good one. It’s still transporting your most prized possession! I’m talking about your child if you weren’t sure… 😉

Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to light weight strollers for some more options!
Happy strolling!

Oh, the Babyhome Emotion.

I received a package last week that kind of changed my life. It’s my favorite kind of delivery, STROLLER MAIL! Inside this lovely little box contained the Babyhome Emotion. It was love at first sight. Weighing in at just 15 lbs, this little beauty it super zippy for city living, has a great recline, and a wonderful canopy (that even comes with a removable extender!!).

One of my favorite features this little gem has is the storage basket. So many light weight stroller have horrible storage baskets… When you have a 9 month old and a 2-year-old, you carry around A LOT of crap. I need something that has easy access and fits my diaper bag, sippy cups, toys, etc. This holds it all and has a little room to spare… pretty amazing. The Babyhome emotion has an easy foot break that is flip-flop friendly along with a very easy compact fold. Sounds pretty perfect, huh? It is. I can’t say enough good things about this stroller!

To all my moms looks for something light weight and super easy, this is your stroller, this is a must have! I’ve had my eye on the Babyhome Emotion for a while now and regret not making the purchase sooner! For more information on the Babyhome Emotion, check it out here

Happy Strolling!

Oh Snap.

Those of you that are shopping for a light weight, durable double stroller know that the struggle is real! A very popular, side by side, double stroller is the City Mini Double. I could have played it safe and gone that route, but, I like to be different. Enter the Valco Snap Duo2 – Black Beauty.

Valco really got it right when they came out with this double. It’s perfection! I recently flew down to Orlando with my two little monsters and traveled with my Duo. Hands down made the trip soooo much easier! When you are pushing a stroller, pulling a car seat and traveling alone with 2 kids…you need easy.

The Snap Duo2 has some really phenomenal features. Check out my little list below but click here for their full website!

  • Fast/Flat one hand Fold (locks once folded)

  • Large storage Basket

  • Flat recline

  • Adjustable foot rests (if you recline the seat and pull the footrest up, it almost turns into a bassinet!)

  • 2 independent extendable canopies (with peek a boo windows)

  • 2 Bumper bars (included)

  • Rain Cover (included)

  • Shoulder strap carry

  • Stroller weight: under 24lbs

Like what you’re seeing!? You will love it even more in person. My only real complaint with this stroller is the canopy. It’s large and has plenty of coverage, but I would liked a little more. I feel bad even saying that but I like to keep it honest. Valco is releasing the Tailormade Valco Snap Duo2 which come in Denim Blue and Grey Marle. The Grey Marle is to die for!! I wonder If Valco Baby would accept a kidney as payment…. kidding!!

Be on the look out for the release of the Tailormade and make sure you snatch one up! I promise, you will not regret it.

                                        I just wish I could get everyone to try the Snap Duo2!!