MacGyver Mommy: Citi Mini Hack!

Check out what my old friends and Brand Newbie Superparents went and did to their Citi Mini! Seriously — they are less than two months into being parents and they’ve already gone way and beyond me in stroller-land:

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Yep, you’re looking at a Baby Jogger 2011 City Mini Single Stroller plus the Car Seat Adaptor — only my Newbie Superparent pals brilliantly unsnapped the cover of the seat, making the basket underneath more accessible.

GENIUS.

I so wish I could say I had come up with this myself — I mean, come on, I have four tiny kids, I am CONSTANTLY pitching this stroller to people, I seriously ought to own STOCK in the Citi Mini at this point — but the fact is, I didn’t come up with this genius way to turn a Citi Mini into a much lighter, more flexible, more easily maneuverable, WAY MORE useful-in-the-long-term facsimile of … you got it: a SNAP-AND-GO!

Which now gives you ONE LESS REASON TO GO WASTE YOUR CASH on one. Do this, instead!

Just know a couple of things before you do:

1. Unsnapping the cover means, umm … you’re going to have to re-snap it eventually.

My Newbie Superdad was worried that might be a major PITA, but I went and did this whole trick to my own Citi Mini tonight, just so I could tell you it WASN’T a PITA without lying to you … and lo-and-behold: IT WASN’T!

So unsnap and re-snap away.(That said, if you’re not particularly good with visualizing how things go back together, keep your instructions handy.)

2. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE “PULL TO FOLD” HANDLE!

That handle is a big part of why I think this stroller is so hot — it allows for one-handed folding — and I can tell you I not once but many many times managed to hold a toddler on my hip and a baby in my Ergo and fold this stroller flat with my free hand.

WHICH IS WHY I CAN’T SHUT UP ABOUT THIS STROLLER.

That said, if you un-snap the cover of the stroller, you MAY lose your “PULL TO FOLD” HANDLE. I didn’t — my stroller is a 2008 model, and the strap is separate from the rest of the cover, so I just pulled it free and re-attached it to the appropriate loops so that I could retain the folding mechanism while the stroller was in its MacGyver Mini mode. (Oh, and: that’s the Baby Jogger Glider Board on the back of the stroller, in case you’re wondering.)

I don’t know for a fact if the newest models work this way. If they don’t, just tie a string to those folding-loops, and you’ll get the same effect.

Here’s a close-up of the folding loops:

Super cool, right?

What awesome MacGyver Mommy tricks have you come up with? I’d love to hear about them!

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