You’re Going to Want This! The World’s Smallest Stroller – The GB Pockit
Last year I had the privilege of attending the 2015 ABC Kids Expo, where I got to see all the latest and greatest baby and child gear and gadgets. Well, one such item really took the cake for me – the GB Pockit Stroller. You can check out my video review from the show here.
Fast forward to today, and now I'm even luckier because I was given a Pockit to use and review! And after doing just that for a bit, I can honestly say this is now my favorite everyday stroller for my family. Are there drawbacks? Yes, a few. But not enough to get in the way of all the awesomeness and major conveniences. Plus, I have found a few ways to mitigate those drawbacks, so read on if this stroller is one you've ever considered!
This thing is tiny! Like, Guinness Book of World Record's tiny. It folds down to only 12″ x 14″ x 7″ which will easily fit into an overhead bin on a plane, under a seat, in a bag to throw over your shoulder, or even in the basket of a larger stroller. For families with multiple children, this is a nice option for that older kid who doesn't really need a stroller anymore, but will still use one when out and about for a long day. This way you have the baby's big stroller, but still have this one hidden away for the older child too.
And my favorite benefit of this teeny tiny fold … I can keep it on the floor of my car right in front of my kiddo's car seat! This may not sound like much, but trust me, it's awesome when you never have to open your hatch again! It makes quick trips to the store, to pick up big sister, etc, so fast and easy now that I can simply open the back door, pop out the stroller, and put my kid in. No more waiting on the hatch to open and dealing with all that. Which again, may not seem like much, but it is – it is.
Speaking of popping open, because the Pockit weighs in at only 9.5lbs, it almost flies open. It may take a few tries to get the movement down correctly (you can see it in my video review at the ABC Expo), but once you do, it's oh so simple. One slight downside – you do need two hands to open and close it, but that's fairly standard as far as strollers go, especially the compact ones that may have fewer bells and whistles.
One thing I noticed at first, was that because it's so lightweight, it almost felt a bit rickety. However, after having used it for a bit, I've gotten used to the give and take it seems to have and found it is in fact not rickety and is very well made. The materials used are quality, and everything works as advertised. Being so small and compact, it is extremely easy to maneuver in tight spaces.
By the way, this 9.5lbs stroller accommodates kids ages 6 months to 55lbs! That's an average 5 year old, or so they say. My 5 year old isn't anywhere near that weight, but even being on the tall side for her age, she still has plenty of head room in the Pockit, which is pretty awesome. Babies younger than 6 months can't ride in it due to the lack of a recline, and luckily that doesn't bother us because neither of my kids have ever napped in a stroller, so not having a recline doesn't bother me, but it is something to consider.
Another thing to consider may be the handle height. I know we have issues with my tall 6'3″ hubby kicking the most strollers as he walks or having to hunch over to reach the handles, but not with the Pockit! As you can see from the picture, he can push the Pockit quite comfortably.
And so can my 5 year old! Check her out pushing her little brother. She absolutely loves this feature. When lowered to the lowest height, the handles are the perfect height for her to zoom her brother around, which can be a good thing – or an annoying thing – but she loves it.
In this picture you can also see the sunshade in action, which in my opinion may be the biggest flaw in the entire thing. Living in sunny Florida, this sunshade doesn't even deserve the name sunshade. Unless it's high noon, it's rare that it will help keep sun off your kiddo. But I've found that I mostly use the Pockit for shopping and other indoor activities, so it really hasn't been a big deal. However, we are heading to the beach for a week-long vacation. I'd like to take only this stroller, as it will easily fit in the storage compartment of our rented golf cart. In order for this stroller to work as my only stroller on a beach vacation, I've decided to simply buy and attach this handy dandy clamping umbrella! That should do the trick!
I think the only other downside to this thing is the fact that there is no parent console or cup holder. But really, that's not a big deal as there are so many universal option to choose from that you can add on. This is the one I chose and think the simplicity of it works perfectly for the simplicity of this incredible stroller. With a few minor adjustments like an aftermarket parent console, and an attachable sunshade for sunny days out and about, this stroller has become my go-to every day stroller, and I absolutely love it.
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