I wanted to test out the Smart buggy as soon as I saw it. This is one of the coolest little strollers I’ve seen, now made even cooler by the new Verso adapter. What does the Verso do? Well, it takes a very smart little buggy and makes it even smarter by allowing the seat to reverse and recline. Yes, it’s smart and cool and quite a bit of fun.
The Smart is a great lighter weight stroller that’s designed to go pretty much anywhere. This is a complete compact stroller system. It comes out of the box and is ready to go in literally 5 minutes or less. It’s so easy to assemble you can do it with just a few glances at the little pictograph instructions and you are all set in minutes. I’m “instructionally challenged”, but I put this buggy together with no trouble at all. I was immediately impressed at how clever this stroller really is. The fold is a slide mechanism which means it fold fairly flat with very little effort. You do have to open 2 clips and push a tiny button, but then you just pull up on the handle molded into the back of the seat and it slides shut. You can easily use this same handle to carry it and because it’s just 18 pounds, it’s super easy to carry. Unlike your average umbrella stroller it has rather large foam wheels and it rolls smoothly along without the jutting bumpies you can often encounter with small strollers.
Now for the basics, out of the box it’s suitable for ages 4 months and up to about age 4 or 44 pounds. It has the same easy to adjust and adapt click & go harness that I love on the phil&teds. The seat is fairly well sized and the canopy is generous. Not only does it offer great coverage for a baby, it allows adequate headroom for your older child. I asked my 5 year old who is just under the weight limit, but rather tall to test out the seat size and he fit nicely with plenty of headroom. Another interesting feature is of course, the seat itself. The Smart has a molded aerocore™ seat that is hypo-allergenic, ventilating & insulating, UV resistant, waterproof and non toxic. It’s pretty cool. You can clean anything off it it, you can even hose it down or take it to the beach without any worries. It might look a bit different to say the least, but don’t let it put you off. I asked my very picky 5 year old how he liked the seat and he loved it. He said it’s quite comfy and actually preferred it to his test ride with a seat pad in place (you can use an optional doubles kit liner if you want to add a bit of extra comfort, especially for a younger child. My 14 month old seemed very happy though either way. She just loved this stroller in any position or combination we tried out.
If you want to use the Smart before your baby can sit well enough to ride in the main seat, generally at 4 months, you can use a car seat adapter (for Graco infant seats) to make this a travel system or use the Peanut bassinet. I tested the Smart Buggy Bundle, which includes the Peanut, but you can purchase the Smart and Peanut separately as well. The Peanut is a very nice bassinet. I’ve used many with my 4 children and I would have loved to have the Peanut for one of them. Not only does it look as cool as the Smart, but it offers “click on snooze & crooze capability”, so baby can sleep right through the ride and be easily carried inside without having to be removed from the Peanut. It also offers a comfy mattress, zip on cover, carry handles and pop down feet.
Now for the newest feature, the Verso seat adapter. This really is an interesting idea. With the use of the Verso you can take a very nice forward facing 2 position recline seat stroller and turn it into a reversible seat stroller with an extra bit of recline for the littler ones. This is a great transitional seat for little ones moving from the bassinet and into the main seat and for parents that are not quite ready to let their baby face forward. The very full follow the sun canopy also follows the seat, so it works perfectly no matter which way the seat is facing. Very cool.
The Smart, especially with the introduction of the Verso, is such a great, adaptable, compact stroller that you really can use from birth to full time walking. It’s smart, fun, very cool. Oh, and it looks just as cool as all of it’s amazingly snazzy features make it sound. From newborn to preschool, the Smart buggy with the Peanut and the Verso are a great way to roll. Visit phil&teds for more details & for their full line of fabulous products for making life with baby that much easier.
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