Seven years ago, as a penny-pinching soon-to-be mom, I was blown away by the prices of strollers. Not matter how perfect the stroller claimed to be, I couldn’t image spending a week’s pay on a carriage. Luckily, one of my aunts knew better – she bought me the stroller of my dreams and years later I’m still using with my second child, who is now in preschool.
It turns out that the best strollers – especially those that are adaptable for two kids – are worth their weight in gold. So, when I heard about the Mockingbird Stroller I was intrigued.
The Mockingbird has a simple premise: like its primary rival, the UppaBaby, the Mockingbird is a single luxury stroller that can be adapted to fit two or in the future, even three kiddos. Wondering how that works? Learn all the details in the Mockingbird stroller review.
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How We Rated
Like everything in parenting, strollers are highly individualized, so the stroller that meets your needs may not be the same stroller for another family. In general, however, Truly Mama rates our strollers on:
- Ability to convert
While the Mockingbird stroller is an incredibly versatile, it does lack some functions we find handy in a stroller, and its size and budget are on the higher end.
Mockingbird Stroller Review: Nothing to Mock
The Mockingbird single-to-double stroller takes a modular approach to creating a stroller that works for you. The base package is no frills: when you order the stroller is comes with one seat, a canopy and a generous under-carriage storage basket.
From that base, however, you can build the stroller of your dreams, using Mockingbird’s simple snap-on accessory system. The biggest draw is the second seat set. That transforms the Mockingbird from a single to a double stroller, perfect for moms who are expecting twins or those who have kids close together. With a 50-pound weight limit for the seats, the Mockingbird will fit older children well into preschool.
You might be afraid that all that utility means you’ll compromise on creature comforts, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s consider the seats: each is rated for children up to 50 pounds. Your children can face you, look outward, or any combination of those. You can even have the kids face each other, although we can’t guarantee they won’t fight.
While the single-to-double transformation is the main draw of the Mockingbird, there are also lots of other accessories to love. You can purchase a car seat adaptor to use with an infant seat, or a lay-flat bassinet for your baby. For mom, accessories range from a muff to keep your hands warm on cold winter days to the all-important cup holder and separate washable seat liners that you can remove.
There’s nothing worse than spending money on a feature that doesn’t work for you, so Mockingbird’s highly-individual modular approach is a great way to build a stroller that’s just right for your family.
Details + Dimensions
This is a big stroller with a lot going on, so it’s important to be sure it fits in your car and in your lifestyle.
- Weight: 26.5 lbs.
- Width: 25.5” across (wheel-to-wheel)
- Height: 40” tall (to handlebar)
- Length: 33” from front to back wheel
- Folded: 34 x 25.5 x 18”
- Single-to-double conversion
- Can accept infant seat with car seat adaptor
- 30-second installation of second seat
- One-hand fold
- Stands upright when folded
- Canopy with SPF 50+ sun protection
- Available machine-washable seat covers (sold separately)
- Large storage basket with 25-pound weight limit
- 50-pound weight limit for seats
- Front-locking wheels
- Foot brake
- Forward-facing or parent-facing modes
- Reclining seat
- Reflective lining and trim
Mockingbird Stroller Features to Love
The Mockingbird is built for luxury and the features of this stroller speak for themselves. Here’s what we loved most about the Mockingbird.
A stroller to grow with your family
Once you have a stroller that you know and love, it’s hard to take a chance on a new one. Mockingbird takes the guesswork out of that, with the single-to-double stroller option.
When you’re ready to expand your family, purchase the second seat kit from Mockingbird. In about 30 seconds you can snap the adaptors and second seat into place, with no tools required.
Take your time, try it out
Sometimes, even the best engineered strollers aren’t a fit for your family. Mockingbird tries to get ahead of that, with the modular approach and adjustable-height handlebar that has six different positions. Even so, Mockingbird allows you to return your stroller for any reason within 30 days of purchase, when you buy the stroller directly from the manufacturer.
During the 30-day trial period you can use the stroller as much as you like. If you decide it’s not for you, for any reason, just email Mockingbird support and they’ll send you a free shipping label and process your return. In addition, the stroller comes with a lifetime warranty, so you can be sure it will last until your kids hit the weight limit.
I had a chance to try out the Mockingbird stroller for myself and let me tell you what: this stroller is as luxurious as it gets. Every last detail—from the actual safety harness straps to the footrest to the materials—are crafted for quality and comfort. I felt like I was strapping Prince George himself into this stroller when I put my daughter in it.
The stroller also rides incredibly smooth; I tested up and down our gravel driveway and it rolled like a dream.
The one-hand standing fold was also incredibly impressive. I know a lot of strollers advertise this, but this stroller practically folds itself in half.
Generous space and weight limit
Despite its sleek design, the Mockingbird is a packhorse when it comes to transporting kids. The seats have an upper weight limit of 50 pounds. That’s right on track with the weight of an average kindergartener, so you can expect to get many years out of the Mockingbird.
But it doesn’t just have space for kids: with a 25-pound rating the storage basket can hold even the most laden-down diaper bag. In short, this is one stroller where you won’t run out of room.
Options for infants
It can be tough to find a stroller that’s good for the early days, but also has the staying-power to see you through preschool. The Mockingbird spans that range with the help of accessories. The car seat adaptor works with best infant seat brands, including Britax, Chicco, Evenflo, Graco and more.
If you won’t be using portable car seats, the infant insert makes the Mockingbird seat safe for even the youngest babies. Although the Mockingbird seats recline, parents who want their infant to lie flat can choose the carriage accessory. Just be aware that you’ll only be able to use one carriage accessory at a time on the stroller, so the infant insert or car seat adaptor is a better bet for twins.
Pros & Cons
Grows with your family
Tons of accessories
Can be heavy
Seat covers are not removable to wash unless bought separately
Before You Buy
One downside to the Mockingbird system is that it requires you to plan ahead. Mockingbird sells a single stroller, but that isn’t compatible with the second seat kit. To get the most out of a Mockingbird product, purchase the single-to-double stroller from the beginning.
Additionally, and while this is a very small thing, I did find that the fold mechanism—located in the middle of the handle—was a bit uncomfortable when pushing the stroller. It’s in the same position as most other strollers (right in the middle of the handle), but for some reason, it was just a bit bulkier and more uncomfortable than some other strollers I have tried.
And lastly, this is a big stroller. It’s meant to accommodate a lot of kids and stuff, so that’s a good thing, but you’ll also want to be sure it will fit in your vehicle if you’ll be transporting it a lot.
These days, many parents are looking for baby items that have multiple functions and last a long time. The Mockingbird single-to-double stroller fits the bill. The stroller is comparably priced to other double strollers, but offers parents the flexibility to push one kid or two.
Design features like the single-hand fold and assurances including the trial period and lifetime warranty make the Mockingbird money well spent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Mockingbird stroller worth it?
After doing research for this Mockingbird stroller review, I have no qualms about saying that the Mockingbird stroller is worth it. The stroller has a high weight limit and can last your family five years or more, meeting different needs as your family expands.
What does the Mockingbird stroller come with?
The Mockingbird comes with the stroller, one seat, a front bumper and a sunshade. If you’re going to use it as a double stroller you need to purchase the second seat kit separately.
Which car seats are compatible with the Mockingbird stroller?
To use the Mockingbird as a travel system, you’ll need to purchase a car seat adaptor. The adaptor works with most car seats including those made by Britax, Chicco, Cybex, Evenflo, Graco SnugRide, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, UPPAbaby and Baby Jogger. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see whether your car seat is compatible.
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