Thursday, July 3, 2014

I Tried, Tested & Have Something To Say - Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller

When I think of the baby gear I have personally tested over the last 3 years it's like the line from the song in the Little Mermaid, "the girl who has everything". I pride myself on having tested so much of what we carry and for the few times I didn't like a product, that's where the road for it ended on our shelves.

I'm fiercely loyal to my strollers. If you've met me and we've chatted strollers then you probably know this. I have a Bugaboo Cameleon and an Orbit. Now while I recognize that no one needs multiple full-size strollers, I own a stroller store. What did you expect?

For 2 1/2 years I only used these two strollers. I never downsized to a lighter weight option or something umbrella style. I love the features that both of them offer. I'm addicted to the smooth pushes and I never found putting them in my trunk to be a burden. We also travel a lot to other US cities or beach destinations and I felt our son was most comfortable with all of the features and I could easily carry all of my beach stuff in the baskets or safely hang on the handlebars.

Then I found out that I had a convention in Orlando, Florida. I knew I wanted to add a few extra days and make a kids trip of it. Our 2 year old wasn't complaining. I, however, briefly panicked. I didn't want to take my full size strollers for fear that they'd be stolen from the theme park Stroller Parking areas. It's totally gross, but does happen. I also needed something that any member of my family could grab, fold and hop on a tram with. Hot days in the parks and running around leads to major exhaustion and I knew the moment we popped our little guy in the stroller he would pass out. So it needed to be comfortable for a bigger kid. 

So, here I am, the stroller guru with my very own stroller dilemma. I walked up and down the stroller aisles in my own store. Even going as far as bringing my son in to test out on the track. I needed a quick fold, a full flat recline, nice sunshade, substantial basket, two cup holders and a travel bag. Facing out only was perfectly fine for me because he is almost 3. And then it was like those scenes in movies where the angels sing.

I was getting a Mamas & Papas Armadillo! This is a product I sell day in and day out in my stores and I definitely believe in it, but using it myself is something that can go one of two ways... So, if you're wondering which way it went, read on!

I am a fanatic about keeping my strollers clean and in good condition. So when I travel I always use a padded travel bag at gate check and I recommend this to all of my customers. "I wish I didn't have that travel bag protecting my expensive purchase." Said no one ever. We actually used our Bugaboo travel bag. We popped off the wheels, threw it in, was able to stick a whole bunch of other stuff in there when we boarded and handed it off to the gate check guy. It worked perfectly and came back to us in pristine condition both.

So I was on my way with 2 cupholders, a Baby Jogger Parent Console, Mommy Hook and a Baby Jogger Cooler Bag. We were accessorized to the nines!

Now I'm back. It was a great time for all and I'm still laughing that our little guy found the hotel pool and slides far more entertaining than any of the parks. While I still maintain my next baby will have a shiny new Orbit G3 and Bugaboo Cameleon 3 - he/she will definitely also have an Armadillo!

PROS
- Great push
- Big, Cushy seat
- Extra long canopy to protect from the sun.
- Folds like a dream - for the grandparents too
- Light weight
- Truly flat recline, so mid day park naps were easy breezy!
- Spacious, easily accessible basket

CONS
- No snack tray made by Mamas & Papas (but we did use a different brand's and it worked like a charm)

It's safe to say I'll be pushing the Armadillo in more ways than one from now one!



Mamas & Papas is available in NessaLee Baby stores or online at www.NessaLeeBaby.com . We carry the Armadillo in every color and all of the rad accessories I mentioned above.

11 comments:

  1. Could you please tell me the child tray that worked with this stroller? No tray is a deal breaker for my husband, but I want this stroller!

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  2. I also would love to know what snack tray you used. No tray is a deal breaker for me as well!

    Thank you!

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  3. I just bought the Mamas and Papas Sola and it has no snack tray!!! Help!! What brand did you use that worked for this one?

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  4. Hi there,
    I just read your review and the only reason why I would not purchase the Armadillo is because there is no snack tray which I feel is necessary. I notice that the other comments are inquiring about the same thing but haven't heard otherwise. I really want this stroller above all others that I have looked at. What snack tray works with this stroller?

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  5. When purchasing your Armadillo stroller at NessaLee Baby, one of our Baby Ambassadors is happy to assist locating the snack tray that works with it for you.

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  6. Almost going to purchase the Armadillo stroller from you but the no tray thing is irritating. What brand of tray works? So tempting.. please answer :)

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  7. We don't have access to that information. But, one of the in-store Baby Ambassador's may know more. When you make your purchase, just ask to speak with one of the stroller experts and they will be happy to assist you if they have that info.

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  8. I posted a comment on March 5th asking about the snack tray because I live in Finland and your system would not allow me to submit a question through your contact us section. I see my comment is no longer on your page and I have not received an email or message concerning the snack tray. I really do understand you wanting the business but not all of us can come into your store to talk to your workers.

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  9. Hi Amy, unfortunately, our compatibility database does not show an existing tray by Mamas & Papas for their strollers. If there is information beyond that, one of our Stroller Experts would be the ones to know that. The only way to receive product assistance from them would be to work directly with them. They do phone stroller consultations as well as Skype / Face Time consultations. You can set up an appointment for one by calling 732-431-0008. Hope that helps.

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  10. amazing stroller, this is really good stroller, thanks for posting such wonderful stroller picture.

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