Strollers are a staple item in every family’s life. Our stroller was part of a travel system that was given to us when Teagan was born. I have to say that I loved that stroller and so did Teagan. But it finally came time to part ways when the stroller became too bulky and heavy for our busy lifestyle. We needed something lightweight, compact and that looked cool. Teagan is at an age where she still naps and her little legs still get tired. Plus, it’s nice to put her in a stroller when I need to get somewhere pronto.
So, my research of strollers began. That’s when a coworker of my husband gave us a fairly new umbrella stroller. I won’t mention brands but it was the absolute worst. It squeaked in the most annoying manner. My daughter was awkwardly tall in it and her feet dragged. I hated the way the stroller folded. I was out at the zoo one day and I began to look at the strollers that wheeled by us. That’s when I spotted Maclaren strollers. They seemed to be popular with parents that had toddlers–just what I was looking for.
Maclaren is a British company who makes “buggies”. I contacted Maclaren and they generously sent us the Triumph stroller for review. We received the stroller in Majesty (purple) and I am in love with the bold color. The stroller came ready right out of the box and at only 11.5 lbs. it was easy to move around. But will this “buggy” pass That’s It Mommy’s inspection? I gave the preliminary once over, released the foot brake and gave the stroller a push.
The Maclaren Triumph stroller is suitable for children 3 months and those up to 55 lbs. It is equipped with a 5 point harness system that adds a greatly level of safety when securing infants. Heather, one of the moms on my team, tried out the stroller with her 8 month old son and he soundly fit. I used the 3 point belt strap with Teagan. I did struggle with the straps at first but got used to it after a few tries. The stroller also comes with a rain cover and the hood is waterproof which is a nice feature. The fabric is easy to clean, too. Teagan got peanut butter on the hood the first day we used it outdoors. I wiped the area off with water and dish washing detergent and viola! The peanut butter was gone.
My husband loves the curved shape of the handles. He is 6’ 3” and the Triumph is the perfect height for him. I’m 5’ 3” and the build of the stroller also accommodates my smaller frame. My husband commented on how effortless it was to push it around. We’ve used it on different pavements and so far the ride seems comfortable for my daughter. The stroller folds easily and takes up minimal space in my trunk.
I do wish that the basket were a little bigger. I am used to a larger basket size but most umbrella strollers are scaled down with smaller baskets. This actually made me pack lighter than usual for an outing (a great thing!). Another feature I miss from my old stroller is the cup holders. But a friend of mine suggested buying an organizer. Maclaren does have a universal organizer so I’m going to invest in one.
Teagan commented on how comfortable she is in the Maclaren Triumph Stroller and we can tell she has plenty of room to lounge. I can see this stroller being comfortable for taller children. There’s definitely a lot of headroom. The chair reclines and the hood is a suitable size. There were times where the hood didn’t cover Teagan as much as I would’ve liked. So you’ll still need sunglasses and sun block for that extra protection. I’m very pleased with this stroller’s ease, handling and comfort. We also fell in love with the vibrant color. The high quality materials and construction means that it’s going to last! That’s IT Mommy highly recommends you check out the Maclaren Triumph Stroller. We put it to the test and it passed with flying colors! It retails for $170.00 and is worth every penny!
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