While pregnant with Big Sister E, I did all of my homework on the top-of-the-line, absolute must-have items for baby. Sure, there were varying opinions on which cribs were more advanced than others, particular diaper bags that had special features and why one high chair might hold up to the rigors of daily (messy) eating better.
But the steadfast view on which brand of car seat would keep my baby incredibly safe never faltered. Every book, website and mom confirmed that Britax was the leader in their commitment to providing children a safe and secure ride and the ease of installation, use and continual testing of their car seats was unparalleled by any other.
Heading to the stores, my husband and I thoroughly inspected all of the available options to see for ourselves. What we found has led us, 3 1/2 years later, to being fully devoted to our Britax car seats. At the moment, we have two Britax Marathon seats in one of our cars and one more in our other car and we have always been completely happy with the performance and comfortable ride that our daughters have enjoyed.
Therefore, when I heard that Britax had come out with the Blink, a lightweight, compact, umbrella-style folding stroller, I already had extremely high expectations about just how great this stroller needed to be in order to live up to the Britax name.
What I found definitely did not disappoint.
Britax clearly did thorough research to find out what elements matter to parents prior to constructing the Blink. Right out of the box, all that is needed is a quick snap on of the front wheels, canopy and safety coverings over the hinges and you're ready for a ride. And then there are the features, oh so many wonderful features, that make this a smooth and comfortable stroller, inviting a child to sit back and relax in style.
Designed for children from 6 months old up to 55 pounds, the Blink is comfortable enough for younger babies and tall enough for older children to easily fit without nearing the top. The all-wheel suspension, padded seat and 5-point harness mean that no matter what the terrain, your little one will experience less bumps and stay perfectly cozy and secure.
Add that with the reclining seat (simply use the sliding mechanism to customize the level for each child) and the simple one-click adjustable leg rest and, whether awake or asleep, how can they not feel as though they are being pushed around in a throne? However, what king or queen wants to have sun in their eyes to ruin their walk?
The Blink features the largest canopy and visor I have ever seen on a compact stroller, perfect for not only providing shade but keeping the wind, rain and sun's UV rays off of your child. An extra bonus is the generously-sized window on the canopy that allows you to peek in at your child without having to stop, move in front of the stroller and lean down. Plus, in the case of Little Sister B, she thinks it's great that she can glance up and be reassured by seeing me right there above her.
As for me, I can't get enough of the way the sturdy wheels and heavy duty construction make the Blink such an easy stroller to push. Both my husband and I are able to walk comfortably with the ergonomic handles and the one-foot, linked rear brake means with a single push both wheels are securely locked. Britax doesn't mess around when it comes to safety, after all, and I know a certain someone who is pretty happy about that:
Britax also really took convenience for parents into consideration with the great storage basket beneath the seat and, a feature that is one of my all-time favorites, a zippered storage pouch right on the back of the canopy that is just the right size to hold your keys, cell phone, wallet, etc. No more dropping them into the bottom basket or carrying them, this pocket is the perfect place to hold any small necessities.
When it is time to close up the Blink, the genius fold release mechanism allows you to do it all with one hand. Simply step on the side lever and pull up on the strap and the entire stroller folds down into one compact package that is perfect for storing or traveling. Additionally, to make life even easier, Britax included a carry strap so that you can toss the whole thing over your should and be ready to go.
At 16 pounds, I wouldn't recommend hiking up a mountain while carrying a Blink, but for a hands-free way to move it from one point to another, having the strap can really be a lifesaver. On our next vacation, I know that this feature is going to be extremely useful in the airport while already dealing with the rest of the carry-on luggage.
If you're thinking that 16 pounds sounds heavier than some other compact strollers, that might be true. However, it is definitely light enough to be carried by the strap or with the wonderful shoulder bag that is included (perfect for keeping your Blink clean and safe while stored or on an airplane) and the added unique features, innovations and durability are just not found in other umbrella-stroller style strollers on the market.
I couldn't be happier with the Britax Blink, it has far surpassed any compact stroller that I have ever tried. Forget buying a massive, unwieldy contraption that doesn't fit through store aisles or in your trunk. Instead, the Blink combines the best features from full-size strollers in an efficient, more manageable model. You end up with a lightweight stroller that provides comfort, style and safety without having to deal with unnecessary bulk. It's the best of both worlds!
Having spent years being the leader in manufacturing top-quality car seats, in my mind making a move into superior strollers makes perfect sense for Britax. I can't wait to see what they come up with next! Thanks to their generosity, one person will have the opportunity to push this amazing, world-class stroller because...
One lucky person will win a Britax Blink Stroller of their own!
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A massive thank you to Britax for providing a Blink Stroller for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. This is truly the compact stroller of any parent's dreams. The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.