The Britax B-READY

The Britax B-READY is a fabulous single to double with an amazing set of features. As a single it offers a reversible seat, great canopy and storage, easy toe-click brake with an on/off indicator, no re-thread adjustable harness (this is so great, squeeze the lever and it goes up and down), included rain cover and an adult cup holder. It also offers a very generous 55 pound weight capacity in the main seat.  You can adapt it for your newborn with an optional bassinet or a car seat adapter (Chaperone adapter is included, optional adapters available for other brands) and have a terrific system for one child from birth until your child is out of a stroller.  When you’re ready to go up to a double or if you have twins, the B-READY allows you to add a second seat, bassinet or car seat. There are over 14 configurations possible on the B-READY and at least a few are bound to be right for you. The fabulous second seat offers a canopy, full recline suitable for a newborn and the stroller folds with the seat in place. That’s right, all one piece, no popping on or off unless you want to. BUt when you do want to, it’s so easy that you can easily switch form single to double and back on the fly. The fold is also so simple- opening and closing, even with the second seat in place- that every time I do it I just can’t believe I’m folding a two seater.

Simply put, the B-READY does everything and then some. I  tested it over bumpy, broken sidewalks, nice flat ground, flat out chased a 5 year old through a very crowded, mulch covered playground and strolled through the grocery store, all with two 25ish pound children on board. It was perfect at every turn, smooth ride, very maneuverable and never tippy. It didn’t even tip when I had to chase after that same 5 year old after he took off while his brother was in the back seat and his sister was already out of the front seat. We even popped over a railroad tie with only a back seat rider and not a bit of tip back. This is not something I recommend doing or intend to do again, but it’s nice to know how stable the stroller really is. I do not have to worry about who I put in or take out first, front or back it’s always stable. All 4 of my children have ridden it it, right up to my very tall 5 year old son. All fit well in the seat because it is so easily adaptable. My 40 pound tall 3 year old has plenty of room to spare and my 45 pound 5 year old actually asks to ride. My two year old loves the back seat and also has plenty of room to stay there for awhile. If you’re concerned about putting your little on in the back, don’t be, mine love sitting in the back, especially when they’re in that anti-social mommy only stage and the front seat blocks out the world very nicely.

The B-Ready easily passed my ultimate test - carrying my huge 3 year old while pushing one handed uphill for 4 blocks on loose and bumpy cobblestones, impossible with many doubles. The comfort grip handle, really helps lessen the weight of the stroller and my two children on board.  I really feel like I’m pushing a single, adding 25 pounds of child and the 2nd seat makes no difference at all in the performance. Being able to recline my sleeping daughter instead of trying to keep her from toppling forward is such a bonus.

I tested the 2010 model, but the 2011 model offers the same exact features with the addition of new colors: Mediterranean (pictured at top), Pink and Twilight (with a stylish darker frame)  Now available in 7 colors, the B-READY retails for $499.99 with the second seat at $149.99. Please visit the Britax site for more information.