Until now, Baby Jogger was mostly known in Canada for making some pretty nice strollers. That all changed when they entered the Canadian car seat market with their City GO rear facing only car seat along with the City View multimode car seat. The City GO offers some plush fabrics and solid ease of use features, join us as we spend some time with the City GO.
CSFTL Quick Stats
- Rear facing weight range: 4-35 pounds
- Rear facing height range: 16.5-32 inches and the child’s head must be 1 inch or more below the top of the seat’s adjustable headrest
- Lowest harness position: 7.5 inches (6.5 inches with body pillow)
- Highest harness position: 13 inches
- Expiration: 7 years after manufacture date
- Allows lower anchor borrowing (if the vehicle allows it)
- Handle MUST be in the upright (carry) position in the vehicle
- Must be replaced after any collision
- No rethread harness
- Premium UAS (lower anchor) connectors
- Recline foot with six positions
- Weight-base bubble recline indicator
- Lockoff in base for seat belt installation
- Shell height: 21 inches with the headrest fully extended, 15 inches with the headrest fully retracted
- Width at widest point: 17.25 inches at the handle
- Front to back space with base:
- Most reclined: 27 inches
- Most upright: 25.5 inches
- Front to back space without base: 26 inches (using the single recline angle indicator line)
- Seat weight (carrier only): 9.5 pounds
- Base weight: 6 pounds
- Two crotch buckle positions at 4 and 5.5 inches from the back of the seat pan
- Infant padding includes strap covers, a buckle strap cover, and a body support pillow
- Body support pillow MUST be used for infants weighing under 6 pounds, and must be removed once the infant weighs 12 pounds
- If there is a gap between the crotch buckle strap and the child, a tightly rolled washcloth may be used to fill the gap and prevent slumping
Installation with the Base
The Baby Jogger City GO is a very user friendly seat when it comes to installation. It features 6 recline positions in the base. and the bubble level indicator has weight-based recline levels for babies between 4-20 pounds (more reclined) and 20-35 pounds (a much larger range).
To adjust the angle of the base, simple turn the knob at the front of the base counter-clockwise to increase the recline angle (and clockwise to reduce the recline angle). Each turn of the knob moves the base up/down about a half inch.
If the most reclined setting is not reclined enough per the bubble indicator, a tightly rolled towel or pool noodle is permitted to achieve a more reclined angle.
When installing the City GO more upright for old babies with good head and neck control, I found that the angle sometimes causes the seat to wedge itself between the base and vehicle seat back, which makes removing the seat from the base almost impossible. I had to uninstall the base (and was quite thankful for the premium UAS) to remove the seat from my 2007 Honda Odyssey captain’s chair
Installation with UAS
To install with UAS, simply attach the UAS connectors to the vehicle’s UAS anchors, check that the bubble is within the allowable recline range for the child’s weight. Adjust the recline foot if necessary,then press down on the base and pull on the UAS adjuster strap to tighten. Check your work and make sure there’s less than one inch of movement at the belt path.
Vehicle Seat Belt
To install with vehicle seat belt (both lap/shoulder and lap only), open the lockoff, route the vehicle seat belt through the base’s belt guides and under the lockoff and buckle the vehicle seat belt.
Check that the bubble is within the allowable recline range for the child’s weight (adjust the recline foot if necessary), press down on the base, and close the lockoff.Always check that there is less than 1 inch of movement in any direction to ensure the installation is tight enough.
Installation Without the Base
To install the Baby Jogger City GO without the base, route the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt through the belt guides on both sides of the carrier, and ensure that the red level line on the side of the shell is level to the ground. Engage the vehicle seat belt’s locking mechanism (or use a locking clip if your vehicle doesn’t have locking seat belts), press down on the centre of the carrier with one hand, and tighten the vehicle belt with the other.
The City Go can also be installed using Euro routing. To install the seat without the base using Euro routing, route the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt through the carrier’s belt guides, then wrap the shoulder portion of the seat belt around the rear of the carrier and under the “Taxi Safe Belt Guide”.
Then engage the vehicle seat belt’s locking mechanism and remove any slack from the seat belt if there’s any slack left. In many cases, there isn’t any extra slack in the seat belt once it’s routed around the entire carrier. Always check that there is less than 1 inch of movement in any direction to ensure the installation is tight enough.
When installing baseless with Euro routing, the Taxi Safe Belt Path’s internal lip catches the shoulder belt and actually makes uninstalling the seat more difficult than the traditional baseless installation. This is something to consider when choosing which baseless installation method to use
The no rethread harness adjusts by squeezing the head support height adjustment at the back of the seat. The manual gives instructions to only do this without the child being in the car seat.
Fit to Child
I don’t often have the opportunity to use my Huggable Images preemie doll in seat reviews, so I was excited to see how it fit in the Baby Jogger City GO. This doll is 17 inches tall and is designed to represent a 4 pound preemie baby in terms of torso size and weight.
The City GO fits the preemie doll beautifully. We removed the strap covers and crotch strap cover and added a crotch roll to fill the gap between the baby and the crotch buckle strap. The headrest is in the lowest position, which positions the straps just below the doll’s shoulders.
The body cushion helps prevent potential head slump by filling the back of the seat so that the adjustable headrest and doll’s head are in line. We find this to be a great fit.
I was so thankful to have a fresh newborn available to test out the Baby Jogger City GO. We find that there can be a difference in fit between the Huggable Images dolls and real babies because real babies can be quite a bit squishier and more sassy than our training dolls.
This little guy is one week old, 7 pounds and 19 inches. He didn’t quite fit the City GO without the body cushion (straps were slightly above his shoulders), but with the cushion in use, he had a great fit in this seat. We left all the padding in for this little guy, and were very impressed that none of it seemed to interfere with the way the harness fit him. He settled into the seat beautifully.
With the newborn Huggable Images doll, I would have guessed that the strap covers may have needed to be removed for a newborn baby, but as we can see with the newborn above, the fit with the strap covers was great!
17 Months Old
This little guy is 17 months old. He weighs 25 pounds and is 30 inches tall. The headrest of the City GO is adjusted about halfway up the shell, and he has TONS of growing room.
He had zero complaints, and his mom raved about how easy the seat was to adjust, and how light it is compared to his primary car seat.
Extremely Tall Shell Height
We try very hard not to show misuse in our reviews. Readers tend to think that when we include a child who doesn’t fit properly in a seat, we’re somehow giving permission for families to use the car seat that way. We definitely aren’t.
We struggled with including this model but we wanted our readers to realize what a 21 inch seated height on a rear facing only seat translates into in the real world.
A Note About Shell Height
We measured the shell height at 21 inches. This model has a 21 inch seated height. So how does she visibly have growing room in the City GO? This is the main reason why, when measuring how much headroom is left in a seat, we ask readers to measure with the child in the seat. Due to the child “settling” into the curve of the seat, this 21 inch shell translates to more like a 22-23 inch child’s seated height.
This model is 3 years old, 38 inches and 31 pounds. She has exceeded the City GO’s 32 inche height limit by a whopping 6 inches, but is still under the 35 pound weight limit. With the seat’s headrest fully extended, she still has over an inch of shell above her head. What this means is that we would expect that most (if not all) children would be able to use this seat to its stated 32 inch maximum height limit even if they carry all of their height in their torso. This is a great feature and we wanted to make sure we highlighted the tall shell in our review.
The seat’s cover can be machine washed separately on cold and hung to dry. We found the cover VERY easy to remove and replace, and it cleaned up well with a simple spot clean with a damp cloth and mild soap.
The harness straps can be spot cleaned with mild soap and a damp cloth. DO NOT SOAK straps in water.
No car seat is ever perfect, and we did come across a few minor challenges with the Baby Jogger City GO.
Crotch Buckle Adjustment
We found that moving he crotch buckle from one position to another was a difficult task — the opening in the shell is narrow, which made maneuvering the crotch strap clip through the slot a tight squeeze. Most parents will make this adjustment only once for their child, so they likely won’t find this as annoying as we did when we were adjusting the seat to fit our various models.
The other small annoyance was that the canopy seems a touch too wide for the seat’s handle to pass over without catching on the fabric, so if you’re in the habit of pushing the seat’s handle all the way back to load/unload baby, you’ll notice that the handle “catches” on the canopy.
The canopy has a UV rating of 50+ to protect baby from the sun.
Important Information: Where to Find
National Safety Mark: the NSM label that shows airlines that the seat is approved for use on an airplane is located on the side of the seat.
Date of Manufacture label: the date of manufacture label is located under the carrier portion of the seat
Expiration date: the expiration date is stamped on the bottom of the carrier’s shell.
Manual storage: is located on the bottom of the base. If you think you’ll need to access the manual while the seat is installed in your vehicle, we’d suggest storing it somewhere else or downloading an electronic copy.
Our Canadian team would like to extend a warm welcome to Baby Jogger. The City GO is an excellent addition to the Canadian seat market, and provides a versatile seat that is lightweight, easy to install and adjust, and fits a wide range of babies well.
It has a higher price point than many rear facing only seats in Canada, but it has many great features. For caregivers who are already fans of Baby Jogger’s strollers (and those who aren’t), this is definitely a seat to consider.