The Britax B-Lively is the newest 3-wheel stroller from Britax.
Good news! Even though the B-Lively is so new that the release date hasn’t been set yet, we’ve got the scoop on what you can expect. Here’s my review of the Britax B-Lively.
- Technical Information
- Possible Issues
- How to Choose the Right Stroller
- My Recommendation
There is a reason that this feature is listed at the top, and that’s because I believe it’s an essential component to any stroller. Mind you, my stroller that I bought for my first child didn’t have this technology, and once I had to travel with my son, I really wished that it had.
When my oldest was 4 months old, we had to fly out to help take care of my mom, who was recovering from a stroke. As we approached the airport security screening area, I thought for sure that I would be able to wheel my son through. Unfortunately, they asked me to remove my son, collapse the stroller, and place it on the conveyor belt.
If I would have had the one-hand quick-fold, this request would have been inconvenient but not a big deal. However, I had a stroller that required me to pull two triggers simultaneously in order for it to collapse. The stress of the situation almost had me in tears.
I am so appreciative to Britax that they also greatly value this feature. In fact, you can find it on several of their other models like the Pathway.
When you’re shopping for a stroller, you always want to check how much it weighs. The more you use your stroller, the more likely it is that you’ll be loading and unloading it into your vehicle. Every pound counts, so you want to choose the stroller that has a solid structure but is lightweight. The B-Lively weighs 20 pounds.
Click & Go System
This is a relatively standard feature in strollers these days. Britax makes strollers and car seats. Therefore, they specifically design their strollers so that their car seats can safely attach to the stroller. They call this connection their “Click & Go system.”
By clicking your car seat into your stroller, you effectively create a pram of sorts. This allows you to use your stroller immediately (in conjunction with the car seat) until your child weighs 55 pounds. That provides years of opportunity for use.
All-wheel suspension means that this stroller will give your child the smoothest ride possible. If your child is enjoying a smooth ride, that means that you won’t be feeling bumps that could jar your shoulders.
Sure, your child will enjoy the ride better with all-wheel suspension. However, your shoulders will greatly appreciate it, too.
This is a relatively standard feature on the top strollers. You want to be able to safely secure your child in the stroller for three main reasons. First, you want them to have safety similar to what they would have in their car seat. Second, you want to make sure that they stay with you and don’t make a break for it. Finally, a 5-point harness keeps them secured when they fall asleep.
Infinite recline allows your little one to lean all the way back and nap comfortably. It’s worth mentioning that some parents use walks to calm their children or get them to fall asleep. I, personally, have done this.
In order to really get your child to sleep comfortably, you want to be able to help them recline. This helps them get a better rest, and it also helps them stay asleep for longer.
Extra-Large Storage Basket
For every baby in a stroller, there is a bag of stuff. Although you may not put the entire diaper bag in the bin, you will always bring essentials. Therefore, you want plenty of room to store coats, water bottles, a purse or diaper bag, and food.
Large Zipper Pocket
This zipper pocket allows you to safely carry your personal items like your cell phone and keys. Because this pouch zips shut, you can be sure that nothing will bounce out and drop while you’re on the go.
Breathable Canopy with a Peek-A-Boo Window
As you have adventures with your stroller, you will need protection from the sun for your child. A breathable canopy ensures that your child will be covered and protected from the sun without getting too hot in this semi-cocoon.
Anytime you have a large canopy, you need to have a peek-a-boo window. This allows you to quickly check on your child to ensure that he or she is content.
Two Year Warranty
This is a fantastic feature because several other top stroller manufacturers just offer a one year warranty. With two years, you have ample time to try out your new stroller and have plenty of adventures. This lets you be certain that the stroller is quality and that it will work for you.
3 Available Colors
There are three available colors: Cardinal, Raven, and Dove. The Cardinal is the red color, Raven is black, and Dove is gray (as pictured below).
- Stroller Weight: 20 pounds
- Maximum Unfolded Dimensions: 33″L x 23″W x 40″H
- Folded Dimensions (Wheels On): 29″L x 23″W x 12″H
- Interior Seat Width: 11″
- Maximum Child Height: 44″
- Maximum Child Weight: 55 pounds
The Body Design
There have been two main types of strollers: the four-wheeled walkers and the three-wheeled joggers. Traditionally, the four-wheeled strollers have wheels in all four corners (making a square) while the three-wheeled jogging strollers have their wheels set up like a triangle with the tip of the triangle under your child’s feet. It is generally agreed that the walking strollers have greater maneuverability and ability to turn, while jogging strollers have greater stability and a smoother ride.
With the B-Lively, Britax is switching things up. This stroller is the frame of a jogging stroller, but with two joined wheels beneath your child’s feet. This is a style similar to the B-Agile, and the reviews for that model have all been good. However, I’m not certain whether this body design creates a jogger that’s easy to maneuver or whether it’s just another version of a walking stroller.
No Snack Tray
Snacks were an important component of stroller time with both of my kids. Truly, I cannot imagine using a stroller that didn’t have a tray for snacks and a drink.
Although a stroller organizer is available for purchase, I’m not a big fan of splurging on a stroller just to have to turn around and go shopping for the accessories to make it work or look like I think it should. Really, I think a snack tray should come with the stroller.
No UV Protection
I’m not sure that this is a huge deal, but the Britax Pathway has a UV 50+ protection on their canopy. I’m curious why this newer stroller model doesn’t offer that same protection.
What Is the Brake Like?
Because this stroller hasn’t actually hit the market, only a limited amount of information has been released. I was very surprised that the Britax website didn’t include information about the brake system on the B-Lively.
How to Choose the Right Stroller
A quality stroller is worth its weight in gold. In my opinion, if there’s one baby item that you want to splurge on, a stroller would be the one. Before you purchase your stroller, ask yourself these questions:
- How often do you plan to use it?
- What surface you plan to walk on?
- Do you plan on jogging?
- Will this be used for travel or airport transportation?
By answering these questions, you’ll have a better idea of what sort of stroller you’re shopping for.
Personally, I’m intrigued by the B-Lively. If Britax is successfully making a jogging stroller that offers stability and the ability to turn smoothly, I would definitely choose that stroller. However, if this is just another way to design a four-wheeled walking stroller, I’m not interested.
My advice is this: Answer the questions above, then shop the other Britax strollers. Learn what the Pathway, B-Agile, B-Free, and B-Mobile have to offer. Read about their features, and decide what’s really important to you. Since the frame of the B-Agile looks similar to the frame of the B-Lively, I would pay particular attention to the complaints that people had about the maneuverability of the B-Agile.
Truthfully, only you can decide which stroller is best for you. However, I’d be willing to bet that whatever stroller you need, Britax has a model for you.