Mustard yellow just so happens to be my favorite color, so it’s no surprise I was initially attracted to the Maxi Cosi Mila in the stylish Olive Oil fashion.
But, as I’ve learned from experience, even the best looking shoes aren’t worth adding to your wardrobe if they hurt your feet and give you blisters, so I was hesitant to fall too head-over-heels for this good-looking lightweight stroller until I had taken it for a serious test run.
Moms, I’m happy to report that that the Mila both looks and feels good. It’s like the Kenneth Cole Gentle Souls of the stroller world: stylish yet totally wearable.
Here’s what you’ll want to know about it:
1. It stands when folded. I will never understand why every stroller on earth doesn’t do this. It’s the best thing ever. Whether you’re needing to get it out of the way at a restaurant or simply store it in your garage, the fact that the stroller doesn’t have to lay longways across the floor saves an incredible amount of space and is super convenient.
2. The seat is roomy and features a five-point harness with three possible shoulder strap positions. It also has adjustable leg support to accommodate wee babes or taller tots. The recline is really great for a lightweight stroller; it’s not flat, but I’d estimate it’s close to 45 degrees.
3. The canopy is a decent size and includes an envelope pocket at the back, which I’ve found to be perfect for cell phone and key storage. There is no peek-a-boo window.
4. Back to storage: There is a medium-sized undercarriage basket that’s good for holding not-too-bulky diaper bags or jackets and park blankets, etc. It’s most easily accessed from the side or front.
5. The Mila comes with a cupholder!
6. The stroller steers very easily, and its front wheels can even be adjusted to swivel or not. This is a handy feature for navigating rougher terrain (like the grass between the sidewalk and the swings at the park) and is also helpful when folding the stroller.
7. The one-touch brake system allows parents to engage the brake by stepping on the right side’s red foot pedal and to release the brake by stepping on the left side’s blue foot pedal. The system is very easy to use, and I love that it doesn’t involve any “lifting with the toe” maneuvers that risk damage to my pedicure during sandal season.
8. The Mila comes stocked with a rain shield in case you get caught in an unexpected shower.
9. Folding the Mila requires two quick steps: Pulling up on the handle near the base of the stroller, then squeezing the levers on either handle simultaneously while sliding the stroller into the folded position. (I think that explanation may have even made the process seem more complicated than it is! It does require two steps and two hands, but it is quite simple and efficient.)
10. One last amazing, awesome, really great feature of the Mila? It’s car seat compatible! Which means you can use it as a travel system. Which means this could feasibly be the only stroller you ever buy. Which means you might be able to justify the hefty price tag … Just like you justified the price of those chic-yet-comfy shoes that you’ll wear forever.
Without doubt, the Mila lived up to its good looks. And when you look this good, that's saying a lot.
To buy: amazon.com