Mama’s and Papa’s Armadillo Review

I’m just going to get straight to the point. I love the Mama’s and Papa’s Armadillo. It’s as easy as that. I don’t even know where to start.

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The Armadillo weighs in at around 17 lbs, which is pretty good. But there are plenty of lightweight options on the market right now- the reason I love the Armadillo so much is because of all it can do and still weigh in at only 17 lbs. I’ve pushed this stroller with a heavy 2 year old in it and an 8 month old in it- and either way this stroller maneuvered beautifully. Most lightweight strollers are so easy to steer. But the Armadillo doesn’t disappoint- not even slightly.

The Armadillo has an amazingly simple fold. It folds so that the seat is covered and doesn’t get dirty- which really comes in handy. Speaking of “handy”, it also has a great carrying handle which makes it easy to carry it around, or up and down steps. It fits in my trunk taking up practically no room (see below).

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You simply twist the handlebar, pull forward and it collapses like this, than you pull the lever and it folds to a very compact size. (It also has an automatic lock!)

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Fits amazingly in our Mazda CX-9

The canopy on this stroller is amazing. It has COMPLETE coverage, AND a magnetic peek-a-boo window. Magnets make it possible to check in on the baby without waking them up with that awful noise velcro makes. I bundled my baby up, and let the canopy extend all the way down, and she was nice and comfortable outdoors in this freezing and windy weather we’re having this week.

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Shown here with the 7AM ENFANT Le Sac Igloo with my 8 month old baby. She fits perfectly.

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My baby girl loves the upright position of the seat, and when she fell asleep I reclined the seat to a completely  full recline. She slept for over an hour, (if you have an 8 month old- you know that’s saying something).

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But what I LOVE is the adjustable footrest. That’s is a feature that most lightweight strollers (and even some full size strollers) lack. I LOVE adjustable footrests. Love, love, love. I even adjust it high for my 2 year old son. He likes to have his legs sprawled out and relaxed rather than dangling off the side of a stroller.

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{Freshly Picked Moccasins}

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Speaking of my 2 year old son- he is a very large boy. This stroller was MADE for kids  like him. I’ve tested dozens of strollers and in all honestly, the Armadillo has one of the longest, and roomiest seats to date. I don’t know how it’s possible since the fold is SO compact. It really makes no sense. But now that I know it’s a possibility, I’m automatically going to look down on every stroller that lacks a roomy seat. This seat is going to last you a VERY long time. The seat is a full inch wider than the City Mini 4 Wheel and Britax B Agile, AND  has a full recline length of 36″ where as the City Mini 4 Wheel is only 28″. Mama’s and Papa’s has an amazing page all about the Armadillo (click here to see) where they compare their specs to the City Mini and B Agile. They know how awesome their product is, and aren’t afraid to show it. Love that.

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And of course I have to comment on storage space, one of the most important parts of a review. The basket is extremely generous. And the best part is it’s accessible in each direction. I was able to fit my diaper bag, 2 coats, shopping bag and (of course) a soccer ball down there easily.

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While we’re down here- the brake is extremely easy to use. No need to worry about ruining a perfectly good pedicure- very flip flop friendly.

The fold is so simple, it’s great. I had to post this from the Mama’s and Papa’s website to show just how simple it truly is.

Awesome, right?!

Usually my number one complaint with most strollers is how hard their harness is. It’s totally my fault not theirs because I just get stuck with 99% of them. The Armadillo is soooo easy.

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See this piece on the back of the seat? You just slide it through the hole, and readjust it. This works so well for me because I’m constantly switching back and fourth from my son being in the seat to my daughter being in the seat. This helps me save time and sanity when adjusting the harness!

  • The Armadillo is car seat compatible- you can purchase adapters for either the Cybex Aton, Maxi Cosi Mico or Chicco KeyFit 30.
  • Comes in 5 fun colors!

  • Retails for about $279
  • Can be used from birth to 50 lbs
  • Lockable front swivel wheels, for rougher terrain

I really love the Mama’s and Papa’s Armadillo, and honestly have no con’s to write at all. It’s a great every day stroller, it’s a great lightweight stroller, it’s great for babies and toddlers too. It would make an AMAZING traveling stroller!! It does it all. One thing it doesn’t have the ability to do is face the seat towards you- but that’s what gives you the easy fold and lightweight chassis.

5 comments

  1. T   •  

    Can I ask your honest opinion on whether you liked the Armadillo better or bugaboo bee? I am torn between the two.

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  4. Betty   •  

    Ohhhhhhhh I think I like this A LOT!!

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