Mountain Buggy Nano Review – Lightweight Stroller for Newborns and Toddlers

In this article I present you my review of Mountain Buggy Nano V2 (2016) – the latest version of this stroller.

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Are you expecting and looking for an all-in-one lightweight stroller that you could use from birth? Or maybe your baby can already sit and your primary buggy seems to be too bulky and you want to switch to more compact and portable stroller? You probably wonder what is the best lightweight stroller for toddler.

Well, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then I would like to introduce you to an awesome and super light stroller, loved by so many parents: Mountain Buggy Nano.

Mountain Buggy Nano V2TypeAge recomendationCapacityBest application
Mountain Buggy Nano V2Lightweight strollerMain seat – from 6 months
Newborn Cocoon – from birth
Main seat – 44 lbs
Newborn Cocoon – 19 lbs
Well equipped lightweight stroller for newborns and excellent lightweight travel stroller for toddlers

In my Mountain Buggy Nano review I will show you the most important features of this stroller. You will find here also my list of advantages and disadvantages and my final assessment of Nano stroller.

Mountain Buggy Nano Review – Stroller Features

Let’s start with features that Mountain Buggy Nano V2 can offer us. Keep in mind that this is the latest version of this stroller – made for 2016. There is no Mountain Buggy Nano 2017.

Seat

The main seat in Mountain Buggy Nano V2 is suitable for toddler, from 6 months to 44 lbs. The seat back is 17.5’’ long and there are about 27 inches from the bottom of the seat to the top of the canopy. The seat is pretty large, especially for such a compact stroller. Nano can accommodate even a 4-year-old child!

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Mountain Buggy Nano – Toddler seat with 5-point harness and adjustable leg rest

There is a leg rest that can be adjusted as the baby grows to provide maximum comfort. It also makes napping more comfortable. The stroller has also a step where taller children can rest their feet during strolls.

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Adjustable leg rest for more comfy napping and riding

Although this is a lightweight travel stroller, manufacturers didn’t forget about child’s comfort. Toddlers also like to take naps on the go – here they can lie back comfortably on a multi-position reclining seat.

To lower or lift the seat up you just need to pull the strap on the back of the seat, it’s very easy to do. The main seat doesn’t feature flat position, but goes down enough for comfortable snooze.

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Mountain Buggy Nano features multi-position reclining seat

At the top of the seat there is a mesh window that provides great air-flow and closes with Velcro. You can open it for even better ventilation during hot days or cover it during colder days. This cover is a new feature, added to the newest version of the stroller – Mountain Buggy Nano V2 2016. Aside from this mesh window, there is no peek-a-boo window but you can check on your baby through this one!

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Mountain Buggy Nano keeps the baby safe with 5-point harness

Toddler seat is equipped with a 5-point harness that unbuckles in two steps. First you have to push two red buttons, then squeeze a buckle. It is easy to do for parents but almost impossible for a toddler. Another plus for Mountain Buggy Nano 2016.

Seating options for newborns

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 offers two seating options that are suitable for newborns. With few additional attachments you can make this lightweight stroller ready for a newborn baby.

Mountain Buggy Nano car seat compatibility

What I really like about Mountain Buggy Nano V2 is that it can be easily turned it into a travel system and you don’t need to purchase any additional adapters for it! This stroller is already equipped with on-board adapter for car seats.

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Nano is compatible with major infant car seat brands

Thanks to Nano, you don’t have to worry anymore about taking baby out of the infant car seat, putting into a stroller and waking him up. You can simply install the car seat into the stroller seat with belt-style adapters. It’s easy and for me it feels really secure. It’s amazing that a lightweight stroller offers the stability suitable for infant car seat.

Travel System is not only great solution for parents who often drive with their kids or want to run quick errands. It’s awesome mostly because you don’t need any other strollers! You can use this stroller since day one with infant car seat and then switch it to a toddler seat. In both cases this stroller is super light and easy to transport. Perfect!

Mountain Buggy Nano Cocoon Carrycot

Another advantage of this lightweight stroller is that you can use it with a cocoon for newborn babies. It offers completely flat position, designed for delicate newborn spine. In the picture below you can see how it looks.

Mountain Buggy Nano with Cocoon Carrycot for Newborns
Mountain Buggy Nano with Newborn Cocoon

Mountain Buggy Cocoon Carrycot is suitable from birth up to 6 months or 19 lbs. It is 28″ long, 12″ wide and 18″ high with canopy/ 7″ high without canopy. It weighs only 3 lbs. So the whole stroller in a newborn mode weighs only 16 lbs which is super light! There are also two carrying handles so you can easily transport the baby from the stroller to home.

Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller with carrycot
Thanks to Cocoon Carrycot you can use Mountain Buggy Nano since birth

Who said that you cannot have a lightweight stroller for newborn? Mountain Buggy Nano serves parents since day one! I just love it.

Mountain Buggy Cocoon Carrycot is compatible with the newest version of Mountain Buggy Nano V2, MB Mini, Swift, Urban Jungle, Terrain and Duet. It is sold separately for around $80. You can check its current price here.

Canopy

As you can see in the picture below, Nano has two-paneled canopy with a flick out sun visor. In the newest model Mountain Buggy Nano V2 for 2016 the sun hood is bigger and the sun visor is made of the same solid material as the whole canopy, not mesh like in the previous version – Mountain Buggy Nano 2015.

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Two panel canopy with flick out sun visor provides decent coverage

I always read other parents reviews to give you bigger perspective on the product. Some parents using Mountain Buggy Nano V2 have been complaining that the canopy was opening itself when they tried to lift the folded stroller up. Of course I decided to check it.

Lightweight Travel Stroller Mountain Buggy Nano canopy opens when folded
Security strap for closing the canopy

Well, some parents were confused why Nano has a running strap, like a jogging stroller. In fact, this is a strap to secure the canopy in closed position. I’ve tested it and it keeps the canopy closed, so problem solved! You just need to remember that right after you fold the stroller, you need to use this strap to attach the canopy to the handlebar.

Wheels

Nano has 5.5″ wheels, the front ones are swiveling and can be locked straight for more difficult terrain. With locked wheels you can go over gravel or grass and you won’t stuck on every bump.

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Set front wheels in swiveling mode for more agility or lock them in straight position for tougher terrain

Although Mountain Buggy Nano V2 is not all-terrain stroller, it handles sidewalks, pavement, cobblestone and gravel paths really well. It’s perfect for parents who plan on travelling to Europe and visit some old towns like Rome, Florence or Paris.

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Although Mountain Buggy Nano has small wheels, it handles many surfaces

Brakes

There is a single action brake with color indicators, super easy to operate. To lock the stroller we need to step on the red part and to release we need to step on the blue part.

Mountain Buggy Nano features single action brake with color indicators
Mountain Buggy Nano features single action brake with color indicators

Handlebar

Nano’s handlebar has fixed height at 38.5″ from the ground. This is the most convenient height for parents from 5′ to 6’3″. The handlebar height and shape is really nice, I never kick the back of the stroller while walking (I’m 5’2″). My husband (he’s 6’2″) hasn’t got any problems with it either and he says this stroller is very comfortable for him to push. However, this handlebar can be to low for very tall parents.

Maneuverability and ease of use

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 is super convenient to operate, push and turn. It’s light and maneuvers smoothly and thanks to a perfect weight distribution going over curbs is not a problem anymore! We can easily lift the front wheels up and hop over curb. You can read more about this feature here.

With Nano we can easily pop over curbs - Lightweight Stroller for Newborn
With Nano we can easily pop over curbs

Moreover, Mountain Buggy Nano V2 is very slim which makes it easy to push with one hand and convenient for using public transportation or navigating through store aisles.

This stroller is also equipped with a rear-wheel suspension, which is pretty rare among lightweight strollers! Of course this buggy is not designed for off-road strolling, but this suspension can absorb light shocks. Big advantage for a lightweight stroller. Moreover, many parents love how sturdy Nano is.

Weight and folding

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 was designed for parents who are often on the go or travel with their children and need a stroller that is compact, quick to fold and portable. This stroller meets all of those need!

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 weighs only 13 lbs which makes it easy to lift to put in a car trunk or just carry. You can use this stroller for a newborn baby (with an infant car seat or newborn cocoon) and such a small weight is perfect for moms who had C-section or have problems with their backs.

Folding Mountain Buggy Nano
Folding Mountain Buggy Nano

Folding Nano takes two steps and is also very simple. It requires using two hands and little practice, but it’s not difficult. Once you get used to it, it will be a piece of cake and you will be doing it in a few seconds. First, you need to press two buttons to drop the canopy behind the seat and then fold the stroller down by grabbing a handle behind the seat. At the end you need to tie the canopy to the handlebar with the security strap.

Below you can see on the video how to fold Mountain Buggy Nano V2.

There is an automatic lock which simplifies storage and transport. Folded stroller dimensions are: 12″ x 22″ x 20″. It takes really small space in a car trunk, garage or closet so storing is also super simple. If you don’t have much space in your home or car, this stroller will suit you!

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Nano folds into a small package – easy to storage and transport

Mountain Buggy Nano 2016 fits into overhead compartments on most of the airplanes. It meets carry-on luggage regulations for most of the airlines (to be sure check out specific regulations before your trip).

Some parents ask what’s so special about taking stroller as carry-on, when you can just gate check it. Well, it is a convenient option to take stroller with you and put it into overhead compartment. You don’t have to worry it will get broken or ripped and you don’t have to wait for it after landing.

Mountain Buggy Nano comes with a travel bag
Mountain Buggy Nano comes with a travel bag

I took my Mountain Buggy Nano for a trip to Europe and after 9-hour flight I was really happy I could just walk out off the plane and put my daughter into the stroller immediately after landing. I didn’t have to wait for gate checked stroller or worry if it was going to show up intact.

Mountain Buggy Nano - one of the best lightweight travel strollers
Mountain Buggy Nano – one of the best lightweight travel strollers

This stroller is great for travelling by plane, train and car not only because of its small weight and compact size. It also includes a travel bag!

Besides, you can carry the stroller with a handle or shoulder strap (in or without the travel bag) or pull it like a suitcase because the wheels stick out of the travel bag! I love that I can carry this stroller on one shoulder and my baby on the other hand. With Mountain Buggy Nano V2 travelling with baby is a breeze!

As you can see Mountain Buggy Nano 2016 is not only an awesome lightweight stroller for newborn or toddler but also perfect lightweight travel stroller!

Storage space

This is a lightweight stroller therefore the basket under the seat is not the biggest one, but it offers decent storage space. You can fit there baby’s essentials and access the basket from the back and front.

Mountain Buggy Nano storage basket
Mountain Buggy Nano – storage basket

What I like about this basket is that it won’t sag even when it’s fully stuffed. As for a lightweight stroller Nano has pretty great storage bin.

Pros & Cons

In my Mountain Buggy Nano review I tried to show you this stroller’s high-quality and awesome features. Of course there is still room for improvement. Here’s my list of Nano’s advantages and disadvantages.

ProsCons
  • It can be used since day one (with Cocoon Carrycot or car seat) till toddlerhood
  • Converts easily into a travel system thanks to compatibility with probably every infant car seat, adapter is included
  • Main seat has adjustable leg rest
  • Wheels can handle sidewalks, gravel paths and cobblestone
  • Easy to use brake
  • Convenient to push with one hand, maneuvers very smoothly
  • Super light, can be carried with a handle or shoulder strap or pulled like a suitcase
  • Folds in few seconds into a small package – perfect for travel by plane/ train/ car
  • Includes travel bag
  • Rather small canopy
  • No traditional peek-a-boo window, only the mesh vent at the top of the seat back
  • Parent and child tray and cup holder not included
  • Folding requires using two hands

Need more reasons to buy?
Check out over hundred positive reviews of Mountain Buggy Nano written by other parents on Amazon

Mountain Buggy Nano – Accessories

I really love that Mountain Buggy Nano 2016 comes with a travel bag – especially useful during traveling by airplane and train. It has also built-in universal adapter for infant car seats, so there is no need to purchase additional adapter for specific brand.

There are also few other accessories for Mountain Buggy Nano V2, sold separately. Here I present you the most useful ones.

Mountain Buggy Newborn CocoonMountain Buggy Cocoon Carrycot – this newborn carrycot provides fully flat position, suitable for newborns and infants; thanks to it we can use Mountain Buggy Nano since birth.
Mountain Buggy Freerider Stroller BoardMountain Buggy Freerider Stroller Board – it connects to the rear axle of the stroller (thanks to universal connector included it fits to Mountain Buggy strollers and other stroller brands). Great option if you have two kids at different age, one can ride in a stroller and the older one on the freerider.
Mountain Buggy Nano grab bar and food trayMountain Buggy Nano Grab Bar and Food Tray – this child tray provide a convenient place for baby’s snacks and beverage. Kids always get hungry when on the go, in my opinion this tray is a must!
Mountain Buggy Pouch - storage bagMountain Buggy Pouch (storage bag) – This parent organizer is compatible with every Mountain Buggy stroller, it just belts around the handlebar. Thanks to it you can keep your essentials within reach. There are pouches for beverages and zippered storage for keys, phone, wallet and other parent’s necessities.
Mountain Buggy Nano all weather cover setMountain Buggy Nano All Weather Cover Set- this set includes mesh sun cover (which can also serve as insects shield) and rain cover. Both shields provide nice air-flow. If you live in area where it rains a lot or where’s a lot of sun or plan on traveling to those places – this is a must.
Mountain Buggy stroller umbrellaMountain Buggy Stroller Umbrella – this umbrella is compatible not only with Mountain Buggy strollers, but also other brand’s. It helps to protect baby from rains, sun and heat.
Mountain Buggy hand muffsMountain Buggy Hand Muffs- this thing makes you love winter strolls. It will keep your hands warm and dry. It simply zips to stroller’s handlebar. Fits to Mountain Buggy’s and other brand’s strollers.

Color versions

Mountain Buggy Nano comes in four regular color versions: Black, Ruby, Nautical and Silver.

Mountain Buggy Nano - regular color versions
Mountain Buggy Nano – regular color versions

There are also three special color editions for Mountain Buggy Nano: Year of the Dog (2018), Year of Rooster (2017) and Year of Monkey (2016) which all look really awesome.

Mountain Buggy Nano Year of the Dog Year Of Rooster and Mountain Buggy Nano Year of Monkey
Mountain Buggy Nano special edition: Year of the Dog, Year Of Rooster and Year of Monkey

Of course the price vary for all color versions. Here you can compare the prices for all available colors.

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 – Specification

Stroller typeLightweight
Stroller weight13 lbs (Frame + Main Seat), 3 lbs (Cocoon Carrycot)
Weight limit44 lbs (Main seat) / 19 lbs (Cocoon Carrycot)
Stroller dimensions 32” x 22” x 38.5” (LxWxH)
Folded dimensions 12” x 22” x 20” (LxWxH)
Handlebar height38.5”

Mountain Buggy Nano 2016 vs 2015

I’ve always been a fan of Nano stroller, but the latest version is even cooler. Manufacturers have really listened to parents calls and added new features to make Mountain Buggy Nano even more convenient to use.

What is the difference between the latest version – Mountain Buggy Nano V2 (2016) and the previous version from 2015?

Mountain Buggy Nano 2016 vs 2015
Mountain Buggy Nano 2016 vs 2015

First of all, Mountain Buggy Nano 2016 is 1’’ narrower, reclines 30% deeper, has larger canopy with solid flick out sun visor (instead of mesh) that goes a little bit lower, slimmer wheels and mesh window with fabric overlay on the seat back when the seat is reclined.

Besides, the seat go to near-flat position and is compatible with Newborn Cocoon Carrycot – when you attach it to the seat it will provide fully flat position for newborn baby.

Of course these are not huge changes, rather minor fixes that customers needed, but they make this stroller more convenient to use.

Keep in mind that manufacturer didn’t make new version of Mountain Buggy Nano for 2017, 2016 model is the latest one. There are only special color edition for each year that offer one new color version (read more above). You can see the newest & available colors here.

What other parents think about Mountain Buggy Nano V2

Mountain Buggy Nano Review

I checked other parents reviews on Amazon. At the time I’m writing this, Nano has over hundred reviews, including mostly positive ones. What are the main assets and flaws that customers mention?

Parents love this stroller for its sturdy construction and compact fold. Many customers think that it’s really awesome that Nano can be brought on airplane. This stroller can handle cobbled streets and fits through narrow spaces. It’s easy to maneuver through clothing racks in stores. Thanks to lightweight design it can be easily carried on one shoulder while carrying the baby in other arm. Another advantage is deep fold that provides perfect conditions for nap on-the-go.

Parents think that the main disadvantages are: lack of cup holder and folding that requires using two hands.

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 Review – Conclusion

Mountain Buggy Nano 2016

My rate:

Keep in mind

According to some parents, when the canopy is fully folded it may cover the push bar. However they also think that it’s not a big deal and it’s something that you can get used to. Also, keep in mind that the suspension absorbs only little shocks, so this stroller works worse on rough, bumpy terrain.

Reasons Why You Will Love Mountain Buggy Nano V2

Mountain Buggy Nano V2 is really awesome because it has many applications.

1. Parents can use it as all-in-one stroller, because this lightweight stroller has options for newborns and toddlers. It can also serve as a lightweight travel stroller for parents who often fly or drive.
2. Mountain Buggy Nano is also great for day trips to the ZOO or Disney World – it’s convenient to use for parents and very comfortable for the little passenger. It can be also used as an everyday stroller, for trips to the mall or restaurants.
3. You can also keep it in your car trunk or behind your seat (it takes up really small space). It allows you to get in and out of the car quickly any time you need to run some quick errands.
4. Nano can also work as a stroller for big kid or older toddler. It’s great for 3 or 4-year-old who can walk, but gets tired on long distances and sometimes want to hop on and get rest.
5. Mountain Buggy Nano V2 can serve you as a primary lightweight stroller for newborn or secondary lightweight travel stroller for toddler. It can be the only stroller you will ever need, so you can actually save money.
6. It combines the best features of different types of strollers. It’s light and compact like umbrella stroller, but well equipped like full-sized strollers.
7. It’s sturdy, easy to push with one hand and very versatile. Compared to other buggies in this category, this is one of the best lightweight strollers for traveling with babies at different ages.

Do you like Mountain Buggy Nano? Before you decide to buy it, check out available discounts and read what other parents, who have this stroller, wrote about it on Amazon.

And if you realized this stroller is not what you need, here you can find my ranking with other awesome lightweight strollers.


About Me - Zooey BarnettHello Moms! I am Zooey. I am a wife and a mother of three amazing kids: almost 5-year-old Haley and 2-year-old twins Jesse and Matthew. I am a jogger, cooker and blogger.

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