Product Spotlight Review: Mia Moda Compagno

Great Stroller-and-a-Half Option

If your older child is a walking toddler when your next baby is born, chances are you’ve shopped for a double stroller, and been horrified at the semi-truck you’d be forced to schlepp around.

Good news! There is a new category of strollers — the Stroller-and-a-Half – that allows you to tote a small child in a standard stroller seat, and offers a smaller backseat ride for the sometimes toddler hitchhiker.

A Stroller-and-a-Half offers all the style and convenience of a standard stroller, with the added bonus of a double ride without the added bulk.

Mia Moda is a fresh, new company that started in 2006 and is based out of a suburb of Charlotte, NC. Their mission is to design the kind of products that appeal to your sense of independence, individuality and desire to simply ‘do things your way’. Every Mia Moda car seat and stroller incorporates leading-edge technology that delivers performance and safety. And that’s why they have given them names like Viva, Energi and Compagno -identities that capture the exuberance of youth and that Roman Holiday-esque “gaiezza” (happiness, joy) that they work hard to build into every one of their products.

The Compagno is Mia Moda’s stroller-and-a-half. Like other stroller-and-a-half strollers, we’ve road tested the Compagno with all manner of kids, and found the perfect combination is a child that can sit upright in the front stroller seat (six months or more), and an older toddler that is happy for the ride, but is mature enough not to jump off without warning (two-and-half years and more). While the stroller will work with other combinations – newborns can ride when their car seat carrier is attached, older children can hop on the back seat – if you have the above combination, this type of stroller is as close to heaven as you can get.

The Mia Moda Compagno has a roomy front seat with a solid, padded 5-point harness that accommodates children up to 40 lbs (about a 4 year old). The front seat has only 2 position reclines, neither which is flat to allow room for the rear passenger. Since the seat doesn’t have a full recline it is only recommended for children 6 months and up. Want to use it with a newborn? No problem. Mia Moda has a universal car seat adapter that allows this to be a travel system with most infant carriers. There is a detachable front baby tray with cup holder that is great for your little rider. There is also a great attached parent tray with cup holder for mom.

Back riders can stand on a platform, face forward and see over their little sister or brother, or relax on a small seat of their own. We were pleased with the Mia Moda’s back seat. The small seat, which is larger than other stroller-and-a-half options, is great for when our older riders need a rest plus it slides out of the way when the child wants to stand. Like all stroller-and-a-half strollers, your child may be a bit squished if your front seat is reclined and your rear passenger wants to sit. When the back rider wants to stand there is a strap that the child can lean back against as well as a great back resting pad for their comfort. We found the resting pad is unique to the Compagno and is a great comfort touch. The back rider also has handlebars to hang onto. Most children we tried it with loved riding along, although younger toddlers can jump off fairly easily, so choose your back riders wisely.

The Compagno comes with a rather small canopy that we found doesn’t sufficiently shade both riders. It is removable as well. The stroller also has a large basket, one of our most important stroller requirements. Note: Like other stroller-and-a-half strollers, the basket will be hard to access when there is a backseat rider.

Folding the stroller is easy to do and can even be done one-handed. It folds up to the size of a single full-size stroller and even has an automatic lock to keep it closed. We love that! Unfolding the stroller is very simple as well – unlock the lock and pull it open. Opens in seconds!

The Mia Moda is surprisingly not too bad to push and maneuver either. It has large wheels with all wheel suspension that allow it to manage different terrain easier. There is a one touch brake in the rear and the ability to lock the front swivel wheels straight. It isn’t light though – weighing in at a heavy 34.4 lbs! This weight is unfortunately heavier than many double strollers but with the more compact fold, we accept the weight. We would like to see Mia Moda shave some weight off this stroller though to make it more manageable for us lightweight moms.

It is available in two colors: Mint Java and Rosso Red. Retailing at approx $199, we found the Mia Moda Compagno to be very sturdy and have some great features for both mom and kids. A great alternative to the bulky double strollers, the Compagno is a top-notch stroller-and-a-half for your growing children.

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About Hollie Schultz

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in Chicago. She loves the city but hates the cold!

Comments

  1. Melanie says:

    What a great site – really comprehensive reviews! This is the only site I have been able to find a weight listed for the Mia Moda Compagno Stroller. I noticed on the Joovy Caboose review there was a video. That was truly fantastic as you can see the stroller in action and get a great feel for it’s actual dimensions. Are you planning to do one for the Mia Moda? I am torn between the 2 of them.

  2. Yes, we have done a video review for the Mia Moda Compagno stroller. You can find it at: http://www.babygizmo.com/news/miamodacompagno.php

  3. Rebecca says:

    I was wondering about the size of the Mia Moda Compagno’s footprint. For size comparison against the Joovy Caboose. I am torn between the two. I originally picked the Joovy over the Baby Trend sit N stand because of the smaller size but I do like the features of the Mia better. I watched the video, but still cannot tell how big the Mia Compagno is. I am not worried about weight, just the actual foorprint of it to determine manuverability. Thanks, Rebecca

  4. The Joovy Caboose and Mia Moda Compagno have about the same size footprint. When folded and laying down they are both about 43 inches long and around 21 inches wide. Hope this helps!

  5. Shelley says:

    Just a follow-up to the previous question: Are the Mia Moda Compagno and the Joovy Caboose also the same length (or depth) when open? How far is the front wheel from you when you are steering? Also, if you have any comparisons to the Baby Trend Sit N Stand, that would be enormously helpful! Thanks!!

  6. cristina says:

    I am also very torn between the 2. My biggest consern is when I have the newborn in the infant seat on the front of the stroller, will my toddler be able to sit down on the rear seat?????

    Any advise would be greatly appretiated!!

  7. carrie says:

    Does the Mia Moda Compagno have parent cupholders? I had a Chick Cortina with my first (that I absolutely love), but now that I’m pregnant with my second I’m going to need something that will hold both kiddos.

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