How to Fold UPPAbaby Cruz: Step-by-Step Guide   

By Jennifer Ward

Uppababy Cruz is one of the best luxury strollers that made to make your parenthood easier and memorable. If you are considering any UPPAbaby Cruz strollers or already own one, it’s quintessential to know how to fold UPPAbaby Cruz strollers step-by-step. Otherwise, if you mess up with the folding process, the $699 stroller may end up damaged.     

Sure, you’ve got the folding manual and might even see a demo in the store. What if you’ve forgotten the folding process and mishandled it? No worries, because I’m here to cut down your hassles! 

In this post, I’m showing you how to fold UPPAbaby Cruz strollers: the Original Cruz and the Cruz V2. This easy-to-follow guide will teach you how to fold and unfold UPPAbaby Cruz strollers effortlessly. As a bonus, I’ve included tips on how you can take UPPAbaby Cruz on travel for your convenience. Let’s begin.  

How to Fold UPPAbaby Cruz With Seat  

Before we begin folding any stroller, make sure it’s dry. Folding a damp stroller may be affected by mold or mildew and may cause serious health issues. Folding UPPAbaby is super easy; it takes less than a minute! On top of it, you can fold UPPAbaby Cruz with or without the toddler seat. So, let’s see what it takes more to fold compactly.  

Step 1: Lock Rear Wheels Using Foot-Paddle: To begin with, lock the rear wheels, then detach the removable parts. UPPAbaby Cruz features an under-seat foot paddle located middle of the frame. As the paddle is easy to access, just press it and lock the wheels.  

Uppababy Cruz_Lock Rear Wheels Using the RED Paddle
Lock Rear Wheels Using Foot-Paddle

Step 2: Retract The Canopy: UPPAbaby Cruz has a large canopy featuring UPF 50+ sunshade, which is extendable. As you’re folding UPPAbaby Cruz with the seat, retracting the canopy will help you avoid messing with the stroller. So, backtrack the canopy as much as it allows.  

Step 3: Extend the Handlebar Upward: After retracting the canopy, press the button underneath its telescoping handlebar; extend the handlebar to its highest position. Later, it’ll support the stroller in its standing position when it’s folded.

Extend the Handlebar Upward
Extend the Handlebar Upward

Step 4: Unlock the Frames:  Now, to fold the UPPAbaby Cruz, you have to unlock its frames. There are two trigger buttons located on both sides of the frames. Pull those triggers upward and unlock the edges.  

Unlock the Frames
Unlock the Frames

Step 5: Fold The Stroller: As soon as you unlock the frames, they’ll collapse. Then, rotate the upper part of the stroller toward the ground. After that, the frame will be automatically locked with the latch on the left side and remain folded in a standing position.  

Note: For a more compact fold, collapse the footrest by pressing the side buttons.  

Folded Uppababy Cruz
Folded Uppababy Cruz

How to Unfold UPPAbaby Cruz  

While unfolding UPPAbaby Cruz, don’t stay very close to it because the handlebar will be rotated upward later. So, keep a little space between you and the stroller before you jump in.   

Step 1: Hold the Handlebar: Properly hold the handlebar and tittle it forward. If you don’t hold the stroller properly, then unfolding would be a hassle.

Hold the Handlebar
Hold the Handlebar

Step 2: Unlatch the Stroller Frame: The stroller frame is locked with a latch from the left side. So, unlock the frame from the latch and rotate it upward. After that, adjust its handlebar up to four different heights (40 to 43 inches) based on your preference.  

Unlatch the Stroller Frame
Unlatch the Stroller Frame

Step 3: Adjust The Stroller: After unfolding UPPAbabay Cruz, fix the toddler seat (if you removed it previously); adjust the footrest and the canopy. As the seat is convertible, your baby can ride either facing forward or toward you.  

Step 4: Unlock the Wheel: Unlock the wheels using the foot paddle, and you’re ready to go!  

Unlock the Wheel
Unlock the Wheel

How to Fold UPPAbaby Cruz V2  

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is the updated version of the Cruz model. The folding process of Cruz V2 is almost similar to the Cruz. Let’s find out:   

Step 1: Lock Rear Wheels Using the RED Paddle: UPPAbabay Cruz V2 has two under-seat paddles; the red paddle is used for parking, and the green paddle is for unlocking the wheels. So, you’ve to press the red paddle to lock the wheels so that the stroller cannot move when you’re folding it.  

Lock Rear Wheels Using the RED Paddle
Lock Rear Wheels Using the RED Paddle

Step 2: Retract the Canopy: Cruz V2 has a larger canopy than Cruz. If you’re folding Cruz V2 with the seat, then retract the canopy at its highest position to fold the stroller more compactly. 

You can also fold UPPAbaby Cruz V2 without a seat. Simply pull up the seat holding the bumper bar. Then go for the next step.  

Retract the Canopy
Retract the Canopy

Step 3: Press the Button Underneath Handlebar: UPPAbaby Cruz and Cruz V2 features a button at the flip side of the handlebar; press it to release the folding mechanism.  

Press the Button Underneath Handlebar
Press the Button Underneath Handlebar

Step 4: Push the Handlebar down: After pressing the button, push the handlebar down and shorten it as much as it allows. Here lies another difference with Cruz; in Curz, you’re told to extend the handlebar to its highest position.

Push the Handlebar down
Push the Handlebar down

Step 5: Unlock the Frames: Now, it’s time to pull the triggers located on both sides of the frames. So, pull them upward.  

Step 6: Fold UPPAbaby Cruz V2: When you unlock the frames, they’ll collapse; afterward, rotate them toward the ground. As the frame is pushed toward the ground, it’ll automatically get locked with the latch located in the left corner. Now, you can plop the stroller at the back of your car trunk or store it in a convenient place.  

Note: For a more compact fold, collapse the footrest by pressing the side buttons  

How to Unfold UPPAbaby Cruz V2  

Unfolding UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is also similar to the Cruz. One addition is the green foot paddle on the left which is used to unlock the wheels. Let’s move on.  

Step 1: Press the Lever: You can hold the bumper bar at the back so that you can press the lever conveniently. Once you press the level, the frame will be unlocked.  

Press the Lever
Press the Lever

Step 2: Pull up the Frame: Now, you can pull up the frame and extend the handlebar based on your preference.  

Step 3: Adjust the Stroller: If you removed the seat previously, place it accordingly and adjust the canopy and footrest. 

Adjust the Stroller
Adjust the Stroller

Step 4: Unlock the wheel: Press the green foot paddle to unlock the wheel and go! 

Unlock the wheel
Unlock the wheel

How to Carry UPPAbaby CRUZ

You can carry UPPAbaby Cruz at the back of your car effortlessly. You can air travel with it by putting it on the UPPAbaby Cruz Travel Bag.  

Carry UPPABaby Cruz in Car   

You can remove the toddler seat from the stroller in order to fold it more compactly. After that, fold the stroller step-by-step and then plop it on the car trunk.  

Carry UPPAbaby Cruz on Plane  

Uppababy Cruz Travel Bag is vast and features several compartments to store different parts of the stroller. You can keep the wheels and the bumper bar separately.  

First, fold the stroller (you can remove the seat if you want). After that, remove the bumper bar and back wheel and store them in the different compartments of the bag. Finally, store the UPPAbaby Cruz inside the bag and lock the zip.  

How to Fold UPPAbaby Cruz: Final Words  

Strollers are evolving from time to time, upgrading the comfort level for babies and parents. People who admire UPPAbaby Cruz also like its updated version V2; Cruz V2 comes up with a larger seat, larger basket with 30 lbs capacity (5 lbs more than the Cruz), and more compact folding along with other upgraded features. However, both of these models have almost similar and effortless folding methods that won’t bother you at all!

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