Category: Strollers + Stroller-y Things

New Mountain Buggy MB Mini stroller review: possibly the only stroller you’ll ever need

When I’m out and about with my three kids, the last thing I want to worry about is whether or not my stroller will be able to handle whatever it is we’re doing that day. Will it fit through the doorway at the bank? Will it get stuck in rocks, mud, sand, or snow? Will it fold up easily and fit into our car? I have always been a huge fan of Mountain Buggy strollers, but now I love their strollers even more with this clever new addition. The new MB Mini is a perfect stroller for anyone looking...

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The best bag for vacationing with baby…and baby’s 14 tons of stuff

I consider myself a pretty light packer, but traveling with kids can make an overpacker of the best of us. Especially if a baby is involved. Those tiny people sure don’t travel light. Luckily, the wise folks at Phil & Ted’s have found a way to make packing tons of stuff a total breeze.   Phil & Ted’s new Universal Travel Bag is designed to protect and carry all of the baby’s essentials (and then some). First and foremost, it’s a stroller bag. Because of its unique wrap design, this bag is adaptable to almost any stroller you want to pack. It’s...

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Bugaboo’s game-changer: the new all-terrain Buffalo stroller

I have always loved Bugaboo strollers. They’re lovely to look at and easy to push. The design is always exceptional and functional. And they’ve got pretty darn good street-cred. But until now, my existence in a city that’s covered in snow for at least half the year has kept my lust in check.   All of a sudden, however, the all-terrain Bugaboo Buffalo stroller has charged onto the stroller scene and I’m ready to forget everything I ever thought I knew about Bugaboo strollers. The Buffalo is everything the Cameleon 3 is, only–in my humble opinion–better. It’s bigger (literally–the seat is higher and...

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Warhol meets Bugaboo. And the fancy parents go wild.

We like classic cars for kids’ gear, but in this case, it’s “cars” with a lowercase C–more Soho than Radiator Springs. If you’re in the market for an eye-catching stroller and you happen to love Andy Warhol’s trademark style, check out the latest special edition of one of our favorite strollers. We love the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 for comfort, ease of use, and storage space. Now we adore the latest Andy Warhol special edition Bugaboo fabric set featuring the pop artists iconic automobiles print. Note: the price you see here is for the fabric set only; the actual Bugaboo...

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Go Dutch with this dashing (and affordable) stroller from Nuna

The thing about high-end strollers is this: sometimes it’s hard to imagine spending all that money when what you really want is a fancy vacation. Or an iPad. Or gorgeous new patio furniture. Not every family needs a break-the-bank stroller. Especially now that there’s a great new affordable option available–with undeniably good looks, to boot. The PEPP stroller from Nuna abides by simple Dutch design to create a less-is-more approach to stroller-ing. For starters, this stroller is a looker. Plain, bold colors (which can be enhanced with optional add-ons like seat liners and foot muffs) pair with black to create a...

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The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 works its magic again

I can’t get my son out of this stroller. This is a good thing. Trust me. My two-year-old gives the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. That is, until I introduced him to this new ride from Bugaboo. Before the new Bugaboo Cameleon 3, this kid was not having any strollers. But a miracle happened when I received the new Bug to test drive–my little guy suddenly loved to go on stroller rides. Really. The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is an even greater version of the original and much-loved Cameleon stroller. First of all, hooray for the larger underseat...

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Get in The Shade: the all-purpose, all-weather protector for baby

I firmly believe that the rule that applies to dogs should also apply to babies: always ask before touching. (Hey, let’s add pregnant bellies to that list, too). When my son was an infant, I was at the grocery store and a total stranger walked up and just started touching his face. Um, excuse me? But now there are a few new products that comes in handy when people are being, well, a little too handsy, the newest being The Shade from Imagine Baby. It’s a stretchy cover (think spandex material) that pops onto almost any size baby car seat...

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Bumbleride Indie: Is it too dated to call it the Cadillac of strollers?

They say that it’s hard to improve upon perfection, but the newest Bumbleride Indie stroller has found a way to buck that concept. We have always loved this line of super sturdy and stylish wheels, and with the newest features, there’s even more to get excited about. The Indie actually shouldn’t just be called a stroller. It’s more like a stroller system that lets you stroll, jog, run, and most importantly, keep your precious cargo in the comfiest of settings. I was immediately attracted to its overall look. Sporty and sleek at the same time, especially this new aquamarine...

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Baby’s first BMW, courtesy of Maclaren

I’m a huge fan of Maclaren strollers. In fact, out of all the strollers I’ve tried and tested over the years, the Maclaren Denim Quest is one of the only ones that has stood the test of time and tantrums. Their latest Object of Design launch (which is the same series that birthed the denim model) has me overjoyed–you might even call it the BMW of strollers. The new limited-edition BMW Buggy from Maclaren, a meeting of the minds between the stroller giant and the luxury car company, is a specimen of great engineering. It’s sporty, cool and definitely a...

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Bring on spring with these cool new stroller shades from Bugaboo

We’re almost out of the stroller stage at my house (sniff), but that doesn’t mean I don’t have total stroller envy. With all the gorgeous colors and amazing features, they’ve really become as much of a style statement as they are a gear essential for parents. The next best thing to a new stroller: These new summer shades from Bugaboo. What a cool way to snazz up your basic black Bugaboo: just add the new “Jazz Up Summer” shades, which are available for all the Bugaboo models, including the Cameleon, Donkey, and the Bee. Both the blue and gold...

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Bugaboo stroller recall – no reason to panic but worth a read if you own one

Today, Bugaboo voluntarily recalled the Cameleon and Donkey strollers that have detachable carrycots/seats. A button on the seat carry handle can become disengaged and detach. No injuries have been reported, and the safety risk has been deemed low. Bugaboo Cameleon Even so, you’ll want to get a free replacement handle right away if you own a stroller with one of these serial numbers under the seat:  Bugaboo CameleonSerial Number 04011090900001 to 04031101009999Serial Number 08011090900001 to 08021100800386Serial Number 140100093600531 to 140103123350418 Bugaboo DonkeySerial Number 170101105300001 to 170104130900500 To get your free handle replacement, call Bugaboo at (800) 460-2922 from 7AM...

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Your baby’s toasty in that stroller. Shouldn’t you be toasty, too?

I am definitely not one for gimmicky baby and new mom products that you really don’t need. That’s probably why you don’t see a lot of stroller accessories on here, or stuff like the dreaded wipes warmer. (Sorry to those of you who love them.) But in this case, I kind of fell hard for a dandy stroller accessory that I wish I had had when my kiddos were babies. The WarmMuffs from one of our favorite little baby brands, 7 A.M. Enfant, are pretty genius if you live anywhere the temperature likes to drop below 32F. These ultra luxe, fuzzy,...

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This style-savvy stroller bag moonlights as a messenger bag

It’s always tricky trying to figure out which bag to bring with me on when I’ve got the stroller in tow. My usual diaper bag is way too heavy and tends to topple the stroller if my son hops out. My purse, on the other hand, is too small for outings with the kiddo. But there’s a new stroller bag in town that walks the line of chic and functional–perfectly. The new Georgi stroller bag from Baby Cargo doesn’t actually look like a stroller bag at all. The feminine and stylish messenger bag looks more like something you’d pick up at hipster boutique...

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Get a grip

If you’d told me a few weeks ago that I needed covers for my stroller handles, I would have  been like, stroller handlebar covers? Riiiight. Well, guess what? Turns out it was love at first grip. The stroller handlebar covers from mom-created CityGrips are not just colorful and fun, they feel great and make all that pram-pushing far more pleasant–and less sweaty.  I was more than a little skeptical, but after slipping the Missoni-esque zigzag covers onto my Maclaren handlebars, I’m sold.  The covers are made from a super-silky, luxurious fabric that kept my fingers happy even as I struggled...

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The new Phil&Ted’s Dot stroller. Not just for city moms.

Confession: I still envy the fancy strollers of my city-dwelling mama counterparts. But raising four kids in the suburbs doesn’t present much of a rationale for much more than the bare basics. At least, that’s what I thought until I was introduced to the newest stroller from Phil&Ted’s. Let’s just say now I know what I’ve been missing all these years. And why everyone raves about their strollers. The new Phil&Ted’s Dot stroller is definitely an urban mom’s dream, with careful attention to all the ins and outs of city life, like maneuvering through busy streets and tight subway spaces, thanks...

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The new Double Helix double stroller from Orbit is one far-out ride

For any mom with more than one child, finding the right double stroller is pretty much the search for the holy grail. The perfect buggy built for two should be easy to maneuver, fit through doorways, and allow you to convert it into a single stroller without breaking your back. The new Helix from Orbit does all that, with many more out-of-this-world features. There are many innovative new strollers out there, but not since the launch of the Bugaboo Donkey has there been so much buzz surrounding a double buggy. The Double Helix from Orbit not only looks completely...

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Romero Britto, come to baby

Back when I was shopping for baby gear for my now-tween, my choices for stroller and car seat covers were pretty blah: Solid navy, neutral plaids, and teddy bear. You new mamas have it so good, especially those of you with a penchant for the modern pop-art of artist Romero Britto which is coming soon to two of our favorite brands: Quinny strollers and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats. The bright colors and graphic designs of Romero Britto’s work give such a big visual punch to the red/black combo on both the Quinny Moodd single stroller and the Maxi-Cosi Mico...

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Bloom strollers blend neon with zen and it totally works

I’ve often wondered why strollers don’t come with headlights. (Seriously, I think about such things.) Well, my wish has actually come true. The new Zen stroller from Bloom comes with–you guessed it–a headlight. But that’s only one of the very cool and clever design features on this futuristic-looking buggy. The new Zen stroller from Bloom is definitely one of the more eye-catching baby-carting mechanisms I’ve seen. And this comes from a mama who’s pushed her kids in some big name, SUV-sized strollers. Part of the notice me-ness is due in part to the acid bright colors in the CMYK...

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The 2012 Flite of the Bumbleride

We love Bumbleride strollers and gear. We’ve featured their stuff quite a bit because it is consistently fresh looking with updated features, colors and the kinds of accessories that actually get used. Plus their customer service is just–well, nice! Back in 2010, we reviewed the Bumbleride Flite, and were really impressed with what we saw. Now, the 2012 model takes a great thing and makes it even better. [don’t miss your chance to win your own Bumbleride stroller from Cool Mom Picks!] Bumbleride has updated their wheel system which means that the stroller really glides and will make maneuvering in crowds...

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Breaking news: Peg Perego stroller recall

If you bought a Peg Perego stroller between January 2004 and September 2010, you’ll want to check to be sure it’s not one of the 223,000 strollers that are only just now being recalled after an infant died in 2004. Little ones, particularly those under 12 months old, can pass between the seat and the tray and can get their heads stuck.  The specific recalled strollers are the older Venezio and Pliko-P3 models that have a child tray with a single cup holder, not the bumper bar. To be certain if yours is on the list, check the CPSC information...

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Stroller technicians are the new massage therapists.

Raise your hand if your stroller needs a good fixin or deep cleaning? Great! Now that I have your attention–every single one of you–I’m thrilled to tell you about a new baby gear detailing service that will reduce the stress of maintaining kiddo’s wheels. At the height of my insanity, I had three strollers. Yup, three. I’ve dealt with nearly every kind of stroller issue imaginable, from flat tires to torn handle bar foam, a bent chassis to missing rivets. All. On. My. Own. (Can you tell I’m a little bitter?) Thanks to Stroller Spa, you don’t have to...

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BOB gets into the stroller accessory game and the kids aren’t complaining a bit.

Toddlerhood is a mover and shaker kind of lifestyle, which is probably why our first lower budget stroller wore out its welcome fairly quickly, and our replacement umbrella stroller is handy–but not souped-up enough for a long day bopping around. It seemed the timing was right to find a ride to fit our new lifestyle and we have with the BOB Revolution SE, launched just last year. Is it right for you too? Because they’ve got a sweet new accessory that might sweeten the deal. The newest addition to the BOB Revolution line that kids will undoubtedly appreciate as...

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Which stroller to buy? How about the one that makes you happy to push every day

One of the questions we’re most often asked: which stroller to buy? We often recommend travel systems, which let you couple a great stroller with that baby seat you’re going to need. But a great travel system is one thing; great travel system in colors that make your heart race is another thing altogether. I was excited to learn that Britax is releasing some new fabrics this season to take their B-SAFE infant car seat and B-AGILE stroller from the red and black offerings to a fun Kiwi and sophisticated Sandstone –that’s bright green and tan to those of...

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Bugaboo goes neon – cue the opening to Karma Chameleon. Or Cameleon?

Back after the sad demise of neon in the 80s, I really thought I would never thought I would see neon again. Boy George, was I wrong. And now even Bugaboo is getting into the neon action, and it puts the boom boom into my heart. Personally, I think the new NEON POP collection is absolutely gorgeous. A beautiful navy fabric and Bugaboo’s first-ever navy chassis on the Cameleon are complemented by striking hits of fluorescent red on the wheels, zippers, buckles and more. The best part is that even if your love affair with neon was as short-lived as...

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The stroller pad as cozy as a mattress

There have been many times when I’ve wanted nothing more for my baby to just chill and take a snooze in the buggy when all he does is fuss. But now that I’ve discovered this new stroller pad that is so comfortable, I’m tempted to sit on it myself. The new NuComfort Memory Foam Stroller Pads from Tivoli Couture are lined with high density memory foam to give your little peanut a luxurious ride. It self-adjusts to your child’s body and helps with shock absorption–a huge plus when navigating bumpy city blocks and rough terrain in my neighborhood. But...

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Shower the strollers you love with love

You’re probably going to think I’m crazy, but one of my favorite baby shower gifts in the Cool Mom Picks Baby Shower Gift Guide this year is a stroller cleaning kit. I know. Weird, right? But, hear me out. Not only does the BUGGYLOVE Organic Stroller Cleaning Kit contain everything you’ll ever need to clean and maintain baby’s ride, the products are all made of natural and organic materials. Even the squeak-eliminating Wheel Love is made from citrus and other plant oils. None of that smelly, aerosol stuff you might otherwise have to use. How cool is that? I’ve...

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A stroller deal from Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy to get excited about

Some deals are just too good to keep to yourself. Especially when it involves a stroller, since great buggies can be so pricey, but are so integral for every family with young ones. Two of Cool Mom Picks’ fave stroller brands, Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy, will be offering their strollers on the chic flash sale site Gilt Kids tomorrow with an awesome accessory thrown in. It’s already sweet to get a Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle for $100 off the sticker price or a Phil & Teds Explorer for $130 off the price–but with either one, Gilt is...

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The stroller bag for baby hipsters

Not every baby wants to jet about town covered in a glorified sleeping bag. Some may feel the need to be a little more stylish than that. For those baby hipsters, we’ve got just the solution for chilly days. Behold the Smally Hoodmuff. I love this thing. Not only is it certifiably adorable–I mean come on, it looks like a comfy hoodie sweatshirt–it’s also ridiculously easy to use. We’ve had no trouble attaching it to our stroller seat and zipping baby in. And though it’s obviously not intended for frigid  winter days, I like it as an extra layer...

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The Bugaboo Cameleon goes purple for 2012

My favorite color is purple, which not an easy shade to find on a stroller–until now. The coveted Bugaboo Cameleon just added a gorgeous new shade of deep purple to its family and we’re digging it. But if you do too, you have to hurry! Obviously a Bugaboo Cameleon is a fantastic stroller choice, regardless of the color, but the gorgeous new deep purple hue ads a modern style statement, if red and navy aren’t your style. Unfortunately, it’s available only for a limited time–and only at Buy Buy Baby. But the Chameleon stroller itself will last you a...

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A convertible stroller blankie that changes with the seasons

After a very generous stretch of unseasonably mild weather in New York, the freezing cold is here (sigh). Rather than pretend I live in LA, I have to take winter seriously this year since I have a new-ish baby to keep warm. Thankfully I found a new stroller blanket from 7 A.M. Enfant that feels like the coziest puffer coat and can still be used when it finally does get warmer again. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Since strollers are the main mode of transport for us city moms, I make sure whatever is attached to...

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