Category: Strollers + Stroller-y Things

The iCandy stroller – A new luxury stroller for growing families, if not shrinking budgets

It’s been a while since I saw a stroller that made me go oooh, or at least until this weekend when I got an in-person demo of the new-to-the US iCandy stroller. And oooh I did. The first thing you’ll notice is that this popular British stroller is designed very much like a Bugaboo, right down to the air tires, modern fabric colors, silver frame, and logo placement – only it’s a cute little apple or pear on the canopy depending on the model. But it’s definitely more than just a Bug knock-off. The seat on the basic Apple...

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Move over Snuggie.

The stories are true. It gets darn cold up here in Canada in the winter. The kind of cold that makes your kids stand inside, shivering as they look out the front door, let alone open it and walk out. So, if we ever want to go anywhere at all then we have to do whatever we can to keep warm. Enter the Nuddle Baby. Soft as anything, this stroller blanket, a kid’s version of the original Nuddle, is the perfect way to add a little warmth to a chilly winter walk. It’s not one of those giant sleeping...

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Maclaren umbrella stroller recall – cover that hinge!

We love Maclaren strollers (as do millions of moms) so we’re pleased to see them conducting a voluntary recall of all Maclaren umbrella strollers. Evidently a hinge at the elbow joint can pinch little fingers (or worse) if they get in the way while you’re folding the stroller, so they’re offering a free kit with a hinge cover to cover it up. If you own  a Volo (shown), Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno or Easy Traveller this means you. No, you don’t have to return your beloved stroller. And you don’t...

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Yes, it’s stroller blanket season again

It’s only mid-October and already the babies in my hood are being bundled under stroller blankets and sleep sacs and other bits of coziness to keep the chill out. After four winters doing this mom thing, I’ve learned that it makes sense to invest in the good stuff because if you’re anywhere that gets an actual winter, you will definitely get your money’s worth. My dream bundle sac for the stroller is le sac igloo from 7AM Enfant (shown). It’s not only gorgeous on the outside (love that little furry hood!) and soft on the inside, it will keep...

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Got more than one kid? You need a Tagalong.

I’ve almost given up taking the double stroller with us anywhere because my older ones end up sitting in it for a solid five minutes, if I’m lucky, and then walking for the rest of the time. Now that’s great for when we’re in our own quiet neighborhood, but when we’re out and about, that means I’m left trying to keep one or both of them corralled with my one free hand or in most cases, my back pockets. But with the Tagalong, my hands are free and my pockets are back to making my butt look saggy (ha)....

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The Britax Blink will keep strolling and strolling…

The first thing each of my kids were strapped into was a Britax car seat. I liked Britax’s quality and reputation, and now that both kids have outgrown the seat, it still looks like new (except for a bit of cracker smudge on the straps). So it makes sense that the Britax’s foray into seats with wheels, or the Britax Blink stroller, won me over. When a review sample arrived, my first thought was that at 16 pounds it’s a little heavier than my mostly-plastic (fairly high-end) compact stroller. And it is. But as soon as I started pushing...

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BOB Strollers: It’s a Revolution

I consider myself quite a connoisseur of strollers. Having lived in the city, in urban suburbia, and in the suburbs proper, I know that owning a variety of strollers can be as essential as owning a variety of handbags. My latest stroller find is the BOB. Say it aloud; it’s got a cult-like sound to it, and for good reason. These babies are amazing. We’ve owned a few jogging-slash-multi purpose strollers, and the BOB, in my view, puts them all to shame. After trying one out for the last few weeks, the BOB’s attention to detail is what really...

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Bumbleride Indie Twin – Redefining the Double Stroller

I had forsaken double strollers because, let’s face it, they are gigantic monstrous beasts that can hardly be tamed by one poor mother. The front-to-back strollers made me feel like I was pushing a huge shopping cart, and the side-by-side strollers inevitably tick one of my kids off because they can’t agree on the canopy or the seat position. But when I met the Bumbleride Indie Twin, it completely changed my mind about double strollers. Set up like two really swanky side-by-side single strollers, the Bumbleride gives each kiddo separate footrests, hoods, and backrests, along with a super comfy...

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The Micralite Toro: Try it, love it, maybe win it.

I may be done having babies, but that doesn’t mean I am done coveting the cool gear the new ones get, like the Micralite Toro Stroller. As the name implies, this fairly new little technological marvel is super-light, weighing in at just 19 pounds, but can still take on the tough urban terrain. The Micralite Toro stroller has a full recline so wee babes can use it too, and, the one-handed folding mechanism is much appreciated since trying to juggle a baby while folding a difficult stroller can seriously wreck my mood. It can even stand up by itself...

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Stroller hooks that work: A thing of pure beauty.

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones – for every ten pitches we get for products you didn’t know you needed and really, still don’t, we get one for something like the Mighty Buggy Hook, which totally improves your stroller (and kind of your life). From inventor/mom King-Yee Man who created the stroller cupholder that we loved last year, the Mighty Buggy Hook is equally as thoughtful. This clever little stroller accessory uses velcro to adapt to pretty much any stroller handle in a variety of configurations and a pair of them really are strong enough to hold...

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Baby, it’s cold outside

For a guy who sets the thermostat at a level approaching “sauna,” it baffles me that my husband loves to take the jogging stroller on errands even when the temperature sinks below forty. While he dresses himself properly in layers, he tends to toss a blanket over the kids and assume they’ll be warm enough. Um, honey? It’s not the baby doing the jogging. The new stroller bunting from Bonne Bonnets (makers of those Bugaboo stroller canopies we love) was made for absentminded parents like him– and shivering kids like mine.  Basically, it’s a sleeping bag style foot muff...

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Warm as a lamb. Under a blanket. Next to a heat lamp. In Cancun.

I often have feelings of envy as I push my 19 month-old in her stroller on cold days, thinking it would be nice if it were she pushing me around town instead. Eh, I guess there’s plenty of time for that when I’m 80. Now I’m feeling doubly jealous, since giving the Warm as a Lamb Winter Stroller Coat Cover a whirl. Designed by mom Christine Kosteas and available at Amazon, this thing is seriously amazing, if you live in colder climes. (I’m talking to you, Minneapolis/Chicago/Boston moms.) It’s basically a heavy, thermally insulated stroller cover that completely shields...

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Designer stroller pads turn even that third generation MacLaren into a swanky ride

Stroller pads seem to be the new hot thing now and we totally see why. It’s a smart way to keep from investing in a whole new stroller when money is tight–says the mom who’s now on baby number three. Our latest find is the stylish Ajo Bebe stroller pad. You definitely have to be into fluffy for this one – it’s super soft and thick and a little feminine with the ruffle trim. It fits easily on most strollers and can turn it into a comfy, swanky ride, regardless of whether you’re driving a $20 umbrella stroller or...

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You know what Bugaboos really need? A way to cost even more.

Sure we all marveled at the Bugaboo strollers (and their price tags) when they first came out. They were the ergonomic and stylish answer to every chic mom’s prayers. However some dads needed a little…more. Well, Iacono Designs, brains behind the $2500 Roddler stroller, felt their pain and introduced the new AirborneMini Tuning Kits. These aftermarket parts will transform any Bugaboo into a badass baby transport system for those types with spare thousand-dollar bills floating around. You can trick out your wheels with machined billet aluminum rims, add a dropped axel and install top notch bearings which can take...

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Who needs a stroller when you’ve got a Cruizer?

With each successive child, it gets progressively more difficult to haul around my brood. I started with one of those gargantuan travel systems that’s more trouble than it’s worth. Then I moved on to the stroller frame that accommodates the infant carrier. But now I’ve found the greatest method of baby-hauling yet invented–the Infant Cruizer from GoGoBabyz. The Cruizer’s base accommodates Graco car seats, but it comes with adaptors to fit Britax, Combi, and Peg Perego models too. Just snap the infant carrier into the base and raise the handle to a comfortable height.  That’s it.  Really! The large,...

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Buttoned-up baby gifts

As far as I’m concerned, the greatest gifts are the ones that you’d feel far too frivolous buying for yourself, but are unexpectedly practical.  That theory goes double for new baby gifts. That’s why the Car Seat Cardigan from Pomegranate Babies is my new go-to baby gift for the extra special new babies I know. We’ve never seen anything quite like these hand-knitted infant car seat covers adorned with hand-felted embellishments like frogs and flowers.  Not only are they ridiculously cute, they’re absolutely useful. No need to wrestle the baby into a bunting (which makes buckling the car seat...

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Stroller liners – totally frivolous and completely necessary

Considering I’m on my third child, I’m probably not the strongest candidate for a stroller liner. But when I got my hands on the beautifully crafted ones from BooYah Baby–funny name, cute stuff–I had one of those defining “how did I ever live without this?” mom moments. These stroller liners combine a mix of stylish fabrics, lovely ribbon detail, and just enough padding to make any stroller a bit more comfy. It took me just a few seconds to pop it on and then off my stroller, great for when your child sets out to prove that his sippy...

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I think I’ll go for a walk outside now

Snap the ingenious Strolling Tote by Built NY to your stroller handle and you’ll no longer need to haul a 20-pound diaper bag for a 30-minute walk. We spotted this tote and immediately recognized it as the perfect size for a diaper and wipes, a cell phone and some cash–or even diaper cream which, should it explode, will wash right off of the colorful neoprene. It’s the perfect carry-all for a quick escape to the corner coffee shop, or when you just need some fresh air while your sweet baby exercises his lungs. Earplugs not included....

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With stroller pads, everything old is new again

There is something beautiful about a pristine, brand new stroller tucked away in the corner of the perfect nursery just waiting for the baby’s arrival. And then there is something equally horrifying about how that same stroller looks a year later, coated with grease splotches and food remnants and stains of unknown origin. Or worse, an origin which you wish were unknown. If I had to do it all over again, I’d invest in a stroller pad from the get-go, and a whole array of nice options are available at myMonkeymoo. The handmade-in-Canada stroller pads are very nicely constructed,...

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De-Bugging the Baby Carriage

Considering I’m not living in the Amazon, or even the deep south, I never entirely understood the appeal of those mosquito nets that go over the baby carriage. And then, last week, my baby got bit by a tick. Yikes. She’s fine, but I can only imagine what it’s like for moms who are dealing with black flies and swarms of mosquitoes and who knows what else in their neck of the woods while they’re just trying to have a nice day outdoors with the fam. Especially considering newborns aren’t really the best candidate for DEET. Hedvig Bourbon, one of our favorite indie stroller accessory designers has just come out with a stylish solution in her Charlotte Bug Nets. In white or black, each one comes with sweet little butterflies or dragonflies appliquéd on – you know, the kinds of critters you don’t mind on your kids all summer long. They fit standard strollers but I especially like them for infant seats, so while you’re baby is lounging around the backyard or park, you don’t have to be swatting at bugs the whole time. There’s one other benefit: Keeping strangers from touching the baby. Which is almost worse than the ticks. –LizCongratulations to Rachel C, winner of a Charlotte bug net of her...

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Small apartment solution: Hang the stroller. Duh.

Thank you StrollAway, oh thank you so much for preserving the precious commodity that is our floor space. I just don’t have room for strollers cluttering up my entranceway – that honor would be reserved for kids shoes, small toys, and the sigOth’s many jackets – and now I have a better option. It’s a pretty basic idea: A sturdy steel over-the-door hanger to store your wheels off the ground and out of the way. It’s so thoughtfully designed that it works with really any stroller at all, and the hooks even flip open flush to the door when...

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A New Bugaboo for 1/10th the Price

Okay so I admit to a little stroller remorse with my Bugaboo. Not that I don’t love it (I really, really love it) but I’m getting a little tired of the red after three years. Which is also why it’s a good thing that I never got a tattoo.  But wait, maybe I can freshen things up economically with Bonne Bonnets and their beautifully made canopy covers. Made by two smart mamas to fit the Frog, Cameleon or Geco, it’s like having a brand new Bug for just 90 bucks. There are currently ten fabrics to choose from and...

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A Silver Cross stroller we B-listers can afford too

When I had the chance to try out the new Silver Cross stroller, the Dazzle, I jumped at it. This is the stroller brand ("pram" if you’re fancy) favored by the likes of Jennifer Garner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez…you might have heard of a couple of them? (Not that I care what strollers they push, but it’s always interesting to me what people buy when they can afford anything.) The Silver Cross Dazzle, in a word, dazzles. First off, the streamlined style, appealing curves, and modern colors are great – see all four at Estella-NYC. It’s a little heavier...

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Shady Deal

It’s finally officially spring, and I’m ready to go outside and play. Of course, I’ll probably have to take the kids with me. Not to mention the stroller, diaper bag, sunscreen, picnic blanket, a few books, a bunch of snacks, my Sigg bottle, and a stuffed animal or two . One item I definitely won’t forget in the process – my Shady Baby stroller parasol. Forget draping a blanket over your sleeping baby (which always makes me worry they’ll overheat), this petite umbrella made by a clever mom-pop team clamps to your stroller and adjusts to block the rays...

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Pimp My Bugaboo

At the risk of being flamed, I hereby announce that I have a Bugaboo. And I freaking love it. Living in NYC there’s no better stroller for tackling cobblestones, bumping down subway steps and generally looking swanky. It gets way more use than our car, natch – but that also means it is, um…what’s that word? Oh yeah. Filthy. Enter the super snazzy stroller seat and canopy covers from Mama-La. While the stunning fabrics give you an Extreme Stroller Makeover, mom Mai-Liis Schertz has designed them to be practical too. See they fit snugly, they’re waterproof making them easier...

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Stroller cup holders – They aren’t just for strollers. Or cups.

The joke in the automotive industry is that women will buy cars simply for the cup holders. (What can we say, cup holders are awesome.) But funny enough, when it comes to our strollers – no cup holders! Ack! The horror! The Buggy Cup from Think-King is the solution to your traveling beverage containment problems. Soft, meshy, funky, it velcros onto pretty much any stroller then pulls off in a sec if you ever want to switch strollers. Or is that just those of us in NYC with more than one? It’s also smart for bikes, scooters and wheelchairs,...

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Made In the Shade

I can’t be the only one who, in a fit of desperation, draped a receiving blanket over the top of my stroller to shield my sleeping baby from the sun. And I certainly can’t be the only one who couldn’t enjoy the silence of a napping child because I was totally sure she was deprived of oxygen under there.

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Pocketbook On Wheels

Since we all know that women only buy cars based on the cupholders (is my scarcasm coming across?) the same might go for strollers. Then again, the top strollers don’t necessarily have the best Diet Coke storage, to say nothing of easy access to all your other junk.

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Clippy Not Slippy

My first child is on her way and while I still have a lot to learn, one thing I’ve already got down pat is how not to experience a repeat of The Slippy Blanket Stroller Incident that occurred while I was walking with my infant niece. Let’s just say that when a blanket slides off a stroller and gets caught in the wheels, it’s not pretty. Thanks to Amy Long, the owner and creator of the ingenious Secure2Me Blanket, I don’t have to ever worry about losing my daughter’s blanket–or capsizing her stroller. These luxurious and stylish blankets come...

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