If 2012 was the year of techy stroller innovation, 2013 is looking to be the year of practicality. Many of our favorite stroller companies — Mountain Buggy, Stokke, Chicco, etc. — are coming out with lighter, simpler, easier strollers. And that’s my kind of innovation.
Here are 10 of the coolest new stroller releases coming in the early months of 2013:
The 2013 version of Bumbleride’s popular Indie will reaffirm their commitment to natural, earth-friendly materials and practices. 50% of the frame is made from recycled material, and 50% of the fabrics are made with sustainable bamboo. It’s also better for joggers than previous versions, and it comes with a ton of accessories — like a car seat adapter, foldable bumper bar, cup holder, and jogging strap.
Read more about the newest Bumbleride Indie
Bumbleride’s strollers are well known for being robust buggys that are equipped to go where you go! Always evolving, they have made some changes for 2013 that we think parents will be excited about. While in Louisville a couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to view the new collection. Here are some of the new features they will be rolling out in the new year.
Last year when they introduced their Natural Edition collection, it was designed with 50% of the exterior fabric using recycled PET (plastic bottles) and 50% of the interior fabric from bamboo charcoal. In 2013 all of the new fabric types and colors for all of their strollers will be produced using the eco-friendly materials, beginning with Indie in January. The lotus pink is available with a bright blue or pink canopy (packaged separately) and will be available through specialty retailers only.
All models for 2013 will have new harness that feature 5-point breakaway system that prevents entanglement.
An umbrella stroller that doesn’t feel like an umbrella stroller.
Best for: Someone who wants an umbrella stroller as their one and only stroller.
Not best for: Again, parents who need a reversible seat or all-terrain wheels.
Favorite features: The Bumbleride Flite is one of the most maneuverable umbrella strollers I’ve tested — riding smoothly and feeling sturdy, while still being comfy and supportive for little ones. It has an almost-full recline, adjustable footrest, and accessible storage basket — as well as an automatic lock and carrying handle for traveling. It’s compatible with a variety of car seats, as well as the Bumbleride carrycot — so it really could be your one and only stroller.
I do wish that the canopy was a little bigger (like the other Bumbleride strollers) and that the storage basket had better support, especially for the relatively high price tag.
Age/Weight limits: 6 months to 50 lbs.
Buy from: Bumbleride, $250 – $270
I’m not shy about being a Bumbleride fan. They might be pricey, but they sure are well made.
Best for: A lighter-weight all-terrain stroller that’s capable of light jogging. It’s also a good option for eco-conscious parents, as Mountain Buggy offers a Natural Edition — with fabrics made from 50% recycled materials and sustainable bamboo fiber.
Not best for: Super compact trunks, as the 12” air-filled tires aren’t exactly space saving. It’s also not meant for serious, heavy jogging — even though the wheels can be stabilized for when you feel like going for a run.
Favorite features: Even though the wheels are hefty, the stroller still weighs a manageable 20 lbs. It’s similar to the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle in size, weight, and abilities, but Bumbleride has a few differences: First, it can’t turn into a parent-facing seat, except as an infant travel system. (But the Bumbleride has more car seat compatibility options than the Mountain Buggy, by the way.) It also doesn’t come with the extras of the Urban Jungle — like the bumper bar and cup holder. That being said, the Bumbleride feels a bit more maneuverable and “luxe,” and the full-coverage canopy has SPF 45 protection.
To top it off: The Indie comes in an eco-friendly option (previously mentioned) and an active sport option, with water-resistant, breathable fabric. And the original Indie now comes in a pretty aqua that stands apart in a crowd.
Age/Weight limits: Infant to 45 lbs.
“This 20-pound all-terrain stroller combines off-road capability with the agility of an urban jogger. Featuring a 360-degree swiveling front wheel with forward- and rear-facing locking positions, the Indie adjusts to accommodate newborns and toddlers. This stroller can tackle any terrain busy parents throw at it with rear suspension, a height-adjustable handle and removable cup holder.”- http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/awards/parenting-awards-2012/category/strollers
“The Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Awards recognise products that offer mums and mums-to-be exceptional performance and value for money.”
I’m a big fan of Bumbleride strollers. They’re functional, maneuverable, and beautifully made.
Best for: Parents of twins or kids close in age. Both seats independently recline flat with an adjustable footrest (perfect for small infants), and it can even be used with two Maxi Cosi Mico infant seats. (It’s compatible with a slew of other car seats — from Graco to Britax to Chicco — but only one at a time.) It’s surprisingly rare to have a double stroller that can accommodate two infant car seats.
Not best for: Active parents looking for a jogging stroller to run more than a few miles each week. The Indie Twin is more geared toward light jogging. It’s also not best for tight, compact spaces (although the 29” width will fit through a standard door). It’s a luxurious ride, certainly, but not exactly storage friendly.
Favorite features: Bumbleride has everything that I look for in a stroller: a full-coverage canopy (with SPF 45 protection!), smooth maneuverability, a large and accessible basket, adjustable footrests, an included cup holder, and capable wheels. In fact, these 12” air-filled tires are exceptionally capable for pretty much any terrain you can throw at it. It even has gorgeous color choices — like Aqua, which was new for 2012. And while it’s not a compact double stroller (weighing in at 34 lbs.), its size doesn’t feel bulky as much as it feels luxurious.
The only bummer: The bumper bars no longer come standard with the stroller, although you can buy them separately for $35 each.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 90 lbs.
Buy from: Bumbleride, $690