Guest Blogpost by Jacqui Saldana of Baby Boy Bakery | Meet Speed, By Bumbleride

April 15th, 2016

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Meet Speed, By Bumbleride

Guest Blogpost by Jacqui Saldana

I have teamed up with Bumbleride to help them celebrate the release of a new addition to their stroller line up. The newest set of wheels is a designated running stroller so aptly named Speed. Speed features a thousand cool things, a few of which I have highlighted below. I was lucky enough to be one of the first to hit the pavement with Speed. When I signed up for my  5K last month I was in need of a stroller equipped for running/jogging. I actually reached out to Bumbleride to see if I could test out Speed and was seriously delighted when they agreed! Being a momma of two, I know buying baby gear can be a bit overwhelming. Which is why I wanted to share with you what I loved most about Bumbleride’s Speed. Hopefully this post is coming to you at the right time, or can be passed on to someone who is in the market for a pretty bad ass stroller.

Let me first start this all off by saying I am in no way a professional runner. I’d say I’m more of a professional walker who busts into a jog when a good song comes on through my headphones. I do love a good running stroller, but the Bumbleride Speed sold me more on its lightweight and easy one step fold. Anything that adds ease into my daily life gets a gold star.

My favorites of Speed and a few photos below.

The thing I noticed right away was the smooth push Speed offers. I know what you are thinking! A stroller is a stroller. But really, Speed was designed to take on all terrain which I am guessing is why the push is so soft. I was thrilled about this mostly because Mila is still really tiny. Though we 100% got clearance from her pediatrician on her being able to join me on a jog. I was still worried about her in there. With very little neck control I didn’t want her flopping around. Through out the smooth ride Mila was able to enjoy herself as best a baby can. She slept every. single. time. we used this stroller.

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We were able to adjust the 5 point harness snug to fit her small body. (she currently is 11 pounds 25 inches) And with just one click the straps released and we could pick up Mila from the stroller pretty easily. Easy. Easy. There is theme. I love things that are just simple. 1, 2, done.

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When we first got to see Speed it was at Bumbleride HQ. One of the first things that was shown to us was the handle bar. “Feel the handlebar!” At first I didn’t think much of it. But after using it in my race I found its smooth rubber grip to be extremely helpful. Of course, now I can’t remember what exactly that rubber is called. I do know it is PVC free and the entire handlebar adjusts up or down. Which is SUPER awesome since I’m tall.

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Speed has an oversized sun canopy that offers SPF 45. If it doesn’t cover enough of baby, you can extend it further. I love this photo because one, Mila’s tiny feet kicking out. And two, shortly after this photo was taken Mila spit her pacifier out and it landed on the ground. Dan tried to grab it quick but kicked it and the pacifier fell into the ocean. We both started to laugh, then Mila started to cry so we packed up and left. It was pretty funny.

Lesson learned.

Pack more than one pacifier.

Even though I mentioned my favorite thing about this stroller was its one step fold…I lied. My favorite is actually the bell that comes installed on the side of the handlebar! I rang that puppy 24/7. It came in handy during my race. We also walked to grab ice cream and when the ice cream parlor called out our number for next to order…I rang my bell. I love that thing!

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Who looks better. Guy who has great running form OR Mom who has terrible running form, but one seriously cool stroller? 😉

In all honesty Speed is pretty great. Aside from what makes it a great stroller it did something more for me. It made me fall back in love with running and working out. I think that is what really makes this a great piece. The comfort and functionality of Speed inspires me to get outside and do something healthy for myself. I kind of loved that Mila was lulled to sleep every time we used this stroller. It allowed me to stay out a bit longer. Work out a bit harder. It isn’t always easy finding baby gear that fits the bill for both mom and baby. I am thrilled to report that this stroller exceeds in all areas. Most importantly in helping mommas have the freedom they need to get out, work out and be the best for their baby!

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Thank you Jacqui for your awesome blogpost and review of Speed!

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25 Best Organic Baby Products of 2016- Raising Baby Green | BestProducts.com

April 14th, 2016

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This is an excerpt from a bestproducts.com article by Margaret Hartgrove:

Earth Day is April 22, but when it comes to your baby, every day is an opportunity to go green. Luckily, it’s never been easier — or more affordable — to find eco-friendly and organic baby products that not only remove harmful chemicals and toxins from your home, but also help the planet, too. Because what better gift can you give your child than ensuring that they have a safe and clean world to grow up in. From the nursery to your diaper bag, check out these 25 simple product swaps to help give your little one a healthy and natural start.

#9 Bumbleride Speed Running Stroller

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A truly organic stroller doesn’t exist (yet!), but some manufacturers, like Bumbleride, come pretty close. New for 2016 is Speed, their first-ever jogging stroller. As with all Bumbleride rides, this one features feel-good fabrics that keep plastic bottles out of landfills, dyed in bright, vibrant colors via a process that conserves 25 to 40 gallons of water per stroller. Whether you’re training for a 5K or just doing errands around town, the stroller’s three-speed steering lets you run at your own pace.”

Check out their article and the other 24 best products for raising baby green including some of our favorites, http://www.bestproducts.com/parenting/baby/g174/organic-baby-products-clothes-toys/ .

Celebrate Earth Day April 22nd – 9 Easy Ways For Kids To Rise Above Plastics

April 13th, 2016

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  • Avoid or refuse purchasing items packaged in plastic. Get the kids involved to help look for produce and grocery items that aren’t over-packaged. Plastic inside of plastic? No thanks!

  • Use cloth or re-usable shopping bags. Keeping a bag with you or in your car/purse/or diaper bag is a great way to make sure you use your bags.  One of our favorite companies that makes these is ChicoBag. Some models even fold up into their own pocket to fit in your hand!
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  • Forget bottled water. Plastic bottles are one of the most common pieces of trash found around the world. Carry a reusable canteen wherever you go. Try hooking it onto your stroller if it’s not too heavy or large. Make sure to get one or two for the each of the kids too! Our favorite reusable beverage containers are from Hydroflask and Klean Kanteen .

  • Give up gum. Did you know many types of gum are synthetic and include plastics? Who wants to chew on plastic?

  • Bring a reusable mug when you order hot cocoa, coffee or tea. Office favorites include this kid’s Klean Kanteen and this cup from Hydroflask with a silicone lid. Both work great for everyday, hot or cold.
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  • Skip the straw. Straws are almost the #1 piece of trash on beaches, especially near resorts or hotels. If your kids love straws, consider Silikids silicone straw with lid or Simple Straws made of glass or metal.

  • Recycle. If you have to use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE) which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Ask you child to help sort which items can be recycled and which are trash or compost.

  • Reusable containers. Our office favorite containers are from Wean Green. We love their Kitchen Set. They are made with tempered glass that is microwave safe and easy to clean.
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  • Volunteer at a beach cleanup. Most plastics last forever so bring the kids to the beach and help teach them about the responsibility of keeping the beach and our oceans clean for  future generations and how storm drains/urban runoff bring trash and plastic to the beach. This is a favorite among our staff and company. We aim to host a local beach cleanup monthly. Look for a cleanup near you in the US through your local Surfrider Foundation chapter or in Canada, your nearest Shoreline Cleanup or in Hawaii or New Zealand, your nearest Sustainable Coastlines event.

Info Source: Surfrider San Diego and Ryan Willson

An Interview With Bumbleride CEO Matt Reichardt: Meet The Speed Jogging Stroller & More! | Spilling The beans Blog By Magic Beans

April 6th, 2016

An Interview With Bumbleride CEO Matt Reichardt: Meet The Speed Jogging Stroller & More!

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Excerpt from Spilling the beans blog by Magic Beans (an authorized Bumbleride retailer)-

“Since 2004, Bumbleride co-founders Matt and Emily Reichardt have been designing strollers “as gear, purpose-built to perform whether taking your little ones on a trail run or navigating the local farmers market.” This year’s new debuts are even more outdoorsy than ever: Bumbleride has just introduced their first designated running stroller, and some eco-friendly new fabrics, too. In this interview with Matt, we got the inside scoop on how they came up with these new advances, and how they’ll enhance your life as an active parent.

Want to see the Speed and the rest of the Bumbleride collection in person (and chat with the Bumbleride crew about why their strollers are so cool)? They’ll be at Drool Baby Expo tomorrow, April 7 – if you don’t have your tickets, get them now!

 

Q: So, the marquee event for Bumbleride this year appears to be the Speed Jogging Stroller! We’re so excited to add it to our selection. I know that the Indie wasn’t designed as a jogger but was often used as one – how does the Speed improve on Indie for running parents?  
I think they definitely serve different needs, Indie has always been a great option for urban strolling, all-terrain, and light jogging.  For running parents moving at a faster pace, Speed has larger 16” back wheels for better control, a longer wheel base for better stability, and the new Speed 3 steering system, which gives more options on different terrains.

 

Q: The central feature of the Speed is the 3-speed steering system – can you tell me a bit about how this idea was developed, how it works, and why it will be terrific for parents?  

The idea was developed from observations of how parents jog with strollers and from feedback from our customers.  Basically there are three scenarios runners find themselves in:  1. Running at a fast pace on open road, boardwalk or somewhere that you don’t really need to steer.   2. Jogging anywhere else whether it be a park, trail, urban community where turning is required.  3. Everyday use walking where 360 degree swiveling is preferred.  The problem that we found for parents is that a fixed wheel option is very limiting and not always convenient, and the swiveling option is not safe for jogging.

In response to this issue, the Speed 3 steering has 3 positions: fully locked with tracking for open road running,  a 30 degree swivel, and a 360 degree swivel.  The 30 degree swivel addresses the problem for joggers, allowing sufficient turning radius to steer while jogging but prevents the wheel from rotating past 45 degrees where the stroller can become unstable. It’s much like the way the steering is restricted on toddler balance bikes!

 

Q: What kind of family do you picture using the Speed stroller, and in what environments?  

I would say families where either one or both parents are joggers, or like to get out on walks for exercise.  Speed is designed for all terrain, so everything from city urban living to rural terrain.  Because of its versatility, it also can be the only stroller an active family needs.

 

Q: What kind of response have you gotten about the Speed stroller so far?  

I think a lot of our customers see it as an obvious addition to Bumbleride’s line up, and a much needed category.  We have also seen excitement around the Speed 3 steering and our fabric story.”…..

Make sure to read the rest of the interview at http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/baby/strollers/an-interview-with-bumbleride-ceo-matt-reichardt-meet-the-speed-jogging-stroller-more/.

 

Welcome Baby Sweepstakes – Bumbleride Indie Giveaway & More

March 7th, 2016

 

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Indie Twin Giveaway – Andrea’s 3rd Baby Giveaway – Baby List & Tubby Todd

March 4th, 2016

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Andrea of Tubby Todd Bath Co. has teamed up with BabyList to curate her dream registry and give it away to a lucky parent or expectant! Enter to win it all:

  • Bumbleride Indie Twin Double Stroller
  • 4moms mamaRoo
  • $250 Oilo Bedding Gift Card
  • Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway Pack
  • $250 Tubby Todd Bath Co Gift Card
  • Solly Baby- 2 wraps and a Swaddle Set
  • $250 Dockatot Gift Card

Enter here, http://bit.ly/bumbleride-andreas-giveaway . Good luck! Open to US/CAN only, ends 3/18.

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Surfing Animals Alphabet Book

February 2nd, 2016

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For many of us at Bumbleride, the ocean is our playground. So when this new children’s book, The Surfing Animals Alphabet caught our eye, we were excited to check it out.
Jonas Claesson, an experienced Illustrator, has ventured into new territory with his first children’s book with the help of writer and father James Redmayne (@jkredmayne) . This book both entertains and educates as you travel from A to Z. With tandem surfing kangaroos and a frog who surfs an old school log we know parents and kids alike will love this aquatic alphabet adventure.
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Winter Essentials for the Bumbleride Family

December 18th, 2015

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As temperatures cool we want to help keep your little one warm and snug. We’ve got you covered with our list of Winter Essentials including hand picked classics made with organic materials and Bumbleride’s recycled fabrics. With the right gear and warm layers the winter season won’t keep you inside. Opt outside.

Fall Favorite Recipes – Eating Made Easy – Amelia Winslow – Bumbleride Adventurer Guest Blogpost

December 15th, 2015

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Fall Favorite Recipes with Eating Made Easy

Cooking with your kids is a wonderful way to introduce new healthy foods, improve eating habits, and spend quality time as a family.

But if the idea of bringing your crazy kiddos into the kitchen to “help” (a.k.a. make a huge mess and add to your to-do list on an already busy day) makes you want to run and hide, you’re not alone.

The trick to making it work, I’ve found, is to embark on a kid-friendly cooking project:

  • when you have plenty of time, like on a weekend afternoon
  • when you’re not trying to get a meal on the table
  • infrequently – like once or twice a month, or whatever feels manageable to you

This way, you and your kids can reap the benefits of cooking together, without having the activity be a source of stress or frustration.

Below are some easy fall-inspired fruit snacks that kids can easily help create. Customize them to your family’s tastes and have fun!

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Fall Fruit Parfaits

Layer chopped pears, apples, persimmons, oranges, or any fall fruit you like with plain yogurt and your favorite granola. Top with pomegranate seeds. Use a clear glass or cup so that kids can see the colorful layers!

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Apple Nachos

Thinly slice any kind of apples and arrange around a plate or platter. Drizzle with peanut butter or caramel sauce, nuts, coconut, dried fruit, crumbled cereal – or any other topping your kids love. Dollop with Greek yogurt, or serve alongside yogurt for dipping.

 

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Mixed Fruit Applesauce

This is a great way to capitalize on those pears or apples that are a little too soft to eat as-is. Simply chop as much fruit as you want and simmer over medium-low heat with water and a few sprinkles of cinnamon (4-5 large fruits + 1/3 cup water + ½ tsp cinnamon)

You can also re-purpose whole fruits your kids didn’t finish into this sauce. It’s completely clean after cooking for so long and will appeal to them (and you!) in a whole new way.

Happy fall!

Find more recipes and eats made easy here, http://eating-made-easy.com/ .

Crocodile Baby Stores – Why We Chose Bumbleride Strollers

December 14th, 2015

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Why we chose Bumbleride Strollers for Crocodile Baby

We are now available at Crocodile Baby with stores in BC, Canada. They recently wrote a great blogpost about why they chose Bumbleride strollers. This is an excerpt from that blogpost.

“We are very picky about what strollers we sell. Every one of them has to have great maneuverability, great durability, and be backed by great after sales service from the manufacturer. We have just added Bumbleride to our list, with the Indie, the Indie twin and, coming soon, the Speed a lovely jogging specialty stroller. Here are several reasons why we have chosen this manufacturer:

The Air is Guaranteed.

Bumbleride is the only stroller company that provides a 1 year warranty on the inner tubes and tires on its strollers.

Green Fabric.

The fabric is made of recycled PET bottles and from bamboo based fabric…

A Lighter Stroller

The Bumbleride Indie is 25% lighter than its “active stroller” competitors. I  know this because I took my trusty Luggage Buddy scale and picked up each of our strollers on display (pictured above). While my device may be off as to the true weight, the relative weights of strollers is the right way to consider the “How heavy is the stroller?” question….

Made in Taiwan

Bumbleride’s factory is in Taiwan, not China. This is not a really big deal but it is nice to know the strollers are made in a smaller, family-owned factory with a real interest in making high quality products….

Getting Even Greener

In early 2016, Bumbleride will launch its new running stroller the “Speed”. Coincident with that, all of their strollers will use fabrics that have drastically reduced water consumption during the production process while improving the colour fastness. The process creates an 84% energy savings which results in 67% less CO2 emissions. How is this done? I understand it is due to the process dyeing the thread before it is made into fabric, much like the Crypton process waterproofs Clek seat fabrics. Is this a big deal?…

Safety and Health

The fabrics used in all Bumbleride stroller are Oeko Tex certified, which means they have been tested for 110 toxic substances and none have been found….”

Live in BC, Canada? Locate a store near you, http://www.crocodilebaby.com/about/locations/ .

Read the whole article at, http://crocodilebaby.blogspot.ca/2015/12/why-we-chose-bumbleride-strollers-for.html .