Nurseries tend to be a quiet and interesting place for your little one to call home and there’s no question that one of the most important (and iconic) items for a new nursery is the mobile. Mobiles are magical. There’s nothing like seeing your baby gaze up and follow the shapes, colors and movements in the sky.
Mobiles are also expensive. If you’re looking for something modern, simple and elegant, they can easily run up into the $50-$100 range. Some of our favorites are the Frazier & Wing as well as the Schmitt Design mobiles, available at Fawn & Forest (www.fawnandforest.com).
If you’re the DIY type of parent, you can create one of these beautiful installations by using two wooden dowels, colored papers or foams and clear twine. The simplicity of this one we found online is stunning.
For little people adorableness, check out the Lady’s & Gents blog at http://ladysandgents.com/. Designer Jenni Kayne and stylist Estee Stanley are busy posting snapshots of stylishly dressed munchkins that will make you smile.
As a parent your time is very precious so you want to be directed to the best resources and advice when you need it. Rhubie & Rhett is here to do that for you. It is a great bi-monthly magazine for parents filled with everything from interviews with Pediatricians and stylish moms to recommending books, music and apps for kids.
You will love the Gear Guide brought to you by Bumbleride’s co-founder Emily Reichardt. As a mom of three, Emily gives you a straight forward and honest review of the latest in creative products.
Inspired by what was affectionately called “Banana Boards” in the late 70’s, Stereo owners Jason Lee and Chris Pastras have introduced the Vinyl series boards. A great first board for kids that you dads will find tempting to swipe for a cruise to the neighborhood market.
As parents, we are lucky because our children give us a heads up on happiness. But what is it that truly makes people happy? Documentary filmmaker Roko Belic explores that question as they search different countries, tribes and villages for the secret to life greatest emotion. Belic said making this film changed his life, he moved to be closer to his family and friends and took up surfing, a past time that he used to love doing.
“Prioritize the people you love in your life and prioritize your happiness,” he advises. “It’s good for everything else you care about—your health, your longevity, your work and your relationships.” You can find the documentary here and on Netflix
During nine months of what can become a clothing crisis, we can look to Hatch Collection http://hatchcollection.com/ for keeping our ever expanding waistlines looking stylish. Hatch clothing is uniquely designed to go beyond your pregnancy and keep you feeling elegant and modern. Flowing silk or jersey fabrics fit all occasions and for every piece of clothing sold, $5.00 is donated to Every Mother Counts, http://www.everymothercounts.org/ founded by Christy Turlington Burns. This Charity is active in raising awareness about global maternity mortality and educating women worldwide.
We love the idea of an endless summer and Gray Malin has captured it for us in a series of beach photos entitled “À la Plage”. Shot from a doorless helicopter, Malin was able to capture amazing aerial views of shorelines from Australia and Europe to North and South America. “These photographs are a visual celebration of color, light, shape and summer bliss” -Gray Malin
We all want the best for our little ones and trying to keep up with the latest health and safety information can be overwhelming to say the least. We like Healthy Child’s Pocket Guides that put informative and practical information right at your finger tips. Helpful guides such as Safer Plastics, Super Baby Gear, Baby Body Care and Safer Cleaning, all with quick tips, resources and DIY ideas. You can print the guides out at http://healthychild.org/live-healthy/pocket_guides/ or you can download an app to your iphone/ipad or Android.
We often find that our customers are surprised when we talk about stroller maintenance. For busy parents it can be tough remembering to take care of their stroller, however it’s good to remember that a stroller is not much different than the bicycle in your garage. The tire pressure needs to be checked regularly, the chain and the wheel axles may need some lubrication from time to time. So we wanted to point out a few things that Bumbleride owners should be aware of.
Planning for your stroller’s long haul.
We recommend doing a quick inspection of your Bumbleride stroller before each use. Checking the tire pressure (Indie strollers), attachment points, ensuring that the front wheel quick release is tightened and clamped and that there isn’t anything the way of the brake lever. Remember that the front wheel(s) should be locked if you are traveling faster than a walking pace or tackling very rough terrain. If your front wheel is having any trouble make sure to contact our Customer Care at 1 800 530 3930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping the cushion clean and soft.
All Bumbleride fabrics have a water & stain protective treatment that makes clean up easy. We recommend spot cleaning any dirty areas using either a basic detergent and water solution or organic stroller & car seat cleaner like the one from BuggyLOVE, www.buggylove.com . Try out BuggyLOVE with promo code “bumbleride” for a 25%+ discount!! All Bumbleride strollers have removable seat fabric that can be machine-washed in cold water with a mild detergent. Make sure to always air-dry the fabric components. Please note that repeated washings will eventually remove the water/stain protective treatment on the fabrics. Here is a helpful PDF for reattaching fabric, http://www.bumbleride.com/blog/images//INNER%20TUBE.pdf .
Smooth rolling for years to come.
The most frequent questions related to the Indie or Indie Twin maintenance have to do with the 12” air filled tires. These wheels are essentially small bicycle tires, much like what you would find on a kid’s bike. However each tire needs to be properly inflated to 30 PSI before use. If the tires are not inflated properly there is a greater likelihood that an inner tube could puncture or become misaligned. We recommend checking and inflating your tires every 1-2 weeks, if not more frequently. If your inner tube does become flat, most bike shops stock 12” inner tubes or will be able to fix your existing tube. You can also find replacement inner tubes on our website (www.bumbleride.com).
Greasing the wheels properly
The wheels, axles and suspension all need periodic cleaning and lubrication. We recommend a bicycle chain lubricant such as CleanRide or BuggyLOVE’s 100% natural wheel lube. Try out BuggyLOVE with promo code “bumbleride” for a 25%+ discount!! We recommend adding drops near the hub and bearings of each wheel. You can also turn the stroller over and drop the lubricant into the back wheel axle where the suspension spring is housed. Doing this on a regular basis should prevent any squeaks around the wheels or suspension. Remember that regular maintenance will keep your Indie or Indie Twin riding smoothly for years to come!