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!
Last week was career week at our local elementary school and we were invited to talk about designing and manufacturing strollers. We had the kids design their own strollers and got a kick out of seeing their imaginative engineering and creativity. Nothing like starting them young for a fresh perspective
Here are a few drawings from a first grade classroom.
It’s not hard to see what makes Polor’s Kid’s Napsack so undeniably cool- Its comfy construction, insulating layers and versatile shape lets your little guys wear it as a sleeveless jacket/shirt/thingy or as a snug sleeping bag. Let the imagining commence!
We’re big fans of products that inspire kids’ creativity and this one does it while keeping them warm at the same time. If you’re feeling a little envious of this fun travel companion, have no fear! Polar makes them in grown-up sizes as well.
Renee & Jeremy have done it again. This time a cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow” and an adorable music video for our little’s. Their beautiful voices and acoustic guitar pull on the heart strings. We think you will love them. Their new record “A Little Love” is out May 8th. Check it out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/a-little-love/id522229219
With spring break here and children of all ages home, it’s a great time for parents to look for something new and fun to do with their kids. Look no further than Tinkerlab, a creativity-building art and science project website for children of all ages. The projects on the site let your children explore, experiment and best of all get their hands dirty with all sorts of fun.
Oh Joy! is one of our favorite blogs to follow. Joy’s sense of style and passion for design, fashion and food is so fun! We fell in love with little Ruby’s nursery after seeing it all come together. We’re not sure what we love more- the soft, simple color pallet or the interesting mix of textures and handmade goodies.
How comfy does that couch look?! Our most favorite element is the colorful and geometric Oeuf Artecnica mobile (another one of our favorite companies) which can be purchased here.
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What child doesn’t love their parents’ suggestion of heading to the park? Then upon arriving to see the excitement pumping through your child as they begin to run free and enter the world of imaginary play, head down the slide ten times in a row, or play alongside other children as if they have met before. It is clear from these images that the universal language for heading to the local park for outdoor play translates as FUN!
Now if only we could have more parks that are as creative as the designs by Monstrum in Scandinavia. To learn more, visit http://www.monstrum.dk/en.
Germusu is a fun new company that makes playful and useful zip-up pouches inspired by the germs in our daily lives. Sounds creepy, right? The creater, Vanessa Germosen, encourages everyone to be a germ lover because “they do more good than you think.”