I don’t understand why parents insist on carrying infant car seats around. They’re heavy, and when you add a baby, it’s just not a great way to tote around your little one. When not wearing baby or if your infant has fallen asleep in the car, a stroller base that accepts a car seat is a no brainer… but what if your car seat turned into the stroller? That’s the magic of Doona. The infant car seat that converts into a stroller is coming this December.
As a car seat, the Doona snaps right into its base, but once you remove it, popping it into stroller form is as easy as opening a basic stroller.
Doona has also designed diaper bags especially to maximize the functionality of your Doona.
There’s a bag made to hang from the handle and one made to fit perfectly across the back.
While I wouldn’t use a Doona as my only stroller, it’s a great solution for the little errands where you might otherwise resort to just carrying around the car seat.
The Doona Infant Seat accommodates babies from 4 to 35 lbs and up to 32 inches. It will retail for about $350.
Since their US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2013, Mima has really taken the baby gear market by storm. With a style that is part space pod and part luxury car interior Mima is becoming the new “it” brand for stylish urban moms.
Mima’s current US product line includes three strollers, the Xari, the Kobi and the Bo, and the Mima Moon high chair.
The Xari looks sleek with its leatherette fabric and high sitting position. It transforms easily from bassinet to seat and is easy to fold and unfold. The stroller starts at $1200.
You can learn more about it in the Mima Xari Demo Video on youtube.
If it’s not cool enough for you as it is, the Black and White limited edition Xari should push it over the top! Right on trend, the black and white edition is pretty hard to get your hands on. In Canada, try here. Ask your local retailer about it.
The Kobi is Mima’s double stroller. With the same high-end look as the Xari, it can be configured as a buggy, a single forward facing stroller, a rear facing stroller, or a double with any combination of seats and bassinet.
The Kobi starts at $1350.
Mima’s lightweight stroller is the Bo. Mima’s leatherette fabric elevates the look of this 15.5 pound stroller.
It starts at $300.
Finally, the Mima Moon is one of the hottest looking new high chairs out there right now. A seat pad, tray and booster are included and the Moon comes in six colors.
It retails for $500.
The third installment of the Andy Warhol + Bugaboo partnership is inspired by his iconic banana image from The Velvet Underground and Nico album. The Banana Collection is available for all Bugaboo strollers. The star of the collection is the bright yellow Andy Warhol + Bugaboo Cameleon³ Banana. It’s an all over print on the canopy, bassinet and seat back fabric with a black chassis. There are foot muffs and seat liners to customize existing Bugaboos.
The Banana Collection will be available beginning May 1st, 2014.
Last year at ABC Kids Expo we introduced Nuna in their US debut. Since then, the US has fallen in love with the Leaf Lounger, Sena Travel Cribs and Zaaz High Chair. This year brings new colors, accessories and their full line of strollers.
My babies loved the toy bar on their baby seats so I’m excited that Nuna now has a toy bar for their Nuna Leaf Baby Lounger.
The Leaf will also be available in a new purple color with the blue hopefully following later in the year. Since I’m talking about colors, I want to note that the Nuna Sena Travel Crib will be coming out in red as well.
FYI, the only thing more beautiful than a Nuna Leaf is the Nuna Leaf Curv (exclusively at our affiliate giggle). That base is even more gorgeous than the original.
The Pepp Lightweight Stroller is Nuna’s entry-level stroller. It’s already been out for a little while, but I love the color combinations you can create with the seat liner accessories ($60).
The mid-size stroller in the Nuna line is the Mixx. This 24 lb stroller will retail for about $600.
And finally, the top of the Nuna stroller line is the IVVI luxx.
The bassinet portion of the IVVI has a handy stand to use as a stationary stand. Some people really appreciate this type of versatility when they’re investing in a luxury stroller.
The IVVI luxx should retail for about $900 but don’t expect it until the spring.
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Having gone through our baby years in the days before Bugaboo even came out with their cup holder (I seriously was waiting for that!!), stroller organizers are a foreign idea to me. I know there have been stroller organizers and hooks and bags and pouches available all along, but it all just seemed to add to the clutter of crap that many parents seem to carry around with them. I travelled with my stroller and the smallest diaper bag that made sense, and this minimal, low key approach worked for me 99% of the time– which is good enough in my book.
A new crop of stroller organizers has come out recently and while these could be additional clutter culprits, in the hands of clever modern parents, they might help you haul around less junk than you otherwise might. In the interest of simplifying stroller outings, if you can use a stroller organizer and the basket of your stroller to store all the items you need INSTEAD of carrying around a diaper bag, I’m all for it! If this sounds appealing, here are a few stroller organizers for you to consider.
First, the Bugaboo Organizer is the perfect stroller companion to go with your Bugaboo. As a Bugaboo mom, I can see myself having used and loved having one of these. $30
I spied Skip Hop’s Grab & Go Stroller Organizer at ABC Kids last year and was impressed. It is sleek and simple and just the right size to have a few necessities at your fingertips. $20
Finally, while cutesy characters are not my typical modus operandi, these new stroller organizers from 3 Sprouts might be the perfect accessory to jazz up your stroller situation. $25
Additional thought and comments welcome!
Bugaboo’s Special Color Collection 2013 is coming out in March– just in time to “Jazz Up Summer”. I’m such a sucker for special edition Bugaboos!
In honor of the fantastic black and white striped lining on the canopies, I’ve rounded up some accessories to help you add a little more black and white stripe to your nursery. It’s totally on trend now and I’ve even treated myself to a pair of black and white striped shoes. I’m crazy about them and the black and white stripe in general. I’m wearing a black and white striped shirt as I type this.
1- Bugaboo Bee Special Color Collection 2013 (available soon)
2- Portofino Lanterns- Black and White Stripe- $20 for the pair
3- 4 Inch Nesting Dolls from Wee Gallery- $38
4- Handmade Sock Zebra Stuffed Animal- $15
5- Black & White Canvas Tote / Diaper Bag from Mummi Designs- $80
6- PlanToys Pull-Along Zebra- $21
7- Black & White Striped Lamp with Black Shade- $80
8- Kontrary Pillow by Mazizmuse- $62
9- Eivor Throw- $20
10- Wooden Cloud Wall Decor from Edie’s Lab- $65
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Buy Modern Baby is excited to announce that not only do we cover the best designed gear and nursery furniture for your mini-modernist, but in addition to our stroller guide, we are now also reviewing and highlighting the sleekest, most stylish, and sophisticated stroller options to complete your modern lifestyle.
We are pleased to introduce our first stroller review: The Quinny Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat.
Quinny was kind enough to send us a Zapp Xtra with folding seat to review in person. The stroller has been tested over a period of two months, over which my son has grown from a content 11-month-old to a now walking, curious, adventurous 13-month-old. We have put this stroller to the test! It has been used during a week-long vacation in Florida, over cobblestone pathways, wooden boardwalks, neighborhood walks, zoo outings, mall shopping, road tripping, and pushing around the house to encourage napping. I feel that we have given it a true, comprehensive review.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat is a full size stroller with an incredibly compact fold. When used with the included infant car seat adapters, the stroller transforms into a complete travel system for use from birth to 50 pounds. Without an infant car seat, the stroller is useable from six months to 50 pounds.
The Quinny Zapp looks really smart. Strangers often made comments about the beautiful color (Natural Mavis) and the Quinny logo in bright pops of neon yellow. People commented about the clean design and its upscale appearance. I kind of felt like a celebrity, which, I admit, is pretty nice when you are just running errands with your child in tow. It is a very attractive stroller – Quinny has an amazing sense of design and it certainly shows.
The shoulder straps are padded, comfortable, and ridiculously easy to adjust (just push and pull through the back of the seat). The seat bed is definitely roomy enough for my son to move around, squirm, kick, stretch, and recline using the footrest.
There are two recline options, and they certainly have come in handy allowing my son to nap, and even to carry shopping items while I wore my son in his baby carrier.
The sunshade is large and is very sturdy, with a small window strip to peek in on your child. The wheels handle well on many different terrain types, as said above, over brick driveways, a trip to the zoo, on a boardwalk by the river, and on city sidewalks. It is easy to turn with one hand when the wheels are unlocked and also a smooth ride when wheels are locked straight. The handlebars easily hold my small, lightweight, travel diaper bag. The handlebar height is a little shorter than my husband and I are used to, since we are both tall, 6’4” and 5’10” respectively. The brake is simple to use—just step on one footpad to lock and step on the other to unlock. This brake is PERFECT for wearing sandals and flip flops. The lack of brake bar or brake lever also ensures that you will never kick it while walking or engage the brake when pulling the stroller backward up stairs. The storage basket is a bit smaller than other full size strollers, but that is to be expected with the stroller’s small size, light weight and compact fold. Easy tradeoff.
The option to have your child face forward or face you is wonderful for bonding and reducing stimulation. The process to change the seat from forward facing to parent facing was a little cumbersome for me as the frame seemed to expand slightly when the seat was removed, just enough to have to press it together with both hands to lock in place.
This is a ONE-HANDED, four-step fold which is super easy. Make sure the parking brake is applied and the seat is in forward facing position. Push the release button labeled 1, then push the release button labeled 2 and fold the handlebars forward. Fold the seat forward by squeezing the seat recline button and collapsing it on top of itself. Press down on the gray pedal with your foot and push towards the front of the stroller. Wrap the transport straps around the frame to fasten. Voila!
The fold is extremely compact and the stroller barely took up any space in a Subaru during a 12-hour road trip in our fully loaded trunk, which included a travel crib and a 70 pound dog. Folded, the stroller is very small, light, and the carrying strap makes it simple to hold with one hand.
Additional stroller accessories include a travel tote, parasol, footmuff, WeatherShield, and cup holder. Seat adapters for the Maxi-Cosi Mico or Prezi infant car seats are included.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra Stroller with Folding Seat is available in three color choices, Natural Mavis, Rebel Red, and Rocking Black and retails for $349. Find your favorite color available here.
Although Quinny provided us with the Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat Stroller to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some affiliate links included.
If we can judge a year by its color, 2013 is going to be the best year yet. With Emerald as my birthstone, I love this radiant and rich shade as predictor of the color trend for the coming year. While I would probably gravitate to a darker emerald (the way I like my stones), 17-5641 is a versatile and easy to use shade of green. Somewhere between a pastel and forest green, it’s gender neutral, natural and elegant.
Here are a few ways to introduce the 2013 color of the year into your home.
1- Offi EVA Foam Chairs in Blue and Green- $199
2- Kale Kauzebot- $25
3- Twinkle Living Necklace Throw Pillow- $58
4- Artecnica Themis Prism- $40
5- Bugaboo Bee Stroller and Canopy – Special Edition-Jade Green- $660
6- La Pera- The Pear Poster by Enzo Mari- $550
7- Vipp 15 Kitchen Bin- Limited Edition Copenhagen Green- $319
8- Beatrix Little Kid Percival T Rex Backpack- $42
9- Pantone 2013 Color of the Year Mug- Emerald- $25
10- Crochet Floor Cushion- Green by lacasadecotó – $64
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We announced the Neon Cameleon in April, but now we’d like to introduce the special edition Bugaboo Bee Neon and let you know that both the Bee Neon and the updated Cameleon³ Neon editions are now in stores!
The Bugaboo Chameleon³ Neon and Bugaboo Bee Neon model strollers are glamorously fun, eye-catching pops of art, featuring a sleek navy chassis, and bright red or yellow neon wheels and accent trim. I am in love with the neon red, as the Ultra Red fluorescent crayon was my favorite as a child. The color contrasts are brilliant.
The Neon collection also extends past the Bassinet to the Footmuff and Baby Cocoon, ensuring your little one has cozy, street-smart style.
So, which will it be, neon red or neon yellow? Let us know if you plan on owning this limited edition for your child, we would love to see photos!
coming soon!: ABCKids baby gear bouncer high chair seating stroller
I fell in love with Nuna’s Leaf bouncer when I first spotted it on Babyology in 2010, but I didn’t share it with you because as you know, we only talk about things that are easily available in the US. When I recently learned that the incredibly stylish brand is entering the US market, I couldn’t wait to let you know, because that’s big news in my world!
Nuna’s sleek, ultramodern products from The Netherlands made their debut at ABC Kids Expo 2012, and will hit our shores January 2013. You’ll be able to preorder the first three products shortly.
The first of the three products that will be available early next year is the Leaf bouncer. Retailing for $229, this beautiful bouncer gently rocks baby to sleep for more than two minutes after just a single push without the use of any electrical power.
It will be available in the three colors shown above. They had an adult version at the show so I can attest to how comfortable and soothing the Leaf is.
This will be going on our baby seating guide for sure.
Nuna will also be bringing their Sena Portable crib to the US. It is available in Safari and Navy and in a regular ($220) and mini ($160) size. The Sena features a one-hand fold and can fold with the bassinet insert in place.
The last product coming in January is the Zaaz high chair that grows with your child. It will retail for $260.
Later in the year we can look forward to Nuna’s Pepp stroller as well as their Pipa infant seat and we’ll keep you up to date on that news.
This debut was definitely one of the highlights of the Expo for me this year.