Bugaboo’s Jazzy New Colors for Summer and Black and White Stripes for Baby

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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Stroller Review: Quinny Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat

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.

Emerald: Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013

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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Bugaboo Bee Neon

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!

Bugaboo NEON POP – BEE EDITION from Bugaboo international on Vimeo.

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!

Nuna Makes Its US Debut

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.

Babyhome Collection Now Available Stateside

Babyhome (who we visited at ABC Kids back in September) is now available in the US!  You can currently find their Onfour Babysitter, Emotion Stroller, Side Bed Rail, Eat High Chair and Dream Bassinet at various retailers like our affiliates Magic Beans.

I really love the simple, straight-forward designs across their collection as well as the bright and modern color selection (black, brown, lime, navy, purple, sand and red).  Giggle also carries an exclusive Gray version of the Dream Bassinet.

Onfour ($130)

Emotion ($300)

Side ($80)

Eat ($150)

Dream ($300)

I’m thrilled to have added Babyhome to my guides at Buy Modern Bassinets, Buy Modern Highchairs, Buy Modern Seating and Buy Modern Strollers.

4moms Cleanwater Collection Giveaway Winner!

I’m glad that you all were able to check out the wonderful features of the 4moms Cleanwater Collection.  This is one piece of baby gear that I wish we had for my babies.  My husband in particular would have loved the cycling water and digital thermometer.

The randomly generated winner of the Cleanwater Collection is Mary, who appreciates the fact that a baby in a Cleanwater tub will always be in nice warm water.

Congratulations Mary!  I know you and your baby are going to love this.

In case you hadn’t heard yet, there is yet another incredible 4moms invention just on the horizon.  Their Origami stroller finally has a release date!  They can be pre-ordered right now and will be released on January 6th!

This innovative power-folding stroller folds and unfolds at the touch of a button.  Its built-in generator recharges itself while you walk and the stroller will even charge your phone!  Check out the Origami page to explore all the features that make this a really unique new stroller.

I saw an Origami in-store last weekend so they really are out there!  If you’re looking for strollers right now, take a look.  In South Florida you can see one at one of my new favorite shops, Give Wink!  4moms is also giving away an Origami a day until launch day.  You can enter on the 4moms insider page.

Thanks to 4moms for this wonderful giveaway.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!  To keep up with their new products and releases, follow 4moms on Facebook and twitter.

New Bloom Spotted at ABC Kids Expo 2011

To me, having closely watched the industry over the past 6+ years, bloom is one of the brands that I consider to be pioneers in the modern baby arena.  With benchmarks like the Coco lounger in their product line, I’m always looking to bloom to find the coolest, most beautiful and innovative products.

The focus this year was on bloom’s stroller…

I think I’m developing a phobia of strollers, which I’ll talk about later, so I walked right by that and focused on what else there was to see.  The first thing I couldn’t help but notice was these little chairs that turn over to be tables.  They’re adorable.

The next thing that jumped out at me was the new colors for the Coco lounger.  They’ve got red and whitewash for the frames, and new khaki and denim seat fabrics.

The denim fabric is shown on here on the Fresco high chair. I think it just looks totally cool.

I also thought it was interesting that bloom will be coming out with its own bedding.  I think that any time a company sells a non-traditional sized crib, it’s worth their while to sell bedding to go with it.

And since I mentioned atypical sized cribs, bloom had the Alma Max on display, which is a full sized version of the Alma Papa.

We should be seeing the new bloom items in the first part of 2012.

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