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“With my due date literally right around the corner, I’m so excited to finally get to put all of the amazing items I’ve been gifted for Baby Girl Beech to use! When I first found out I was pregnant, I was completely clueless as to what products I would need to care for a baby. My friends and family would spew random information at me, which was super helpful but also extremely overwhelming and hard to take in. I’d make note of things mentally that stood out to me as items and products that would work for me and our family’s needs and lifestyle but when it came time to get organized and put together a baby shower registry, it was difficult to know where to begin! Cue, the registry guru who stumbled into my life at just the right time and helped me more than I could ever express! Monica Banks is the founder of Gugu Guru and now someone I’m grateful to call a friend. She is an expert on all things babies and children and was so crucial in my decision making when it came to products for our little one. Monica kept me organized, educated, prepared and above all else, made me feel confident that it was all going to be okay whenever I got overwhelmed or had questions. The guidance and careful thought that went into every category of baby products to suit our family was just brilliant and I’m thrilled she was able to take the lead on this blog post and share all the details of my baby shower registry with you today! Hope you enjoy!”- Shenae
My Registry Must-Haves
Hiking Stroller: Bumbleride Indie
Read the full list of registry must-haves.
Learn more about Indie.
“We recently received this beautiful double stroller for all of our hiking/outdoor adventures that are too much for baby wearing, and oh my goodness… we are in love! The tires are truly all-terrain and make even the rockiest trails feel smooth. Mabel falls asleep for almost every walk we do in this stroller. Nora loves being able to see Mabel; she can just look right over and there’s her bff smiling at her! I never thought I’d want/need a side-by-side but it’s been amazing!”
“The handle is pivot height-adjustable, and the seats can both recline fully or sit upright. With a magnetic window opening, it’s easy to peek on the girls while they snooze/snack/chat away while taking in our scenery. The large canopy is seriously one of the best I’ve seen/used. It’s already pretty big, then two extra panels fold out so they can truly be protected from the sun, but with the mesh window, still having plenty of air.”
“Fist bumps because best jogger/all-terrain/side-by-side stroller ever! 😉 I truly LOVE the simplicity of this stroller. I feel like double strollers (especially side-by-sides) are usually really bulky and just have too much going on. The minimalist design, colors, and all-around structure is what first attracted me to this stroller, the safety, smooth rides, materials used, and the list goes on is what made us want it for our lifestyle. We’ve gone running/jogging, rocky trails, steep hill hikes… and it aces the test every time.”
“All in all we are extremely pleased with this stroller. It meets our needs and exceeded our expectations. Oh! And it fits through doorways, ha! I’ve taken it both to Target, the Zoo, the grocery store with zero issues and don’t feel like a semi-truck walking around with it either. It’s a beautiful stroller and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to use and review it!”
Read the entire double stroller review.
Learn more about Indie Twin.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Reichardt.
Matthew, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In 2004, my wife, Emily, and I after the birth of our first child, Ella, started Bumbleride out of our home in Point Loma, San Diego. Living active lifestyles with our kids we were looking to create baby products that not only met our design and quality criteria but also a brand and culture that connected with modern parents.
Early on we realized that in addition to quality products that had a clean design aesthetic we wanted to reduce our impact on the environment. Manufacturing can be a dirty business and we realized that we needed to do our part.
We first focussed on eliminating any chemicals or materials that could be harmful. In 2011 we introduced recycled polyester using post-consumer plastic water bottles into our fabrics and in 2016 we moved to 100% rPET. Since 2011 we have kept over 1/2 million water bottles out of landfills from this process.
Beyond developing the best products that we can we are focussed on our culture and our customer. At Bumbleride we try to do good and have fun doing it. Our team consists of individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus not just on what’s happening in their department but on creating a brand built on our shared vision.
Our customer care team doesn’t have scripts we build relationships with our customers so that we can make continuous improvement to our products.
Ultimately we are aware that we make products for families most precious cargo. Being parents of 3 children of our own we want to help get families out and doing what they love while doing our best to preserve the planet we all share. That’s the Bumbleride promise. The ride of your life.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We have definitely had our challenges along the way. Probably the biggest struggle we face is how to grow and build our brand while at the same time staying small and focussed on the small batch manufacturers we work with, the materials we use and maintain our high-quality standards.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bumbleride – what should we know?
We manufacture strollers and stroller accessories. Our products are focussed on active parents that appreciate quality, clean design and are environmentally conscious. I am most proud of my team, our Bumbleride family, without them we would not have the brand and culture that we have today. What sets us apart is our eco-conscious company culture…
1. Refuse, Reduce & Recycle
Have you heard about the plastic pollution problem? Being based in San Diego, CA we see the problem first hand at our local beaches and waterways. Plastics are particularly damaging to the marine environment, as they do not biodegrade, and are easily mistaken as food and ingested by wildlife. While there is no immediate solution, we can all help by taking small steps in reducing our family’s use of single-use plastics for example: plastic cutlery, plastic grocery bags, coffee cups and to go food packaging. For the plastic we do buy, try to re-purpose it and lastly, recycle it.
2. Eat & Shop Local
Head to your local farmers market for fresh air, good food and local vibes like our friend Megean from @ZeroWasteNerd pictured above. Taste an apple or orange that was picked a few days ago vs. many months ago and reduce the amount of energy/petroleum it takes to ship food across the world. Support your local agriculture and meet the farmer that worked hard to produce the food you are eating. Don’t forget to bring your own basket or reusable bag to haul your goods home.
3. Volunteer at a beach or park cleanup
In the US, check with your local Surfrider Foundation chapter or in Canada your local Shoreline Cleanup. In Hawaii, join a Sustainable Coastlines cleanup, whose founders happen to be Bumbleride Adventurers (pictured at top of page).
4. Skip the straw
Straws are one of the top 5 items we pick up at our park and beach cleanups. One simple, “No straw please” at a restaurant can set a great example for our children, friends, family and bring awareness to the straw problem. Straws often cannot be recycled due to their size, material and shape. Paper and reusable straws are now available in many options, check out Simply Straws for awesome reusable straws.
5. Reusable containers
We’re big fans of reusable water containers, reusable food storage and coffee mugs/containers. Bumbleride staff family favorites include Klean Kanteen, Wean Green and Stasher . We even co-branded our own Kids Kanteen Sippy Cup with Klean Kanteen.
Want to learn even more ways you and your children can make an impact on helping preserve the environment? Visit this helpful article from SD Coastkeeper.