The Ultimate Baby Gear Guide For the First-Time Mom – Darling Magazine

The Ultimate Baby Gear Guide For the First-Time Mom

For 33 years of my life, I didn’t know anything about babies. Truth be told (don’t judge me) I had never changed a diaper until I was in the hospital after giving birth. I had been a camp counselor and worked with a lot of older kids, but I hadn’t ever watched a baby longer than a quick viewing of a friend’s newborn. When I got pregnant last year, I’ll admit I was a little afraid. What do you do with a one-day-old baby? What kind of gear do you need, and how do you use any of it?

I started Google-ing and found a ton of helpful information, but from a bunch of different sources — so I decided to compile my ultimate baby gear list* here for all of you moms-to-be, or women looking for the perfect shower gift for your pregnant friend!– Sarah Dubbeldam

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There are a million different strollers out there, but after reviewing a lot of ratings, I got these two and LOVE them. The first is the Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller (1). I love that they are local to San Diego and have beautiful design and functionality. I am really impressed by their Speed stroller. It’s fantastic for all terrain and handles like a dream — you can even run full pace with it! Plus, look at that unique color (insert heart eye emoji here).

I also got the Mountain Buggy Nano (2) for a trip I took to Europe when our baby was three months old — I wanted something very small and light that would fit in an overhead compartment of a plane. This one does the trick. Weighing in at less than 13lbs, it handles excellent on those crazy cobblestones in Italy and even nicely reclines for putting a newborn to sleep. Or, you can get the cocoon if you want a bassinet to attach to it!

Learn more about Speed here.

Read the rest of Darling Magazines Gear Guide here.

Crocodile Baby Stores – Why We Chose Bumbleride Strollers

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Why we chose Bumbleride Strollers for Crocodile Baby

We are now available at Crocodile Baby with stores in BC, Canada. They recently wrote a great blogpost about why they chose Bumbleride strollers. This is an excerpt from that blogpost.

“We are very picky about what strollers we sell. Every one of them has to have great maneuverability, great durability, and be backed by great after sales service from the manufacturer. We have just added Bumbleride to our list, with the Indie, the Indie twin and, coming soon, the Speed a lovely jogging specialty stroller. Here are several reasons why we have chosen this manufacturer:

The Air is Guaranteed.

Bumbleride is the only stroller company that provides a 1 year warranty on the inner tubes and tires on its strollers.

Green Fabric.

The fabric is made of recycled PET bottles and from bamboo based fabric…

A Lighter Stroller

The Bumbleride Indie is 25% lighter than its “active stroller” competitors. I  know this because I took my trusty Luggage Buddy scale and picked up each of our strollers on display (pictured above). While my device may be off as to the true weight, the relative weights of strollers is the right way to consider the “How heavy is the stroller?” question….

Made in Taiwan

Bumbleride’s factory is in Taiwan, not China. This is not a really big deal but it is nice to know the strollers are made in a smaller, family-owned factory with a real interest in making high quality products….

Getting Even Greener

In early 2016, Bumbleride will launch its new running stroller the “Speed”. Coincident with that, all of their strollers will use fabrics that have drastically reduced water consumption during the production process while improving the colour fastness. The process creates an 84% energy savings which results in 67% less CO2 emissions. How is this done? I understand it is due to the process dyeing the thread before it is made into fabric, much like the Crypton process waterproofs Clek seat fabrics. Is this a big deal?…

Safety and Health

The fabrics used in all Bumbleride stroller are Oeko Tex certified, which means they have been tested for 110 toxic substances and none have been found….”

Live in BC, Canada? Locate a store near you, http://www.crocodilebaby.com/about/locations/ .

Read the whole article at, http://crocodilebaby.blogspot.ca/2015/12/why-we-chose-bumbleride-strollers-for.html .

Magic Beans – Spilling The Beans Blog- Bumbleride Indie 4 vs. UPPAbaby Cruz

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Bumbleride Indie 4 vs. UPPAbaby Cruz

Magic beans recently highlighted the similarities and differences between our Indie 4 and the UPPAbaby Cruz. Here is an excerpt from that feature:

The Bumbleride Indie 4 and the UPPAbaby Cruz are very similar strollers on paper; they’re both close in weight, size, and longevity. But there are a few key things that can truly make a difference.

Before we get started, here are the basic specs on both of these popular stroller models:

Bumbleride Indie 4 Stroller

  • Weight (when empty): 22 pounds
  • Max Weight: 55 pounds
  • Tires: Air-filled
  • Included Accessories: Bassinet, bumper (belly) bar, universal car seat adapter, and cup holder
  • Price: $599
  • Longevity: birth to 5 years

UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller

  • Weight (when empty): 22 pounds (frame only: 16.5 pounds)
  • Max Weight: 50 pounds
  • Tires: Foam + air-filled
  • Included Accessories: Belly bar, rain cover
  • Price: $499 -$529
  • Longevity: 3 months (or birth if you purchase bassinet or Snug Seat) to 5 years

The Indie 4 (named after its older brother, the Indie, but with a fourth wheel) comes with almost everything you need in one box. It comes with the bassinet, so you can use your stroller from day one. Or, if you prefer to use your stroller like a travel system (it’s so convenient when you’re transferring your baby from the car to the stroller!), just use the universal car seat adapter* and pop your car seat right on there. Between the bassinet, the cupholder, and the adapter, it comes with absolutely everything you need except for a rain cover.

Ok, so we don’t love switching between the bassinet and the regular seat, and we don’t love removing the canopy – neither of these processes are as straightforward as they should be. However, these aren’t things you’ll be doing often. And if you need help, just drop by our store and we’ll do it for you – we’re the pros!

As for the push: those chunky air-filled tires give an incredibly smooth ride. When we took our all-terrain models out for our Winter Stroller Test Drive Challenge, the Indie 4 made a very good showing. Air-filled tires require some minimal maintenance, so you’ll just want to familiarize yourself with how they work and be prepared to pump tires and repair flats. A few tips:

  • DO NOT overinflate.
  • You’ll be able to feel when they’re getting low on air – pump them up as soon as you can.
  • Keep a spare inner tube on hand, because 9/10 times, that is what will need to be replaced if you have a flat. If you’re in a pinch, bike stores that sell kids’ bikes will have tires and inner tubes in the right size, though.

Another thing I love about Bumbleride is their customer service. While UPPAbaby is legendary for their customer service, Bumbleride may actually have them beat: I once emailed them about a broken piece, and got a response and a tracking number for the replacement piece in less than 5 minutes. I don’t think I can say that’s ever happened to me before, whether I’ve been on a personal or professional mission. This is a brand that really stands by their strollers and cares about their customers….

Price might be another consideration for you, although these two strollers are in roughly the same bracket. For the sake of comparison, let’s say you chose the Chicco Keyfit as your infant car seat. What would you spend on either stroller to get the same amount of stuff?

Indie 4 ($599) + rain cover ($34.99) = $633.99

Cruz ($499) + bassinet ($199) + adapter ($44.99) + cup holder ($24.99) = $767.98

I, personally, am an Indie 4 fan: it’s light, it rolls so smoothly, it’s compact with good tires, and it comes with just about everything you need. But the Cruz is a tough contender, with some serious advantages. Ultimately, you’re going to want to get your hands on both strollers and give them a push to see what you think. Come on in to any Magic Beans store and give them a try! -Chelsea, Magic Beans Brookline

Read the rest of the comparison at http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/baby/strollers/strolling-the-suburbs-the-bumbleride-indie-4-stroller-vs-the-uppababy-cruz-stroller/

Babycenter – 11 Luxe Strollers That Are Really Worth It – Indie 4

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11 Luxe Strollers That Are Really Worth It

In life, there are things you want and things you need. Strollers straddle that line. You need one, that’s for sure, especially if you’re a city dweller.

But if you’re going to be pushing something around day in and day out for several years, you want it to be as easy on the eyes as it is to maneuver. You want a thing of beauty and luxury, not just utility. That’s where these 11 standouts come in. Consider them the SUVs of strollers: multifunctional and a bit showy but for many families, the perfect marriage of want and need.

“The Bumbleride Indie 4 Urban All Terrain Stroller with Bassinet can cruise over any bump with barely a jolt, thanks to air-filled tires and all-wheel suspension. It’s got a cushy seat and an adjustable handlebar, backrest, and footrest — so both baby and parent are comfy; $600.” -Liz Krieger

Read the entire article at, http://blogs.babycenter.com/products_and_prizes/04022015-these-11-suv-strollers-are-worth-the-money/. Thank you Liz for including our Indie 4!! 

What People Are Saying About Indie 4

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What People Are Saying About Indie 4

Baby Gizmo blog:

“The wheels and suspension give the Indie 4 amazing maneuverability whether you are cruising the streets, shopping the mall or hitting the trails..”– http://babygizmo.com/2014/05/baby-gizmo-spotlight-review-bumbleride-indie-4-stroller/

Cool Mom picks blog:

” I put the Indie 4 through our usual paces at the mall, the park, and the boardwalk, and I love that it turns on a dime and is narrow enough to easily navigate in and out of doorways. Plus it just looks sleek in a variety of colors…”http://coolmompicks.com/blog/2014/07/01/bumbleride-indie-4-stroller-review/

MINI magazine:

All terrain is an important aspect for many parents now and the Indie 4 once again fits the bill. You can go from city strolling to a hilly hike with no problems-the Indie 4 can handle it all!” http://mini-magazine.com/bumbleride-debuts-new-indie-4-stroller/

Pregnancy & newborn magazine:

“The sunshade on the stroller provides a lot of coverage and is easy to operate. In fact, it provides the most sun coverage of any stroller we’ve owned. A very nice feature! There is even a small peekaboo window made of mesh.”  –http://www.pnmag.com/h-s/bumbleride-indie-4/

Pop Sugar blog:

Bumbleride has created an all-terrain stroller for everyone. To top it off, the Indie 4 is lightweight and easy to fold-perfect for families on the go.”http://www.popsugar.com/moms/photo-gallery/34531667/image/34531736/Bumbleride-Indie-4

Simple Moms blog:

“It is very easy to push and maneuver, two handed as well as one…It glides right along. Not once have I wished this stroller could do something it couldn’t do. It’s amazing!

To be completely transparent with you guys, my husband grabs this stroller EVERY time we go on a walk folks. No joke. This has me husbands stamp of approval…and we have sure tested a lot of strollers!”http://www.thesimplemoms.com/2014/05/lets-ride-with-the-new-bumbleride-indie-4-check-it-out-before-you-can-buy-it-review.html

Mom’s Stroller Reviews:

“I give it 5 out of 5 stars because just like the Indie model it has a lot of luxury features that parents are looking for.”– http://www.momsstrollerreviews.com/bumbleride-indie-4-stroller-review/

Mom Trends blog:

My two favorite features of the Indie 4 are the great maneuvering front all-wheel suspension pneumatic tires and a fabulous canopy that has excellent coverage.” – http://www.momtrends.com/tag/bumbleride-indie-4/

Baby Dickey blog:

The Fold- Why I love it: It auto locks, Yea, not all strollers do! AND, even better, it stands on its own when folded. A MUST!”http://babydickey.com/2014/06/24/bumbleride-indie-4-stroller/

Magic Beans review:

“The zippiest all-terrain stroller has so many great features that it’s hard to see why everyone wouldn’t love it! Bumbleride strollers are easy to love, with their eco-friendly materials, thoughtful engineering and beautiful design.”– http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/baby/strollers/strollers-off-the-beaten-path-the-bumbleride-indie-4-and-peg-perego-book/

Learn more about Indie 4, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/indie4.