New strollers for 2014
Late fall was when we got a few peeks at some of the new 2014 strollers coming out, like at the ABC Kids Expo that all of us interested in baby gear look forward to. Now that January is here, let’s look at a few of the brand new strollers hitting the market that are either out now or will be by spring. These are new models only, not improvements or enhancements of existing models.
Baby Jogger Vue
Lightweight reversing seat convertible strollers are very high in demand, but as of yet, there haven’t been any reversing seat umbrella strollers — until now. The Baby Jogger Vue seat reverses in seconds by simply pushing the backrest through to the other side. So in other words, the Vue has two seats with leg rests where baby sits down and the back rest goes either way. Kinda cool idea! The stroller itself weighs 17 pounds, so it is not feather-light, but you want something sturdy because the Vue can also accommodate Cybex, Maxi-Cosi, and Nuna car seats with the appropriate adapters in addition to the Baby Jogger optional bassinet. Look for the Baby Jogger Vue this coming spring!
Britax has added another beautiful new stroller to their line. Just like the wildly successful Britax B-Ready, the new Affinity is a reversing seat convertible stroller. But that is where the similarity ends. While the B-Ready can turn into a double, the Affinity is a single.
The Affinity is Britax’s entry into the luxury modular stroller market. Everything on the Affinity is customized to your taste. You choose from three different frames — white, silver or black — and your stroller comes with a basic grey seat. Then you purchase your color pack separately. Choose from six colors: black, purple, blue, brown, red or green. Customizing is becoming the hot new trend now, and I mentioned how Orbit is doing the same thing with their new G3 this year.The Britax Affinity has a price that is about double that of the B-Ready. It will retail for $599 and each color pack is $99. Look for it in the spring!
Bumbleride Indie 4
While Bumbleride has had some improvements in their strollers each year (last year they upgraded their fabrics to be environmentally conscious and more baby-friendly) they have not come out with anything new. But this year they are taking their classic 3-wheel Indie and giving it four wheels. Baby Jogger did the same thing with their City Mini to give us their City Mini four-wheeler last year, so is this a trend we’re going to start seeing with many all-terrain strollers? The Bumbleride Indie 4 will still basically be the same as the three-wheeler, with all those great features you come to expect from a Bumbleride product — it will just be for parents who aren’t into jogging but still want something rugged to take over different terrain with ease. Look for the Bumbleride Indie twin come spring. No official photos or price point out as of this report.
This isn’t the first time that Chicco has had an all-terrain three-wheeler, (the S3 is a previous model), so they do have some experience making quality all-terrains.
The Activ3, pronounced “active,” does not disappoint. It has all the bells and whistles you could want in a performance stroller you could either take on trails or on your jog. Adjustable suspension, brakes and folding mechanism are all on the handle. And the handle is height adjustable, too! I like that it has a safety tether and rubber tires that never risk getting a flat. The sun canopy is humongous, your child gets a snack tray and you get your parent cup holders and console. Love it! For all you get, the price is reasonable at $299 and is available now at BabiesRUs.
Joovy, like Britax, is making their way into the luxury ring with their single stroller — the Qool, and their double, the Too Qool. The Qool has a reversing seat and telescoping handle bar for parents. It holds up to 55 pounds. The Too Qool has two full-sized seats, each holding 55 pounds, that can be configured in a number of arrangements. The handle on the Too Cool adjusts up and down. The seats on either of these strollers are molded so that when it tips backward the leg rest comes up with it. So Joovy recommends that newborns use a car seat with the included adapter. Then at 3 months, baby can ride in the seat. Fully-lined seats come in 10 different colors and all-wheel suspension keeps the ride smooth. The sun canopy is amazing and offers full coverage for your little ones. The Qool single stroller retails for $549 and the Qool Too is priced at $799 and both are available for purchase now.
Which stroller has been your favorite this year? Any other brands you’re excited about for 2014? Share your thoughts with me!
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