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Lots of Baby Jogger Updates

Chicco Bravo For2, a best sit and stand stroller for 2017.

Baby Jogger has done some serious housekeeping - out with what's not working and in with new and improved - their line of strollers has become rather minimal! What's interesting is that Baby Jogger hasn't come out with anything that completely turns the stroller market on its head, but they are imaginative with their innovation and keeping with what works.

What didn't work were their umbrella strollers the Vue and the Vue Light. That was the reversing-seat stroller that could also take a car seat. Gone also is the City Lite and instead we now have the City Tour. The City Zip is still around, though it is not on the official website. The long-standing all terrain stroller City Elite is now gone and the only all-terrain stroller that remains is the Summit X3. Funny, Baby Jogger started with fitness strollers and has gone in a completely different direction.

So what's new? The two newest offerings revolve around the City Select. Take a look at their City Premier, which is just like the City Select but does not turn into a double stroller and is your basic, luxury, reversing seat single stroller.

Lastly is the new City Select LUX, which improves upon the original single-to-double City Select but has four additional seating options and a 30% smaller folding size. New colors bring it all together in a beautiful package.

So there you have it - lots of surprising endings and cautious but exciting moderations on exiting products.

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Austlen Entourage Video Review is Live!

The Austlen Entourage stroller has a unique design in that it extends and contracts with your needs AND has multiple seating options for one or two children.

Ideal for families on the go who have a lot of equipment or gear they want to take along. Think sports outings or a day at the beach or party at the park. The Entourage fits your ice chest! Luggage! Up to 150 pounds of total weight!

In this video review, I go over all the major features and give you my honest opinion about this innovative stroller.

For more details, including measurements, comprehensive photos, and where to purchase, see my in-depth Austlen Entourage review.

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New Chicco Bravo For2 Stand-On Stroller

Chicco Bravo For2, a best sit and stand stroller for 2017.

Chicco has taken their stylish and popular Bravo, and turned it into a sit and stand stroller called the Bravo For2! When I first saw this stroller, I was surprised and impressed at how compact it is - it barely looks larger than a single.

The Bravo For2 is loaded with all the features you expect from a full-size stroller like a parent console with a much-liked zippered pocket in the middle of the cup holders, a child's snack tray, one-step linked parking brakes, an easy standing fold and a large storage basket. Your children are comfortable in a padded seat that accommodates the quality Chicco KeyFit car seat for a travel system, a large sun canopy and a standing platform with a bench that has a 3-point safety belt for your older, more independent child.

Take a look at the new Chicco Bravo For2, already one of the best sit and stand strollers for 2017. Reviews are giving it between 4½ and 5 stars for features that sometimes don't come standard with other strollers such as a parent console and snack tray, as well as a smooth ride and easy navigation, plus at $279, it is a fantastic value for the price.

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Austlen Entourage Stroller Review

Austlen Entourage, a best single-to-double stroller for 2017.

While ultra lightweight strollers are all the rage, Austlen is going the other way, offering a stroller that holds and does, well, everything! I like to call it the minivan of strollers - take everyone and all that you want along for a ride. The Austlen Entourage expands into three different sizes, with a single seat and the ability to expand into a double stroller and carry all the days gear with you. It's really impressive, and is already causing a stir in the market for its innovative design and ease of use.

This is not a stroller for quick errands - it really is for those of you who are out often for longer periods of time and you need cargo space. Think of grocery runs, day trips to the park, the need for a double stroller plus space for your shopping bags.

The most innovative part of the Entourage is the extending frame, which has three different lengths, depending on your needs, and it slides into position with startling ease. Also, the sturdy frame holds up to 150 pounds of kids plus cargo! And yes, the Entourage still handles beautifully loaded down. One-handed steering is possible, and the suspension system is superb.

I personally tested the Entourage by loading it up and taking it around my neighborhood. I am impressed with the standard features, most of which are top quality and a pleasure to use. There were a couple of issues that I experienced, knocking a star off my ratings, bringing it down to a 4-star review. Explore more by reading my Austlen Entourage review now.

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Luxury Convertible Strollers 2017 Updates

Cybex Priam, a best luxury convertible stroller for 2017.

Make a statement about who you are and your lifestyle with a luxury brand convertible stroller. In the luxury category, prices are $600 and up. The finest fabrics, modern design, and the latest in materials and technology put you on the cutting edge of style when you step out with your new baby.

Celebrate your new arrival with a reversing seat stroller with features nobody has ever seen before, such as the new 4Moms Moxi with "Power on Board" for the high tech-minded. Stand out with the latest fashion from the hottest designers like Jeremy Scott or Rachel Zoe. The choices and reasons for wanting and having the best of the best are endless, and you might be overwhelmed with the possibilities.

Pictured here is the Cybex Priam known for its luxury seating and customized wheels and frame along with a contemporary design. Along with the Priam, for 2017 we have 4Moms Moxi, and the new Nuna Mixx2. The Quinny Moodd has been around for a number of years, but with the Rachel Zoe collection, it's a real stand-out for its chic, jet setting look.

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Top Rated Mid-Range Lightweight Strollers for 2017

OXO Tot Cubby, a best mid-range lightweight stroller for 2017.

The best mid-range lightweight strollers for 2017 are here! In this category you will see select top-rated strollers between $200 and $350. This is the best place to start your shopping, and from here you either find the perfect stroller, or work your way up or down on the budget scale.

In the mid range category, lightweight strollers have excellent suspension systems. The design is updated regularly, and contemporary fabrics and colors compliment each other. Here you may or may not get a child's snack tray, but often times, if you don't get a tray you may get a bumper bar or little pocket for your child's sippy cup or bottle.

Pictured here is the OXO Tot Cubby known for its super easy self-standing fold, enormous sun canopy and modern design. The Cubby is the only new brand in this category this year. The others are reliable standbys that have consistent good quality, like the Baby Jogger City Mini, Britax B-Agile and the Mountain Buggy Nano V2.

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Best Luxury Lightweight Strollers 2017

Babyzen Yoyo+, a best luxury lightweight stroller for 2017.

Updated for 2017 you will discover the luxury lightweights that generally cost over $350, often much more. These beauties combine artful form and precision function, not to mention high fashion fabrics! You will turn heads pushing one of these gorgeous strollers down the street.

Some of these luxury lightweight strollers have reversing seats. Because the seat can be removed, a separate bassinet can be placed right on top of the frame for a sophisticated pram. Or if you prefer, snap your favorite car seat for a compact travel system.

Made from the finest fabrics and precision technology for performance, using one of these strollers makes a statement to the world: You are a person who demands the very best for your baby and for yourself.

Pictured here is the Babyzen Yoyo+, one of the top luxury lightweight strollers for 2017, a revolutionary travel stroller that is popular with families who fly often because it fits in overhead bins of airplanes. Check out new strollers from Mamas and Papas, Peg Perego, Inglesina and Bugaboo.

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Budget All-Terrain Strollers 2017

Evenflo Victory, a best budget all-terrain stroller for 2017.

Budget all-terrain strollers are the three-wheeled fitness joggers with a swivel front wheel that can be locked straight for light jogging and are for families with a budget of $200 and less.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a quality all terrain stroller. Some of the most popular three-wheelers are in this category and have been around for many years. These are brands you can trust! However, in this category, there are not many to choose from, as most joggers are in the higher budget bracket, most hovering around the $400 mark.

And as years come and go, some brands quit making the products we love and we have to say goodbye. On the flipside, other brands make new products we can get excited about. That's what has happened for the 2017 update - there's a new budget all-terrain stroller to add to the mix.

Coming well under the $200 threshold is the Evenflo Victory, a truly lightweight, streamlined all-terrain stroller that's got really good reviews so far. Evenflo is a budget-friendly company that has been around for nearly 100 years providing parents with products that support the safety, wellbeing, and development of children.

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Introducing Joovy Groove Twin Ultralight!

Joovy Twin Groove Ultralight double umbrella stroller

Like the UPPAbaby G-link, which took the G-Luxe and doubled it, or the Maclaren Twin Triumph, or even the Peg Perego Pliko Mini Twin, Joovy's taken their popular Groove Ultralight umbrella stroller and turned it into double umbrella stroller.

This fairly new offering from Joovy is rather light weight at only 26 pounds, yet holds two children up to 50 pounds in each seat. I like that you can put newborn babies into these seats without having to install the heavy, bulky car seats. However, the seat recline mechanism has gotten some criticism in that it is easy to reline, but putting the seat back up is a pain, and having three hands would make it easy.

Moms like the two sun canopies with UVF 50 protection. They are full-coverage and have a large peek-a-boo window, which some would prefer to be mesh for better air flow. You also get storage pockets and cup holders behind the seats as well as decent-size storage baskets.

Reviews are still few, but strongly positive, giving it between 4½- and 5 stars for superb maneuverability on smooth surfaces, sturdiness and for the large sun canopies.

Check out the new Joovy Twin Groove Ultralight, along with other top double umbrella stroller picks (including the ones mentioned at the beginning of the post)for 2017.

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2017 Britax B-Ready

2017 Britax B-Ready in doubles mode

The newly upgraded 2017 Britax B-Ready is both a single or an inline tandem stroller and can be used in 12 different seating configurations. Two seats, two car seats, a bassinet, you can mix and match and face them just the way you like. Of all the Britax strollers, this is a smart one to buy when you've just got one child and are planning another because you won't have to buy a double later on!

Reviews are strongly positive, giving it between 4 and 4½ stars for ease of turning it to a double, sturdiness and quality, and superb maneuverability.

Get all the details on the new 2017 Britax B-Ready, including a ton of big new photos, official demo videos and video reviews showing all the fabulous features in action, and what was liked and what could be improved.

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New Baby Jogger City Tour

Baby Jogger City Tour 2016

The last few years have had some newer super-compact strollers that meet the requirements for carry-on luggage. With baggage fees these days, it's practical to be able to carry on whatever you can. The City Tour is Baby Jogger's contribution to the travel stroller market. It weighs only 14 pounds and holds your child up to 45 pounds. It still has all the features in a larger stroller such as a full coverage sun canopy, 5-point safety harness, storage basket, munti-position recline seat and a handlebar at a comfortable strolling height for most adults.

Reviews are still coming out for this new offering, but as of this writing, parents feel strongly positive about it, giving it between 4 and 4½ stars.

Explore more details on the Baby Jogger City Tour, including an official demo video showing all the fabulous features in action!

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Baby Jogger City Mini 2016

Baby Jogger City Mini 2016

While there are not many updates for the Baby Jogger City Mini this year, Stroller Envy has updated the page with a mobile-friendly layout. This includes bigger text that is more pleasing to the eye, larger photos and up-to-date video reviews. You will get the scoop on what others have to say about the latest rendition of this popular stroller and discover what Consumer Reports has to say about it too.

Over the years around my neighborhood, I kept seeing more and more of these stylish lightweight strollers. What are they? Luckily it's clearly marked on the side of the stroller, 'City Mini' and I knew I had to learn more about them, because these have clearly been a favorite standby.

Then when I see celebrities strolling around with their Baby Jogger City Mini, I knew something was up and now I'm going to show you what this versitile little stroller is all about!

Get more details on the Baby Jogger City Mini 2016 including an informative demo video showing all the fabulous features in action!

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Phil and Teds Smart Buggy 2016 Redesign

Phil&Teds Smart 2016

The Smart Buggy has been redesigned for 2016, losing the roundness of the chassis and making it more sturdy. This version has an easy-flip hand brake and 10-inch puncture-proof rear tires with suspension for a smooth ride. The narrow width at just over 22 inches makes it a "smart" option for those of you navigating and living in tighter, more compact spaces.

The stroller weighs 23 pounds, so it is still considered a full-size product, even though it is quite compact for its size. It will hold your child up to 44 pounds.

So far, comments for this new version are trickling in with 5-star reviews!

Get more details on the Phil&Teds Smart buggy update including an informative demo video showing all the fabulous features in action!

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2016 Baby Jogger City Mini GT Updated!

Baby Jogger City Mini GT

The popular all-terrain 3-wheeler Baby Jogger City Mini GT has undergone some very minor updates for 2016, and to celebrate, the review has been updated too! It has updated video demos, measurements, and much bigger, better photos. You can see it on any device with ease.

So what is new for the 2016 release?

  • Handle height increased by 0.75" (provides more room for strolling without kicking the lower crossbar)
  • Slightly larger storage basket beneath the seat
  • Lowered tubing below folding mechanism
  • Added plastic plate underneath softgoods(not visible) - footwell shape changes
  • Auto lock changed from 2 to 3 positions
  • Opening for canopy and seat back closed with velcro
  • Folding mechanism modified
  • Seat vent provides a much cleaner look
  • New kickplate provides added stability for when child gets in/out of stroller

So far, reviews for this new version are pouring in with 5-star reviews!

See updated photos, reviews and descriptions in the Baby Jogger City Mini GT stroller review.

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New Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller

Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller

Speed is Bumbleride's first stroller designed for the rigors of jogging or running. The state-of-the-art all wheel suspension system smooths out the ride for your passenger and it something new called Speed3 Steering. The front wheel has three options for your use: 1. Full 360° rotation rotation for walking; 2. Partial 30° locked rotation for jogging; and 3. Fully locked forward for jogging or running.

This stroller has it all for joggers and comfort for their passenger. It is packed with all you need for your outdoor fitness adventure.

Discover more about the Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller including a video demo to show all the features in action.

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Phil&Teds Navigator Becomes the Sport

Phil and Teds Sport 2016 in doubles mode

Phil&Teds likes to change names and switch them up. Years ago they had a phenomenally successful stroller called the Explorer. Then they took the same basic design, added some fantastic updates and called it the Navigator. Later on, the Navigator got a handle redesign with an Autostop feature, and that became Navigator V2. And recently, I saw that the Navigator was discontinued. Confused, I researched further and saw that they had simply renamed the Navigator back to the Sport. I think that the Sport was what it was called pre-Explorer, so we've actually come full circle!

Updates mark each name change, and this time it's mostly been discontinued accessories, namely the parent facing seat that you had to buy separately. Now you can buy the doubles kit seat and use that as the parent facing seat and nestle it right into the reclined toddler seat. The carrycot with different colored canopies have been discontinued and of course, there are a couple of new colors and ones I like best are the midnight blue and graphite, shown in the photo.

See updated photos, reviews and descriptions in the Phil&Teds Sport stroller review.

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Baby Trend Updated

Baby Trend Updates

A few weeks ago, Baby Trend made an announcement that they are updating their logo for the first time in 28 years and revamping their line of products. This is exciting news, because for a long time, I never saw anything new coming from Baby Trend. Now they have more all-terrain joggers in different styles, reversing seat strollers, which are so popular today for a budget price, and even an umbrella stroller!

I've been busy getting these pages current, so I invite you to take another look at Baby Trend. The innovative designs Baby Trend has produced to meet the needs of new families have been around for more than 20 years. By studying the needs of families with babies and toddlers, this company has been able to create carefully engineered, safe, high quality and durable juvenile products that help meet the challenges of new parents during this very happy, yet busy stage of life.

Baby Trend strollers and other products are designed with babies in mind and meet the needs families with single babies as well as address the unique needs ofwo or three toddlers. Whether you have multiples or children of different ages, Baby Trend has creative products to help you with the challenges of parenthood.

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A Stroller for Adults?

Contours Bliss Stroller for an Adult

I don't know about you, but when I test out a new stroller, I kinda wonder what it would be like to ride around in one. They look so comfortable and fun! No wonder most babies and kids love being in their strollers, especially these days, most are made REALLY well, the quality is absolutely outstanding and they look really beautiful, don't you agree?

Well, if you've ever wanted to ride in a stroller for an adult, you might get a chance to! Contours Baby made an exact, adult-sized replica of their popular stroller, the Bliss. What a clever way to bring attention to the brand and their line of strollers! I wonder how much it cost to get that one made... I bet they could sell them, what do you think? Ha ha ha!

Check out this giant stroller and more photos of the Contours Bliss for Adults, including a side-by-side look at the big one and the original size for babies. Before you click over, take a look at the video of this stroller for adults in action:

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New Chicco Viaro Travel System

Chicco Viaro travel system

If you've ever wanted a lightweight travel system stroller for your newborn, then look no further than the Chicco Viaro. Just released in spring of 2016, the Viaro is a light weight three-wheeler weighing just 18 pounds, making it an instant favorite for on-the-go parents.

The stroller comes with a Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat, a Recommended Buy with Consumer Reports, rated Best Crash Protection. The canopy on the stroller covers the car seat hood for full coverage.

Discover more about the new Chicco Viaro travel system and an official demo video that shows it in action. It's really a cute little stroller! While you're there, check out the other light weight travel system strollers and their matching car seats. These are the best of 2016!

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Maclaren Strollers Upgraded Their Sun Canopy

Maclaren strollers have a better sun canopy!

It has been a consumer complaint for years. Maclaren is one of the best higher end umbrella strollers you can buy, and have been at the top of their game for years. Fashion forward limited edition fabrics and solid craftsmanship are hallmarks. But the Maclaren sun canopy always fell short. It was always too small and never had enough sun protection. For the money customers were paying, they expected more.

Other stroller brands expanded their sun canopies - extendable, full-coverage canopies that almost enclosed your child in protection. But Maclaren sun canopies stayed skimpy, even after upgrading other features such as a reclining seat and adjustable foot rest on some models.

This year, however, is different. All Maclaren strollers, except for the Mark II and the double strollers, have EXCELLENT full-coverage sun canopies. Three things are different about them.

  1. The original canopy is simply bigger. It extends farther out.
  2. It has a zip-away panel that extends the canopy downward. This panel has mesh windows at the sides, allowing for better airflow.
  3. There's a big flip-out sun visor for added protection.

Now I feel like Maclaren is back in the game, and can fully compete with brands like UPPAbaby.

Go check out the upgraded Maclaren strollers. Many of them are top picks for best umbrella strollers for 2016.

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