Baby Essentials + Giveaway – Chrissy Powers

June 5th, 2018

2018 Bumbleride Indie Twin Matt Black in California with Chrissy Powers

We’re honored to be named one of Chrissy’s favorite baby products and we are so thankful for her support! Stop by Chrissy’s Instagram to enter to win a bundle of goods from her favorite baby product brands (our favs too!) including a $300 Bumbleride shop credit. Read an excerpt of her post below or learn more about Chrissy in her Bumbleride Adventurer bio, here.

 

“This is round 3 for me gathering all the goods for a newborn… in some ways I feel like I’m starting all over and in other ways I feel the most relaxed and prepared for our third baby. I kept a few things from when Zeke (our second child) was a baby, but I gave away a lot of baby goods too. We were so indecisive on whether or not to have a 3rd child. If you want to hear more about how we decided to add one more member to the family I recorded it on my podcast Sure Babe in episode 11.

This ain’t my first rodeo… I know now more of what I really need for baby so I thought it would be fun to share what items I feel are essential for a new baby. As a thank you for following our journey I’m GIVING AWAY an item and or shop credit for each baby essential item below!!! Head to my instagram @chrissyjpowers to enter and leave a comment here for extra entry points!

 

#1 Bumbleride Stroller

I’ve tested out my share of strollers and I have to tell you the Bumbleride is my go to for ease of use, style, and comfort. I’ve taken our Bumbleride Indie and Speed strollers on several airplanes, trips, into plenty of stores, beaches and runs and it has held up great. We just upgraded to the Indie Twin. I plan to get back into shape with this bad boy once baby girl is here! One of my favorite ways to squeeze in workouts as a mom is to run or walk with a jogging stroller like this one.”…. Read more.

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2018 Bumbleride Indie Twin in Matte Black with older children

2018 Bumbleride Indie Twin Matte Black - Zeke Peeking

Fawn Design Co

Finn and Vince Clothing

James Fox Co. Dress

Plum and Sparrow Moses Basket

Solly Baby Wrap

Tubby Todd

 

The Best Stroller and Car Seat Combos – Consumer Reports

May 24th, 2018

The Best Stroller and Car Seat Combos – Consumer Reports

These three stroller/car seat combinations excelled in our rigorous tests, and pair safely together and offer a secure fit.

1. The Spare-No-Expense Duo

Stroller: Bumbleride Indie, $555
Car seat: Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, $200
Adapter: Bumbleride MNC-15 adapter, $45

Total price: $800

CR’s take: “This duo perfectly highlights what you can get by mixing and matching brands. It’s the most expensive of the three travel systems designed by CR’s experts, but it still costs less than some strollers in our ratings. Bumbleride makes a number of top strollers, including the Indie, which gets some of the best marks of any traditional stroller in our ratings, thanks to its nimble handling and easy-to-use features. But the company doesn’t make car seats.

Using the Bumbleride adapter, we partnered it with the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, a stellar car seat that proves exceptionally easy to use in our tests, and which attaches securely in a variety of cars, whether using the LATCH mechanisms or a seat belt.”

Read more at Consumer Reports.

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Built To Last

April 20th, 2018


(2011 Jet Black Indie at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville Florida still in use today)

We design each Bumbleride with durability and easy maintenance in mind, to ensure your stroller lasts beyond your family and stays out of landfills. As part of our commitment to offering awesome Customer Care and reducing our impact on the environment, we strive to stock parts online for purchase (in Canada, through our Customer Care) that are easily replaced using household tools. Since caring for your Bumbleride properly is essential to the life of the stroller, we have created support videos to help with reattaching fabricsfolding, using the included air pump and maintenance.

Hear from Bumblerider’s on how their strollers are built to last:

“I am at least the 3rd owner of this stroller but I love it so much that when it was time for a double I bought a new indie twin. I love how well these strollers hold up. The ease of use features on my 2017 twin are great but my 2011 still has a great push and works beautifully – Bethany (photo pictured at top)

“I previously had an Indie stroller for my first daughter in 2013. It was perfect for us in Southern California where we often used it for hiking on dirt trails, jogging on the boardwalk, and just cruising the neighborhood. We particularly loved the generous cargo space and full sun coverage. We gave that stroller away when we moved to Europe last summer and now pregnant with our second child, we looked exhaustively for a new stroller only to come back to the newest version of the Indie… ” – Susan

“We purchased the Indie 5 years ago. Hands down the most versatile, practical and classy stroller around. I love the chic and timeless form, the light weight, the easy way it folds down and the fact that ecological considerations are being used during the production process. The quality is great. Stains can easily be removed. Despite regular use the stroller still looks great…” – Elke

Not sure which part you need or having trouble finding it on our website? Contact our Customer Care at 1 800 530 3930 or message us here.

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Eco Materials 101

April 18th, 2018

Over the years we have tested many different materials which have led us to using 100% recycled PET Oeko-Tex certified fabrics, TPR in our handle, a C6 DWR on our fabrics and a solution dye for our black colorways, which conserves water and energy. We continue to look for new ways to improve our materials while reducing our environmental impact from manufacturing. Through our material testing, we’ve had to learn many new words. Below you’ll find a glossary of terms related to our materials. We hope you find it helpful!

What is  rPET?

rPET is recycled polyethylene terephthalate better known as the materials for plastic water bottles. Each Bumbleride single stroller fabric uses 28 plastic bottles that have been recycled into a fiber and spun into polyester thread. Using rPET saves energy and water in comparison to virgin polyester, a petroleum based product.

What is Polyester?

Polyester is a synthetic fiber known for being durable, quick drying and offering strong color fade resistance. Synthetic polyester is made using a chemical reaction involving coal, petroleum, air and water.

What is OEKO-TEX certified?

Oeko-Tex is an independent product certification for all types of textiles tested for harmful substances. Oeko-Tex offers various types of certifications and classes. Standard 100, Class 1 is the strictest of class which is designed for baby and children’s products.

What is TPR?

TPR is Thermoplastic Rubber, which is known for being durable, recyclable and taking little energy to produce. Bumbleride’s handle grip material is made of  TPR. This replaced our handle foam in 2012, which is still found on most strollers. We found foam to be a less durable and sustainable material over time.

What is DWR?

DWR is Durable Water Repellent. Textiles or fabrics that need to stand up to weather require a DWR treatment to help make them water resistant or water proof. Bumbleride’s fabrics are water resistant to help prevent mold, prevent stains and to keep you moving in case you get surprised by rain on your adventures. For 2018, we have moved from a C-8 fluorocarbon-based water repellent treatment to a C-6 treatment, which is more eco-friendly as its by-products break down faster in the environment with less potential toxicity to living things over time.

 

Era Reversible Seat Stroller – The Baby Gizmo Company

April 17th, 2018

Being that the Era is Bumbleride’s FIRST reversible seat stroller, they wanted everything to be perfect on it before they put it out to the world. Well, we finally got our hands on this new stroller at JPMA, and I have to tell you, it’s pretty cool. It’s what we expect from Bumbleride – a quality, well-made stroller with the features that moms and dads want.

The Bumbleride Era is like a Bumbleride Indie 4 but with a reversible seat and a different fold. They haven’t announced a price or a weight limit on the buggy yet but we do know that it will come in all the current Bumbleride fashions and will be available for purchase in late 2018.

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5 Easy Ways Your Family Can Help Preserve the Planet We All Share

April 4th, 2018

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.


       

         

Our Fabrics Just Got Better

April 2nd, 2018

Bumbleride Water Resistant Fabric

Our Fabrics Just Got Better

Durability, safety and function are top of mind when choosing the materials for our products and environmental impact is always a big part of that discussion. Our mission is to continue to get you out doing what you love, while doing our best to preserve the planet we all share.

With each new collection, we continue to evolve and progress our eco story. Our materials feature:

  • 100% recycled polyester fabric (RPET)
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Class I Certification (the strictest of test classes for baby products)
  • Innovative dye process (for black colorways)
  • Polyurethane foam free
  • Harmful chemical and fire retardant free

Starting this year, we have added a new water repellent treatment to our fabrics. We have moved from a C-8 fluorocarbon-based water repellent to C-6, which is more eco-friendly, as its by-products break down faster in the environment with less potential toxicity over time to living things.

Feel good knowing our rPET fabrics have kept over half a million water bottles out of landfills since 2011. It’s not an option, not an upgrade; just the right thing to do. Learn more about our fabrics.

Bumbleride Indie Fabric

Baby Gear & Registry 101 – Gearapalooza – Bump Club & Beyond

March 29th, 2018

Have you heard about Gearapalooza? Learn about all things baby gear and registry from our friends at Bump Club & Beyond, TheBabyGuyNYC and Babylist, our favorite baby registry.

Attend one of the below Gearapalooza events this year for a chance to win a Bumbleride stroller and much more!

 

2017 vs. 2018 Model Comparison

March 15th, 2018

Updated Sun Canopy

We’ve increased available headroom an additional 1.5″ so your toddler will have a comfy ride for life. (2018 model 23″ vs 2017 model 21.5″ open or closed)

Ergonomic Fold Levers

We know how important time is for parents and we’ve squeezed in a little bit more with our improved fold levers, now even easier to use.

New Colors + Seat Liners

2018 colors include Dawn Grey Mint, Dawn Grey Coral, Tourmaline Wave, Matte Black (all black), Maritime Blue and Camp Green.

Guest Blogpost – Malcolm Johnson & Kira Hoffman – Writer & Biologist Q+A

March 14th, 2018

Malcolm Johnson Bumbleride Guest Blogpost Q and A

Q+ A with Malcolm Johnson & Kira Hoffman

Writer at Patagonia & Biologist. Bumbleride Family.

 

What does a typical weekend look like for your family?

I have good flexibility with my work hours, and Kira does too, so we try to get out in the water every day of the week. We definitely embrace the “Let My People Go Surfing” philosophy. Weekends are that much better though, because there’s more time to go have fun together as a family. If the waves are good, we’ll go down to C Street in the morning with the stroller and take turns surfing while the other one walks our little guy along the foot path. If the waves aren’t so good, we’ll usually head to Solimar or Pierpont beach and post up with friends and a sun tent. Then it’s home for a nap, and since it usually gets windy in the afternoons in Ventura we’ll go inland and get out on one of the trails up in Ojai. The Speed is really rugged, so it works great on the dirt trails in the river preserve.

Kira Hoffman Check Baby Pre-Surf

Has your commitment to the environment changed since becoming a dad?

It’s deepened for sure. I’ve always been passionate about environmental and wilderness issues, but once you have a kid it just seems to hit you so much harder. I think a lot about what the world is going to be like for our son as he grows up. So many of the environmental problems we’re facing are avoidable—we just have to start making better choices, both personally and collectively, and we probably need to start making some bigger sacrifices too. Not buying things we don’t need, not being so reliant on toxic and throwaway products, and reducing carbon footprints as much as possible. I want there to be clean air to breathe, good food to eat and clean rivers to drink from when he’s our age. That’s what is really motivating me these days.

What do you look for when purchasing baby gear for your family?

I probably get my perspective on baby gear from working at Patagonia, where there’s a lot of focus on durability, less harmful materials and reducing consumption. Kira is a passionate thrifter, so we’ve gotten almost all of our baby gear at second-hand stores or as hand-me-downs from friends. For the new things we buy, we go for items that are reusable and as non-toxic as possible, like glass bottles and food containers instead of plastic ones. In terms of gear, we’re always looking for things that are well built, won’t fall apart, and help us get out as a family to do the things we love. The Speed definitely falls into that category. We’ve got our boy a baby lifejacket, a bike seat and a good carrier backpack, so we’re pretty set for adventuring now.

Which is your favorite feature of the Speed? What about your little one’s favorite feature?

I love how sturdy it is and how nicely it rolls on different kinds of terrain—we’ve had it on pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads, and it always feels like he’s getting a smooth ride and not bouncing around. We live close to Ventura High School, so we’ll go do some laps on their track sometimes too when we want to run. You get some odd looks running laps with a stroller, but it’s fun and keeps us fit. Our kid always seems super content in the Speed, so I’d guess his favorite feature is that it gets him outside where he can look at trees, cars, clouds and all the other outside things that seem to fascinate him. He’s a really curious dude and he loves to get out of the house.

Anything we can improve on Speed’s next version?
The zippered pocket up by the handle could be a touch bigger. And then maybe a version with bears or dinosaurs on the canopy. Most of our boy’s shirts and onesies have dinosaurs, so he’d probably be pretty stoked if his ride did too.

Follow Malcolm on Instagram @malcolmrjohnson

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Malcolm and Kira received a Speed stroller in exchange for their photos and honest opinion.