Sleek styling, bold looks take center stage in strollers
November 7, 2013,
Babyhome With easy maneuverability, compact folding and a lightweight frame, the Emotion features an attractive design and modern colors. With the use of available car seat adaptors, Emotion can be used from birth to 55 pounds. babyhome.es
Today's strollers, by comparison, are both sleek and functional, packing fashion, attitude and technology into one of the biggest purchases for baby. These days, a stroller says more about you than your car does - and consumers are constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest.
And manufacturers are responding - from sleek styling to technological bells and whistles to green manufacturing - whatever it takes to set themselves apart in this increasingly competitive field.
Bumbleride is launching a new line of eco-conscious strollers this month, which use a blend of recycled plastics and bamboo-derived rayon fabrics. bumbleride.com
Part of the increasing competition comes from European brands entering the market - this year alone, Spanish brand Jané and Dutch designed Mima are crossing over to this side of the pond. The Europeans love their strollers (or pushchairs, as they call them), and as anyone who's been to Kind + Jugend can tell you, there are more brands over there than you could possibly believe.
Britax The B-Agile Double seats two children side-by-side and features a quick-fold with an automatic chassis lock. Both B-Agile double stroller seats have an infinite recline and can accommodate children from birth up to 50 pounds. britax.com
Not that we're not getting there; just look at German manufacturer Cybex's new Jeremy Scott Pop Art "Food Fight" stroller, full of fun, funkiness and attitude. Or U.K.-based Mamas & Papas, which is showcasing its special edition Donna Wilson Urbo2, featuring the popular London designer's bright and fun designs.
In Cologne, Dutch-based Green tom won an Innovation Award for its stroller made from recycled materials that debuted at the show. But back here, we've got something very similar with our own U.S.-based Bumble ride, which is launching a line of eco-conscious strollers at ABC this month. Bumble ride's green redesign features exterior fabric made with 50% recycled PET from plastic bottles, and the interior fabric consists of 50% renewable bamboo charcoal.
Technology is also moving in, with companies like Orbit Bay integrating the Shade Pad for a tablet, so that mom can stay connected while she strolls - or entertain little ones when stopped.
Not that we can't still use a cup holder every once in a while.
Mamas & Papas
The Orbit Baby Double Helix can be used with nearly
all combinations of rotating Orbit Baby seats; the
swiveling double seat makes it easy to get a child in
and out. The stroller also converts to a single Helix as
needs change. orbitbaby.com
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