Endurance tested from when your child can sit upright unaided up to 220lbs, this chair will certainly be in the game for a long time. To compliment it’s endurance, the ZAAZ is flexibly designed to grow with your child. A lift behind the footrest adjusts height and air foam cushions support bottoms of all sizes so you can customize the seat to any size, height, or amount of wiggles. A three or five point anti-loop harness with quick release button allows for ultimate safety and peace of mind. It’s no crevice design allows for easy cleaning and all plastic components are removable and dishwasher safe. It’s made of high-quality, BPA-, PVC-, and DEHP-free and weighs in at 22.1lbs.
Clockwise from the left: City Select, Vista with Rumble Seat, and The Donkey
This week we welcome three strollers to the Babesta Ring that market themselves on customizability. They’re a little more robust than the lighter-weight models we looked at earlier that pride themselves on similar traits, so we should have a good fight today…
The Bugaboo Donkey is one of our favorites among convertible strollers for kid(s). In just three simple clicks, the Bugaboo Donkey converts from a full-sized mono to a full-sized duo stroller. And back again. In it’s Mono Configuration, the Donkey features an innovative side basket as well as a spacious under-seat basket. Large swivel wheels and the one-piece handlebar guarantee maneuverability in places you’d never imagine you could go. The wheels are air filled, so the need for in wheel suspension is negated. It folds up in one piece and stands on its own so you don’t have to worry about storage. The seats recline with a one-hand mechanism and are reversible to allow your kid to look at you or out at the world.
The Donkey also expands to the Duo/Twin configuration for two kids of mixed or similar ages. In fact, there are 17 different configurations – thanks to its interchangeable seats and bassinets, and flexible luggage options – which don’t compromise on comfort or functionality. Its width – just 6 inches wider than mono-configuration – means you can go in and out of entrances with ease. It’s also car seat compatible with the variety of adapters available for a variety of manufacturers
It’s rare we get to say that a seat is ready to rumble in the Babesta ring and have it be literally true. Called the rumble seat for a reason, this expansion kit allows you to convert the Uppababy Vista into a two-child, in-line stroller with ease. The Rumbleseat attaches and detaches (you need to remove it to fold the Vista) in 10 seconds without tools and the wheels are far from child reach, no fender kit required. It’s also guaranteed not to flip when one child gets out. The removable canopy extends fully to back of primary seat and all fabric components are all machine washable.
The City Select offers parents the unique opportunity to customize their stroller into 16 different combinations to suit their family needs. The multi-position seat reclines for passenger comfort and the multi-position sun canopy features peekaboo windows and adjustable head height. The footwell is also fully customizable for optimal support and comfort for your child. Patented Quick-Fold technology allows you to fold the stroller in one, simple step and the City Select features a secure fold latch for easy transportation or storage. The hand operated parking break makes stopping a breeze and, on the go, the 12″ forever-air rear and 8″ lightweight front wheels with front wheel suspension and sealed ball bearings ensure a smooth ride.
We’ve introduced you to three uber-flexible contenders for the Customizable Primary Stroller Title, now it’s your turn to head to the comments to duke it out. Tell us what you think below!
Clockwise from the left: Coco Lounger and The Leaf
We’re moving up a weight class on bouncers, and looking at some heavier models designed for at home use. In this round, Bloom returns to the ring with their Coco Lounger to face off against Nuna’s Leaf. Let’s begin, shall we?
THE BLOOM COCO LOUNGER:
Featuring smooth, self rocking motion from your child’s movements or from a little push, this curved single piece frame is fixed in one position but requires no assembly. Optimized for newborn up to 26lbs, it’s MDF-free with baby safe finishes and formaldehyde free adhesives. Available in a variety of frame and seat pad colors, it’s easy to customize to your space and the clean lines and easy styling speak for themselves.
THE NUNA LEAF:
No batteries, no cords, no noise, motion lasts unassisted for up to 2 minutes after first push on the Nuna Leaf designed to mimic the movement of a leaf on a breeze. It’s endurance tested up to a whopping 130lbs, so your kid should stay rocking for many years on the Leaf which itself only weighs 10.5 pounds and features an easy release mechanism to allow the seat to pop out of the base for easy storage or travel. It’s made from baby certified Oeko-Tex fabrics with mesh backing to provide little breezes as the Leaf rocks and an optional organic cotton insert. It’s angled in one, fixed position for play and nap and locks in place easily for feeding.
You decided which of the lightweight bouncers came out on top in the comments in the last round, let’s see who comes out on top in this round! It’s a rumble in the comments section and you’re the ones calling the shots…
Clockwise from the left: Babysitter and Coco Bouncer
This week in the ring we introduce two of our favorite contenders for the Lightweight/Travel Bouncer Title. Let’s meet the competitors, shall we?
IN THIS CORNER: BLOOM’S COCO GO BOUNCER!
With three easy recline positions – fully flat, semi-upright, and fully upright – this bouncer with it’s two speed concealed vibration unit weighs in at 7.5lbs. For families on the go, the Coco Go includes an easy travel bag. The fabric components are machine washable, the wood elements are birch in three beautiful finishes, and the anti-skid base includes front and rear retractable feet. Suitable for newborn to 20lbs, this bouncer is certainly a strong contender for the title.
Whether for play, rest, or sleep, this bouncer transforms your child’s movements into a soothing rocking motion to refine balance and motor skills while keeping your hands free. This bouncer is also ready to travel, easily folding into a compact travel position and weighing in at just 5lbs. Developed in close collaboration with pediatricians, the Babysitter features an ergonomic design to properly support your child – from newborn up to about 2 years – and distribute their weight evenly. The Babysitter is made of machine-washable, guaranteed child safe fabrics and the reversible fabrics and harness allow you to create several color schemes.
Now that you’ve been introduced to the competitors, LET THE GAMES BEGIN! (In the comments of course, let us know what you think!)
The Cameleon3 is Bugaboo’s iconic stroller: 3 terrain, 3-in-1 design, 3rd generation. And we can see why people love it. Weighing in at 21lbs, the 3-in-1 design easily adapts to car seats (with a variety of adapters for a variety of manufacturers), the reversible bassinette, and the reversible stroller seat. Watch as it takes on the city with it’s smaller swivel wheels to the front; marvel as the handle bar pivots around to hit the trail with the large foam wheels forward to take on rough terrain; and stand in awe as it transitions easily from four to two wheels to take on snow and sand. The seat and bassinet (independent and included) both flip easily to allow your child to face you or the world. The easily accessible hand break allows you to stop on a dime and the handlebar is height adjustable to allow for easy, one-handed steering. The foam wheels in conjunction with adjustable swivel wheel suspension in 4 positions makes the Cameleon live up to it’s namesake easily taking on a variety of environments.
A newcomer to the scene, we’re excited to invite the Buffalo to the ring. It’s optimized for robust use, allowing you to put up to 13lbs of weight on the handlebar without the stroller tipping, 50lbs in the seat, and 22lbs under the seat for a combined weight of up to 80lbs. You can also attach the wheel board at 31lbs and be ready to go. Of course a stroller this robust doesn’t steer with one hand like the Cameleon, but it still swivels smoothly and is ready to take on any terrain. This stroller has a more outdoorsy family in mind. It has the largest seat of the Bugaboo models and it’s four foam wheels are prepared to provide a smooth ride in any environment. It also has an extended canopy for extra protection against wind, sun, and rain. It can fold up in one piece for garage/in-home storage or in two pieces to more easily fit in the car so you can get out and go. The seat reclines to allow the little one to sit up straight when awake, recline when relaxed, or lie flat when fast asleep. We also love the height-adjustable handlebar that offers a greater range of heights than ever before.
In the Bugaboo vs. Bugaboo battle, which contender do you put your money on? Let us know in the comments!
Shop Be comfortable: In CAMELEON or BUFFALO strollers by Bugaboo in your Babesta store
One step fold with or without seat attached, watch this stroller seamlessly transition between positions for easy travel. The completely interchangeable bassinet and seat come included to keep you covered from birth to 50lbs and the easy to read red to green attachment indicators make switching a breeze. The “no-flat” rubber and foam wheels guarantee a smooth ride no matter where you roll and the arched rear axle means you won’t be kicking the stroller with every step.
Keeping you covered from birth to 37.5lbs, the Bugaboo Cameleon’s classic silhouette is the king of convertibility and weighs in at just 21lbs. The 3-in-1 design adapts to car seats, the reversible bassinette, and reversible seat with ease. It’s also easily car seat compatible with a variety of adapters available for a variety of manufacturers. Start your day in City Exploration mode with the smaller, swivel wheels facing forward for a smooth, stable, easy-to-control ride! Watch as it easily switches to allow you to Hit the Trail simply by reversing the handlebars so the large, foam wheels are forward! Marvel as it converts into a two wheeled stroller for snow and sand! The reversible seat allows your child to face you or the world in one of three recline positions: flat for naptime, semi-upright for relaxation, and fully upright for when they’re wide awake. The adjustable suspension in four positions allows you to optimize the ride for a baby or for a toddler. The Cameleon also features an easy on /off rain cover and an easily accessible hand break. All fabrics are durable and machine washable so you can clean them as often as you need to without worry.
So, ladies and gentlemen, take your seats, lay down your bets, and hit the comments section to see which of these two excellent contenders takes the title this week!
Patented Quick Fold technology allows you to fold with one hand and get going easily with this stroller; the folding system also features a removable auto-lock to keep the stroller folded while you go. The padded seat reclines to almost flat and features a vented seat top and retractable weather cover and a multi position sun canopy with clear windows. The City Mini features a universal accessory mounting bracket and ample storage both behind and under the seat. This clearly infinitely customizable stroller is three-wheeled with a swivel front wheel for easy manoeuverability that locks in place for when you have to cover some real distance and front wheel suspension for comfort. Stop on a dime stay stopped with the rear parking break.
The Bee folds up compact and is designed for the busy, urban mom to be able to swing it over her shoulder and go. This stroller is suitable for newborns – reclining flat and featuring an extendable seat bottom, add the newborn cocoon for added tiny human comfort – and is car seat adaptable to carry through all ages of stroller use. The seat customizes in a ton of ways featuring three-position recline, a reversible seat, heat adjustable backrest, extendible seat, and a height adjustable hand rest for your comfort. It has independent, four-wheel suspension, swiveling front wheels, and a one-tap foot break for the back wheels.
Customizable, manoeuverable, and infinitely cool, which do you think wins? Head to the comments and tell us what you think!
Shop Do sport with your baby in adopt strollers by Baby Jogger and Bugaboo
In Round One of lightweight strollers we brought you two amazing contenders: the Maclaren Volo and the Uppababy G-Lite. This week, we’re taking things up a notch and bringing you not two but three next level lightweights. We think you’ll be impressed…
We’re in a new weight class with these three contenders; the G-Luxe weighs in at 13.4 pounds. But with that new weight class come more features! In addition to the standard water and stain resistant, machine washable, removable seat pad, the hand level, finger folding triggers, the stand alone capabilities, and the extendable, SPF 50+ sunshade (it’s a lot, but it gets better), the G-Luxe introduces reclining capabilities to the competition. This stroller reclines with one hand and features an adjustable footrest for when your child needs to nap on the go.
Slightly heavier at 6.2kg (13.6lbs), the Triumph’s seat adjusts from upright to 123°. Like the Volo, it features a five-point, two-finger release harness, water resistant and SPF 50+ protected hood, standard, included rain cover, one hand fold, attached carry strap, one-step, foot-operated linked breaks, and washable fabrics.
Up until now, we’ve been featuring strollers for children 6 months to 55lbs; now we’re throwing the Quest into the mix which has features for newborns as well. Weighing in at 6.4kg (14.1lbs), the Quest has all the same features as the Triumph but with some added goodies. It features a protective newborn cocoon for the extra little ones and a viewing window in the hood so you can keep an eye on them. It transitions between its four reclining positions at the touch of one hand. It includes an adjustable leg rest. And, for added safety, it has reflective accents for nighttime. It may weigh a little more, but we think it’s worth it.
Which weight class do you prefer? Which stroller are you betting on? Let us know in the comments!
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Designed to fold up small with the use of only one hand, the Maclaren Volo weighs in at just 4kg or 8.8lbs, making it the lightest contender in the ring today. It also features a permanent carry strap attached to the chassis for transport ease. The hood is both waterproof and SPF 50+ protected and a rain cover is included. But we here know that nothing can protect your stroller from your kid, so all fabric components are easily machine washable. The Volo features a single step break for both rear wheels and a five-point seat harness with a two-finger release mechanism for super easy use. Designed to fit through any standard doorway and also featuring an ample storage basket, the Maclaren Volo might just take home the title among traveling parents.
Weighing in at 10.7 lbs this stroller is a little heavier, but no less mighty in the ring. Hand level folding triggers make it possible to fold up the G-LITE with just your fingers and the stroller stands on its own once folded. It features lockable front wheels for added stability, an easily removable, washable seat pad, and a sun canopy with SPF 50+ sun protection. The G-LITE also features a removable cup holder for that oh-so-necessary morning cup of coffee.
Evenly matched, which stroller will come out on top? Let us know in the comments and tune in next week for another round of lightweight strollers!
With its innovative Linear Side-Impact Protection (LSP) system, the bets coming in say it should be able to go a few rounds. Especially with that new pattern, Jeremy Scott’s Food Fight fabrics featuring anthropomorphic, pugilistic versions of your favorite snacks! Weighing in at 3.7 kg (8.2 lbs) this car seat is designed for kids from 0-13 kg (0-28 lbs) or 0-18 months. It’s compatible with Cybex strollers as well as many other major brands making it a strong contender for parents on the go. Designed for ease, all fabrics are machine washable and the system features include an optional newborn inlay and removable seat insert.
Certainly the easy, safe choice, we’re sure some of you will be laying down your money in favor of this model. But let’s see about the other contenders…
The Mesa also features innovative Side Impact Protection Systems, this time with an adjustable headrest for optimal safety and comfort. For the parent that moves as fast as NYC, the One-Push Stroller Release on the carry handle is a dream. The Mesa boasts a 10 second accurate install thanks to a red-to-green tension indicator that provides visual confirmation that the seat has been installed correctly. However, it’s designed specifically for the Uppababy Vista and Cruz strollers, so it loses some versatility points. The Mesa is optimized for especially little ones (preemies weighing 4+ lbs) up to babies 38″ in length. Its Hide-Away Canopy boasts SPF 50+ sun protection to keep those harmful rays away.
For some, not all, this particular car seat is certainly a contender for Uppababy-loyal parents of especially little babies. But, as we turn to the next contender we meet…
For rear-facing kids from 0-12months and 5-22lbs, this car seat features some very unique features. With the option of a stay-in-car adjustable base, this seat becomes particularly convenient for parents who need to drive frequently. For us, this is an interesting take on the challenges of being an on the go parent. It’s Air-Protect Side Impact technology compliments the stay-in-car features to keep your little one safe. This particular model is also super adaptable featuring the Cozi-Dozi infant support system for smaller babies and adapters for many stroller brands available from the manufacturer.
Are you driving the Babesta City Kid spirit out of the literal city? This just might be the car seat for you. But wait! There’s one more contender to be examined and we think you’re going to like what you see…
New to the scene, the Pipa seat is super adaptable and easy to use. The lightest contender – it weighs in at just 7.7 lbs – this car seat is designed to make baby’s first outing safe, comfortable, and chic. Like the other contenders, Pipa features Side Impact Protection, but it also features healthier-for-baby oeko-tex fabrics to keep the little one safe and comfortable. It’s also aircraft certified and can be installed with only a car or taxi’s seat belt, no base required. Versatile, this car seat works with Nuna and Maxi Cosi adapters to expand the range of compatible strollers. For little ones 4-32 lbs and up to 32″ in length, this is the optimal choice for the parent on the go. Not only does it cover road travel, but also air travel.
Well matched, the four contenders in this week’s face-off are all good picks. Which one are you going to lay your bet on? Let us know what you think!
*These car seats are all available at Babesta. They go in and out of stock, so if you don’t see the one you want online, just give a Babesta stylist a call (646) 290 5508 and we can tell you when they’re back in stock or that they are in stock and you caught us before we updated the website ))