By Maura Keating
If you’re breastfeeding, you may start to wonder why you bother to wear a shirt at all. Most of your day is spent with your shirt pulled up around your armpits. While your partner might appreciate this new fashion trend, visitors might find it awkward. As you and your Miracle venture out into a broader world of friends’ houses, malls, and parks, your decision to bare it all might give you pause. When I entered this phase, I began using scarves, blankets, and large burp cloths as a quick cover up. My son did not approve. He objected to anything touching his face. When he was younger, he wouldn’t nurse. As he got older, he would bat the cloth away–exposing us at precisely the wrong moment. I couldn’t see him to make sure that he was latched correctly and he couldn’t see me, removing some of the magic of the experience.
The Peanut Shell Nursing Cover is the perfect fix for nursing in mixed company. The Nursing Cover is a large piece of cloth, shaped perfectly to cover you from top to bottom and from side to side. The fabric is 100% cotton so it’s breathable and light. A soft jersey pocket is sewn into both sides of the Peanut Shell, perfect for storing for a gentle, quick wipe or for stashing the included matching burp cloth. The burping cloth is great for small drips but is too small to handle larger messes. The nursing cover is machine washable and still looks great after frequent use and repeated washes. In case you needed another reason to leave your scarves at home, the Peanut Shell Nursing Covers are as beautiful as they are practical and come in a wide variety of prints and patterns.
The genius of the nursing cover is a piece of flexible boning at the top. The boning creates a stiff edge at the top that sticks out just enough to create a gap that enables you to see Baby, but doesn’t allow others to see you. The boning’s flexibility allows you to adjust the gap as needed, but is sturdy enough so that it stays put. The boning also lifts the fabric of the cover away from Baby’s face so that the cloth does not cling to Baby like a blanket or other covers might. You feel covered and Baby doesn’t feel smothered–everybody’s happy.
Our Walk on the Stroller Side wraps up today with reviews of the The Quinny Buzz stroller, the Brooks Pond Buggy Blanket and the Stroll Away.
By Maura Keating
The Quinny Buzz is a thing of beauty. There’s nothing extra. There’s no fabric that sags or bunches, nothing to distract you from a gorgeous stroller and the extra-gorgeous Baby inside. This is a stroller with great lines and a fabulous look. Heads will turn. The Buzz offers a smooth 3-wheeled ride in almost every terrain, from the beach to the mall. The pneumatic tires and front and back wheel suspension are fabulous on bumpy city streets and make hopping curbs a breeze. This stroller truly can “turn on a dime.” To entertain my son, I often drive my stroller like a race car. This is the first stroller that responds like a race car.
The Buzz features a gas spring that powers an automatic unfold. It’s pretty cool, kinda like magic, and makes for a great party trick. Simply unhook the safety strap (that keeps the Buzz from unfolding magically in your car) and give the handlebar a little tap with one hand (no magic wand necessary) and the Buzz springs into being. Whenever I launched the Buzz in public, I was tempted to include a little flourish or “Ta Da!” What every stroller really needs is an automatic fold and the Buzz doesn’t have one of those …yet. To fold, the Buzz requires both hands and a bit of effort, but once you’ve done it a few times, the fold gets easier and you get used to the crunching noise that sounds like you’re breaking the stroller. (Don’t worry, you’re not.) The Buzz folds very compactly without the wheels. I am too lazy to remove wheels, so the Buzz takes up most of my trunk. Since it has a low profile, I can still pile plenty of groceries on top of the stroller. It fits well in the closet, but requires its own dedicated floor space.
By Maura Keating
Do you believe in kismet? What about love at first sight? Love at first stroll? The UPPAbaby G-LiTE arrived when my son was sleeping. Twenty minutes later, he was awake and screaming from pain from what turned out to be his first ear infection. He was exhausted, but no lullaby or story could lull him back to sleep. In desperation, I put him in the newly mobile G-LiTE. He passed out in minutes and slept for hours. This story relates the three most important features of the G-LiTE: its ability to maneuver tight spaces, its comfort, and its convenience.
There is just so much to love about the UPPAbaby G-LiTE. First, there’s the low price tag. For around $100, you get an amazing stroller that you can take almost anywhere. At 8.3 pounds (the lightest full-size umbrella stroller in the US), you won’t mind carrying it everywhere. A shoulder strap makes carrying the G-LiTE easy, and the G-LiTE folds down small, leaving plenty of room in your trunk for other trip necessities. A carry bag is available as an optional accessory–I wish it was included. An optional rain cover is also available. To open the G-LiTE, you need to squeeze two levers near the handles, then the stroller swings open. It stands when it’s folded, staying put in your closet and it takes up no room at all in your trunk.
This week on Kidoinfo we are taking a Walk on the Stroller Side–a week of reviews and great deals.
By Maura Keating
They are ubiquitous. The Phil and Teds Sport is the stroller that you’ve been seeing everywhere. With the launch this year of three additional models to their inline range of strollers, Phil and Teds might take over the world someday soon. If you have two children and you plan to leave the house, then you just can’t do better than Phil and Teds ingenious inline system. Like a bunk bed, the Phil and Teds Sport stacks two kids on one stroller frame for a smaller footprint. Where you can stroll is no longer limited to double wide aisles.
We tested the Phil and Teds Sport with the optional doubles kit. The upper or main seat of the stroller has three positions–from upright to flat making the Phil and Teds a stroller that is suitable from birth. The recline, engineered through a system of zippers and buckles, is a little tricky–especially when Baby has already fallen asleep. To raise the seat again, it is easier to unload kid cargo first. The Phil and Ted’s is designed so that the heavier child must use the upper seat. Our testers had two kids that were of equal weight, enabling their three year old daughter to use the lower seat. A zipper provides a slight recline on the lower seat. Our three year old tester loved the lower seat because she could get in and out of the seat easily by herself. That also enabled our testers to not have to unload the entire carriage if the three year-old wanted to get out while the one year-old was sleeping.Â The Sport is a three wheel system that rolls on pneumatic tires with a lockable front wheel. The Sport handles most terrains with ease, only getting hung up on larger cracks in the sidewalk. We found that the Sport actually drove better with two children than as a single stroller. It was easier to maneuver and to lift the Sport up over curbs with the extra weight.
This week on Kidoinfo we are taking a Walk on the Stroller Side.
By Maura Keating
During my son’s first ride in the Bumbleride Indie, two people stopped to compliment the stroller. When my husband took the stroller out later, he was surrounded by neighbors who wanted to know all about it. Then, they were disappointed that he didn’t know much. I should also note–the throng was all guys. The Bumbleride Indie will do that.
In a perfect world, a stroller would be the perfect fashion accessory. Like a well-planned ensemble, Bumbleride uses original color styling mixed with fabulous patterns to lure you in.
We love the Bumbleride. Everyone who tested the Indie was sad to see it go–even my son loved the Bumbleride. It is a pleasure to drive everywhere we tested–from the worst that city streets could offer to the beach and beyond. The Indie has a wide wheel base, so it got caught up in some very narrow store aisles. And to my son’s dismay, it also didn’t stroll though my house very well. Most surprisingly, the Indie is also a great stroller for casual jogging. Attach the included safety strap and you’re ready to run. The Indie handles a jog around the park as well as a stroll around the mall.
A stroller is a must have for any new parent but deciding which one to get requires research. Thanks to Maura Keating, Kidoinfo product reviewer, she has spent countless hours testing a number of strollers and a few accessories for our week of stroller reviews. There are also cool discounts and a stroller giveaway. If you are not in the market for a stroller but know someone who is, please spread the word by sharing the Kidoinfo site.
By Maura Keating
You know too much already about Graco and who hasn’t heard about the Bugaboo? We wanted to know more the other strollers out there to see what they were all about. Beyond the Big Box, there is a wonder land of independent retailers selling strollers that will turn your world upside down and your neighbors green with envy.
There is no perfect stroller out there. Sorry, but there isn’t. BUT… If you know where you’re going and what you’ll be doing, there is a stroller that will be perfect for you. It’s just a matter of finding it… I hope we can help.
Over the next five days, we’ll be looking at the following strollers: B.O.B Revolution, Bumbleride Indie, Mutsy Urban Rider, Peg Perego Pliko, Phil & Teds Sport, Quinny Buzz, and Uppababy G-Lite. We’ll also be telling you about two fabulous accessories to complete your stroller and one interview with an amazing Mom who also happens to be the founder of a cool new company that focuses on products for babies and kids.