If 2012 was the year of techy stroller innovation, 2013 is looking to be the year of practicality. Many of our favorite stroller companies — Mountain Buggy, Stokke, Chicco, etc. — are coming out with lighter, simpler, easier strollers. And that’s my kind of innovation.
Here are 10 of the coolest new stroller releases coming in the early months of 2013:
Mountain Buggy mini 1 of 10Mountain Buggy's newest stroller is their lightest, most compact design yet. While they're typically known for their all-terrain, off-roading strollers, the Mini ($350) is their urban answer. (Available NOW!)
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Stokke Scoot 2 of 10Stokke is finally introducing a new stroller to their luxe, pricey Xplory — and this one is their "compact" option. Weighing in at 22 lbs., the Scoot ($900) has convenient features, like a one-handed fold, reversible seat, and easy-to-carry design. And like the Xplory, the seat will be high enough to reach a table. (Available in February 2013!)
Read more about the Stokke Scoot
Stokke Crusi 3 of 10The Crusi ($1,430!) has all of the features of the Xplory — most notably the height-adjustable seat — but it also has the ability to convert into a DOUBLE stroller. (Available in February 2013.)
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Quinny Yezz 4 of 10The Yezz is set to be one of the very lightest strollers ever, weighing a mere 12 lbs. It may skimp on certain add-ons — like an undercarriage basket, seat recline, or bigger wheels — but it's made to be a minimalist travel stroller. (Coming in April 2013!)
Read more about the Quinny Yezz
Chicco Liteway Plus 5 of 10For new parents using a Chicco Keyfit car seat, the Liteway converts from a car seat "snap & go" carrier to a toddler stroller — without being like a typical bulky travel system or a short-lived snap & go. (Coming in January 2013!)
Read more about the Chicco Liteway Plus
Baby Jogger Summit x3 6 of 10This is one of my very favorite jogging strollers, and Baby Jogger will soon introduce a re-designed version — with a roomier seat, better wheels, remote swive-wheel lock, dual brakes, and the ability to work with the Baby Jogger compact pram. (Coming in Spring 2013, as a single and a double!)
Read more about the Baby Jogger Summit x3
Nuna Pepp 7 of 10Brand new to the US, the Nuna Pepp is set to make a big impression on parents looking for an easy, streamlined stroller that's reasonably priced (under $300) and compact to store. (Coming in Spring 2013!)
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2013 UPPAbaby Vista 8 of 10UPPAbaby isn't making any big design changes for 2013 — only cosmetic ones. The 2013 version comes in deep indigo and a unique jade green. (Available now!)
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2013 Bumbleride Indie 9 of 10The 2013 version of Bumbleride's popular Indie will reaffirm their commitment to natural, earth-friendly materials and practices. 50% of the frame is made from recycled material, and 50% of the fabrics are made with sustainable bamboo. It's also better for joggers than previous versions, and it comes with a ton of accessories — like a car seat adapter, foldable bumper bar, cup holder, and jogging strap.
Read more about the newest Bumbleride Indie
Bumbleride Era 10 of 10Although they aren't releasing photos yet, the Bumbleride Era (set to hit the market this summer) is basically a customizable Indie stroller, depending on your child's age and your lifestyle needs. More info. to come!
Stay tuned! We’ll have information on two MORE new 2013 strollers — one from BOB and another from Phil & Teds — next week.
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