Best New Strollers: Winter 2012Michelle Horton
The official stroller testing has begun for our Babble Best Strollers 2012 feature (due out this Fall!) — but while we’re assembling, test-driving, and reviewing, we’ll bring you seasonal updates on the newest strollers on the market (or the ones that are soon to hit shelves).
If you’re searching for the perfect baby strollers, take a look at the newest, coolest strollers for winter 2012:
4moms Origami Stroller 1 of 15
4moms — the same company that gave us the tricked-out Mamaroo bouncer — brings their signature ingenuity and tech-smart mindset for the most modern stroller to date. We won't say they're reinventing the wheel — but they sort of are.
Perfect for: Techy parents who covet the latest in gadgets big and small.
Highlights: Power-folding technology, an LCD screen (with a pedometer, thermometer, and safety sensors), daytime running lights, the ability to charge your cell phone (coming January 31, 2012 for $39.99), four built-in cup holders, plenty of storage pockets, 40-degree recline, luggage-style pull wheels for this heavy 29-pounder, a built-in generator that charges as you walk, recyclable materials, Graco car seat compatibility, and a manual override for old-fashioned stroller folding.
Weight/age: 6 months to 40 lbs. The separately sold newborn bassinet and car seat adapters accommodate from birth.
Get it from Giggle, $850
Bloom Zen and Yoga 2 of 15
This brand-new stroller (set to hit Giggle shelves in early 2012) has a similar innovation to the Origami, but with unique features.
Perfect for: Parents who want an all-terrain stroller without buying a bigger car.
Highlights: All-terrain (25 lb.) stroller that folds up to a super-slim 9.8" with one hand, automatic headlights, SPF 40+ canopy, solar panels that charge the Zen's AAA batteries, car seat adapters. The separately sold Yoga Newborn Nest serves as a stroller bassinet, mobile travel bed, and portable bouncer.
Weight/age: 6 months 3 or 4 years. The Yoga bassinet can be used starting at birth.
Preorder at Bloom, $799-$1,040
UPPAbaby Cruz 3 of 15
UPPAbaby has the most impressive strollers for their price range. (For any price range, for that matter.) The Cruz hit shelves a couple months ago and was one of the most anticipated arrivals of the season.
Perfect for: Value-conscious parents who have a taste for luxury (yet want to save money).
Highlights: Smooth maneuverability, a reversible seat, narrow frame, multi-position recline, car seat adaptability, a large undercarriage basket, shock-absorbing suspension, and a generous sun canopy. It's similar in feel and design to their popular Vista stroller, yet on a smaller, lighter-weight frame (weighing around 20 lbs., including the removable seat).
Weight/age: 6 months to 50 lbs. Infant SnugSeat ($35) available for newborn to 3 months.
Get it from Giggle, $460
Joovy Groove 4 of 15
Originally introduced in 2007, the Joovy Groove is back with a brand-new design from the wheels up.
Perfect for: Anyone looking for an umbrella stroller that doesn't skimp on the details.
Highlights: A removable, oversized canopy, 2 cup holders, 2 mesh cup/snack/toy holders, a large zippered storage pocket, full recline with multiple positions, a large reinforced undercarriage basket (accessible even when reclined), adjustable leg support, safety reflectors, convenient carry handle.
Weight/age: 6 months 55 lbs.
Get it from Buy Buy Baby, $199.99
Baby Cargo Umbrella Strollers 5 of 15
A brand-new line that launched in December, Baby Cargo has the lightest, most affordable, and best looking new umbrella strollers.
Perfect for: Parents who need a lighter second stroller — but still want it to look good.
Highlights: Weighing in at under 16 lbs. are three new umbrella strollers in the Baby Cargo series: The 100 (weighing 12.3 lbs.), the 200 (weighing 14 lbs.), and the 300 (weighing 15.8 lbs.) — differentiated by features and colors. Yet even the basic 100 model comes with a sleek, black matte aluminum frame, removable canopy, storage pockets, and a carrying strap. The 200 and 300 models have more features — like a multi-position recline and adjustable leg rests.
Weight/age: 6 months 50 lbs.
Get it from aBaby.com, $109-$199
Baby Jogger City Mini 2012 6 of 15
One of our favorite strollers of 2011 is upgraded with even more functional features.Available February 2012; Check Babyjogger.com for retailers, $249.99
Perfect for: Everyone — especially city folk.
Highlights: Dubbed the Best Urban Stroller of 2011, the City Mini 2012 upgrade (available in February) adds to Baby Jogger's fabulous design — including an extra 1.5-inch seat depth, a lower U-bar for better storage access, and a new blue/gray color. Plus, you can expect even more City Mini releases for spring 2012.
Weight/age: Newborn to 50 lbs.
Mamas & Papas 03 Sport 7 of 15
This brand-new stroller (released January 2012) is a sporty addition to the typically sleek and fashionable Mamas & Papas stroller collection.Find specialty retailers at Mamas + Papas, $359.99
Perfect for: Rugged and outdoorsy off-roaders.
Highlights: High-performance pneumatic tires (with an included pump), all-wheel suspension, automatic-lock fold, one-handed recline, roomy shopping basket, adjustable leg rest, and an optional front swivel wheel.
Note: If you're not into off-roading, Mamas & Papas also released a new premium stroller in Fall 2011 called the Luna ($299.99), which weighs in slightly less at 26.2 lbs. Check it out at your local Babies R Us.
Weight/age: Newborn to 50 lbs.
Graco FastAction Fold Stroller 8 of 15
One of the most trusted baby brands, Graco, adds more convenience to a popular travel system set.Get the single stroller at Graco, $139.99 (single stroller); Get the travel system with Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seat, $159.99
Perfect for: Parents looking for a Graco travel system.
Highlights: Graco's newest addition (just released last month) has one key feature: a one-second, single-step fold. Plus a multi-position recline, lighter 22-lb. weight, generous storage basket, included parent's tray (including two cup holders), and a child's tray with a cup holder.
Weight/age: Newborn (with travel system) to 50 lbs.
Chicco Keyfit Caddy 9 of 15
This actually hit the market in mid-November 2011, but it's an exciting new addition for anyone planning to use a Chicco KeyFit car seat.
Perfect for: New parents looking for an easier travel system with their Chicco KeyFit.
Highlights: A convenient, lightweight (11 lbs.) travel option, including a one-handed fold, expandable undercarriage basket, height-adjustable handlebar, parent tray, toe-tap locking brakes, and all-wheel suspension.
Weight/age: Birth (with the KeyFit car seat) to 30 lbs.
Get it from Amazon, $99.99
Babyhome Emotion 10 of 15
This popular baby company from Spain is making their U.S. debut in January 2012 — ready to become a household name.
Perfect for: Parents looking to start a trend.
Highlights: Lightweight (13 lbs.), multi-level recline, adjustable leg rest, large basket, and a unique, compact, upright "book fold" (rather than an umbrella fold). It also comes with loads of accessories, including a rain shield, mosquito net, and maintenance kit.
Weight/age: 3 months 55 lbs.
Get it from Magic Beans, $299
Phil & Teds Promenade 11 of 15
Phil & Teds traded in sporty for sleek with the Promenade, brand new for January 2012. In my opinion, it's their best inline stroller yet.Get it from Amazon, $849-$998.99
Perfect for: Parents looking for a single-to-double stroller without the extra bulk, and with multiple seating arrangements for all ages.
Highlights: Both seats easily convert into bassinet carrycots. Other pluses: Single-to-double design, supreme maneuverability, 8 different seating configurations (even for two newborns), reversible seat, extendable handlebar, adjustable footrest, included bumper bar, and airless tires. (Note: The compact design sacrifices some basket space when used with two kids.)
Weight/age: newborn to 40 lbs. per seat
Mountain Buggy Runway Designer Collection 12 of 15
Mountain Buggy released several exciting strollers in the Fall/Winter of 2011 — their most recent being the Mountain Buggy Runway Designer Collection.
Perfect for: Mountain Buggy fans that want luxe fabric, tailored detailing, and eye-catching colors. It's a sleeker, more stylish version of their performance-driven buggy.
Highlight: Colors inspired by spring 2012 runway trends, all-terrain air-filled tires, large weight limit, adjustable handle, built-in cup holder, car seat compatibility, removable bumper bar.
Age/weight: Birth to 77 lbs.
Get it from Diapers.com, $499.99
It's also worth noting the +One, $648.99 (a single-to-double inline stroller with no extra purchases) and Duet, $589.99 (a new side-by-side double), which hit shelves in fall 2011.
Quinny Moodd 13 of 15
Quinny's newest release is my favorite Quinny yet — sleek, modern, and a real kid-pleaser. Available in late January/early February.Learn more at Quinny, $700
Perfect for: Anyone bored with the typical stroller colors.
Highlights: A variety of head-turning colors (including a white base!), easy automatic unfolding, one-handed multi-recline, car seat compatibility, reversible seat, optional bumper bar. (U.S. version has a curved T-Bar, while the Euro version has a straight T-Bar.)
Age/weight: 6 months to 50 lbs.
Limited Edition Q Design Buzz and Zapp Xtra 14 of 15
Quinny also released special designer editions of their popular Buzz and Zapp Xtra strollers this past December.
Perfect for: Quinny fans with a designer taste.
Highlights: Same great Quinny Buzz and Zapp Xtra strollers, with an extra dose of style. Only the fabric is different on these special editions.
Age/weight: 6 months - 50 lbs.
Buy Q Design Buzz from Amazon, $629.99
Buy Q Design Zapp Xtra from Amazon, $349
Chicco Cortina Magic Stroller 15 of 15
Chicco's Cortina stroller is a popular classic, and they included a re-vamped version in their new Chicco Magic Collection, released at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012.
Perfect for: Parents who like their baby gear to match.
Highlights: Same great Cortina design (multi-position and flat recline, all-wheel suspension, adjustable leg support, a parent and child tray/cup holders, accessible storage basket, and the ability to convert into a travel system with their KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat) in a new gender-neutral, style-neutral fabric. Retails for $199.99 at Babies 'R Us.
Age/weight: Birth - 50 lbs.
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