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Babble Blogger Favorites: Summer Strollers of 2012

Looking for a new ride for your little one? You’re in luck. Just like we did in the winter and spring, it’s time to round up the best new stroller releases of the season. Your favorite brands haven’t necessarily reinvented the wheel this season — but they came pretty close.

From a lightweight double umbrella stroller to the most innovative jogging stroller ever made (seriously — if you don’t believe me, read on!), here are the hottest new strollers to know about.


  • Cybex Twinyx 1 of 9
    Cybex Twinyx

    Cybex is introducing their first double stroller, and it's basically like taking two Onyx strollers and smushing them side-by-side — umbrella fold and all.

    Perfect for: Parents who want a lightweight double stroller (29 lbs.) past the travel-system age. (The Twinyx isn't compatible with car seats.)

    Highlights: The same features of the Onyx (large canopy, sun protection, fashionable fabrics, etc.) but in a side-by-side design, where the two seats can be independently operated — including a four-position recline.

    Age/weight: Newborn (each seat independently reclines flat) to 55 lbs.

    Now available from Regal Lager (and specialty stores), $449.95

  • Cybex Onyx 2012 2 of 9
    Cybex Onyx 2012

    The same Onyx you already love with fun new colors and a few new features.

    Perfect for: Anyone needing a travel system for the Cybex Aton Infant Car Seat and/or looking for a lightweight stroller with SPF protection.

    Highlights: The Onyx has a nice-coverage canopy (that, according to Cybex, offers "above-average" UV protection, meeting Australia's UVP50+ standard), a lightweight 16.1 lb. frame, and an adjustable leg rest. It also has a new removable bumper bar, which is rare for such a lightweight stroller. Besides a new padded bumper bar, the 2012 models come in fun standout colors.

    Age/weight: Birth to 55 lbs.

    Now available from Regal Lager, $259.95

  • Mountain Buggy Joey 3 of 9
    Mountain Buggy Joey

    The Mountain Buggy Joey — which is a clip-on tote to swap in for a traditional seat — isn't exactly a new stroller, but it will completely transform your Mountain Buggy double into something brand new.

    Perfect for: Anyone who needs a double stroller, but isn't sure for how long. It's also perfect for parents who want options with their Mountain Buggy Duo or Duet.

    Highlights: The Joey is a clip-on tote bag that will convert the Duet or Duo into a single stroller. Take off one of the seats, clip-on the Joey, and you have a single stroller with a built-in (and removable) diaper bag. Pretty brilliant.

    Now available from Mountain Buggy, $39.99

  • Mountain Buggy Face-to-face 4 of 9
    Mountain Buggy Face-to-face

    Mountain Buggy's very first parent-facing seat that also doubles as a stationary baby seat off of the stroller.

    Perfect for: Parents looking for a versatile, all-terrain stroller with a parent-facing seat.

    Highlights: Once again Mountain Buggy came up with a brilliant stroller accessory. This parent-facing seat — compatible with the brand's Urban Jungle, Terrain, and +one strollers — is perfect for that in-between stage when your baby outgrows the infant car seat capsule and/or carrycot, but you'd still love for your baby to face you. The only downside is that there isn't a recline for napping, although the fixed 45-degree angle is the same as a car seat.

    Age/weight: Birth to 20 lbs.

    Coming soon to Mountain Buggy

  • Phil & Teds Dot 5 of 9
    Phil & Teds Dot

    Phil & Teds is best known for their urban inline strollers that famously convert from a single to a double — and this is their smallest inline stroller yet.

    Perfect for: Parents looking for a double stroller whose main concern is compactness (whether it's small city spaces or small car trunks), but still need good multi-terrain wheels (whether they're facing broken-up pavement or off-road trails).

    Highlights: A smaller frame (at 26 lbs. and 59-cm. wide, it's 15% more compact than the Phil & Teds Explorer), but with a roomy full-size seat that reclines completely flat. And the side seat has a one-hand recline as well. More features that appeal to parents who need just the right fit: 10-inch pneumatic wheels, a multi-position handlebar, and a one-handed fast fold.

    Age/weight: Newborn to 5 years (44 lbs. in the front seat, 33 lbs. n the rear seat).

    Pre-order from Phil & Teds, $449.99 - $589.98

  • Phil & Teds Navigator 6 of 9
    Phil & Teds Navigator

    Phil & Teds is coming out with yet another inline stroller this August — this one billed as their "Go-everywhere Inline."

    Perfect for: Families that need an all-terrain, fully-featured inline stroller.

    Highlights: The Navigator is similar to the Dot — a single-to-double design with ventilated seats, a one-handed fast fold, flat-recline seat, and a slim 59-cm. width — but it weighs a couple of pounds more. The Navigator is unique in that it's compatible with the "face-to-face" parent-facing seat that Mountain Buggy is debuting, and it has mix-and-match color accessories to customize your ride. It's also a better off-road, multi-terrain stroller.

    Age/weight: Newborn to 5 years (44 lbs. in the front seat, 33 lbs. n the rear seat).

    Pre-order from Phil & Teds, $499.99 - $649.98

  • Phil & Teds SUB4 7 of 9
    Phil & Teds SUB4

    Phil & Teds is revolutionizing the fitness stroller game with their innovative SUB4, which they dub "the world's fastest jogger."

    Perfect for: Serious runners who want to get in a walk and a workout at the same time.

    Highlights: Engineered for speed, this innovative, modern-looking stroller is designed for runners who don't want their performance compromised by poor posture, limited stride, and bulky stroller weight. The SUB 4 is designed for a runner's body with a unique geometric shape (that suits even the longest legs), an adjustable handle height, and one-handed control. It's also designed for speed with its high-performance traction and suspension, motion control hub, and aerated disk breaks. Even the aerocore seat — a lightweight material modeled after running shoes and sports equipment — is designed for performance.

    Hitting shelves soon.

    Learn more from Phil & Teds

  • Baby Jogger City Versa 2012 8 of 9
    Baby Jogger City Versa 2012

    Baby Jogger's most recent release (the City Versa) is almost like a hybrid of their City Select and City Mini strollers — meaning it just might be what you've been looking for.

    Perfect for: Anyone who loves the City Mini stroller but wishes it had a reversible seat.

    Highlights: The Versa has a larger reversible seat like their City Select, but on a lighter, easy-to-fold frame (similar to the City Mini's compact fold). And the coolest thing about the City Versa is that you can fold the stroller with the seat facing in either direction. More cool features: a four-position recline, oversized canopy, adjustable handlebar, and a large, easy-access undercarriage basket.

    Age/weight: Newborn (car seat adaptors and newborn pram sold separately) to 50 lbs.

    Pre-order from Magic Beans $449.99

  • 2012 Bumbleride AQUA 9 of 9
    2012 Bumbleride AQUA

    The newest Bumbleride addition is this beautiful aqua color, available in their all-terrain Indie, lightweight Flite, and their double Indie Twin models.

    Perfect for: Anyone who wants a stroller that's as pretty as it is functional.

    Highlights: I'm a big Bumbleride fan, and this summery aqua color makes me love them even more. Other than the color, the only big change on the 2012 model is that a bumper bar isn't included anymore.

    Bumbleride also has a brand new Parent Pack ($24.99), which comes with dual cup holders and a zippered compartment that folds down with your stroller.

    Buy from Bumbleride $249.99 - $689.99

Not ready to invest just yet? Stay tuned for even more groundbreaking stroller releases this Fall from Bugaboo, Orbit Baby, and more. And don’t forget to check back for our overall Babble Blogger Favorites: Strollers 2012 feature that’s currently in testing mode!

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