Best New Strollers: Spring 2012Michelle Horton
While the official Babble Best Strollers 2012 testing is still underway, we have another seasonal update on the latest and greatest strollers hitting shelves this spring.
Here are the best brand-new single and double strollers to have on your radar:
Bugaboo Cameleon NEON Collection 1 of 12
Bugaboo took their cult-classic favorite, The Cameleon, and gave it a trendy spring makeover.
Perfect for: Anyone who loves the 2012 neon trend. And, of course, anyone willing to spend over $1,000 on a new stroller.
Highlights: Neon is everywhere this year, and a little pop of neon makes this iconic stroller even more iconic for 2012. Especially considering the navy blue and fluorescent red combo is chic, not cheesy (a la 80s neon). See more photos of the Bugaboo Cameleon NEON Collection.
Age/weight: 6 months - 40 lbs.
Will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom in May 2012, $1,059
UPPAbaby Vista 2012 2 of 12
The stroller we all know and love, with a few upgrades.Get it from Giggle, $700
Perfect for: Parents looking for the best value in the most versatile stroller.
Highlights: The Vista is still essentially the same, in that it grows from newborn up to multiple kids, but there are a few big changes: better tires (4-wheel suspension and sealed wheel bearings for a smoother ride), better recline (now reclining fully flat!), and better canopies (on both the stroller and the included bassinet). The biggest change is that the breezy bassinet now has a ventilated bassinet canopy and aerated mattress for air flow. Also, the 2012 Vista will come in new colors: orange, pink, and black!
Age/weight: Newborn (with included bassinet) to 50 lbs.
Maclaren Object of Design: The Nautical Volo 3 of 12
Maclaren's newest Object of Design stroller has the perfect gender-neutral look for summer.Get it from Amazon, $145
Perfect for: Anyone who loves the simplicity and classic design of a Maclaren Volo. Or anyone who is obsessed with stripes.
Highlights: This lightweight stroller (weighing in at 8.8 lbs.) is one of the most popular Maclaren strollers — especially for city dwellers — despite its lack of fancy features, like a recline option. To be honest, this pretty makeover makes it even better.
Age/weight: 6 months - 55 lbs.
Maclaren Globetrotter 4 of 12
Maclaren is introducing something very special in 2012: Maclaren's Global Safety Standard, which strives to have all Maclaren strollers meet or exceed the highest safety standards in the world. Their new Globetrotter meets this standard.Get it from Pish Posh Baby, $160
Perfect for: Everyone who wishes their Volo had a recline.
Highlights: It reclines! Finally! The Globetrotter is the lightest Maclaren stroller that reclines, weighing in at 10.6 lbs. (The Globetrotter comes in scarlet, black, crown blue, prince blue, and festive fuchsia.)
Age/weight: 6 months - 55 lbs.
Britax B-Ready 2012 5 of 12
This highly anticipated stroller upgrade recently hit shelves.Preorder from Amazon, $433.37
Perfect for: Anyone who wants a sleek-looking, smooth-riding convertible stroller that's as good as a single as it is a double.
Highlights: There's one very big upgrade to the popular Britax B-Ready: BETTER TIRES! These new foam-filled rubber tires means you won't have to worry about flats! They also upgraded it with four recline positions, a more upright seated position, and a bigger storage basket. And for anyone who uses a Britax infant car seat, their innovative "Click & Go" system allows parents to use the B-Ready as a travel system without any additional attachments.
Age/weight: 6 months - 55 lbs.
Britax B Agile Double 6 of 12
This is Britax's very first side-by-side double, coming in May.Preorder from Pish Posh Baby, $449
Perfect for: B Agile fans with another baby on the way.
Highlights: Britax says it's everything you love about the B Agile — quick folding, lightweight, maneuverable ride — for two kids instead of one. You can even turn it into a travel system with their "Click & Go" design — but only one car seat at a time.
Age/weight: Birth - 50 lbs. (each seat)
Valco Baby Zee 7 of 12
Valco Baby is trading in sporty for sleek with this new lightweight, compact design. Available this month.Get it from Valco Baby, $329.99
Perfect for: Those who want a lightweight stroller without sacrificing features.
Highlights: A full infant recline, adjustable footrest (yay!), full-coverage extendable hood, a compact fold, and a nice big roomy basket — all on a lightweight frame. (If only it had a reversible seat!)
Age/weight: Birth - 44 lbs.
Valco Baby Zee Two 8 of 12
Baby Jogger City Mini GT 9 of 12
Perfect for: City dwellers. Or suburbanites. Or anyone who wants a really great stroller.
Highlights: The brand new GT model has all of the new upgrades of the City Mini 2012 — namely the deeper seat and better basket access — but with a few unique features: a new handbrake, comfier seat, and adjustable handlebar (yes!). But the biggest and most significant difference is the GT's foam-filled tires, which make the ride smoother and more efficient. And to top it off, the GT still has that genius one-handed fold that makes stroller-lovers weak at the knees.
Age/weight: 6 months - 65 lbs.
Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double 10 of 12
That's right — the GT even comes in a double.Get it from Magic Beans, $579.99
Perfect for: City Mini lovers with multiple kids. Or, again, anyone with multiple kids.
Highlights: The tires! The handbrake! The easy fold! The plush seats! (Did I mention the tires?) It's everything we love about the GT single in a side-by-side double. (Should be available in late April.)
Age/weight: 6 months - 100 lbs. total capacity
Bloom Zen Stroller 11 of 12
We already mentioned the innovative Zen in our winter stroller round-up, but its release date was pushed back to the spring. So it's now finally available!Get it from Giggle, $799 - $1,040
Perfect for: Parents who want an all-terrain stroller without buying a bigger car (and love them some sweet CMYK colors).
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, stain-resistant fabric (with a reversible seat cushion), and car seat adapters. The separately sold Yoga Newborn Nest serves as a stroller bassinet, mobile travel bed, and portable bouncer.
Age/weight: 6 months - 44 lbs.
Mamas & Papas Mylo 12 of 12
Mamas & Papas relaunched their UK-favorite, the Mylo, in March.Search for a specialty retailer, $699.99
Perfect for: Parents who like to stand out in the crowd. Bugaboo? Maclaren? Pssh. Too typical.
Highlights: Beyond the unique industrial look, the Mylo has a one-handed fold, plush fabrics, smooth maneuverability, multi-position recline, and a reversible seat. It can even be turned into a travel system with Graco, Maxi Cosi, and Peg Perego car seats.
Age/weight: Birth (with bassinet) - 50 lbs.
All of these spring-time strollers have a release date of March to May. We can also expect to see another big stroller boom throughout the summer, with new releases from Phil & Teds, Bugaboo, Baby Jogger, and more in the works. Stay tuned!
Find more new strollers that came out in December/January/February.
Can’t decide on a stroller? Check out Babble’s Stroller Guide for buying advice.
Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.