2011 ABC Expo: QUINNY and MAXI COSI

QUINNY!!!! Most exciting vendor of the whole show, in my opinion. SO much new stuff, new colors, new models, a new car seat, everything. LOVE.

First and foremost, this sexy little newcomer- the Quinny Moodd. Oooooh, she’s pretty. Except that weird little tummy bar thing but it can be removed so I don’t care. The Moodd is basically a pimped up Quinny Buzz. It retains the shape of the chassis and the one piece fold (and of course the signature self-unfold) of the Buzz, but brings in a stunning new seat. The seat back is a hard shell, and the canopy is much improved on the Buzz by being easier to open and close and having better coverage. The seat fabric is soft and lovely and the whole thing is just so PRETTY. Also, this post will apparently be sponsored by my caps lock key. AWESOME.

The Moodd will come in lots of colors (don’t quote me on any of them, I totally forgot to ask in the midst of my excitement) including the tan in the top picture, the blue you can see here, and the rest you can spy in any other pictures. Yeah, my organization totally went out the window in the Quinny booth. It will also be available in a white or balck high gloss frame. Some strollers cannot pull off this new black/ colored frame fad, and some can. Quinny can. I did try hard to scratch the frame with my nails (sorry, Quinny representatives who might be reading this….) and it seemed very durable. All black. Sleekness. The Moodd will retail for $699, will be compatible with all available Buzz accessories and is available in late winter/ early Spring.

Around the display I was admiring all the gorgeous new colors of Maxi Cosi Micos and then the rep said “Oh yeah, look at this!” and showed me that wall. Thats the 2012 Mico line up and its oh so colorful and yummy. That off white in the top right hand corner is LUSH. Also, the hot pink shown above on the white Moodd. Sure, you could get the black on black on black, but why would you want to?

Speaking of car seats, this is the new Maxi Cosi Prezi. Its very luxurious and a lot different to the Mico. It will retail for $229-$249 and will of course work with all Maxi Cosi adaptors.

No changes to the Buzz or the Zapp, just lots and lots of delicious new colors. Including the special edition ‘Q Design’ Series as seen above. You’re either going to love it or hate it. Very colorful.

I fell in insta-love with the above soft off white with light tan shown in the Buzz and Zapp Xtra. So elegant and understated. 

And then these as well. All good.

Definitely looking forward to seeing the Quinny stuff hit stores, especially the Moodd. If you like color and one of a kind design, keep Quinny in mind! THE END. <— and the end of the caps lock key. BYE!

 

 

 

 

ABC Expo 2011: BUMBLERIDE

Continuing in their tradition of making gorgeous, bright colors choices, for 2012 Bumbleride are introducing this lovely turquoise blue in their Indie and Indie Twins.

Very pretty.

Otherwise, the news was really limited to the Bumbleride Indie Twin now being able to accept two infant car seats. Each car seat adapter will retail for $35, and is great new for parents of infant twins (or those who are expecting them!). This set up looked great…. I wish they had these available when I had my twins!

Bumbleride made a lot of changes to their line up in 2011, so 2012 is just a continuation of that. :)

 

2011 ABC Expo: APRICA

AKA The Brand That Broke My Heart.

Not much to say, they weren’t allowing pictures and I probably wouldn’t have taken any even if I could. Aprica have somehow connected to Graco (bought out? Merged? Joined design forces?) and the affect definitely shows. Their new stroller, the ‘Moto’ is basically a Graco Metrolite with an Aprica sticker on it. They are still keeping the Presto, and the 2012 version will be able to take a car seat.

That’s all.

Sigh.

ABC Expo 2011: UPPABABY

Front and center of the ‘New Product’ showcase is the long awaited UPPABABY Cruz.

The Cruz is basically a small Vista, taking their hugely popular stroller and trimming it down for something more compact.  The Cruz has a full sized reversible seat that is the same size as the Vista and has a five-position recline that can be done with one hand.  It has an easy one step fold, and can be folded with or without the seat attached.  Just like the Vista, it has a large spf 50 UV sunshade and is also compatible with an infant seat.
The Cruz is compatible from birth with the infant snugseat as you can see in the above picture. :)
At 21 inches, it is narrower than the Vista, and it does not have a bassinet option or the ability to take a second seat. The wheels are smaller, but have enough suspension to still handle bumps or very light terrain. The Cruz has a weight limit of 50 lbs.
The UppaBaby Cruz will be available in Denny (red), Jake (black), Sydney (yellow), and Tyler (Ice Blue) and will retail for $459. Its coming soon, in November 2011!
They also had these super cute stroller blankets that hook onto the tummy bar and keep tootsies warm without the big bulkiness of a foot muff. VERY cute. Another cute piece of information: All the names of UppaBaby colors are from the baby names of UppaBaby employees! How cool would it be to push little Sydney around in the stroller named after her? Must look into producing stroller to name after my own children…..
There are a few small changes to the Vista for model year 2012. As you can see, sleek sexy black frames are all the rage for almost every stroller brand this year, so I hope you like them!  ;) Also a new color seen above, which is a tangerine orange color named Drew. UppaBaby will be releasing their black frames in Drew and the all black version. UppaBaby have shortened the seat back (?) but they’ve raised the canopy to compensate for the lost height. The Vista will now have a total recline, making it suitable from birth- but please still use your bassinet! ;)
If you would like to win a new Uppababy Cruz (or $500), you can enter their “Where do you Cruz” through the UppaBaby website. You have to design or download a picture of UppaBaby’s flower logo and take a picture of your family with it, somewhere where you would ‘Cruz’ with your new Cruz. See all the details at UppaBaby Facebook. :)

ABC Expo 2011: iCandy.

I LOVE iCandy. They are the perfect blend of gorgeous style and Mama and Baby friendly function. Celebrities love their iCandy’s, and they are huge in the UK already. The first stroller I want to talk about is this ground breaking newbie for 2012: The iCandy Peach Jogger. Its pretty, its functional and IT CAN ACTUALLY BE JOGGED WITH. I repeat, this is not a ‘jogger’ by name alone, its actually a jogging stroller. And its an stunning every day, in the mall, going to playgroup stroller as well. This is definitely the first rear facing jogging stroller available in the USA. The weight has been carefully distributed so as not to tip or topple during a run. An adjustable handlebar, quick and easy fold, this just might be the perfect answer for the Moms who want something to exercise with and also a cute every day stroller as well.

The Peach Jogger will be available in the above ‘Glacier’, ‘Blackberry’ (all black) and ‘Cranberry’ (a rich red).

This is the new iCandy Strawberry. Its a lightweight, forward and rear facing stroller that has a total weight of 25lbs. Its very cute, but the best thing about it is the fold. Designed with post c-section Moms in mind, or any Moms that cant bend over to fold or pick up a stroller, the Strawberry folds UPWARDS towards Mom, rather than to the ground. Its all a one hand fold, and it stands by itself. As a c-section Mama myself, this really seemed like a good idea. The frame is so light you can put it in the back of the car one handed.

The Strawberry will be released in the four colors you see below- grey, black, red and a lush purple color. Also, there will be lots of available accessories, like the matching diaper bags and bassinets.

 

ABC Expo 2011: B.O.B.

Not much news out of B.O.B- they overhauled their line last year and are sailing into 2012 with the same awesome fleet.

The only change is an improved snack tray and car seat adapter. Now, instead of the whole thing being bolted into the stroller, just a small side clip is bolted to the frame. Then, the car seat adaptor or snack tray can be popped in and out with the click of a button. The clip is small enough to be left on the stroller full time without being in the way. The snack tray swings away to one side so your child can get out of the stroller easily. A big improvement!

ABC Expo 2011: Babies’N’Kids/ Cosatto…

Responsible for my most embarassing moment, when I actually squealed with delight at all the ridiculous cuteness, heres an intro to the new brand (to the US, Cosatto are already in the UK and other overseas markets) of Cossato.

Cosatto make strollers and stroller accessories like footmuffs, blankets etc. They dont really do anything cutting edge, or life changing. BUT, they do the cutest, most fun kid friendly designs you will ever see. Forget waiting a whole year for what might be a questionable Maclaren special design pattern, check these out:

I mean, seriously. How cute is that? The double umbrella stroller retails for $399 and comes with all the footmuffs and accessories included.

The single versions are just as cute, and retail for $220, also with all the accessories included.

Ahhhh….. adorable.