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Strollin': 13 Strollers to Watch For This Spring

Mar 6 2012 - 9:53am

Take a stroll! As the weather turns warmer and parents are looking for every opportunity to get out of the house, we can't help but turn our eyes to all of the new strollers we'll be seeing this season. While the 4Moms Origami [1] may be the most talked about carriage of the year, plenty of others are commanding attention. I've rounded up 13 great strollers to look out for this year, including several that are making their debuts in the coming weeks! Check them out!

Origami Stroller ($850)

This one's for the technology-obsessed mom and dad. The Origami Stroller [2] is the result of years of dissatisfied stroller pushing. With a built-in generator that recharges as the wheels move, it is a battery-operated pushchair that folds itself (really! Just push a button and it folds!). The generator also powers daytime running lights that provide safety both day and night, as well as an LED screen that shows temperature, the distance you've walked that day, and if your tot is seated properly. And for connected moms, there's an optional cell phone charger to ensure she never loses touch with the world around her!

Maclaren Globetrotter ($200)

Moms' biggest complaint about the ultralightweight Maclaren [3] Volo has always been that the seat didn't recline, meaning that lil ones had trouble napping in their rides. That problem is remedied with the new Maclaren Globetrotter [4]. The seat moves back several positions (though not completely flat) and has an extended canopy to provide coverage for when the seat is reclining. Weighing just over 10 pounds, it is ideal for families on the go. Look for it to hit stores in April.

UPPAbaby Cruz ($460)

UPPAbaby made its name with the Vista, and now it's improving on that with the new UPPAbaby Cruz [5]. The full-sized, compact stroller is narrower and lighter than the Vista, but still offers a reversible seat, one-handed recline, infant car seat compatibility, and one-step folding.

Baby Jogger 2012 City Mini ($234)

Long a top pick for moms on-the-go, Baby Jogger is improving upon the always popular City Mini. The 2012 version [6] includes a larger under seat storage basket, a latch that automatically secures closed strollers, and some new colors.

Inglesina and Fendi (price TBD)

Chalk this one up to curiosity! Popular Italian stroller company Inglesina [7] is partnering with famed Italian fashion house Fendi [8] to create a couture stroller to match mama's bag. The umbrella-style pushchair will feature the design house's famed logo and signature brown coloring.

Valco Baby Spark Stroller (approx. $450)

Valco is turning out a new all-in-one stroller that converts from bassinet to traditional (reversible) seat. An adjustable handlebar, large sun canopy, attached belly bar, and easy access underseat storage basket (it can be reached from both the front and back of the carriage) make it convenient for moms too. Hitting stores in June, the stroller will also be available in a twin model.

Bloom Baby Zen ($800)

The Bloom Baby Zen [9] stroller is being billed as the a full-sized stroller with the slimmest fold — ever! It fits into the trunk of a Mini Cooper when folded down, and it doesn't take 10 hands to do it, and has a one-hand retracting fold. It's also the first stroller with a solar-powered LED lighting system, so it provides a warning light when crossing a street at night. Available for pre-order now, the stroller will be available later this Spring.

Quinny Moodd ($700)

Quinny [10]'s latest stroller, the Moodd [11] (pronounced "mood") is quite a sight. Available in either a black or white frame with six fabric options, it has a lie-flat seat and side-memory buttons to ease the one-handed removal of the seat. It will also feature a UV50+ sun canopy and a baby nest for infants.

Mountain Buggy Duet Stroller ($545)

We were one of the first to test out the Mountain Buggy Duet Stroller [12] prior to its 2012 launch. At the time we were impressed with its narrow double stroller design — at just 25-inches wide it is the same width as many singe strollers, including Mountain Buggy's Urban Jungle, and five inches narrower than the full-sized Mountain Buggy Duo. Its design holds two tots, but it maneuvers like a single stroller, probably because it rests on 8-inch air-filled tires. The "twist & slide" 5-point safety harnesses allows parents to easily tighten and loosen straps with just one hand.

Phil and Teds Promenade ($850 as a single)

The latest addition to Phil & Ted's double stroller collection, the Promenade [13] features two full-sized, reversible seats (the company's previous double strollers only had one large seat and one smaller jump seat) that convert from bassinets to regular seats. It also features a pivot bumper bar to ease the removal of tots.

Orbit Double Helix (price TBA)

Orbit Baby's highly anticipated Double Helix won't hit stores until Fall 2012 now (the company had previously said Spring), but that hasn't dampened the attention the stroller is receiving. The new Orbit Baby Double Helix [14] combines the tandem stroller with the rumble seat to provide seating options for two kids, without one actually sitting on top of the other. Available as both a double stroller (the Double Helix) or an add-on for current Orbit owners (the Helix Plus), the frame takes advantage of Orbit's innovative 360° rotating seats, so tots can face any direction (even each other) at any time. The pushchair's six wheels (two more than most) will ensure silky smooth rides, regardless of which seat lil one's choose. Like the Bugaboo Donkey [15], the Double Helix also gives families the flexibility to use it as a single stroller or a double (with infant car seats, toddler car seats, or regular seats) by simply flicking a few latches.

Mamas and Papas Mylo ($700)

Already a favorite of Gwen Stefani [16] and Alicia Keys [17], Mamas and Papas Mylo [18] is just hitting US stores now. The chic-looking stroller sits lil ones up high, where they can either face in or out in a soft, molded, and reversible seat. A smooth suspension and carrycot/bassinet (sold separately) will seal the deal for parents looking for a stroller that is as beautiful to look at is it is to push!

Baby Home Emotion Stroller ($350)

Baby Home, a Spanish export, is hitting the US market with an eye-catching stroller this Spring. The Baby Home Emotion Stroller [19] weighs in at just 12 pounds and uses a "book-folding" system to collapse in mere seconds. The under-carriage basket is large enough to hold a day's worth of goods and both adjustable seat and footrest features are designed to ensure tots are comfortable. The stroller's footbrake is also receiving significant buzz!


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