Archive | December, 2009

Mutsy Transporter Review

30 Dec

Transporter to a Winter Wonderland

Stroller bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening,
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight,
Strolling in a Winter Wonderland…
It’s a common Christmas conundrum…you need a stroller wicked enough to tackle the snowdrifts, yet your car is packed to the roof with luggage and presents. So you don’t have room for a massive air tire pram. What to take, what to take…and oh yeah, the color needs to right, hmmm, gold would be nice…
Ah, it’s the Mutsy Transporter! The perfect sleigh for your happy little reindeer! Folds compact enough to fit in car, yet is strong enough to glide through the snow.The Transporter also has a front napper bar, which helps keep the footmuff in, that keeps your baby toasty warm. This one is a Valco, but you can get one from Mutsy, too. Other nice features include a deep recline, height adjustable handle, and big basket. The Mutsy Transporter is a really gorgeous stroller. That you can see. But, and here is one thing you can never know from a website, unless you have someone like me to tell you… how a stroller pushes. And I am happy to report, that the Transporter is as smooth as silk. I *would* say it pushes like buttah’, but that is an overused cliche’. OK, smooth as silk is, too.
Let’s just say, it has a superb one-handed push, in all kinds of terrain. The wheels are small enough for indoor shopping, yet big enough for the great outdoors.In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he’s a circus clown
We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.If a stroller could be horrified by this appalling snow joke, then the Transporter would be. But hey, in SoCal, building a snowman is not something one does very often.

Mutsy Transporter

Weight: 23 pds.
Width: 25″

Length: 31.5″
Height: 22″-44″
Seat Width: 14″
Seat Back: 19″
Seat to Canopy: 22″
Seat Depth: 9″
Drop to Footrest: 8″
Seat to Floor: 18″

Folded: 12″ x 29″ x 24″



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BEBECAR ip-op review

22 Dec

Christmas Tree “ip-op” It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go….and if I want it to look like Christmas in my home, then I better go down to the lot and grab a tree! Problem is, it has been raining, and raining, and raining. Which means the mud and wood chips are going to be like quick sand at the Christmas tree lot. So what stroller can handle that, yet still look beautiful and festive and Christmas-y? And of course, it has to sit up high, have a great canopy, and boot to shelter from the wind and cold. And the clear-cut choice—the BebeCar ip-op! BebeCar is one of the highest quality strollers made today. It’s not sold in the US, which is a shame. But you can easily get one by calling the congenial and engaging Jacques, in Canada.

http://www.buystrolleronline.com/detail.asp?s=10&id=67BebeCar is one of the last strollers made in Europe. Portugal, to be exact. And look at the stunning attention to detail. Check out the BebeCar plaques, in silver. Or the little “B”, hidden in the circles. This design is absolutely stunning. It reminds me of Christmas ornaments. Of course, there are many, many other color choices available, including a white leather seat that was a very close contender. I love this black frame. But there are several different chassis’ available, in different colors, and with different wheel sizes. All have height adjustable handles, with wide variances. And they sit up high, which makes the large basket easily accessible. They all fully recline, which means they are suitable from birth. And there is an extendable leg rest, and a front napper bar. You can also use a bassinette, instead of the seat, if you so choose. They have these wonderful, full canopies. You can open up the back flap on warmer days, and there is a net to keep your baby enclosed. There are little net pockets inside, which are perfect for sippy cups or bottles. I used an R-Versus when SP 2.0 was a newborn, and those pockets were so convenient. I kept it in the car, because it is one of the few reversible strollers out there that can fold easily, with the seat facing you. The ip-op does this, too. Folds all in one piece. And the seat and wheels easily pop off it you would like it more compact.Performance-wise, the ip-op sailed over the the muddy wood chips at the Christmas tree lot. Didn’t even pause. So amazing! And SP 2.0 was well-protected, comfortable in his throne, high above the muck. I would say the trip was a success. Here’s hoping that YOU find a BebeCar ip-op under YOUR Christmas tree (or menorah, or ???!!!) http://www.bebecar.com/#

Weight: 30 pds.
Width: 22.5″

Length: 29.5″
Height: 27″-42″
Seat Width: 12″
Legrest: 9″
Seat Back: 18″
Seat to Canopy: 22″

Seat Depth: 9″-18″

Drop to Footrest: 9″
Seat to Floor: 21″

Folded: 33″ x 18″ x 18″

I can help you find the perfect stroller for YOUR needs. Don’t let a salesperson sell you a stroller that won’t work for you! For more info on consultations, visit strollerqueen.com There are lots more reviews here, and info on how to get the 2010 BIG Stroller Roll-Out, an online video magazine of all the new stroller models. strollerqueen.com

CYBEX CALLISTO REVIEW

2 Dec

It seems that everywhere you turn these days, you see a celebrity pushing this:Ooops, sorry, wrong picture! That’s because we’re not in Manhattan today, nor in Beverly Hills. We are at the ZzzzOOO, with the Cybex Callisto.The Cybex Callisto had some tall orders to fill this trip. Had to be comfy enough for all day at the Zoo, warm enough for a visit to Santa, hardy enough to tackle the underground caves, elegant enough for the Nutcracker Ballet, fold small enough to fit in a horse and carriage, and easily enough so as not to annoy the husband, who would be using it a lot. Start with the ballet suitability…did it pass? I would say so. The Callisto is very sumptuous, very rich. Love the design on the canopy. They are a little different on all the models.
But you can push it back, to better see the lions, or tigers, or Zebras, oh my!
There are currently four Cybex models for sale in the US. The feature rich, top of the line Callisto, and the Topaz, Onyx and Ruby. The main differences are that each model down is a step down in features–i.e. umbrella handles instead of the single bar, less recline, no napper bar, no suspension, etc. But they all have cool designs, you should check them out.
A “hidden benefit”is that Cybex is being distributed by Regal Lager. They are the company that used to distribute Phil and Ted’s. Anyone who has ever dealt with them has been impressed by their helpfulness and class. Customer Service is something that everyone needs to consider when buying a stroller. Especially since the higher-end ones aren’t cheap anymore. And a lot of people have no choice but to buy online, since they don’t have the retailers nearby.
The suspension on the wheels made for a very smooth ride to the underground caves. Check out the aluminum rims! And the deep recline means SP 2.0 could take a long noon nap, after a long day of animal watching.The fabric is a soft brushed cotton, so very inviting. The foot muff I used is the faux fur Maclaren, but you can get a matching one from Cybex. Here you can see some other “designer” features. There is a front visor to help with the low sun rays, a front napper bar, a rain cover, and the single bar handle makes for a great one-handed push. It’s height adjustable, too! Yet the Callisto DOES fold umbrella style. How is that possible? Well, to fold it, you first reach down and lift up a latch in the center back, down by the basket. Similar to most umbrella folds, except you lift it with your hand, instead of kicking it. Then, you push the top button in, and the both sides of the handle magically fold inwards, towards each other. So voila! it becomes an umbrella. Pretty cool, actually.
One of my favorite things about the Callisto is the super smooth recline. There is a little handle in the back, which you lightly squeeze. Then the seat gently comes all the way down, to four different positions. The harness is interesting, too. It’s a puzzle buckle, like on a car seat. And the strap adjustment is also like your car seat. To loosen the harness, you push on the button on the seat, and pull it out. Then to tighten it, you pull the bottom of the strap.
Another thing I like is how long the leg rest extends. This feature is a make it or break it for us right now, in terms of baby’s comfort level. And when baby ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy! But here, you see he clearly is. Just chillin‘ and watching the ‘Roos.Cybex 

Weight: 18 pds.

Width: 21″

Length: 26″

Height: 41″

Seat Width: 13″

Legrest: 18″”

Seat Back: 18″

Seat to Canopy: 27.5″

Drop to Footrest: 9″

Seat to Floor: 18″

Folded: 16″ x 10″ x 43″

I can help you find the perfect stroller for YOUR needs. Don’t let a salesperson sell you a stroller that won’t work for you! For more info on consultations, visit strollerqueen.com There are lots more reviews here, and info on how to get the 2010 BIG Stroller Roll-Out, an online video magazine of all the new stroller models. strollerqueen.com