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Sola at the Getty

14 Nov

Mamas and Papas Sola Review

When I first saw the Mamas and Papas Sola in “Grass”, I immediately thought “Monet.”

Do you see it?

How about now?



OK, well, at any rate, that is how it struck me. Therefore, what more fitting place to take the Sola on it’s maiden run, than to the Getty Villa?

The Sola is magnificent. A thing of beauty; a work of art. See how beautifully she blends in with the gardens.

But what’s up with the fountain? Halloween is over!

Aside from the aesthetics, what I love about the Sola is how user friendly it is. To reverse the seat, you just grab the handles and pop it right off. And to fold it, you just pull up the two side levers on the handles, and down she goes. You can fold the Sola in one piece, if the seat is facing forward. It is still quite compact.

And as prams go, the Sola is quite small. One of the smallest you can find, really. So I didn’t have to worry about bumping into a 6,500 year old statue; some of which had already lost their hands, or arms, or heads.

The handle is height adjustable, and has an amazing range. The legrest is nice and long, too.

Here is the Sola in full recline. I have the optional matching footmuff on it. I highly recommend it.

The tires even blend in with the marble floor, haha. They are foam, not air. Some people prefer this, because they are lighter weight, and require no maintenance.

The wheels also have front and rear suspension, which means they do pretty well outdoors. Oh, and the basket holds a lot more than you think.

The canopy provides really nice coverage. It has a mesh vent for better visibility, and air flow.

See how far out the handlebar extends? If you attached a riding board to it, your other child would have plenty of standing room.

These pictures were not that easy to take, btw. Because everywhere you looked there were guards. Like every 10 steps. And the main job they had was to chase us around, and tell us not to use a flash.

As we left the Getty, the sun was setting. SP 2.0 was sleeping peacefully.

Until the guard came up shouting, with her walkie talkie on full blast, that she was locking the door, so GET OUT.

And then suddenly, “A bee! A bee! A bee!” the original Strollerprince was hopping around in circles, and up and down. Before I could even take a look, guards came running. They handed my friend a flashlight. And sure enough, there it was, right between his thumb and forefinger. A giant stinger, that was swelling up his hand and coloring it purple.

But, the Getty guards to the rescue! They said to please wait a moment, while they got out their bee-stinger removal kit. “Oh, no way”, I said. “Museum guards carry around bee-stinger removal kits?” “Oh yes ma’am,” he responded. “We’re first responders.”

So they came in handy after all.  Even let me use the flash outside. And then I had to fill out paperwork. Pages of it, with a narrative of the event, ID, stats, etc. SP 2.0 found the whole thing hilarious. All the way back to the car, he mocked his poor brother. “Oh no, A BEE! Haha! A Bee! Haha! It’s a BEEEE….Haha”…

Mamas and Papas Sola

Weight:                               25 lbs. (16 lbs. Chassis, 9 lbs, Seat)

Seat Back:                          21″

Seat to canopy:               23″

Seat Width:                      13″

Seat Depth:                       10-16″

Drop to footrest:             11″

Seat to ground:               20″

Length:                               27″

Width:                                23.5″

Height:                               27-43″

Folded:                              33″L x 23″W x 12″H

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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″

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