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Bugaboo Cameleon Neon Pop!
Bugaboo are releasing a collection of neon inspired products, beginning with the Cameleon Neon Pop. The Cameleon Neon features a navy blue frame, navy seat unit and bassinet, and florescent red buckles and wheels. The Cameleon Neon is listed on the Babies Direct website for $1559 (the standard Cameleon retails there for $1259). According to Bugaboo more information about availability will follow in May.
New Safe-n-Sound Compaq
Safe-n-Sound have just released a redesigned version of their compact convertible car seat - the Compaq. For many families who have a small car or need to fit more than two car seats in the car, the Compaq has been their only option.
The great news is that the new Compaq, whilst retaining its narrow profile and reduced depth when rear facing, now has fantastic tall side wings which not only provide increased side impact protection, but means taller children can stay in the seat for longer. The tall harness slots also help to extend the time that a tall child can use this seat.
The new Safe-n-Sound Compaq comes in 6 brilliant colours and will retail for $499. It is expect in stores from the beginning of May.
Look out for our review of this seat in the near future!
Design a Mima Xari competition
Many people love pushing a designer pram, but how about pushing a pram that you've designed yourself? Mima are currently running a competition to design a Xari, with the winner receiving their own customised Mima Xari.
To enter you need to download the template and submit your design to Mima between the 1st and 31st of May. Votes will be collected from Facebook members and distributors and the winner announced on Friday 8th of June.
As some inspiration Mima have created a Flickr set featuring some designer Mimas.
Bumbleride on sale in the UK!
While Australian consumers are still waiting patiently for news of when Bumbleride prams will arrive to our shores, those in the United Kingdom can at last celebrate with the announcement of the first UK retailer. Maison-Bébé will be stocking the Indie in Lava, Ruby Seagrass and Aqua. It will retail for £549.
The Phil & Teds Promenade has been reviewed!
Ally has just finished reviewing the Promenade - the latest inline double from Phil & Teds. As with all Ally's reviews, she took the Promenade for a serious test drive first. You can read all about it on the Strollers and Prams blog - or head straight to the full review!
Introducing Isofix to Australia
A new vehicle safety standard announced recently by the Australian Federal Government will pave the way for car restraints using the Isofix anchorage system to be sold in Australia.
Car restraints that use the Isofix attachment system click into rigid attachment points located at the base of the car's back seat. Whilst it has been argued that the Isofix system is no safer than the current Australian system which utilises the car's seat belt plus a top tether attachment, studies suggest that the Isofix system is considerably easier for parents to install correctly. With a 2004 RACV study suggesting that up to 70% of Australian car seats are incorrectly installed, the Isofix system is welcomed by many as a way of further improving the safety of Australian seats.
Those looking to buy an Isofix car restraint will need to wait a while yet before they come onto the Australian market. A revision of the Australian Standard for Child Restraints will need to occur before manufacturers can begin to design the new seats. Britax have estimated the revision could occur in 2013, with seats appearing on the market in 2014, however this could still be a conservative estimate.
Mima Xari Charity auction
In January our resident reviewer Ally reviewed (and promptly fell in love with!) the Mima Xari. Nursery Elegance, the Australian distributors of Mima Prams, generously allowed us to keep the Xari which Ally used for her review, and auction it as a charity fundraiser.
All funds raised from the auction will go to the Life's Little Treasures Foundation, a wonderful organisation which provides support and information to parents of premature babies.
Please help support the valuable work of Life's Little Treasures, and pick yourself up a most wonderful pram while you're at it!
Petite Star Njoy Bubble reversible umbrella stroller
Having been a member of a stroller forum for several years now, I have noticed that one of the most frequent requests we get from new members is for a lightweight stroller that allows baby to face back towards their parent. This might not seem like too much to ask, but the truth is that trying to find something that is truly lightweight and rear facing is much harder than you'd think.
UK brand Petite Star, in conjunction with Spanish company Njoy are trying fill this gap in the market. The Njoy Bubble is an umbrella stroller with seat that can face both forwards and back.
I have to admit I was skeptical when I first read about the concept. My two concerns were how many seat positions would be available rear facing, and how many steps it would take to reverse the seat.
I haven't had the pleasure of testing the Njoy Bubble in real life, but a look at the YouTube promo has me excited! The Njoy seat changes direction with the use of just one hand, and the hood changes direction just as easily. More good news - the Njoy Bubble weighs just 8kg, and will retail for £199.
The Njoy was launced at the Harrogate Nursery Fair last weekend. It will be available in purple and silver. No news yet on availability.
Valco releases the Zee Two
The Zee Two is the twin version of Valco Baby's recently released single Zee pram. The Zee Two has cushioned seats which recline independently, two generous hoods and a huge under seat basket. The Zee Two folds compactly and the wheels can be easily remove for an even more compact fold.
The Zee Two weighs 13.5kg and has a RRP of $599 AUD.
New Silver Cross Sleepover Elegance
The new Silver Cross Sleepover Elegance has been released for sale in the United Kingdom. The Sleepover pram body features a leatherette bassinet which cleverly converts to a reversible reclining seat unit. The bassinet sits on top of stunning Elegance chrome chassis with pneumatic wheels and adjustable handle.
If you're after a more modern look, you can attach the Sleepover pram body to the Linear frame which features swivel front wheels and a new improved compact fold. Or if you just can't decide which frame to purchase you could always get both - one to put in the car for shopping trips, and one to use on neighbourhood walks! The Sleepover Elegance comes in cream and black (pictured), black and navy, and comes complete with detachable magnetic rosette on the hood, footmuff, bassinet apron, and raincover. A matching change bag is available separately.
The Steelcraft Agile Twin has been reviewed
Ally's most recent review is the Steelcraft Agile Twin. The Agile Twin is the latest release from Steelcraft and follows on from the very popular single Agile. The Agile Twin can be used for twins or children of different ages. It features a super fast and easy fold which is just what a parent needs when juggling two children in the car park, and can also be used as a travel system when used in conjunction with the Steelcraft Infant Carrier.
Make sure you read through Ally's full review for all the details!
St Kilda Mums win community grant
I stumbled upon the not for profit group 'St Kilda Mums' just last week when I was doing one of my regular Google searches for something pram related. I was so excited to find an organisation which is working to get good quality used baby goods to people who really need them.
St Kilda Mums is based in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda and is run entirely by volunteers. The goods that are donated are sorted, cleaned up and repaired if necessary, and are then passed on to mums who need them, via a network of not for profit organisations St Kilda Mums has linked in with.
Last week St Kilda Mums won a $10,000 community grant from the Bank of Melbourne and Herald Sun's Local Projects Community Grant. This will help them to cover the running costs of the organisation and free the volunteers up to to the work they do best.
St Kilda Mums could still do with more help though. If you live locally and have good quality baby goods that you could donate (prams and cots are particularly sought after), or could donate your time to help sort, wash or mend items, then please read through the St Kilda Mums website to see how you can help. Help with donations of money or expertise is also greatly appreciated.
Limited Edition British Buggysnuggles
This year will see many a celebration in Great Britain as London hosts the Olympic games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. UK pram footmuff manufacturer Buggysnuggle have released 5 limited edition designs for those who wish to show their British pride or just dress their buggy up for the party.
The designs (which features plenty of Union Jacks), are made from either fleece or short haired fake fur, and have a zip all the way around so that the top can be removed and the bottom piece used as a liner if the weather turns warm.
All 5 limited edition Buggysnuggles retail for £49.95.
New Skip Hop 'City Stripe' Duo exclusive to Babies"R"Us
Skip Hop have released a new design of their Duo nappy bag which is being sold exclusively through Babies"R"Us in the United States.
The City Stripe Duo has an abundance of pockets (11 in total!) to keep all those essential items a parent needs in their rightful places, and features the patented 'Shuttle Clips' which allow the bag to be quickly and easily converted from a shoulder bag to one that hangs off the back of a stroller.
The City Stripe Duo is selling for USD $59.99, but you'll need to organise a parcel forwarder for this one as Babies"R"Us won't ship it outside of the US.
Limited Edition Liberty Bugaboo Cameleon
Liberty of London and Bugaboo have teamed up to create a limited edition Cameleon featuring fabric from the iconic Liberty of London.
The release is timed to celebrate the opening of 'Little Liberty', the new children's department which opened on the 3rd floor of London's Liberty store.
The fabric featured on the Cameleon is a new season abstract print from the Liberty Art Fabric collection called TV Ted and is based on an archive design.
If you're in the UK you can enter a competition running on the Liberty website. If not you better call up a friend to hot-foot it to the Liberty store as there are only 10 of these prams available.
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