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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $450 Travel System from Baby Jogger & Maxi-Cosi

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

I’ve noticed some expectant parents “making” a travel system by buying the stroller that they want with a different brand’s car seat, figuring out through research that the two are compatible. But we love this new development: Baby Jogger has partnered with Maxi-Cosi, offering the popular City Mini stroller along with the gorgeous Mico AP car seat for a ready-to-go, super-stylish travel system you can buy in-store at Babies “R” Us or online at Diapers.com.

Note there isn’t a huge savings; the $450 price is about what you’d pay for them separately, which makes this travel system a bit different than others. But this “bundle” can still make your registry more efficient and assures new parents that these two products are made for each other. (And on a side note, I could sit and play with the color combinations all day.)

Baby Jogger and Maxi-Cosi are offering ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader the chance to win a Baby Jogger City Mini & Mico AP travel system, worth $450! (The stroller will come in crimson/gray and the car seat will come in total black, as shown in the top photo). To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 16. Be sure to check back on April 17 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

And if stroller-speak such as “travel system” is making your head hurt, watch my little tutorial!

Congrats to our winner Phil Taylor!

Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System

Click here for official rules.

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Looking for a Lightweight Stroller?

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

I’ve noticed that expectant parents pour oh-so-much thought into what kind of stroller to buy, and usually some hundreds of dollars into buying it, and then a year later want to ditch it for a lightweight stroller anyway. That big “first stroller” is a lifesaver when you have a tiny infant to move around, but as soon as your kid is sturdy enough to sit in a smaller stroller, that scaled-down piece of gear can save you a lot of hassle.

Our June issue of American Baby has a lightweight stroller guide. These are sometimes also called “umbrella strollers” because they fold up pretty small and are easy to carry. Note that we don’t show any of the under-$50 models that are more or less a sling of fabric on wheels. Those can be okay for short outings with preschoolers, but if your child is still 2 or under, I recommend something that can recline back, that has a basket to hold your stuff, and that has a canopy to keep the sun away.

Breaking news: Zulily has a sale starting June 22 on BeBeLove strollers that does include an umbrella stroller that reclines and has a canopy for a crazy $28! It’s this little blue number here. I seriously don’t think you can find a better bargain than that! 

Enjoy summer outings with your baby!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win BOB’s New Motion Stroller!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I am helping a dear relative stroller-browse, and her innocent question–”Why are there jogging strollers that are not for jogging?”–was easily answered, in part, by the launch of the new BOB Motion. BOB is known for their premium joggers, sold to parents who want to run with their baby. But here’s what has happened: jogging-stroller fans want the same amazing features (springy wheel suspension, air-filled tires, a smooth roll down the road) in their everyday (smaller, lighter) strollers. Thus the Motion, a $349 supersmooth ride.  There are three-wheeled strollers that aren’t joggers; they just look cool and are easy to maneuver. And jogging-stroller companies are releasing everyday strollers because they can offer great technology for everyday, non-sports use. If you’re shopping for a stroller that is actually meant for running, it should have a safety strap on the handle, for you to attach to your wrist. And extra-big wheels, like small bike tires. And the front wheel will lock, so it can race in a straight line. Need a visual? Watch our Meet the Jogging Stroller video! The BOB Motion has four wheels, which helps distinguish it from three-wheeled everyday strollers. In fact the Motion looks similar to a Britax stroller, which isn’t surprising since BOB and Britax now share the same owner. The Motion can fit a Britax car seat on top (making it a nifty travel system). If you’re looking for a highly durable, easily folded everyday stroller that will last until your child goes to kindergarten, I recommend the Motion. It’s currently being launched at REI.com. And I’m thrilled to announce that BOB will send a Motion stroller for one lucky American Baby fan to roadtest and keep! For your chance to get the BOB Motion, leave a comment below, up to one a day, between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, February 6th. We’ll randomly pick a winner after that. You can read our complete rules here. Goody luck! 

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Study Finds Scarcity of Drug Trials in Kids
Relatively few clinical trials have tested the safety and effectiveness of medications in children – even when kids make up a large share of patients with the condition the drug treats, a new study finds. (via Reuters)

Peg Perego Recalls 223,000 Strollers for Strangulation Risk
The stroller manufacturer recalled 223,000 strollers on Tuesday because of the risk of children getting their heads caught between the stroller tray and seat bottom and strangling. (via TIME)

Docs at Odds Over Kids’ Cholesterol Test Guidance
Doctors are still debating whether all U.S. children should be tested for high cholesterol, months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some kids. New criticism was published Monday by the journal Pediatrics. (via Associated Press)

Enrollment Off in Big Districts, Forcing Layoffs
Enrollment in nearly half of the nation’s largest school districts has dropped steadily over the last five years, triggering school closings, layoffs of essential staff and concerns that the students who remain are some of the neediest and most difficult to educate. (via NY Times)

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Poll: When Are Kids Too Big for a Stroller?

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Baby in a strollerEver see a child in a sitting in a stroller and think, “He’s way too old for that stroller”?  (I sure did, last weekend.)  In a funny coincidence, ABC News recently featured a story about kids too big to still be using a stroller.  The story highlights a photo blog started two years ago that posts pictures of kids too big (because of their age) for strollers.  Titled “Walk,” the blog can be found at TooBigForStroller.com.

Started as an inside joke, the blog’s rising popularity has lead the blogger, Laura Miller, to be berated by defensive parents who see Miller’s blog as a cruel critique on the difficulties of parenthood.  While some parents still find it convenient to put kids in strollers, most experts agree kids should start transitioning out of strollers around age 3. 

By 4 or 5 years old, kids should showcase their self-reliance and confidence by walking on their own.  Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician and advisor for Parents, shared with ABC News: ”By this age, kids should be able to follow directions, listen to you and hold hands when you’re crossing the street,” she says. “In this day and age when our children are becoming more sedentary, you’re sending the wrong message by chauffeuring them around.” 

However, strollers can still be beneficial when parents are in crowded, public places and need a way to keep tabs on their kids.  While the American Academy of Pediatrics does not have specific guidelines for when kids should stop sitting in strollers, there are benefits to getting kids out of strollers sooner than later: kids will learn how to exercise, develop motor skills, and be more independent.

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phil&teds Jogging Strollers Recalled After Serious Injuries

Friday, January 21st, 2011

philted-strollerThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced today that phil&teds USA is recalling nearly 30,000 jogging strollers after three serious injuries, including a finger that was cut off, reports Consumer Ally on WalletPop.com.

According to Mitch Lipka at Consumer Ally, “the CPSC said when someone is opening or closing the phil&teds strollers they can get a finger caught in the hinge.”

The recall includes the sport v2 and classic v1 models that were sold from from May 2008 through July 2010 for $350-$450.

For more important details on this story, including what to do if you’ve purchased one of the recalled strollers, see Mitch Lipka’s full Consumer Ally report. Be sure to keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder on Parents.com.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

4 infant deaths prompt Graco stroller recall: Baby gear maker Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after receiving reports that four infants died in the strollers. [MSNBC]

Teen pregnancy needs to be de-glamorized, experts say: Teenagers sporting baby bumps aren’t hard to find, with three of every 10 American girls becoming pregnant by the age of 20. But national health experts are optimistic that a 20-year downward trend in teen pregnancies can be continued with consistent legislative and parental support. [MSNBC]

For family of high-achieving kids, only one holds the keys to college: Javier, an undocumented 17-year-old honor student, applied to Georgia State University. The same day, he learned the school would not accept illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, his 10-year-old sister Emily will have an easier time because she is documented. [CNN]

Fish oil doesn’t benefit new moms, babies: Women who take fish-oil supplements during pregnancy are just as likely to experience postpartum depression as those who don’t, and their babies’ minds don’t appear to develop more quickly, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [CNN]

Family therapy for eating disorders: Parents often feel helpless in their efforts to cure a child of an eating disorder. Now new research shows a family-based therapy program may be the solution. The method, reports Roni Rabin in today’s Science Times, is not only more effective than adolescent-focused individual therapy but keeps working even after the treatment ends. [Well Blog/New York Times]

Becoming a spiritual parent: Annie Burnside is a mom, a wife, an author and a teacher. But the role she’s talking about most these days is “soul nurturer.”
“A soul nurturer is someone who offers spiritual support,” says Burnside, author of “Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family.” “I want to help people look more closely at their interior and balance it with the external world.” [Chicago Tribune]

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