2013 ABC Kids Expo

October 29th, 2013

        ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

Every year we look forward to attending the ABC Kids Expo as a chance to connect with our customers face to face, see friends from the industry and have a little fun in Vegas.  It was particularly exciting for us this year as we launched 3 new products, Indie 4, Mini Board and Diaper Bag.  We were thrilled at the reaction to our launch of Indie 4. Retailers, media, and customers alike raved about the rugged all-terrain features coupled with the compact, urban style and colors of Indie 4. Our Mini Board,  a really cool wood ride along board that fits all Indie models is finally ready and will start shipping in the next few weeks.  The Diaper Bag, available and now shipping comes in all Bumbleride colors and can be used over the shoulder or on the stroller.  We have a lot of exciting things planned in the coming months and are really looking forward to an amazing 2014!

ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

        ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

        ABC Expo Bumbleride Booth

With the help of our team, we had a great time building our entire booth this year.

Kind + Jugend 2013 – Indie 4 Debut

October 7th, 2013
 

 

The team just returned from the exciting Kind and Jugend show. Although this was the fifth year that Bumbleride attended the show in Cologne, Germany, it was the first time that we partnered with the German distributor, Pamper 24. Pamper 24 is one of our newest partners in the International market with customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We are really excited to begin to reach this new market and connect with retailers who share our core company vision for providing parents with great mobility solutions in a very personal way! For those of you who were wondering where we currently sell internationally, Bumbleride has distribution into 17 countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Kind and Jugend Booth Bumbleride 2013 New

In addition to reconnecting with our international distributors, Bumbleride also introduced three new products to the Bumbleride line: the Mini Board (giving toddlers a free ride behind Indie, Indie 4 and Indie Twin strollers) , a line of modern and functional diaper bags in colors that match our strollers (same recycled fabric), and the brand new all terrain stroller, Indie 4.

Indie 4 is the third stroller in the very popular Indie line. It possesses all of the same great qualities of Indie (rugged pneumatic tires, UV recycled fabric, welded aluminum chassis, infinity recline, adjustable handle, etc), but also boasts a new 4 wheel design with all wheel suspension. Indie 4 is perfect for the family that is looking for a stroller that bridges the gap between urban and off-road terrains. It can take you seamlessly from a cramped subway station to a forest path without skipping a beat. Indie 4’s seat can be converted to an infant ready position or it can easily be paired with a Bumbleride carrycot or carseat adapter to take your child from newborn to up to 50lbs. It is also compatible with most Bumbleride accessories. Indie 4 will be available in early 2014. Indie 4 and the entire Bumbleride stroller line continue to surprise our European friends with their super lightweight design, compact fold, and eco-friendly fabrics.

Kind and Jugend New Bumbleride Stroller Indie 4

The team had a lot of fun at the show and is excited about the possibility of expanding distribution into France, Spain, Italy and beyond in 2014!

Of course, we didn’t travel over 5,000 miles and forget to take in the beautiful sites around Germany. European cities remind us of the longevity of good design: both in outward appearance as well as in their functional layout.

Kind and Jugend Booth Bumbleride 2013 New

Kind and Jugend Booth Bumbleride 2013 New

Kind and Jugend Booth Bumbleride 2013 New

 

 

 

 

New York Times – Opinion – Raising Successful Children

September 23rd, 2013

We found this New York Times article interesting in its opinion of raising successful children. -Bumbleride

New York Times Raising Succesful Children
 
“PHRASES like “tiger mom” and “helicopter parent” have made their way into everyday language. But does overparenting hurt, or help?

While parents who are clearly and embarrassingly inappropriate come in for ridicule, many of us find ourselves drawn to the idea that with just a bit more parental elbow grease, we might turn out children with great talents and assured futures. Is there really anything wrong with a kind of “overparenting lite”?

Parental involvement has a long and rich history of being studied. Decades of studies, many of them by Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the optimal parent is one who is involved and responsive, who sets high expectations but respects her child’s autonomy. These “authoritative parents” appear to hit the sweet spot of parental involvement and generally raise children who do better academically, psychologically and socially than children whose parents are either permissive and less involved, or controlling and more involved. Why is this particular parenting style so successful, and what does it tell us about overparenting?

For one thing, authoritative parents actually help cultivate motivation in their children. Carol Dweck, a social and developmental psychologist at Stanford University, has done research that indicates why authoritative parents raise more motivated, and thus more successful, children.

In a typical experiment, Dr. Dweck takes young children into a room and asks them to solve a simple puzzle. Most do so with little difficulty. But then Dr. Dweck tells some, but not all, of the kids how very bright and capable they are. As it turns out, the children who are not told they’re smart are more motivated to tackle increasingly difficult puzzles. They also exhibit higher levels of confidence and show greater overall progress in puzzle-solving.

This may seem counterintuitive, but praising children’s talents and abilities seems to rattle their confidence. Tackling more difficult puzzles carries the risk of losing one’s status as “smart” and deprives kids of the thrill of choosing to work simply for its own sake, regardless of outcomes. Dr. Dweck’s work aligns nicely with that of Dr. Baumrind, who also found that reasonably supporting a child’s autonomy and limiting interference results in better academic and emotional outcomes.

Their research confirms what I’ve seen in more than 25 years of clinical work, treating children in Marin County, an affluent suburb of San Francisco. The happiest, most successful children have parents who do not do for them what they are capable of doing, or almost capable of doing; and their parents do not do things for them that satisfy their own needs rather than the needs of the child.

The central task of growing up is to develop a sense of self that is autonomous, confident and generally in accord with reality. If you treat your walking toddler as if she can’t walk, you diminish her confidence and distort reality. Ditto nightly “reviews” of homework, repetitive phone calls to “just check if you’re O.K.” and “editing” (read: writing) your child’s college application essay.

Once your child is capable of doing something, congratulate yourself on a job well done and move on. Continued, unnecessary intervention makes your child feel bad about himself (if he’s young) or angry at you (if he’s a teenager).

But isn’t it a parent’s job to help with those things that are just beyond your child’s reach? Why is it overparenting to do for your child what he or she is almost capable of?

Think back to when your toddler learned to walk. She would take a weaving step or two, collapse and immediately look to you for your reaction. You were in thrall to those early attempts and would do everything possible to encourage her to get up again. You certainly didn’t chastise her for failing or utter dire predictions about flipping burgers for the rest of her life if she fell again. You were present, alert and available to guide if necessary. But you didn’t pick her up every time.

You knew she had to get it wrong many times before she could get it right.

HANGING back and allowing children to make mistakes is one of the greatest challenges of parenting. It’s easier when they’re young — tolerating a stumbling toddler is far different from allowing a preteenager to meet her friends at the mall. The potential mistakes carry greater risks, and part of being a parent is minimizing risk for our children.

What kinds of risks should we tolerate? If there’s a predator loose in the neighborhood, your daughter doesn’t get to go to the mall. But under normal circumstances an 11-year-old girl is quite capable of taking care of herself for a few hours in the company of her friends. She may forget a package, overpay for an item or forget that she was supposed to call home at noon. Mastery of the world is an expanding geography for our kids, for toddlers, it’s the backyard; for preteens, the neighborhood, for teens the wider world. But it is in the small daily risks — the taller slide, the bike ride around the block, the invitation extended to a new classmate — that growth takes place. In this gray area of just beyond the comfortable is where resilience is born.

So if children are able to live with mistakes and even failing, why does it drive us crazy? So many parents have said to me, “I can’t stand to see my child unhappy.” If you can’t stand to see your child unhappy, you are in the wrong business. The small challenges that start in infancy (the first whimper that doesn’t bring you running) present the opportunity for “successful failures,” that is, failures your child can live with and grow from. To rush in too quickly, to shield them, to deprive them of those challenges is to deprive them of the tools they will need to handle the inevitable, difficult, challenging and sometimes devastating demands of life.

While doing things for your child unnecessarily or prematurely can reduce motivation and increase dependency, it is the inability to maintain parental boundaries that most damages child development. When we do things for our children out of our own needs rather than theirs, it forces them to circumvent the most critical task of childhood: to develop a robust sense of self.

There is an important distinction between good and bad parental involvement. For example, a young child doesn’t want to sit and do his math homework. Good parents insist on compliance, not because they need their child to be a perfect student but because the child needs to learn the fundamentals of math and develop a good work ethic. Compare this with the parent who spends weeks “helping” his or her child fill out college applications with the clear expectation that if they both work hard enough, a “gotta get into” school is a certainty. (While most of my parent patients have graduated from college, it is always a telltale sign of overparenting when they talk about how “we’re applying to Columbia.”)

In both situations parents are using control, in the first case behavioral (sit down, do your math) and in the second psychological (“we’re applying.”) It is psychological control that carries with it a textbook’s worth of damage to a child’s developing identity. If pushing, direction, motivation and reward always come from the outside, the child never has the opportunity to craft an inside. Having tutors prep your anxious 3-year-old for a preschool interview because all your friends’ children are going to this particular school or pushing your exhausted child to take one more advanced-placement course because it will ensure her spot as class valedictorian is not involved parenting but toxic overparenting aimed at meeting the parents’ need for status or affirmation and not the child’s needs.

So how do parents find the courage to discard the malpractice of overparenting? It’s hard to swim upstream, to resist peer pressure. But we must remember that children thrive best in an environment that is reliable, available, consistent and noninterfering.

A loving parent is warm, willing to set limits and unwilling to breach a child’s psychological boundaries by invoking shame or guilt. Parents must acknowledge their own anxiety. Your job is to know your child well enough to make a good call about whether he can manage a particular situation. Will you stay up worrying? Probably, but the child’s job is to grow, yours is to control your anxiety so it doesn’t get in the way of his reasonable moves toward autonomy.

Parents also have to be clear about their own values. Children watch us closely. If you want your children to be able to stand up for their values, you have to do the same. If you believe that a summer spent reading, taking creek walks and playing is better than a specialized camp, then stick to your guns. Parents also have to make sure their own lives are fulfilling. There is no parent more vulnerable to the excesses of overparenting than an unhappy parent. One of the most important things we do for our children is to present them with a version of adult life that is appealing and worth striving for.”

Madeline Levine is a clinician, consultant and the author, most recently, of “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success.”

Full article here, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/raising-successful-children.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Finding The Right Double Stroller – Guest Blog Post – Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell

August 19th, 2013
 

 

Finding the best double stroller
Before we had our first child, I decided I would be responsible for researching and buying all the necessary baby products and nursery furniture.  The first thing I sorted out was a buggy and I had no idea how many different varieties there were on the market. Anyway, after some extensive research and road testing, I finally selected the one I thought would be ideal.

Fast forward eighteen months and our second child is about to be born. I now have to venture into the world of the double buggy. At first, I was disappointed with the choice there was available, but one thing I knew for sure was I didn’t want one where the baby is seated underneath the older child. I understand this keeps the buggy narrow, but it just looks like you’re putting your baby in the shopping storage area. Taking this into account it meant I was looking for a side by side design. Some of them are way too big and would involve having to buy a new car just to fit in the boot. I was struggling to make a decision, as nothing seemed right.

A week or so later, my wife and I attended the Baby Show in London and this was the first time we saw the Bumbleride’s Indie Twin buggy. It caught my eye because it looked great; stylish, colourful and a decent size. I went straight over to the demo model, strapped my son into it and pushed it around the exhibition hall. It was sturdy without being too heavy, easy to manoeuvre and a comfortable ride. Also, as a dad, I didn’t feel self-conscious pushing it around because it’s easily one of the coolest buggies available. After that short demo my mind was made up and I got in touch with the company and got one on order.

When it arrived I immediately put it together in the front room and put my son into it. We were a couple of weeks away from the arrival of our second child, but I wanted to test drive it straightaway. I then panicked because I was convinced it wouldn’t fit through the doors in my house. I needn’t have worried as it fitted through perfectly, something that wouldn’t have happened with other double buggies. I couldn’t have been happier and my son loved riding around in it too. The real test will come when our daughter finally arrives.

Finding the best twin stroller

Landfill Harmonic

August 15th, 2013
 

 

Landfill Harmonic is an amazing film about a music teacher and a group of children who are growing up in a slum in Paraguay that is built on top of a garbage landfill. The film shows how they have been able to take everyday trash and transform it into instruments that make beautiful music, while transforming the children’s outlook on life. Truly Inspiring! Learn more at landfillharmonicmovie.com

 

Dusting off your stroller for summer?

July 19th, 2013
 

 

These simple tips can help keep your strolling experience fun and safe:

No matter what your stroller brand, always check for safety recalls. If you have an Indie or Indie Twin stroller manufactured from 2009 – 2011, be sure to contact us for your free retrofit kit. For more information: http://www.support.bumbleride.com/strollers/recall.php

 Before each use, always make sure your stroller is ready to go:

  • Safety buckles are working properly and straps have been adjusted to fit your baby. As your baby grows, straps will need to be lengthened.
  • Wheels are turning smoothly and are properly locked into their axles or front forks. Review your user instructions or feel free to contact us for product specific tips.
  • Dirt and grime can get into moving parts. Be sure to wipe away any sand or dust. This will help to protect your stroller.
  • Regularly check for loose rivets, loose screws and / or any broken parts. If you are not sure, give us a call or email a picture from your smart phone.
  • Squeaky stroller? After cleaning off any affected area, apply a silicon-based lubricant for better operation.
  • Fabric moldy after a winter in the garage? The removable fabric can be machine washed using cold water. Canopies can be spot washed.
  • Questions? That’s what we’re here for! Give us a call or an email at 1 800 530 3930 or info@bumbleride.com . Our San Diego based customer care team is awesome!

Summer’s Here

June 24th, 2013

Summer is officially here. YAY! We hope your sunny days are filled with quality time with the little people in your lives. Get outdoors and play, play, play!

Our Open Road

June 19th, 2013


The Harteau Family is living an adventurists dream. Traveling in a van through exotic lands with their little girl, they are hoping to serve as a modern family portrait and inspire others to venture into their own backyards. Follow along as they journey into new lands and experiences on http://ouropenroad.com/

6/22 Birth and Baby Fair – San Mateo,CA

May 30th, 2013

Birth and Baby Fair San Mateo CA

Join us at the Birth & Baby Fair San Mateo on June 22nd at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA!

The Birth & Baby Fair is the PREMIER event for new and expecting parents in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. The Birth and Baby Fair showcases local businesses and resources as well as independent designers with the aim to educate and expose new & expecting parents and young families to unique & beneficial products & services. Highlights include:

  • Local representatives from many pregnancy, birth, parenting and baby related resources including doulas, midwives, massage therapists, fitness instructors, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, photographers and more!
  • Free workshops & demonstrations on topics including: meet the doulas, baby sign language, vaccines, going green with baby, cloth diapering, baby wearing/slings and things, making your own baby food, pre and post natal yoga, and breastfeeding. Pre-register to save your spot!
  • Unique, cute clothing, accessories and gear from local designers. Take home some original products from up and coming designers!
  • Spa areas with complimentary pampering and rejuvenating treatments including massage, mocktails, beauty treatments, and more! Hang out in our play area where your child can run free or join in an arts and crafts activity while you rest for a bit. Hungry? Pick up something for lunch at our Cafe. Have a little one to feed? Spend some time in our Nursing Nook. Before you go, strike a pose at our photo booth.
  • AMAZING giveaways and raffle prizes – Visit our Stroller Alley to demo your favorite Bumbleride and have a chance to win a Bumbleride Indie or Bumbleride Flite!

**GIVEAWAY OVER** We are giving away 10 pairs of free tickets for the first 10 commenters that can succesfully answer this two-part question (check our website for answers) : What year was Bumbleride founded and what is special about our fabrics? (Comments are moderated and will be posted in the order they are received. Winners must live in CA or be visiting  the San Mateo area to be eligible for the ticket. Tickets will be emailed to winners so make sure to comment with a valid email address.)

 For directions click here, http://www.birthandbabyfair.com/directions/.

For more info visit,  http://www.birthandbabyfair.com/.

The Artists Behind Our Videos

May 22nd, 2013

The inspiration for our new Indie, Indie Twin and Flite videos came from the lifestyle and personality of our customers, our company and our products.

http://www.bumbleride.com/video/

Behind the video direction was our friend Phil Hamer, http://philhamer.com/ who has done some amazing work with DC, Quiksilver and other product brands.  He also spends much of his time in Africa with non-profits doing documentaries to help children in need. 

We also would like to highlight the great musicians that helped define some of the music diversity that we were aiming for and a special thanks to Steve Salett from The Poison Tree who asked for us to donate a stroller on his behalf.

                                             The Artists Behind Our Videos
                                  The Artists Behind Our Videos
                                      The Artists Behind Our Videos