We all want the best for our little ones and trying to keep up with the latest health and safety information can be overwhelming to say the least. We like Healthy Child’s Pocket Guides that put informative and practical information right at your finger tips. Helpful guides such as Safer Plastics, Super Baby Gear, Baby Body Care and Safer Cleaning, all with quick tips, resources and DIY ideas. You can print the guides out at http://healthychild.org/live-healthy/pocket_guides/ or you can download an app to your iphone/ipad or Android.
The Animalarium is a feast for your eyes, full of vintage illustrations of animals, art prints and books. Italy based blogger Laura Ottina says she has always been fascinated by strange and beautiful things and that the Animalarium is a way to share her love of animals, art and graphic design. Whether you’re looking for nursery inspiration or just sharing the pictures with your little one, you will definitely be inspired by the amazing collection of illustrations.
We often find that our customers are surprised when we talk about stroller maintenance. For busy parents it can be tough remembering to take care of their stroller, however it’s good to remember that a stroller is not much different than the bicycle in your garage. The tire pressure needs to be checked regularly, the chain and the wheel axles may need some lubrication from time to time. So we wanted to point out a few things that Bumbleride owners should be aware of.
General Maintenance – We recommend doing a quick inspection of your Indie or Indie Twin before each use. Checking the tire pressure, attachment points, ensuring that the front wheel quick release is tightened and clamped and that there isn’t anything the way of the brake lever. Remember that the front wheel(s) should be in the locked and outward position if you are traveling faster than a casual walking pace.
Fabric Maintenance – All Bumbleride fabrics have a water & stain protective treatment that makes clean up easy. We recommend a spot cleaning any dirty areas using either a basic detergent and water solution or Fabric Love (www.buggylove.com), part of a nifty stroller care kit from Buggy Love. All Bumbleride strollers have removable seat fabric that can be machine-washed in cold water with a mild detergent. Make sure to always air-dry the fabric components. Please note that repeated washings will eventually remove the water/stain protective treatment on the fabrics.
Wheel Maintenance – The most frequent questions related to the Indie or Indie Twin maintenance have to do with the 12” air filled tires. These wheels are essentially small bicycle tires, much like what you would find on a kid’s bike. However each tire needs to be properly inflated to 30 PSI before use. If the tires are not inflated properly there is a greater likelihood that an inner tube could puncture or become misaligned. We recommend checking and inflating your tires every 1-2 weeks, if not more frequently. If your inner tube does become flat, most bike shops stock 12” inner tubes or will be able to fix your existing tube. You can also find replacement inner tubes on our website (www.bumbleride.com).
Lubrication – The wheels, axles and suspension all need periodic cleaning and lubrication. We recommend a bicycle chain lubricant such as CleanRide, Tri-Flow or Buggylove’s Wheel Love. We recommend adding drops near the hub and bearings of each wheel. You can also turn the stroller over and drop the lubricant into the back wheel axle where the suspension spring is housed. Doing this on a regular basis should prevent any squeaks around the wheels or suspension.
Remember that regular maintenance will keep your Indie or Indie Twin riding smoothly for years to come!
Last week was career week at our local elementary school and we were invited to talk about designing and manufacturing strollers. We had the kids design their own strollers and got a kick out of seeing their imaginative engineering and creativity. Nothing like starting them young for a fresh perspective
Here are a few drawings from a first grade classroom.
It’s not hard to see what makes Polor’s Kid’s Napsack so undeniably cool- Its comfy construction, insulating layers and versatile shape lets your little guys wear it as a sleeveless jacket/shirt/thingy or as a snug sleeping bag. Let the imagining commence!
We’re big fans of products that inspire kids’ creativity and this one does it while keeping them warm at the same time. If you’re feeling a little envious of this fun travel companion, have no fear! Polar makes them in grown-up sizes as well.
To learn more about the Napsack and other Poler products, visit http://www.poler.com.
We recently spent half a work day volunteering at the San Diego Food Bank preparing produce for the hungry in San Diego. We had a blast and it felt great to give back to hungry parents and children in our hometown!
The San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. Funded by foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, sponsors and individual donors, the Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Learn more and see how you can help at, http://sandiegofoodbank.org/ .
Renee & Jeremy have done it again. This time a cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow” and an adorable music video for our little’s. Their beautiful voices and acoustic guitar pull on the heart strings. We think you will love them. Their new record “A Little Love” is out May 8th. Check it out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/a-little-love/id522229219
If you missed our post of their other great music video “It’s a big World” check it out or watch it again! http://www.bumbleride.com/updates/?p=336
Every parent can agree, that time just goes by too fast when you’re raising children. That’s why we love this time lapse video by Frans Hofmeester, who filmed his daughter every week from birth up until twelve years old. It’s truly amazing to watch her transform from a tiny baby to a chatty preteen.
With spring break here and children of all ages home, it’s a great time for parents to look for something new and fun to do with their kids. Look no further than Tinkerlab, a creativity-building art and science project website for children of all ages. The projects on the site let your children explore, experiment and best of all get their hands dirty with all sorts of fun.