Guest Blog Post Series – Our First Family Daytrip – Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell – United Kingdom

November 11th, 2013


Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell Guest Blog Post Indie Twin Best Double Stroller

Our daughter arrived three days early which was great; not because it meant we didn’t have to suffer the frustration of our second child being late, but because it meant I finally got to use the double buggy properly. Up until then, I’d been using it to push my son around, much to the dismay of my wife, who couldn’t understand why I didn’t just use the single buggy. Clearly she didn’t understand the importance of a thorough road test and it looks better than the single buggy.

There’s no doubt, the last four years have been ridiculously busy. Angellica and I got engaged, married and had two children all in that short time. So now it’s time to slow things down a bit and start enjoying life as a new family.  Two children is definitely the perfect number, at least that’s what we’re thinking now.  If we were to have another child, we’d be outnumbered and there are only so many nappies you change at any one time and besides, I don’t think Bumbleride do an Indie Triple…yet!

The summer was quickly coming to an end and I was desperate to have our first family daytrip. In the end I decided a journey to the beach would be ideal and although our daughter was too young to appreciate it, I knew my son would love playing by the sea. I packed the Indie Twin into the boot and we headed off to the seaside. When we arrived we parked up and began unpacking the several hundred bags that seem to accompany us whenever we leave the house. This was when I realised things might not end up going to plan. It was really windy; in fact it was pretty much blowing a gale. As soon as my son got out of the car he was blown off his feet, eyes streaming and nose running. This wasn’t the idyllic family day out I’d planned in my mind! He tried his best, but in the end we had to strap him into the Indie Twin to stop him from blowing away. His sister was fast asleep next to him in her cosy carry cot protected from the elements and totally unaware of the fiasco taking place. We weren’t going to be beaten though and continued towards the beach.  Again, something I hadn’t prepared for was pushing a buggy through sand. It could have been a real nightmare, but thankfully the inflatable tyres on the buggy meant it was easy to control, like a four wheel drive off roader, rather than an elephant plodding through treacle.

My wife is so good at planning and preparation, especially now we have two young children, I always feel like I’m getting in the way. I guess it’s all about knowing when to offer to help and when to just let her get on with things. I clearly need to make sure I check the weather report next time I plan a family day trip. We did have the most amazing fish and chips though, so the trip wasn’t a total waste!

Baby Gizmo – Bumbleride Indie 4 and New Products for 2014

October 30th, 2013


The Baby Gizmo Company Bumbleride Indie 4 and New Products for 2014

After a few years of just updates and no new strollers for Bumbleride, 2014 may prove to be a big year for them. With the debut of the Bumbleride Indie 4 at the ABC Kids Expo, it looks like Bumbleride is one baby company to watch next year. The Indie 4 takes out the jogging component and focuses on all-terrain. If you are a parent who frequently tackles grass, gravel, dirt, rocks, trails and “mommy terrain”, the Indie 4 may be the perfect fit for you.

Bumbleride Indie 4

This four-wheel buggy will be available in Spring 2014 and has yet to have a retail price tagged to it yet. Take a quick peek and find out other changes for 2014 in the Bumbleride line, watch our Baby Gizmo Video below.

You can find Hollie’s post here,

oh joy in France / Part 2:What we did in Paris….

October 30th, 2013



Oh Joy in Paris | What We Did

The last time I visited Paris, I was 20 years old and visiting my college roommate who was studying abroad. I had a lot of time to myself, so I shopped and ate while my friend was in class. Coming back almost 15 years later, I had such a different (and even more special) experience this time because I shared the experience with my family.

This trip wasn’t about what I wanted, but about what would be fun and entertaining for our whole family— including a very playful almost-two-year-old. A toddler can only walk, sit in a stroller, or shop for so long, so each day we’d put just a couple things on our list of things to do and left plenty of cushion time for Ruby to play in a park, playground, or do something kid-focused at least once a day. 

1st District

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

The Jardin des Tulleries is mostly known for it’s beautiful gardens, but it’s also full of some amazing areas for kids that you just stumble upon while walking through…like this gorgeous carousel…

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

…this playground with the coolest swing/hammock ever…

Oh Joy Paris| Tuilleries

…and this trampoline area for kids. Ruby was in heaven and cried when we said we had to leave to go get dinner. The parks of Paris are seriously the coolest I’ve ever seen! And I love how so many landmarks have playgrounds nearby.

Jardin des Tulleries | Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris

Oh Joy Paris

And soon after all that jumping, someone succumbed to a nap…

Read the post on oh joy here,

oh joy in France / Part 1: What we ate in Paris….

October 30th, 2013



Oh Joy in Paris | What We Ate

Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be sharing photos from our recent adventures in Paris and Lyon. Since we did so much, I’m going to break it up into three different posts starting today with…what we ate! I went to Paris with the plan to gain 10 lbs. from croissants alone. The food in Paris is certainly indulgent and amazing so I had no intentions of leaving anything on my plate. We took Ruby out with us to every meal, so our eating experience this trip did not involve any super fancy restaurants or fine dining but instead a lot of pastries, lunches, and early dinners.

Here are a few of our favorites spots during the trip—with everything organized by the arrondissement (or district) they’re located in…

[Excerpt from full post below]

 7th District

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

One of our favorite areas in the 7th District is a little street full of shops called Rue Cler. It’s sweet and quaint and fun to walk on because there’s not a lot of traffic passing by.

Oh Joy in Paris | Martine Lambert

Oh Joy in Paris | Martine Lambert

The best ice cream cone I’ve ever had included these light and crispy cones from Martine Lambert

Martine Lambert | 39 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

And, a great mid-day snack of charcuterie and pommes frites…

L’Eclair | 32 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Rue Cler

While some people say this little street is touristy, I found it to be quaint and sweet and a great spot for being leisurely and getting a bite or treat to eat.


10th District

Oh Joy in Paris | Cafe Craft

We rented an apartment in the 10th District through Paris Address. The neighborhood had a mix of dodgy and questionable areas with some very up-and-coming. Luckily, we found a couple little streets that ended up being where we ate the most and found some of our favorite pastry shops.

Café Craft | 24 Rue Des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris

Oh Joy in Paris | Du Pain et des Idees

Oh Joy in Paris | Du Pain et des Idees

The best chocolate croissant I’ve had in my life. And, when the shop is gilded in gold, you know they mean serious pastry-making business.

Above is an excerpt from the full adventure. Read about the rest of Part 1 here,

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.

Girlie Girl Army – Fall Mommy Loves

October 24th, 2013


Girly Girl Army Fall Loves Best Lightweight Travel Stroller
The newest Mommy bits we are mad for this month? They all stand out as excellent products, more than worth the money, and green in some way. And as a crew of Moms who have tried it all, researched every product on the market, and tried them out on numerous kiddles, you know you can trust our 411.

2013 Bumbleride Flite 

We are an office of people with kids, and we all have numerous strollers each as urban parents do. One for long neighborhood walks, one for both the kids, one for the older kid, one for travel, etc.   Boy, were we psyched to find the Bumbleride Flite, which is the Rolls Royce of portable strollers, which for a shlepping Mom is a goddess send! For a 14 pound foldable stroller the Bumbleride rides incredibly well, is cushy and so comfortable for long walks and naps, and performs just as well as our main strollers in terms of what it has to offer. The Flite is equipped with dual front and rear wheel suspension, perfect for bumpy, urban areas. Its smooth wheel system makes it one of the most maneuverable lightweights around.  Most of the foldable strollers have pitiful canopy’s – but the Flite’s is large, and has SPF 45 that extends to protect baby from harmful UV sun rays. It also comes with a car seat adapter which is a very “Why didn’t I think of that?!” stroke of genius. Most folding strollers only work for older kids (for example, we only just aged out of our bugaboo and uppa baby with our 3 year old) but this one has a reclining backrest and adjustable footrest that makes it good for infant use as well should your back need a break from your carrier.  Here’s what makes it green: All Bumbleride models use a soft and durable bamboo blended fabric on the inside of the seats to help naturally absorb moisture and regulate temperature. The Flite folds easily and compact for stowing away.


Bumbleride Flite, $269


Read the full article here,

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





BabyElan {daily} – Bumbleride Indie {Introduction to monthly reviews}

October 6th, 2013


Baby elan daily monthly bumbleride indie all terrain jogging stroller reviews

Morning all! Welcome to our first edition of our year long “ride” with the Bumbleride Indie Stroller! Our newest journey in the world of babies and strollers, we’re thrilled to be able to take you on our adventures month after month. For September, we just wanted to introduce you to the brand, if you’re not familiar, and provide some key points on why we LOVE Bumbleride thanks to all it has to offer!

First and foremost, compare the designs offered at Bumbleride to choose a stroller that fits your family, your needs, your style. We only have one child in a stroller right now so the Indie was the perfect fit. The stroller we had before this had a stationary front tire, which initially I thought I would like so much more. Come to find out, I needed the option to lock in the stationary front tire, or allow it to swivel. This provides for easy transition from jogging on the county Greenway to a quick trip in the mall. I needed something for ALL terrains, ALL environments, yet something more compact than what I had and of course portable and lightweight. As you scroll down the check list on the “Bumbleride Stroller Model Comparison“, you’ll see the Indie offers everything you could want, and so much more!

For those of you with infants and an infant car seat, the included universal car seat adapter bar is compatible with:

- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect
- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 32
- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 35
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SP 30/30
- Chicco Keyfit 30
- Combi Shuttle
- Baby Trend Flex Loc
- Britax Chaperone

Is it too much to ask for a cup holder that comes standard??? I know that sounds silly, but there are several brands on the market, BIG HIGH END PRICEY BRANDS, that don’t offer a cup holder standard and that bothers me to no end!  The Bumbleride has a cup holder! I think that sold me right there!

Hey, for those of you bloggers or reps heading to the ABC Show in a few weeks {without us *sigh*}, here’s a recent press release from Bumbleride announcing their newest GREEN to be envied:

Bumbleride® Rolls Out “Green” Fleet of Strollers at ABC Expo
Eco-Conscious Stroller Fabrics Made from Recycled, Sustainable Materials

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 9, 2013) – Bumbleride, manufacturer of premium strollers for active, sophisticated families, shows off its line of eco-conscious strollers at the ABC Kids Expo held October 15 -18, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bright, elegant and durable, the line of baby strollers and accessories helps protect the planet and families due to its unique blend of recycled plastics and bamboo-derived rayon fabrics.

The “green” redesign for the 2013 line & beyond—available in vibrant hues like Cayenne Red, Aquamarine, and Green Papyrus—boasts a dual-faceted eco-construction: the exterior fabric is made with 50% recycled PET from plastic bottles, and the interior fabric consists of 50% renewable bamboo charcoal.
“In 2013, we set a goal to make our products cleaner for families and better for the environment,” says Marketing Coordinator Ryan Willson. “We started by shifting the way our polyester fabrics are made,” he says, noting that polyester provides a durable and vibrant base, while the green “ingredients” contribute to an overall lower eco-profile.

Pushing Out Landfill Waste with Recycled PET

Bumbleride’s exterior fabric (shown in Papyrus Green above) is made in part from recycled PET (or polyethylene terephthalate), a polyester that’s commonly used in plastic packaging such as water bottles. Willson explains that instead of using polyesters made from newly constructed synthetic fibers, Bumbleride’s exterior fabric puts existing synthetic resources to use, thus conserving material and reducing plastic waste. Their unique PET/polyester blend employs the sterilized plastic from 14 water bottles to produce one set of Bumbleride Indie stroller fabric. This means that for roughly every 343 Indie strollers produced, Bumbleride conserves one cubic yard of landfill space.

Strolling Sustainably with Bamboo Charcoal Eco-Fabric

For the interior stroller fabric, Bumbleride chose a soft material that is comfortable and healthy for kids while environmentally clean and responsible, Willson explains. The unique bamboo charcoal blend harnesses the innate properties of bamboo grass (a renewable resource that naturally grows fast without the need for fertilizers, nutrients or pesticides) to provide soft, durable, moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating and antibacterial qualities to the seat and interior of the stroller. To manufacture the eco-fabric blend, Willson says that the raw grass fibers are broken down into tiny nano-particles, which are then infused into polyester fabric. Unlike typical bamboo fabric, which is chemically manufactured, Bumbleride’s formulation is constructed from burnt raw plant matter.

Bumbleride’s 2013 fabrics and fresh palette of colors will be available for viewing and handling at BOOTH #6009 at the ABC Kids Expo. Contact Stephanie at On the Horizon Communications (; 805.773.1000) to schedule an appointment at the tradeshow or to request more information, samples or imagery for planned articles. For more information about Bumbleride, visit

For October, since there are so many Breast Cancer Awareness Runs happening, we’re going to dive into our first experiences with this stroller AND all the fun accessories you can buy to make your time out and about with your kids as easy and manageable as ever! Stay tuned!!


BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

Full article here,

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,

Mini Magazine – 3 New All-Terrain Strollers to Snag

September 13th, 2013


Mini Magazine Best All Terrain Jogging Stroller Bumbleride Indie

Lightest All Terrain Jogging Stroller Bumbleride Indie
Full article and magazine can be found here, .