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You may already know and love OXO Tot brand products from their sippy cups to the Sprout highchair, but they’ve recently entered the stroller game, and let me tell you, they’re coming in hot!

OXO Cubby+ Stroller Review (+ Giveaway!)

My 18-month-old and I recently had the pleasure of cruising in the OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller and I don’t know who was more excited – her, for the novel pleasure of stuffing Cheddar Bunnies into a fresh, clean canvas, or me, for the absolute delight in finding a dreamy hybrid of my current two-stroller fleet.

At present, I own both a hefty luxury stroller for every day and a super lightweight umbrella stroller for day trips and travel. Straight out of the gate, I find the OXO Tot Cubby+ to provide the best of both rides. It’s solid on its wheels without feeling bulky, it has a simple, streamlined profile with tons of tucked-away little features and it looks like a million bucks with only a $399 price tag. I’m smitten.

The easiest open/close function in the game

Let’s be real, every stroller claims to have the easiest open-and-close feature: “In just seven easy steps, using both arms and both legs and making sure you have a spotter for your toddler so you can give it all the focus you can muster on four hours’ sleep, this stroller closes in a SNAP!” Ha! Yeah right!

I am here to tell you that the OXO Tot Cubby+ has no doubt the simplest, smoothest, sweat-free open/close I have ever seen in the wild. It is an honest to goodness one-handed maneuver. To open, you push a release lock with your thumb and pull up the handle (bonus points for the fact that you can’t possibly do it backwards so you don’t need to worry about opening the stroller into yourself and sporting shin bruises for the rest of your life). To close, pull the small (but totally visible and accessible) release tab and handle in the base of the stroller seat and the whole thing just collapses in a graceful, non-finger-amputating way. So simple!

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The cherry on top? Once it’s folded, it stands up straight. On. Its. Own. No need to lean it up against a wall or worry it’s going to roll into traffic while you wrestle anyone into her car seat. Even if you forget to push the brake (guilty!), it will still stay put. OXO, you have answered my prayers.

OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller

Hallelujah for extra pockets

And speaking of prayers, next up on my dream stroller wish list would absolutely be some extra pockets to stash keys, phone, wipes, and a snack – the small items you want to take along on a trip to the park without lugging the whole darn Mary Poppins diaper bag.

The OXO Tot Cubby+ is for sure the first stroller I’ve seen that has not one, not two, but three (!) additional built-in pockets located in the canopy and seat back. I like to keep short outings as minimal as possible so this is perhaps my favorite feature of them all. They even went the extra mile of lining the canopy pocket in a bright color so you don’t have to fumble blindly for your black phone in a black pocket. Now that’s attention to detail, people!

Let’s talk about storage

Storage is super important for me too. Even if I’ve managed to ditch the diaper bag, a girl’s gotta have her sand toys for the park and some space to peel off those outer layers when the sandbox action heats up! And then there’s the “let’s stop for milk” plan when you inevitably remember five or six other items you need and there’s a box of cookies you totally don’t need but your toddler already ripped the box top off so now you have to buy it anyway and hide it from her and then end up eating them yourself instead of dinner after she goes to bed.

But I digress. The OXO Tot Cubby+ storage basket situation is pretty perfect. It’s not incredibly deep, so those with diaper bags resembling a small duffel might have trouble stuffing everything under there, but there is ample room for the aforementioned sand toys and grocery pit stop. An additional cool function, which I’ve never actually seen before, is a fold-out component to the basket, which adds a little extra room and easier access under the seat. When folded in, it provides extra security for loose items in the basket when walking over bumpy terrain.

OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller Basket

Seat recline

In terms of the seat function, the recline mechanism in the OXO Tot Cubby+ is a strap as opposed to the common click-lock position, which I see as both a positive and a negative – the positive being that you can recline to any position (you aren’t limited to a few standard positions), but I did find it a bit tricky to slide the strap while my toddler was seated in the stroller.

Reclining back fully wasn’t such an issue, but tightening it back up to a seated position was not easy without cooperation from her, and we all know the (very true) stereotype about toddlers and cooperation! This was the only function where the hefty luxury brand has this stroller beat, as I did have to crouch down and put a little effort in. Not a deal-breaker whatsoever, but worth a mention as I found this to be a function more similar to a travel/umbrella-stroller design.

Other notable details

Didn’t I mention that this stroller was packed with delightful little features? The foot brake definitely gets honorable mention for being both easily-accessible and sandal-friendly. The open/close functions click audibly so you know if it’s open or locked properly (love that!).

The chest straps and buckles are super simple and straightforward to adjust, as is the cinch harness feature – one strap between the legs that you can pull to tighten the chest harness evenly. It’s a common feature for car seats, but I’ve never actually seen it done on a stroller. So smart and simple!

The stroller’s canopy comes with both an extension for really sunny days and a peek-a-boo window to check on your kiddo. The chest straps and buckles are super simple and straightforward to adjust, as is the single-pull tightening feature – no need for an engineering degree here!

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Overall, I would absolutely recommend the OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller for anyone searching for either the luxury look at an affordable price (yes!) or a size/function hybrid between a hefty everyday stroller and lightweight travel stroller (yes!). This beauty pulls double duty at an incredible price and the good people at OXO have obviously thought through and delivered on numerous details any parent would appreciate.

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They say good things come in small packages, but when it comes to the gb Child Pockit Stroller, it’s more like really great things come in itty bitty packages. In case you haven’t heard, the gb Child  Pockit Stroller is the mighty mini that took the baby world by storm when it debuted at last fall’s ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. For good reason too, as the Pockit’s innovative design packs the biggest punch in the smallest size.

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Smaller is better

The gb Child Pockit Stroller holds the Guinness World Record for the most compact stroller as of 2014. This full-size umbrella stroller collapses down to a tiny 11.8” x 7” x 12.3” or small enough to fit under the airline seat in front of you or in a good sized tote bag. Yes, it is actually that small. It also weighs a little over 9 pounds, but will accommodate a child from 6-months-old and up to 55 pounds, so in no way are you sacrificing form or function for the small footprint.

The test

I decided to go cold turkey and strictly use the Pockit Stroller as my everyday stroller to see if I could really use something so small as more than just a travel stroller. The answer was yes… and no.

First things first, even the box comes in is impressive — it’s just a small cube with a handle and it’s hard not to wonder if you’re going to be putting together a bunch of tiny pieces all night. However, gb Child has this handled as the Pockit comes fully assembled. Yes, you read that right. You don’t even so much as have to snap on a wheel — it’s all done for you.

I did, unfortunately, have trouble once I actually got it out of the box. As I looked around for instructions, a label, anything, and found none, I was left going “Now what?” and proceeded to violently shake it for a good five minutes before I took to the internet to tell me what I was doing wrong. The initial unfolding of the stroller takes some finesse, but once you’ve got it figured out I can honestly say it’s the easiest setup I’ve ever seen in a stroller. You essentially just hang on to the handles, kick it out and — boom — it’s suddenly there and ready to go.

Six year old on the left with plenty of room and baby on the right perfectly comfy.

Once we were out and about, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how sturdy it felt with its aluminum frame. Now I’m not going to say it’s heavy-duty or on-par with luxury umbrella strollers, but it doesn’t feel flimsy at all and although not true one-handed-steering capable, I did find it was super easy to maneuver in and out of doors and the handle height was just perfect (for me at 5’4”). If you are on the taller side you might want to test this one out before you buy. The wheels are on the smaller size and they are plastic so it’s not the smoothest ride and probably would not be the best on extremely rough terrain, but the front swivel wheels do lock so you have the option, if need be, as well as a rear-wheel brake. The cargo basket is a good size for how small the stroller is and will hold up to 11 pounds. There is also a height adjustable 5-point harness with padding on the crotch and shoulders and the fabric is wipeable and fully removable for washing.

Now, lets talk about the uber impressive fold, because that’s really the star of the show here. There are actually two ways to fold this stroller: small and smaller. The difference is whether you tuck in the rear wheels or not. I found, for the most part, I left the rear wheels down because it’s easier to fold that way, but it’s nice to have the option. The actual folding process takes two steps and a little bit of practice, because there seems to be an art to it but again, once you’ve mastered it it’s pretty great.

The sacrifice

With the small size comes some things you’re going to sacrifice, but remember this is mostly marketed for travel and when you’re traveling you can just about deal with anything. First off, no cup holder or snack tray or caddy of any sort. Second, there is no recline on this stroller at all, which is a bummer, but not unheard of in the umbrella stroller category. And lastly, the shade that flips over to cover your child is really, really small, unfortunately.

 The bottom line

If you’re an urban mom who’s in and out of public transportation, or the jet setter who is constantly traveling with your children, then this will be a great go-to stroller for your kiddo. But, if you’re more suburban with room to spare in the trunk of your car, or the type to want bells and whistles when it comes to your travel stroller, then the Pockit probably won’t be your first choice. However, as far as the super compact travel stroller market goes, this one is relatively low on the price point scale and is a great quality stroller so even if you use it just for those trips now and then, you will definitely get your moneys worth with the gb Child Pockit.

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quinny buzz xtra

When I was pregnant, I was consumed by all things baby and researched the best products all day long. One of the products that took me forever to decide upon was a stroller. If only I had known about Quinny sooner! The brand new Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller is amazing and has changed our world, as far as strollers go.

quinny buzz xtra stroller

A few things stuck out right off the bat for me with this stroller. One major thing I love is that it’s a great size! It’s not bulky or gargantuan, which I appreciate. It fits nicely in our home and also into our car trunk, which is a huge plus, as we love going places and taking the stroller with us. Another thing that stuck out right away is the sleek and sophisticated look of the stroller. This might seem silly, but it’s a huge plus for me: It just looks cool. The slick features and chic silver details with the all black color fit perfectly with my aesthetic. I love the look of the canopy, as well.

Now on to the technical details and performance, which is why I really love this stroller. Because it can look cool all it wants, but if it doesn’t perform well, then none of that matters. I’m happy to report that the features are what really sell this stroller and make it A+ in my book.

Unique hydraulic system makes for easy folding

Like, seriously easy. Now, I’ve tried a few strollers that claim to fold easily, but really don’t. This one is literally foolproof and so simple. I feel confident unfolding and folding it up on my own, thanks to its unique hydraulic system. It’s one of the coolest and best features of this stroller. On top of that, it’s easy to carry while folded, which is important and not something I’ve noticed with other strollers we’ve owned.

Smooth ride

It takes turns with ease and rolls along for a gentle ride. Plus, the seat is very padded and plush, making for a very comfortable ride for your little one. Also, the seat belt is a five-point harness to keep your baby strapped in safely, and it locks in such a way that your baby can never unlock himself from it. These are all important features to ensure the safety of your little one.

Comfortable seat

The seat has three different easily adjustable positions, from fully reclined to upright, for whatever stage your baby is in. It also has an attachment for a compatible infant car seat, if need be. This stroller can literally be used from infancy onward!

Simple pedal locks

Just push down the right lock to lock the wheels and push down the left one to unlock them. Easy, simple, clearly labeled by color and all powered by your feet, so your hands can stay safely on the handlebar.

quinny buzz xtra canopy

Huge canopy shade

The canopy itself is a great size, and even has an extended visor zipped into the canopy for complete sun protection. It folds down as far as you need it to, so you can completely protect your little cherub from the sun if it’s especially harsh or if you need him to nap on the go. It’s seriously perfect for naps actually, because the shade is really heavy duty and doesn’t let much light through.

A few cons that I’ve noticed: The handlebar isn’t terribly plush so if you’re pushing the stroller for a long distance, it could get kind of uncomfortable. My husband commented that he wasn’t a fan of that part of it. Also, there are no double stroller options, which is no big deal if you have no need for it, but we love this stroller so much I know we’ll be sad if we have another baby soon and want to add on to it!

quinny buzz xtra review

All in all, the Quinny Buzz Xtra is an amazing stroller that feels and looks luxurious. You and your little one are sure to love it!

A stroller was provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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Peg Perego Book Pop Up

The Peg Perego Book Pop Up has seven luxury color schemes.

Ahhh…. Peg Perego! Elegant stroller designs and Italian-made luxury fabric. Peg Perego has always been a high-quality brand that stays in the lead of modern innovation.

Book and Book Plus are a big hit

Last year Peg Perego introduced the Book and Book Plus — a stroller that folded in a similar way that a book would close in a one-handed smooth motion. Light weight, yet with all the comforts and amenities we parents like to have for ourselves and for our baby. The Book has been a big hit — it has gotten rave reviews averaging 4 stars with consumers. What more could Peg Perego possibly do for the Book?

How about a modular system? This brand is well-known for putting together some fantastic package deals, and with the Book Pop Up, you get the premium chassis, the seat and the bassinet.

The Book Pop Up is improved on last year’s Book in that the chassis now has a jet black finish and an eco-leather handle bar. The wheels are now made of Polyurethane that gives your baby a smoother ride. And if you have a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 (or Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30) infant car seat, you will be able to install the seat directly onto the chassis without needing adapters.

The scoop on new features

What I think is the coolest new feature of the Book Pop Up is the collapsing bassinet. I have never heard of a stroller being able to fold with a bassinet still attached! The sides of the bassinet collapse down, so that it becomes half the height, then you just flip the handle bar right over it and it folds down. Granted, the fold will be bulkier with the bassinet attached, but it still saves you a step in the whole process and makes transporting and stowing your pram much more compact and easier.

The Peg Perego Book Pop Up has other features that make it a must-have such as a reversing seat, and adjustable footrest and a full-coverage sun canopy with extra panels that zip up for neatness.

The bassinet has an adjustable inclined mattress, so you can either have your infant lay flat or slightly elevated. I also like the large mesh panel in the canopy that allows for fresh air flow.

And lastly there is the tailoring and upholstery. Oh! It is to die for! So beautiful and rich, you just want to run your hands all over and luxuriate in it. Choose from seven delectable colors — Onyx, Indigo, Tulip, Cream, Atmosphere, Fleur and Aquamarine. The color shown in the photo is the Tulip.

The new Peg Perego Book Pop-Up arrives to the USA this month, and has a retail price of $799. It will be available at specialty retailers and Buy Buy Baby.

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Save the planet!

I try to be as eco-friendly as I can. I recycle. I buy local produce. I conserve water. I carpool. But when it comes to caring for my newborn, I feel a bit guilty. Just thinking about the number of disposable diapers I’ve used in the past few weeks gives my green heart palpitations.

Bumbleride strollers are eco-conscious

Well, here’s a little something that can easy my conscience — meet Bumbleride strollers and accessories. They boast a unique blend of eco-conscious recycled plastic and bamboo-derived rayon fabrics in bright, fashionable colors to give parents an environmentally-friendly, yet stylish, stroller option in which to explore the great wide open. How’s that for reducing your family’s carbon footprint?

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Awesome colors

Available in vibrant, fashionable hues like Cayenne Red, Aquamarine and Green Papyrus, Bumbleride’s 2014 all-terrain, jogging, travel and urban strollers are eco-friendly for two main reasons:

* The exterior fabric is made with 50 percent recycled PET from plastic bottles. In fact, 14 recycled plastic water bottles go into the making of just one Bumbleride stroller.

*The interior fabric consists of 50 percent renewable bamboo charcoal. This provides a soft, durable, moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating antibacterial fabric for the seat and interior of the stroller.

Just goes to show that you don’t have to give up style to be an eco-friendly Earth mama.

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Joovy Groove Ultralight

As a mom constantly on the go, I just can’t afford to drag around a heavy stroller for my boys. I’m a die-hard umbrella stroller lover. I like that I can open it with one hand while the other is grabbing the baby that just ran away (yes, I see you shaking your head as you picture this scene from your own life). I like that I can carry the stroller under one arm, and a bag and baby in the other, but your basic umbrella stroller has some draw backs. That’s where the Joovy Groove Ultralight comes in.

This sexy little lady is five pounds lighter than its big sister, making it an easier stroller to travel with and explore new lands… or just the farmers market down the street.

Here’s the dirt on the Joovy Ultralight Groove

• Stroller Weight: 12.78 pounds
• Stroller Dimensions Folded (inches): 12.5 H x 13 W x 40 D
• Stroller Dimensions Assembled: 40.75 H x 21 W x 33.5 D
• Min.Age: 3 Months / Max.Weight: 55 pounds
• Safety features: Five-point harness and reflective safety package
• Colors: Blueberry (as pictured), Purpleness, Triple Black and Charcoal

Joovy Groove Ultralight

Stash your stuff

Storage is what you sacrifice when you go for the cheap umbrella stroller. When you are constantly on the go you need a spot to stash your purse, an extra bag of snacks, loose toys, lovies and that left shoe that the baby keeps throwing into the street. You also need to give your back a break. The Joovy Groove Ultralight has enough space to stick all of your kids stuff plus a large purse, diaper bag or camera bag. I even managed to throw the kids’ coats in the storage below the stroller with my Big Buddha purse.

Joovy Groove Ultralight

Nighty-night baby

With your standard umbrella stroller you also lose the ability to recline your tired baby or toddler. This has come to bite me in the bum more than once. The Joovy easily reclines up to 149 degrees with the pull of a tab. The adjustable leg support means even longer babies can relax without their feet falling over the edge. An oversize canopy will block the sun allowing your little bundle of joy to snuggle up without any bright lights blinding him or her as you move about town.

Stand up straight woman!

If you are a savvy mama of a taller stature, you know how hard it is to find a stroller with handlebars high enough that you don’t have to slouch while you walk to reach them. The aerodynamic design of the Joovy handlebars lets you stand tall while you shop and explore the city. The two separate handlebars also make it easier to maneuver your stroller one handed.

Joovy Groove Ultralight

Getting ahead of the curve

One last drawback of your standard umbrella stroller is the wheels. The tred isn’t very good and you can’t cut those corners very easily. Joovy’s wheels spin around allowing you to tackle those tough curves, even one-handed. You can steer around tight spots, avoid pedestrians cutting you off and sprint to catch the train. The handling on uneven ground is similar to other non-jogger strollers. Without heavy-duty wheels you are bound to hit a few bumps in the road, but you won’t be any worse for wear.

Joovy Groove Ultralight

Let’s wrap it up

There is only one spot that your basic umbrella stroller will have the Joovy beat, but not for long with a little practice. Your basic stroller is easier to open and close one-handed, and tuck under your arm. The way to conquer this is to try opening and closing it at home a few times. The auto fold lock is great, but you will need both hands to unlock the stroller until you get the hang of it. You will also have to unlock the wheels before you start rolling, which you can do with your foot.

Closing the stroller also takes a flick of your foot, but you need to do it in two spots — the most obvious being the step tab in the back, but I found I also had to wiggle my foot to the side to make the mental frame collapse all the way. I could still do all this with a baby in one arm, but not as easily. I have a few more test runs to do before I’ve perfected my technique.

What do you think makes the ultimate travel stroller?

Disclaimer: I was sent the Joovy Groove Ultralight for review. The above is my own savvy sassy opinion

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If you are having a girl chances are you will learn to love the color pink.  Don’t fight it, just go with it.  It’s a sweet color when taken in small doses and when paired with grey it’s very chic and modern.  If I was about to have a baby girl I would be all over this Mamas & Papas Urbo Stroller in Raspberry, it just looks so yummy!  The pink crib is from Room & Board and converts to a toddler bed, it’s very sleek and crisp.  Perfect sleeping courters for any little posh princess.

The 3-pack of swaddling blankets are from Petunia Pickle Bottom and for any posh mommy looking for a quality diaper bag, Coach diaper bags come in a variety of colors and can double has just a great handbag that will even fit a laptop.  And if you’re still not sold on pink, just check out the pink high top converse shoes.  Ridiculous.

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“I would pick the Red Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The hubby and I have been considering Vegas this year and it’s awesome to read about this kid friendly hotel. ”

Spring break is right around the corner and whether you are just headed to grandma’s house, hitting up the local theme park or taking a big trip somewhere exotic, chances are you’ll be doing something to keep the kids from crawling the walls.  If you are looking to get out of town and need some recommendation’s for kid-friendly hotels and resorts, you’ll want to check out our Top 10 Spring Break Destinations 2012, a list compiled by savvy traveling Moms.  Traveling with kids can be more of a challenge but it can be done as long as you’re organized, prepared and remain calm.  Moms typically do all the planning and packing for family vacations so I thought you deserved some fun family travel essentials for your next big trip or even a just a local day trip.

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