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ABC Expo 2014: Strollers! What’s New from Orbit Baby, Baby Jogger, UPPAbaby & Quinny

Orbit Baby O2

Orbit Baby:

Orbit doesn’t have anything new this year on the car-seat front, but they do have a very cool new stroller in the works: The O2 Hybrid is a combo jogging/regular stroller compatible with Orbit stroller seats, bassinets, and car seats using Orbit’s patented SmartHub system. 

The stroller uses a piston system to raise or lower the seat depending on the situation. In City Mode, the seat is higher up, giving the baby/child a better view of the world, and giving mom/dad a better view of the child. It provides for easy steering for malls or casual strolls.

In Performance Mode, the seat sinks down and back, lowering the center of balance for the stroller to make it safer and easier to steer when running with a locked front wheel.

You can see here how the seat rises and lowers:

The stroller features an adjustable handle; red- and green- coded pedicure-friendly brakes, and a design that allows it to stand when folded.

The O2 Hybrid should be available in Summer 2015 for $600 standalone or $900 as a travel system.

Orbit Baby O2 jogger stroller rf Orbit Baby O2 jogger stroller rf reclined

Baby Jogger:

Vue Double (Coming Spring 2015)

Baby Jogger Vue Double Baby Jogger Vue Double side

Baby Jogger Vue Double Baby Jogger Vue Double

Vue Single

Baby Jogger Vue Baby Jogger Vue with Nuna Pipa

Vue Lite (Coming Spring 2015)

Baby Jogger Vue Lite Baby Jogger Vue Lite Red Baby Jogger Vue Lite inside

City Mini

Baby Jogger City Mini Baby Jogger City Mini

City Select

Baby Jogger City Select


2015 VISTA is updated and this model can comfortably hold 2 MESA infant carseats, or two bassinets or 2 toddler seats. Or any combination of those, facing in any direction. Truly an amazing engineering feat!

UPPAbaby Vista 2015 2015 Uppababy Vista

2015 Legacy (Coming Spring 2015)

2015 Uppababy Legacy



Quinny Moodd Stroller DSCN5537 DSCN5538

Quinny Yezz Stroller

Quinny Yezz stroller Quinny Yezz

The GO is Back

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 10.38.07 AMPerhaps no car seat in history has had such a varied history as the GO.

The GO was originally launched by IMMI in 2006 as the SafeGuard GO. After a few improvements were made – it became the SafeGuard GO Hybrid. The design was then sold to Dorel, who marketed the seat as the Safety 1st GO Hybrid. The Safety 1st GO Hybrid was on our list of Recommended Seats until it was discontinued. Then the GO went away, only to pop up a few months ago as an exclusive car seat for Uber cars. Many people wondered if it would be available for individual purchase again, and…it finally is.

The seat is now back in the hands of IMMI (owners of SafeGuard) as the IMMI GO, and can be ordered through the IMMI Go website. It retails for $199, and is currently available in only one color (black leather). There are no plans for other colors or fabrics in the immediate future.

The GO is a unique seat in that it doesn’t have a hard shell. The forward-facing harness is connected to a solid bottom (that can be used on its own as a backless booster), and a flexible back that is held in place by a top tether. Because of this, the GO must be installed in a location with a top tether anchor when using it as a harness. The benefit of the GO is that it’s a fantastic travel seat since it caScreen Shot 2014-11-04 at 10.38.43 AMn fold down to a size just larger than a backless booster, and comes with its own travel bag.

The IMMI GO appears a bit different than the previous models. Instead of coming with a separate carry bag, the bag is now attached to the seat itself, and, according to the installation videos on their website, needs to be rolled under the seat before installing.

We’ll bring you more details as we get them.

Poppy Drops Review: Pain-Free Alternative to Pierced Ears

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 1.25.34 PMAt the 2013 ABC Expo, I read about a simple but ingenious product: temporary tattoo earrings. What a brilliant solution for little girls (or big ones) who want to wear earrings but don’t have pierced ears!

So at this year’s show, I stopped by the booth of Poppy Drops, one of the makers of these earrings. They gave me a sample, and my 5-year-old daughter was thrilled to try them out.IMG_0989

The earrings go on just like any other temporary tattoo: Cut out the image you want, peel off the protective plastic cover, apply to the skin, and press a wet cloth on it for about 15 seconds. Peel off the backing and voila! Cute little earrings!

My daughter absolutely loved them, and I did, too. As someone who hasn’t actually put in earrings in years, I kind of wanted some Poppy Drops for myself.

Even though the instructions say you don’t need to be very accurate when you cut out the designs, I recommend cutting as close as possible to the image to make sure it winds up where you want it on a tiny ear. My first attempt wound up a little higher than I would have liked. On a similar note, my only complaint about the product is that the halves of each pair are printed VERY close to each other, meaning you need to be extremely careful when cutting the two apart, lest you accidentally slice off part of one.Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 1.17.02 PM

But the good news (for mom) is that Poppy Drops are made with non-toxic food-grade vegetable dyes and are made in the USA.

The good news (for kids) is that the tattoos look like real earrings! My daughter’s gymnastics coach thought she had gotten her ears pierced until she went in close for a look. On FaceTime one day, my dad asked her the same thing.IMG_0990

They lasted a long time, too. The package says that average wear is 4-7 days, but we got more than 7 days out of the ones we tried. Toward the end a couple of them started clumping up and falling off, but that was at least 8 days into it. The tattoos are easily removed with rubbing alcohol or baby oil.

There are more than 20 earring sets available, plus other Poppy Drop tattoo items include nail art and bracelets. They also have a line of natural lip gloss and no-mess, no-spill perfume sticks designed especially for little kids. You can buy Poppy Drops products at participating retailers, through the Poppy Drops website, or on Amazon.

The Poppy Drops were a huge hit in this house, and I’m definitely going to order some more earrings (and probably a perfume stick) as stocking stuffers this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if some find their way into my stocking, too…

Thank you to Poppy Drops for providing a sample. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Throwback Thursday: Seeing Green

Traffic_light_redTraffic lights are pretty predictable these days. Throughout the country, they’re more or less the same: red, yellow, green. Some might be vertical while others are horizontal, and some places might use arrows more than others, but nothing is too surprising about traffic lights in general.

It wasn’t always like that, though. At one point, traffic was more likely to be directed by police officers than by automated lights. Some places only had two colors, while others had four. Some included “stop” and “go” signs that popped out when the colors changed, and sometimes yellow would appear before red and before green. Crazy, huh?

This 1937 video explores the inner workings of old-timey traffic lights and the cities that used them. Enjoy!