Strollers are the holy grails of baby gear — after a long, hard search for the one of your dreams, you don’t want to let it out of your hands. Stake your claim to one of the newest and greatest strollers to hit the market. These three hot commodities have a few things in common: They’re sleek, modern, and navigate the city streets like nobody’s business. Here’s what you need to know.
Bumbleride Indie 4
The cool factor: Bumbleride was founded by two active parents, who also happen to have great design taste. It’s easy to move across any terrain with Indie 4’s effortless push performance made possible by its four, off-road-ready wheels and sturdy, aircraft-grade aluminum frame. This stroller also has an adjustable handlebar for parents of all heights.
Special features: The infant-to-toddler adaptability means there is a fully reclining seat and raising footrest; an included infant car seat adapter; and a new parent-facing bassinet accessory with side straps for convenient carrying. Older tots will appreciate the roomy, forward-facing seat and Bumper Bar (included) for stability and room to grow. Also new to the Indie 4: an interchangeable SPF 45 canopy that can be easily attached to either the stroller or the bassinet.
Great to use when: You are pushing your bambino down the street to music class and decide to swing by a local park along the way. It handles nature trails and sidewalks with equal ease.
Available online at diapers.com; $599, bassinet included.
The cool factor: This ride can take the heat, cold, rain or shine. It has an integrated all-weather seat that you can switch with just a zip. Rely on the breathable mesh on summer days and comfy soft fabric for brisk winter walks.
Special features: Like Houdini, it does a lot of tricks. Choose from four modes: carry cot, travel system, rearward and forward-facing seat. A few of its features are great for young ones that nap while being strolled. For example, it has an oversized, extendable canopy with a flip-out eyeshade for maximum shade, plus adjustable calf support and a three-position recline to keeps little riders relaxed when sleeping and upright when exploring. Also, a top-notch suspension system promises a smooth ride.
Great to use when: You are a new parent and have to get out of the house. This stroller is built for long walks, no matter the weather.
Available online at shopnuna.com; $800.
Bugaboo Bee 3
The cool factor: Well, for starters, it’s a Bugaboo. If you need more convincing, know that this stroller — which becomes available on September 1, 2014 — is the third stellar incarnation of the popular Bee. Expect new fabrics and colors, an easy-to-carry bassinet, and an extendable sun canopy, offering your tyke even more comfort. Plus, the larger under-seat basket fits even more essentials.
Special features: The lightweight and easy-to-use bassinet lifts off the stroller in just two clicks and can independently be used as a self-standing bassinet so you can keep your newborn within easy reach. It comes in a variety of colors and is also available for current Bee owners as it can be purchased as a separate accessory. And about those new fabrics: They’re even softer and more breathable. There are 64 different color combination options, so you can customize your ride.
Great to use when: You want a quick trip to the neighborhood coffeeshop. This baby turns corners like there’s no tomorrow.
Available starting September 1 online at bugaboo.com; $949 – $999 (with bassinet) and $719-$769 (without bassinet).
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— Kelly Aiglon