The Joovy Groove

joovy groove in blueberryJoovy is a company that always keeps its customers in mind- big and small. The new and improved Joovy Groove is a great example. Joovy recently redesigned their umbrella stroller from the ground up to offer a full set of features for both those who push & those who ride. The Groove offers a very ample seat for an umbrella stroller and a high 55 pound weight limit, which means that even your occasional older rider who needs a spot to rest on that long trip to the zoo will be just as comfy as your preschooler or toddler. The infinite recline to near flat means that comfort can be found for nap time as well. This stroller is rated from 6 mo and up, so it’s not for infants, but it will take you very far once your baby is ready. A very secure 5 point harness with padded strap covers and extendable leg rest means that your child can bee made as comfortable as possible and you can be comfortable as well knowing that even your more accomplished escape artists are secure in this seat. An added bonus, the 600D fabric will withstand abuse of all sorts and clean up nicely as well.

the joovy groove seat closeupSome of my favorite Joovy features are always those little touches that Joovy offers for both children and parents. I love the 2 mesh pockets in the seat sides. These really should be on all strollers, perfect for drinks, snacks or toys, keeping whatever your child needs securely at hand. Not to leave the big guys out- the back of the canopy offers 2 more mesh pockets and a zippered pouch for happy parents. Another feature that Joovy offers is the huge canopy with a viewing window to keep anxious parents at ease. Personally, this is a feature that Always makes me feel better even when my older children are on board. The basket is well sized for an umbrella stroller and the automatic lock and carry handle add to the convenience of this stroller. The newly designed tires are well sized for an umbrella stroller and offer sealed bearings for a smooth ride.  Also new is frame, which is quite snazzy. It’s rectangular aluminum frame is quite unique looking and my favorite part of this stroller (after those in-seat mesh pockets). As with any umbrella stroller, it offers an easy one handed fold that pops right down to a very compact package. Weighing in at 17 pounds, it’s not the lightest umbrella stroller, but it is comfortable to carry and is a great weight for such a large seat and high weight limit. I can easily fold & carry it with one hand while holding my hefty 2 year old in the other hand.

In use this stroller not only doesn’t disappoint, it exceeded my expectations. It took me seconds to pop on the front wheels, slide the canopy into it’s slots, make a few adjustments and we were off and ready to roll. Out and about, it’s just as effortless. Pushing with one or 2 hands was really easy over every terrain I tested. In fact, those bouncy front wheels did such a good job, that I started pointing the Groove at anything that I though t might stop it and nothing did. There are areas in my neighborhood that have sidewalks that will stop most strollers, but not the Groove. I aimed for broken sidewalks and just popped over, rolled straight through sloggy mud and wet grass without slowing. This stroller was fabulous. My daughter loved it too, especially the green color and the extendable leg rest where she happily rested her feet. At age 2 and 27 pounds, he has plenty of room in the seat, yet the harness adjusted perfectly down to her size. It was also super easy to recline and raise the seat one handed while rolling along, which is usually not the case with strap recline systems. Another great surprise.

The Groove is available in 4 colors Blueberry (a fabulous blue, and my favorite), Greenie, Orangie and Black and retails for $199.99. If you’re looking for an umbrella stroller that will last  with superb features and offers a exceptional value for the price, the Joovy Groove is an amazing option. Please visit the Joovy site for more details and to see the superb line of Joovy products.

* A sample was provided for review purposes

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The Mamas & Papas Cruise

Mamas & Papas, a leading baby brand from Great Britain, are a recent addition to our stroller market, but they’ve been very popular for their terrific strollers for a very long time in Europe. Their Sola and Urbo are amazing strollers that feature modern design mixed with all the features needed for both happy babies and parents. Having tested the Sola and truly loving it, I was very excited to have the chance to test out their version of the lightweight umbrella stroller. Mamas & Papas offers a full line of lightweights ranging from the basic Trip, the lightest & most compact, up to the top of the range, fully featured Voyage. I’m currently trying out the Cruise a very nicely appointed lightweight stroller that is suitable from newborn up through a very substantial 50 pounds. The Cruise offers the same modern design aesthetics of the Sola that I already love in a nice compact package.

The Cruise comes in at a convenient 16 pounds and really can take you from birth straight through to the day you retire your stroller. You can easily tote this stroller anywhere and still have a terrific set of features for your baby, toddler or preschooler. The first thing you will notice is the stylish appearance. I love the dark grey frame, very cool. I also love that it has everything that you’d want in an umbrella stroller- the fantastic new no-pinch hinge, linked rear brake, peakaboo panel in the canopy, easy, compact, locking fold, big basket & back pockets for handy storage, side carry handle and shoulder strap for easy transport in the car or on public transportation. The Cruise offers full wheel suspension and nice big wheels that roll comfortably along with terrific maneuverability, perfect for busy city sidewalks or shopping. The toy loop in the canopy and the adjustable leg rest are very nice touches that make this a great stroller for any age. The harness offers nice, wide, easily adjustable straps with a secure puzzle-locking buckle. The seat is well sized and easily adapts from little to big rider with a very easy one-handed recline, making it prefect for little ones or naptime.

If you’re looking for a new option in umbrella strollers, be sure to check out the full Mamas & Papas line. This is a brand that offers something for everyone- bringing together high quality, attractive, modern design and thoughtful features. The optional line of accessories is just as well thought out with a handy diaper bag, cute seat liner and stroller toys, not to mention the very handy Cup holder & Toddler Handle– a must have for those with more than one child. Not only does it hold your drink, it offers a secure spot for your older child hold, allowing you to use both hands to steer. Such a great idea.

The Cruise includes a rain cover, is offered in 3 colors- Black, Purple & Green and retails for $269.99. To see more of the wonderful line of Mamas & Papas products visit their site.

Age: birth – 50 lbs
Weight: 15.6 pounds
Size: H: 17″ W: 20″ D: 30″ approx, unfolded, H: 10″ W: 11.5″ D: 41″ approx, folded

*Mamas & Papas provided a sample for review

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