Building on its tremendous success “Down Under”, Australian company Valco Baby has now established their brand all over the globe and we are excited to bring these products to Canadian families nationwide.
Designed not only to look great, Valco Baby strollers have outstanding performance features as well. Their strollers are able to meet the needs of your growing family as they are infant car seat compatible*, offer a double stroller option in each of their series and the X series even has the option for a third toddler seat!
*specific models only with adapter
Lightweight Convenience – Snap 4 and Snap Duo
Valco Baby’s urban strollers, their Snap series, are known for being lightweight. In fact, their Snap Duo is the lightest full featured double stroller in the market today. Weighing just 21.5 lbs., the Snap Duo combines an ultra lightweight frame with individual canopies, adjustable footrests and roomy comfortable seats.
If you’re in looking for a convenience stroller boasting first-class features, the Snap4 is the ideal one for you! Coming in at only 14.5 lbs. the Snap4 sets the benchmark for comfort, manoeuvrability and portability in compact strollers.
Elegant Versatility – Snap Ultra & Snap Ultra Duo
The Snap Ultra series establishes a new level of style in addition to function for parents looking for a lightweight ride from birth & beyond without sacrificing on features. The Snap Ultra and Snap Ultra Duo not only makes a fashion statement, but incorporates great features such as an ultra-lightweight frame, super extended canopy, adjustable footrest and reversible, roomy, comfortable seats. YES! Both seats are reversible! And as a bonus feature, the strollers INCLUDE beautiful luxe boot covers!
Rugged meets Luxury – TriMode X and Trimode Duo
Valco Baby’s all terrain stroller options are the TriMode X and TriMode X Duo. Both strollers in the TriMode X series folds compactly allowing you to take it anywhere and the full reclining seats allow children to sleep anywhere. The pram seat also has no contact with the outside when folded so it stays cleaner for longer so you don’t have to be afraid to take it wherever you go.
Like what you’ve read? Want to test-drive one for yourself? Come to any of our Snuggle Bugz store locations between April 24th and 30th to test out a Snap Ultra or a Snap Duo and enter to WIN one for yourself!
With the changing regulations and costs for baggage on most airlines these days, it is hard to pack a single bag for one person, let alone an entire family. Since our child count has doubled we have to be even more strategic about packing and planning our travel arrangements. We travelled a considerable amount with our daughter, including a trip to Europe when she was eight months old, so we already had an idea of what infant travel was like and knew that we could do it. We put travelling with two to the test this past February as we booked a trip to Orlando. Here are ten tips that allowed us to remain in good spirits while travelling by air, with two children, to the Happiest Place on Earth:
1. Be Real– Set yourself up with realistic expectations before you begin planning your trip. Think about the stages your children are at and what they can realistically handle in terms of a travel itinerary and destination. If your 18 month old can’t sit still for longer than 5 minutes, it is likely not a great idea to plan a ten hour cross continental flight. Determine what they truly can handle and plan accordingly. Now that I have two children I know that everything takes longer and is more involved so I also have to be realistic about what I can handle too when travelling with both.
2. Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail– The more information you can have about your destination and navigating it, the better. This applies to all aspects of the trip, including your baggage allowance, the ride to the airport (what terminal are we at again?!), your seat assignments on the plane, the expected weather conditions, estimated driving times for car travel, location of rental car terminal within the airport (don’t book at an “off airport” location. Yes they have shuttles but you will also be shuttling all your humans and their stuff), restaurants that are kid friendly, etc. Take full advantage of online check in, early check in, GPS technology, and travel review sites to plan the most efficient journey which will also be less stressful.
3. Baggage Claim– When packing your bags, know your limit and stay within it! I have found it is easier to bring two larger bags for the four of us than four smaller bags. Having each adult share a bag with a child means there is room for some larger clothes and some itty bitty clothes. Planning complete outfits for each person and each day is also helpful so that you avoid bringing a whole bunch of random items to piece together during your trip. For children’s clothes I pack the complete outfit (along with any accessories) in a small ziplock bag and that way I have an outfit ready in a moment’s time and it also packs down much smaller. I have back ups where necessary but have definitely found that this eliminates most of my unnecessary items that I would otherwise throw in “just in case”.
4. Hands Free– I’m not talking technology here, I’m kicking it old school with the original hands free invention- carrying straps! I have a strict policy now that anything that does not get checked upon arrival to the airport must be able to be carried without using my hands. Backpacks are key here, and, if you have older children they can carry their own small backpack and be responsible for hauling their activities, snacks and treasures that will get them through this leg of the journey. My daughter loves this backpack for travel and it is just the right size, while I carry this backpack style diaper bag and it is perfect for all of the baby’s necessities and a few of my own. Once I check my stroller at the gate and sit with my infant on my lap, I still want to be hands free. This is where a baby carrier comes in handy both for the airport and also for use at your destination. We love the BabyBjorn Carrier One Outdoors as it works well for both my husband and I, wicks away sweat so we aren’t a dripping puddle upon arrival, and can be used as a back or front carry depending on the age of your child. This was a life saver at Walt Disney World where the sun was out in full force and we needed to let our son nap on the go. Being hands free of baggage allows you to open snacks, wipe faces, lift up children, push a stroller and hold small hands instead.
5. Homestyle– With the increasing popularity of AirBnB and private home rentals, small hotel rooms are no longer your only option. Forcing your entire family to stay in one room for the duration of your stay can be difficult as once bedtime arrives for the littles, the adults are stuck in a dark room, trying to be quiet. Booking a house with multiple rooms allows you the flexibility to put your children down for a nap or bedtime while you still have space to relax and enjoy yourself. There is also more room for kids to play, to store all that carefully packed baggage and these homes often come equipped with many of the supplies needed for children (like cribs, playpens, high chairs) so you don’t have to haul that with you. Bonus points for a location with laundry facilities so that you can bring less clothes and not panic when your infant blows out four outfits in one day (not that I’m speaking from experience…).
6. Made for life on the road– If your destination does not come equipped with infant cribs/playpens/gear, it may be smart to invest in a few travel specific products. The most useful item I have ever purchased for traveling with small children is a travel crib. With the ability to fold down small, weigh less than your child and fit in an overhead compartment on a plane, this gives you the security of knowing your little one has a safe place to sleep and bringing it won’t weigh you down too much. Runner up in the “most useful travel gear” awards is a car seat travel bag. Though it is possible to rent car seats with your rental car company or other gear rental services, safety is always a huge concern for me and there is little history or information about what this seat has been through or where it has been. I prefer to take my own seats and these travel bags make hauling them so much easier. An added bonus is that airlines are legally required to check your car seat for free so I have been known to stash a few bulky items in with my car seat to save me luggage space. #protip. This bag is my favourite and is worth every penny in protection, ease of carrying and space for a few extras
7. Hitch a Ride– In almost any travel situation, having a stroller on hand makes traveling with two so much easier. Even if you won’t use it at your destination, navigating just the airport becomes a much easier feat with a mode of transportation for the littlest members of your party. Where possible, have a seat for each child- there are so many great double stroller options available. In our case, our daughter has mostly outgrown a stroller but we knew that without an option to be pushed we would be forced to carry her, which is really no option at all when adding in a second child and all of our bags. If your first child is too big or unwilling to ride in a stroller, a ride on board is a duo dream come true. We could push the baby in the stroller while our toddler could hitch a ride on the board to give her tired feet a rest. This also allowed us to walk at a much faster pace and keep her contained in the airport and at Disney World- winning all around. With gate check right before we boarded the plane, we had our travel system and it’s occupants on hand for the entire airport rush and also used it extensively once we arrived to our destination.
8. Less is More- While it is tempting to pack as many things into a trip as possible, it is usually not as enjoyable when traveling with tiny
tantrumers children. Pick the things that you want to do and see the most, with something on the list for everyone, and try to build in rest and relaxation time and days in between. While our daughter would have loved to spend our entire trip at each of the Disney parks, we knew that it would be too hard on our infant son. So instead we chose to do one full day at Magic Kingdom and then one character breakfast at a resort separate from the park on another day. This way we got to experience more of the magic but the breakfast lasted only about two hours and left the rest of the day free to fit in naps and other play time. Where possible choose a shorter/easier alternative so that you can still experience things but in a less taxing way.
9. Creature Comforts– As much as I am preaching to pack light and only what you need, it is important to bring a few things from home that allow you and your children to function normally. A favourite stuffy or pacifier for the kids, your white noise machine or video monitor for peace of mind at bedtime and anything else that is key in your routine at home (within reason) should be accommodated. We have found that if we can set up our environment to be at least somewhat similar to home it allows our children to adjust much quicker to the change in scenery.
10. Have Fun! The bottom line is, you are making memories and among them should be fun ones. Take a deep breath, take breaks when you need them, take lots of photos, and take a moment to see sights through your children’s eyes. Experiencing all of these new things leaves a lasting impression on children and even though they won’t remember things they did as babies, you will, so do your best to enjoy it!
Your kids won’t be babies forever and traveling will likely get easier in the future. Exposing them to new and exciting places now and the means that you need to take to get there is a good way to create perfect travel companions down the road. Keeping a few of these tips in mind may help you keep your sanity and, if you are like me, may make you crazy enough to book your next trip!
Katie is a new mom of two and will be sharing her experiences in parenting a toddler and a newborn though this series “New with Two”.
What is better than winning an UPPAbaby CRUZ? Giving one! From August 15-28th, 2016, nominate a friend or family member for a chance to win an UPPAbaby CRUZ in Denny! All you have to do is tell us why they should be chosen over all other nominees to win a stroller. We will read through each one of the submissions and our panel of judges will select one lucky winner. To nominate someone, click here.
We caught up with last year’s winner, Karen for a quick update to see what she has been up to since winning CRUZ It Forward last September. If you want to read Karen’s story that was submitted by her friend Morgan, you can read it here.
Update: On January 12th, 2016, Karen, Maddie and Drayton welcomed their newest addition, Jayce Nathaniel Froude at 4:15 PM. He weighed 7 lbs 1 oz and was a spitting image of his Daddy. Jayce spent the first 5.5 months of his life stealing the hearts of every person he met in Saskatchewan. At the end of June, the family packed up their home and began their adventure east to their new home. They are thrilled to now be back in Newfoundland and closer to all of Jayce’s grandparents.
It’s the day you have been waiting for – our annual stroller event is happening Saturday June 6th!
Save the date and join us from 10am until 4pm at Snuggle Bugz headquarters – 1040 Sutton Drive, Burlington.
Stroller Day has easily become one of our most popular events and for good reason! It is a fantastic one-day only stroller extravaganza – a day completely dedicated to all things strollers and we have great deals to boot!
Here are some of the highlights of this annual one-day event:
- The first 100 customers will receive a free gift with purchase
- Amazing offers from our most popular stroller brands – available only at the event!
- Meet & greet with brand representatives on-hand and happy to answer all of your questions
- Test drives your favorite stroller in real-life situations – grass, sidewalk, bumps etc.!
- A food truck! Yum – lunch date with your significant other?
- If you buy a $300.00+ stroller, you will receive $50 in free accessories!
If you are a Stroller Day rookie or just in need of a Stroller Day refresher – we have put together some tips on how to get through the event with the absolute most fun:
Rain Rain, Go Away!
Not going to lie, we obviously would rather it be sunny and warm, but in the event that we cannot control the weather Gods, this event will happen should it rain. We have tents and umbrellas and an indoor area that will be our saving grace should it down pour. Fingers, toes, even eyes, crossed the clouds hold back until 4:02pm. Dress according to the weather!
Avoiding the lineup is always a big question people ask! If you do not like lines than we don’t suggest coming first thing in the morning. This is usually where the morning early bird line forms. However, come as a team, especially if you have a young child with you. One person stands in line, while the other browses around, takes a break, or picks up a delicious treat from the on-hand food truck! If you don’t need to take your stroller home with you that day, it is usually best not to stand in line and skip some of the hustle and bustle! Usually by 2pm (nap time) things slow down till around 3pm. Then from 3-4pm there will be another last minute rush again!
Don’t panic if your stroller/accessory is not available to take home the day of the event. While we do our best to have as many strollers available as possible, we will run out of strollers at some point during the day. When this happens, you will be able to special order the stroller/accessory you have chosen and pick up at a later date – estimated time of arrival of your special order will be determined at time of purchase.
Please note that this event we will only accept Cash, Debit, Master Card, and Visa. AMEX, and Gift Cards will not be accepted. Be sure to plan this accordingly. We do not want any sad faces on Stroller Day!
Can’t make the event?
While the amazing promotional offers extended by our brands are only available at the event itself, you can still take advantage of receiving $50 in free accessories with the purchase of a $300 or more stroller both in-store and online. If shopping online add $300.00+ stroller and over $50.00 in accessories to your cart and check-out using coupon code STROLLERDAY2015 to receive $50 off.
Can’t make it shop online! Buy a stroller over $300 and receive $50 in accessories for free!
*This promotion is valid only when a stroller (min $300) is purchased in combination with $50 or more of stroller accessories. Offer valid on June 6th online only. ALL SALES FINAL. Cannot be combined with other offers.
We can’t wait for June 6th and hope to see all your smiling faces too! If you have any other questions you need answered before Stroller Day, be sure to leave us comment a below or chat with us on Facebook.
As most of you have already heard Snuggle Bugz annual stroller sale is coming up this Saturday (June 2nd ) – a great day to purchase your baby’s first set of wheels!
Here is some of my advice for how to buy a stroller:
1. Be realistic. You have to be honest about how you will be using your stroller on day to day basis. When I was preggers with Kellan I had this romantic idea that I would become an overnight jogger. Therefore, needing a three wheel stroller – this was so far from the truth since I can count the number of times I have gone for a jog on my hand ;). When I am honest with myself I realize that I am more of an ‘in and out of my car’ kinda girl with an occasional walk – so a three wheeled stroller is not the right choice but something light weight is the way to go!
2. Think beyond baby. If you and hubby have major height differences you will need a stroller with an extendable handle bar. Or if you have a pooch in your life a stroller with a single handle bar is the way to go so you can take both babe & dog for a stroll. The single handle bar is also great for you coffee drinking mamas (who doesn’t need their java after becoming a mom??)
3. Look at the wheels. People say “eyes are the window to your soul” well, when it comes to strollers their wheels say it all! If you plan to jog with baby you need a three-wheel stroller, if you live in the country or walk on gravel roads you need a stroller with bigger tires. The bigger the wheel the more ‘gutsy’ of a stroller. Steer clear of plastic wheels as they will just wear down quickly and do not absorb any shock. You want to look for air filled or foam filled tires.
4. Grow with you. Strollers have come a long way- they are built well, last long and now have the ability to grow with your family. If you are planning to have more than one baby you may want to consider a single stroller that can become a double if you have another. This is a great concept and will save you from a garage full of strollers! 😉
5. Trust your instincts. When you are expecting everyone feels as though they have the right to tell you what will work best for you and your life. That is not true! You know best- for example my boys both benefited from the bassinet, they loved to stretch out and slept well in it- this was my must-have in a stroller but it may not be yours. Since not all strollers on the market come with every feature- think big picture and what YOUR must-haves are.
6. Sticker shock. Strollers are not cheap but in my opinion the right stroller is money well spent. You will use this daily- steering, lifting, pushing & folding….you will be happy with finding the right one for you even if you have to spend a bit more. I promise that if you love your stroller you will never think it’s a waste of money!
Lastly and most importantly enjoy finding the stroller that is right for your family!! It is such an exciting time buying your stroller – and don’t feel bad if you want to ‘test’ it and go to the corner store and put a bag of milk in it before baby arrives! 😉
Please share your stroller-buying advice (I know I would have loved it when I was shopping)!! And in case you are curious we have the Bugaboo Frog and City mini double stroller and we love both!
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