2013 UPPAbaby G-Series Strollers: G-LUXE Review

The 2013 UPPAbaby G-Series strollers have a lot to offer parents and families – without the bulk and added weight. Whether you’re looking for a simple and lightweight every day stroller that can be used from three months, a back-up stroller for yourself or relatives or a stroller ideal for traveling, the UPPAbaby G-Series stroller are definitely worth looking at! We recently reviewed the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LUXE – the lightweight, compact, infant and beyond stroller by UPPAbaby.

UPPAbaby G-LUXE SEAT DETAILS

  • The 5-point harness has three height positions and adjusts easily at the waist straps and at the shoulder straps. It’s important to have a harness that’s easy to adjust to accommodate different children and layers of clothing through the seasons. Because my two youngest still use a stroller from time to time, I am constantly adjusting the straps (mainly the waist straps) so this is a feature I definitely look for in a lightweight, do-it-all stroller.
  • The seat itself has two components. The fixed/main seat and the seat liner, which are both padded. The seat liner (and the main seat) can be removed for washing, but you don’t have to wait for it to dry! You can use the stroller without the seat liner, too.
  • Removing and replacing the seat pad was very easy to do and does require minimal removal of the harness straps (also really easy to do). The seat pad also stays put! In the time we’ve been testing this stroller, it has not moved or slouched at all while in use – and while my kids climb in and out of the stroller multiple times.
  • The seat pad is made from UPPAbaby’s StainDefend fabrics, which make it water and stain resistant.

UPPAbaby G-LUXE SEAT RECLINE

  • The seat has a one-handed three position recline. It’s a structured-style padded seat with a padded, removable seat pad for added comfort, support and practicality.
  • Because the full recline is not completely flat, the G-LUXE is for children ages three months and up.
  • To recline the seat, squeeze the lever on the back of the seat up (with one hand) to adjust to one of the three recline positions. To sit the seat back upright, I just push the seat back upward to the desired position.
  • The first position is the fully upright position, which has a natural recline and does not sit fully upright. It’s plenty upright for your child to sit comfortably for longer periods of time and to see the world around him while strolling.
  • The second position is a rest position and perfect for younger infants.
  • The third position is the sleeping position and is great for napping on the go and for those 3 month old’s. The back of the sun canopy is tailored and fits around the seat back when in the fully reclined position to make the space darker and more comfortable for the child. It can also be rolled up to increase airflow through the stroller.
  • The two other features on this stroller that compliment the reclined position are, the extendable SPF 50+ canopy and the adjustable footrest. When the seat is fully reclined and the footrest is in the up position with the SPF canopy is in place, it creates a comfortable, sun-safe spot for a tired little one. My three year old is 37-inches tall and while his feet hang off the footrest (when it’s in the up position), his head doesn’t touch the top of the seat back when fully reclined.

UPPAbaby G-LUXE FEATURES AND DETAILS

  • The sunshade has four positions. It can be removed completely, it can be stored up (but still attached to the stroller frame), it can be locked into position to shade the child from the sun and it has an extendable SPF 50+ sunshade that pops out from the inside of the sun canopy – and stores neatly when not in use.
  • There are two, independent, foot brakes – one for each rear wheel.
  • The safety lock is a button that ensures the stroller will not fold accidentally. The stroller is folded by pushing the safety lock then pulling each grey circle (located on each handlebar) upwards. These steps are the only steps needed to fold the stroller, but it does require two hands.
  • The automatic lock on the side of the stroller frame keeps the stroller folded for easy transport and the attached carry strap allows you to carry it over one shoulder while traveling.
  • The included parent cup holder can be popped on or off the frame quickly and easily and can hold up to 1.5 pounds.
  • The G-LUXE has a 4-wheel suspension, which makes for smoother rides for you and your child. The lockable front wheels allow the stroller to get through a little rougher terrain – like peddles, dirt paths and packed sand.
  • When folded, the stroller has an attached foot that allows it to stand on its own. No more locking the wheels and leaning the stroller up against things, it stays clean and out of the way with this amazing feature.
  • The lightweight aluminum frame makes the G-LUXE extremely easy to push, fold and use on a daily basis.
  • The G-LUXE is suitable from 3 months to 55 pounds.
  • The 2013 G-LUXE weighs 13.4 pounds.
  • Retails for $220

The UPPAbaby G-LiTE next to the UPPAbaby G-LUXE

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR REVIEW OF THE 2013 UPPABABY G-LiTE STROLLER.

Above you can see the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LiTE (on the left) and the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LUXE (on the right) side-by-side.

 

Disclosure: UPPAbaby provided the stroller for us to review. All opinions are my own and we have really taken the time to use this stroller prior to reviewing it.

2013 UPPAbaby G-Series Strollers: G-LiTE Review

The 2013 UPPAbaby G-Series strollers have a lot to offer parents and families – without the bulk and added weight. Whether you’re looking for a simple and lightweight every day stroller, a back-up stroller or a stroller ideal for traveling, the UPPAbaby G-Series stroller are definitely worth looking at! First we reviewed the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LiTE – the lightest, most compact stroller available from UPPAbaby.

UPPAbaby G-LiTE SEAT DETAILS

  • The 5-point harness has three height positions and adjusts easily at the waist straps and at the shoulder straps. It’s important to have a harness that’s easy to adjust to accommodate different children and layers of clothing through the seasons. Because my two youngest still use a stroller from time to time, I am constantly adjusting the straps (mainly the waist straps) so this is a feature I definitely look for in a lightweight, do-it-all stroller.
  • The seat is stationary and does not recline. It’s a sling-style seat so when your child is seated, the seat molds to your child’s body for comfort and support. Even though it does not recline, the seat back is not completely upright and therefor can accommodate an older toddler/preschooler should he fall asleep while on the go (which doesn’t happen at all for us anymore – my youngest is three).
  • The seat itself has two components. The fixed seat is a mesh material, which makes it extremely breathable and comfortable in any weather. The seat liner is padded and can be removed for washing or if you prefer to use the stroller with the mesh seat (like on a hot summer day).
  • Removing and replacing the seat pad was very easy to do and does require minimal removal of the harness straps (also really easy to do). The seat pad also stays put! In the time we’ve been testing this stroller, it has not moved or slouched at all while in use – and while my kids climb in and out of the stroller multiple times. This is something I really paid attention to…
  • The seat pad is made from UPPAbaby’s StainDefend fabrics, which make it water and stain resistant.

UPPAbaby G-LiTE SUN SHADE

  • The sunshade has four positions. It can be removed completely, it can be stored up (but still attached to the stroller frame), it can be locked into position to shade the child from the sun and it has an extendable SPF 50+ sunshade that pops out from the inside of the sun canopy – and stores neatly when not in use.

UPPAbaby G-LiTE FEATURES AND DETAILS

  • There are two, independent foot brakes – one for each rear wheel. I usually lock one, unless were on an incline and then I engage both of them. But when I do lock both, I often forget that I have to unlock both of them.
  • The safety lock is a button that ensures the stroller will not fold accidentally. The stroller is folded by pushing the safety lock then pulling each grey circle (located on each handlebar) upwards. These steps are the only steps needed to fold the stroller, but it does require two hands.
  • The automatic lock on the side of the stroller frame keeps the stroller folded for easy transport and the attached carry strap allows you to carry it over one shoulder while traveling.
  • The included parent cup holder can be popped on or off the frame quickly and easily and can hold up to 1.5 pounds.
  • The G-LiTE has a 4-wheel suspension, which makes for smoother rides for you and your child. The suspension, along with the lockable front wheels, allow the stroller to get through a little rougher terrain – like peddles, dirt paths and packed sand. And when you face the deeper sand, just fold it and carry it on your shoulder!
  • When folded, the stroller has an attached “foot” that allows it to stand on its own. No more locking the wheels and leaning the stroller up against things, it stays clean and out of the way with this amazing feature.
  • The lightweight aluminum frame makes the G-LiTE extremely easy to push, fold and use on a daily basis. I really love using it with my kids.
  • The G-LiTE is suitable from 6 months to 55 pounds.
  • The 2013 G-LiTE stroller weighs only 10.7 pounds.
  • Retails for $150

The UPPAbaby G-LiTE is a suitable from 6 months to 55 pounds. My three year old is 35 pounds (and my five year old is 42 pounds) and they both fit in the G-LiTE very nicely. It’s a great stroller for quick errands, ideal for travel, perfect for city walking and everyday use – especially with an older toddler or preschooler who is phasing out of the stroller stage, but still needs one from time to time. And because it doesn’t take up a lot of room in your trunk or home, it’s great to have handy!

The UPPAbaby G-LiTE next to the UPPAbaby G-LUXE

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR REVIEW OF THE 2013 UPPABABY G-LUXE STROLLER.

Above you can see the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LiTE (on the left) and the 2013 UPPAbaby G-LUXE (on the right) side-by-side.

Disclosure: UPPAbaby provided the stroller for us to review. All opinions are my own and we have really taken the time to use this stroller prior to reviewing it.

New Baby Gear for 2013

2013 is going to be an exciting year for baby gear! If you’re pregnant or looking for new baby gear for your child, you’re in luck!

Today on Fox 5 San Diego, I brought along some of the newest, hottest and most anticipated baby gear items – some of which aren’t even available yet!

STOKKE SCOOT

With Stokke, higher is better and the new Scoot is taking compact and lightweight strolling to new heights. This compact connection stroller makes errands, travel and every day adventures extremely easy with a child in tow. With the new Scoot stroller you can always maintain a connection with your child because all Stokke strollers sit children at a higher level, which encourages parent-child interaction and eye contact and makes everything easier for you and your child – even for use as a high chair substitute at a restaurant table!

STOKKE SCOOT DETAILS:

  • Weighs 22 pounds
  • Suitable from birth to 55 pounds
  • Durable, but lightweight frame
  • One-handed standing fold with one-handed carry handle
  • Engineered suspension for a smooth ride
  • Lockable front swivel wheels
  • Easy on/off foot brake
  • Forward-facing and parent-facing reversible seat with two positions in each mode: Active and Rest
  • Height-adjustable handle bar
  • Fixed footrest with a second removable, adjustable footrest to eliminate dangling feet
  • Extra roomy under basket
  • Infant car seat adapters (sold separately, in March 2013) will accommodate Maxi Cosi and Peg Perego Infant Car Seats
  • Available colors: Red, Brown, Dark Navy, Purple, Beige, Light Green and Black Melange
  • Available in February 2012 at buybuyBaby
  • Retails for $750

 

 

NUNA LEAF

Inspired by the carefree float of a leaf on a gentle breeze, the Dutch-designed Nuna Leaf is a treat for baby and parents alike. This motor-free child seat keeps a quiet profile while gently swaying baby for up to two minutes on its own. Parents love the sleek design, organic cotton insert and chemical-free fabrics while children love that it is a cozy place to rest and can withstand up to 130 pounds. This is truly a seat that will grow with your child from birth and later becomes a comfortable, quiet spot for an older child to relax in.

NUNA LEAF DETAILS:

  • From birth to 130 pounds
  • Weighs 10.5 pounds
  • Plush Oeko-Tex certified fabrics are made with skin-friendly pH and free of harmful substances and pesticides
  • Mesh backing for breathability and comfort
  • Perfect angle for playing and napping
  • Seat comes off the base easily for travel or storage
  • Easily locks in place for feeding or playtime options
  • Available colors: Twilight, Bisque and Navy
  • Available now
  • Retails for $220

 

 

 

NUNA SENA

The ultra chic Nuna Sena has a clever design to eliminate frustrations often associated with travel cribs/cots. As one of three products recently released by the popular Dutch company, the Sena is available in the full-sized version and a mini version. The best part… The Sena easily and quickly transforms from a newborn and infant sleep space (with the included bassinet) to a sleep and/or play space for a child up to age three.

NUNA SENA DETAILS:

  • From birth to age three
  • Weighs 25.4 pounds
  • Comes with an easy to use travel bag with attached carry straps
  • Sturdy aluminum frame
  • The zigzag leg design allows the Sena to open easily and close with one hand
  • Can be folded (with one hand) with the bassinet fully attached
  • Skid-proof feet for safety
  • Quilted mattress with included bars for stability and necessary firmness
  • Above the ground base for breathability
  • Plush Oeko-Tex certified fabrics are made with skin-friendly pH and free of harmful substances and pesticides
  • Available colors: Safari and Navy
  • Available now
  • Retails for $219

 

 

 

CLEK FOONF

The Clek Foonf is one of the most anticipated car seats of the year. Along with the practical and convenient features and a Clek recycling program, the innovative safety features include a built-in REACT Safety System, which reduces the forces transmitted to your forward-facing child in a frontal collision by up to 40%. At the core of the REACT Safety System is the crumple zone, which is the area designed to deform and crumple in the event of a collision. The crumple zone absorbs the energy in the event of a collision, preventing it from being transmitted to the occupant of the seat.
Practicality, style, safety… along with the Crypton Super Fabrics makes this convertible car seat worth every penny.

CLEK FOONF DETAILS:

  • 7-year warranty
  • Integrated magnets to hold the harness out of the way, which makes loading your child easier
  • Clear visibility to all belt paths to make installation easier and more accurate
  • Energy-absorbing foam-lined headrest with steel rods connectors to provide maximum side-impact head protection
  • Reinforced steel and magnesium substructure
  • The Anti-Rebound bar in the rear-facing mode improves the stability of the seat
  • 3-position recline and Rigid-LATCH in forward-facing mode
  • Unique LATCH and installation design improves rear-facing installation by taking up less space
  • Rear-facing weight range: 14 pounds/6 months (or when baby can hold his head unsupported) to 40 pounds
  • Forward-facing weight range: to 65 pounds
  • Just under 17-inches wide at the widest point and 13-inches wide at the base – making 3-across seating possible
  • Crypton Super Fabrics provide permanent protection against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria.
  • Available colors: Dragonfly (green), Blue Moon (blue), Snowberry (pink), Drift (black), Paul Frank Heart Shades, Paul Frank Faux-Hawk Julius, Paul Frank Julius Stripe
  • Available now
  • Retails for $475

 

 

 

UPPABABY MESA

The UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat provides safety without complexity and combines functionality with ease of use. As the first and only infant car seat to have the SMARTSECURE System, the MESA uses an innovative and unique technology to ensure snug, safe and easy installation every time. The tightness indicator and self-retracting mini LATCH connectors make installation easy enough for anyone – and without having to break your back in the back seat!

UPPABABY MESA DETAILS:

  • Weight range: 4 – 35 pounds
  • Height limit: 32 inches
  • Adapts seamlessly with the VISTA and CRUZ stroller without the need of additional adapters
  • The one-touch button on the carry handle releases the car seat from the VISTA or CRUZ in one simple and natural motion
  • Integrated Side Impact Protection with front-adjust access for accurate harness positioning
  • Included positioning insert for preemies and small babies
  • Hideaway SPF 50+ canopy protects infants from the sun and stores away when not in use
  • Integrated storage pockets to keep the restraint buckles out of the way and to keep the metal parts cool when the seat is exposed to the sun
  • Extremely low profile with a slim, finished base that protects vehicle upholstery and eliminates the need for a seat protector
  • Available colors: DREW (tangerine), SEBBY (teal), LINDSEY (wheat) and JAKE (black).
  • Available Spring 2013
  • Retails for $280

Stay tuned for even more new baby gear as 2013 continues on! There are more new and exciting things to come – some of which I can’t even talk about yet! One thing’s for sure, 2013 is going to be a great year for baby gear.


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