This weekend I was working on a stroller review comparing our old UppaBaby Vista with our new Baby Jogger City Select. Searching for a few images to use in the post I came across a blog post about a homemade iPad mount for their kid a Mom made for her City Select. After reading the post I was, as a parent, well, not horrified but definitely annoyed. I understand that we all have that point at which we will do anything to
shut up comfort our kids when they hit a high enough decibel or enough time elapses with the crying/screaming. Sure, No problem, I get it. But I think it’s a completely different story to preempt that potential situation by giving them something in the hopes of keeping them quiet.
To the author, Mrs. Graham’s credit she does point out that she knows that people are not going to be happy with her letting her 2 year old kid watch TV and invites “HAVE AT IT haters”. Well, this hater is gonna hate I guess.
Colin Furze is just like any of us: he’s a guy, a dad, a hoodlum, and oh – he also holds three Guinness World Records, one for starting the largest bonfire. Furze hopes to extend his records to four after building what he hopes is the world’s fastest pram (that’s a stroller to us yanks).
Thirty-three year old English dad Furze built the stroller – and the sucker certainly doesn’t stroll; watch the video after the jumperooski. Also, for bonus points, Furze took some time to talk to 8BitDad about his creation, which although he didn’t say was more important to him than the Guinness record, we’re going to guess was.
I have no evidence that douchebags will actually envy your baby for being in a Kid Kustoms stroller – oh, I’m sorry – I mean Roddler. What I can …
Just in case you haven’t yet heard, stroller giant Graco recalled 2 million – that’s million with an M – strollers. The industry changed their standards for how strollers were made back in 2008. It was a voluntary standard, so no one had to change the way they manufactured their products. Graco opted out. You might remember that a couple months ago, Graco recalled nearly 2 million (with an M) strollers because they were amputating fingertips. Seems like you’re better off just putting your kid straight into a coffin with wheels.
If you’re still totally psyched for those hoverboards and Max Headroom-inspired fully-automated diners that you saw in Back to the Future II, then get ready, because 2015 might be coming sooner than we thought. That is to say, sooner than a mere 4.75 earth years from now.
Jeong Haedong and Bae Junseong designed something whose concept I hope catches on – a stroller than converts into a child’s bicycle and a shopping cart. Even if the design of this particular “Babyoom” is a little too futuristic, I think this is a great concept, and I’d love to see some of the current stroller brands catch on. Because as every father knows, the stroller conversation goes a little something like this –
Husband: I guess [INSERT CHILD NAME HERE] is too big for the stroller now. We spent all this money on the perfect stroller just to use it for less than a year?
Wife: I know how we can get our money’s worth – let’s have another baby.
(queue that tuba thing they play on Price Is Right when someone loses a game)