Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Thankful for our Troops

Joovy is thankful for so many things.   Today,  we are Thankful for Troops who have served in the past or who are serving now.  We are very grateful, proud and thankful for your dedication to our country.

Who do you know who has served this country and is in need of a Joovy stroller, highchair or playard?  Share their brief story on our blog and on our Facebook page to nominate a friend, loved one or family in need.

And THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SERVE.

And, our winner was nominated by Kathryn Patti.  Kathryn shared with me that, “my  husband was Matt’s commander in Afghanistan and after their time together he thinks of Matt like a brother.  They will be so excited to receive a product from you!  Thanks again for supporting military families!”

I’d like to nominate my good friends Jill and Matt Carpenter. Matt is a member of the Ohio Army National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan during 2010. While home on R&R he and Jill got pregnant with their little boy Jax. Matt was able to make it home just in time for Jax’s birth! Jill and Matt are a very deserving military family. While most people recognize the sacrifice our military men and women make, few understand the sacrifice made by the family members soldiers leave behind. While Matt was deployed Jill had to endure not only those notorious crazy pregnancy hormones but she also had to deal with the additional stress of having a spouse deployed and managing a household and pregnancy on her own. She did so with grace and honor. I’d love for Jill, Matt and their 10 month old son Jax to be able to receive a Joovy Nook Highchair as a way to say THANK YOU for their service and dedication to this country.

Thank you!
Kathryn Patti

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Countdown to Get Joovy! Warehouse Sale!

This is the week for our second annual Joovy Warehouse Sale in Irvine, California.  We are busy getting ready for YOO!  Come by on Friday, November 18 or Saturday, November 19 for super cool Joovy gear and guess who else?  JuJuBe!!!

  • Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19
  • 8am – 2pm
  • Joovy
  • 15281 Barranca Pkwy # H,
  • Irvine, CA 92618-2202

Your chance to Get Joovy!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Christina Applegate, in “Up All Night”, Using Joovy Hook

Joovy Hook As Seen in Up All Night TV Show

The Joovy Hook was featured in this week’s Up All Night with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett.

The Joovy Hook is the only deluxe leatherette fabric hook-on chair on the market.  The Hook’s anodized aluminum frame not only looks great, it’s super lightweight and strong. The patented folding mechanism utilizes die-cast aluminum components to support a child up to 37 lbs.  The Hook requires no assembly or dis-assembly. Folding and unfolding this portable seat is easy; just two buttons to push and two arms to fold. The durable, comfortable leatherette seat has an adjustable 3-point harness and is 10.5 inches deep to provide more stability and room for the child.   Just like the ultra-high-end highchairs on the market today, the Hook’s leatherette fabric is easy to wipe clean and doesn’t sacrifice comfort for cleanliness.  The Hook’s arms have non-slip rubber grip pads to protect tables. The Hook includes a 600D zippered travel bag with an adjustable shoulder strap.  The Hook is very compact and fits in most diaper bags. The Joovy Hook measures 15.25 x 13 x 5 and weighs 5 lbs.

 

 

Friday, 4 November 2011

Joovy Warehouse Sale ** Irvine, CA ** November 18 & 19

Are you ready to Get Joovy

We had so much fun last year that we’ve decided to do it again!

Will you join us?

  • Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19
  • 8am – 2pm
  • Joovy
  • 15281 Barranca Pkwy # H,
  • Irvine, CA 92618-2202

 

There will be a bit of everything Joovy!

Savings up to 75%

No advance sales

Please share with your friends!

  • Strollers
  • Joggers
  • Playards
  • Highchairs
  • JuJuBe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(click below for google map)

Thursday, 3 November 2011

*Get Groovy, Get Joovy* Halloween Contest!

We love how you all **Get Groovy, Get Joovy!**

*Get Groovy, Get Joovy* winning photo: 'peace, love, joovy'

We had soooo much fun with this Groovy photo contest.  Your beautiful kiddos are all looking very Groovy in their Halloween costumes!

It was really hard to choose but, we think this picture captures the pure Grooviness and excitement  of Halloween.  Look at the smiles on these faces!  These children show absolute wonder and their smiles are contagious!  Congrats to their mom, Erin Klooz,  the winner of the new Joovy Groove in Greenie!!! Here’s what Erin says about Joovy, “I love my Joovy Caboose! my husband jokes about how much I love it. I won’t let him fold it for fear he’ll break it! The grooviest thing…the maneuverability of Joovy! I don’t fear tight spaces because I know Joovy can groove right on through!”

And, because Joovy cares about YOO, and YOO all shared your favorites with friends and family, we are going to give another Groove to the mom whose picture got the most ‘likes.’

Your choice winning photo: 'Miss Tilly getting groovy as a genie in her Joovy.'

Here’s what Tilly’s mom,Shannon has to say about Joovy: ” I think the grooviest thing about Joovy is that there’s a Joovy for every situation! I feel groovy when I’m pushing my Joovy and my little girl feels groovy riding in it (I can tell by her new-found ‘moves’) They come in groovy colors and styles. In fact, there’s nothing that’s NOT groovy about Joovy!”

So, the first Joovy Groove in Blueberry is on its way to Australia!!! Congratulations Shannon!

Runner up: 'Arrrghh Mateys!'

Runner up is Cassandra Eastman with her picture of her pirate!  Cassandra says she likes, “the groovy color options” available for the Groove: Blueberry, Orangie, Greenie and Black.  We’d like to offer Cassandra a $100 shopping spree at www.joovy.com to be used before the end of the year!

Here’s a look at some of the other Groovy kids…..  We think they are all adorable!  Thanks to everyone!

Thanks to all for Getting Groovy, Getting Joovy!

My pirate princess

Miller's First Trip to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Gettin' Roarringly groovy

A Groovy Halloween Cruisy for My Lil Pumpkin in His Joovy!

Miller's First Trip to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Little "Boo" from Monsters Inc.

Our son Logan was Max from Where The Wild Things Are!

This Monkey is Bananas for Sleep!

Hank the Happy Hot Dog

The Wild West

My Cowardly Lion

My little Pumpkin!

Groovy Flower Joovy Ride

Groovy with Joovy

Bee Groovy in a Joovy

Memphis the octopus!

I'm a bee and I roll in my yellow beemobile!

Monster Maddy!

Super Boy

Mommy's Little Pumpkin!

Mommy's not-so-big and not-so-bad Wolf

My Kitty

Wanted: Charlie-Armed with Charm and Some Serious Tantrums!

Itsy Bitsy Spider!

5 day old Baby Girl Emilymy ghost having a groovy time!

Take me to your leader!

Let’s go for a ride to get my pumpkin.
Saturday, 29 October 2011

Are Your Boys and Ghouls Ready for Halloween?

Here are some tips for safe Trick or Treating with children.

1. Make sure all costumes with masks have sufficient room for your child to see and breathe. For small children, I prefer not to have anything over their eyes and face, because they can’t always tell you if they can see or breathe.

2. If you have a child who’s in a stroller with you, make sure they can be strapped in and comfortable if they are sitting in it (you may have to rethink the puffy dinosaur costume!).

3. If you are walking at night, make sure you have reflective tape on your child and their stroller — the new Groove has reflective stripes on the harness pads. Or you can find  Nathan 27-Inch Reflective Tape on Amazon.com and apply it. Glow sticks necklaces and bracelets are also fun (and will help).

4. Go to houses and stores that you know (this is not the time to go to the creepy house on the block).

5. Sort through your child’s candy when you get home and decide how many pieces they can eat per day. And obviously if any candy looks like it was opened or tampered with, throw it out immediately. Your kid may scream, but listen to your instincts. Or hold a “Trade Your Candy In” for a bigger treat, like a new small toy or cupcake from the local bakery.

6. Take the weather into account — buy costumes that you can put a jacket over or under if it’s cold or rainy.

7. Walking with a strollers — make sure you have a plan on how your other kids will stay next to you (if you are using a stroller). The carry handle on the side of a stroller may work well or by holding onto your stroller’s handles.

Contributed by Nancy Johnson Horn

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Is It Time for Training Wheels? Reasons Parents Should Consider a Balance Bike Instead

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That milestone decision has been made: it’s time for your child to learn to ride a bike!  Now, you just need the equipment.  Here are 5 reasons modern parents are choosing balance bikes over bikes with training wheels:

  1. A bike without pedals allows your child to focus on learning one task at a time: balancing.  By isolating and allowing them to master this one thing they gain confidence.  Your job?  Praise, praise, praise them!  
  2. Training wheels prolong the pain!  What?  Yes, this is true.  It takes kids longer to learn to balance correctly on a bike with training wheels.  When kids turn on a bike with training wheels, they lean into the training wheel instead of actually learning to balance.  This leads to dependence on the training wheels.  That’s why, when the trainers come off, kids usually fall and cry and don’t want to get on the bike again.  This equals negative experience.  
  3. Very young children can straddle the balance bike and walk.  The sooner, the better rule applies here.  Most balance bikes are age graded for 3 and up. 
  4. Independence.  Yes, your toddler can get a big taste of independence learning to ride a balance bike.  They will show you how it’s done mom and dad.
  5. Training wheels look old fashioned.  Yep, this is true and balance bikes have a coolness factor that says you’re an in the know parent.

Why complicate things mom and dad?  Lose the training wheels and you’ll have one less thing to manage, your child will amaze you and you’ll be building a foundation of confident kid who owns the world! Hooray for balance bikes!

 

 

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Get Your Baby Out of that Car Seat!

Wait, what did you just say Joovy?

While car seat safety is exceedingly important, Joovy feels very strongly about getting your babies out of their car seats—when you’re not in the car!  Hold your baby mom and dad!

Super cool baby equipment makes our lives run smoothly and efficiently, especially for those of us on the go.  But, as we parents stay super-mobile, the trend seems to be that baby spends more and more time in his/her car seat.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the CPSC and JPMA all recommend safety standards for these essential baby products and we at Joovy hail these guidelines and standards. Equipment has changed much over the years.  But are we, as parents, over using infant car seats instead of holding our babies?  As awesome as the versatile infant car seat is, are we keeping our babies in them more than a reasonable amount of time?

In Joovy’s opinion, babies are spending way too much time in infant car seats.

Let’s face it, babies first outing is to go home from the hospital in the infant car seat.  They are strapped into the seat and often times they spend a good portion of the entire day in that super portable infant seat.  Babies are put in the car seats to nap.  Many babies are fed in the car seat.  When parents need to scoot out to run errands, the infant, is put back into that car seat, which is then snapped into the car seat base (in the car) and then snapped into the snap and go or stroller.  They are whisked off to day care in the infant car seat and dad picks up baby and snaps him into the infant car seat adapter in his car for the trip home.

Life is full of jobs and errands and places to go, but babies are babies only once and it is easier to hold an infant than a 15 year-old teenager. Hold them while you can mom and dad! The payoff is bonding and nurturing moments that an infant car seat cannot provide. Common sense tells us that if they are held more, they will be more connected to you and the payoff will be huge.

Joovy thinks these modern inventions and conveniences are quite amazing and designed to keep baby safe while in the car but we urge you to hold your baby in those off-times rather than snapping them in and out all day long.

Hold them in your arms. Cradle them and cuddle them.  Let them feel the beat of your heart and warmth of your body.  Get them out of that car seat!

Monday, 3 October 2011

On the Road with Baby

You’re packing for your family road trip — what baby/little tyke gear should you include? While it’s tempting to take everything under the sun, be practical first and check the amount of space you have in your vehicle. Then you can gather what you want to take. I recommend making an essentials pile, and then a wishlist pile. Once you’ve got everything, then see what you can fit and what you may have to leave behind.  Questions to answer are;
Where is your child going to sleep?
Is there a safe place for them to play?
Where is a safe place for them to eat?
Will you need a stroller?

Where’s Baby Sleeping? Can they play there too? If you have a baby or toddler that usually sleeps in a crib, you have to make sure you take something for them to (or arrange to have something at your location). While a hotel portable crib (usually a smaller version of a crib) may be fine and clean, but a hotel may supply a playard instead. Call first and find out what’s available, because if you are driving anyway, bringing your own playard for them to sleep in. It will be much cleaner and you know what you are getting.  I’ve stayed in places (even recently) that the playard provided was dirty and stained and I cringed putting my precious baby in it. Since playard sheets are small, make sure you pack at least two (in case one gets soiled). A playard can also be great to provide a safe play environment so you can take a shower and get ready for the day. It’s kind of hard to blow dry your hair and get your older kids dressed when the baby is cruising towards the sharp coffee table in the hotel room!

Spotlight on the Room Ultralight Playard
Joovy offers the Room Playard line – with the Room2, Room, and the new Room2 Ultralight.  If you’ve got an older baby or young toddler and looking for the perfect lightweight playard to take on your trip, the Room² Ultralight is for you! Just like the Room2 and the Room, our Room² Ultralight unfolds and sets up super quick, comes with a cotton sheet that can be easily secured to the playard (there are tabs that secure it to the mattress, which is then secured to the bottom of the playard for safety). The Room² Ultralight is 30% lighter than the Room2 and almost as much space as the Room2 (9 square feet versus the Room2′s 10 feet). Toss in a few soft toys when your child wants to play and take them out when she wants to sleep or nap. Because the Room line’s side rails are tapered, it makes it difficult to climb out of and it’s stable). The Ultralight’s floor is lower to the ground (the ground is used as its floorboard, which also lowers the weight and increases stability). The mattress is memory foam and the cotton sheet is so thick and soft (have you felt the other companies’ sheets? So uncomfortable!). The Ultralight can be folded in half up during the day if you need more room (or folded up completely and stored in its travel bag).  It’s got one solid 600 denier fabric side panel instead of mesh on one side, which acts as a protective barrier against wind, light and noise on one side it (great if you are in the room with your child and they are trying to nap).

What’s Baby Going to Ride in? If you’ve got a young child, a lighter weight stroller is going to make your life easier on your road trip. But you have to still make sure your child is comfy and if you are going to sunnier climes, that your sunshade is large. You’ll also want something that folds up compactly and quickly (and also have some storage for those days out).  Here a Joovy, we’ve got you covered — and we recommend one of our lighter strollers, like the Scooter or the Kooper or Groove strollers.

Spotlight on the Groove Stroller
The brand new, techy looking Groove, which retails around $199, is under 18 lbs and perfect for the child who want to relax in it (with a one handed, multi position recline, it’s super comfortable for napping). Your child will love the mesh pockets on each side of the seat — perfect for stashing little treasures. You can put your own drink in the canopy (just make sure it’s not too hot). The basket is large and can hold a lot. If you are going somewhere really sunny, you can’t beat the Groove’s sunshade (it’s huge). It’s also a stroller that your older child can ride in (weight range goes up to 55 lbs). Plus, it has excellent steering, suspension and maneuverability.

Where’s Baby Going to Eat? You want to take something that’s compact and will make sure baby’s still in the middle of the action. Even if you have the smallest possible folding high chair, you may not want to pack it (you’ve still got to fit so much other stuff!). So consider a hook on high chair – they take up a very small amount of space and most of the time, you can fit it in your diaper bag.

Spotlight on the Hook Portable Hook On Chair
The Joovy Hook is the only deluxe leatherette fabric hook-on chair on the market. The Hook’s anodized aluminum frame not only looks great, it’s super lightweight and strong. The patented folding mechanism utilizes die-cast aluminum components to support a child up to 37 lbs. The Hook requires no assembly or disassembly. Folding and unfolding this portable seat is easy; just push the buttons and fold the arms. The durable, comfortable leatherette seat has an adjustable 3-point harness and is 10.5 inches deep to provide more stability and room for the child. Just like the ultra-high-end highchairs on the market today, the Hook’s leatherette fabric is easy to wipe clean and doesn’t sacrifice comfort for cleanliness. It fits most tables from 1 to 2 inches. The arms have non-slip rubber grip pads to protect tables. The Hook includes a 600D zippered travel bag with an adjustable shoulder strap. The Hook is very compact and fits in most diaper bags. The Joovy Hook measures 15.25 x 13 x 5 and weighs 5 lbs.

What Joovy product do you take on family trips?

Contributed by Nancy Johnson Horn

Monday, 26 September 2011

How to Run a 5K With Your Child in Tow

The right gear makes all the difference in running a 5K!

As parents, sometimes we don’t do enough for ourselves. With childhood obesity rates rising in America, the best thing we can do for ourselves to to set an example for our children. One way is to get off the couch and to run (or walk) a 5K race. You can even get your kids involved — by signing your older kids up for a shorter race or take a younger child along with you in a jogging stroller! If you are taking off, with child in tow, we have some recommendations.

1. Make your your child has good head control (babies should be over 6 months –I’d recommend over 8 months).

2. Be safe — if you are running (or walking on a straight path), lock the front wheel (wheels), make sure your child is snugly harnessed in, and loop the safety strap around one of your wrists.

2. Your child should be wearing sunscreen and sun/wind protective clothing. Make sure the sunshade is down and they keep cool. If its a really hot day, you may have to change your plans and go solo.

3. Make sure you have hydration for you and your child. Pack a small cooler, in an accessible part of the basket or in a parent console, with at least two cups or bottles for your child — you may be able to grab the open cups of water on the trail, but it’s going to be messy for your child.

4. Leave the heavy diaper bag in the car, take a large ziploc with a change of clothes, a couple of diapers, changing pad, wipes, and 1 outfit — in case you have to stop and change a diaper on the way.

5. Make it fun! Sing to your child, talk to him about what you’re seeing, have fun!

For jogging, Joovy’s got two models, the Zoom 360 and the Zoom ATS.   The Zoom ATS is a fixed front wheel jogger for serious runners, and the Zoom 360 is a swivel front wheel version for maximum

maneuverability.  If you want a rugged stroller that can also be used as a jogger and/or bike trailer, the new Joovy Cocoon is a great option.

Contributed by Nancy Johnson Horn