I had a chance to stop by the Orbit booth and check out the newest product developments from their team. As usual, I was impressed. They showed a fantastic stroller seat that fits onto the Orbit frame. It’s a roomy, fully-featured seat with a generous hood and a very plush, comfortable seat. The stroller has a reversible seat pad; one side is lined with microfiber ultrasuede, and the other is a breathable cool mesh. They also showed a beautiful bassinet, a natural extension to the product line. The bassinet will come with a rocker base for the home, which features the SmartHub attachment system and can thus serve as a “landing pad” for the bassinet, the stroller seat or the infant car seat. SO cool.
As for the toddler car seat, there isn’t a prototype to see. I’m not sure what to make of that; I’m hoping to get more information over the course of the show. The good news is, the stroller seat is a great addition to the line, and it’s a far more practical extension of the Orbit’s usefulness. We were discussing this over dinner this evening, and we realized that current regulations will require the toddler car seat to utilize a tether. Unless Orbit has a real trick up their sleeve (and I wouldn’t underestimate them here), the toddler car seat may never offer the same portability or ease of use as the infant seat. But when you realize that the Orbit system with the bassinet, rocker base and stroller seat will provide you with an infant car seat, a travel system, a stroller, a pram-style baby carriage, a cradle and a baby rocker, it’s mind boggling how much return you’ll get on this investment, even without the toddler car seat.
I’ve requested some pictures of the new products, and as soon as I receive them, I will post them here.