Baby Jogger Company Founded
Phil Baechler, a local newspaper journalist, establishes The Baby Jogger Company. As Baechler wanted the opportunity to spend time with his then infant son without forsaking his favorite pastime, he began bringing his son along with him in his baby carriage while jogging. He quickly discovered that standard carriages were not made to endure the stress of long distance usage over various surfaces, so he designed a specialized stroller with features more conducive to running. He aptly named it the Baby Jogger.
Baby Jogger developed the first jogging stroller made for two children called The Twinner. The original Baby Jogger and Twinner models were both designed for serious runners, as the wheels were bolted on and neither had a folding mechanism. Over the next 10 years, various models of strollers and joggers were developed to accommodate different needs in the marketplace, including the Zipper, WalkAbout, FunAbout, Super Jogger, and Super Twinner.
Second Generation Strollers Released
The Company released the next generation of joggers, called the Baby Jogger 2 and the Twinner 2. Both strollers were highlighted by a folding feature which required no tools, as well as quick release wheels that were offered in three sizes. These features added a convenient element to the design of the strollers as consumers could now easily fold and store them, making them the best-received of all models thus far.
Baby Jogger expanded their line of high quality strollers to include two superior bicycle trailers. The Tailwind trailer is a roomy bicycle trailer for two while the Switchback features the ability to convert between a bicycle trailer for two and a double stroller in a few easy steps. Both products incorporate Quick Fold technology, allowing for easy storage and transportation needs. No tools are required to complete these conversions.
Baby Jogger expanded their most popular stroller, The City Series, to create a family of City Strollers. This family includes the City Mini, the City Classic and the City Elite to fulfill three different stroller needs. These strollers were launched for 2008 and offer several unique features including the mounting bracket that makes accessorizing your City Series stroller extremely easy.
The City Mini by Baby Jogger has proven to be a superior stroller in the baby specialty industry, counting two Gold Awards to its name in its first year on the market. In April 2008, the City Mini received the highest product honor by the National Parenting Publications Awards, competing with a myriad of other strollers to be selected as the NAPPA Gold Award recipient. The City Mini was also the recipient of the 2008 Mother & Baby Gold Award in November 2008 after vigorous testing by numerous parents and respected baby experts who determined the stroller to be the Gold Winner in the "Lightweight Buggy" category.
Baby Jogger has introduced a new versatile jogger/stroller hybrid called the Summit 360. Available in early 2009, the Summit 360 is a multi-functional stroller that provides exceptional performance in both urban landscapes and off the beaten path. This hybrid incorporates convenient standard features including Quick-Fold Technology, a unique all-wheel independent suspension system, near flat recline and more. After only two months on the market, the Summit 360 already received two 3rd party awards to its name - the NAPPA Gold Award and the PTPA Media Award - a testament that the Summit 360 is Parent Tested and Parent Approved.
Baby Jogger launches the City Select, an innovative stroller that allows parents to mix and match seats, car seats and bassinets to customize their stroller into 16 unique combinations to suit their family's needs. Baby Jogger has won the JPMA Innovation Award for the City Select and embraces two new awards for their 2010 product line, including the 2010 NAPPA Gold Award for the Summit XC Single and the PTPA Media Award for the City Mini Double.
Baby Jogger introduces the next generation of stroller/jogger/bicycle trailer hybrids with the POD. The POD offers a roomy, comfortable chassis that seats one or two passengers, is narrow enough to fit through standard sized doors, and incorporates our patented Quick-Fold Technology for ease of transport and storage. With stroller, jogger and trailer conversion kits available, the POD tackles all of your outdoor adventures with ease.
Throughout 2011, Baby Jogger received several noteworthy awards including the coveted JPMA Innovation Award for the City Versa, a brand new stroller expected to launch in summer/fall 2012. The City Versa features a unique reversible seat that allows you to fold the stroller with one hand, using our patented Quick-Fold Technology, no matter which direction the seat is facing.
Baby Jogger launches the City Mini GT, a luxurious all-terrain version of the ever popular City Mini stroller. This stroller's added features include a plush padded seat, forever-air tires, an adjustable handlebar and hand-operated parking brake. The City Mini GT has also won two major industry awards within its launch year for design and functionality: The PTPA Media Award and the Mother & Baby Gold Award.
Acquired by Newell Rubbermaid
Baby Jogger is acquired by Newell Rubbermaid and continues to be the leading designer and manufacturer of high performance jogging strollers and all-terrain strollers. Baby Jogger prides itself on its commitment to excellence and dedication to create the absolute best product for your family needs. Stay tuned for new strollers!