Toddler Birthday Party Dos and Don’ts and How To

outdoor-inddor-bithday-party-placesYour child’s first kids birthday party came and went in a flash. The family came over and had some cake and other refreshments while socializing. The baby probably slept or spread cake and icing all over themselves. As any seasoned parent can tell you, this is the easiest party to throw. The guest of honor is happy with whatever you do!

Then they start growing up. Along with the toddler years comes all the expectations of birthday parties with their friends. If they go to a party with the “cast” of Frozen, they’ll want a party with characters from their favorite movie as well. Before you run around to throw that dream party for your prince or princess, you’ll want to keep a few dos and don’ts in mind.

Do: Find Out What Your Toddler Wants

Let your toddler decide a few age-appropriate things in order to give them a sense of pride in the party. Ask them what theme they would like or characters. Older kids can pick out cakes and decorations, as well as think about which friends they would like to go to the party. While you know you can’t give in to every request, you can use their suggestion as a starting point.

</h2>Do: Know Your Child!</h2>

Before losing your sanity trying to hire characters for their chosen themed party, decide if it might be too much. Some children are perfectly fine with large crowds. If your child loves crowds and being the center of attention, you can easily go with a short themed party. If your toddlers has a meltdown if they are the center of attention for too long, you may want to consider something else. Any parent knows that just because your child thinks they want something does not mean it is the best idea for either of you. If your toddler is easily overwhelmed, it’s a good idea to find ways to mix their ideas with something that won’t cause a meltdown.

Do: Plan Activities Wisely

rock-n-playIt is not a good idea to plan activities that require too much competition. This is not a good time to play tag or Red Rover. For older kids, a good idea for a game might be “Red Light, Green Light.” If your toddler enjoys drawing or finger painting, ask parents to bring an outfit that they don’t mind getting dirty and let the kids have fun. Make sure you bring enough paint supplies for everyone so there’s no fighting over who gets the green paint!

For the overwhelmed child, if they want a party with a theme, you can still do so. For example, if they want a theme of Disney and don’t handle crowds well even with an umbrella stroller or best double stroller, you could perhaps have three or four of their preschool friends over along with family members. Use face paint or temporary tattoos with Disney designs. Have a Disney cake and sing along to Disney songs. This combines the toddler’s ideas with practical activities that can help reduce the chance of meltdowns.

Do: Keep Nap Times In Mind

Most toddlers will have their naps in the afternoon, so a good idea is to hold the party in the late morning or early afternoon. This can reduce the chance of a toddler being so over-tired that they become cranky and cry the entire time. Along these lines, keep the party short. Most two and three year-old toddlers can handle about an hour at a time. For the child that’s around four, up to two hours should be good for both the parents and the child.

Do: Make Invitations Easy to Understand

The parents of the guests will want to know what time to show up, where to be, and how long the party will be. If you don’t want your child to have a certain gift, say so. It’s a good idea to ask parents to let you know before the party if their child has any allergies or other special dietary needs. Also let parents know if they are expected to stay or can drop their child off. Make sure you send the invites early!

Don’t: Try To Do Everything

The parents of the guests will know you’re a great parent. They’ll also know you can’t do the entire party alone. Don’t be ashamed to ask them to help with small things such as passing out cake and drinks to the kids. If they have a good camera, ask them to take lots of pictures. They will usually be more than willing to help out.

Don’t: Ignore The Kids

While we all know you’re wanting some adult conversation, the smaller guests do come first. The parents of the children will understand.

Birthday parties for toddlers don’t need to be difficult. With just a little planning, they can be enjoyable for both you and the child!

Best Potty Seats and Step Stools

Potty Seat or Potty Chair: Do You Need Them or Should You Consider A Step Stool Instead

 

 

Most people know what a potty chair is – a little potty that sits on the floor away from the main bathroom toilet. A majority of them include a removable basin that people will dump and clean out.  The biggest downfall of potty chairs is the constant cleaning out of poop that must be done. And, for some parents and caregivers, this may be the grossest part of it all in taking care of kids.

 

A potty seat is just a toddler’s bathroom – is much smaller than the adult toilet – and ensures your child doesn’t fall in the bigger toilet.  If you’re able to get your little one to sit on the adult potty, that’s great. It means no real messy cleanup for you. However, many toddlers are terrified of the adult potty – perhaps because of its height.

 

If you can get your child on the big “boy or girl” potty, then you’re going to have to invest in a step stool so they can easily get onto the toilet.

 

Potty Chair vs. Potty Seats vs. Step Stools

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A majority of toddlers, ages 2.25 and 2.5 are more keep on the adult potty while younger children tend to favor the potty chair. Whatever the method your child wants to use, it’s best to let them try both and decide which one is comfortable for their little rear ends.

 

When it comes to potty chairs versus potty seats, your best bet is going to be the potty chair. Of course, as your child gets a little older, you may want to go with the potty seat to acclimate them to the big toilet.

 

What Potty Chairs Should You Consider For Your Little One?

 

lockig-children-s-potty-green__0185029_pe336859_s4IKEA Lockig Children’s Potty ($10)

 

This IKEA children’s potty has an anti-slip material to it – it’s easy to use and lightweight.

 

Prince Lionheart PottyPOD Basic ($22)

 

pottypod-basixThe basic Prince Lionheart is a comfortable design that comes with an integrated splash shield. It also comes with a slip-resistant base that makes for easy cleaning. It also comes in an array of colors.

 

 

potty-chair-pink-055155-babybjorn-768x835BabyBjorn Potty Chair ($19)

 

BabyBjorn has developed various kinds of potties such as the BB Potty Chair. This chair comes with the ergonomic design and high backrest. The chair sits a little off of the ground, which allows your toddler to sit on it like they want.

 

They also developed a smaller potty known as the Smart Potty for $13; it’s often used by moms that need to make an emergency pit stop.

 

 

primo-4-in-1-soft-seat-toilet-trainer-and-step-stool-38Primo 4-in-1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer and Step Stool ($38)

 

Primo created a four-in-one toilet trainer – it’s a stand-alone potty, seat reducer that will go on the adult toilet and step stool. There’s additional security to it thanks to the handles. It’s ideal for tiny bathrooms where there’s room for a lot of extras.

 

Which Potty Seats Should You Consider?

 

BabyBjorn Potty Seat ($23)

 

The BB Potty Seat is a great product that comes with a knob that lets you adjust it to fit the toilet seat. If you’re going to remove the seat continually, you’ll be thankful to have the hanging hook, so it doesn’t sit on the bathroom floor.

 

bemis-nextstep-children-s-round-closed-front-toilet-seat-in-white-583slowaBemis NextStep Kid’s Toilet Seat ($46)

 

Bemis has created a mini/big seat combo that brings together a conventional bathroom that doesn’t scream that you have kids. It can replace your toilet seat and can be unclipped once the kids no longer need it.  It’s important you know what kind of toilet bowl you have and purchase the right size.

 

 

 

 

Which Step Stools Should You Consider?

 

There is going to be a time when your little one is going to need a step stool – it doesn’t matter if they’re trying to reach the big potty or if they’re trying to wash their hands. If your child is a little short or you have a tall sink, you could purchase a tall stool for them.

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IKEA Forsiktig Step Stool ($5)best-step-stools-for-pottys

 

For just $5, you can get the IKEA Forsiktig Step Stool, which is great as a small stool and helpful to those little ones that need a little bit of a boost.

 

Aqueduck Faucet Extender ($10)

 

Have you ever had to hold your child in your hands to wash their hands? If so, then give your back a rest with the Aqueduck Faucet Extender.

 

BabyBjorn Safe Step Stool (Min. $10)

 

This step stool comes with an anti-slip material on both the top and bottom, which is important for when you want your child to wash his/her hands and are afraid they may slip. Remember, kids are messy and are likely to get water everywhere.

 

Bumbo Step Stool ($14)

 

This step stool is much taller and wider than other step stool and is great for your little ones.

 

Pottery Barn Kids Step Stool ($45 to $60)

Pottery Barn has created several wooden step stools that fit in any bathroom décor. You can go with either the one-step or two-step stool. With the two-step stool, your smaller child gets some additional height to reach the sink. Consider styling it up by putting their name on it.

 

You Still Need The Baby Wipes

 

As it currently stands, until your baby is fully potty trained, you’re going to need some type of baby wipe to get them fully cleaned. You have the option for wet baby wipes, but you can also consider the flushable kinds too, at least until your baby is ready to use the dry toilet paper like you use.

 

Pampers Kandoo Flushable Wipes ($22)

 

There’s going to be a time where you don’t have to worry with baby wipes and, until that time happens, the flushable wipes from Pampers is your go-to product.

 

On-The-Go Portable Potty Seats

 

If you’re potty training your child, you know that going out can be a difficult thing to do. The last thing you want to do is confuse your child by making them wear a diaper anytime you go out. Instead, the travel potty seat allows you to easily and slowly transition them from diaper to adult potty.  Before you know it, they’ll wait to use the restroom for the actual potty.

 

Potette Plus 2-in-I ($9)

 

The 2-in-1 Potette Plus is an upgrade from the original and comes with a portable potty with a trainer seat to boot. It’s equipped with a small drawstring bag that can be tossed into the back seat of your vehicle or diaper bag. It has three disposable liners. All you need to do is purchase refills and or a plastic grocery bag.

 

Summer Infant Deluxe Piddle Pad ($10)

 

If you despise washing car seat covers, you can protect them from accidents using the Summer Infant piddle pad.

Best Double Umbrella Strollers

8 Popular Double Umbrella Strollers To Consider For Your Baby-Transporting Needs

 

 

The purpose behind an umbrella stroller is to transport your child from one location to the next easily. It doesn’t weigh very much at all and can be easily folded for easy storage. Double umbrella strollers are quite similar, but they’re a bit heavier.

 

There are some exceptions to double umbrella strollers:

 

  • They don’t have any bells and whistles that full-size strollers have – large storage baskets, large canopies, all-terrain wheels, accessories, etc.

 

They’re great to use for traveling, whether it’s by car or plane.

 

What Are The Best Double Umbrella Strollers?

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Kolcraft Cloud Side-by-Side Stroller ($100)

 

Kolcraft has long been equated with baby products. The side-by-side stroller, which cost about $100, is fairly basic and does what it needs to do, which is to transport your children. It can be folded easily and put away. What are some other positive reasons to consider this stroller?

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  • It weighs just 21 pounds
  • Reclinable seats despite a clunky mechanism
  • It can easily fit in your vehicle’s trunk
  • It has a cup holder
  • It comes with a canopy that includes a visor extension

 

Some of the negative aspects of this stroller includes:

 

  • A little flimsy
  • It doesn’t come with a bottom storage basket
  • It can hold up to 70 pounds – no more
  • It only has a three-point harness, unlike the normal five-point harnesses

 

If you need something quick and easy, this is the stroller for you. They fit easily into trunks and can get past the airline gate checks.

 

Chicco Echo Twin ($190)

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An extremely popular stroller in Europe, which has made its way to the U.S., is the Chicco Echo Twin. They’re affordable ($190) and very sturdy. It’s well-designed umbrella stroller that’s highly compact and will fit easily into small places. The downside of this stroller is that it’s practically 40 pounds – very heavy to carry. What are some of the positive aspects to the stroller?

 

  • It has a five-point harness system
  • Tall handles
  • It’s very sturdy
  • It can easily be pushed unlike other umbrella strollers
  • The leg/calf support can be adjusted
  • It comes with an average-sized storage basket
  • It can be flat reclined

 

What are the negative aspects to it?

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  • It’s very heavy – more than 35 pounds
  • There’s a tiny canopy, which means the sun can still get through
  • It only comes in the color gray
  • All three brakes must be engaged to keep it stationary

 

If you don’t have a lot of space to spare and don’t mind buying the extras that go along with it (cup holder, sunshade, etc.), then this is the perfect stroller. It’s also usable for airline and vehicle travels.

 

Zoe XL2 Deluxe ($249)

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At 16 pounds, there is no better double umbrella stroller that’s great for traveling and convenience. What are some other good aspects about this stroller?

 

  • A lot of storage thanks to its large basket
  • 50 pounds per seat
  • Four-panel canopies to cover your children with
  • It can be quickly folded
  • Its Deluxe version comes with all kinds of accessories – snack holder, cup holder, strap pads, etc.
  • It has a lifetime wheel replacement guarantee
  • You can customize it for how you’d like

 

What are some negative points to this double umbrella stroller?

 

  • It’s expensive at the rate of $249
  • The wheels don’t travel well on flat service, and can’t be used on the beach
  • Pop-off cup holders if you’re not careful
  • Lightweight and flimsy

 

A lightweight stroller that comes with a large storage basket and wheel replacement promise.

 

Kinderwagon HOP ($300)

 

At the price of $300, the Kinderwagon HOP can hold two children, similar in age and who weigh less than 50 pounds apiece. The seats are fairly shallow – too small for four-year-olds and too big for three-year-olds. The seats have a five-point, padded harness. The front seat comes with a bumper bar, adjustable leg rest and can be reclined. For the rear seat, it’s up higher and can handle a three-month-old infant. Napping children should seat in the back.

 

What are some of the positive aspects of the HOP?

  • It comes with a cup holder
  • It’s equipped with a rain cover
  • The canopy includes two peekaboo windows so you can see what’s going on
  • It comes with tall handlebars
  • It has a medium-sized basket – it can’t hold a large diaper bag
  • It comes with a rear and front-wheel suspension – it can’t handle the rough terrain
  • Folding mechanism is easy to use even when you’re wearing flip-flops
  • The belly bar lets you easily carry the stroller, as it doesn’t have a carry strap
  • It’s about 22 pounds and can be easily folded – great for air travel

 

What are some negative points?

 

  • Many people complain that it doesn’t’ have deep seats, which means unstrapped children will slide down.
  • It’s only useful for children under the age of four or who are smaller than their age range.

 

Summer Infant 3Dtwo ($200)

 

If you want a convenient stroller, then the 3Dtwo “Double Convenience Stroller” may be up your alley (and pocketbook). It’s easy to carry because of its lightweight nature, but that’s not all it has to offer:

 

  • It weighs just 18 pounds
  • You can easily maneuver it
  • It’s just an inch longer than single umbrella strollers
  • High handles (ideal for tall folks)
  • Includes a parent cup holder
  • Mesh side pocket to easily access the important items

 

The negative points of this stroller are:

 

  • High handles not ideal for short parents – 5’4” inches or shorter)
  • Should not be used for infants (six months or younger)
  • It’s not ideal for bigger kids (rather best for kids older than six months and around five-years-old)
  • It’s not useful for daily use
  • It doesn’t offer a great storage basket

 

Should you consider the Hop? At $200, it’s great to maneuver down narrow aisles and run your errands quickly. It’s definitely a convenience stroller, as it claims to be. It’s great to use while traveling and isn’t as well-designed as other strollers you can purchase.

 

Maclaren Twin Triumph ($300)

 

The umbrella stroller inventor Maclaren came up with the widely popular double umbrella stroller dubbed the Twin Triumph.  This stroller weighs slightly more than 21 pounds and is great even if your home is small. It’s made of high-quality material that can withstand the daily abuse you give it.  There are so many good things about this double umbrella stroller including but not limited to:

 

  • Handles have pads on them
  • Can be compactly folded
  • Average-sized storage baskets
  • Couple of deep storage pockets located in the back
  • Five-point harness that comes with three height positions
  • It’s equipped with a rain cover
  • Additional security netting at the bottom, meaning small babies are safe and won’t fall out
  • It’s sold with a Sovereign Lifetime Guarantee
  • It can hold up to 110 pounds

 

There are just two key problems with this stroller though:

 

  • It’s hard to adjust the harness for height
  • It’s not flip-flop friendly

 

With that said, the $300 stroller is more for people who live in the city and needs to carry strollers upstairs or who don’t have a lot of space. It’s a travel-friendly stroller for both airline and car.

 

Maclaren Twin Techno ($500)

 

At nearly $500 and weighing 26 pounds, the Marclaren Twin Techno is a durable version of the Triumph that comes with an array of features to it. It’s equipped with a suspension system to deal with the road’s bumps, has leg rests you can adjust, and includes shoulder pads and head huggers too.

 

If you want a luxury umbrella stroller that can still be compactly folded, then you want the Twin Techno stroller.

 

2015 UPPAbaby G-LINK ($499)

 

This stroller weighs a whopping 24.5 pounds and is definitely more expensive than most. However, it’s made from high-quality material, which ensures it’ll last longer than cheaper models. It goes with a large canopy that includes a peekaboo window and pockets on both sides of the seat. The stroller includes an attached cup holder.  It can be folded, which will stand on its own – ideal if you’re headed into a restaurant or small café. If your vehicle is tight in space, it’s still going to fit.

 

People who love to travel by plane will find how useful the stroller is. Keep your baby in the double stroller or a side by side best double umbrella stroller as you go rushing for the plane – they’ll never wake up from the jostling you’re sure to be doing.

 

 

 

 

Best Strollers 2016-2017 Buyers Guide

Best Strollers of 2016-2017

This article is the break down of the best strollers we have tested in 2016-2017.  for in depth stroller reviews check our our stroller specific guides that help you find the best option for your needs.  If you have twins or several young ones you may want to check out our best sit and stand stroller reviews or amazing double umbrella stroller buyers guide.  In addition we break down the best double strollers for 2016-2017 and which are the best potty seats and baby gates to buy online.

 Why do you need a stroller?

The main reason why you should use a stroller is that it allows you to move your baby fast and with great ease. Not only that, but it also enables you to do more stuff while also taking care of your child. From shopping to running or enjoying various events, you will certainly appreciate the great value and outstanding results delivered by a quality built stroller and especially so if you have twins. And since you get to have multiple models to choose from, the value can easily pay off in this situation. If you are seeking the best double strollers check out our guide on those.

Stroller Frames

chicco-keyfit-caddy-stroller-frameStroller frames are created with the primary purpose of efficiently handling the stroller skeleton. They are the core of your stroller, so you do want to make sure that the frame you use here is the very best on the market. Usually, stroller frames are light, and you can fold them to help you save space. A thing to note here is that a normal frame will be more than ok for the first year or so. However, once your baby gets over 25 lbs, you will need to find another, better frame. Some of the best options include the Baby Trend Snap N Go or the Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller Frame.

Full-Size Strollers

baby-jogger-city-mini-single-strollerWhat makes these strollers unique is the fact that they can easily be attached to the car seat. Not only that, but the baby can be moved to the stroller from your car without a problem. A thing to note here is that such a purchase can save you quite a lot of money.

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This particular type of strollers is inexpensive and lightweight. A thing to note here is that these strollers aren’t suitable for infants. Usually they will work perfect for babies that are at least six months old. Thankfully, you can get this type of model as a secondary travel stroller if you want and the value can be exquisite learn more about the best double umbrella strollers.

When should you buy a stroller?

Most of the time, strollers can be used to hold kids that have up to 50 pounds in weight. These will work great up until the preschool period. You can get quite a bit of value for your money here, and the ROI can be enormous. You should consider investing in a good, quality stroller right from the start and the value will pay off quite a bit.

Which are the best strollers for 2016-2017?

BEST VALUE

graco-relay-jogger-stroller-2017-redGraco Relay Jogger Stroller

The Graco Relay Jogger Stroller is an excellent jogging stroller that has a lot of great features. These include some mesh pocket cup holders, phone pockets and zipped storage that makes it easy for you to keep your items close. Unlike other models, this one is quite heavy and bulky, so you might not want to use it on a daily basis. However, it does deliver a lot of value for your money.

Parents say that this stroller is very easy to use and it can help you walk and job without a problem. The extra features are much appreciated, just like the impressive storage space offered by this particular model.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

  • It works for children up to 50 lbs
  • The Stroller Weight is 28 lbs

 

 

HIGH-RISE HERO

baby-jogger-city-mini-single-strollerBaby Jogger City Mini Single Stroller

This model is suitable for parents that just work a lot and which have a very busy city life. The model has three wheels, and it’s easy to use it around the city. It’s very light, and you can fold it with ease. The great thing here is that it can quickly go around obstacles and you can store it in small trunks without a problem.

You have to keep in mind the fact that this model might tip a bit towards the back when it’s in a full recline position. You won’t be able to adjust the handlebar as well, something that might be a little bit challenging to do at first. Aside from that though, the model is a great one to use, and the ROI you get is amazing.

Parents say that the product is fantastic to use, it looks great and it has a sturdy design. They are using the stroller for many walks around the town and the overall value is a stellar one.

 

ADDITIONAL SPECS

  • You can carry a child up to 50 lbs
  • The Stroller Weight is 17 lbs.

 

FAMILY FAVE

baby-jogger-city-select-strollerBaby Jogger City Select Stroller

Baby Jogger City Select Stroller is a great model if you want to have more than a single child. It’s a standard model, so you shouldn’t use it for jogging. It can be utilized for up to 3 kids, which is quite helpful for sure. A thing to keep in mind here is that you have a single seat at first, but you can add more if necessary. You also have configurable seats and you can face each seat in any way you want. The handlebar is short but you can adjust it with ease and the value does pay off.

While the product does get heavier when you add another seat, you expect that to happen. According to many parents that purchased the stroller, this is a fantastic product and the return on investment that it can deliver is certainly second to none. It’s also important to note that the build quality is amazing and all parents like it because you can accommodate more than a child. Plus, it’s created specifically to help you deal with the city life and its challenges.

 

ADDITIONAL SPECS

  • This seat is suitable for kids that have at least six months, and it can accommodate up to 45 lbs. per seat
  • The Stroller Weight is 30 lbs

 

WELL-ROUNDED PICK

2016-b-agile-3-britax-best-stroller-20173Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller

The Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller is great for parents that want good performance at a price that’s affordable. This model is similar to the City Mini since it has three wheels. With its help, you can easily turn the tight corners without any problem. What makes the Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller distinct is that it doesn’t require an adapter if you want to add it to the car seat. There is a travel system kit if you want to get the car seat and the stroller, you get to save a bit of money this way.

A thing to note here is that the storage compartment found under the seat might be cramped at times. Also, the handle can’t be adjusted to specific heights, so you have to keep that in mind.

Despite the minor issues, parents love this model. The fact that it has a sunshade helps quite a bit, plus you do get to have an astounding set of results when you add it to the car seat.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

  • It can hold children up to 55 lbs
  • The overall weight of the stroller is 16.5 lbs

 

SPLURGE-WORTHY

uppababy-vista-stroller-denny-redUPPAbaby Vista Stroller

UPPAbaby Vista Stroller is a model that allows you to go shopping with your child and have fun while doing so. It gives you a lot of space for your purchases, and it can accommodate three kids in total. Your children can face one another if you want, as the seat position is adjustable. Plus, the UPPAbaby Vista Stroller can hold up to 30 lbs in purchased items alone. Another great benefit here is that it comes with a detachable bassinet.

The UPPAbaby Vista Stroller works great with its dedicated car seat brand and Maxi-Cosi or Chicco. If you have another brand, you will need an adapter. If you add another seat, it will have more weight and this can be troublesome. Also, putting this in the trunk can be very hard to do at times, so try to keep that in mind.

Parents are in love with the UPPAbaby Vista Stroller thanks to the fact that it can hold up to 3 babies and a lot of groceries. They also enjoy the suspension system which is very helpful. The rain and bug cover is amazing as well for all parents that use this model.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

  • It suits children up to 50 lbs
  • The Stroller Weight is 27.5 lbs

 

ALL-TERRAIN CHAMP

revolution-pro-1195bob-revolution-pro-stroller-best-green-stroller-2016BOB Revolution PRO Stroller

BOB Revolution PRO Stroller 2016 is a model designed to offer you the versatility and quality you need without requiring a lot of challenge from your side. It’s a fantastic product if you want to explore the outdoors with your child. Many consider the BOB Revolution PRO Stroller to be a dream come true. It can handle even the roughest terrain, and you will be very impressed with the unique value delivered here. Steering is smooth and you get to both steer and push with a single hand which is great!

2016-revolution-pro-1280-bob-revolution-pro-strollerBOB Revolution PRO Stroller is not suitable for the city life; it’s more than ok for people that live in rural areas. And since it doesn’t have an upright position, the toddler might get frustrated at times. Folding is also a little challenging and time consuming, but it can be done in a few minutes.

Parents like the BOB Revolution PRO Stroller just because it’s excellent for those situations when you are out of town. It also comes with a car seat attachment that’s highly appreciated by many parents.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

  • Children need to be over eight weeks old; the unit supports up to 70 lbs
  • The Stroller Weight is 25 lbs

 

THE ROOMIEST RIDE

mamas-papas-armadillo-strollerMamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller

The Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller is perfect for those parents that want a model which suits even the largest kids. Even more so, it delivers a lot of room for stretching, and that can come in handy. The Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller can stretch to 36 inches in total, and it does come with a very large seat which is nice to use as well.

While the handle isn’t adjusting that quickly and the seat doesn’t have an upright position, the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller still works ideal for most kids. A minor inconvenience would be that this model is working only with some specific car seat brands, which is what you need to keep in mind. You might have to purchase an adapter.

According to many parents, this model is perfect for the busy city life. It’s compact and small, yet it still manages to deliver a lot of room, and you can use it one-handed if you want.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

  • Suitable for kids up to 50 lbs
  • The Stroller Weight is 17.6 lbs

How to choose the right 2017 Stroller model for you?

There’s no denying that picking the right stroller can be quite the challenge. Try to take your time here and avoid any pressure. You just need to figure out the activities that you plan to enjoy with your child and purchase the stroller based on those.

Once you do that, you should test drive each type of stroller you are interested in. Try to figure out if you want any extra features or if you are ok with a regular model, it all comes down to you here. Bug protectors, rain guards, as well as snack trays or cup holders, might be helpful. Also, if you go shopping often, make sure that the model you choose has enough space for groceries. The main idea here is that you need to find a model that suits your lifestyle. Don’t rush; there are lots of great strollers that you can find on the market. Take your time, focus on quality and results can be worth it!

Best Nursing Bras Reviews

Best Nursing Bras

How Expectant and Nursing Mothers Can Choose A Perfect-Fitting Bra For Their Pumping and Nursing Needs

Nursing bras are a necessity for moms who breastfeed their babies, and they’re particularly important during the first year of nursing. Of course, like the best double strollers, trying to find the best stroller or nursing bra for yourself can be difficult to do, but it doesn’t need to be.  How can you choose the best nursing bra for your breasts?

Your nursing bra’s fit is the most important thing you have to consider, and it can vary throughout your time of breastfeeding. If you have a nursing bra that doesn’t fit properly, it can actually place pressure on the milk ducts, leading to blocked ducts and inflammation.

When you’re pregnant, the rib cage will expand – up to two sizes – to accommodate the baby growing inside you. Your breasts are their biggest several days after you give birth when the milk is coming in. Many women look like Dolly Parton for a while after they give birth.

Women who never had to worry about a bra suddenly find themselves in uncharted territory, realizing they need more support than they ever had to have before. On top of finding a bra that fits your breasts, you want one that can hold the nursing pads. A nursing pad will soak up any milk that leaks from your breasts.

It’s not uncommon for your breasts to fluctuate during the day – large breasts in the morning, smaller ones when you go to bed.

After you give birth, the rib cage shrinks and your actual cup size will shrink as well. This is especially true once the milk stabilizes and you drop the weight. The shrinkage occurs steadily over the next 12 months and will continue to do so after your baby is eating solids or when you decide it’s time to wean.

During this time, you may find that your breasts are no longer their perky selves. But, this is what happens when you give birth to a baby.

What You Need To Keep In Mind For Bra Fittings

The last thing on your mind after you’ve had a baby is shopping, but it’s important that you have at least two nursing bras before you give birth that will fit your present pregnancy rib cage stage. After you’ve gotten the knack for nursing down and after the boobs have slowed down, it’s imperative that you purchase three more bras that will fit your nursing breast size.

Why so many bras? Your bras are going to be much dirtier than you’re used to. Why? The milk your breasts are producing are going to get onto the bra, and it will smell. You’ll need to wear a bra all the time, and you’ll be quite sweaty.

How To Properly Care For Your Bras

It’s important that your bras last, so wash them on the gentle cycle in cold water and allow them to hang dry.

2 Things To Consider When Choosing A Bra

  • Don’t try on bras as your milk comes in. This is the time your breasts will be big.
  • You’ll need to purchase more bras – smaller ones – if you decide to nurse for a longer period of time.

12 Worthwhile Nursing Bras To Ensure You Feel Your Best and Comfortable All Day Long

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Belibea Pumping and Nursing Bra ($50)

If you want a pumping/nursing bra, you have the choice of the Belibea Pumping and Nursing Bra, which comes with detachable pads between the cup panels that provide both shape and support. It’s the ideal bra to get back to work. If you’re a DD or bigger, this is not the bra for you. There is only one color to choose from and has a size range of small to extra-large.

belabumbum-lotus-nursing-braBelabumbum Lotus Nursing Bra ($42)

Many women don’t want to feel like a cow when they nurse, and Belabumbum makes sure this doesn’t happen with their nursing bras. They are comfortable to wear and beautiful, and the company’s best nursing bra is the Lotus Bra. This bra is wireless and can change when your breast size changes. There are two choices of colors and come in size small to extra-large.

 Bravado! Body Silk Seamless ($44)

One of the best nursing bras sold is the Bravado! Body Silk Seamless nursing bra. It’s very comfortable and soft with removable molded foam cups that can hide your nursing pads or nipples.  They range in size from small to extra-large and have 10 color choice that you can pick from.

Cake Lingerie Seamless Cotton Candy Bra ($53)

When you need support and want some comfort, this is the bra that you’re looking for. It’s got a double-layered side sling and low t-back that ensures it’s one of the best, most supportive wireless nursing bras you can find. If you’ve had a C-section, you may opt not to use this because you have to pull it off over your head – similar to a sports bra. It has a size range of small to extra-large with six colors you can choose from.

 Medela Seamless Nursing Bra ($24 at Target)

The Medela Seamless Nursing Bra can only be found at Target and offers you stretchy cups that will change when your breast size changes. It can effectively hold your nursing pads in place, so they don’t move when you move.  It can be found in three colors in has a size range of small to extra-large.

Leading Lady Wireless Cotton – 2-Pack ($39)

The wireless cotton nursing bras from Leading Lady have a complete inner sling and come in three colors. They also range in size from 34-44 B-DDD. For $39, you get two bras, not just one.

 Rumina Hands-Free Pumping and Nursing Bra ($34)

If you need to pump discreetly, you can’t get any better than the Rumina Hands-Free Pumping and Nursing Bra. It’s a wireless bra but still has amazing support. Despite being a hands-free pumping bra, it’s got a great suction power. People who have DD+ size breasts should not use this bra. It comes in bra sizes of extra small to extra-large, with six colors you can choose from.

Best Nursing Bras For Plus-Sized Women

Anita Microfiber Underwire Nursing Bra ($59)

If you have a large busted or a plus-sized woman, you should consider the Anita line of nursing bras. The company decides bras that go up to 44/i. While many nursing women love this bra, some have said the material is showy and thin. It comes in sizes of 32-44 and C-I, in four color options you can choose too.

Anita Underwire Nursing Bra ($64)

If you’re a big-breasted woman who loves an underwire bra, the $64 Anita Underwire Nursing Bra is for you. There are three color options that come in sizes 32-44 and C-J.

 Hot Milk Women’s Show-Off Nursing Bra ($60)

Women with bigger breasts can use this bra to get their support without the need for an underwire. It’s got six rows of eyes and hooks so you can always get the right fit. It has sizes of D-H and 32-38, but there’s just one color to choose from.

Le Mystere Sexy Mama Nursing Bras – ($66)

The Le Mystere Sex Mama Nursing Bra is similar in style to a regular bra. It comes with an underwire so that it’s extra supportive for ladies with bigger breasts. There are two color choices between its sizes of 32-40 and C-G.

The Dairy Fairy Arden ($68)

The Dairy Fairy Arden hands-free pumping and nursing bra is another go-to for nursing mothers. It allows them to wear the bra all day and pump without the need to undress to pump. It’s got two support panels where the top one can be tightened up when you’re draining your breasts. The bra can be found in eight colors and range in size from extra small to XXL.

Best Sit and Stand Stroller

Sit and Stand Strollers for Infant & Toddler Twins

You might think they look strange at first if you’ve never used one, but a sit and stand stroller is actually the perfect solution for busy parents with more than one child. Once you’ve got two little ones on your hands, you’ll certainly appreciate the freedom this style of stroller affords. The front seat in these strollers are for the baby or infant, with the back seat acting as a perfect spot for the toddler or older child, who can also choose to stand in the space. It was certainly designed with moms of multiples in mind. Plus, with a sit and stand stroller, you don’t have to worry about buying and learning how to use two different strollers, as one works just great.

Comparing Models:

Is it easy?

We’ll consider three areas of convenience – its weight, its size, and its maneuverability. Rubber tires come on some models, and others will feature ball-bearing wheels. Both options have pros to them.

Storage

Most moms who have more than one child have to travel with all sorts of items and accessories–think bottles, blankets, diapers, toys, first aid, jackets, etc. Likewise, mom might need to cart around a few personal items for herself, like a purse, wallet, cell phone, makeup, or camera. When it comes to motherhood, the list of needs sometimes feels limitless. As such, you’re going to want to make sure you have that needed storage space to make sure there is an compartment for all the little things that can sometimes add up to big bulk. The more organized you are, the saner you will stay.

Storing the stroller

Keeping an eye on two little ones is a challenge all unto itself. Moms don’t need the added hassle of figuring out how to fold up and store the stroller at home or while out on top of everything else. As such, we want to make sure these sit and stand strollers are easy to fold up and slide out of the way at a moment’s notice, and preferably with just one hand. You never know when you’ll have a crying infant in one arm with a toddler pulling on your pant leg at your feet.

Safety

This is an area most mothers are not willing to compromise on, and with good reason. Making sure their children are safe when rolling around in their strollers is often the number one concern mothers have when shopping for a new travel system. As such, you want to keep an eye out for these areas when comparison shopping for any type of stroller, including a sit and stand stroller – you want front wheels that lock, with 8″ rear wheels and 7″ front wheels, a foot activated rear brake, a 3-point harness padded seat, and a sun canopy that you can remove. Some of the more hi tech models will also include even more features, which might be something you are looking for.

1. Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller

This is a compact and lightweight model, weighing in at just 21 pounds. This stroller is 20 percent lighter than most models you will find on the market, and is arguably the lightest of its kind you will find. It is easy to maneuver, so you can make it around all those tight corners. It has a large storage basket with a parent organizer, and there are three recline positions for the front seat. Your bigger child can easily stand at the back, even if the front seat is in the lowest reclined position. The older child can choose between sitting, standing and walking, and the child tray has two cup holders with a car seat adapter that snaps easily in place.

2. Graco RoomFor2 Stand and Ride Classic Connect Stroller

The front wheels have built in suspension, which gives easy maneuverability. The swivel wheels can be locked, and both of the seats hold about 50 pounds each. The rear seat has a 3-point harness and you can easily clean them, as the seats are machine washable. The front seat has several position options, and the back has a bench seat that includes the standing platform for the older child. This model comes in black.

3. Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Tandem Stroller

This model is made of metal and nylon and holds the weight of 50 pounds for each of your two children. The child sitting at the back has the option to stand or sit, and the brake can be conveniently activated with just your foot. The child tray swings away when you need it out of the way, and older kids can also easily access the front seat. There is a large basket compartment to store away all of your things, making for even more convenience. The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Tandem Stroller comes in many different colors to choose from – Carbon, Phantom, Elixir, and Millennium; something for all tastes.

4. Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Stroller

The Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Stroller is an incredibly diverse model of stroller. It is compact and easy to maneuver over all sorts of terrain, and its patented stand feature is sure to appeal to the older child. The standing child can easily turn and sit on the padded seat if he or she likes. The trigger-fold design lets you fold up and store the stroller in a pinch and this stroller also features a car seat attachment that works with any make or model. There are also two cup holders, a child tray, and a large storage compartment. Your two children will be safe and comfortable in this model.

Best Double Stroller

Everything You Need To Know About The Best Double Strollers

Having your first baby is a unique experience, when it comes to a second, third, or more, the experience is very different. You will soon find out that being able to take the time to gaze into your baby’s eyes, look over their facial features, and have fun playing peek-a-boo is something that can only easily be done with the first baby. You are now taking your two-year-old to a play date, the grocery store, and the library, along with a baby.

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Being physically able to get around with your children can be difficult, but is something that you need to be able to do in order to survive with multiple children. It is necessary in order to stay sane and keep your confidence.

The Facts of a Double Stroller

Because of their purpose and design, double strollers are typically heavy and big. In order to hold two kids, they have to be. Making the decision on buying a double stroller and which one to buy is not a decision to make on a whim, because they can be quite costly.

Difference in the Children’s Ages

The type of double-stroller you will want to buy does depend on the differences in your children’s ages. The stroller you will want for an infant and young toddler is not the same stroller that you would want for an infant and a child that is three or four years old.

For the most part, it is easier to buy a double stroller for children that are less than two years apart. But if the children are three or four years apart, they often seem to do better in a side-by-side stroller. When looking at strollers, you will want to look for seats that have a weight limit of 50 pounds so you can use it longer, many have a 40 pound seat limit.

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When you are having your second child, you may not need a double stroller if your oldest child is four-years-old or older. If this is the case, you may want to wait until you have your second child and then determine if you want to put money into a double stroller.

Once children get to the age of four, they often do not want to ride in a stroller. If necessary, they would prefer to stand, so a sit and stand stroller may be a better option, but it really depends on what your child prefers. If your first child prefers to be in a stroller, then you have more options for a double stroller.

You could also consider using a riding board for your older child or if they don’t mind being in a stroller, you could use a single stroller for your oldest and carry the infant in a carrier. This is why waiting until your second child has been born before buying a stroller would be ideal if your oldest child is four or older.

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Double Strollers that are the Best

Deciding which double stroller to buy can be quite difficult and even more expensive than buying a single stroller. Our choices for the best double strollers are listed below.

What you need to first know is what you need to have and what your budget for a new double stroller is.

Side-by-Side Vs. Tandem

There are basically two types of double strollers, the side-by-side and the tandem and there are pros and cons to each.

Side-by-Side

A side-by-side stroller is an extra wide stroller that is basically two single strollers attached to each other. They are usually easy to push and steer, but because of how wide they are, they are typically harder to get through the doorway. If there is a narrow sidewalk, the side-by-side will also take up the entire sidewalk. On the other hand, there is often less fighting amongst the children because the seats are the same.

Tandem

A tandem double stroller has one seat in front of the other. They often have the back seat sitting higher than the one in front. With the tandem stroller, you can easily make it through a doorway because it is the same width as a single stroller.

But a tandem stroller is harder to steer and maneuver because it is so long. Another problem this type of stroller has is the fighting that it could bring between your children. If one seat appears to be a better seat, then as the children age, they will both want the better seat and may begin to fight over it.

Whether it is a Side-by-Side or a Tandem double stroller, there are a few favorites we have picked.

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* Best Side-by-Side for General Purpose – The Joovy Scooter X2

A typical side-by-side stroller with extra storage, average size wheels, and one of the best double umbrella strollers by Joovy that shades both children. Prices for this type typically range from $200 to $580.

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* Best Side-by-Side Umbrella StrollerMaclaren Twin Triumph

best-double-stroller-mclarenA stroller that is lightweight. It has limited storage and small wheels, but folds up compact for easier storing and transporting. There is an charcoal umbrella for each child. Prices typically range from $100 to $500.

 

 

 

ironman-duallie-23-best-double-stroller-jogins-running* Best Side-by-Side Double Jogger – BOB Ironman Duallie

This jogger stroller is for the serious runner that wants to be able to keep up with their exercise routine even after having more children. The two tires in the back are large and there is only one large tire in the front that is either fixed or swivels. This type of stroller is the perfect set-up for those that want to go for a run with their children. Prices range from $300 to $650.

 

 

 

 

 

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This type of stroller is the most commonly used. The wheels are heavy duty making them perfect for all types of terrain. The wheel or wheels in the front either swivel or can be locked making them great for those that occasionally want to jog with the stroller. They have a great amount of storage space, but are heavy, bulky, and take up a lot of trunk space. Prices typically range between $200 and $750.

Tandem

* Best Frame for Twin Car Seats – Joovy Twin Roo+

This is perfect for those that are having twins. You can easily put the baby’s car seat onto the frame and take them where you need to go. There is a good amount of storage and it is easy to fold up and take where you need to go. Typically can only be used for about a year. Prices range from $100 to $300.

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* Best Tandem for All PurposeContours Options

Tandems that are all purpose usually have smaller wheels and are not meant to go over all types of terrain. Prices typically range from $160 to $300.

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* Best All-Terrain Convertible Stroller – Baby Jogger City Select

A convertible stroller is one that can be used as a single stroller or converts into a two seater by adding a second seat. They are bulkier and heavier but last for many years. Prices will typically range from $500 to $1000.

* Best Tandem Sit and Stand Stroller

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The best sit and stand strollers are perfect for those that have an infant and an older child that is three-years-old or older. As a child gets older, they do not always like to sit in the stroller, so this stroller gives them the option to sit or stand. Prices typically range from $130 to $400.

There are also strollers that are designed for people that have three or four children that need to be in a top best double stroller. The Valco Baby Tri-Mode Double Plus Joey seat is perfect for those with more than two kids that need to be in a stroller. This typically costs between $700 and $800.

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