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All about the Britax B-Safe 35 Car Seat

Choosing a car seat is one of the more daunting of tasks when you’re expecting a new arrival. When I was pregnant with our first baby, I did everything I could to try to find out which car seat was best — aimlessly walking down the aisles of my local baby store, scouring the Internet for safety reviews, and compiling research in an effort to choose the perfect car seat. Fortunately, I found that all my investigative efforts (which at some point rivaled that of a seasoned CSI detective) kept pointing me to Britax.

Now years later, as we are awaiting baby number three, I knew exactly what to choose — the Britax B-Safe 35. This sleek car seat hits all the marks, and then some, for reassuring the on-the-go parent that their new little one is riding around in first class style and safety.

Have you heard about the recent Britax B-Safe 35 handle recall? Read more about the details and how to see if your Britax is included on the Britax website.

See the Safety Features of the Britax B-Safe 35

It’s all in the details

The Britax B-Safe 35 is top of the line in rear-facing car seats for infants 4 to 35 pounds. The B-Safe 35 features Britax’s SafeCell Impact Protection in both the car seat and its base to give your baby the ultimate care in car seat safety technology. With its deep protective shell and steel-framed base specifically designed to absorb the impact Baby might experience from any crash forces (including side-impact crashes), you can rest assure that your baby will be protected with the latest and greatest safety technology on the market to date.

Installing the Britax B-Safe 35

All that safety technology isn’t worth anything unless the car seat itself is installed right. Car seats can be tricky to install, especially for a new parent, so it’s not shocking that the majority of car seats end up being installed improperly. Britax definitely took this into account when designing the B-Safe 35. We found installation to not only by easy, but that there were several features to assist in the ease of making sure we can protect our baby with just a few simple steps. The easy to pull-center adjusting strap and the centered guide along the side of the base were just a couple of the features included to help give us the peace of mind that we needed to know that our baby will be safe and sound riding around town.

NEW B-Warm Car Seat Cover from Britax

Bundle up Baby

One of the biggest challenges for any parent having a new baby in winter is how to keep Baby warm while on the go. Fortunately, long gone are the days of having to tuck multiple blankets around your precious newborn (that inevitably will get kicked off in a matter of minutes) or having to throw a blanket over the top of the car seat in order to try to combat the elements. The Britax B-Warm Car Seat Cover allows the modern parent to keep Baby warm with the simple zip of a zipper. Without the hassle of worrying if anything will fall off, get lost, or constantly need to be adjusted, the B-Warm Cover is, hands down, one of our favorite winter accessories.

Don’t miss these winter travel safety tips from our friends at Britax!

Best Products for Keeping Baby Warm

The Britax B-Warm Cover is super easy to install on your B-Safe car seat. With just a quick stretch around the car seat, the insulted cover is set in place within a matter of seconds and you are ready to head out the door, reassured that your baby is warm and comfortable with in their seat.

NEW from Britax: B-Warm Car Seat Cover

Keeping Baby Warm in Winter with Britax

The Britax B-Warm Cover features also features convenient flip-up sides with a zippered snap enclosure that allows for quick and easy temperature adjustments. The cover also helps repel moisture, which is especially important when battling the varying elements of Mother Nature during winter.

Knowing that baby will be cozy, warm, and dry during travel to and from one place to the next is just the reassurance any busy parent on the go needs.

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You can’t go far these days without someone touting the benefits of essential oils for just about everything you can think of. From migraines to allergies, there’s an oil for whatever ails you. But what about babies? Many oils can be too strong for babies unless formulated and mixed in such a way to make it safe for little senses. More and more companies are taking the worry and guess work out of essential oils, allowing your babies to reap the benefits in safe and absolutely adorable ways.

The Wunders

1. Slumber Belly Bunny by The Wunders

For you it’s peace of mind that your baby is enjoying all of the benefits of essential oil in a portable and safe way, for baby it’s a soft and adorable new buddy. The Slumber Belly Bunny is a soft and cuddily stuffed toy that hides an interchangeable scent pouch within it’s belly. In seconds you can go from lavender for sleep to eucalyptus for cough and colds.

Recently the baby was so sick but, we as moms know, life still goes on. I was able to essentially take an oil diffuser with me, from grocery cart to the car seat, she just hung on to this little eucalyptus filled guy which helped keep her breathing clear, even when on the go. Now that we’re all healthy again, we keep it full of lavender for crib snuggling and naps away from home. The Slumber Belly Bunny comes with a bottle of lavender, eucalyptus sold separately. (Slumber Belly Bunny, $30)

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2. Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser

Having kids means having at least one humidifier stashed away somewhere for when kindergarten germs get the best of you. Just after Christmas the plague hit our house hard,  so I was definitely able to put the new Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser through its paces. (At one point I had it running almost 24 hours a day for 6 days). I loved the digital screen that allowed me to set the level of humidity to whatever I needed and a timer to change the humidity level automatically at a set time.

The top has a round 360-degree rotating nozzle, which housed a tiny cup for oil diffusing. Since this isn’t a true diffuser you’re not going to get the oil strength you would from one, however I found it to be just fine and served the purpose well. You’re also not obligated to put oil in it since the little cup is removable when not needed. Rounding out all of these great features, this humidifier is also super quiet, has a huge water reservoir, shuts itself off when the water runs out and has two different colored nightlight (red and blue). (Babymoov Digital Humidifier and Diffuser, $100)

Oilology

3. Oilogic Essential Oil Care

Placing oil directly on babies sensitive skin is definitely a no-no unless, of course, within the right oil-to-carrier oil mixture. But how do you know if you’ve gotten it right? Thankfully two moms from Texas have taken the guess work and fear out of essential oils by creating an entire line of safe, pre-mixed oils, lotions and vapor baths. These little miracle mixes have quickly become a staple in my home, warding off everything from sleepless nights for the baby to monsters and nightmares for my five-year-old. And now my oldest even asks for a dab of Relax & Calm before school everyday. The pre-mixed roller balls come in Bug Bites & Itches, Itchy Eyes & Sneezes, Ouchies & BooBoos, Relax & Calm, Slumber & Sleep and Stuffy Nose & Cough. The bath vapors come in Stuffy Nose & Cough and Slumber & Sleep, each with cordinating lotions. (Oilogic Essential Oil Care, $10)

Young Living

4. Dino Land Ultrasonic Diffuser by Young Living

Diffusing oils in your home does everything from heightening your mood to helping you sleep to even warding off illness and easing pain, kids included. Diffusers in my children’s room are essential and this one from Young Living is just too cute. The dinosaur scene is just a cover which makes it interchangeable with other designs from Young Living, great for moving room to room.  Other features include six different volcanic “eruption” settings and continuous or intermittent (10 minutes on/10 minutes off) setting with automatic shutoff. (Dino Land Diffuser available through a Young Living representative, $120)

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5. YooHoo Children’s Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace by Crunchy Fox

Just because they aren’t home doesn’t mean kids can’t reap the benefits of essential oils. These adorable owl necklaces I found on Etsy are just the thing for utilizing essential oils everyday. Today it may be test day where a little juniper berry is needed, or maybe she’s been battling headaches and it’s peppermint to the rescue. Whatever the case, these cute little owls will do the trick, also available in sports themes and unisex styles. (YooHoo Essential Oil Necklaces, $15)

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2016 Baby Gear Favorites for Twins

Twins! Long gone are the days when having twins meant needing two of everything! Now, there are savvy products that help parents manage day-to-day life with two babies… and, most of them do it without losing even a touch of style.

2016 Baby gear for twins
1. Remember the little moments

If keeping track of one baby’s big milestones wasn’t already hard enough with mommy brain, imagine having two to remember! Thankfully, these cute cards hit all of the moments you’ll want to hold onto forever, with special cards made specifically for milestones that only twins will have. (Milestone Baby Cards for Twins, available on Amazon.com, $34)

2. Makin’ bottles… and making them fast

Everything is a race against the clock when you have twins… and especially if you have twins who are both hungry at the same time. We’re already big fans of the Baby Brezza Formula Pro and with its ability to make two perfect formula bottles in under a minute, parents of twins will fall in love with it, too. (Baby Brezza Formula Pro, available at Babies R Us, $180)

3. Rock a bye, Babies

Parents of twins who are lucky enough to have them on the same sleep schedule will love having them in one of these cradles, which are designed to do double the rocking without double the work. When you’re done using it as a cradle, flip it up on its side to create a chic, useful bookshelf! (Babyhome So-Ro Twin Cradle, buybuy Baby, $600)

4. Double trouble tees

There are countless cute and cheeky tees for twins out there, but these are our absolute favorite. Available in gender neutral colors that will easily fit in the wardrobe of baby girls or boys (or, one of each!), we hope that this means you’ll never have to count to 20 again! (I’ll Hide and I’ll Seek Graphic T-Shirts, Modish and Co., $25 each)

5. Twins on-the-go

Braving heading out of the house with two babies might seem like an impossible feat… especially as a first-time parent, but thankfully you have strollers like this one in your corner. With an add-on sibling seat that makes going out with twins a breeze, you can kiss being housebound goodbye! (Stokke Crusi Stroller with Sibling Seat, starts at $1249)

Do you have twins? What products do you love?

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It’s really amazing to see how far the world of baby gear has come in the last 5 years since we welcomed our first son. With the arrival of our third son, just a couple of weeks ago, I’m excited to be exploring all the innovative options in gear.  A new nursing pillow has been on the top of my list and was one of my must-haves for bringing to the hospital when he was born.

Regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, chances are you’ll use a nursing/feeding pillow to help get Baby in that perfect eating position. If you’re expecting for the first time, you’ve probably included one in your registry… and for good reason.  These pillows can be a lifesaver for moms — and dads, too! — providing helpful support and position for feeding (and even just holding Baby in the early days), and there are some new options out there that look better than ever.

6 New nursing pillows to try

6 New Baby Nursing Pillows to Try

1. Niche Feeding Pillow from Nook

This pillow is organic, inside and out, and made in the USA. The Niche has a unique squared design, which offers extra surface-space, while the lightweight Kapok core material provides comfortable support and breathability — no more sweaty feeding sessions! The Niche is also quite versatile as it can also be used as a prop seat for Baby and side-sleeper pillow for Mom or Dad. The pillow can be machine washed gently and alone. (Available on nooksleep.com, $100)

Eco-Friendly Nursing Pillow to Keep Baby Safe

2. Nursing Pillow from The Honest Company

The newest nursing pillow from The Honest Company has an angled surface that guides Baby towards mom’s breast. True to form for this super eco-focused company, the core of the pillow is made from Eco*Loft® virgin poly-fiber, which means no toxic foams, adhesives, flame retardants or harsh chemicals. To top it off, the organic cotton plush top and bolster are removable and washable. Other unique features include the patented vented privacy cover that easily tucks inside its own pocket, and the organic cotton travel/storage bag that comes with the pillow. (Available on honest.com, $70)

New Nursing Pillows for 2016

3. Natural Curve Nursing Pillow from Ergobaby

One of the newest nursing pillows on the scene, this debut from Ergobaby is made from solid foam with a unique contour to help properly position Baby tummy-to-tummy at a height that is meant to prevent slouching for Mom. It also wraps around your waist to provide an armrest. It’s a very firm pillow which should maintain it’s shape, a smart update compared to many nursing pillows of the past. Additionally, the plush cover is comfortable, removable, and machine washable. (Available on store.ergobaby.com, $70)

Must-Have Breastfeeding Gear for 2016

4. Premium Cotton Nursing Pillow from Bébé au Lait

Prefer for Baby to sit up a bit higher when she’s feeding? The nursing pillows from Bébé au Lait are a good choice. The reversible, dual-sided design gives Moms two options — choose from the flat, firmer surface or flip it over for a plush, softer surface. The pillow has an open-shaped design and also offers a two-sided pocket to keep burp cloths, breast pads and other essentials within reach. There is also an adjustable waist strap that can be tucked away if desired. The pillow and removable slip cover are machine washable. (Available on bebeaulait.com, $55)

New Shapes in Nursing Pillows for Moms

5. Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow from Dr. Browns

The angled design of this pillow positions Baby at an incline as she eats, which may help with digestion and reduce reflux. The wider, flatter pillow surface helps prevent Baby from rolling down (No. 1 nursing pet peeve!), and the thick-to-thin design is intended to grow with Baby and offer limitless nursing positions. This entire pillow can be machine washed and dried. Read more about it on drbrownsbaby.com. (Available on target.com, $27)

The Next Generation of Nursing Pillows

6. Best Latch Nursing Pillow from Boppy

This new pillow from Boppy offers a two-sided design, each with different feeding surfaces. The firm surface features a soft minky fabric and features a contoured foam edge design that helps Baby turn towards Mom. The softer, fiberfill side offers a more snuggly surface as Baby grows. The wide arm design fits most moms and the removable belt keeps Baby snug against your body. With the foam insert and belt removed, the pillow is machine washable. (Available on boppy.com, $45)

How do I pick the right nursing pillow for me?

With so many great options out there, it can be hard to navigate deciding which pillow is right for you. Asking other moms and your local lactation consultant is always a good idea, but here are some things to keep in mind when shopping:

The right fit

With different body types and personal preferences, there is no one perfect pillow for everyone. If possible, explore the options in person — you can check your local baby gear store, meet with a local lactation consultant, doula, or try out friends’ pillows before your baby arrives. Specifically look at how the opening and height of the pillow fits your body.

Shape and firmness

This again will come down to personal preference, body type, and favorite feeding position. There unfortunately is no one-size-fits-all option. The “C-shape” is the most popular, but it’s all about what feels comfortable and natural to you. The pillow should put Baby at a height that doesn’t have you hunching down, and the firmness should be comfortable for Baby, but firm enough that she isn’t sinking down. If you’re nursing, Baby’s neck should be held straight at breast level when feeding.

Easy to clean

Between reflux, leaky boobs or bottles, and general everyday use, being able to machine wash your pillow, or at least its removable cover, is essential.

Features

If you’re expecting your first baby, you may not know what features you’re looking for until after she arrives, but do your best to test pillows out and ask around. Deciding what features are important to you will help narrow down your search. Think about if you want a waist strap, if you want a two-sided option, if you want something that can also be a support pillow for Baby, if you need a pocket and if organic fabrics are a must.

Price

As you can see, price points on these pillows can vary greatly. While many people find them to be essential, there’s no way of knowing how long you’re going to need or want the pillow, so only spend what your are comfortable with. As with all of your new baby gear, it’s often a good idea to set a budget before making a purchase.

Aesthetics

This might sound silly, but you’ve spent time designing your nursery and picking out colors, and if you’re going to spend the money on one of these pillows, you might as well like the looks of it and like the way it flows with your nursery. Most pillows offer a variety of fabric choices, so take your time and pick one you’ll love.

Will you be adding any of these pillows to your registry or wish list?

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama

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The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another cold and snowy winter here in Maine. For us, that means bundling up and making the most of the season. But this year, we are also gearing up for the arrival of our third son (our first winter baby!) and I’m realizing there is so much more to think about.  While our days may look a little different, bundling up baby to chase after his big brothers is going be essential. He are some of our favorites for keeping babies warm and toasty during his first winter.

Bundle UP Baby Keeping Babies Warm this Winter Savvy Sassy Moms

1. Babywearing coat

I’m a huge babywearing fan — it’s such a lifesaver when you have more than one kiddo to chase after! Babywearing coats are genius for these cold months. I’m loving the look of the M Coat and this Down Jacket from Mamaway.

2. A cozy and versatile blanket

With a winter baby, I imagine having a soft and warm blanket on hand is key. I’m loving the On the Go Blanket from Bella Bundles, because it is functional and adorable.

3. Soft, warm, practical accessories

Zunato’s Cozie Collection has always been my go-to for their colors and practicality in winter. Their booties are simply the best — they are truly so soft and they actually stay on those little tootsies. Or try these super cute and furry The North Face Booties!

4. Lightweight, warm baby bunting

We are big Patagonia fans and their Down Sweater Bunting is fantastic. This should not be worn in a car seat, for safety reasons, but it is perfect for time outdoors.

5. Socks that actually stay on

Smartwool is our sock of choice for everyone in our house, and baby is no different. For days when baby is out of his footies, we love the Baby Booty Batch from Smartwool. They are soft, warm, breathable, and yes, they stay on.

6. Weather repellent car seat cover

This is going to be a necessity with a busy family of five! We’ll be using the 7 A.M. Enfant Cocooon all winter long. It’s safe for Baby (goes on the outside of the infant car seat), warm, and both wind and water repellent.

7. Warm, yet breathable sleep sack

Sleep sacks are a great way to keep Baby warm and safe as they eliminate the need for a blanket in their crib. The Gunapod from Gunamuna is one of our favorites. It’s innovative WONDERZiP system allows you to control temperature and also allows for easy access for diaper changes.

8. Stroller bunting

Fresh air is key to winter survival and sanity, so in cold climates like Maine, keeping your stroller “weather ready” is important. There are lots of great options out there, but we love the 7 A.M Enfant 212 Blanket Evolution.

 

What are you favorite products to help keep your baby warm & cozy in the winter?

 

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama

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I’ll never forget how excited I was to pick out all the items for my diaper bag the first time. I would be prepared for every occasion, every change of weather, every diaper blowout and beyond. I had creams, bibs, swaddles, hats — everything a new, first time mom thinks she needs in her bag. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how heavy that bag would get!

While on some occasions those extra items did come in handy, it was few and far between and I found myself carrying around a lot of extra weight. I never quite pictured myself as a mom that would carry a traditional diaper bag, but I also couldn’t bring myself to invest in a luxury handbag that would eventually be home to dirty diapers and crumbled goldfish. Then came my Newlie diaper bag…

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All about Newlie

Newlie was created by Leslie Newton, the founder and other half of timi and leslie, a well known diaper bag company. After moving on from timi & leslie, she founded Newlie, a diaper bag that doesn’t compromise style. My first thoughts when I opened this bag was this mom knows what she’s doing!

I am guilty of loving purses — and, admittedly, expensive ones — which is one of the things I immediately loved about the Lily Tote… it looks expensive, but doesn’t cost a small fortune. Coming in at just under $100, it’s practical in every sense of the word.

Try the new Newlie Diaper Bag: Under $100!

What I love about Newlie

Here are a handful of the things that I love most about this new diaper bag:
— Durable outside material that can be wiped down with warm water
— Two outer pockets and two inner pockets
— Two side pockets perfect for bottles or a sunglasses case
— Large insulated pocket, great for storing milk that you’ve pumped at work to carry home
— Antique brass hardware makes it trendy, but timeless
— Larger changing pad than what comes with most diaper bags
— Long strap included to convert it to a cross body bag

New to Newlie : Diaper Bag Essentials

What’s in my Newlie diaper bag

Here’s what I packed in my Newlie diaper bag:

Honest Diapers + Wipes: A favorite in our household. Who doesn’t love the adorable prints?

Lollacup: The best cup for anti-leakage we have found thus far. Nobody likes a leaky cup in their diaper bag. (Nordstrom, $18)

Disposable placemats: Because restaurant tables can be questionable. Enough said. (Amazon, $10)

aden + anais Swaddle Blankets:  We are out of the swaddle stage, but these have such an array of uses and they’re a diaper bag must-have. (Nordstrom, $44 for a set of four)

Ella’s Kitchen Organic Food Pouches: There is not a flavor of these my daughter won’t eat. Lately it’s the only way I can get her to eat her veggies!

An extra Mam Pacifier: We have been MAM fans since day one. (Amazon, $6 for a set of 2)

Skip Hop Tuck Away Bib: These are so convenient because they tuck into a very small pocket for easy diaper bag storage. (Nordstrom, $8)

Don’t forget: An extra set of clothes, a pair of pajamas and a small zippered pouch with items like sunscreen, hand sanitizer, band-aids and a spare set of contacts (for me!).

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Prepping Baby's First Solid Foods

Beginning solid foods is an exciting time for mamas and babies alike. Funny faces, eager babies, and big messes! My little lady, Everly, is just about 6-months-old, which means we’ll be starting solid foods soon and while she has no idea of what’s to come, I’m getting prepped, starting with stocking up our homemade baby food supply.

Tips & Tricks for Prepping Baby Food

Baby food prep made easy… and tasty!

I tried making my own purées with my first child, but never developed a good routine to stay ahead of her appetite. It’s amazing how much food you go through, even though they hardly seem to actually be eating more than a spoonful or two! This time, I decided to get a jump start on prepping some homemade baby foods with my new secret weapon, the Babymoov Nutribaby.

I started by making a few basic veggie purées, as well as a handful of more complex recipes with inspiration from the Babymoov app on my iPhone. I think Everly is really going to love her mixed vegetable soup… and I might even get her big sis to have a taste, too!

preparing for baby's first foods

An all-in-one baby food machine

It was so easy to steam, blend, and freeze the purées in individual portions using the Nutribaby. I love that the system is all in one, so I didn’t have to purchase separate devices to steam and to blend her food, but I can still cook the ingredients separately, thanks to the two individual baskets — the Nutribaby does it all.

Another major feature about the Nutribaby is that we can use it both before and after our short-lived baby food months. Before she starts eating, I can use it to sterilize and warm her baby food jars. And, once we’re out of the baby food stage, I can use it to prep dinner for the girls (and us!), to steam whole veggies as a healthy side for dinner or to whip up a smoothie in the morning.

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Best strollers for tall parents

Three years ago, I wrote a wildly popular post on comfortable strollers for tall parents.  Time has past quickly and stroller trends have changed quite a bit in the past few years. Brands are listening to what you want and the features are reflected in the new products you see and experience today.

One of the features I see more and more often is the adjustable height handle; it is no longer something only the luxury strollers have! Find out which types of strollers currently have them in our newest edition of the best strollers for tall parents.

Best Strollers for Tall Parents: BOB Revolution Flex

For all-terrain use: Bob Revolution Flex

This is the stroller I am probably most excited about. For ages, the Bob Revolution has been the leading all-terrain/jogger, constantly receiving positive reviews from happy consumers. But the one of the only drawbacks was that it never had an adjustable-height handle!

Ranging from 34-45 inches high, tall parents now jog and power walk their way in comfort when they choose the Revolution Flex. Who wants to hunch over when they are jogging? Proper upright form is important while exercising, after all!

BOB upped the ante while they were at it and introduced the Flex Pro, which adds drum brakes to slow the stroller when going down hills.The Flex currently has 5-star reviews and is a No. 1 seller on Amazon for joggers, so that adjustable handle bar has made an enormous difference. The Revolution Flex and Pro both come in side-by-side double versions called Duallies.

Also, check out these newer all-terrains that all have adjustable height handles: Kolcraft Sprint X, Chicco Activ3, Thule Urban Glide 1 Sport Stroller

Best Strollers for Tall Parents

For a reversible seat/convertible stroller: UPPAbaby Vista

Most reversing seat strollers are going to have luxury features, extra bells and whistles you’re not going to find on forward facing only strollers. This includes an adjustable height handle, whether it’s rotating or telescoping, so whether you’re going to spend over $900 or keep it at under $300, your convertible stroller’s going to have you covered if you’re tall.

Choosing only one reversing seat product was difficult, but in the end, I chose the new 2015 UPPAbaby Vista because it converts to a double and it has been redesigned to hold two car seats, two bassinets or two toddler seats in any combination. The frame is sturdier and that means that the wheels have improved “AirGo” technology as well, to hold up the extra pounds you may put in it.

The handle height ranges from 39-½- to 42-½-inches. It isn’t the tallest, but reviewers say that it is flexible for their use. A 5’3″ mom and her 6’2″ husband both feel comfortable pushing their new Vista.

Also good in this category: Mamas & Papas (everything except the Armadillo City), Summer Infant Fuze, Inglesina Quad

Best Double Strollers for Tall Parents

Best double stroller: Britax B-Agile Double

Double strollers come in many types: side-by-side, tandem, umbrella, all-terrain. In this category, you’re going to find more luck with an adjustable-height handle if you are buying a tandem stroller over $500.

But, to pick just one out of all these options, I chose the Britax B-Agile Double because it has come out since my last article on comfortable strollers for tall parents. The handle height ranges from 31″-41″. A nice feature on the handle is the design so that there is space in the middle so you can  steer one-handed.

The Britax B-Agile double has gotten 4½-star reviews mostly for the performance over a variety of urban surfaces and for the easy steering.

Be sure to also check out: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double, Joovy Too Qool, Chicco Echo Twin

Best Umbrella Strollers for Tall Parents

Best lightweight/umbrella stroller: Inglesina Net

The new Inglesina Net is getting a lot of positive feedback — I even wrote about it last month as being one of the best newer umbrella strollers.

And, the feature you’re most interested in is how high those handles go! How about 43 inches! For an umbrella stroller, that is really tall, and yet if your spouse or significant other isn’t as tall, that person will still feel comfortable pushing this stroller.

It has a fantastic-size canopy, cup holder included and weighs only 11 pounds. The Inglesina Net gets between 4½ to 5-star reviews for the easy push, convenient shoulder strap and self-standing fold.

You might want to also check out: Peg Perego Booklet

I know these are a fraction of the available strollers out there today that have handles that provide comfort to taller parents and care givers. If you didn’t see your favorite stroller here or in my last article, please mention it in the comments!

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Better Sleep with PUREGrace Crib Mattress Protector

Ahh, sleep. That elusive white rabbit that every parent is chasing and hoping to catch. Those precious zzz’s are so much harder to come by once you have a tiny baby to care for and parents are willing to do just about anything (and try just about any product!) to get them. We, too, are always looking for anything to help our little one sleep, especially with another baby on the way, and we have found something to add to the sleep must-haves arsenal.

An eco-friendly crib mattress protector

While it sounds like a simple solution, the PUREgrace Crib Mattress Protector is actually quite fantastic. It’s like your baby is sleeping on a little cloud, which I think all babies will attest to loving. You know, if they could talk. Crib mattresses aren’t exactly the softest on their own (for safety reasons, of course) and this pad not only provides an extra level of softness, but is also safe and cool for your little one. The soft clouds on the mattress protector provide just the right amount of comfort without the added bulk that mattress pads usually have. It is waterproof and made from TENCEL, an all-natural hypoallergenic, eco-friendly fiber found in nature, so it protects your crib mattress as it comforts your baby. And, the best part? You can finally catch those elusive zzz’s knowing your little babe is sleeping soundly themselves.

For the love of sleep. See what Amanda of The Fix-Its and a mom of twins had to say about PUREgrace.

 

Easy to clean

The pad is easy to pull over your crib mattress and, I swear, if I could put it on my own mattress, I would. I may or may not have climbed in the crib with my little guy to test it out! Another bonus is that it is machine washable for easy cleaning and gets softer the more you wash it! Music to our ears, am I right? Also, they are ridiculously easy to slip on to a mattress, with deep elastic that hugs it for a firm and secure hold. Nothing is coming loose here!

puregrace mattress protector

A better night’s sleep

Now, I don’t know about you, but I sleep better when I’m comfortable. I’m pretty sure the same goes for babies. This is why we love PUREgrace so much. This is a company that wants the best for our babies. With the softness and durability of their mattress protector, I think it’s safe to say Baby will be sleeping happy. Or at least will be comfortable for however long he happens to sleep. And that is what’s most important.

Make sure you add a good mattress protector, like PUREgrace, to your potty training essentials list! Rebecca of Mainely Mama shares her must-haves.

 

You can find more about PUREgrace on their website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They are also available on Amazon.

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My daughter was born on Halloween last year, so I’ve been thinking about what our family costume will be on and off for the last 365 days. Correction: I’ve been thinking about her costume for 365 days and only realized last week, when I was addressing her birthday invitations, that the “costumes required please” also applied to me. Whoops… (face palm). Luckily, every costume has some kind of counterpart that you can easily DIY without a PhD in Pinterest.

DIY Halloween Costume to match your kids

For Peter Pan-themed costumes

If you’re child is opting for a Peter Pan-themed costume like my little Tinkerbell, think happy thoughts! I have compiled a list of quick and easy costume ideas. No pixie dust needed because you already have most of these items at home!

Hook

Tuck black pants/leggings into white knee socks. Break a coat hanger and carry it as a hook. Wear an oversized red jacket. (You’d be surprised what you can find at secondhand stores… The power suits that were so big in the 80’s are perfect for this!) Don’t forget the hat and that killer ‘stache.

Wendy

Grab a long nightgown and you’re done.

Tiger Lily

Wear a dress in any shade between taupe and brown. (There’s bound to be at least one in your closet.) Use a stretchy headband as your headdress and tuck a feather into the back of it. If it’s a little nippy, throw on a faux fur vest: Still in costume, yet fashionable and warm.

Shadow

Just wear all black, you lazy bum. (No judgment.)

DIY Costume for Halloween with faux fur vest

For superhero costumes

Let’s not forget the superheroes. Every superhero has a sidekick or enemy, right? And just like when the heroes arrive to save the day, you can put these costumes together in the “Ta Da” knick of time!

Cat Woman

Don’t panic, I’m not talking about the patent leather Michelle Pfeiffer Cat Woman or the half-naked Halle Berry Cat Woman. This is a practical Cat Woman. All you need are black leggings/pants, a black shirt, and black cat ears. If you can’t find cat ears, fear not — you can make your own! Get a sample of black felt at any store that sells fabric (it should be less than a dollar), cut two triangles from it, and hot-glue them to a black headband. Meow, pussycat! You’re ready to go.

Bat Girl

You can also easily create a Bat Girl costume by cutting larger black triangles (with scalloped edges if you’re feeling fancy) and then pinning, or sewing, them from your shirt sleeve to the side of your shirt, so when you lift your arms the wings are a-flapping! Don’t forget cutting eye holes into a long piece of felt for the mask around your eyes.

Super Woman

Let’s face it. We’re moms, so we’re all basically Super Woman already, am I right? Not much of a costume. Moving on…

DIY TIger Lily Halloween Costume for mom to match Tinkerbell

For costumes for the littlest ones
King Kong and Building

You bought your kid a monkey costume and you’re not sure what to do for yourself? Make yourself into a building by wearing a shirt you don’t mind drawing black rectangles (aka windows) on and voila! You’re a tall building! You’re may not be Frank Lloyd Wright, but you did just create a building fit for a a King… Kong, that is. Roar. (There is a variation of this costume that involves wearing a box, but I don’t think that sounds very conducive to having a baby on your hip.)

Daenerys and Dragon

If you watch Game of Thrones, then you know that there is literally nothing cooler than the “Mother of Dragons.” Isn’t it serendipitous then, that there are a million children’s costumes out there that are dragons or dinosaurs? If that’s the route you went, all you need to be Daenerys is a long blond wig, a long dress, and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Winter is coming… And you’re ready for it.

DIY Halloween Costume for mom to match kids

There you have it. Whatever costume your little monster chooses probably has a complementary option or two… or a dozen! Look at Dorothy. We all know she had the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But don’t forget about the Wicked Witch, the Good Witch, the Flying Monkeys, the Munchkins, the Angry Trees, the Wizard, Toto, the Castle Guards, and the list goes on and on. You don’t need magic spells (or even a sewing machine) to create the perfect family costume. That’s just a bunch of hocus pocus. Think outside the cauldron and don’t be afraid to get your craft on this Halloween.

Halloween is all about the kids, but why not get in on the fun? What will your family be?

This post was contributed by Claire Frost as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Claire on her blog, House of Frost

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