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Mamas of little ones and moms-to-be, you’re going to want to sit down for this. One of our favorite places to shop for clothes for ourselves, Banana Republic, launched their baby collection today and it is going to make you swoon.

Available online and in their Lower Fifth Avenue storefront in New York, BR Mini is a limited-edition collection for sizes 0-12 months, designed by Banana Republic’s creative director, Marissa Webb. We have no idea how long it will continue or if there will additional pieces added, so if you see something you love, buy it. And, buy it quickly!

Our favorite picks from BR Mini

Favorite baby picks- BR Mini from Banana Republic

Tops:
Fisherman Pullover, $58
Layered Sweatshirt, $38
Ribbed Bodysuit, $24

Bottoms:
Fisherman Pull-On Pants, $48
Ribbed Pull-On Pants, $28
Zip-Cuff Pants, $38
Cashmere Pants, $68

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UPPAbaby Vista 2015 in doubles mode

UPPAbaby is a company that always responds to customer needs and feedback. Product development and improvements happen regularly, and we fans have come to expect that UPPAbaby stays current with trends and designs. For 2015, the entire product line was enhanced, but it was the UPPAbaby Vista that got the makeover. Let’s look closer at what’s new.

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UPPAbaby Vista 2015

Wow, the photo above really says something, doesn’t it? First of all, it’s been four years since any changes have been made. The new Vista has been redesigned, so let’s go on a tour of what you should expect.

  1. The most obvious is array of seating options. The frame accommodates two infant car seats, two bassinets, or two toddler seats in any combination. Parents of twins, can I hear a big WOO HOO!
  2.  A new (optional) rumble seat faces either outward or toward parents and fully reclines in either direction. This is huge because it adds so many options for you as you arrange your kids to be most comfortable for outings.
  3. An optional front bracket makes it possible to attach a second car seat or bassinet. UPPAbaby’s car seat, called the Mesa, needs no adapters, but you may purchase adapters separately for other major car seat brands.
  4. Now compare the two shopping baskets in the above photo. See how much longer it is on the 2015 version? This year the basket holds up to 30 pounds of your gear? Hello grocery shopping!
  5. To account for all this extra weight the new UPPAbaby Vista 2015 can hold, the frame has been reformulated with stronger anondized aluminum with magnesium. I don’t really understand what all that means, but a stronger frame is necessary and UPPAbaby’s got it.
  6. The tires are improved with “AirGo” technology, which simulates the feel of air-filled tires without the risk of getting flats. The best of both worlds.
  7. Overall ease of use from a new seat recline mechanism to push-button steering locks to make the front swivel wheels go straight. New location for the finger trigger folding mechanism means you won’t have to bend way over to start the folding process. The flow is much smoother.
  8. The included bassinet has better support and ventilation from a molded base zip-on apron.

The price has gone up because of all these improvements. The silver-framed single goes for $820 while the black frame is $860. The rumble seat is $170 or you could get the rumble seat included for $990 (silver) or $1040 (black).

 

G-series

 

G-Series

Both the G-Luxe and G-Lite have undergone some changes for 2015, all of them relatively minor. Here’s what to expect.

G-Lite:

  1. Mesh sling back seat for better ventilation on hot days.
  2. Removable fabric for easy cleaning.
  3. The canopy is a bit larger.
  4. Underseat basket can now hold 15 lbs – that is a lot for an umbrella stroller!

G-Luxe:

  1. A more robust and streamlined frame, probably the same formulation as mentioned with the Vista.
  2. Single-foot brake lever – most umbrella strollers have individual brakes for each rear wheel. One step is always more convenient!
  3. New color called Ella (shown in photo).

The G-Luxe is $260 and if you want the black fabric on black frame (called Jake) that is $280. For the G-Lite, the red (Denny) is $160 and black on black Jake is $180.

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Cruz

The popular Cruz has undergone some changes for 2015 as well.

  1. Rear wheels are now about an inch larger and use the new AirGo technology that mimics air-filled tires.
  2. Black frame available with some colors, for a sharp look like the photo above.
  3. Rear suspension now removed because of the AirGo tires.
  4. Wipe-clean bumper bar now included with purchase instead of optional accessory.

Price for the silver frame Cruz runs $500 and if you’d like that fashionable black frame, it retails for $530.

So would you splurge a little bit extra for a black frame? And what do you think of the Vista’s redesign? Let me know in the comments.

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Making memories with family meals

When I found out I was pregnant, one thing that I was most excited about was the idea of family meals. Gathering around the dining table as a family, everyone spending time together, talking and laughing and eating is just something that I’ve had in my head for years and now that we have a baby who is old enough to join us in eating, it has been such a joy! Sitting at the table eating meals together is one of my favorite memories from growing up, and I love that I am passing on this simple, but important, tradition with my own little family.

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Plum Organic Food Pouches

My baby is 10 months old now and he has just discovered the joy of eating. He loves to experiment with different food and textures, and really loves feeding himself. He is actually so independent, that he rarely will eat food unless he gets to be the one in control. This is why Plum Organics food pouches are ideal for him. He can hold the pouch himself and he monitors how much food he gets and when he gets it. Also, I love that the pouches allow my husband and me to eat our own food at the same time! This truly makes for an ideal family meal.

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Plum Organics Hello Meals

Gathering around the table, with my baby in his high chair next to us, is just the sweetest experience. Sure, it gets messy, but that’s half the fun! I love his excitement and pride when he feeds himself, and that little grin with food plastered all over his face is simply priceless!

With Hello Meals, his taste buds are happy, but so are all of his other senses as well. Feeding all of his senses is key in keeping him excited about food and eager to eat more! And eating our meals as a family as much as possible is very important to me and I feel that it brings us closer together. It’s important for us to take a pause from our busy lives and spend quality time together, bonding and giving each other our undivided attention. With the busy days and hectic schedules, family meals are truly a valued time in our household and something that will continue to be so.

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Since our days are so busy, it’s nice to know that we can feed our baby something that is not only easy-to-make, but also healthy and filling, and something that he actually enjoys! I love that we can make our own recipes, too, and incorporate new foods, like adding some banana pieces to his oatmeal, or peas and broccoli to his quinoa.

Plum Organics really knows baby nutrition and it gives me peace of mind as a mom that my baby is eating something that he likes and that is also good for him. You can read all about the nutrition and ingredients found in Hello Meals here!

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The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

I never had the opportunity to use a bassinet when I had my first daughter, Audrey, since at eight pounds eleven ounces and twenty-two and half inches, you could say I gave birth to a toddler. So needless to say she went from bassinet to crib within the first two weeks. Since I am set to have our newest little bundle almost two weeks early via c-section (due to complications) I’m really excited to have a bassinet as an option this time around and share my HALO Bassinest review with you!

First off, I had heard before how surprisingly heavy this was but not until I saw the look on the poor FedEx guy’s face did it really hit me, so FYI, it’s VERY heavy.

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Assembling the HALO Bassinest

I decided to put it together myself just to see if someone eight months pregnant could do it, and really, it was VERY easy. In all my life of assembling everything from IKEA to kids toys did I ever see a product as well packaged as this bassinet. I would not worry about having this shipped anywhere to anyone, it was actually pretty impressive. The only thing I really needed help with was moving it from my dining room to the bed room since, like I said, it’s very heavy. My husband, who was my outstanding assistant and photographer, made a good point stating that the added weight makes it incredibly sturdy. And with a curious four year old and German shepherd I won’t have to worry about it tipping in the slightest.

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After assembly I started playing with the features and noticed that although the sidewall goes down it doesn’t stay down like I had previously thought. It pops back up as soon as you let go. Also, initially its kind of hard to push down, I thought I was breaking it or forcing it to go down and had to re-read the instructions to make sure I was doing it right. (Reading instructions, go figure, right?) However, the more I messed with it the more it loosened up. Although, I have to say, I think I would prefer it if it went down and stayed down, but we will see if that opinion changes after the baby comes. I could be completely wrong.

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The HALO Bassinest Style and Features

I really love the fabric and the pattern; it’s gender neutral, fits in well with my décor and doesn’t stand out as a “baby product” which is the worst. The padding is plush but firm without being overly soft or dangerous. And the swivel itself gives many options for placement next the bed. The music is quiet so I won’t have to worry about waking my husband from a sound sleep when I use it, same with the two levels of vibration. In addition there are two brightness levels on the lights which I know will be incredibly handy. I’m curious to see how the nursing timer will work when that time comes, but if it does work I think something like would be so smart.

Lastly, take note that like most bassinets, this one does not come with a sheet. In fact, an employee at the baby store informed me that you couldn’t just use any bassinet sheet with it either. Because of the specific “figure eight” shape of the padding, a regular bassinet sheet would be too loose around the sides so they recommend you buy the sheet made specifically for the Bassinest. (Don’t worry, the price is comparable to regular bassinet sheets. I checked.)

We thought we had plenty of time but turns out Baby Abbey had other ideas and showed up four weeks early on January 28th at 10:57AM. Since she arrived due to complications, and via c-section, I found the Bassinest to be even more G-E-N-I-U-S than I imagined. Getting in and out of bed was more that just slightly painful (and even now, two weeks from delivery I’m still in pain) so just being able to pull her close to me with one hand so I can sooth her or pick her up was extremely helpful. Not to mention the ease of pushing it out of the way when I needed to get out of bed.

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As it turns out the fold down side is helpful, but like I first thought, I wish it would stay down at times. When you can’t use your stomach muscles it’s hard to push down and grab baby at time same time. But like I thought it would, the sidewall has loosened up a bit making it easier to grab and transition, a definite plus.

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The control panel on the HALO Bassinest is clearly laid out and I love the light that has two settings. Bright but not bright enough to blind the baby but still able to see when sneaking in and out of the room. The only thing I would change is if the panel itself was backlit somehow. When you’re blurry and cross-eyed from lack of sleep you end up hitting all the buttons trying to find the vibrate and the next thing you know you’ve got lights and music and now you can’t figure out how to turn them off.

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In the end, Abbey and I highly recommend this bassinet if you’re in the market. The quality, size, and features make this one a must have for any new mother. It’s all the benefits of co-sleeping without any of the risk in a modern, high-tech and stylish package.  It’s the best of both worlds.

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 Disclosure: I was sent a HALO Bassinest for review. All my thoughts and opinions are my very own.

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Everything is popping up pastel

If you’ve had your eye on the baby gear scene, you’ve noticed that pastels are popping up in the most unexpected places… and we’re not talking about just the same old baby blues and pinks. Super soft pastels, including the newly popular mint, are a sweet way to add a touch of softness to your baby gear collection or nursery. And, pastel baby gear isn’t just for girls! Mix mint with navy for a bold nursery for a baby boy or a soft blue with touches of gold for a neutral color scheme you can add to as he grows.

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Pastel Baby Gear & Nursery Decor

 

Stokke Scoot Strollers, Soft Pink & Aqua Blue, $599 (New this week!)
Hiding Bear Wall Art, Land of Nod, $89
Babyhome Dream Bassinet, $249
For the Birds Dream Blanket, aden + anais, $50
Noodle & Boo Essential Care Kit, $15

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It’s a new month and that means we have some new baby gear to giveaway to one lucky reader! Each month we round up four awesome products for a monthly Baby Bundle Giveaway, last month we started the year of by giving away a crib! This month it’s all about the L-O-V-E. All of these items are perfect for cuddling up with your little love bug and making sure Mom looks good when on the go!

Lulujo Muslin Baby Blankets

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Lulujo Baby  is a proudly Canadian company behind premium baby essentials. Their brand is simple: to create functional products with comforting fabrics that modern parents and babies love. Launched in 2009, the collection, known for its top-selling multi-functional cotton muslin swaddling blankets, ultra soft fabrics and fashionable fun prints, has earned its place among leading brands in the industry. The all-in-one muslin cotton wraps are made with finely woven muslin cloth. Soft and breathable, these wraps not only help baby feel safe and secure while swaddled; they also can be used as a blanket, a nursing cover, a portable crib sheet, a change mat, a stroller cover and more.

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Lulujo Muslin Hearts Blankets $15.99

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Zoocchini Hooded Towels for Baby and Kids
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Your little one will be snug, dry and oh-so-cute after bath time or a dip in the pool with the super soft and wonderfully absorbent Snow Terry Hooded Towels from Zoocchini. Generously sized with a cozy hood, they offer a warm embrace with a friendly face both parents and babies will love. Ideal for newborn to 18 months these blankets make a great gift for the new bundle of joy or for a first birthday party celebration. Hooded towels make great phoyo props too!

Zoocchini Piglet Hooded Towel ($26)
Zoocchini Terry Piglet Bath Mitt ($12)

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Nini and Pumpkin Moon Cocoon
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Nini & Pumpkin  – The moon cocoon sleep sack is a wearable duvet that will keep your bundle of joy warm, cozy and safe all year long. The unique, patent pending, detachable feature allows for immediate continued use after accidents happen, or for use as a blanket on its own. $129.00

    • Shell and lining in super-soft premium quality 100% cotton
    • PrimaLoft® fill is breathable, hypoallergenic, water resistant, and  blue sign certified
    • A tog value of 1.9 provides the perfect warmth for use all year in room temperatures of 65-72°F
    • Clever snap positioning allows for three size adjustments
    • Zipper placement allows for additional air flow, mobility for walking toddlers, and easy diaper changes
    • OEKO-TEX® certified components
    • Safety tested, parent approved
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Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote Giveaway

Petunia Pickle Bottom

Petunia Pickle Bottom always has the most beautiful diaper bags for the stylish mom. Their new Downtown Tote is a versatile, modern bag that takes you from the city to the shore, and from baby and beyond. The Interior features six open pockets around the sides, one small zippered pocket and an exterior zippered back pocket. Some of the other key features include water-resistant lining, polished metal hardware, protective feet, and vegan leather shoulder straps and trim. It also includes a changing pad and PPB-monogrammed wipes case. Downtown Tote $139.00

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Carousel Designs offers sweet nursery decor for your dream nursery

Parents-to-be have a lot on their minds — prenatal nutrition and car seat safety; strollers and baby-wearing options; immunization schedules and childcare options. Some of those decisions involve debating options and worry, but Carousel Designs wants one of your decisions to be all about fun decisions. With over 400 fabrics — updated often to keep up with design trends — Carousel Designs knows you’ll be able to create your dream nursery with their fabulous design options and their wide gallery of nursery ideas.

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Use the Nursery Designer to customize your nursery design

One of the toughest parts about designing a room from scratch is visualizing how all of the pieces will work together in your space. The Nursery Designer® from Carousel Designs takes so much of the guesswork out of designing your little one’s room. The interactive designer lets you experiment with so many nursery ideas — crib colors, trim colors, flooring options, and even actual Benjamin Moore® paint colors.

In addition to the overall look of the room, parents can mix and match over 400 in-stock fabrics from Carousel Designs to customize bedding options for the perfect crib bedding set. If, like me, you can feel overwhelmed by the countless design options, the designer will suggest color and fabric combinations to complement the fabric you adore. From sleek and modern to romantic, shabby chic, Carousel Designs will help you find crib bedding you adore.

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Kumari Garden Crib Bedding
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Coral and Teal Floral Carousel Designs
Mint Mockingbird Carousel Designs
Gray and Navy Raindrops Carousel Designs
Windy Day Carousel Designs
Gray and Orange Ikat Carousel Designs
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Western Roundup Carousel Designs
Navy and white Carousel Designs
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More fabulous features from Carousel Designs
  • Create a triple tier crib skirt, a flouncy, adorable way to add color and pattern to your crib bedding.
  • Add a reversible crib rail cover. Not only is the cover a stylish addition to your nursery decor, it protects and preserves the sides of your crib.
  • Use the Carousel Designs Nursery Designer® mobile app from the iTunes store. Pull up your nursery designs on-the-go to show friends or coordinate with other baby items.

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Carousel Designs is giving one lucky Savvy Sassy Moms reader a $500 gift certificate — which will cover {almost} anything you can design with their Nursery Designer®. Tell us, which feature of the Nursery Designer® do you find the most useful when dreaming up your little one’s nursery?

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Skip Hop Diaper Bag in NYC
The Skip Hop Duo Signature diaper bag takes the best features from the original Duo, by bringing the already amazing diaper bag to the next level of functionality and style. Skip Hop is best known for their functional and affordable diaper bags, and I am so excited that in the past few years Skip Hop has been putting a ton of effort into style.

Skip Hop diaper bags are functional, stylish and affordable

With a new baby you want to still feel fashionable, but you don’t want to be using your stylish handbag to lug all the baby things around town in. Most handbags don’t have enough pockets or ways to attach to a stroller, so finding a diaper bag that checks off all your needs plus affordability is ideal. The new Skip Hop Duo Signature Multi Pod diaper bag has been touring around NYC with the kids and I lately and its bright pattern stands out, and fits right in with the busy iconic city.

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The updated Skip Hop Duo Signature diaper bag is for the next generation of parents

The updated Duo Signature has tons of new features that parents have requested. My favorite new feature is the zipper closure along the top, ensuring belongings stay securely in the bag, and grabby hands stay out. Skip Hop also added tote handles and an easy-access cell phone pocket. The inside pockets are perfect for a pack of wipes and diapers, plus their is still a ton of room for other necessary baby items.

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The new front panel design allows for more storage and stability, perfect for wet clothing that you want to keep separate from the main bag compartment. The Duo Signature still has all the classic components of the original Duo, outside side pockets for bottles and the best things ever, Skip Hops patented shuttle clips. The shuttle clips easily convert the diaper bag from a shoulder bag to a stroller bag.

Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag

All the other details that you might ever need to know about the new Skip Hop Signature Duo diaper bag:

  • Main compartment has zip closure
  • 10 pockets to organize everything
  • 2 elasticized, mesh side pockets that fit most sized bottles
  • Front zip pocket and easy access tech pocket
  • Grab handles and adjustable shoulder strap with slip-on shoulder pad
  • Custom hardware with d-ring for toys or pacifier pocket
  • Contrasting lining for easy visibility
  • Attaches to any stroller with Patented shuttle clips and nonslip stroller straps
  • Holds tablets and laptops up to 15″
  • Cushioned changing pad
  • BPA-free, Phthalate-free
  • Size in inches 13l x 4.25w x 13.75h
  • SRP $60

To see all the other color options and purchasing details of the Skip Hop Duo Signature diaper bag click here.

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Mountain Buggy Duet all-Terrain double stroller.

Mountain Buggy Duet all-Terrain double stroller.

Baby number two is on its way, or perhaps you’re expecting twins. Congratulations! Now what? You need help choosing a new double stroller for your growing family and you don’t know where to start.

Because of all the overwhelming choices and functionality, the first thing you need to consider is whether to go for a side-by-side “twin” stroller or a tandem front-to-back. By the time you finish reading this article, you will know the features, pros and cons of each style. Then you’ll be ready to move on to the type of lifestyle you lead to choose the right one.

Tandem double strollers

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Contours Options Elite has many seating options.

Tandem double strollers traditionally have a smaller “footprint” because they are the same width as a single. As years go by, tandems have gotten more compact and don’t quite feel like you’re a captain piloting an oil tanker.

Seating your children with the youngest in front and oldest in back helps with the weight distribution because it is easier to steer with the heavier child closer to you.

Tandem seating options are far more versatile. Many quality brands today have reversing seats, which allow for a dozen or more variations. Parents with twins especially like this option because they can install two infant car seats at once, right on the frame, eliminating the extra bulk of otherwise connecting to two seats.

The Joovy Too Qool is one of the higher-end brands to choose from. One of my favorite mid-range brands is the Contours Options Elite (pictured above) or LT, which has reversing, removable seats, so that you can set your car seat right onto the frame. Budget-conscious parents will like the Graco Duo-Glider.

The most basic tandems have a front seat that reclines a little bit, and the back seat fully reclines. You don’t want the front seat to recline too far back, thus disturbing the child in the back. Look for staggered seating, whether the higher seat is in the front or back. Fortunately, many quality tandem strollers have stadium-style seating so that no matter what the recline is in the front, the rear child will be happy.

Single-to-double tandem

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The Phil and Teds Navigator converts from single to double.

Another tandem option is the single-to-double convertible stroller. A traditionally single stroller adds a rumble seat to the back, usually over the cargo basket.

This works out fantastically well; I’ve seen moms with their newborns in a car seat on the chassis where the main seat was, then their toddler in the rumble seat. Then as baby outgrows the car seat, the children switch places, as you see in the photo to the right.

Most single-to-double strollers are in the mid to higher-end price range. Prepare to spend a little money for this type of product; most cost between $600-$800 including the second seat.

Perhaps the most popular and versatile single to double option is the Baby Jogger City Select; it has been a favorite for years with 16 different seating configurations. For a luxury feel with an included bassinet, the UPPAbaby Vista is one to go for. With improved features for 2015, it will set you back $1030 once you purchase the rumble seat separately. The Phil and Teds Navigator is a favorite all-terrain tandem option.

Stand-on tandem

Graco Ready2Grow sit and stand stroller.

Graco Ready2Grow sit and stand stroller.

Perhaps one of the best options for families who have a two-year-old active child when the new baby arrives is a stand-on or sit and stand tandem stroller.

This type of stroller has a standing platform in the back with a bench in front of your child’s knees when he or she is ready for a rest.

There are many variations to these strollers, too. Some come with a removable back seat so if your older child is still a bit too young to stand, the seat is there temporarily.

Some, like the Graco Ready2Grow, has 12 different seating options. The car seat can attach to the front or the back, so if your older child is still not ready to stand, they can have the front seat. This one is a favorite.

The Joovy VaryLight is a new concept in that it shortens or lengthens, depending on how much room you need. For example, you need to walk your newborn to sleep, but your partner can watch the older child at home. Shorten the VaryLight to the length of a single stroller for your outing.  I also love Joovy’s Caboose Ultralight stand-on, which has the option of adding the Too extra 2nd seat.

For those on more of a budget, the Baby Trend Sit n Stand is a classic, getting consistent 4-star ratings, though they have not come out with any new updates for years.

Side-by-side/Twin

Baby Jogger City Mini GT

Baby Jogger City Mini GT

Sometimes called side-by-side, sometimes called twin, this type of stroller basically a single stroller with the same features copied twice. It is ideal for twin children because they are equal, both able to see out the same. And for siblings – twin or different ages – they are able to interact more when sitting next to each other.

This type of stroller is obviously wider than the tandem, but all brands today have been designed to be narrow enough to fit through most standard-width doorways.

Twin strollers are equipped to carry only one car seat or bassinet, like you see here with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT. Exceptions are luxury brands like the Bugaboo Donkey or the Stroll-Air My Duo.

If you have twin infants and want a side-by-side, then the best option is to buy a double car seat stroller frame until your babies are big enough to ride in the stroller of your choice. I recommend the Joovy Twin Roo, because it is shorter and designed like no other car seat stroller frame!

Steering is different on this type of stroller versus a tandem. It can be easier, but if you have children of different ages then your stroller is going to veer toward the heavier child and you have to make steering adjustments.

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Chicco Echo Twin is good for family vacations.

One advantage the twin stroller has over the tandem is the variety available. All-terrain strollers, fixed-wheel joggers, umbrella strollers, luxury features or budget friendly, all are available. Want something lightweight and compact for an upcoming vacation? The Chicco Echo Twin gets 4.5-star reviews and it has 4-position reclining seats.

The BOB Revolution Duallie has always been popular with outdoorsy families, and now you can get an adjustable handle with the Revolution Flex.

A lightweight luxury option is the Valco Baby Zee Two or Snap 2. Both are lighter weight and have incredibly smooth steering.

So there you have it. Which team are you on – Tandem or Twin?

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If there’s one thing I know it’s a good pregnancy test as I have tried them all. When I found myself surprisingly pregnant with my daughter it was more of a wham-bam-guess-what-ma’am and for the proceeding years I thought that’s what it would always be: easy.

Turns out that was not the case and when the time finally came for us to actively start trying to have a baby what followed was over three long years of doctors appointments, the always sexy scheduled intercourse and drug store baskets overflowing with every pregnancy test on the market until I found this little gem: the Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator.

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What is it and how does it work?

The Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator is a game changer in the pregnancy testing field as it not only tells you if you are pregnant but it also tells you how far along you are from your date of ovulation. By using two different strips within the test – a low-sensitivity strip and a high-sensitivity strip – to determine HCG levels (the pregnancy hormone), you are able to get a clear digital read out in just minutes. Keep in mind that the test will only give you the estimated number of weeks since ovulation if your result comes up positive.

Clearblue Pregnancy Test Ovulation Monitor

After the initial positive result the very next thing on your mind is always “how far along am I?” Even though I had my ovulation dates clearly marked on my calendar even I had that same reaction and thankfully, this test clears up that mystery immediately. How could this not be your go-to test when so much is hanging in the balance? And in case you were wondering, I am currently eight months pregnant with a baby girl due to make her grand appearance some time in early February and thanks to Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator I knew right away!

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Our journey to conception was long and often times very painful and discouraging. The lowest point being when I was diagnosed with Secondary Infertility which is an umbrella term for “we have no idea what’s really wrong with you since you seem to have done this just fine before”. But now here we are, and with every ache, pain, and sleepless night I just look towards the very fast approaching finish line and remind myself that it’s all for little miss Abigail, and what better reason is there than that?

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