Category : Kids

Girls Holiday Dresses that Shine

Best dressed for the holidays

Between all of the moms on the Savvy Sassy Moms editorial team, there are quite a few daughters. As you can imagine, we get a little giddy about holiday dresses around here. It could even be said that we love them more than our daughters do!

The trends in girls holiday dresses for 2015 are certainly leaning towards darker colors, with touches of jewel tones and modern, abstract patterns. We love that these dresses will coordinate seamlessly with anything that we choose to wear ourselves for the holidays!

Make sure to jump on some of these great deals this week, if you’re still looking for holiday dresses for your girls! There are some sales that shouldn’t be missed…

Pictured above:
1. Ella Moss Lori Dress, $44 {ON SALE}
2. Pippa & Julie Brocade Ribbon Dress, $40 {ON SALE}
3. Pippa & Julie Fuzzy Stripe Dress, $69
4. Brocade Fit & Flare Dress, $47 {ON SALE}
5. Ella Moss Britney Leopard Dress, $82
6. Zunie Paige Ivory Party Dress, $34 {ON SALE}
7. Pippa & Julie Daisy Sleveless Top & Skirt, $68
8. Zunie Paige Metallic Brocade & Tulle Dress, $62

Girls Holiday Accessories
Don’t forget to accessorize

If you’re using a dress that she already has in her closet for the holidays or you want to step up her outfit a notch, adding a few of these holiday accessories for girls will take her outfit from everyday to holiday glam in an instant. We love how far holiday accessories for girls have come in the recent years — not a red or green plaid in sight! — and it’s so nice to be able to integrate these accessories into their wardrobes after the holidays, too.

1. Ruby & Bloom Headband Bow, $15
2. Tucker + Tate Panda Mittens, $16
3. Girls Foldable Silver Ballet Flat, $69
4. Tea Collection Alpaca Knit Cardigan, $89
5. Tea Collection Tango Floral Embroidered Cardigan, $89
6.  Hanna Anderson Snowflake Fair Isle Tights, $22
7. Hanna Andersson Footless Tights, $24
8. Michael Kors Fulton Jena Ballet Flat, $35 {ON SALE}
9. Ivanka Trump Park Ballet Flat, $52
10. Cara Couture Chain Necklace, $24
11. Cara Couture Stone Necklace, $22
12. Sequin Tuxedo Pant Leggings, $28

Happy holidays from all of us at Savvy Sassy Moms!
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Hot Chocolate in Mason Jars Savvy Sassy Moms

Cooler temperatures and the holidays go hand-in-hand with hot chocolate, and there is no better way to celebrate this special time of year with your little ones than with a fun hot chocolate bar that is just for them! All kids love being in charge, so allowing them to select their own mix-ins or toppings for their hot chocolate is a real treat This hot chocolate bar can be set up as a one-time event for a party or left up all season long as a regular afternoon treat. Who wouldn’t love coming home from school to a yummy hot chocolate?

Hot Cocoa Bar Savvy Sassy Moms

Setting the scene

Setting up a hot chocolate bar is super simple. Start with some festive decor — you can probably find things around your house or in your holiday decorations that you can use — it’s a great spot to include those decorations from holidays of the past that don’t make it onto your A-list of decorations anymore! Think out of the box and get creative for ways to display your hot chocolate bar. For example, we used a plaid scarf and craft paper as our tablecloth, Mason jar mugs left over from another party and a random assortment of crystal dishes to hold our hot chocolate toppings.

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar

Grab your favorite mug

The great thing about hot chocolate is that you have so many options when making it! Depending on how much time you have to prep, you can make your own mix from scratch, use ready-to-mix packets, or even go the K-cup route. All that really matters is that you have the hot chocolate pre-mixed and ready to go, or that you have hot water or milk on-hand ready to mix up a batch. Cute mugs also help and anything from ceramic mugs to Mason jars to or paper cups will do!

Yummy Hot Chocolate Bar Toppings

It’s all about the toppings

After your cup is filled with hot chocolate, the fun part begins! Having an assortment of toppings makes it fun for kids (and adults!) to personalize their hot chocolate to their tastes by mixing and matching different toppings.

For this hot chocolate bar we used mini marshmallows, candy canes, mini chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers, chocolate sprinkles and rolled wafer cookies. Other fun toppings we love are canned whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, caramel candies, chocolate syrup, crushed cookies and chopped nuts.

What is your favorite topping for hot chocolate?
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Choosing a car seat for your child is an important purchase and oftentimes a major investment. With so many options on the market, it should fulfill your family’s needs perfectly. One question I get asked, more often than you would think, is “What’s a good car seat for our two-car family?” My answer is always the same — the Orbit G3 Toddler Car Seat — for one simple reason: the amazing drop-and-dock car seat base option. Think of the ease of an infant car seat snapping into the car seat base, now add that to the size and features of a full-sized convertible car seat and you have the Orbit G3! It truly makes moving a car seat from car-to-car so much easier.

Easiest Car Seat to Move Between Cars- Orbit G3 Toddler Car Seat

All the specs you need to know

The Orbit G3 Toddler Car Seat comes in either black or red and weighs 21.5 pounds. I want to be clear and say the actual seat does not come with the G3 Rotating Car Seat Base. Those are purchased in addition to the seat and, in my opinion, are the main selling point for using this car seat in multiple cars.

As an alternative, the seat itself comes with Side Impact Braces, so you do have the option of installing using those instead of the base. However, you will not be able to rotate the seat and you will not be able to drop and dock. The Side Impact Braces allow for LATCH and standard seat belt installation.

It’s important to note that the base is only to be used for rear-facing installation. Once your child is turned around, the install will be done with the Side Impact Braces. This may sound like sort of a bummer because it means that there is no rotation when it’s forward-facing. While that may be true, I also think this is good feature because it encourages people to rear-face for longer in order to take advantage of the ease of the design.

The seat weight rating for rear-facing is 15-35 pounds and 25-65 pounds for children who are forward facing. The height allowance is a generous 49-inches, which makes the seat very tall. My husband wanted me to point out that the height causes a bit of a blind spot, especially in small compact cars, so be aware. On the flip side, the tall height allows for the child to be in the seat for longer and it takes up less leg room for your front seat passenger, so it’s a trade off, for sure. Also keep in mind there is no recline option with this car seat, unfortunately. 

The soft and washable fabric is made of BFR Orbit green material meaning it’s certified healthy and clean by Oeko-Tex, which is specifically made to be easier on the sensitive skin of little ones. Although it’s not as plush and fluffy as some of the other car seats on the market right now, I don’t feel like my baby is lacking in comfort. In fact, she seems much more comfortable in this seat than she is in a leading competitor’s overly fluffy convertible car seat.

Installing the Orbit G3 Car Seat Base

Install the Orbit G3 Toddler car seat with ease

The worst part of installing a car seat is the worry and fear that you may be doing it wrong. With the G3 Car Seat and Base, the instructions were extremely clear, and they also came with easy-to-follow pictures. I’ve installed a lot of different car seats and the Orbit G3 was, by far, the easiest and most secure. I never once thought I might be doing it wrong. Peace of mind is worth every penny in this case. 

Once we were installed in my husband’s small Nissan Leaf and my mid-sized Jeep Cherokee, I practiced dropping and docking to see how fast I could do it. The results? Honestly, it only took seconds. It took longer to explain to my husband how to do than to actually get it done! My husband’s car is so small, I was concerned that the seat would be so massive, but was pleasantly surprised that there was actually more room than when we had another convertible car seat installed in his car. He noted that the best part is when the baby isn’t in his car, he’s not still left with a big bulky empty car seat taking up most of the room in his rear seats — just the small base that he hardly notices.

Drop, dock and go!

I realize the price tag is a bit high, especially when you add in not one but two bases ($220 each, plus the car seat itself), but the convenience factor, in addition to the features, definitely outweigh the investment. In all honesty, it would be less expensive to purchase two car seats from another brand, but what you’re paying for here is worth its weight in gold.

Everything about this car seat is well thought out, even smallest convenience features — from the magnets that hold the high-quality (and non-twisty!) straps out of the seat for easy loading to the covered back panel that allows for simple strap height adjustment. Beyond the bells and whistles, remember you’re also paying for safety with this seat. It has the highest safety ratings of any car seat currently on the market with its 360-degree impact protection and deeper side-impact safety.

The bottom line for two-car families

If you need to move a car seat between two vehicles, this is the easiest and most convenient way to go. Add in the mix the back-saving swivel ability and stylish good looks and you should be sold. If you already have the Orbit G3 Infant Car Seat or one of their stroller systems, this addition to your Orbit collection should be a no-brainer as the toddler seat can use the same base and go from car seat to stroller seat by docking it right onto your Orbit stroller frame.

Best for Moving Between Cars: Orbit G3 Toddler Car Seat

For those of you who were wondering about the more upright positioning and lack of recline — the proof is in the pudding! Rest assured she is sleeping like, well, a baby.

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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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This post is sponsored by Scholastic.

As an English major, literature addict and all-around avid reader, encouraging my children to love books and reading has always been one of my top priorities as a parent. Even before my children were born, my reading list focused less on what I should expect while expecting and more on how I could ensure my children inherited my enthusiasm and passion for the written word. Luckily for all book-loving parents, there’s a new website from Scholastic, dedicated entirely to inspiring a love of reading in your children, starting on day one… The Story Starts Here.

The Story Starts Here from Scholastic

The Story Starts Here

This new website from Scholastic features a variety of picture books for children ages 0-8 years, with a diverse and unique roster of characters and stories, art styles and formats. All the books listed are accompanied with various printables, videos and activities, designed to teach children lessons, language and foster a love of learning.

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My children had a chance to read through some of the books featured and they fell in love with the stories and characters. My 15-month-old loved Peek-A-Boo Farm, and laughed wildly as she lifted the flaps and made silly barnyard animal noises. My 3-year-old particularly loved singing along to If You’re a Robot and You Know It (the laser beam eyes were his favorite) and following along on the crazy adventures of the animals in Where’s Walrus? & Penguin?

Scholastic believes in the importance of reading to children, fostering a love for language and promoting literacy. In the spirit of getting children involved in reading, here are a couple ways to raise kids who love to read.

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It’s never too early

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents read to their children starting at birth. However, don’t worry about how much you’re reading to your infant or whether or not it’s educational — babies respond to their parents’ voices, so take comfort in the fact that it doesn’t matter whether you’re reading Goodnight Moon or People magazine. Even though babies will not understand the words you say, they are developing the brain structures necessary for later language literacy by listening to you. For young babies, hearing language means learning language. The important thing is that babies begin to associate reading with the feelings of love and affection. When you read to a young baby, don’t worry about finishing the book or even turning pages in the right direction. Just enjoy playing with the book as if it’s a toy, and read as much as your baby will let you.

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Allow children to explore books on their own

As your children grow, let them use and explore books in their own way, even if it’s not the way that adults think books should be used. For an infant, this may mean chewing on a board book, while a young toddler may enjoy stacking books or spreading them across the floor. Two-year-olds may request the same books over and over again, while 3-year-olds may insist on asking questions about the plot and 4-year-olds may make up alternate endings. Reading to kids isn’t as simple as reciting the words and flipping the pages. Let your child explore books in their own way and you might be surprised how imaginative they are.

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Make books available

Children should have a wide-range of books available to them, at their eye-level, so they can decide what to read. Anyone with kids knows that they love making their own choices, so make sure there are a variety of books available for your child to choose from, on a range of subjects and reading levels. Children are more likely to read a book they pick out themselves, so let your child’s interests guide his or her reading choices. Keep an eye on the reading level of the books your children choose, but let them stretch to the best of their ability. If you don’t have a large selection of books at home, visit your local library and allow your child to choose a few books on their own.

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Make reading part of your routine

Regardless of how motivated your child might be, he or she will not read if there isn’t any time to do so. Be sure to carve time out of your child’s busy day to dedicate to reading, both with a parent and on their own. By setting aside specific times for reading, rather than trying to squeeze it in between school and sports, you send the message that reading is important. Pick out a comfy spot that has good lighting and room to keep a book or two, which will help your child learn to connect coziness and comfort with everyday reading. Make sure that reading is also a part of your child’s daily life. Encourage your kids to keep an eye out for things they can read, both in and outside the home, like road signs, words on commercials, grocery lists, etc.

For more tips on creating an avid reader and lots of interactive tools to make reading fun, visit Scholastic’s The Story Starts Here website.

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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…


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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Do you like the look of the Newlie totes?  What are some essentials you keep in your diaper bag?

This post was contributed by Laura Parker as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more about Laura on her blog, Happily Ever Parker.



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ABC Kids Expo 2015 Las Vegas Savvy Sassy Moms

If you follow us on Instagram, you probably caught our coverage of the 2015 ABC Kids Expo, which is one of our favorite and most exciting events of the year. Not only did we get to see some of our favorite brands and products in person, but we also got a ton of sneak peeks at the trends in 2016 baby gear and kids’ products. Be sure to keep an eye out for these launches and releases in the coming months and into spring of next year…

5 Hot 2016 baby gear trends

ABC Kids Expo 50 Shades of Blue

1. All about the blues

One of the first trends we noticed when we got to the Expo was all of the great shades of blues! From navy to baby blue and every color in between, we can boldly say that blue isn’t just for the boys anymore when it comes to baby gear. (Pictured: Bumbleride jogging stroller, coming Spring 2016)

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2. Silicone everything

Everywhere we looked, a brand has something cool made from silicone. And, we can’t blame them. This material is so kid-friendly, plus, you can bake it, wash it, let them chew on it, eat out of it… need we go on? (Pictured: Chewbeads Travel Bath Time Set, coming in 2016)

Pretty in Pink: Baby Gear for 2016

3. Pretty in pink

If you love pink, you’ll love what’s coming in baby gear for 2016! There were so many pretty new pinks to choose from at ABC Kids Expo, including a lot of soft, blushing pinks. (Pictured: Tula carrier and blankets, coming in 2016)

Rachel Zoe + Maxi Cosi/Quinny Stroller Collaboration

4. Cool celebrity partnerships

It was the talk of the Expo — who was the celebrity designer collaboration with Maxi-Cosi/Quinny? We were all thrilled to see that our predictions were correct and that they had teamed up with mom of two, Rachel Zoe for this gorgeous car seat and stroller. (Pictured: Rachel Zoe with Maxi-Cosi Car Seat and Quinny Stroller, available in 2016 at Nordstrom)

The biggest new stroller you need

5. Size matters for strollers

From the biggest to the smallest, we would say that the strollers were the show stoppers at ABC Kids 2015. The smallest stroller, but the one creating the most buzz was most certainly the GB Pockit Stroller. (See our video of how it folds on Instagram!) And, on the other end of the spectrum (pictured above) was the expandable stroller from Austlen Baby Co. Both strollers are available in 2016.

Stay tuned for more coverage on our favorites from ABC Kids Expo 2015 and see more now on #helloscout.
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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!

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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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This post was contributed by Joanna Murnan as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.

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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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