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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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Ritzy Baby Carousel Designs
Retro Cars Carousel Designs
Shabby Chenille Carousel Designs
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Kumari Garden Crib Bedding
Coastal crib bedding Carousel Designs
Coral and Teal Floral Carousel Designs
Mint Mockingbird Carousel Designs
Gray and Navy Raindrops Carousel Designs
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Gray and Orange Ikat Carousel Designs
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Western Roundup Carousel Designs
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all bedding details can be found at Carousel Designs

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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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

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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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Gold baby shower ideas from Target

IMG_8536When it comes to party decor, gold is in right now and baby showers are no exception. For the sassy, modern mom-to-be, a gold baby shower is the perfect way to celebrate. Expecting a baby girl? Add pops of pink to your gold party decorations for a girly touch. Have a little boy on the way? Gold with turquoise or a bold green will be chic and handsome. Gold can also be completely gender neutral, if Mom doesn’t know the sex of her baby yet.

We’ve pulled all of our favorite gold party decor ideas from Target to inspire your own gold baby shower… or any baby shower you’re throwing!

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A great invitation can inspire your entire baby shower and these from Target have a tiny touch of gold to tie into your gold baby shower theme. Don’t be afraid to step out of the box when it comes to invitations. They don’t need to have “baby” splashed across the top to make them baby shower appropriate. (Pictured: Anna Griffin Multicolor Chevron with Ribbon Party Invitations, $8)

Gold Baby Shower

You can likely DIY a baby shower banner at home, but at under $5, these are hard to resist. Try customizing a basic party banner from Target by adding the baby-to-be’s first name or a simple message to Mom, such as “Congrats!” (Pictured: Spritz 80-Inch Banner, $4)

Gold Baby Shower

Throwing a baby shower — or any party, for that matter — can get a little messy. Especially when you have a house full of moms drinking champagne! These Mason jar-inspired drinking glasses with lids are a lifesaver. Not only do they keep spills under control, but you can even send them home with your guests at the end of the shower. (Pictured: Spritz Clear Glass Drinking Jars, $8)

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We’re a bit obsessed with these baking kits from Target. They come in yummy flavors that will make sure your guests feel like they’re at a baby shower, not a kiddie party, and a frosting mix is included. Add a cute chalkboard cupcake topper and these become the centerpiece of your shower. (Pictured: Archer Farms Chai Latte Cupcake Mix, $4)

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Don’t forget to send your guests out the door with a little something special. For a gold baby shower, the perfect goodie bag filler is a pretty gold nail polish. Pick a handful of different gold polishes from Target and let them choose their favorite on the way out!

Get this baby shower look from Target

Gold Baby Shower Ideas

Anna Griffin Multicolor Chevron with Ribbon Party Invitations (10 Count), $8
Anchor Heritage Glass Jar (0.5 Gallon), $6
essie Nail Color in Good as Gold, $8
Spritz 10-Inch Gold Paper Lanterns, $3 each
Spritz Paper Gold Chevron Straws (20 Count), $3
Spritz Gold-Stripped Gift Bag, $1
Spritz 80-Inch Banner, $4
Spritz Clear Glass Drinking Jars (4-Pack), $8
Threshold Beaded Cake Stand, $20
Sharpie Metallic Permanent Markers (6-Pack), $16

Please note that prices may vary at your local Target. 

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New moms and moms-to-be, take note

New 2015 Baby Gear

If you’re expecting a baby this year, or if you have a newborn at home, you’ll want to mark your calendar for these 2015 baby gear and stroller releases. We’ve gathered up a handful of 2015’s newest products for babies, from strollers to swings to cradles, to help you plan for your little one’s arrival.

New 2015 baby gear

New 2015 Baby Gear- 4moms mamaROO Infant Seat

4moms mamaROO Infant Seat

Available: Now at Nordstrom
Price: $240-260
Features: It’s the infant seat of the future and the future is here! The 4moms mamaROO Infant Seat was just released and it has every bell and whistle moms can dream of in an infant seat, including a “car ride” motion setting, Bluetooth capabilities to control the seat via your smart device, and hook ups for playing mp3s.

New 2015 Baby Gear- Babyhome Air Bassinet

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Available: Early Spring 2015
Price: $299
Features: Perfect for families who want to keep Baby close when they sleep or are planning on traveling in Baby’s first year, the new babyhome Air Bassinet is coming out in the next few weeks. Available in four gorgeous, modern colors, it is both practical and stylish, with thoughtful features such as an easily removable changing pad, mesh windows on the side for keeping an eye on your sleeping little one, and pockets for stashing supplies.

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Babymoov Swoon Up

Available: Coming soon on Diapers.com and at specialty retailers nationwide 
Price: $160
Features: The Babymoov Swoon Up is a must-have for moms who are expecting in 2015. The Swoon Up, which will make its debut soon, has two heights available — one for keeping Baby low to the ground to relax and one for bringing her up higher, to interact with the family… and to save your back when reaching in to get her!

New 2015 Baby Gear- Nuna MIXX

Nuna MIXX

Available: Now on the Nuna website, debuted in January 2015
Price: $499
Features: Nuna’s newest stroller, which just became available earlier this month, is the MIXX. Featuring three strollers in one — a rear-facing stroller, a front-facing stroller and the ability to become a travel system with the addition of the Nuna PIPA — this is a stroller you can use all of the way through your child’s stroller-riding life. We especially love that you can fold and unfold it with one hand!

New 2015 Baby Gear- Quinny Buzz Xtra

Quinny Buzz Xtra

Available: Now on the Quinny website, debuted in January 2015
Price: $595
Features: A stroller that unfolds on its own? Sign us up! We’re in love with the new Quinny Buzz Xtra, which was just released with updated features, colors, never-flat tires and a larger canopy and storage basket.

New 2015 Baby Gear- Tiny Love Cozy Rocker

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Available: Now on Tiny Love Cozy Rocker Napper, debuted in January 2015
Price: $125
Features: From playtime to nap time in one easy motion, the Tiny Love Cozy Rocker Napper is going to be your new best friend. Use it as a portable napper when your baby is a newborn (it vibrates and plays music, of course!), then transform it into a play seat as he grows. Happen to fall asleep when he was playing? It easily converts back to a napper, without having to wake him up!

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January Baby Bundle

It’s that time again for our monthly Baby Bundle, each month we pick four of our favorite baby gear items and give them all away. January’s giveaway is sure to blow you away! All of these items will prepare you to bring your new baby home and are items every expecting parent should put on their baby registry.

HALO Swivel Bassinett

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

Finally a bassinet that allows you to co-sleep safely. The new HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is the only infant bassinet that moves to bring baby to you. Now your little one can sleep as close to you as you want – even right next to you in bed – and still sleep safely in his own separate space. And the more the Bassinest moves, the less you have to – which makes taking care of baby throughout the night a lot easier. A dual swivel motion allows the Bassinest Swivel Sleeper to rotate 360 degrees, which means baby can be pulled right next to you in bed. Also, with its patented retractable wall, baby can be easily lifted out of the Bassinest to the breast for nighttime feedings – without having to get out of bed.

New parents are tired and often confused by conflicting advice to keep their babies close for bonding and breastfeeding, while trying to balance safe sleep practices. The HALO Bassinest comes to the rescue offering a safe sleeping environment for baby, as well as the ability to sleep close. New fabric design now available!

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Offspring Baby Clothing

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With a new bundle of joy on the way the brand Offspring has the cutest prints for both boys and girls. The bright colors and modern patterns keep it fresh and fun. Their collection of soft cotton footies, two piece sets, blankets and take me home outfits are just to hard to resist. Offspring also knows that having a baby can be expensive so the prices won’t break the bank which is what we love because baby’s simply grow too fast!

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Babyhome Wave Wooden Rocker
Babyhome Wave Wooden Rocker

The Babyhome Wave Wooden Rocker features simple, soft lines, turns its design into one of the warmest and most comfortable for baby on the market.  It offers a pleasant, steady, front-to-back rocking motion which relaxes baby to ensure their utmost restfulness and also comes with the option of a stationary position.

Made from high-quality laminated wood and available in walnut and white, the chair has a harness with three attachment points and comes with a cotton reducer that is soft to the touch and easy to wash. Two reclining positions are featured along with a folding position, so it meets baby’s needs perfectly while also ensuring their utmost comfort at all times. Wave folds easily and compactly so it can be stored in small areas.  This stylish and functional bounce chair is ideal for lovers of the best in children’s design.

The new Wave Bounce Chair is available in White or Walnut wood finishes and fabric color choices include Graphite, Clay or Sand. $179.00

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Simmons Kids Rowen Crib

Simmons Kids Crib

Design a nursery like no other with the Rowen Collection from Simmons Kids®. With grooved detailing and clean lines, it merges timeless design with heirloom- quality construction, ensuring your little one’s room will be stylishly appointed for years to come. This 4-in-1 convertible crib converts into a toddler bed, a daybed and a full size bed. Available in black espresso or grey for only $299 at Target. Simmons Kids is a sister brand of Delta Children.

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Two new strollers for air travel have just come out and they fit into the overhead compartments on airplanes. Compact with eye-catching streamlined designs, you will look forward to your next trip.  Introducing the Mountain Buggy Nano and BabyZen Yo Yo.

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Mountain Buggy Nano

Best known for all terrain and jogging strollers, Mountain Buggy has done a full 180 and presents us with the Nano, one of the best travel strollers out there. With uncompromising quality that Mountain Buggy strollers are known for, the Nano holds up to the rigors of air travel or any other kind of travel, with ease.

Nano has a two step system that collapses into a fold that fits into most standard overhead bins on airplanes. A nifty bag included with purchase fits over the stroller if you choose. Either way, use a shoulder carry strap or handle to tote it along. It weighs only 13 pounds and holds your child up to 44 pounds.

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Traveling with a newborn? The Mountain Buggy Nano is travel system ready, accommodating most major car seat brands, with no additional adapter required!

The seat is roomy and full-sized with an adjustable leg rest and two-position reclining seat. The sun canopy, while not the most generous, has a flip out sun visor. A five-point padded safety harness keeps little travelers secured. A ventilation panel, when the seat is reclined, provides air circulation.

For parents, a single handle provides one-handed maneuverability and rear-wheel suspension eases over bumps. Petal-style linked parking brake is an easy one-step stop.

The Nano comes with red, black and blue canopies and retails for $199. So far consumer reviews are giving the Nano 4.5-star ratings for the obvious compact folded size and for the outstanding maneuverability.

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Heard of BabyZen? It is a French company founded by a group of five doctors who were tired of bulky, ugly strollers. They now have a full-sized all-terrain stroller called the Zen and this one, the YoYo. The YoYo has two versions; a newborn to six months and a six-months plus.

The newborn version has a little bassinet-style flat lying seat that is parent-facing, while the six-months plus is a standard full-sized forward facing seat.

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YoYo holds your child up to 33 pounds and weighs just under 13 pounds. It folds down to 20.5 x 17 x 7 inches, fitting into most airline overhead cabin bins. I like the one-handed fold and carry strap for easy transport, especially if you’re carrying your baby on your other arm. The underseat basket is easily accessible front or back.

I like the bigger sun canopy with peek-a-boo window and the parking brake. The maneuverability push is fantastic with four-wheel suspension leveling out all those bumps and urban terrain. A travel bag is included with purchase.

Choose either a white or black frame, and then match that up with one of the fabrics in blue, grey, red, black or pink.

The BabyZen YoYo is quite a bit more than the Nano at $469. Reviewers have rating the YoYo so far at 4.5 stars for the compact easy fold and beautiful French design.

Which one of these strollers for air travel would you rather have?

Would you go for the slightly larger but less expensive Mountain Buggy Nano or the sleek French designed but more expensive BabyZen YoYo? Leave your comment below!

 

 

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

The official start of winter is still a few weeks away, but Baby, it’s getting cold outside! If you have a little one to keep warm this winter, take a peek at these cozy ways to keep baby warm in the not-so-sunny weather. Whether you’re just keeping the chill off for a winter walk on the beach (we’re jealous, if you are!) or fending off the next polar vortex, we have winter gear to keep baby warm.

10 Ways to keep Baby warm this winter

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1. Patagonia Baby Reversible Puff-Ball Pants, Patagonia, $69
If a full baby bunting or snow suit isn’t a good choice for your baby, consider at least keeping her bottom half cozy with these warm winter pants. We can’t resist Patagonia’s cool pattern and reversible styles, either!

2. Grab & Go Stroller Blanket Clips, Skip Hop, $8
Stroller blanket clips are a mom must-have to prevent a slipping blanket on cold winter walks. Simply clip your baby’s favorite blanket to the sides of your stroller and you’re on your way.

3. Baby Carrier Cover, Kowalli, $69
If you’re a mom who loves her baby carrier, grab one of these baby carrier covers. They are universal, fitting most baby carriers and can easily be slipped on and off, over Baby.

4. Kushies Blue Banana Stroller Blanket, buybuy Baby, $90
Finally, a blanket that is designed to clip straight onto our stroller to keep baby warm! These blankets are perfect for moms who aren’t into using a bunting for their stroller.

5. Blanket 212 Chevron Stroller Bunting, 7 AM Enfant, $172
Speaking of buntings, 7 AM Enfant has a huge selection of high-end buntings that are made to keep Baby warm and cozy on outdoor winter adventures. This chevron bunting is one of their latest designs.

6. Channel Stroller Blanket, Pottery Barn Kids, $40
Sometimes, all you need to keep Baby warm when you’re outside or running between the warmth of your car and the store is a thick, soft blanket. The selection at Pottery Barn Kids is always a favorite and their stroller blankets are warm and stylish.

7. Urban BundleMe, JJ Cole Collections, $50
The brand that knows its way around how to keep baby warm is JJ Cole and their stroller and car seat accessories for winter will become an instant must-have for your baby.

8. Owl Booties, Stonz Wear, $40
One of the biggest challenges in keeping your baby warm when you’re outside is her feet. Stonz Booties slip over whatever she has on her feet already — socks, moccasins, soft-soled shoes  — to keep her feet warm and dry.

9. Tundra Boots Kids Snow Stopper Mittens, Zappos, $20
Equally as tricky to keep warm in winter is her hands. Finding mittens that will stay on your baby’s hands is next to impossible, which is why we love these super-long Snow Stopper Mittens that reach all of the way up her little arms.

10. Warm Fuzzy Fleece Infant Suit, REI, $45
Perfect for babies who love to ride in a carrier, these infant fleece suits are easy to zip on and off around Baby’s clothes and will contain her warmth while she’s being worn.

What’s your favorite way to keep your baby warm?
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babys first christmas

This year is a special one for me as it will be my baby’s first Christmas. This is something I’ve dreamt of for so long, and it’s here! The holidays are always fun, but with a baby, they bring a different kind of excitement. As you can see, Savvy Sassy Baby is all ready for Christmas, with his Christmas jammies! This year, we will carry on some of our favorite family traditions, such as picking out a tree and driving around our neighborhood looking at lights, and also begin some new traditions to call our own. I think a family photo in front of the tree each year is a must- we already started that last year while I was pregnant, so it will be so fun to recreate this photo with my baby in my arms!

christmas tree photo

Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas with Babies “R” Us!

Babies “R” Us knows how special this time of year is for families, and will be hosting a series of in-store events in November to celebrate Baby’s First Christmas. This is not only a great opportunity to make some memories with your little one, but also to meet other parents in your area with similar-aged children!

The event will be located at Babies “R” Us stores nationwide.

11/22- 10am: Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov 2014 Babies (but all are welcome, even if your baby was born a different month!)

Event activities include story time, DIY ornaments, Christmas photo prop, gift suggestions, and table and gift guide by baby age. Each guest will receive a Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide: a handpicked collection of gifts for baby’s first year. Also, there will be raffles and giveaways! This is a fun (and free!) family event that you’ll surely not want to miss out on!

BRU First Christmas

If you decide to join in the fun, share your event photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #BRUChristmas #Sweeps to be automatically entered into the Babies “R” Us sweepstakes for a chance to win a $2500 Babies “R” Us gift card or a year’s worth of baby food or diapers. See more details HERE.

What are some of your holiday traditions?

This post is part of a Babies R Us sponsorship through the BabyCenter Blog Network.

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