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Britax B - Agile Stroller

Britax B – Agile Stroller Review

When it comes to umbrella strollers there are so many options to choose from and they all fall under a different budget bracket. So how do you choose the right one for you and your baby? Do you focus on price, on weight or special features?

It seems that whichever choice you make you will be losing out on something, but not anymore. The Britax B strollers are made to make sure that you don’t have to compromise. Britax B strollers are everyday strollers and can be easily transformed. Not convinced? Keep reading!

Britax B - Agile Stroller
Britax B – Agile Stroller

What kind of umbrella stroller is it?

This amazing stroller can be used right from birth, which means you don’t need to worry about upgrading your stroller system as soon as your baby starts to grow. The stroller can manage weights of over three stone which means you won’t need to think about changing strollers until your baby is fully on their way to becoming a toddler.

It also offers a light weight build that folds down easily. It even has a handy carrying handle on the top of the stroller to ensure that you can manage it as easily as possible. The lightweight system folds over reducing its size by more than half. So you won’t have any problems checking in to an airport or even fitting it into your boot with your shopping. It is also really quick to fold down meaning you won’t have to hold any buses up on your journeys.

Where is it suitable?

The Britax B stroller is suitable for any urban areas and will suffice in any rural areas you might visit. The whole design has been specifically streamlined so you can navigate around shopping aisles and busy streets without any difficulty. This is a really important feature as not many strollers can be used with ease around busy urban areas due to their size and bulk. You can read an interesting research on Buggy direction can effect your child by visiting http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/7739655.stm

The wheels are designed with a multi-way system that means that you will easily be able to change direction and move around obstacles that might normally prevent you and your stroller from moving. The three wheeled design also helps to ensure that you can get to where ever you want to go.

Is it stylish?

No parent wants to push around an ugly stroller and the people who made the Britax B stroller know this, that’s why this stroller isn’t only easy to use and navigate but it is also very nice to look at. Available in a range of different colours, you will be able to choose one that matches your style. The sun shade is curved and designed to fit right in with the rest of the system rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. Over all the design on the Britax B stroller is very palatable.

The Britax B stroller is a revolutionary step forward in stroller designs. There is nothing left out on this system and you won’t find yourself compromising on anything should you chose to use it. It’s been on the top of the best selling umbrella strollers since it first came out and with good reason.

Read about more strollers here.

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Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Stroller Review

If, like many parents, you are expecting your second child then you might be wondering how you are going to get them around on a day to day basis. Well, it might be worth considering getting the Joovy Caboose stand on umbrella stroller. This stroller has been designed with a growing family in mind and it is perfect for assisting you in getting both your new born and your toddler from A to B.

Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Stroller

Features on the umbrella stroller

The main features that this stroller offer are a light weight and one touch fold system plus the ability to have your new born upfront and your toddler sat comfortable behind the pram. Meaning that you can transport both your children with ease to wherever you might need to go. Your toddler will have plenty of fun with the umbrella stroller due to the duel choice of either sitting or standing on the back of the stroller. This means that your toddler can stand and watch the world around them and then when they are tired they can sit back and enjoy the comfortable seat that is offered.

Was it made with use in mind?

Too often strollers come out that are beautiful to look at but are useless when it comes to actual usability. This isn’t the case though with the Caboose, it’s designed to work flawlessly with your life. It features a one touch fold down system that makes folding the stroller a breeze and it’s even designed to fold into the smallest size that it could possibly be, making it easier than ever to fit it in the back of your car with your shopping or putting it down while at an airport. The seat is also detachable and can be used as a car seat in any car. This means that you don’t have to disturb your new born even if you need to transfer to a car or bus.

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Is it stylish?

Nobody wants an ugly stroller even if it is the easy to use and the Caboose doesn’t fail in this area either. The stroller isn’t bulky and it comes in four different colours so you can truly tailor it to your life and style. A common mistake in double strollers is the width that often exceeds most shopping aisles and sidewalks but that isn’t the case with this umbrella stroller because of the unique seating design. The width of the stroller doesn’t exceed the width of a single stroller meaning that you won’t have a problem using it to shop with or to navigate around busy urban areas.

The Caboose stroller is a streamlined easy to use stroller that truly has the user in mind. Not only will your little ones love to use it but it will be a pleasure to use for you too. There is ample room in the bottom basket to fit any shopping you might have, the seat can be used to sit on or to be stood on, so your toddler feels like they are in control and the removable car seat will work in any car. This umbrella stroller really is great value for money.

You can also read a great article about how to chose the best stroller for you.

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How I Manage to get Enough Sleep with a Newborn

Being a mum to a newborn means getting less sleep, sad but true. And breastfeeding, for all its positives means being the only one who can feed baby. So when our beautiful daughter came into the world I had to learn to adapt, and fast.

The only way I managed to get enough sleep to function was to make sleep a priority. Until our daughter fell into a better sleep routine – which enabled me to get some sort of decent sleep at night – I slept whenever she did. If she went down for a nap, so did I.

At first this was a little hard. Finally, some baby free time! There was so much I wanted to do, let alone the things I had to do, that I just couldn’t waste the opportunity. But I learned I had to, so except for simple things like shower or eat meals I tried to get as much rest during the day as possible.

This meant housework fell by the wayside. Unless it just had to be done I didn’t do it. I managed to pull this off by accepting every offer of help or a cooked meal that came my way. Sure, it wasn’t nice to get other people to wash my dishes or do some laundry, and it wasn’t as exciting as helping with the baby directly, but I found people were keen to help me through the early days and this was the best way they could.

And there was quite a few times my husband and I “cheated” and used paid help.  Sometimes we paid for a cleaner to come around and give the place a really good clean. A couple of other times it was simply getting someone to do all the laundry. It wasn’t always cheap but it made such a difference to our stress and comfort levels, knowing the work wasn’t piling up for one of us, that it was money well spent.

Of course I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my husband, who simply was amazing. He picked up for my “slack” and kept things going in addition to his full time job. Once the baby and I were in bed he’d clean and wash up or cook meals in advance. He was very keen to make sure there was as much healthy, home cooked, food as possible. If there’s a key to prioritising sleep then a constant support person is surely it. I couldn’t have coped so well without him.

So go easy on yourself and do what you can to get through that first big adjustment period.

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Buying a Double Stroller

A stroller can become every parent’s best friend. For those who have twins or are expecting a second child, or already have two children close in age, a double stroller can be a God-send, allowing you to move and handle both kids at the same time with a single contraption. Here are a few things to consider when buying a double stroller:

Side-by-side or tandem?

First, decide what would work best for your family, a side-by-side or tandem stroller. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and weighing your options most often boils down to how your family would be using your double stroller.

A side-by-side stroller has the seats beside each other, allowing both kids the same view and allows fully reclining seats for naps. It is wider than a tandem stroller but allows both children (especially if they are the same age, like twins) easier access to their seats.

A tandem stroller has a seat in front of the other making it only as wide as a single stroller. Its narrow frame makes it easier to maneuver and navigate. Many tandem strollers also have customizable features that accommodate baby carriers, making them a popular choice for families with a toddler and an infant. An example is the Baby Jogger City Select.

Your children’s size and age

When choosing a double stroller, make sure it will be able to carry both your children in comfort and safety. A double stroller’s maximum weight capacity should be a primary consideration in the decision making process as it determines how much and how long you get to use your stroller. Go for brands with higher weight ratings to get the most use of your stroller as your children grow.

Consider stroller dimensions

For any baby accessory, strollers most especially, size and weight matters. What’s the point of having a stroller you won’t use because it’s too heavy or too inconvenient to move around? Double strollers are generally bigger and heavier than single strollers for obvious reasons, but it doesn’t mean they should be cumbersome. Choose a double stroller that is lightweight and compact. Many double strollers nowadays are ergonomically designed to be as light and narrow as possible without sacrificing comfort and safety.

Function and durability

Find a double stroller that best suits your family’s unique needs and conditions. Check each feature and assess whether it is something that you need or not. Look for double strollers that allow you to customize and personalize with add-on accessories to truly allow you to maximize its use according to your family’s unique specifications.

Budget

Perhaps the most important consideration in buying a double stroller is its cost. Choose a double stroller that gives you the best value for your money. Many higher priced strollers do not live up to quality expectations given their cost. And many affordable double strollers offer a lot more value than their expensive counterparts.

Also ensure that any stroller you choose meets the minimum safety requirements.

At the end of the day, choose a double stroller that would work for you and your family. Not all families are the same, with different needs and preferences. A double stroller that works for one family may not necessarily work for you. So know your needs and how you plan to use your stroller. After all, it could be one of the best parenting investments you ever make.

If you want to read more, check out this great guide to choosing a double stroller.

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Why I love Baby Wearing

Although I am obviously a stroller girl at heart, my friend asked to share her thoughts on baby wearing…

My son has always been a screamer. The only way he would calm down was if I picked him up and rocked him and carried him around. Our first two weeks at home were a nightmare with neither of us getting ANY sleep or quiet time. This is how I discovered the wrap and fell in love with baby wearing. I started with a wrap and have since learned to add a ring sling, a pouch and an ergo to my baby-wearing repertoire. Learning to wear my baby literally saved my sanity, for this reason alone I would recommend it. I have since added to this reason though and would like to share some of them today…

Be hands-free

Baby wearing allows you to be hands free from baby, enabling you to do other necessary things like picking up after your husband’s mess, or doing the laundry, washing the dishes, etc. While it’s true that moms should get a time-off from household duties especially when just having a baby, the reality is that this rarely happens or lasts for long. Wearing a baby let’s you get on with everyday life without the strain on your arms and back from carrying the little one. Wearing a baby in a sling, wrap or pouch keeps him safe and snuggled on your bosoms. I found my baby slept very well when I was wearing him even while I did my routine cleaning. The rhythm of my movement was comforting for my colicky boy.

Be more in tune with baby

I found I became more aware of subtle changes in my baby’s breathing and burps and gurgling sound as I began to wear him often. I learned how certain movements or a sound he made meant a particular thing. As we grew into our baby wearing routine I realized I was more aware of his needs because of the constant proximity and the opportunity to always be within my sight. The bawling episodes slowly began to disappear as we got into a wearing rhythm.

Breastfeed on the go

It took me quite a while to figure it out and be able to do it with my wrap, sling and pouch, but with help from countless YouTube videos and a lot of practice, we finally got the hang of breastfeeding while baby wearing. And once I learned how to do it right, it felt as if it was the most natural thing to breastfeed even if we weren’t seated or in bed. I realized this must have been how our Neanderthal ancestors did it, breastfeeding while foraging or finding shelter. It made a lot of sense to me.

Baby wearing has not only made doing the daily chores of everyday parenting life easy, it has also helped a lot in making my baby feel more secure and confident, perhaps because he is always close to my heart, literally. It has made me a better parent in the way I am better able to understand and respond to his cues. If you haven’t tried baby wearing, it is something that I strongly recommend you learn and do.

Interested in getting a baby wrap? I like to buy mine here. I warn you though, once you start baby wearing, it is very addictive!

You can also read about getting enough sleep with a newborn.

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A Lightweight or a Full Featured Stroller?

One of the biggest decisions to make when buying a stroller is whether it is more important to you to have a lightweight or a full featured stroller. Unfortunately, it is difficult to have both although there are a few options that fall somewhere in between. The problem is that features take up space and weight and mean that you end up with a much heavier stroller.

Advantages of a lightweight stroller

If you are someone who is out and about a lot then a lightweight stroller can be invaluable. They are so much easier to get in and out of car trunks, navigate around small spaces, such as shops and cafes and are generally easier to set up and fold back up again. Many have a one hand fold that you can do while holding baby along with a carry strap so you can easily lift it back into the trunk of the car as well.

If you plan on traveling with your stroller then a lightweight one is essential. They are far easier to transport on planes and in cars or public transportation. Lightweight strollers can usually be wheeled all the way to the plane so don’t need to be checked in at the usual spot.

Advantages of a full featured stroller

Full featured strollers have lots of extras that can make life easier. This can include lots of storage room for transporting all the accessories that babies need as well as making shopping easier. Cup holders for both parent and baby are a popular accessory as is a snack tray. Other features include recline for baby to sleep, good sun canopies, all terrain tires, ability to jog or add a second seat to the stroller.

Of course, not all strollers have all of these features and some lightweight strollers also feature some of these items.

Which should you chose?

This is, of course, a personal decision. You need to weight up how often you might use the extra features versus how important a lightweight option is for your situation. If you want it all, you could look into lightweight options that also have many features, such as a Maclaren stroller. You will usually add more weight for one of these options, but they are still relatively lightweight.

 

 

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Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Review

The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is one of the best baby strollers on the market today. This is a premium baby stroller has a lot of great features. When people want to buy a safe stroller for their kids, they should take a look at this product. It is made by Bugaboo who are one of the most popular baby stroller manufacturers. It offers a comfortable and convenient ride for all users. It is a suitable strollers for parents and their lovely children. Here are some features, pros, and cons from this product.

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Features

  • Easy to use bassinet
  • Five point harness equipped with height adjustable shoulder strap
  • Mattress with aerated system
  • Durable rubber tires
  • Machine washable fabric
  • Folding storage system
  • Great for children up to 36 months

Pros

This product is specially created with high quality and interesting design. This design is very attractive for most people. This baby stroller is designed to be stored easily. It has folding design system making it is very easy and simple to store this device.

This baby stroller has lock swivel wheels. This is a good safety feature which means that parents don’t have to worry about this stroller running away. It is a safe stroller that is suitable for all infants and toddlers. This unit also has a great brake and suspension system that is very secure for all babies.

Some people also love this product because its lightweight. It only weighs about 9.6 kg or 21 lbs. It is very easy to carry this stroller. Therefore, this product is suitable for all people who love traveling. This is another benefit that people can get from this reliable baby stroller.

Cons

Some people are unhappy with this product because of its accessories. This product has a lot of parts and accessories that should be installed meaning there is a learning curve in order to learn how to assemble this stroller. However, it comes with a great owner’s manual that is very easy to follow with all instructions and steps required listed.

Recommendations

There are both pros and cons with the Bugaboo Cameleon 3. It is one of the best baby strollers currently on the market. Overall, it is a highly recommended, fabulous stroller and we recommend it. This stroller also comes with a great 3 year limited warranty for peace of mind. Purchase this reliable baby stroller today to get all of its features.

You can read more about it on the Bugaboo site.

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Buying the Best Stroller for you

There are so many options when it comes to buying a stroller – all the choices can be overwhelming!  What can you do to make a choice?  Well other than read this site, I thought you might like some other ideas…

Check out stroller buying guides online

There are some great sites online to help you choose a stroller. I recently came across The Stroller Site which has some very helpful reviews, comparison charts and buying guides.

It breaks up the strollers into categories, such as umbrella strollers, double strollers and jogging strollers, explains each category and gives some suggestions as to what you should consider when buying a stroller. It also has stroller reviews, but I think you should keep reading those here instead 🙂 I especially found the category on the best double jogging stroller to be helpful, as I was trying to work out the differences between two different strollers that I hope to review on here soon.

There are also some great helpful videos on some of the big parenting sites, such as parents.com or check out the great video in our sidebar.

Go to a baby shop and play with some strollers

Looking at videos and buying guides online is a great starting point, but nothing beats actually touching and pushing around the strollers you are considering. There are many baby shops around with huge stroller selections and it is definitely worth having a look in one, even if you end up buying online (which is often cheaper).

While you are looking at them, ensure you put some actual weight in the stroller. Pushing around an empty stroller is not the same experience as pushing around one with a screaming toddler. It may be hard to replicate the screaming part, but it is easy enough to add some weight.

Talk to other moms

Other moms are a great resource when it comes to picking a stroller. Chat to ones that you know or other moms at work and playgroup. It can also be beneficial to chat to other moms online, especially if you don’t come into contact with many moms in day to day life. Check to see exactly why they like their stroller and how they use it. Also remember that everyone’s needs are different, so just because a stroller is perfect for your best friend, it doesn’t mean it will be for you. It is a good starting point though.

 

Hopefully these tips will get you started on the path to finding your perfect stroller. You can also check out our advice for buying a double stroller or why we like Maclaren strollers.

BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller

BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller Review

One of the most popular and best rated strollers around is the BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller. Favored for its easy to use, compact and light-weight frame, this durable product is a favorite of active families for the comfort and convenience it provides both for parents and the little one.

BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller

Features:

• Dimensions: 51.6 x 25.4 x 40 inches
• Product Weight: 25 pounds
• Maximum Weight Capacity: 70 pounds
• Fully rotating front wheels for superior maneuverability
• Two-position shock absorber suspension system
• Two-step folding system
• Seventy degree reclining seat
• Five-point safety harness

Pros:

The BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller features fully-rotating front wheels that allow easier maneuverability and control in even the most difficult turning situations. It has wide rear wheels that provide stability coupled with a unique shock absorber suspension system for a more comfortable ride in even the most rugged terrain. Designed to support active lifestyles, this stroller can go from the jogging and hiking trail to malls and busy streets.

An accessory adapter (sold separately) allows parents to use the stroller with the BOB infant car seat making it a good choice for active parents who want a stroller to adapt to their growing child’s needs. The adjustable padded reclining seat with five-point harness strap keeps your baby comfortable and secure.

A multiple setting canopy allows you to adjust the level of shade and protection for baby depending on weather conditions. Its cargo basket and seat pocket has plenty of room for carrying baby essentials. Made from high strength aluminum alloy, the BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller is built for durability to endure even the most rugged use.

Cons:

The BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller comes out as one of the priciest jogging strollers on the market since its accessories are sold separately. The wrist strap which is supposed to be an added safety feature can be a safety hazard when used while jogging or hiking, if the parent trips or falls while the wrist strap is on, the stroller can potentially topple over with him. This stroller is also not as lightweight as other competitors making it a bit inconvenient if you would need to carry it around a lot.

Our Recommendations

Evaluate your family’s lifestyle, if you are the type who would be walking around a lot, this stroller would be a good choice for you. The BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller works best for active, on-the-go families. It is specially designed to handle well on rugged terrain making it a good choice for parents who love to go jogging or hiking with their little one.

Despite its pricier cost, its durability and purposeful design makes it a good investment for the active outdoors family. For families who do not really jog, or walk or hike a lot and would only need a stroller for the occasional short trip to the mall or the doctors, then we suggest getting a stroller more suitable for your situation and with a lower price tag.

You can read more about it here.

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Why Maclaren Strollers are Popular

From celebrity moms to soccer moms, it would seem Maclaren Strollers have become synonymous with baby strollers. For many first time parents, choosing a stroller can be one of the most difficult decisions to make. A lot of things need to be considered when choosing the right stroller for your family’s needs: budget, durability, convenience, features etc. Often, a stroller is the single most thought about investment in every new parent’s must-have list. So, why all the fuss over Maclarens? Here’s why:

They’re lightweight and compact

Maclaren strollers are famed for being so lightweight they’re referred to as umbrella strollers. Designed by former British aeronautical engineer Owen Maclaren, these strollers are easy to carry without sacrificing comfort and safety. Despite being so light, Maclaren strollers are built for durability, taking the wear and tear expected of any good quality child accessory. Light weight strollers are popular for their convenience and their practicality, perhaps the most important consideration when investing in your baby’s first ride. The compact design of Maclaren strollers means not only easier transport but easier storage as well when they’re not in use.

They’re easy to use

The Maclaren’s trademark single-hand fold is also a big attraction for parents. It eliminates having to figure out how to fold or unfold your gadget, providing convenience and ease of use for on the go parents. Complicated twists and clicks and steps just to use, store or transport a stroller are a huge turn-off. After all, who has time to figure out how to get your stroller in the car when faced with screaming and grumpy kids.

They’re stylish

Maclaren strollers are so stylish they are a favorite of celebrity moms. Their trendy designs add a dash of sass and accent for the style conscious modern parent. A range of accessories can also be bought separately, allowing parents to customize and even personalize their strollers to their needs. A few celebrity designers have already lent their name to a Maclaren stroller line, adding more style points to this already fashionable brand.

There’s one for every budget

Maclaren offers a range of stroller models to cover every need and every budget. From the simple basic umbrella models to twin strollers and buggies, prices vary from the reasonably priced editions to the pricier designer models preferred by celebrities. While even the most affordable Maclaren can still be pricier than other competitors, they more than make up for it in terms of product quality and durability.

They’re covered by a warranty

Unlike other stroller brands with very limited warranty, all Maclaren strollers are covered with a basic warranty that covers manufacturing and material defects, extending up to 1 year for some of its models. Parents also have the option of registering their Maclaren with the company to automatically avail of the Sovereign Lifetime Warranty. For as long as you use your stroller according to its specified purpose and within the parameters of normal use, a warranty has you covered.

Maclaren has earned a reputation for top quality strollers designed to keep up with the growing and changing needs of the modern family. Their commitment to product excellence has rightfully earned them the approval of many satisfied users, making them one of the most popular and well-loved stroller brands in the world to date.