If you’re getting ready to expand your family or preparing to welcome twins, you'll probably be looking for baby gear that will make your life easier. That's where the double stroller comes in. But just like with all baby gear, there are so many options, and the info to sift through is endless! Should you go with in-line or side-by-side, splurge-worthy or budget-friendly, lightweight or full-feature? It really depends on your children's age and lifestyle. We’ve rounded up ten double strollers, including a cool hybrid cruiser, you should consider for your growing family. 1. Baby Jogger City Select Lux, from $629.99. The Baby Jogger City Select Lux is an in-line stroller that you can use as a single to double or, from day one, as a double for twins. The two seats are the same size and hold the same weight capacity, which isn't the case for many double strollers out there. The City Select Lux offers over 20 seating options; and even though it is a full-feature double stroller, it is narrow and has a very impressive compact fold. Parents have the option of using a toddler seat as an alternative to a ride along board once their oldest outgrows the stroller seat. 2. Mountain Buggy Nano Duo, $499.99. Weighing only 20 pounds, the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo has the look, feel and convenience of a lightweight stroller. It is easy to fold and very compact -- so much so that when it is folder, you can carry it on your shoulders, with the shoulder strap. This double stroller is also newborn friendly, and while it cannot be used as a travel system with car seats, the Nano Duo can be paired with a newborn cocoon for infants. 3. Nuna Demi Grow, $799.95. The Demi Grow is Nuna's first single-to-double stroller, and it's packed with special touches that the brand is known for -- including Nuna's signature dream drape. When converted to a double stroller, the sibling seat is identical to the main seat; and it remains pretty small, so it's a great stroller if you are hoping to save space. That said, the Demi Grow offers fewer configurations than other in-line double strollers because the sibling seat can only be placed behind the main seat. But this isn’t a reason to write it off. Many toddlers find this to be a fun way to ride, and parents find it easier to push a double stroller with the seats in this position. 4. Bugaboo Donkey, from $1299. The Bugaboo Donkey is a luxury stroller that can be purchased in either single to double (mono/duo) or twin mode. In the mono setting, the Bugaboo Donkey not only gives you the advantage of more under carriage space than most strollers, but it also includes an added side basket. While some parents prefer in-line strollers because they are narrower, the Bugaboo Donkey offer the benefits of a side-by-side with a narrower frame -- only 30 inches wide. The Donkey’s design also allows you to make your little ones face you or face the world, and both seats can recline fully for naps. 5. Graco UNO2DUO, $449.99. Graco's newest edition, the UNO2DUO is not only a budget-friendly single-to-double stroller option, it’s got major longevity, which will save you even more money down the road! But what makes this stroller special, besides the price point, is the already small frame that extends only 5 inches once you convert it to a double. A built-in standing platform makes it easy for your older child to ride on without the extra purchase of a ride on board. The UNO2DUO is ideal for newborns because it’s compatible with the Graco Snugride car seat, and the stroller seat converts to a cozy infant bassinet. 6. UPPAbaby G-Link, starting at $399.99. UPPAbaby is known for its Vista stroller -- one of the most popular single-to-double prams out there. But the brand also has a double umbrella stroller that we absolutely love. The G-link, which is ideal for both newborn babies and older children alike, collapses quickly and even stands when folded. We also love the extra-large canopies that keep little ones protected from the sun with UPF 50+ sunshades. 7. Bumbleride Indie Twin, $769. For those who prefer eco-friendly baby gear, the Bumbleride Indie Twin will be an obvious choice. The fabrics on this side-by-side double stroller are made from 100% recycled polyester and are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class I certified, which means it is free from harmful chemicals. With its car seat compatibility and 90-pound weight limit, the Indie Twin will be with you for the long haul; and its large air-filled tires (pump included!) and narrow frame makes it the perfect stroller for adventuring with your two littles. 8. Bob Revolution Flex Duallie, $639.99. Not even twins can slow you down? Then you’re going to need a reliable running stroller, and the Bob Revolution Flex Duallie is the best one for the job. State-of-the-art suspension means it can handle any terrain; a swiveling-locking front wheel provides extra stability; and hand-activated rear drum brakes increase downhill control. And as if this running stroller couldn’t get any better, each seat can hold up to a whopping 50 pounds, meaning you’ll have many a running day ahead of you. 9. Veer Cruiser, $599. What happens when you combine a stroller and wagon? You get the Veer, an all-terrain cruiser. While the Veer does not replace the traditional double stroller, it’s a very cool new option on the market for toting multiple children around. Think of it as your family’s adventure companion: with the Veer you can push or pull you’re little ones over any terrain, fold it flat to easily pop it in and out of your trunk. Not to mention, you can even connect a car seat on it! 10. SNEAK PEEK: Thule Sleek Convertible, $799.95. If you can wait to purchase a stroller, you may actually want to. Thule is known for their rugged outdoor equipment -- think bike trailers and cargo carriers. But they also make strollers; and their newest addition, the Sleek, is a single-to-double stroller that will make its debut in June 0f 2018. Even as a full-feature stroller, it only weighs in at under 25 pounds. Also unique to this stroller, an enclosed basket that keeps your belongings dry in bad weather, is easy to access without unzipping every time you need something, and when the stroller is folded your goods stay put, which is pretty cool. Shop the post:
With two babies in tow, getting out the door often becomes doubly challenging. From the extra things to carry to the extra space needed in your backseat, it can be easy to feel daunted at the prospect of a day out. But before you resign yourself to life indoors, try incorporating these five genius products from Nuna to get you and the littles out the door. (Because Vitamin D is important, mama!)
1. A brilliant double stroller
You've got more to carry—and this stroller gets it. The DEMI™ grow stroller from Nuna easily converts from a single ride to a double stroller thanks to a few easy-to-install accessories. And with 23 potential configurations, you're ready to hit the road no matter what life throws at you.
2. A light car seat
Lugging a heavy car seat is the last thing a mama of two needs to have on her hands. Instead, pick up the PIPA™ lite, a safe, svelte design that weighs in at just 5.3 pounds (not counting the canopy or insert)—that's less than the average newborn! When you need to transition from car to stroller, this little beauty works seamlessly with Nuna's DEMI™ grow.
3. A super safe car seat base
The thing new moms of multiples really need to get out the door? A little peace of mind. The PIPA™ base features a steel stability leg for maximum security that helps to minimize forward rotation during impact by up to 90% (compared to non-stability leg systems) and 5-second installation for busy mamas.
4. A diaper bag you want to carry
It's hard to find an accessory that's as stylish as it is functional. But the Nuna diaper bag pulls out all the stops with a sleek design that perfectly conceals a deceptively roomy interior (that safely stores everything from extra diapers to your laptop!). And with three ways to wear it, even Dad will want to take this one to the park.
5. A crib that travels
Getting a new baby on a nap schedule—while still getting out of the house—is hard. But with the SENA™ aire mini, you can have a crib ready no matter where your day takes you. It folds down and pops up easily for sleepovers at grandma's or unexpected naps at your friend's house, and the 360-degree ventilation ensures a comfortable sleep.
With 5 essentials that are as flexible as you need to be, the only thing we're left asking is, where are you going to go, mama?
This article was sponsored by Nuna. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.
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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.
That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.
As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.
"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."
Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.
"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."
The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.
It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.
And if you want to copy Farell's style, the Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Nursing Cover, Car Seat Cover, Shopping Cart Cover and Infinity Scarf (and skirt!) is available on Amazon for $24.94.
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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.
But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.
Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.
The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.
An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."
This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.
Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.
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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.
A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.
She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.
"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.
"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.
Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).
Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.
This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!
Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉
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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.
As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.
Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.
Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.
"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."
Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.
But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."
So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.
As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."
It sure is cute though.