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Graco Uno2Duo Review

5 things you need to know about the brand's new convertible stroller.

Graco Uno2Duo Review

If you are ready to expand your family or know that you will want more than one child, a convertible stroller is pure magic! No, really... Strollers in general are expensive, and single-to-double options can save you big bucks, and they offer various configurations that can cater to your family's needs throughout the years. That said, convertible strollers can be cumbersome, heavy, and difficult to maneuver. But what if we told you that there's now a single-to-double stroller that basically does it all without added weight or without taking over your entire apartment? The Graco's Uno2Duo stroller is easy to maneuver, grows with baby AND toddler, is actually reasonably priced and so much more!

Here are 5 reasons why we're in love with this new Graco Uno2Duo stroller!

1. You can make your own combo. There are 11 ways you can ride the stroller -- with one or two seats; and if you get the travel system with the car seat, there are up to 18 configurations. For moms who have an older toddler, the stroller comes with a standing platform for him or her to ride along.

2. It's actually really compact for a convertible stroller! A lot of double strollers take up a lot of space. To accommodate your second child, the Uno2Duo stroller extends only 5 inches, which makes the transition from single to double virtually seamless.

3. You don't need to buy a lot of extra pieces. Unlike many other convertible strollers, the Uno2Duo stroller comes with everything you really need to make it into a double. So you won't need to buy a lot of extra pieces. Graco even gives you the option to buy it as a travel system, which comes with the the Graco SnugRide® SnugLock™ 35 Click Connect™ infant car seat.

4. It has a one-Hand Fold. You've got your hands full with 2 kids, and the last thing you want to do is to try to figure out how to fold a stroller. The Graco Uno2Duo stroller is an easy one-hand fold that works with or without the seat in frame.

5. It’s newborn ready. The main seat folds flat to become a bassinet. And if you get the travel system, you can put baby in the infant car seat.

6. It’s affordable.Though it is a full-size stroller, the Uno2DuoDuo stroller is affordable! Priced at $449.99, the investment is well worth it, especially considering that you won't have to switch stroller or get another one as your family grows. For the one and only stroller you'll need, that's a pretty good deal.

Annie is a mama to Indie Rey and two mini Australian shepherds, Maddie and Macaron residing in Austin, Texas. She is the founder of A Little Bundle, started as a subscription baby box turned e-commerce, and a marketing service, Unicorn & Rainbows. Annie loves traveling, online shopping, food delivery and anything gelato related.

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Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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