Transformer Strollers

4 high-tech strollers that will transform the way you stroll.

Transformer Strollers

Forget about Autobots and Decepticons. Get ready to welcome a new fleet of Transformers – transformer strollers, that is. Cutting-edge technology makes a serious foray into baby’s world, and stroller brands are now thinking outside the box to blend form, function and tech-infused features into the perfect city buggy. Whether it’s a stroller that morphs into a bike or a pram that fits into a tote, baby’s cool futuristic ride can revolutionize your daily commute. Here are four transformer strollers that will bring convenience and a technological edge to your adventures with baby. 1. Simple Parenting: The Doona When it comes to innovative baby gear, the Doona is a game changer. This all-in-one infant car seat clicks right out of the car and converts into a stroller with just the push of a lever. No longer will you need to clumsily lug a car seat through a crowded street. No longer will you have to maneuver baby’s heavy travel system in and out of the car. With its mere 16 pounds, the Simple Parenting hybrid baby gear is perfect for busy mamas who have lots of errands to run: it will not only make your experience smoother, it will also save you time, space and energy! $499, Buy it here. 2. Babyzen: The Yoyo+ Are you looking for a trusty sidekick to make your travels with baby a breeze? The Yoyo+ is small but can really pack a punch. Launched earlier this year, the featherweight buggy folds in a flash, with just three clicks and one hand. It is so compact, it fits in an airline’s overhead compartment and can be carried like a bag. When you’re ready to get moving, flick the Yoyo+ back open. The compact stroller, which you can ride around with just one hand, is now compatible with Cybex and Maxi Cosi infant car seats and comes with a bounty of new features: a reclining padded seat, an oversized basket, a storage pouch on the back of the canopy and the option to buy a bassinet for your infant. $495, Buy it here. 3. The Taga Bike The Taga will have you second-guess your beloved running stroller. The bike, which is essentially an inverted tricycle, carries a seat up front for baby and provides surprisingly great stability. When you arrive at your destination, the three-wheeled cargo bike morphs into a stroller in just 20 seconds. Once you are done with your errands, toggle back to bike mode and pedal your way to a great workout and to quality time with baby. The Taga is suitable for children up to 6 years and is compatible with Graco and Maxi Cosi infant car seats. What’s more, the hybrid baby wheeler will grow with your family, with an option to add a stroller seat or, once your kids have outgrown it, replace it with a big cargo basket. $823, Buy it here. 4. GB: The Pockit If you have a penchant for record-setters, the Pockit is the stroller for you. The lightweight GB pram is the world’s smallest folding stroller and, in only two steps, shrinks to fit into the tightest of spots, including a handbag or a tote. The switch from pushing to carrying is effortless, which makes it a favorite among city dwellers. The Pockit is also an easy push, stands alone when folded, and can be stowed under any seats at a restaurant or on a plane. Its adjustable harness will grow with your child through toddlerhood (from 6 months to up to 4 years). Do we need to add that it only weighs 9.5 pounds? $249.99, Buy it here.


I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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Meri Meri: Decor and gifts that bring the wonder of childhood to life

We could not be more excited to bring the magic of Meri Meri to the Motherly Shop. For over 30 years, their playful line of party products, decorations, children's toys and stationery have brought magic to celebrations and spaces all over the world. Staring as a kitchen table endeavor with some scissors, pens and glitter in Los Angeles in 1985, Meri Meri (founder Meredithe Stuart-Smith's childhood nickname) has evolved from a little network of mamas working from home to a team of 200 dreaming up beautiful, well-crafted products that make any day feel special.

We've stocked The Motherly Shop with everything from Halloween must-haves to instant-heirloom gifts kiddos will adore. Whether you're throwing a party or just trying to make the everyday feel a little more special, we've got you covered.

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Errands and showers are not self-care for moms

Thinking they are is what's burning moms out.

A friend and I bump into each other at Target nearly every time we go. We don't pre-plan this; we must just be on the same paper towel use cycle or something. Really, I think there was a stretch where I saw her at Target five times in a row.

We've turned it into a bit of a running joke. "Yeah," I say sarcastically, "We needed paper towels so you know, I had to come to Target… for two hours of alone time."

She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

Now don't get me wrong. I adore my trips to Target (and based on the fullness of my cart when I leave, I am pretty sure Target adores my trips there, too).

But my little running joke with my friend is actually a big problem. Because why is the absence of paper towels the thing that prompts me to get a break? And why on earth is buying paper towels considered a break for moms?

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