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This is the stroller every mom with 2+ kids needs

Take my word for it, I'm a twin mom.

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When the ultrasound tech blurted out that we were having twins, my husband started laughing and I was in absolute shock. We had a toddler at home, we already lived in a tight apartment, and the idea of two more babies just overwhelmed me. Once we got past the milestone weeks, and my pregnancy progressed normally—with, in fact, two babies—I started freaking out about all the items we were going to need. So off I went to do some research.

Strollers were the only thing I didn't do any research on, and looking back now, I wish I had. When I was pregnant with our first, I took all the time to test strollers, read reviews and make a list of cons and pros. Eventually, I took my husband to test two brands, one of which we ended up buying. My biggest concern was a stroller that could grow with our family, allowing multiple children to ride in it (maybe I secretly knew I was going to end up with three under 3?). We bought it, used it a ton, and had everything ready for everyone to ride together in it when the twins came. Which they did for a little bit.


When the twins were about 4 months old, and waking up from the fourth trimester, we realized they didn't love riding on the stroller as much as their brother did when he was their age. Initially, I thought it was just one cranky baby, but it turned out that the stroller we had was the problem. We had one of those where one baby goes above the other one, which meant whoever was riding on the bottom seat complained because they couldn't see anything but the back of the top seat.

See, I should've researched because twin parents would've told me to get a side by side stroller so both babies can see you and then as they grow, be able to look at their surroundings.

Enter: the Bumbleride Indie Twin double stroller.

Bumbleride Indie Twin stroller

BUMBLERIDE  Indie Twin - Double Stroller

We went with the grey color, which is stylish and different to other strollers in the market. Ideal to get you and your kids outside doing what you all love.

$799

Mini board for toddlers

BUMBLERIDE  Mini Board Toddler Board

Attach this mini board to the back of your double stroller and off you go with babies and toddler on board. It extends the life of your stroller while keeping it fun for everyone.

$119


This highly-reviewed stroller is ideal for parents of more than one little one (and not necessarily twins) since the seats can be individually adjusted for each kid's needs. It's a stroller that grows with your kids since it can be used from birth with car seats or bassinets. Plus, you can add a toddler board for an older child to join the fun.

What I love about the Bumbleride Indie Twin are things I didn't even know I was looking for as a first-time mom buying our first stroller. For example, the canopy in this double stroller is so spacious and cover all of baby when you are out in the summer days. The break is easy to engage and even flip-flop friendly. The inflatable tires are truly all-terrain, making it an ideal stroller for travel since you can easily push it through sand, snow and trails. And it's so, so, so easy to drive! It comes with a strap for your wrist which I wear all the time because it's such a smooth ride I can push it with just one finger if I wanted. The stroller basket is big enough to carry all of our family's towels, toys and snacks when we head down to the nearest beach.

On top of the fact my babies love to ride in it, I'm most obsessed that this stroller is eco-friendly. The fabric is made from 100% recycled PET, and 25% of the plastic components are sourced from ocean plastics. It's not only a smooth ride for my babies, it's also good for the planet. Win-win.

But best of all? Walking with the twins is much easier since they both get to look around and marvel at the amazing world we live in.

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Nuna

New mama life is often fraught with decision fatigue. From choosing a pediatrician to choosing a baby monitor, it can be difficult to know which solutions are made to last. Fortunately, Nuna just made one very important decision a lot easier. That's because their new MIXX Next Stroller has everything a new parent needs to get out, get around and get everything done.

An upgraded version of their popular MIXX stroller, the MIXX Next features a more compact fold (shaving 6.5 inches off the folded size, down to 27.5 inches long and 23.6 inches wide) thanks to a compact fold-away axle where the rear wheels tuck under the frame when it folds. Plus, the new model also stays standing when folded—meaning no more back-straining as you bend to pick up your folded stroller and heave it into the trunk. Instead, the MIXX Next can be tucked more easily into storage whenever your ride comes to an end.


Nuna Mixx Next Stroller


Speaking of the ride, your little one will love the new rear-wheel Free Flex suspension™ and front-wheel progression suspension technology that absorbs more shock as you roll over uneven terrain. The wheels have also been updated to tough, rubber foam-filled tires for a smoother, more durable ride and the no re-thread harness makes it easy to clip your baby in securely and quickly. And when all those gentle bumps lull your baby to sleep? The seat features a five-position recline that adjusts quickly with one-hand—all the way down to a true-flat sleeper recline—just don't forget to move them to their crib when you arrive home. (Don't forget to extend the water repellent, UPF 50+ canopy to keep those sleepy eyes shaded.) Even better, the all-season seat keeps baby cozy in winter and unsnaps to mesh for a cooler ride in the summer.

Perhaps most importantly, though, this stroller is made to last. (After all, what's the point of solving a mama dilemma if it creates another one a few months down the road?) The MIXX Next pairs perfectly with all Nuna PIPA™ series infant car seats using the included car seat ring adapter, and then adapts to a child seat that can face toward you (for a little face time) or forward for when your little one is ready to take on the world. All in all, this stroller gets you where you need to go with a child up to 50 pounds, meaning it's the only one you'll ever need.

The MIXX Next is available in three colors and retails for $749.95.

This article was sponsored by Nuna. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Tips parents need to know about poor air quality and caring for kids with asthma

There are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

When wildfires struck the West Coast in September 2020, there was a lot for parents to worry about. For parents of children with asthma, though, the danger could be even greater. "There are more than 400 toxins that are present in wildfire smoke. That can activate the immune system in ways that aren't helpful by both causing an inflammatory response and distracting the immune system from fighting infection," says Amy Oro, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children's Health. "When smoke enters into the lungs, it causes irritation and muscle spasms of the smooth muscle that is around the small breathing tubes in the lungs. This can lead to difficulty with breathing and wheezing. It's really difficult on the lungs."

With the added concern of COVID-19 and the effect it can have on breathing, many parents feel unsure about how to keep their children protected. The good news is that there are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

Here are tips parents need to know about how to deal with poor air quality when your child has asthma.

Minimize smoke exposure.

Especially when the air quality index reaches dangerous levels, it's best to stay indoors as much as possible. You can find out your area's AQI at AirNow.gov. An under 50 rating is the safest, but between 100-150 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children with asthma. "If you're being told to stay indoors, listen. If you can, keep the windows and doors closed," Oro says.

Do your best to filter the air.

According to Oro, a HEPA filter is your best bet to effectively clean pollutants from the air. Many homes are equipped with a built-in HEPA filter in their air conditioning systems, but you can also get a canister filter. Oro says her family (her husband and children all suffer from asthma) also made use of a hack from the New York Times and built their own filter by duct taping a HEPA furnace filter to the front of a box fan. "It was pretty disgusting what we accumulated in the first 20 hours in our fan," she says.

Avoid letting your child play outside or overly exert themselves in open air.

"Unfortunately, cloth masks don't do very much [to protect you from the smoke pollution]," Oro says. "You really need an N95 mask, and most of those have been allocated toward essential workers." To keep at-risk children safer, Oro recommends avoiding brisk exercise outdoors. Instead, set up an indoor obstacle course or challenge your family to jumping jacks periodically to keep everyone moving safely.

Know the difference between smoke exposure and COVID-19.

"COVID-19 can have a lot of the same symptoms—dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and chest pain could overlap. But what COVID and other viruses generally cause are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. Those would tell you it's not just smoke exposure," Oro says. When a child has been exposed to smoke, they often complain of a "scrape" in their throat, burning eyes, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing. If the child has asthma, parents should watch for a flare of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or a tight sensation in their chest.

Unfortunately, not much is known about long-term exposure to wildfire smoke on a healthy or compromised immune system, but elevated levels of air pollution have been associated with increased COVID-19 rates. That's because whenever there's an issue with your immune system, it distracts your immune system from fighting infections and you have a harder time fighting off viruses. Limiting your exposure to wildfire smoke is your best bet to keep immune systems strong.

Have a plan in place if you think your child is suffering from smoke exposure.

Whatever type of medication your child takes for asthma, make sure you have it on-hand and that your child is keeping up with regular doses. Contact your child's pediatrician, especially if your area has a hazardous air quality—they may want to adjust your child's medication schedule or dosage to prevent an attack. Oro also recommends that, if your child has asthma, it might be helpful to have a stethoscope or even a pulse oximeter at home to help diagnose issues with your pediatrician through telehealth.

Most importantly, don't panic.

In some cases, social distancing and distance learning due to COVID may be helping to keep sensitive groups like children with asthma safer. Oro says wildfires in past years have generally resulted in more ER visits for children, but the most recent fires haven't seen the same results. "A lot of what we've seen is that the smoke really adversely affects adults, especially older adults over 65," Oro says. "Children tend to be really resilient."

This article was sponsored by Stanford Children's Health. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Do you need a family emergency kit? (Hint: Yes, you totally do)

It only takes a few minutes to be better prepared for emergencies.

Right now is understandably a time for concern, but the same message applies: Prepare, don't panic. We parents have a responsibility to care and provide for our children, ensuring their well-being before and after any disruptive event, whether it's a natural disaster or an outbreak that forces temporary shutdowns and closures in our community. When it comes to emergency preparation, I always tell parents one thing: You want to have a plan just in case the worst really does happen.

As a mom of three young kids with a firefighter husband, I'm constantly anticipating potential problems—and thinking ahead about how to cope. Thinking ahead and planning has saved me many nights of pacing the floor, and has made me feel more confident as a parent.

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