The time will eventually come when you must exit your newborn bubble and leave the house again. There is a good chance that the second (or third, fourth, etc) time around will be even sooner than it was with your first as you have another little person to attend to. For some, taking both children out together for the first time can be a very daunting task. My first born is already four so I didn’t worry as much as I can
bribe reason with her and manage her behaviour easier than if she was a tinier terror. Adjusting to carrying out tasks with twice the occupancy does take some time and practice but with a few tips and a lot of wine patience, you will be a pro in no time.
Snacks. All the snacks.
Boredom= Hunger so if you are at the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment or on a walk longer than 30 seconds, children become ravenous. Having a snack bag on hand helps keep the hangry at bay and also keep them occupied. Bonus points for healthy snacks and triple word score if it is something that takes a really long time to eat!
A seat for each rider
When you are doing anything with small children it is always helpful to have them each in a seat that allows them to be both comfortable and also contained. Your double stroller is amazing if age appropriate but a ride on board that keeps your older child on board also works well. The invention of a double seat in grocery carts should win a nobel prize in my opinion as children free to roam the store will surely knock over at least one display of stacked coconuts. Plus, children forced to walk for any length of time when it is not to an activity of their choosing are ripe for a meltdown, and nobody wants to carry a screaming toddler home from anywhere.
Remember that you’re not an octopus.
Since you don’t have eight hands to satisfy each child’s every whim and demand, free up the two you do have and go hands free when possible and necessary. If you are taking a trip to the park, a baby carrier is the perfect place for baby to relax while simultaneously allowing you to push swings, open water bottles and carry rocks and dandelion bouquets. Backpack style diaper bags are also great for going handsfree but also being prepared with your on the go essentials. For destinations in your stroller, an organizer will free you up from holding on to your phone/water/keys/coffee and allow you to push freely.
You’re on the clock
Consider your children’s ages and how much time they can handle doing any one activity. If your baby naps every 90 minutes then capping your trip at one hour will leave you with enough time to be home for a nap and not wear your babe out. Similarly, in the blazing summer heat, extended trips to the park will result in a sweaty meltdown if you are not careful about limiting your stay. Plan your trip and stick to your timeline and you will set yourself up for success.
It’s ok to be a quitter
If, in spite of your best preparations and planning, the wheels fall off and the trip becomes an absolute disaster, don’t be afraid to abort the mission and call it a day. We all have bad days and there will be some days that are just better spent at home than battling the terrible twos, teething and traffic.
Whether your first trip out with your twosome is a fantastic success or a giant failure, remember to enjoy the journey and the destination. They won’t always be little, they won’t always hate the car seat and they won’t always fit in the grocery cart. Some of my most favourite times with my children are when we are out adventuring, even if the adventure is just deciding what we will have for dinner tonight while browsing aisle four. Setting the expectation that outings- whether fun or functional- are a part of every day life will make them just that and your kids will likely settle in and enjoy the side by side, reclined ride.
Katie is a new mom of two and will be sharing her experiences in parenting a toddler and a newborn though this series “New with Two”.
Whether you’re buying a stroller for the first time or looking to upgrade your current model, stroller shopping can be a daunting task. With so many amazing option, styles and color choices on the market, you’ll want to make sure you find the right one to fit you and your lifestyle.
We’ve put together a list of questions to help guide you to finding the perfect stroller.
The first question to ask yourself is how do you want your infant to sit in the stroller?
If you want them to remain in their car seat you’ll want to look for a stroller that has adaptors to attach the car seat to. Alternatively, if you want them to sit in the seat, look for a stroller that is infant compatible with lie flat seat backs and adjustable footrests like Valco Baby’s Snap Ultra. A third option is putting the baby in a Pram or Bassinet for a stroll as some strollers have the ability to swap out the seat for this accessory. Check out the new 2017 Uppababy Vista as it has included a bassinet option
The next question to ask yourself is when do you want to use this stroller? Just for now or now and in the future (with possible baby number 2)?
If you are looking for a single seat stroller there are many full size options available to you. If you think you’re going to be strolling with two in the next year or so, some strollers can add a second seat like the Baby Jogger City Select Lux. Having twins? Or need two-seater options right from the start? Double strollers that are side-by-side or tandem are the right ones for you.
Ok, now that you’ve narrowed it down to a single or double stroller, what will you be mainly using your stroller for? Strolling? Jogging? Travel?
For everyday strolls you’ll want to look for a stroller with easy maneuverability, one-hand steering and possibly a large under-basket storage. If you plan on running with your stroller, a Jogging stroller is perfect for you. They have large tires and a front wheel lock to add extra stability while you run. Check out the Thule Urban Glide. Plan on doing a lot of travelling with your stroller? You’ll want to look for lightweight options that fold compactly like the Mountain Buggy Nano.
Last question, where will you be using stroller? City sidewalks or all-terrain?
Maneuver city streets with one-handed steering and hop on public transit with a quick folding stroller like Bugaboo’s Bee5. Prefer strolling on paths and in parks? Bumbleride’s all-terrain strollers have weather resistant fabrics and all wheel suspension for a smooth ride over uneven ground.
Still stroller stumped? Visit any of our Snuggle Bugz store locations to test-drive our many floor models and our associates will be able to help you find the stroller that’s perfect for you.
Diono Canada, ULC and Transport Canada have issued a public notice regarding the Diono Cambria, Hip and Jet Booster Seats.
Booster seats sold in Canada with a date of manufacture between April 22, 2016 and December 31, 2016 were found to have fabrics that do not meet Transport Canada regulations. The rate at which these fabrics burn exceeds the limits allowed by Transport Canada.
To date, there have been no reported injuries associated with these fabrics.
Diono is providing replacement covers for the seats and are advising parents to continue using their seat until their replacement is received.
If you have an affected product in your possession please contact Diono Canada for your replacement cover.
- phone: 1-866-954-9786
- email: dionoCA@diono.com
- mail: Diono Canada, 50 Northland Rd, Suite 400, Waterloo ON, N2V 1N3, Canada
Please do not bring the affected product to Snuggle Bugz store locations as we are unable to provide you with a replacement cover. Diono will ship them directly to you.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Diono Customer Service at 1-866-954-9786.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
As the weather get’s warmer and Spring is upon us it may be necessary to make small adjustments to your baby’s sleep to help keep bedtimes and mornings easy and slumber filled.
Focus on daytime sleep to keep nighttime sleep strong. As soon as the weather warms up all we want to do is put away the snow boots and get outside. This is where we need to practice the 80/20 rule to make sure that we don’t let naps slide throughout the day. 80% of the time offer your baby a consistent sleep environment and sleep schedule to help nighttime sleep remain intact.
Make sure that bedtimes don’t disappear with the cold. As evenings begin to get lighter it’s so easy to forget about bedtimes and before you know it your baby is going to bed later and later. When our babies go to sleep overtired we start to witness more bedtime battles, early morning wakings, and even frequent night wakings. Make sure you are hitting an age appropriate bedtime for your child consistently so that they aren’t going to bed overtired.
Bedroom Hacks to Include During Spring:
- Install blackout blinds to cover up those bright evenings and mornings. Darkening up the room at bedtime and keeping the nursery dark in the morning will help your little one fall asleep easy and stay asleep longer.
- Use a white noise machine to mask early morning sounds like birds and traffic.
- Make sure baby is wearing breathable and cool pj’s to avoid over heating. If you’re concerned that baby isn’t warm enough you can use a wearable blanket like the Halo SleepSack.
- Toddler alarm clocks – You can set it to your desired bedtimes and wake times, making it easier for your child to understand and follow the schedule.
Parents Should Make Adjustments to Their Sleep Health Too
Springtime is the perfect time for parents to do a little spring cleaning to their sleep routines as well.
What’s on your night table? Every now and then it’s important to give your night table an audit. Remove sleep busters like your tablets, phones, and TV remotes. These devices rob us of our early bedtimes and their bright screens suppress our melatonin making it more difficult for us to fall asleep and sleep restoratively throughout the night.
Create the perfect sleep sanctuary. Clear out the clutter as during the winter months we tend to load out bedrooms with our treadmills, baskets of laundry, and office supplies. Redesign your sleep sanctuary to create a strong sleep association so your bedroom is being used mainly for sleep.
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) Alanna and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice on Marilyn Denis, The Goods and national publications like Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Prevention, and Huffington Post. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. Join Alanna on the first Wednesday of every month at the Burlington location of Snuggle Bugz/Nestled for her in-person sleep clinic from 10-11am, and follow Good Night Sleep Site on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all your sleep essentials.
The Honest Company and Health Canada have issued a voluntarily recalling wipes due to the possible presence of mold.
Wipes with the following UPC codes have been recalled:
- 10 count packages, UPC 0817810011276, 0816645024079, 0817810011276
- 72 count packages, UPC 0817810011863, 7000000011863, 0816645023584, 0816645023591
- 288 count packages, UPC 0817810014680
- 576 count packages, UPC 0817810028540
Please note that wipes are also included in Honest Diaper Cakes, Baby Basics Gift Sets and Baby Arrival Gift Sets.
The Honest Company believes that the affected product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences, however, impacted wipes do have a spotted discoloration and the aesthetics are unacceptable. Out of an abundance of caution, The Honest Company has decided to voluntarily recall certain lots of this product.
To see whether you have an affected product please visit their recall website to enter the lot code found on the back of your product.
No other products of The Honest Company are impacted by this recall. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
If you have any questions, please contact The Honest Company at 1-888-862-8818, Monday to Friday 7AM to 5PM Pacific.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
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