It's November, a time to be thankful. Personally, I am so thankful for the people and businesses who support this website. Believe it or not, it takes a lot of time to do updates, blog posts, and giveaways, and it costs money to host content. I am also thakful for the cool stuff that my family gets to do, but having a business say they support families in our area by actually sponsoring the content here on Prince William County Moms means so much to me, and it should mean a lot to you, too. When Baby Blossom supports PwcMoms.com, they're effectively saying they're willing to spend money so you can continue to have the content and calendar that you come here to utilize. I encourage you to support them, in return.
This month, Baby Blossom is offering a great giveaway item, just in time for some of those big holiday meals!! Whether you're dining at home, at a restaurant, or traveling to Grammy's house (and you know that grammy doesn't have a high chair anymore!) this High Chair will have you covered.
Cosatto On The Move High Chair
Retail Value: $149
Cosatto's On the Move highchair is ideal for babies and families who are always on the go. Equally stylish and functional, it features a one-hand, single action fold/unfold, extra-lightweight but sturdy frame, footrest, wipe clean tray and removable polyester seat pad. Five-point harness is adjustable to provide sitting comfort for your growing baby and the seat's funky colors and cute vegetable graphics tell anyone and everyone that it's your little one's time to eat. Convenient travel bag included. Suitable for children 6 months and older up to 35 lbs.
What a great prize for those of you that travel during the holidays (or anytime, really!). I would have loved to have a high-chair that folded up that easily just for when we went down the street to neighbors that didn't have babies anymore!
Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Contest ends next week on November 28, 2012.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Our friends at Baby Blossom are offering a fun giveaway for the end of September!
Owner David has written for you all before- specifically with his discussion of double strollers for one of our PwcMoms readers, and he's got a stroller for one lucky reader this week!!
Enter below by leaving a comment for your chance to win a Combi Flare!! One entry per person, contest closes on Sunday night, September 30, at midnight. Our last Combi giveaway was very popular- good luck to everyone entering!!
Combi Flare Stroller in Kiwi
The lightweight Flare stroller (only 11 pounds!) with the quick 3-Second Fold, folds easily and compactly and is self-standing. An easily adjustable, reclining seat, footrest and 5-point harness make for a safe and comfortable environment for your child. The adjustable canopy includes a storage pocket. The carrying strap, storage basket, removable padded guardrail, removable child cup holder, and washable seat cushion add convenience. Compatible with the Combi Shuttle 33 infant car seat (not included). Recommended for children from six months (without use of Combi Shuttle) up to 55 pounds.
One entry per person. Baby Blossom is a paid advertiser of PwcMoms.com and is providing one winner with a Combi Flare stroller. Prize listed may not be exchanged or redeemed for cash. Winner must claim prize within 3 days. Winner name will be posted on this page as well as on a congratulatory note on Facebook. Prize is provided by Baby Blossom, winner assumes all liability, PwcMoms is not responsible for any problems, accidents, etc. Please use your stroller responsibly.
I recieved the following question from a reader:
Hello PwMoms, I am getting ready to have my second baby, and I need a new stroller. With the first one I bought the Graco travel system because it seemed like everyone bought that, but I didn't really look around and I haven't really loved it. I like the snap-in carseat thing, but it's heavy and awkward and for my next stroller I really want something light and functional that will fit a preschooler and an infant and fit in my car. I also want to run, but maybe I can't get it all in one place? I'd love your recommendations.
Listen, y'all, if there's one thing I know, it's when I don't know something. I, too, purchased a travel system and then became insanely interested in baby wearing because tying a Moby wrap one of 723 different ways was so much less complicated than that stroller!
If there's two things I know, it's when I don't know, I should ask an expert!! It just so happens that one of our fabulous sponsors is BabyBlossom- so their owner, David, took this question on for me!
For many people, it's easier to buy a car than a stroller. Add a second child into the equation and things get even more complex.
Let's start with your last comment first...about running/jogging strollers. You shouldn't jog until the baby is six to twelve months old -- always check with your pediatrician first to make sure the little one is good to go and verify that the jogging stroller is rated for your baby's age. For this conversation, we'll skip talk about the jogging stroller.
Moving on to a double stroller, there are many, many options. But let's focus on some of the preferences you mentioned: Lighter weight and compact (and appropriate for two).
If you think you'll be rolling along sidewalks and at shopping malls (smoother surfaces) then the Baby Jogger City Mini Double and the Maclaren Twin Triumph immediately come to mind. They're compact (about 25 lbs or so), easy to fold, and can accommodate a newborn (with some extra head support). The City Mini Double can take one infant car seat (with an optional adapter). If you can wait until the baby is about three months old (when he/she can the head up) then the Kinderwagon Hop could work. It's about the size of an umbrella stroller but has two (front-to-back) seats that each handle 40 lbs. At 22 lbs, it's about the lightest double stroller on the market.
If you're more inclined to stroll on rougher surfaces (parks, trails, etc) then the new Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double is worth considering. It's based on the popular City Mini Double but has larger, beefier tires, bigger seats, and other features (it is a bit heavier than the regular City Mini Double).
If you're willing to add a bit more weight in exchange for more versatility (reversing and/or removable second seat; larger tires; increased storage)and cost then there other strollers to check out: Baby Jogger City Select, UPPAbaby Vista, Britax B-Ready, Phil & Teds Explorer to name a few.
One important point to mention is to make sure you try out any double stroller before you buy. Bring your preschooler and see how he/she fits - not every child will comfortably fit in every double stroller (or any stroller for that matter). If your #1 child is in the 3-4 age range then this could be especially important.
Comments/Suggestions? Share them below!! Thanks so much to Baby Blossom for their help with this question!
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