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  1. Four Steps To Pick The Perfect Double Stroller
  2. Easy Ways To Childproof Your Home And Keep Kids Safe
  3. How To Take Care Of Yourself Post Twins Delivery
  4. 5 Amazing Teeth-Friendly Foods For Kids
  5. How To Feel More Calm And Confident In Care If Your Baby Is In The NICU
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Four Steps To Pick The Perfect Double Stroller

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Picking the perfect double stroller can seem like an impossible task. If you are a parent of two kids of stroller age, then finding the best double stroller for a toddler and a baby might seem like a tall task. Believe me that I understand. I am a parent of 7 children, I had 2 in a stroller for years. To make the task easier it is best to know what features you should be looking to find. You will also want what will give you the best safety and mobility around stores, while being easy to pack up and put away with kids in tow. After a lot of debate, you will eventually find the right stroller for your needs.

There are many good stroller brands, but that is not the ultimate deciding factor, when you want to find the best strollers for you and your kids is the 4 major items that most often parent recommend.

Four Steps to Pick the Perfect Double Stroller

Step #1 – Ease of mobility – When manufacturers design double strollers it seems like they forget the fact that you have to turn tight corners in stores and around parked cars, might be rushing from one place to another, or need keep a child safe in one hand while controlling the stroller in the other. When you are trying to find a double stroller, you will want to find one that makes moving around easier on a busy mom and dad.

Some features that make strollers easier to maneuver are:

  • Wheels that rotate well and are not hard to turn, a pivoting front wheel in necessary.
  • Double strollers are large, try to find one made out of lightweight yet durable material. Some now come in special aluminum and other material that is very good.
  • Streamlined design. Bulky strollers are not good in the store or in the trunk.

Step #2 – Safety features – as a parent, we don’t want to see kids get hurt. So check out the various safety options. For example, if you get a sit and stand stroller where a toddler can stand on the back, it is wise to make sure they can’t fall off easily. Look for good safety belts and safe locking mechanisms. Also, if you will hang bags from the stroller, make sure they don’t tip easy.

Step #3 – Convenience features – Just like you want the comfort items in your car, you will want them for yourself and the children. Look for good cup holders, large places to store bags, and other convenience features that will come in handy for you.

Step #4 – Ease of storage – You do not want something that won’t fit in your trunk. Be smart, and get a stroller that not only fits easily in your trunk, but is also easy to fold up and store. Who wants to load kids in a hot car, only to take 10 minutes to put the stroller away. Find something that is easy to put away. This will save your day over and over again.

So, what is the perfect and best double stroller for you? If you take into account your life and the features you want, there are many good brands out there offering some great double strollers. Don’t rush out and buy the first one you find, or just go for the name you want. Make this a purchase that will make your life easier for a couple of years. You will be glad you did.

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  • J.L. Childress
    J.L. Childress Double Cool Double Stroller Console: Double stroller organizer with insulated compartmentPerfect for side-by-side jogging strollersLarge cup holderZippered insulated compartment holds 2 bottles and is perfectly sized for diapers and wipesSecond zippered compartment holds personal itemsExterior mesh pocket for cell phone or pacifierVelcro straps securely fasten to stroller handlebarsQuestions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $16.90  from Walmart US
  • J.L. Childress
    J.L. Childress Double Cargo Double Stroller Organizer: Double stroller organizer for all side-by-side strollersDouble the cargo space2 expandable drink pocketsFront zippered pocketExpandable mesh pocket keeps cell phone within easy reachZippered, double-wide, large mesh compartmentAttaches to all strollers with adjustable buckle straps and center Velcro strap to avoid saggingQuestions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $16.90  from Walmart US
  • Baby Trend
    Baby Trend - Sit N Stand Plus Double Baby Stroller, Millennium: Accommodates 2 Baby Trend infant car seatsFront Seat recommended use: Upright, unassisted child up to 40 lbs. Back Seat recommended use: 2 1/2 years up to 40 lbs. Covered parent-organizer with 2 cup holders2 trays with cup holders5-point safety harnessesSit N Stand Plus Double Baby Stroller features 2 full-size seats and canopiesStroller's rear canopy and seat back can be removed to allow older children to stand or sitDimensions: 49" x 21.5" x 43"Model: SS76773Assembly requiredSee all strollers on Walmart.com. Shop strollers including jogging strollers and double strollers. Save money. Live better.
    $146.50  from Walmart US
  • Delta Children
    Delta Children City Street Side-by-Side Double Stroller, Gray: The gray Delta Children City Street Side-by-Side Stroller is recommended for children up to 35 lbs (per seat) 5-point safety harnessThe Delta double stroller has a large European style canopy2 storage bags and parent cup holder with 2 attachment points360-degree swivel shock absorbing front wheelsCompact umbrella fold for easy storage and travelFits through a standard 30" doorDimensions: 31.2"W x 29.6"D x 37.3"HProduct weight: 18.3 lbsNon-toxic finish tested for lead and other toxic elementsMeets or exceeds government and ASTM standardsThe side-by-side double stroller has a lightweight frameAssembly required (about 30 minutes) Model# 11701-026Questions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $79.97  from Walmart US
  • Jeep
    Jeep Double Stroller Netting Helps protect child from mosquitoes & other insects. Fits most side by side and tandem strollers. Dimensions: 6.75in length x 5in width x 0.75in height
    $7.95  from Walmart US
  • phil & teds
    This mesh UV cover protects bright eyes from the bright sun It also lets air in and keeps bugs out Simply clip it on and a stroll in the park is a picnic Provides 80 UV protection
    $49.00  from Walmart US
  • Britax
    Britax B-Agile Double Stroller: Stroller is designed for a child from birth to 50 lbs per seatInfinite seat recline positionsNo re-thread, adjustable, 5-point harness and head pad with reflective bindingSeparate large canopies with ventilation windowsLarge under seat storage with access through front foot rest2 additional storage pockets behind seatsHeight adjustable handleClick & Go integrated adapter system works with Britax infant car seatsAutomatic chassis lock when foldedLinked parking brake locks both rear wheelsAll-wheel suspension systemQuick-fold designLightweight aluminum frame; less than 30.5" wideModel# U491842Questions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $574.95  from Walmart US
  • Amoroso
    This is a beautiful and durable stroller that has a lightweight and stylish frame and is one of the lightest and most feature rich strollers on the market- T and C fabric- Two canopies- Two seats- Fit to car trunk- EVA wheel - 8 x 7 In- 3 Point harness Fit- Both seats 3 positions reclining- Window at rear canopy- Dimensions - 33 x 15 x 39 In- Item Weight - 27 Lb- Color - Brown- SKU: AMRS024
    $78.26  from Walmart US
  • Amoroso
    This is a beautiful and durable stroller that has a lightweight and stylish frame and is one of the lightest and most feature rich strollers on the market- T and C fabric- Two canopies- Two seats- Fit to car trunk- EVA wheel - 8 x 7 In- 3 Point harness Fit- Both seats 3 positions reclining- Window at rear canopy- Dimensions - 33 x 15 x 39 In- Item Weight - 27 Lb- Color - Green- SKU: AMRS025
    $77.85  from Walmart US
  • Amoroso
    This is a beautiful and durable stroller that has a lightweight and stylish frame and is one of the lightest and most feature rich strollers on the market<- T and C fabric- Two canopies- Two seats- Fit to car trunk- EVA wheel - 8 x 7 In- 3 Point harness Fit- Both seats 3 positions reclining- Window at rear canopy- Dimensions - 33 x 15 x 39 In- Item Weight - 27 Lb- Color - Black- SKU: AMRS026
    $77.64  from Walmart US
  • Baby Trend
    Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand Double Stroller, Pistachio: Children can sit in the front and rear seats of this stroller or stand on the rear platformCovered parent tray with 2-cup holders1-hand fold is fast and easy to use5-point child restraint safety harnessRemovable/Swing-away child tray with cup holderRemovable rear seat converts stroller to traditional Sit 'N StandFoot-activated rear brakeAccepts 2 infant car seats (for better fit and performance you may need to remove the canopy of the stroller) Questions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $159.97  from Walmart US
  • Baby Trend
    Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand Ultra Double Stroller, Millennium Raspberry: Stroller is designed for children up to 50 lbs and up to 40" tall in front/back seatJump seat area is designed for a child 2-1/2 years old up to 50 lbs5-point child restraint safety harnessDurable steel framePads are covered with a soft and luxurious polyester fabric with polyester fillLarge, removable shade canopyLarge storage basketRemovable/swing-away child tray with cup holder (can be used in front or back seat position) 2 removable cup holders for childCovered parent tray with 2 cup holdersComfortably fits car seat on either front or back positionStroller accepts all Baby Trend and most major brands of infant car seatsFoot-activated rear brake1-hand fold is fast and easy to useAssembly requiredStroller meets or exceeds all applicable JPMA and ASTM standardsModel# SS66633Questions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $120.55  from Walmart US
    

Easy Ways To Childproof Your Home And Keep Kids Safe

Childproof Your House

It is very important to rearrange your home once you have a kid because chances are that they will wander around touching and eating anything they are not familiar with. However, with simple tricks, you can ensure that your home is childproofed and that nothing could get into their little hands. Childproofing is only the first step, and you should make time to explain to them why you are doing it.

Store Your Chemicals Far out of Sight

Unless your children see where the dangerous chemicals are, they will not be tempted into opening the bottles. Be sure to store them far out of their reach and behind locked cabinets. Make sure to sit down with your kids and to tell them why it is important to keep chemicals out of their reach because simply forbidding them might be an invitation to do the opposite. Furthermore, go through a few scenarios of what your kid needs to do if they accidentally get some of the chemicals on them.

Keep Medicine out of Reach

Your children might be curious what the little pills are you need to drink every day, and might imitate you drinking them when you are not around. In order to prevent them from accidentally swallowing medicine, you should keep it locked up and out of reach. Make sure that you put your medicine away after each use, to ensure that your kids cannot find it easily. Safety latches will be an important upgrade for your medicine cabinet as it can help keep the nosiest of kids out.

Shutting a Door Is Not Enough

Simply shutting the door will not stop your child from exploring the house. You need to make sure that they are childproofed and locked if you want to keep curious kids out of some rooms. On the other hand, doors can be dangerous to smaller children because their little fingers can get caught and it could be painful. You do not have to buy expensive gadgets to keep childproof your door, you can use everyday items around your home, and you only need to get a bit creative. Though, expect that your child will soon learn how to dismantle the obstacle.

The Bathroom Should Be off Limits

Your bathroom can be a dangerous place if you are not around and your child gets locked inside. Not only can they slip and hurt themselves, with nobody around to help them, but, they can easily drown if they accidentally let the water run. Blocked drains should be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid children play around in the filth.

Cover the Outlets

Children are naturally curious, and you cannot be there all the time to help them avoid trouble. Outlets can be quite dangerous if they are in the phase of probing everything and putting things everywhere. Luckily, you can purchase outlet covers to help and keep their little fingers from getting shocked. Try to explain why it is bad to play around with an outlet, and teach your kids never to plug in anything without your permission.

Fireproofing

When it comes to children, making your home fire-safe is a definitely a must. Make sure you have a proper evacuation diagram and keep your lighters and matches away from your kids’ reach.

Making sure that your home is childproof does not necessarily mean that you will have to get rid of everything that could hurt them. In the beginning, it will be imperative that you pay more attention to them, and where they are. However, as they get older, they will learn to understand the dangers and how to stay out of trouble. Make sure to explain why some things are off limits, and why it will be bad for your kid.

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How To Take Care Of Yourself Post Twins Delivery

Mom with twins image

Delivering twins is no easy task. The amount of strain put on your body while carrying and then delivering is severe, and the effects can be long lasting.  Here are some tips on how to take care of yourself after delivering twins.

  • Focus on your diet: Things like eggs, oranges, brown rice, salmon and leafy greens are staples of your post-delivery diet. And, of course, as much water as you can drink. The mercury level in salmon is low compared to other fish. Eggs are some of the most versatile protein you can get. Leafy greens help restore vitamin A, and your body has a lot of fluid it needs to replace…so drink as much water as you are comfortable with.
  • Make sure you’re adjusted: The physical weight of twins can put tremendous pressure on your back and neck. If you have trouble moving even after a few days pass, you may need to see a chiropractor. “Women carry so much weight in their lower back during pregnancy. After delivery, those muscles and even the spine as a whole can be in tough shape”, according to Sara Mitchell. “Getting in for an adjustment or electrotherapy can make a world of difference in regards to getting back to normal”.
  • Change how you sleep: For the first few weeks after delivering, sleep can be challenging, and not just because your bundles of joy keep an odd schedule. You may need to consider sleeping in an elevated position. Even just a few pillows can help you stay upright, breathe better, and get the sleep that you need.
  • Get back to workouts: A common misconception is that your body needs months to recover. It does. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get back into your workout routines, even if that requires scaling it back a little. Small group workouts are a great way to get back into things, especially if it’s a group of post-delivery moms just like yourself. Physical activity and workouts will help you sleep better as well.
  • Reconnect with friends: Just because you have two babies doesn’t mean you don’t have time to socialize. Your other relationships outside of your family will help you maintain a sense of normalcy while your life goes through this incredible change. It’s expected that many of your relationships will change. But don’t let it be because you didn’t carve out time for the important people in your life.

Taking care of yourself post-delivery is the most important thing you can do. Without a healthy “you”, it’ll be difficult to give your babies the love and attention they need. Just like any other person (recovering or not), sleep, diet, hydration, exercise and human interaction are important for long term well being.

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5 Amazing Teeth-Friendly Foods For Kids

5 Amazing Teeth-Friendly Foods for Kids

Getting kids excited about teeth-friendly foods is always a struggle. So, why not sneak some popular nutrient-rich foods into their daily diet? In this short article, we will take a look at five foods kids will easily gobble up that are proven to prevent tooth decay.

Mac and Cheese

There is no more quintessential “kid’s dish” than mac and cheese. Luckily for them, this dish is full of calcium and healthy phosphates to prevent cavities. A recent study published in General Dentistry actually showed that eating cheese may be better at preventing cavities than milk or yogurt. The participants in this study that ate cheese saw the greatest reduction in plaque pH levels out of any other group. Researchers believe that cheese works best because it produces more saliva in the mouth and it binds to teeth enamel to prevent acid.

Dark Chocolate

Researchers all over the world are discovering the amazing benefits of dark chocolate. Some scientists are even claiming that the chemical compound known as CBH found in dark chocolate will be used in toothpaste and mouthwashes in the future. CBH binds to protect enamel from tooth-decay. So, if your child needs a sweet treat, be sure to give him/her a bit of dark chocolate. Dentists recommend no more than 3–4oz. a day.

Apples

Apples have a mildly acidic nature, which can loosen plaque from your child’s teeth. The skin of the apple contains a great deal of fiber, which helps greatly with both preventing bad breath and cleaning your kid’s teeth. Apples are a perfect snack because their added fiber will make kids feel full and thus avoid the temptation to binge on unhealthy snacks.

Sugarless Gum

A great habit for your child to get into is having a stick of sugarless gum after a heavy meal. Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal prevents tooth decay. Gum’s ability to stimulate saliva flow and to absorb food particles that are stuck in your child’s teeth are the main reasons why this technique works so well.

Natural Gelatin

While most of the other foods on this list help with protecting tooth enamel, gelatin helps with collagen health. Collagen keeps kids’ teeth attached to their gums. Natural gelatin is chock-full of collagen, which will give your kids great benefits for gum health. Just be sure to avoid the sugary Jell-O brands at the supermarket to get the real health benefits of gelatin.

All of these foods should be a part of your child’s diet to promote healthy teeth. You don’t have to feel guilty at all about feeding these foods to your kids (yes, even the dark chocolate!). Of course, if your child is having specific issues with his/her teeth, you should consult with a professional at a dental clinic like Dr Michael Finkelstein Dental as soon as possible.

    

How To Feel More Calm And Confident In Care If Your Baby Is In The NICU

How To Feel More Calm And Confident In Care If Your Baby Is In The NICU

You are probably a nervous wreck if your baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit. While these feelings are normal, you don’t have to worry about every little thing that goes on in the NICU. There are some things you can do to make things better for yourself. Use these tips to stay calm and confident in care if your baby is in the NICU:

Get Adequate Sleep and Nutrition

Inadequate sleep coupled with an unfortunate situation almost always spells anxiety. You can cut down on irritability and worry if you get the proper amount of sleep that your body needs. The recommended amount of sleep for an adult is about eight hours, depending on your body, but a mom who recently had a baby will need more rest to let the body heal. You could probably benefit from getting a little more sleep than specialists prescribe.

Visit and Collaborate With Well-Trained Nurses

One of the best things you can do for yourself and your little one is visit the NICU if you can do such. The baby needs to feel your presence. Being right there with the baby will keep you calm, and it will provide a positive aura for the infant during this crucial time. Also, you can gain confidence in your child’s care by working closely with nurses who have special education for NICU care. Talk to people you know or at the hospital who has received an ADN to MSN degree. Collaborating with people who have more knowledge can give you peace of mind about things that may seem scary to you, but don’t need to worry about.

Locate Some Humor and Absorb It

A good dose of laughter can have some amazing effects on your mood and your outlook. Once you start rolling, you will fall into the not-so-vicious cycle of laughing, and then laughing because you are laughing, and then laughing because you are laughing at yourself laughing. This can actually work wonders on a stressed mind. A funny move, a sitcom, some stand-up comedy or just some time spent with a whimsical character can make your nervousness start to fade.

Meditate and or Pray

Praying and meditating is a must if you have a relationship with a higher power. Stepping into a quiet place and bearing your soul is a perfect way to receive divine comfort and reassurance about your baby’s fate. You can pray or meditate at any time and in any place.

Draw Near to Family and Friends

You need supportive people around you during crises like the one you are experiencing. You should keep in touch with such people even though your circumstances may tempt you to isolate yourself. Genuine, considerate friends can always find ways to contribute to your spirit lift.

Again, keep in touch with the staff at the hospital and ask all the questions you need to ask about the processes and procedures. You will be fine if you follow these tips. `

    

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