Top Strollers for Your Family

Shopping for a baby stroller can be a complicated task, comparable to shopping for a car. When choosing the proper equipment, there are many things to consider. Before you begin the shopping process, make decisions about the specific features you are looking for to suit your family’s lifestyle. Are you looking for an easily folding, space-saver? Do you require cup holders and lots of room for snacks? Will you be jogging with your stroller, calling for particular tires and lights? Will you be bringing you stroller to the park or beach? Below are the top strollers of 2013, based on particular characteristics.

Top Classic Stroller

The Maclaren Triumph is a practical, functional, classic stroller choice for active parents. It is lightweight, easy to fold, and has simple, but efficient features. The stroller is durable and great for storing away in trunks of cars and closets. You can find the MacLaren Triumph at BabiesRUs.com for $185.

Top Techie Stroller

Technology is constantly evolving, even for baby strollers. For all you techies out there, the 4moms.com Origami, an easily collapsible stroller, is an incredible machine. With the push of a button, the Origami folds down instantly. It has a weight sensor to avoid folding while your baby is strapped in and is equipped with lights for nighttime strolls. Additionally, this stroller is equipped with an LCD screen that monitors speed, pace, and temperature. Lastly, you can even charge your phone! The $850 price is a little steep, but not for the incredible features offered.

Stroller for Two

If you have twins, you can do one of two things. If you’ve got an extra pair of hands, you can buy two single-seaters for each of your kids; however, it might make more sense to buy one with two seats. The best baby stroller for twins of 2013 is the Orbit Baby Double Helix. The $750 stroller has rotatable seats, so your twins can either face towards or away from each other. This stroller can also be transformed into a single -eater for outings with just one of your children. The Orbit Baby Double Helix is fashionable and functional for your twins.

Top Lightweight Stroller

If you are looking for something light and easily transportable, with less features but more mobility, the Quinny Yezz is a wonderful option. The Quinny Yezz weighs only 11 pounds and is designed to easily fold and store. This is an excellent stroller for a very active lifestyle and won’t break the bank at $279. Complement the Quinny Yezz with BeachBaby Towa’Round, a universal stroller accessory that attaches to the front of your stroller, making it easy to pull the vehicle over rough terrain or through sand.

Top Jogging Stroller

If you love to run, job, walk, or engage in exercise and activities with your child, the Baby Jogger City Elite is an excellent option. The larger wheels make for a smooth ride and can hold up to 75 pounds. With roomy compartments for snacks, toys, and anything else you can think of, the Baby Jogger City Elite is practical for active parents and kids. It costs $812 and can be found on Amazon.com.

Whatever amenities you seek, comfort and safety for your child are always priorities.  Make sure to do your research to find the most practical, wonderful stroller for your family.

Resources for This Article:

“Top 10 Strollers.” The Bump. n,p,, n.d. Web. 18 June 2013.

 

Blog written by Rebecca Eisenberg. View more of Rebecca’s work here.

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Avoiding Toxic Products for Your Kids

One would expect that the toys our children are exposed to are safe. Moms have enough to worry about without the notion that their kids are handling products containing hazardous, disease-causing carcinogens. However, tragically, there are a shocking amount of manufactured goods containing harmful levels of toxins such as lead and cadmium. Selecting nontoxic products for your children is absolutely imperative to maintain a long, healthy, and happy childhood. Reading up on toy safety is important to keep up with the nontoxic toy trends and provide your child or children with fun, reliable merchandise.

To give you an overview of hazardous chemicals often found in toys, there are three major contributors. Lead is a very toxic element that can lead to serious health problems. When it is absorbed (by inhaling or swallowing it, in most cases), it spreads throughout the body, acting as a poison wherever it is dispersed. Most of the time, lead damages bone, negatively affecting the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Presently, most of the lead used in the manufacturing of toys has been replaced by cadmium, which is also detrimental to child health. Cadmium has been known to weaken bone structure, negatively impact kidney function, and slow brain development. Phthalates are another issue. This chemical is used to create flexibility or soften hard plastic in toys and is known to damage hormone development. Along with these poisonous contaminants, it is important to beware of small pieces that your child could possibly choke on, such as magnets. Unfortunately, studies have shown certain toys to have choking misinformation or ambiguous warnings. Magnets and small pieces accidentally swallowed can lead to suffocation and intestinal blockages. In order to avoid these pollutants in your children’s toys, there are specific actions you can take.

To name a few tricks to keep your loved ones out of harm’s way, be extremely careful of what you buy. Educate yourself about toy safety and the products you buy. It is important to understand that certain toys are more dangerous than others. Read up on parenting blogs that support nontoxic products, such as BB Waters’ site: http://www.bbwaters.com. This is an excellent resource to answer your toxicity-related questions and explore opinions and information from like-minded, caring parents. BB Waters’ newest creation is a must-have stroller accessory, transforming your beach experience into a total breeze. The BeachBaby Towa’Round fastens to your child’s stroller, allowing you to effortlessly navigate through the sand. All products featured on the site are eco-friendly and 100% nontoxic.

If you can, try and purchase natural products such as unpainted wood. Avoiding plastics is a huge step in the right direction, steering clear of lead and phthalates. Additionally, more naturally made, nontoxic toys last longer and will save you time and money in the long run. Also relating to the importance of buying naturally crafted toys, stay away from low-cost, plastic jewelry, frequently known for containing both lead and cadmium.

Buy your toys selectively, putting your child’s best interest first. Use this information to contribute to the overall wellbeing of your family.

Sources for this article:

“Cleaner Living: Non-Toxic Toys for the Holidays.” MomsRising.org. CT Working Moms. Web. 31 May 2013.

 

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Blog written by Rebecca Eisenberg. View more of Rebecca’s work here.