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Road Test: Parent-approved diaper bags

BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK Storq Carryall, $115 “After trying what felt like a zillion diaper bags, I was drawn to the simplicity of this classic backpack. Its understated style fits both my aesthetic and my partner’s, and its smallish … Continue reading

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The top products of 2016

Bumbleride Speed, $549 Speed3 steering allows the front wheel to swivel 360 degrees for everyday errands, be locked into place for long distance runs or swivel just 30 degrees for jogs around the neighborhood that require more twists and turns. … Continue reading

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Babymoov Glober Bag

Pockets! The Babymoov Glober Bag has pockets galore! Two pockets on either side—one of them the perfect size for my wallet and phone—and a multi-pocket organizing section on the front, with two outer velcro pockets. I like to keep baby’s … Continue reading

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Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back

Let’s start with the magic words: “Machine Washable.” I could drop the mic right there, and some of you would already be sold. (I know I was.) This is my first experience with a Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag, and I am … Continue reading

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Storq Carryall

Unenthused by the majority of the diaper bags on the market (most either look, understandably, like diaper bags or closely resemble handbags, which my husband is not especially keen on), we were thrilled to put the Storq Carryall through its … Continue reading

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway Pack

  For working and type-A moms who want to maintain their simplicity and class, the Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway Pack is the bag for you! I was so excited to receive this bag. As a mother of a 2-month-old boy … Continue reading

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Project Nursery 5-inch HD Video Baby Monitor System with Mini Monitor

Choosing a baby monitor was one of the most difficult choices we had to make when we sat down to register. There are so many options out there, and I am the kind of person who likes to do a … Continue reading

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Bugaboo Donkey

I started researching double strollers about seven months ago when my wife and I found out we were having twins. We had no clue what we wanted or what we needed—especially since we have never purchased a stroller. Finding the … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved double strollers

BY YOUR SIDE Cosatto Supa Dupa, $500 “The incredibly cute Supa Dupa delivers in the practicality department. The seats recline almost flat, so they can accommodate newborns, and a ‘multimedia gadget pocket’ in each canopy (plus speakers!) makes it easy … Continue reading

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Baby Einstein Neighborhood Symphony Jumper

My 6-month-old son is so interested in new toys at this stage, so I couldn’t wait to let him try out his new Baby Einstein Neighborhood Symphony Activity Jumper. At first I thought I would need my husband to help … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved highchairs

GIVE ME FIVE Chicco Polly Progres5, $200 “We tend to eat at either our dining table or kitchen island, so we take advantage of the Polly Progres5’s adjustable height daily. The chair also has five different ‘modes’—including an option to … Continue reading

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BOBgear 2016 Revolution PRO

As parents-to-be in the Pacific Northwest, all our friends with kids agreed the biggest must-have was a BOBgear all-terrain stroller. Fast-forward a few months later to when we had our baby in our arms and were offered the opportunity to … Continue reading

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cee cee & ryan Brook Baby Bag

We were well into life with our second child when the cee cee & ryan Brook Baby Bag arrived at our doorstep. We thought one kid was crazy, but two brought on a whole new dimension of disarray. We needed … Continue reading

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Chicco Viaro Travel System

We received the Chicco Viaro Travel System right before our firstborn arrived, and after several months of putting it to the test, I’m happy to report my baby, husband and I are all big fans.My husband had the stroller assembled … Continue reading

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Joovy Caboose Ultralight

I was more than excited to receive our Joovy Caboose Ultralight stroller, and I’m happy to report that it’s a fantastic lightweight, compact, versatile double stroller at a great price point. My first impression was that I liked the color, a vibrant teal. We have … Continue reading

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Chicco Cortina Together

When you’re a mama of two or three (or more!), you know that getting out and about with all the littles in tow is no small feat. My brood consists of a preschooler, toddler and baby. While easy is never … Continue reading

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Cosatto Supa Dupa

One of the many life lessons I have learned as a mom is that all kid gear is not created equal. When it comes to strollers, the right one can either make that trip to the zoo seamless and comfy … Continue reading

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Skip Hop Highline Convertible Diaper Backpack

Y’all, this bag. This. bag. I don’t just love it. I loooove it. This bag looks so stylish, not too trendy that it will be old news any time soon, and not mom-ish at all. And if you didn’t think … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved travel beds

THE BASSINET Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, $150 “The Dream Suite has done double-duty in our house—first as a sleep space in our bedroom and later as a nap spot and changing center downstairs. The top seamlessly flips back and forth … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved monitors

VIEW FROM HERE Philips Avent uGrow Smart Baby Monitor, $240 Capabilities: audio, video, smart device compatible “We just welcomed our first baby and are so pleased with the uGrow. It allows us to keep an eye on him from our … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved carriers

THE WOVEN WRAP Babylonia BB Slen, $119 From birth-40 pounds “After almost a year of wearing my daughter (and trying every carrier under the sun), I couldn’t wait to use the BB Slen. Because the fabric doesn’t stretch, it took … Continue reading

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VTech Safe&Sound VM346 Full Color Video Monitor

Up until now, video baby monitors have all looked the same: small, white and black cubes or spheres, generally aesthetically boring and sure to clash with most nursery decor (unless you have an outerspace theme in mind). VTech, with their … Continue reading

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Summer Infant 3Dtwo

After having our second beautiful child, I worried, Will doubling the amount of kids mean double the amount of gear?! Not necessarily, thanks to convenient products like the Summer Infant 3Dtwo Double Convenience Stroller. The 3Dtwo arrived in slim tall package. … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved breast pumps

CUSTOM FIT Evenflo Feeding Deluxe Advanced, $140 “Deciphering the world of pumping can be daunting, but Evenflo makes it easier with a simple instruction manual that even spells out how to adjust settings (for speed and suction) based on whether … Continue reading

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UPPAbaby VISTA and G-LINK

Friends, the UPPAbaby team knows strollers! We’ve struggled to find the best double stroller for our 6-month-old and toddler. I’ve read about and tried many others with little success. But with the UPPAbaby VISTA and G-LINK, we now have two strollers that keep … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved car seats

MODERN WONDER CYBEX Cloud Q, $450 Rear-facing: birth to 35 pounds “The Cloud Q is possibly nicer than my actual vehicle! It’s not only beautiful, but it’s also incredibly safe, thanks to a load leg and telescopic side-impact protection. The … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved jogging strollers

TWICE AS NICE Thule Urban Glide 2, $650 “After giving the Urban Glide 2 a few laps around the block, it screams mobility and is perfect for an active, urban lifestyle. Plus, I’m tall, so I really appreciate the adjustable … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved bath tubs

MINI MARVEL Boon Soak, $50 “If you want a sturdy, uncomplicated (but well-designed) bath, then the Soak is the one for you! The small holes in the seat allow water to flow around baby, and the drain plug changes colors … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved strollers

BEST FOR EARTH LOVERS Greentom Upp Reversible, $359 “The Upp Reversible is about as green as baby gear can get, thanks to a frame and fabric made from 100 percent recycled materials. It also has a simultaneously vintage and futuristic … Continue reading

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BOB B-Safe 35 by Britax

The BOB B-Safe 35’s manual is thorough and readable, and the illustrations are clear and intuitive. In case you misplace the manual, there are also instructions etched onto the car seat base itself. (To prevent this, though, there is a compartment … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved entertainers

SWAY AWAY Ingenuity InLighten Cradling Swing, $140 “We use the InLighten Cradling Swing every day, multiple times a day. There are two recline options, which are nice depending on whether our little one is sleepy or alert, and three swing … Continue reading

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Fawn Design Diaper Bag

I am completely head-over-heels for this diaper bag! It is so stylish, classy, completely functional … and does not feel like an old gym duffel. I chose the rich brown color, which is constructed with a faux leather that could … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Pria 70

This car seat has been such a pleasure to use! We’re on our fourth baby now, so we’ve owned more than our fair share of car seats in the last six years. Between our two cars we’ve owned one infant seat, four … Continue reading

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RECARO Performance Rally

The RECARO Performance Rally convertible car seat is touted as safe, comfortable and convenient. And I can’t think of three words to better describe it! Safety is obviously top priority when it comes to a car seat. The Performance Rally has … Continue reading

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Joovy Nook

We were lucky to receive the new Joovy Nook highchair about the time our 6-month-old was starting to sit up and eat solid foods. We have had other Joovy products in the past and have always been impressed. The quality … Continue reading

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BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Duallie

We have had a single BOB stroller since our first son was a newborn. Like most BOB owners, we have loved it. With our second son now more than 6 months old, the time was right to graduate to a double stroller. … Continue reading

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Evenflo Platinum SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat

My prayers were answered when I received the Evenflo Platinum SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat. It is the FIRST roll-over tested car seat, and it can be rear-facing, forward-facing and used as a booster! The recommended weight range is 5-120 pounds. … Continue reading

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Baby Einstein 2-in-1 Neptune Activity Gym and Saucer

The Baby Einstein 2-in-1 Neptune Activity Gym and Saucer is perfect for my 5-month-old. She loves grabbing onto the different toys attached to the saucer, and she can entertain herself for a good half hour while in it. She likes … Continue reading

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Ingenuity SmartClean ChairMate Chair Top Highchair

When it comes to parenting, it’s no secret that transitioning baby from the breast or bottle to solid food is messy business. That’s why having a highchair that can stand up to heavy-duty use is a must-have in my baby … Continue reading

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Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat

Mamas, do yourselves a favor and take a gander at the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat. Your search for the perfect transitional car seat is over! The standout feature of this seat: Your child can now stay safely and comfortably … Continue reading

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Oribel Cocoon High Chair

The Oribel Cocoon highchair is pretty, functional and easy to clean—every mom’s dream! It comes with adjustable height and recline positions. When we first put it together, my daughter was too small to sit in it upright, but the recline position was … Continue reading

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Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround XL

I originally wasn’t going to get a co-sleeper, but now I’m so glad that I have this one! Baby loves napping in it and its portability makes it convenient for moving her from room to room around the house. The … Continue reading

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Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper

My very first impression of the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper was, who wouldn’t want to sleep in this all day? Not only is the fabric incredibly soft, but this hammock-like sleeper also comes with really great features to encourage relaxation … Continue reading

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Chicco Polly Progres5

We’ve been using the Chicco Polly Progres5 Highchair for about a month now, and we love it! Our little man just started eating solids, so we’ve been testing out the best places to feed him: sitting on the ground, sitting in … Continue reading

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HALO Bassinest Luxe Plus

We’re on our fourth kid, and the HALO Bassinest Luxe Plus is the first bassinet we’ve tried. It was quite easy to put together. I did it myself. (Usually I don’t even try to assemble things and instead pass those duties … Continue reading

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Lansinoh Smartpump

When my baby boy was born, it was an important goal for me to be able to breastfeed him, and when it came time to return to work, I wanted to ensure that I was able to continue to provide … Continue reading

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Graco Swivi Seat 3-in-1 Booster

As its name suggests, the Graco Swivi Seat 3-in-1 Booster sets itself apart from similar attachable boosters with its ability to swivel atop its base. We’ve found it to be a very handy feature for spoon-feeding our little guy—we simply rotate … Continue reading

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Graco Dream Suite Bassinet

We have been so thankful for the Dream Suite Bassinet. It has done double-duty at our house—first as a sleep space in our room, and it has now found its place on our lower level for convenience as a nap … Continue reading

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Medela Pump in Style Advanced Backpack

The Medela Pump In Style Advanced is an outstanding breast pump. It is effective and easy to use, and for a busy mom who has little free time, easy and effective are key! The instructions are clear and easy to … Continue reading

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DockATot

We received a DockATot Deluxe when our son was about 2 weeks old. We had never used anything like it with our older son, so we were excited to give it a look! The DockATot came promptly in a black … Continue reading

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