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Rules for going to Disneyland with a stroller

Rules For Going to Disneyland With a Stroller.

There is a lot to explore at Walt Disney World. With four different theme parks, waterparks, mini-golf courses, entertainment complexes, and more, you’ll probably cover a lot of ground before vacation is done. If you are still struggling with deciding whether you need to bring your stroller to Disneyland or leave it at home, we are here to help. Most guests usually average around 15,000 steps per day. Others have clocked in as many as 35,000 steps a day at Disney World or more than 17 miles. It involves a lot of walking and is likely to tire out everyone at some point, especially younger children and even those who don’t normally use a stroller.

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Therefore, if you’ll be doing Disney World with kids, all that walking can be daunting. We suggest you consider a Disney World stroller rental or make plans to bring your own. (Unless you want to deal with cranky, tired kiddos with achy feet.) For those choosing to travel with a stroller at Disney World, we have some advice to make life easier for you and those around you while visiting the parks. Here are our tips to make the decision-making (and stroller-using) process much more peaceful for you. So, stay tuned as this article can give you an up-to-date idea of what to expect.

Is bringing a stroller to Disney a hassle? If yes, will the kids get too tired of walking? 

Every family is different. Whether or not to bring a stroller to Disney might be a tricky decision. As mentioned before, the stroller can be a huge help. However, at times, it can be a hassle too. Some parents choose not to bring a stroller at all and rest frequently throughout the day. Others bring their own so the kids can conk out when they need to. Sometimes the stroller may end up more like a shopping cart by the end of the day. Parents pile it up with discarded jackets, half-full water bottles, and souvenirs.

Anyways, we have happy news for those who choose to utilize a stroller during their trip. Disney World is pretty stroller-friendly. It has a lot of ample parking and wide walkways. And even more exciting news — Disney World’s stroller rentals just got a lot more colorful. Instead of a basic beige color, they are now red-and-black. You can also find strollers with Mickey on one side and Minnie on the other – making it cuter!

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Here are some tried and true Disney World stroller hacks

It’s very easy to lose your stroller in the mass – make it stand out

Of course, you will be able to take your stroller all over each Disney park. But did you know that there are many attractions and buildings that you can’t take your stroller in? There will be stroller parking outside of these locations, what we like to call, the “Sea of Strollers.” They are attended to by Cast Members. During the time that you are enjoying the attractions or dining reservations, Cast Members might move your strollers for better guest flow. That means, when you return, your stroller may not be in its original location. Considering the vast number of strollers, it is very easy to lose your stroller in the mass. You have to make it stand out. It always helps to have something on it to catch your eye! Here are some easy ways to make your stroller stand out in the crowd.

  • Some parents like to use Balloons. We wouldn’t recommend using ballons sold by the parks even though a lot of people do so. Venture to Walmart or the Dollar Tree instead and grab some balloons to attach to your stroller.
  • You can tie Bandanas, Ribbons, or Flags to the Handles. Try to use bright colors to make it really stand out.
  • Using lights is especially helpful at night. We think it would be a good idea to buy some battery-operated lights to attach to the stroller.
  • Try to use your own signs. As we all know, each rental company will have its own hanging sign. Even Disney will. However, you need to have one that is just yours. This way it will be more unique. You can either design your own or find one on Etsy that you like.

ID your stroller with yarn

You can make colorful yarn braids to tie around your stroller handles. They are cheap and easy to make! So go ahead and purchase brightly colored yarn at your local craft store and just braid away!

Track your stroller with Tile

It is also worth noting that there are some “Sea of Strollers” that are harder to navigate, such as the Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom. There are two separate sections to the stroller parking area. Having Tile on your stroller is going to help you find it! Tile is a little device that you can zip tie to the stroller (or backpack or whatever). It keeps track of your item using GPS. To find your stroller, all you have to do is activate your Tile through the app and just follow the music! We highly recommend having a Tile attached to any important item you have in the Disney Parks! The extra security is worth it, you will need it.

We also recommend spraying your stroller with bug spray

Do mosquitos love you? Don’t worry, Disney World has great bug control. Anyways, another layer of protection would not be a bad idea. What’s great about bug spray is that you don’t have to spray it directly on your skin to obtain that “go away” effect! Take your favorite bug spray and spray it directly on the outside of your stroller instead. That way your little one is protected without needing to have it on his skin!

Stroller Handles

Toddlers love to explore and strive for some big kid independence. They usually enjoy time out of their stroller to walk on their own. However, it is a little bit hard for them to walk in a straight line, and sometimes they don’t stay close to their family. We have the perfect hack for you… Investing in a Stroller Handle will keep them close, but also far enough that they won’t trip over the wheels! This little gadget hooks easily onto the stroller and gives your child something to hold onto while walking on their own. What’s more, you can even use it on shopping carts for trips to the grocery store!

Organize everything into separate Ziploc bags.

Are you shoving items into the underneath stroller compartment and praying that they don’t fall out? No one wants to locate them again! This is such a pain for every parent, especially when you need to find something quickly. That’s why it is very important to organize everything into separate Ziploc bags. For example, you could use one for snacks and candy, another for sunscreen and bug spray, and a third for any miscellaneous items you may collect along the way! This will make your life so much easier!

Are you thinking of renting a stroller? 

Remember that this comes with a whole new set of conveniences and inconveniences. We don’t usually recommend that for a variety of reasons:

  • Did you know that the Disneyland strollers are not ideal for small infants and do not recline?
  • During this time, you may want to control your small child’s environment. Therefore it is very important to use the stroller as a familiar retreat.

We know it can be a pain to travel with it, but having your own stroller makes life a lot easier.

Bring your own stroller at disneyland.

If you don’t mind traveling with your stroller, bringing your own to Disney World is the best choice. The hassle of flying with a stroller is totally understandable, but it’s worth it. First, we recommend bringing your own stroller because this way you can save money — from $18 to $36 per day (stroller rental costs). The umbrella strollers available in the parks are expensive for their size. Plus, they look exactly alike. Therefore, your own stroller can be easier to find in a crowded (stroller) parking area. So, it’s easier to identify, you know how it maneuvers and it has the features you need. What’s more, if you are bringing an infant with you, we highly recommend a stroller with a removable car seat. Strollers should be parked outside of the attractions. Anyways most shows and even some slow-moving rides will allow you to bring the car seat inside.

Remember:

Even while using our own stroller, we recommend you bring disinfecting wipes to wipe down the frequently touched surfaces of the stroller (the tray, buckles, handle, etc.). This way you will keep your family healthy. Toddlers touch everything and put their fingers in their mouths so often! That’s why it’s a good idea to wipe down that stroller anytime, really.

Take a look at Disneyland rules about stroller size

In 2019, a new stroller policy took effect at all Disney parks, including Disney World. Keep in mind that strollers larger than 31 inches wide by 52 inches long and stroller wagons are not allowed. On our Disney visits, we have seen a lot of stroller wagons left behind (under Disneyland’s care) at the parking structure. They did not make it through security. It is worth noting that Disneyland does not even allow a stroller wagon that is smaller than the allowed measurements. The stroller needs to fit the guidelines when it goes through security. 

Are you having a hard time measuring? 

Try putting some painter’s tape on the ground in a 31-inch by 52-inch rectangle. Then wheel the stroller over it to check. While many strollers meet these guidelines, some do not. That’s why it is important to measure before your trip. This way you will avoid any surprises when you arrive.

The perfect lightweight stroller for your disneyland trip

You need a stroller for quick trips and also for use while traveling. We are happy to tell you that METRO stroller can help you during all of your Disney activities. Get ready to hit the ground rolling with a lightweight aluminum frame that folds compactly for ease of use and storage. The storage space under the seat has plenty of space for shopping, diapers, and more.

Furthermore, it is important for young babies to have eye contact with their parents. Removable seat units can be used rearward facing with your child looking towards you then convert to forward facing when your child is older. 

Metro offers a dual position seat which allows your baby to face you or take on the world, while both front and rear suspension ensures a smooth ride. Besides, this also allows parents to have the choice to either watch their baby or allow them to enjoy the same view as them while strolling.

If you have a car, you might look for a stroller that can hold your baby’s car seat. The included (no need to buy anything additional) universal car seat adapter allows for use from birth with compatible infant car seats.

If Metro doesn’t fit your needs, explore more stroller options that can easily take you everywhere!

Metro Red Stroller for babies

Disney Stroller requirements

Even if you bring your own stroller or decide to rent, there are some guidelines that guests must follow. These guidelines will be restricting everything from how big or what kind strollers can be – to how they can be used. Current stroller restrictions include:   

  • As mentioned before, strollers can’t be bigger than 31″ (79 cm) x 52″ (132 cm). Double strollers are allowed, but they have to fall within the sizing requirements. Hop stroller for example, is a double stroller which fits within these size guidelines.
  • Stroller wagons are not allowed. 
  • Remember that strollers can’t be taken onto escalators. However, they are allowed on ramps and elevators (when available).
  • Keep in mind that strollers may not leave the theme parks or Disney Springs. When using the parking lot tram, children have to exit the stroller and sit alongside the rest of their group. 
  • Furthermore, a Cast Member may move your stroller to help manage high traffic areas or other operational needs. 
  • Don’t forget that personal belongings shouldn’t be left in a stroller unattended.

WHY ARE STROLLER WAGONS BANNED AT DISNEY?

Even though the rule wasn’t always enforced in the past, wagons haven’t been allowed at the theme parks for a while now. Following a May 2019 statement, however, Disney has taken the restriction seriously. The banning of stroller wagons helps keep crowds flowing and safe.

You can buy a stroller when you arrive

We’d only recommend buying a new stroller if you have a longer vacation period that isn’t limited to the parks and you did not bring your own. Whether you forgot or changed your mind. Disney World gift shops offer an umbrella stroller for around $60 that has a cup holder and can recline. Furthermore, we must also note that the Disney World stroller rental costs are significantly higher than the price tag of a cheap stroller from a local Target (Wal-Mart or even Amazon).

Prime can bring it directly to your hotel. It makes more sense to buy one. We would recommend making sure it will be delivered at least 2 days before your arrival. Also, if you choose to venture outside of the parks, you can take the stroller with you. You can always bring it home. Otherwise, if you want to pass on some Disney magic, gift it to another family waiting in the rental line on your last day of vacation.

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We are covering here some tips to help you plan for Disney World

In this section, we cover some planning tips. You will know what to do before you get to the parks and before you leave your hotel room.

  • It’s important to look at the Disney park map before you enter & decide starting point. For sure, this is going to save you several minutes of decision-making and debate.
  • Do you have plans to use Disney transport? Well, we all know that plans may change and it is good to have a backup. We recommend you download the Uber/Lyft app.
  • Don’t forget to keep swimwear in the car – just in case you want to go to a water park.
  • Remember to keep left – Queues are generally shorter on the left. We found this the case every time!
  • Last but not least, make sure to have all bags ready for security to go through. You must know beforehand what is not allowed at the parks.

Few budget tips for Disney World

  • Remember to take your own Disney costumes and ears. They really help with meets and greets!
  • Try to bring your own light-up toys & glow sticks for the nighttime shows.
  • We recommend skipping the Character lunch and dinner. You can do breakfast instead, it’s cheaper!

Free pins at guest services

At guest services, both in the parks and at the resorts, you can ask for a complimentary celebratory pin. You can do so for almost any occasion you can think of. Be it your Birthday, Anniversary, honeymoon… Are you celebrating? You can go and grab a pin! What’s more, you can even get a blank one and write in what you are celebrating. Beautiful things happen when you wear a pin. For example, Cast members may hand out treats, take you to the front of the line, or even give you a bonus FastPass+. It’s definitely worth getting one!

Stroller mistakes

Stroller mistakes that every parent has to avoid

STROLLER MISTAKES THAT EVERY PARENT HAS TO AVOID

Did you know that there are stroller mistakes that parents do over and over again? We know you are probably excited to show the world to your baby. The stroller is going to take you and your baby places, make memories and have fun together. It’s where you, as a parent, can find the calm that’s been eluding you. It also makes your daily life feel less rushed and more balanced, as it is easier to go out with your little one and get your daily tasks done. For sure, it is an important tool you can’t skip.

Your stroller is going to be one of your most frequently used pieces of baby gear.  But you won’t believe how many babies are hurt in the stroller and carrier-related accidents. Strollers can be very dangerous if not used properly. Keep on reading to be able to learn more on how to avoid stroller mistakes and accidents.

DO YOU ASSUME YOUR CHILD IS SAFE IN HIS/HER STROLLER?

Most of the parents assume their child is safe when they strap him/her into a stroller. But did you know that in a study conducted by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital it was found that stroller mistakes are very common?

At least two children suffer a stroller or baby carrier-related injury every hour. And we are sorry to note that many of the injuries are quite serious.

Usually, children who get hurt in these types of accidents are under the age of 1. They may suffer a fall, or tip out of their supposedly-safe transport gear. 

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Before we go into further detail, here are some basic tips that will help you avoid stroller accidents

  • First, try to remember that you should always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and check for recalls.
  • Also, it is very important to not overload your stroller with other stuff. Next, never allow a little sibling to push.
  • And lastly, you have to make sure that travel systems with carriers are properly locked in.

What are some dangerous stroller mistakes you’re probably making?

DO NOT COVER THE STROLLER WITH A BLANKET DURING HOT WEATHER

We know how tempting it is for every parent to throw a light blanket or wrap overtop of the pram. Especially when the direct sun bears down. Yes, we know, you cover the opening of your baby’s stroller with a cloth cover to add a little shade and protect her skin from sunburn. All you want is for your child to be comfortable. However, this seemingly harmless step might actually be putting the baby at risk for dangerous heatstroke. 

Did you know that left in the heat, the temperature inside a stroller might go 72 degrees?

When covered in a thin cloth, it is able to reach 93 degrees within 30 minutes. After an hour in the sun, it can become nearly 100 degrees. You transform the stroller into a thermos. If the heat becomes a concern, it’s best, to simply move into the shade. Try to find some natural shade and avoid direct sunlight.

Covering your stroller will reduce air circulation and trap heat within. Which as mentioned before, creates dangerously high temperatures. They also block visibility which is essential for spotting signs of heat exhaustion.

Keep in mind that babies are more sensitive to heat than older children and adults. In addition to not covering your baby’s stroller with a blanket, it is worth reminding you not to leave the stroller out in the sun. As a result, different parts of the apparatus can overheat and might burn the baby.

Other stroller mistakes

  • Most of the parents fail to make sure the stroller is fully locked into its “open” position before strapping in their child.

It’s a very easy step to skip, especially when you’re in a rush. Focus on listening to that important click every time. Otherwise, the stroller might fold in–with your child in it.
Another stroller mistake parents usually make is that they forget to buckle up their child. Try to make sure your little one is properly strapped in. You never know when you could hit a bump that could cause a nasty tumble.

  • Parents fail to brake.

Don’t forget to put your foot on the brake when you take your hands off the stroller, even if you’re stopping for just a moment.
Next, new parents treat their baby’s stroller like a shopping cart. They often toss a shopping bag or purse around the handles. But did you know that the stroller is not designed to carry that extra weight? It might tip over. Go for strollers that have a basket or storage area under the stroller. And please, don’t forget to check the directions for weight limits before you stash items there.

How can you keep your little one protected from both the heat and sun’s rays?

You don’t have to stop getting out for some fresh air to be able to protect your child when it’s hot. Stay tuned to find some safer options.

  • It is very important to avoid using any type of cover over the stroller opening. As mentioned before, this will contribute to rising temperatures.
  • Try to choose a stroller that comes with a large canopy to provide shade, such as Metro, or Hop (for twins or children close in age).

METRO

Metro stroller comes with a huge removable canopy with a viewing window. You’ll be able to hit the ground rolling with a lightweight aluminum frame that folds compactly for ease of use and storage. 

It’s perfect for outdoor errands as you might need a sturdy stroller to maneuver along sidewalks. You might also want a stroller for quick trips or for use while traveling, and Metro would the best choice. Furthermore, it includes a rain cover and a removable cup holder.

 METRO stroller is a way to make your life easier and we think it can work for you.

Metro Umbrella Stroller

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HOP

If you have been blessed with twins or have 2 children who are close in age, a Hop stroller can help you cope with both your kids simultaneously.

HOP is a tandem umbrella stroller that really packs a punch, giving your youngest the comfortable and safe accommodations that they’d have had if they were in a single stroller. It will help parents to make exercise, errands, and daily life easier. Weighing in at only 21.5 lbs. it is lightweight, narrow, and easily collapsible for parents on the go.

Suitable for both twins and siblings that are close in age the small footprint and compact design make this the easiest way to get two children around period.

Hop double stroller

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More things to remember on how to protect your little one from stroller mistakes

  • Next, you can prop an umbrella through the top handlebars. It is going to add extra coverage. Otherwise, try to look for an umbrella attachment for your stroller.
  • Aim for light-colored strollers with limited padding. As we all know, dark-colored strollers can absorb more heat.
  • There exist safe sun habits that you need to follow. We recommend you to use SPF 30+ sunscreen for any outdoor time if your child is over six months old. On the other hand, if your baby is younger than six months, try to restrict walks to outside peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Heat exhaustion warning signs

As mentioned before, heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke if left untreated. Did you know that heat exhaustion and dehydration aren’t always obvious in babies and young kids? Try to keep these signs in mind:

• Your baby’s skin might feel clammy and cool.
• Your child might be experiencing extreme thirst, nausea or vomiting, and irritability.
• Pay attention if the baby is acting tired, lethargic, or weak.
• Focus on his/her breathing. Is it rapid, shallow breathing?
• Does his muscle cramps?

If your baby is suffering from heat exhaustion, try to quickly get him/her into a cool, air-conditioned environment. It is also important to give the child plenty of fluids. If the symptoms aren’t improving, call your child’s pediatrician immediately.

To sum it up

It turns out this common practice of throwing a thin blanket over the stroller, could be quite dangerous because it can trap the heat. So, how do you protect your baby from harmful rays when the stroller top doesn’t completely cover them? As mentioned before, try not to be out in the heat if you can help it. But, if you are out, then try to be in the shade. When you’re in a rush and need to be outside, don’t forget to also check on the baby every few minutes. If a baby is starting to flush, sweat profusely, or have changes in his or her breathing pattern you’ll have to move into air conditioning.

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Why the way your baby faces in a stroller matters? 

Why the way your baby faces in a stroller matters

The way your baby faces in their stroller matters. Did you know that from birth to around nine months old, eye-contact is essential for your baby’s well-being? Forward facing strollers will give you a great opportunity to make lots of eye contact and to bond with your little one. It is worth noting that research suggests that when you push your baby facing you it can benefit their social and language development.  

 In this article we are going to explore some of the benefits of having  your baby face you in a stroller, as well as what the researches say. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, a parent-facing pushchair has some advantages over a forward-facing one. However, keep on reading to find out more on why a parent-facing stroller is better for your baby than a forward-facing model.

What does the researches say ABOUT THE WAY YOUR BABY FACES IN A STROLLER?

Dundee University’s School of Psychology  study notes that away-facing strollers can add to baby’s stress. This study examined 2,722 parents and children, and it was published by British charity National Literacy Trust. As we all know parents are less likely to interact with children in forward-facing strollers. Most importantly, it was found that children not facing the person pushing them were significantly less likely to talk, laugh and interact with their parents. The researchers called into question the designs of many of the world’s most popular baby strollers. 

Suzanne Zeedyk, who led the research and who is a developmental psychologist, noted that simply by turning the stroller around, parents’ rate of talking to their baby doubled. Furthermore, it’s data suggests that for many babies today, life in a stroller is emotionally impoverished and possibly stressful and it is true that stressed babies grow into anxious adults. The study found that 62 percent of all children observed traveled in forward-facing prams. For children between the ages of one and two, the figure was 86 percent. Dundee University’s study highlights the need for manufacturers to rethink the designs of strollers.

Baby facing forward in a stroller

Benefits of having your baby face you in a stroller

Your baby will be able to see your face, as well as see you talking to him. Seeing your familiar face comforts him emotionally and helps him feel safe.

1. IT IS GOOD FOR BABY’S DEVELOPMENT

Developmentally, your newborn baby needs and likes seeing his parents’ faces, especially during his first months. Did you know that your baby craves social exchanges with you? They also start learning the rules of social interaction and mastering their reactions on your facial expressions during their first few months of life. In a parent-facing baby stroller, it is easier for you to give your baby this kind of stimulation that he needs for development.

2. The baby is able to nap better

Different studies have found that babies were twice as likely to sleep when they were in a rear-facing stroller. Even though some attribute this to luck, we believe this happens because infants feel safer and more relaxed when looking at a familiar face so they more easily fall asleep.

3. It is easier for the parent to monitor his child

It is so much easier to keep an eye on your little one when he is facing you. With a simple glance down, as often as you want, you can make sure he’s comfortable. It’s impossible to forget to check on him. This way you can easily make sure his hat hasn’t fallen over his eyes, or the wind isn’t blowing in his face.

4. Parent-facing strollers give you peace of mind

For sure, to be able to see and know your baby is safe and comfortable allows you to relax and actually enjoy this time with your child.

5. It is easier to bond with your little one

A very important part of the bonding process with your baby is talking to them and making eye contact. As mentioned before, when babies face their parents in a stroller, then the parents are twice as likely to talk to them. As a result, the babies too, are more likely to interact with the parent by laughing or smiling. For sure, you won’t be discussing current news with your child, but saying their name and even talking to others in front of your baby helps him to familiarize himself with your voice.

Furthermore, having your baby right in front of you, you’re prone to make more eye contact, talk more and laugh more with your baby

And of course, you just get to see more of your adorable little one.  There’s no parent that doesn’t want to just stare at their baby. Having a baby is incredibly special and we are sure most mothers can relate when we say that you will spend lots of time simply gazing at your child. Later, he’ll be more interested in the outside world, so take advantage as much as you can to soak in those baby stares. This is an early tool for language development and maintaining which helps lay down the foundations for speech.

Finding the perfect stroller

We all know that as your baby grows, they will become more curious about the world around them. When your baby is sitting in a street-facing stroller, he/she can discover the world more easily than when he’s facing you. If you and your baby are looking at the same things, there’s also something you can do to help with developing your little one’s language skills. For example, you can try to name the things you are seeing.  

Due to the fact that there exists increased choice in the market, you don’t necessarily have to buy two strollers: a parent-facing one and a forward-facing model. Therefore, you don’t have to limit yourself to a stroller facing in just one direction. We recommend you to choose a pushchair that lets you easily switch between both positions depending on what you are doing and how your child feels. 

For sure, the first three months of your babies life, you will most likely, want to use your stroller with the carrycot or seat unit facing towards you. This will be giving you plenty of time to talk to your baby, make eye contact and keep an eye on them. You are always free to have the choice to try your stroller in the reverse position, giving your baby their first experience of the world around them.

Take a look at Metro Stroller

METRO can help you during all of your daily activities, you will be rolling with a lightweight aluminum frame that folds compactly for ease of use and storage. We are recommending this stroller because it offers a dual-position seat that allows your baby to face you or take on the world, while both front and rear suspension ensures a smooth ride.

It comes with removable seat units as it can be used rearward facing with your child looking towards you, then convert to forward facing when your child is older. Besides, Metro also allows parents to have the choice to either watch their baby or allow them to enjoy the same view as them while strolling.

Furthermore, the storage space under the seat has plenty of space for shopping, diapers and more. If you have a car, you might look for a stroller that can hold your baby’s car seat. The included (no need to buy anything additional) universal car seat adapter allows for use from birth with compatible infant car seats. It also comes with a removable cup holder, leatherette handle and extra large basket allow for a comfortable day out.

Metro Red Stroller for babies

TO SUM IT UP

We know a stroller is an expensive but necessary purchase. You now know that the way your baby faces in a stroller matters. Also, we learned all of the benefits of the parent-facing stroller. It provides plenty of stimulation and interest for your baby as they can see much more and look around them. On the other hand, toddler-age children almost certainly, prefer a stroller where they can see the world in front of them. The child needs to engage with his surroundings. The recommended age to move your child to a forward-facing stroller is not yet clear.  We believe this is something you may want to change gradually. That’s why this can easily be done with a stroller that is reversible and has both parent and forward-facing options.

Forward facing stroller

There is just so much to do all the time and it seems like the child is always needing something. Sometimes it may be very easy for a mom to feel like she is failing at everything (you’re not). There is no such thing as a mom who has it all together. Remember that it is not easy to cope with overloaded calendars and endless to-do lists so, no one is immune to mom burnout.  

We are proud to say that our Kinderwagon Metro baby stroller will help mothers to give themselves permission to slow down and just breathe, to take some time to appreciate all that’s around them and to go outdoors easily. 

Therefore, give it a try as this stroller provides all of the safety features your baby needs. 


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Parents running with their kids in jogging strollers

A new guide for running with a jogging stroller

RUNNING WITH A JOGGING STROLLER

It’s fun to run with a stroller. Even though, most of the parents, concentrating on taking care of their baby, stop all exercises. It’s the best excuse to pull back on your goals. Have you ever considered running with your children?  We know running is typically a solo sport. It gives you the chance to be alone with your thoughts, and disconnect. But once you have kids, finding time to be alone becomes a challenge. And even if you could find the time, most parents would be consumed with guilt over doing something for themselves. So there’s a solution – A jogging stroller.  

In this article we will provide a list of the top benefits of running with a jogging stroller. For sure, after becoming familiar with all of its  benefits, you will not back down from running no matter the fact that you have a baby. 

mom stretching with her jogging stroller

A jogging stroller is going to be one of the most important investments you will make as a parent who enjoys running. These  strollers are designed with features to provide the ultimate in convenience for you as a parent, and the ultimate in safety and comfort for your child. They come with thoughtful details to make jogging life easier for both of you. So there’s no reason for you to stop jogging when having a baby. While many people opt not to go running with their young children simply because it is a hassle and a stressful experience,  using a jogging stroller can help parents get rid of this concern as they are handy to use and a perfect option. 

Benefits of RUNNING WITH A jogging stroller

As mentioned before, if you plan to run or jog, a jogging stroller can be key. At first, running with a stroller will feel a little hard— it’s because it is hard. Different studies have found that running with a stroller results in a significantly higher heart rate, perceived level of exertion, and lactate concentration. Therefore, there are plenty of benefits of the extra work that comes with running with a stroller.

You will be able to burn extra calories

Running with a jogging stroller, such as “Jump” can be fun if you stay determined.  A study conducted by different researchers at Seattle Pacific University, broke down the number of calories burned by how you push the stroller:

  • Pushing the stroller with two hands increases the number of calories burned by about 5 percent,
  • Pushing with one hand increases it by about 6 percent,
  • And the push-and-chase method increases it by about 8 percent.

Furthermore, you can run slow with a stroller and still get a great workout. Different researchers have also found that runners can run slower than their usual pace but still burn the same amount of calories as if they were running faster without the stroller. That’s because of the extra exertion. You’re working harder even though you are running slower. 

Take a look at Jump stroller

“Jump” stroller is the perfect option for families who love running. 

A rear platform seat allows a child 2.5+ years to easily “jump” on and off. The comfy front seat is suitable from 3+ months or birth with a compatible infant car seat. These features make Jump your go-to stroller for siblings too. Furthermore, while many parents assume that buying a baby stroller will require a lot of space to keep in the house, did we mention that Jump it’s the same size as a single umbrella stroller? It only weighs 18 lbs and its dimensions go for 45″ L x 11″ W x 15.5″ H when folded and  30″ L x 20.5″ W x 42″ H when unfolded. It also comes with a lightweight aluminum frame, a compact umbrella fold, a removable canopy, rain cover, and a removable cup holder.

“Jump” stroller cuts down on your physical efforts and it is convenient when you are traveling. It will help your child in being secure and happy on any journey. Parents have to do a lot of things for their little ones, especially taking care of the baby when they are outside.

We think Jump will make the right choice for you & your child; it’s gonna help you to enjoy parenting.

Jump red baby stroller

You will be able to spend quality time with your child

We know life is busy! Between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. We also know that a lot of parents worry that they don’t spend enough time with their children, wondering if this will lead to developmental delays. Some parents feel guilty about working full time, or experience anxiety about choosing to work out at the gym or go to dinner with friends. When you have a baby, you probably don’t have enough time to go to the fitness center. But when you get a jogging stroller, it won’t be a problem anymore. Running with your stroller will give you the opportunity to spend quality time with your baby alone. This will make the bond between you and your child more strong. 

Remember that the biggest benefit of all is that it gives you quality time with your kids. It is worth noting that you’re showing them something you love and instilling healthy habits in your children. There’s a good chance, if you make it fun like by ending at a park, they’ll think of those stroller runs fondly and be begging to go with you next time. 

“Jump” strollers are made to absorb the bouncing that comes along with more intense speeds or uneven surfaces as they keep your child safe. 

They have eight, super-sized wheels to glide over rough surfaces (less pushing for you) and a suspension system to decrease the impact of jolts on your baby. 

father running with his kids in a double jogging stroller

Stretching

Jogging stroller bar is an excellent option for stretching. Parents can just pull over for a break and perform stretching in the fresh air. So, now there is no need to hold the dusty sidebars or the filthy road signs anymore, as you just found an excellent option for stretching.

Both of you will be able to experience fresh air

Getting your baby out every day will be very beneficial. But, we must note that this may be one of the best things that you can do to help his physical and psychological wellbeing. It is not only beneficial for your child, but you can also take some fresh air after doing so much work at home. What’s more, once the baby goes outside every day, he’ll probably assume that outside physical activity is a natural thing. When your child gets used to this, you will see that the baby is so relaxed and comfortable.

It’s economic

A jogging stroller eliminates the need for a babysitter. At the same time it increases your bonding with your kiddo out in the fresh air. These are obvious perks to running with a stroller. And you can also use the added storage of the stroller for when you need to peel off a layer or need a place to stash your keys, phone and water bottle. Furthermore,  these strollers are designed to be sturdier, lighter and more maneuverable and stable than regular strollers to withstand the forces of running with them.  Therefore, it is a great idea to use a jogging stroller for everyday use. It can be a very convenient solution for parents who are looking for a sturdy and reliable option that can keep up with the demands of their hectic lives.

You don’t have to stop jogging 

Becoming a parent will surely change your lifestyle. But there is no need to forget what you used to do before you had a baby. If you liked jogging before and understand the health benefits of it, then you can keep doing it. A jogging stroller can help you to continue running despite the fact that you have a child. Using a jogging stroller, you make sure that an essential portion of your daily life will remain the same. And we know how much you don’t wish to be away from your baby. So this is the way for you to have everything.  Furthermore, if you can maintain the excellent timing, stroll with the baby can also help the child to sleep. We recommend you to go for jogging before your babies naptime, and the movement will help him to sleep well.

 

In conclusion

When jogging with your stroller you need to stay upright, with your elbows bent and the wrist strap securely attached to you and two hands on the handlebar. If you manage to hold on with just one hand, be sure to switch arms every five minutes or so to avoid bad habits. Try to keep the busy routes for your solo runs, as navigating those terrains with a stroller can be dangerous and frustrating.

In addition, a jogging stroller cuts down on your physical efforts. It will help your child in being secure and happy on any jogging ‘journey’ you’ll take. Using jogging strollers such as jump, it is simple to carry your children anywhere you go – and also create an instant bonding moment for you and your little angels.  


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From then to now- Stroller history

FROM THEN TO NOW-STROLLER HISTORY

Baby Strollers have been with us for a very long time. You can see them everywhere you go. Be it on the street, in a shopping mall, in a restaurant or in a park. When you were a kid you were in one of it everyday. You also might put your children in it everyday so you may take them with you wherever you go. 

Chances are while you push your baby down the street in that Metro baby stroller, you aren’t thinking about how that stroller came to be. Turns out there’s a lot of history that launched the creation of the stroller, and it all started with an English architect in the 1700s.

The first stroller created by an english architect

1700S: horse-drawn baby carriages

At first, it was not called a baby stroller as it wasn’t meant to be strolled around. William Kent invented the first “Baby Stroller” in 1733. He was asked to create a transportation device to bring amusement to the young ones. W. Kent designed it for the 3rd Duke of Devonshire’s children. It was in fact a baby carriage, where the carriage was intended to be pulled by a dog, a goat or a miniature horse. That’s why it was lower to the ground and smaller.

It consisted of a basket with a shell-like shape for children to sit in, affixed to large spoked wheels underneath. “The stroller” also had spring suspension for comfort.  At the time it was a trendy luxury item that only appeared in the wealthiest household, especially the royals. The invention became popular with upper-class families. 

horse carriage baby stroller

1800S: HANDLES AND FORWARD-FACING CARRIAGES

Almost a century after William Kent built the first unit. By the early 1840’s, the popularity of the baby carriage was in full swing. Even at that moment, “the stroller” device was less than entirely safe for use. No matter what, that did not stop high society from embracing it with open arms, and in droves.

Later a new design for baby carriage came out. The parent replaced the role of the animal in this design. There were handles on the carriage that allowed parents to pull a stroller behind them, with the baby facing forward making it easy for average families to use. Anyways it was easy for accidents to occur as most of them were tall and unstable.

Mother feeding her child in a forward facing stroller which is the first in stroller history

1848-CHARLES BURTON INVENTION

In 1848, American innovator Charles Burton was the one who changed the meaning of baby carriage. He placed handles on them so that they could be used by parents to push their children around instead of pulling them. Nevertheless, his new design was not welcomed in the United States at first. Therefore he took it to England and created a big fuss. There his version was welcomed by Queens of the time and they hired him. Burton then filed a patent for the Perambulator (also known as the Pram) in 1852.

In the year of mid-1800s, the carriage body was usually made of wicker with a metal frame. They used to never paint them. The wheels were made of original rubber on steel spokes. The carriage top was adjustable to flip forward or back to block sunlight as needed. Furthermore, the footrest was also adjustable to fit an infant to a toddler to a sitting or prone position. Usually, It used to measure 43” long from handle to end of the footrest. And was 40” tall x 22 ½” wide.

LATE 1800S: THE REVERSIBLE BABY CARRIAGE history

A new type of baby carriage arose again later that century, in 1889.  William H. Richardson created a more functional baby carriage and registered a patent for the reversible stroller. The firs reversible stroller in stroller history. This means that the bassinet could be positioned to face both out and in. Trying to modernize the carriage, Richardson made structural changes that allowed for the wheels to move separately. Until then carriages had axels connecting the wheels which prevented independent wheel movement. Richardson changes made the stroller more maneuverable and convenient for parents.

FIRST REVERSIBLE BABY CARRIAGE IN STROLLER HISTORY

1920S: SAFETY FEATURES FIRST

The 1900s baby strollers were mainly known as the “baby buggy.” Their usage became widespread among all economic classes in this era. This happened mainly because of the improvements that made them safer and the assumed benefits of providing light and fresh air to the child. Besides, charity organizations donated baby strollers to the mothers who needed them and couldn’t afford buying one. 

In the 1920’s, baby carriages were becoming somewhat of a norm to society

Following World War I, safety was also being implemented with brakes, stronger frames, and enlarged wheels. Baby carriages were being updated to also include other features that remain in today’s prams. For example: deeper and roomier prams (which made it harder for kids to escape), and lower, sturdier frames (so if little ones did manage to climb out, it wasn’t far to the ground). Prams became very popular in the 1920s owing to their larger wheels and the incorporation of a braking system. These tools were created to be deeper to prevent the baby from climbing out of the carriage. They also had sturdier, lighter, and, consequently, safer frames.

1930S TO 1950S: MASS-PRODUCED STROLLER history

It was during the 1930s onward that a lot of different companies began to mass-produce baby strollers. At that time, their production was made possible because rubber and plastic parts became more common in manufacturing. Inexpensive chrome which became widely available, replaced expensive brass parts.  Furthermore, Giussepe Perego popularized baby strollers. He did so when he founded the Peg Perego in 1949. Its design strollers use stretchy fabric instead of sheet metal and wicker. 

Lightweight, convertible, and luxury models of baby strollers entered the market in 1950

Baby strollers were a must-have for new parents in 1950. Made of cheap materials and safe designs they became not just fashionable but also budget-friendly. This happened especially after Queen Victoria purchased one for her sixth newborn child. A & F Saward and Silver Cross are some companies that started manufacturing custom-made prams in the 1950s. The British Royalty being one of the loyal customers.

1965: THE UMBRELLA STROLLER history

The Umbrella Stroller finally came out in 1965. It was created by the London Aeronautical Engineer Owen Maclaren. He constructed the first umbrella stroller in stroller history because his daughter complained to him. She told him how difficult it was to travel with her child and a pram. Maclaren’s understanding of airplanes helped him create the new model. 

His design was compact-friendly and lightweight, using an aluminum frame that could easily collapse and be stored. Over 1,000 of these durable, lightweight strollers had been produced and sold by the end of 1967. At this point, strollers using this design began being used all over the world. Does his name sound familiar? That’s because Maclaren strollers are still on the market today, and is still one of the top selling brand for strollers. 

MID 1980S: THE JOGGING STROLLER history

Kezo Kassai invented the first collapsible baby stroller in stroller history in 1980 which could also increase the size the length forward. The stroller’s handle could be pivoted to change the direction of the stroller. This would depend on the sitting position of the baby, either forward-facing position or back-facing position.

Later in 1981, Henry Fleisher would build the first baby stroller in stroller history that had a collapsible frame using slider slots and pins joint mechanism

The wheels were not rotatable and used a single axle to maintain the wheels in place. What’s more, in 1984, Phil Baechler who at that time was a new parent wanted to spend more time with his baby son. Baechler used to be a journalist for his local newspaper whose favorite hobby was running. He wanted to be able to take his son along with him when he went on runs. Because he knew the standard baby carriage wheels would take a beating on the dirt trails where he liked to run, he replaced them with bicycle tires. After a few tweaks to his design to make for a sturdier frame, the three-wheeled “baby jogger” was born. Since that time, now in the modern era, strollers are safer and more well constructed than ever before.

First jogging stroller in stroller history

1986: the double stroller history

 In 1986 was created the very first jogging stroller in stroller history for two children. It was developed by The stroller company Baby Jogger. They named the double stroller “The Twinner.” We now have strollers for three or even four babies. The idea originates from here. 

MODERN BABY STROLLER history

Today thanks to the latest inventions, parents can choose their preferred baby stroller. Their choice can depend on their budget, use, and aesthetic value. These strollers can be suitable for traveling, twin baby strollers, double baby strollers for your baby and toddler (such as Hop), and full-size strollers that are suitable for all terrains. You are also able to find a lot of lightweight baby strollers (such as Skip). 

SKIP is an umbrella stroller which makes travel (and storage) easy. What’s more, skip has high-function stroller systems which boast helpful features like extra storage and snap -on bassinets or car seats. Usually, this baby stroller can make all the difference for parents in how they go about daily activities with their baby.  It is not just used as a form of transportation, but as a way to keep their child close to them. 

With 6 1/2 inch wheels you will be able to conquer whatever terrain gets in your way. Quick, nimble and folds up in a flash to be stored in the trunk of your car or the tiniest of closets. Skip baby strollers are convenient for both newborn and older babies. While most umbrella strollers are designed for children 6 months and up Skip is suitable from 3+ months, or birth with a compatible infant car seat.

There are useful features of modern baby strollers which make the stroller a safe place for your little one. Here are most of them:

  • Either front or rear-facing seats

  • Folding mechanism 

    Modern baby strollers must have either one-hand fold, umbrella fold, or compact fold mechanisms.

  • Compatibility with travel systems

  • Height adjustable handle

  • Brake mechanism 

    Hand brakes are usually appropriate when it is impossible to press the brake lever by foot. The foot brakes are more convenient when a parent has his or her hand full.

  • Straps 

    It is important for modern baby strollers to have chest straps, waist straps, and crotch straps. They increase a baby’s safety.

  • Harnesses

    Modern baby strollers can have either a 5-point harness, 3-point harness, or 2-point harness. Usually, a five-point harness is the safest for smaller babies. On the other hand a 3-point harness is safest for babies who sit independently and toddlers. Lastly, a 2-point harness is safest for toddlers and older children.

  • Tires

    Instead of plastic tires, try to choose a baby stroller that has either air-filled or foam-filled tires. This will help you to give your baby or toddler the best quality ride. Foam-filled tires ensure minimal jerks and shocks, and cannot get punctured, unlike air-filled tires.

  • Wheels

    Furthermore, you need to choose a baby stroller that has large wheels and an excellent suspension. It will prevent your baby from getting rocked a lot if you plan to take your baby for walks.

Without a doubt, strollers make your everyday life as a parent easier. It’s a great way to add that extra bit of ease and convenience as you get used to being a new parent. I’m sure you can’t imagine having to carry your baby when running quick errands or trying to catch the bus?

It will help you save a great deal of time and add to not only your baby’s comfort but it will also be a great relief for you as well. Today, hundreds of stroller models are available, ranging from a $15 Umbrella stroller to a $3000 stroller with the latest technology. 

Which one will you choose from? 

infant to toddler stroller

An Age by Age Stroller Guide – Infant to Toddler

A GUIDE TO AGE BY AGE STROLLERS-INFANT TO TODDLER

A stroller is a must-have kit for parents with small children. It comes in handy whenever you want to head out running errands, going shopping, or traveling. You can have a sense of peace when going through crowded places. The parents are able to see their child in front of them instead of lagging behind or getting lost in the crowd. 

The perfect ride for a baby depends on the child’s age. We know you need a good one that will actually last more than a few months. So how do you make sure you buy a stroller (or two, but not four or five) that has everything you need for every age? Stay tuned as we show you a rundown of the types of strollers and features you’ll need (and want) as your child grows from infant to toddler

Toddler sleeping in a black umbrella stroller

INFANT STROLLER → 0-6 MONTH OLD

If you plan to use a stroller for your newborn, make sure that the stroller reclines. Must be so due to the fact that young babies can’t sit up or hold up their heads. The strollers which are able to fully recline or can be used with a bassinet attachment or an infant-only car seat are appropriate for newborns.

Take a look at Metro which comes with the included universal car seat adapter. It allows for use from birth with compatible infant car seats. What’s more, removable seat units can be used rearward facing with your child looking towards you then convert to forward facing when your child is older. Metro also offers a dual position seat which allows your baby to face you or take on the world.

Using a stroller that accommodates an infant car seat (such as Metro) you don’t have to wake baby every time you take her in and out of the car. But, if you’re a city mom, or you just don’t drive much, instead of a travel system, get an infant stroller with a bassinet attachment. It will allow you to lay your little one down and go. No attachments, adaptors or snaps (to finagle with) needed. For sure, this is something you’ll appreciate in the early sleep-deprived, new-mom days. The bassinet can also double as a mini crib.

Kinderwagon red metro

As mentioned before, you need to look for a sturdy, structured infant stroller as your main concern is keeping baby stable, supported and comfortable. It must have a good suspension system that can absorb bounces and prevent jostling. Furthermore, try to keep in mind that most jogging strollers aren’t designed to recline. As a result, they aren’t appropriate for babies until about age 6 months.

6-12 MONTH OLD

It feels like buying a new baby stroller isn’t all that different from buying a new car. We recommend all the parents to ask themselves some of the same questions: How good is the suspension? What kind of terrain can the stroller handle? How does it deal with turns? And what’s kind of storage does it have?

Now the baby is able to sit upright. At this point your stroller’s seat is more important than ever. It has to be roomy, with plenty of support and cushioning, adjustable and offer multiple recline positions to keep up with your growing little one. It is very important to make sure it comes with a five-point harness. This will keep your child snug and secure while you’re strolling.

One often-overlooked feature that will come in handy now: a seat that can face forward or backward. It is important for young babies to have eye contact with their parents. As mentioned before, Metro stroller can be used rearward facing with your child looking towards you then convert to forward-facing when your child is older. It offers a dual-position seat that allows your baby to face you or take on the world, while both front and rear suspension ensure a smooth ride. Besides, this also allows parents to have the choice to either watch their baby or allow them to enjoy the same view as them while strolling.

Now’s that the baby has good head and neck control, parents might start thinking of buying a specialty stroller to compliment your original one. The best stroller for your baby will depend on your family’s needs. To figure out which kind is right for you, think about your lifestyle. Do you live in the city and rely on your stroller to get you, almost, everywhere? Or do you just need something to keep in the trunk of your car in case you need to run into a store with the baby or have a special outing planned? 

Metro Red Stroller for babies

What to Consider?

Your day-to-day life directly impacts what kind of stroller you need. Are you a mom on the go? We recommend you to look for a lightweight jogging stroller that handles both sidewalks and trails. 

Consider picking up Skip baby stroller

It is a lightweight umbrella stroller which makes travel (and storage) easy. Skip also has some very helpful features like extra storage and car seats. With 6 1/2 inch wheels you will be able to conquer whatever terrain gets in your way. While most umbrella strollers are designed for children 6 months and up, this one is suitable from 3+ months, or birth with a compatible infant car seat.

Folds easily and isn’t too bulky. It has space where you can put in some extra storage. It also provides a great eight-wheel drive making it easy to use on dirt terrain or city walks and it all weighs only 14 lbs. If you plan on using your stroller every day, you don’t have to sacrifice convenience or comfort. Skip remains lightweight while offering parent trays, extra storage, and even padding. It also comes with sunshades that help shield the baby from harmful UV rays.

Black baby stroller

TODDLER STROLLER → 18-24 MONTHS OLD

The child is becoming more independent and curious. He/She wants to soak in the world around. Now your child is constantly hopping out of the stroller and you’ll likely wind up carrying it. It is very important to go for a lightweight model with a quick and easy fold (such as Skip). Also, the stroller should still have a five-point harness to keep your wiggly explorer secure. Its wheels must be easy to navigate. When your toddler is walking next to you holding your hand, you’ll need to steer the stroller with the other hand. It’s not easy to do with every stroller.

HOW TO HELP YOUR BABY ENJOY BEING IN THE STROLLER

Pick the right timing

Picking the right timing requires observation over time. You might want to try introducing the stroller to your baby at different times of the day. Start to take note of the times or circumstances under which your child is more willing to accept it. For example, early in the morning after your baby has had a good night’s sleep he might like to be in the stroller.

Make it fun

For babies and toddlers, you need to provide a beloved toy or object to keep them occupied in the stroller. On the other hand, to help older kids, consider inventing a game of sorts. For example, you could play spot the next red object. Then see who gets there first, by stroller of course – it’s faster.

Stay connected in some ways 

Try to engage your baby with your voice. You can also provide loving physical touch to give them the comfort of your presence. Furthermore, we recommend you to consider a rear-facing stroller (Did you see Metro?). This way your baby can have eye contact with you. 

Take regular breaks 

If your baby has been in the stroller for some time, try to give him sufficient opportunities to get out of the stroller. You might want to do so before he starts crying. For older children, we recommend to give them a break from the stroller before they try to wrest their way out of the stroller. 

WHAT AGE IS TOO OLD FOR STROLLERS?

This question has been a subject of debate for many years and will likely continue to be so. Even though the stroller can be a lifesaver for parents, there comes a point when your child has to stand on their own two feet — and get walking. There are no set guidelines, but the general opinion leans toward kids over the age of 4 to 5 years being stroller-free. The transition is supposed to start at about 3. At this time your child is able to walk confidently and understand your directions.

MAIN REASONS TO RETIRE THE STROLLER

  •  YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO STAY ACTIVE

There exist guidelines for how much exercise your children should be getting every day. Different studies have indicated that spending too much time sitting during a child’s formative years can lead to obesity later in life. Experts consider the length of time a child sits in a stroller comparable to watching TV. That’s why it should be limited. They advise only strapping them in for a maximum of 60 minutes.

  • Children also need to avoid extended periods in the same position

Healthy exercise levels for kids under the age of 5 is suggested as at least 3 hours a day. No, we are not talking about hitting the gym with your toddler. You can choose activities like dancing, swimming, a walk in the park, or even playtime in your backyard. Anything that gets them moving helps!

Happy child playing with her mom at the park

Doing so can help your kid to: 

  • Develop motor skills and they will be able to move more fluently.
  • Improve cognitive development including memory, thinking, and problem-solving abilities. These will lay the foundations for academic achievement. 
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Develop muscles and bones by building strength.
  • Lastly they will learn social skills through interacting with others during play time. 

Therefore, if your child looks confident on their feet and shows no interest in wanting to ride in the stroller, then why keep on using it?

LET’S TRY TO UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE REASONS WHY PARENTS MIGHT BE RELUCTANT TO GIVE UP ON THE STROLLER

  • Strollers are convenient.

Using a stroller makes everything easier. This is one of the main plus points for the parents. Your busy mom lifestyle might mean time is limited. As a result the stroller helps to get you and your child to places faster than on foot. For sure, we have all faced the cries of “I’m tired” or “My legs ache.” In these scenarios, scooping them up into a stroller gets you mobile again. Besides, not only is it great for your child to enjoy what’s going on from their comfy chair. But it is also a handy place to store all of the baby stuff you can’t leave home without.

  • Strollers provide safety.

Every parent knows how it feels to worry for their child’s safety. At times, having eyes in the back of your head is not enough. Using a stroller could provide more protection. Losing sight of your little one is possibly every parent’s nightmare. The trouble is youngsters are naturally curious. They love to explore their surroundings. So, when buckled up, you know where they are at all times.

NOT ALL CHILDREN ARE CREATED EQUAL

Remember that kids develop at different rates. You might have a 4-year-old looking more like a 6-year-old or vice versa. So no one’s to say whether either of them is too old for a stroller? Their physical ability can vary — some may find coping with distance an issue. In other cases, a stroller could be their only option for getting around — those less fortunate who might have a medical condition or a disability. 

Of course, placing your child in the stroller for too long can eat into their precious activity time which is essential for health and development. But this tool is a necessity as it helps you and your kid to enjoy your lives. And yes, there is no need to overuse them. This is an issue in our society and something to be mindful of.  No one knows your child better than you do. So go on and choose that baby stroller that is suitable for you and your family. Then, as your toddler grows more and more and still you feel they need more time in strollers, don’t be pushed into ditching the wheels.

The life cycle of a child, from infant to toddler

Fashionista mom matching stroller with her daughter

Twinning – Mom and Baby Matching ❤️

Twinning – mom and baby matching

Having a baby is one of the biggest joys of life. It goes beyond words. Of course, there are plenty of reasons to rejoice in having a baby! One of them is about playing dress-up with your little one.  Are you a social media user? Then you have surely noticed the mom and baby matching trend. They love posting pictures of their twinning outfits online. Lately, every parent is jumping on board with this mommy/daddy-and-me trend, and some are put off by it. Stay tuned to find out creative ways on how to match with your child. Don’t forget to document these twinning moments. They are going to become beautiful memories. 

IDEAS ON HOW TO MATCH WITH YOUR BABY

DRESSES

If your baby is a girl then dresses would be the best easy choice. Floral dresses for example, are always timeless and chic. Dress it for spring and summer! Next, classic Polka Dots are a girl’s best friend when it comes to patterns. We believe that every girl should have polka dots in her closet. It makes them happy and it also makes them look like a graceful diva.

BLUE JEANS AND A WHITE T-SHIRT MOM AND BABY MATCHING

Here’s where parents and babies stay comfortable and cute at the same time.  We recommend you to dress your baby in comfortable & stylish jeans pairing them with a white top! Simple as that and very easy. This combination goes well during summer or even as casual wear. Stretchy denim with adjustable, elastic waists and hems would be a good choice. Also, they would be perfect for photos and playtime. If you want to make it more interesting, start by matching them with a jacket or a jumper.

COLOR COORDINATE

It’s ok to use plain colors on your clothing. A bright pop of color is all you need to coordinate and you’ve got yourself a winner. Try to create a miniature version of yourself by keeping it simple. Step it up a notch with one dramatic color. Very simple but also very elegant look. It will have all eyes on you two! If you need more ideas and inspiration for the mom and baby matching trends take a look at the video below.

A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

We know that dressing your tiny tot can be a bit of a struggle sometimes. And we know that dressing your tiny tot can be a bit of a struggle sometimes. So here are a few things for you to keep in mind, that we find helpful. Comfort is very important. For sure you know that wide necks make dressing easier. Always choose easy-to-wear loose sleeves. Think about your baby’s clothing sizes. Try to customize baby outfits 2 or 3 sizes larger. This way your kiddo can use them at least for 6-12months!

Also, it is very important to use soft/cotton material as much as possible. Choose the fabric carefully so that it does not irritate your little one’s skin. Keep in mind that you should avoid materials that have too many embellishments such as sequins, beads, etc. Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with bright vibrant colors. As we all know, it is almost universally accepted that blue is for boys and the palette overwhelming with pink and purple is for girls. You should ditch the stereotyping and enjoy the full range of colors and styles.

MATCH WITH THE BABY STROLLER

Now here’s where it gets even more interesting. Did you know that parents can now match their outfit with the stroller?

 VIE for example is a stroller that has multiple options for colors. And if parents can’t decide on a single color, they can handle to get more than one stroller as a result of Vie’s affordable prices. Usually parents love how this stroller is very high quality. At under $60, it’s an incredible value for a stroller with this many great features. Don’t hesitate and give it the chance to show you how amazing Vie is. 

What’s more, Vie is definitely not your typical umbrella stroller. Quick, nimble, and easily collapsible, it is the stroller that goes everywhere and you can stash anywhere! Keep one in the car for quick outings.

And believe us, this is the one you want to travel with! 

LET’S TAKE THIS A LITTLE DEEPER – COLORS AND STROLLERS IMPORTANCE GOES BEYOND FASHION

Stroller years are precisely those when human brains are developing more rapidly than they ever will again. Most adults have no idea just how tuned in babies’ brains are to the environment around them. Young brains are being shaped by every single tiny experience that a child has so they need us, grown-ups, to pay attention to their emotional needs. 

A baby stroller that comes in different colors such as red, blue, yellow and green not only will make the twinning process easier. It will also make your child love the stroller even more. As we all know young children are attracted to warm, bright colors. Remember that contrasting colors (as you find them in the Vie’s composition ) send the strongest signals to a baby’s brain to help stimulate brain growth and aid in visual development. 

This is explained by Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. By three months, a baby starts to see color and the addition of brighter, primary colors become important for their development. This way you can increase the child’s desire to “walk” with you and at the same time contribute to his development by exposing him to the colors of the stroller. If you want to make sure your baby enjoys their stroller as much as you do, it is important to understand how they perceive color. In addition to visual stimulation, psychological studies show that color has an effect on mood, behavior, sleep, memory, and even health. Warm colors create a comfortable and intimate environment. So this stroller is going to be a thrill for your kids.

baby laying in color balls

HOW DID THE MOM AND BABY MATCHING TREND START?

Matching with your baby is a trend that dates back to the 1900s. It has gone in and out of style multiple times since then.  This look caught popularity in the early 1900s when French couturière Jeanne Lanvin introduced the trend following the birth of her only child, Marguerite. Marguerite was born in 1897. It was then when Jeanne realized there was a gap in the fashion market and debuted a high-end children’s line in 1908.

She used the same materials and styles that were part of her women’s wear, and her child served as her model. The mother-daughter duo were spotted donning matching outfits very frequently. At that time Marguerite found matching outfits embarrassing. Today most of the celebrity moms and their kids are parading around in coordinating couture outfits. They are making the style look cool! Starting from the late Princess Diana and Prince William’s matching pale blue coats in the early ‘80s to Beyoncé and Blue Ivy’s matching Gucci dresses who have mastered the art of twinning.

HOW DID THE MOM AND BABY MATCHING TREND EVOLVE?

In 1908 the trend didn’t last for a very long time. This happened as a result of The Great Depression which sidetracked a lot of luxury industries. At that time, even upscale women could not afford high-end clothing to match their children. Later, after the economy rebounded, the trend returned. Then women were seen again matching their daughters while they did house chores, like cooking and cleaning.

Lately, in recent years, the trend has made another comeback. And of course, it looks a bit different in the age of social media. Today, celebrities have been taking to Instagram to post photographs of their and their daughters’ lookalike outfits. Such posts are always a hit. Followers are loving the adorable and fashion-forward twinning look. 

REASONS WHY MOMS LOVE TO MATCH WITH THEIR LITTLE ONE

1- Matching with your baby emphasizes the parent and child relationship.

The matching outfit style flourished in a time when there was a cultural emphasis on the mother-daughter relationship. It was first seen in the 1908 photograph of Jeanne and Marguerite. They attended a ball with identical outfits, with their hands clasped and eyes intertwined. That picture is full of emotions. It easily illustrates the strong bond between a mother and her daughter. That beautiful photo became so iconic that it later served as an inspiration to the Lanvin logo. So, no matter how you feel about the trend, there is no denying that it results in a mother and daughter being together and bonding.

2- It helps parents to dress young.

On top of all these, parent-child twinning is also a way for the parents to look and dress young. Such designs are often intentionally trendy in order to emphasize a parent’s youthfulness instead of their baby’s maturity. Today, there are many ways parents can ride on this trend.  You can buy matching clothes on brands like Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna, along with Lanvin. They offer twinning outfits at hefty price tags. But there are also several budget-friendly options on the market.

momy and baby matching

TO CONCLUDE

The mom and baby matching trend was first started by moms who matched their daughters. They were seen as affluent women who had time to plan outfits, sew outfits or afford high-end fashion. But, as mentioned before, those who support this trend believe it represents a strong bond and relationship between a parent and the child. Wearing matching outfits shows that the parents are invested in their child’s life and interests. It is a fun, creative, and interesting way to dress up. 

There are a lot more reasons behind the fashion, so rather than asking ‘why twin?’, ask yourself ‘why not?’ 

different types of stroller in a stroller shop

How to choose a stroller for every occasion?

A STROLLER FOR EVERY OCCASION

Baby strollers are one of the main things that parents need to have for their babies. So, it is very important for every parent to know how to pick the best one. As we all know there are different types of strollers out there. Each one comes with its advantages and disadvantages. An item like a baby stroller can make all the difference in how parents go about daily activities with their babies. Choosing the right stroller for your family depends on a lot of different factors. In this article, we will explain the major types of strollers, what to keep in mind as you shop and the features parents appreciate the most. 

What’s more we will also explore Kinder-wagon’s different strollersKinder-wagon brings the best high-quality designed strollers for your little ones. Urban or suburban and everything in between, they have got a stroller for that! We will help you choose the right stroller for every occasion by creating a guide to the different kinds of strollers. The right stroller has the power to make your daily life easier, from that walk in the park to that hike through the mall. In the end, every parent will be able to choose the strollers that make the most sense for their family. So, without further ado, let’s get started! 

newborn baby in a stroller

What is “the right stroller” and why does it matter? 

What is right for one family may not be right for another. There are a lot of different reasons for this including things like cost, lifestyle, and family size. So, the right stroller is an affordable one (for your family) which matches your lifestyle and family size. As mentioned before, finding the right stroller matters because it has the power to make your daily life (with a baby) much easier and more enjoyable.

  • COST

We know how much strollers cost and we are happy to tell you not to stress out too much over budget. It’s true that higher-end strollers can cost upwards of a thousand dollars or more. No matter what, it is also very possible to get a stroller that fits your needs for much less.

  • LIFESTYLE

Furthermore, you need to answer some questions that will help you figure out which stroller would be the best. This is where lifestyle comes in. For example: Do you need a stroller just for occasional outings? Or you need one for a heavy near-daily use? Other lifestyle factors to consider would be:  Will you be lugging your baby stroller through the city?

Young blonde mother with her baby in a stroller.

Are you able to transport your stroller via the car? Do you have space in your home or apartment for stroller storage? Are you planning to use one stroller for all of your needs? Or you are thinking on buying an all-purpose stroller then adding on a travel or jogging stroller as your little one grows? The stroller has to meet the needs of your lifestyle, this is very important. Therefore you have to think a little bit harder about these questions and more before deciding what’s right for you.

  • FAMILY SIZE

Lastly, try to consider your ideal family size. Are you planning on having more than one child? Then, we recommend you to make a larger investment on a model that can eventually accomodate more children. Of course you’ll have to be able to stomach the bigger price tag. But it is going to save you from having to buy more than one stroller.

HOW TO CHOOSE A STROLLER? → KINDER-WAGON STROLLER TYPES AND THEIR FEATURES

  • HOP → IN-LINE DOUBLE STROLLER. 

We know what it takes to be the parent of one or more kids. No matter what circumstance you are in, if you have got multiple young children, finding yourself a double stroller is a purchase you will never regret. Weighing in at only 21.5 pounds, Hop is lightweight, narrow, and easily collapsible for parents on the go. Suitable for both twins and siblings that are close in age. It’s very easy to maneuver thanks to its small footprint and compact design. 

As a double stroller, Hop is much safer than using a single one and having your second child walk on his or her own. It comes with safety buckles to ensure your little ones stay in place during your entire stroll. It also has adjustable roof which offers protection from the elements.

Red double stroller for big kids

HOP’S FEATURES

Hop has a removable canopy with 2 viewing windows. This stroller also includes rain cover and removable cup holder. What’s even more important, Hop comes with one car seat adaptor. This can make life with children even easier. All you have to do is move your car seat from car to stroller and vice versa without the hassle of having to unbuckle and re-buckle your baby.

Are you looking for a stroller that has plenty of storage space?  

It is worth noting that Hop double strollers have enough room for bags, nappies etc. This will help you to put some extra storage in. We totally recommend this stroller (if you have multiple children) as it is additionally narrower than the other double strollers. This way it permits simple access through standard entryways.

HOW TO STORE HOP?

Finally, Hop is going to help parents to save space in their home. There is no need to be intimidated by the stroller’s size because it is very easy to store Hop. The fact of the matter is that this double stroller is made to be easily collapsible. That being said, you can fold this double stroller to its smallest size and keep it in a closet or hallway at your home. It also makes for easy downsizing in a small restaurant, public transportation, or on an airplane if need be. Its dimensions go up to 45″ L x 12″ W x 15.5″ H when folded and 30″ L x 20.5″ W x 42″ H when unfolded.

A mother storing a stroller in the car garage

DON’T FORGET

Newborns shouldn’t sit upright for too long. It interferes with their breathing and it can also lead to premature death. Hop‘s rear seat is suitable from 3+ months to 45 pounds. Its front seat is suitable from 6+ months to 45 pounds. As mentioned before, it comes with 1 infant car seat which is built in adaptor straps. There is no need to purchase additional accessories.

  • METRO → FULL SIZE STROLLER 

Usually, full-sized strollers are convenient for times when you need storage space and possibly a place for kids to nap. They are sturdy, comfortable, and highly functional, especially on long outings. 

Metro for example, is an assisting asset in terms of the realization of a mother’s daily tasks! For outdoor errands, you might need a sturdy stroller to maneuver along sidewalks. 

You might also want a stroller for quick trips or for use while traveling. We are happy to tell you that METRO stroller can help you during all of these activities. It is a lightweight aluminum frame that folds compactly for ease of use and storage.

Metro Red Stroller for babies

METRO’S FEATURES

The storage space under the seat has plenty of space for shopping, diapers and more. Furthermore, it is important for young babies to have eye contact with their parents. Removable seat units can be used rearward facing with your child looking towards you. Then convert to forward facing when your child is older. So, metro offers a dual position seat which allows your baby to face you or take on the world, while both front and rear suspension ensures a smooth ride. Besides, this also allows parents to have the choice to either watch their baby or allow them to enjoy the same view as them while strolling.

Extra perks of owning a Metro stroller

If you have a car, you might look for a stroller that can hold your baby’s car seat. The included (no need to buy anything additional) universal car seat adapter allows for use from birth with compatible infant car seats. A removable cup holder, leatherette handle and extra large basket allow for a comfortable day out! It weights only 24 lbs. Its dimensions go up to 30″ L x 23 1/4″ W x 12″ H when folded and 33″ L x 23 1/4″ W x 40″ H when unfolded. 

SKIP + VIE + JUMP → UMBRELLA STROLLERS

The umbrella stroller was created to provide comfort and simplicity when going on an outing with your baby. It is lightweight and easy to move around with your baby inside of it. The materials used are so light that even grandparents can easily take their grandkids for a stroll

1→  “SKIP”

Skip is not your typical umbrella stroller. Yes, it is lightweight and it makes travel (and storage) easy. Skip baby stroller has high-function stroller systems that boast helpful features like extra storage and snap -on bassinets or car seats.

SKIP’S FEATURES

With 6 1/2 inch wheels you will be able to conquer whatever terrain gets in your way. Quick, nimble and folds up in a flash to be stored in the trunk of your car or the tiniest of closets. Skip baby strollers are convenient for both newborn and older babies. While most umbrella strollers are designed for children 6 months and up Skip is suitable from 3+ months, or birth with a compatible infant car seat. It comes with sunshades that help shield the baby from harmful UV rays. It all weighs only 14 lbs.

Umbrella stroller for big kids

2→ VIE

Vie is a lightweight and inexpensive umbrella stroller, that may be a good choice for occasional strolling needs. We must note that it is not designed for infants because it does not recline enough to allow them to lie down. By the time babies are about six to nine months old, Vie stroller may become your best friend as it is only suitable for babies from 6+ months to 33 lbs.

VIE’S FEATURES

It folds up very easily making it convenient to store, and even easy to carry around when you’re not using it. It doesn’t weigh more than about 8,8 pounds (4 kg). Vie also fits well in small car trunks, or in limited closet space. And it is very easy to get on things like public transportation because it’s so lightweight. 

This baby stroller comes with an overhead cover so that you can provide some sun protection for babies.  Now here is where it gets even more interesting because moms can now match their outfit with VIE’s multiple options for stroller colors. And if you mommas can’t decide on a single color, you can handle to get more than one stroller as a result of Vie’s affordable prices.

Red-Convertible-stroller

3→ “JUMP”

Jump umbrella stroller is the perfect option for families on the go! It has a rear platform seat which allows a child 2.5+ years to easily “jump” on and off. The comfy front seat is suitable from 3+ months or birth with a compatible infant car seat. These features make Jump your go to stroller for siblings close in age.

JUMP’S EXTRA FEATURES

While many parents assume that buying a baby stroller will require a lot of space to keep in the house, did we mention that it’s the same size as a single umbrella stroller? It only weights 18 pounds and its dimensions go for 45″ L x 11″ W x 15.5″ H when folded and  30″ L x 20.5″ W x 42″ H when unfolded. “Jump” has a lightweight aluminum frame, a compact umbrella fold and a removable canopy. It also includes rain cover and removable cup holder.

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TO SUM IT UP

Even after 10 years in the market, Kinder-wagon is still being one of the most trusted companies for baby strollers. We know that a stroller isn’t the only thing you need in parenthood but it surely is a necessity of convenience. You’ve got things to do? Don’t let your children get in the way! Grab one of the Kinder-wagon strollers and travel readily with baby or toddler in tow. 

These strollers will provide a comfy and convenient spot for your baby making it very helpful to navigate life with your little one. They make getting out of the house with your baby easier, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. So, don’t hesitate and choose the stroller that you need the most. 

CHOOSE YOUR STROLLER!
Kids playing at the kitchen

Surviving multiple children: Tips for parents from Parents

SURVIVING MULTIPLE CHILDREN: TIPS FOR PARENTS FROM PARENTS

Multiple children playing in the kitchen

We know what it takes to be the parent of one or more kids. Usually, parents of multiples may be tired, too busy taking care of the children, they may feel like they do not have enough personal time and space or they may also feel socially isolated. To survive multiple children and their needs, they have to mentally prepare themselves each day. Therefore, having more than one child makes it easy for the parent to become completely consumed in caring for them as this brings challenges all of its own.

If you’re looking for ways that will help you as a parent to still be able to chase some of your favorite hobbies, in this article you will find some tried and tested tips from other parents that we are sure will make your life easier and assist in balancing your needs with those of your children. There will be no need to abandon all of your hobbies and interests. What’s more, you will also be able to create a bit more peace in the household. 

So let’s get started!

TIP 1→ ASK FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE TO CREATE A GOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM.

The more kids you have, the more likely you are to be pulled in many different directions. As we all know, it’s impossible to be in more than one place at once, therefore you might find that you need someone to watch the kids for just a couple of hours so you can finish your household chores, go to an appointment, prepare meals, or do your taxes. Or if you’re working at home—actually get your work done. Sometimes, you also just need a quiet afternoon to yourself to appreciate a little silence or spend time doing what you love (hobbies). This is why we recommend you to ask for help (no matter the fact that it can be tough, especially when it comes to your kids) and also consider who you want to approach.

You might be lucky enough to find yourself in the position of having many people who can pitch in—neighbors, family (grandparents), or friends. In this situation, you may want to think about who will best care for your kids and who is most reliable and dependable. On the opposite, you may want to get to know other parents in your community. And it is going to feel more comfortable to ask if you can share tasks, rather than ask for them to watch your kids without anything in return.

Furthermore, during the process, it is very important to manage the emotions associated with getting help as you may experience guilt, anxiety, or sadness. Just don’t let these feelings lead to unhealthy behavior. Instead, try to acknowledge your feelings and use healthy coping skills to deal with them. Remind yourself that this is the best for you and your kids as it might help you silence any negative thoughts you have.

Grandparents reading a fairytale to their grandkids.

TIP 2→ CREATE CLEAR RULES AND UNDERSTANDABLE CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUR CHILDREN

With a list of rules, everyone in the family becomes clear about your expectations. They help create structure. No matter how much your kids protest, they need and want boundaries to feel safe. Creating household rules is essential as children have limited experience and knowledge and are not always a good judge of what is right and wrong, good or bad, safe or dangerous. Family rules help children understand what behaviors are okay and not okay. And as kids grow, they will be in places where they have to follow rules. Following rules at home can help the child learn to follow rules in other places.

So that all family members get on the same page about rules parents should:

  • talk about what rules would help their family and agree which ones to set,
  • post the rules in the house so everyone can know them,
  • make sure everyone knows what is allowed and not allowed,
  • ask all caregivers to be consistent in monitoring and enforcing the rules,
  • and lastly, remind children about the rules by repeating and posting them in the home.

Furthermore try to use discipline to teach, not punish.  It is very important to understand that it’s all about teaching and education, not punishment, threats, and training. Never forget to show your child you respect them by explaining why the limit needs to be set. Help them understand it’s for their good and the benefits to them. Respect is a gateway to your child’s cooperation!

TIP 3→ PLANNING OUTINGS TOGETHER BENEFITS EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY.

Do you sometimes feel pressure to make your children’s childhood “magical.” We know parents often feel like they are not doing enough for their children. Keep in mind that those special things kids really want are not fancy getaways. It’s not some amazing destination they care about — it’s the time spent together. Getting out into nature is a wonderful family activity.  It promotes physical activity, family bonding, and learning — not to mention, it’s really fun!

When you’re active with your kids, they’ll learn the importance of being physical, getting into the fresh air, and spending time together as a family. This can also be the perfect time to ask questions about each other. It will help to check in with your child, especially if you’re concerned about their mood.

Walking through a park, checking out a new neighborhood, and exploring a local nature preserve are fun and inexpensive ways to discover and learn new things. But if you have got two very young kids it is worth noting that you will need a stroller to help make your walks convenient. 

Take a look at Hop stroller

Taking the weight of your children off your shoulders, this double stroller is, accordingly, an exceptionally advantageous method for keeping your infants with you at unequaled without depleting yourself excessively.

Having to carry one kid and push the other can be stressful on the body.  Not only is it nearly impossible and completely impractical to try and push two single strollers at once (especially if you’re also juggling an overfull diaper bag), but it is also very unsafe for the children and tiring for the parent. Hop allows you to quickly place both of your children into a secured space and head out the door with no fuss. It also comes with car seat adaptors, which can make life as a parent even easier. All you have to do is move your car seat from car to stroller and vice versa without the hassle of having to unbuckle and re-buckle your babies.

Red double stroller for big kids

TIP 4→ A RESTED PARENT IS A BETTER PARENT.

You need to (unapologetically) prioritize your sleep. Different research suggests that parents who have kids are more likely to be sleep-deprived, but having kids does nothing to men’s sleeping patterns. There is a gender sleep gap, and the myth of the supermom allows it to continue. Moms need sleep as much as dads do. We also do not recommend making the mistake of trying to sleep in sync with your partner. One parent may need more or less sleep at different times of the month, so matching bedtime isn’t as important as listening to your body.

It is worth noting that insufficient sleep doesn’t give us more hours, it just makes us less productive in the time we do have. For sure parents will do better if they get the recommended amount of sleep every night, not just on the weekends. Sleeping enough will make you happier and healthier and a whole lot of other things are life-changing.

TIP 5→ BALANCING WORK AND HOME LIFE CAN MAKE QUITE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FAMILY.

When you have a good work-life balance, you’re more likely to have the mental and emotional energy to give your children the loving attention they need to develop, learn and thrive. A well-balanced family life can also help you enjoy life, manage stress and prevent burnout at work. It is true that small changes in the way you organize and think about work can help you feel more satisfied with your work-life balance.

Organize your work:

  • Take on the most challenging tasks at the beginning of the day, instead of at the end.
  • Set boundaries around how much work you do outside hours, including limits on checking and responding to emails or phone calls or attending out-of-hours meetings.
  • Emphasize your work hours to your coworkers and clients (include work hours or days in your email signature).
  • If you work from home, have clear start and finish times or block out parts of the day for work, rather than constantly checking in with work. Also, try to keep your work area separate from family areas.

LEAVE WORK BEHIND AT THE END OF THE DAY

Before you leave or finish work gradually shift to thinking about home and family. Call your partner, your child’s caretaker or your child on the way home. This can take your mind off work and give you a chance to catch up on your family’s day.

We recommend you to have a ritual or routine to mark the physical, mental and emotional move from work to home, from worker to parent. It can be as simple as changing out of your work clothes. If you work from home, try going for a walk around the block or doing a five-minute workout.

Furthermore, to help yourself change your perspective on work start to take a moment in your workday to think about your children. This could be just looking at a photo. It will be easier to remember the reason you’re trying to achieve a work-life balance.

Parent pushing a stroller after leaving work

Furthermore, to help yourself change your perspective on work start to take a moment in your workday to think about your children. This could be just looking at a photo. It will be easier to remember the reason you’re trying to achieve a work-life balance.

Family at the airport

Traveling with kids

TRAVELING WITH KIDS: TIPS THAT WILL HELP KEEP YOU SANE ON YOUR TRIP

Do you as a mom feel like you are bound from traveling with kids? Although for now, gone are the days of only worrying about yourself, it is not easy for a parent to come across the fact that their child may be the reason they don’t take trips: see blue Italian lakes, or admire foreign skies.

And yes, it’s true that it is hard to travel as a mom. At times you will find it expensive, and it can also feel impossible. But we are here to tell you that no matter what, you can do it. Other moms have done it. Other moms will do it. So can you.

The fear of “What if?” is the cause why multiple moms are preventing themselves from booking flights and planning to travel. We also know that leaving the kids at home isn’t much easier as moms feel more anxiety leaving them than they would taking them. It is worth noting that not going anywhere is an option you should not consider because traveling with your children can be a rewarding experience if planned for in advance. At this time there are one or more tinier human beings along for the ride and they can make  things a bit more complicated, so stay tuned as we mention some travel hacks that will help keep you sane on your trip. You are going to adore travelling with your kids.

TRAVELING WITH YOUR FAMILY IS A LIFE ENRICHING EXPERIENCE.

Formerly mentioned, traveling with kids can be one of the most rewarding adventures you can have together as it enables families to form a stronger bond

It is a very important experience which not only helps in creating family memories but also helps kids’ education to foster a world view beyond their own backyards while at the same time encouraging independence, self-confidence and interpersonal skills.

Recent studies by the Student & Youth Travel Association have shown that kids who travel do better in school as traveling promotes a global education.

Family at the airport

It is thought that kids are able to absorb knowledge more effectively through experiential learning, so while trying new cuisines and getting to know local customs, they may even pick up a little of the language.

Moreover, experiencing new cultures often means children are more open minded. It teaches them the importance of making memories and enjoying experiences, rather than wanting possessions. We all know that days spent hiking through the mountains and swimming in the sea, stimulate an active lifestyle and appreciation of the outdoors.

Finally, travel inspires children and grants them new ideas & fresh perspectives which can be used throughout their life; and that’s why we name it as “the gift that keeps on giving”.

Here are some tips that may help you as a parent to enjoy your journey more.

  • Book family-friendly cruises.

    In order to have a relaxing holiday with kids we recommend you to book family-friendly cruises or try all-inclusive ​resorts as a first step. This will help you a lot because you will be able to stay in one place or cabin, and have meals and food accessible at any time of day. Furthermore, baby and kids club options galore can also be easily accessible, so your holiday can be as busy or relaxing as you wish. Do not forget to include kids in the travel planning process. Depending on the age, it’s a good idea to include them on this as they love to help, so seek their input, get them to do some research on their own, and they’ll have greater buy in and be excited about what they want to see. What’s more, introducing kids to the trip ahead of time is especially important for first-time travelers.

  • Pack a folding stroller.

    If you have children under the ages of two years old, it is important to pack a folding stroller. Take a look at Vie which is quick, nimble, and easily collapsible.
    This is the one you want to travel with as it is lightweight and inexpensive that may be perfect for occasional strolling needs. Vie baby stroller also fits well in small car trunks, or in limited closet space, and it is very easy to get on things like public transportation. You can maneuver these baby strollers pretty well in crowded situations and in every terrain so there is no need to worry if you’re planning on going to state fairs, to amusement parks, through busy streets or the like. Finally, this stroller is also great for airplane

Green stroller perfect for traveling

  • Be strategic with the suitcases.

    Try to be strategic with the suitcases by packing your family’s suitcases in an untraditional way as it can save you a lot of time and hassle. If you’re traveling with kids, we recommend to pack by day and not by person. Keep everyone’s clothing for a certain day or two together and then have a dedicated bag for toiletries and other necessities. That way when you’re hopping from hotel to hotel, you’ll only have to lug a couple of bags at a time. This is also an ideal way to pack in case luggage is misplaced so that no one will be stuck without his or her entire vacation wardrobe. And please, pack as little as possible. Don’t overpack as it will just lead to frustration and sore arms.

  • Always have snacks available.

    Don’t forget that hungry kids can take a fun family trip to miserable in a matter of minutes. I can’t emphasize this enough as this is why you always should have snacks available for your kids! Besides, you never know when the time between meals will get extended. It could be a delayed flight, unexpected traffic getting to your hotel, or a tour that takes a bit longer than you thought it would.

  • Invest in a GPS tracking device.

    In case you’re worried about your child getting lost, you can brand them by writing your name and phone number on their arm making it easy for you to be contacted. Either-way, you could also invest in a GPS tracking device. Attach it to your child’s wrist or bag, and follow along via the app.

  • ASK FOR CHILD DISCOUNTS.

    It can really save you a lot of money every time you travel. You can ask for discounts on: transportation including buses and trains, private guides, tours, attraction entrance fees and restaurants (some have kids eat free promotions). Even when there’s nothing written, be sure to ask.

Family on vacation

  • Stop putting it off.

    Lastly, the best tip we can give for traveling with kids is to stop putting it off. Instead get out there and travel. Keep in mind that everything might not go according to plan, but your family will love seeing the world, and you’ll be planning your next trip before you know it.

While we wish you a bon voyage, make sure to bookmark this compilation of to make your trip easier and more fun for everyone.And remember that you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself too! So, do your best to enjoy it!