For those of you that follow us on Facebook, you may recall my post last week asking if anyone had any baby registry or baby gear question they would like answered. We got so many great questions that I am thrilled to launch this new series… still looking for a better name than “Real Mom Baby Questions Answered” (suggestions welcome!) but here’s how this will work:
Part 1: A real moms drops their question in my inbox
Part 2: I answer the real mom question based on my research and experience if applicable and post the question and answer here.
Part 3: You Real, Wise Mama’s add your thoughts via a comment on this post. So it is one part real mom dilemma, one part real moms favorites and all parts helpful.
The idea here is that if one of us has these questions it is likely that many others do too, right? We accept questions large or small and really want this to be a collaborative and interactive feature so please leave comments, advice and follow up questions in the comments. Sounds fun, right? Well let’s not waste anymore time and jump right in…
Mama K is kicking off this series with the following question… We are expecting our second child and will have two under 20 months. We’re thrilled, and know we will be so busy, but luckily we can reuse many items this time around. We live in the suburbs up north in good old Canada, so terrain involves a lot of mixed weather (snow, gravel, you name it). It’s a small City, so saying suburbs I mean I have a 10 min commute to work.
That being said, we don’t know where to begin in terms of a double stroller, and whether we will need another rocker, crib, diaper pail, sleep sheep, monitor, etc. So many unknowns!! When it comes to a double stroller, ideally it is something that is an easy fold and that also has car-seat compatibility when it comes time for errands. I’m open to both tandem and side-by-side styles, but I think my nosy toddler would be happier in a side-by-side style at this age.
Id love to know what other moms with 2 under two have done and what products they recommend the second time through.
First, lets tackle double stroller. Here are my picks:
- Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller - I love Baby Jogger strollers. They are well made and very “mom friendly”. The City Mini GT Double checks Mama K’s list when it comes to easy fold (Baby Jogger’s patented one hand fold – so easy!), car seat compatibility (adapters available for purchase for almost all car seat brands) and side by side. Also, the City Mini GT double has 8.5″ air filled tires that can handle rough terrain with ease. To top it off both seats have three position recline and very ample canopies. All of these features result in a super smooth ride with an easy to use stroller for busy mama that works for long walks and on the go.
Other options worthy of consideration are the BOB Revolution SE Duallie and the BBaby Jogger City Select Stroller with 2nd Seat. These two didn’t make the list for various reasons – BOB is a bit heavier and larger but certainly great for rougher terrain and a must if you plan to jog. The City Select is tandem and the length can make it a bit cumbersome as a double but it is still a great, great option maybe just not for Mama K. What I do love about this tandem option though is that both seats are the same size so each child has a decent amount of space and one is not in a smaller, less comfortable rumble seat.
In terms of other gear we are big believers in reusing what you can. Items that may require a new purchase for baby #2:
- a crib. More than likely Mama K is not going to be ready to move big bro/sis into a big kid bed before the arrival of #2. Most pediatricians and real moms we’ve talked to say to leave #1 in the crib as long as possible! We put together a great list of cribs under $500 and our editor Mallory, loves her Ikea crib.
- nursery essentials. If baby #2 will have their own room than the nursery essentials will likely need to be invested in. However, think about things that you may not need like, the diaper pail if #2 is potty trained when #1 moves to their own room full time. You would likely want to have two places to change diapers in case one is napping and the other needs a chance (which will enviably happen).
- an additional camera for a video monitor. Assuming mama K has a monitor that can add an additional camera. If not, it may be a worth investment. This way she’ll only have one parent unit and can monitor both children’s rooms.
- pacifiers and/or bottle nipples. Depending on the condition after use with #1 pacifiers or bottle nipples may need to be purchased again. In our case, Margaux does’t like any of the same things Eloise did so we had to go the all new route (MAM pacifiers instead of Soothies, Dr. Brown’s wide neck instead of Dr. Brown’s Standard this difference in preference is something to be prepared for!) Even if #2 like the same be sure to check the nipples to make sure there are no holes or weakness in the silicone/latex.
A few items that have made my life as a mom of two under two much easier…
- Graco Little Lounger. I love this. We used it as a bedside bassinet in the early days but because it is so portable we’d move it out to our living area during the day. It is a great, comfy and cozy place for baby #2 to nap while Mama K is busy with #1. The toy bar and vibrating seat also make it a fun “play” area when #2 gets a bit older. I don’t know what we would do without this!
- 4moms rockaRoo. Margaux loves the rockaRoo and it has the ability to easily lull her to sleep or provide a relaxing place to chill and take it all in.
You can check out my entire post of baby gear for #2 for even more details on what we are loving and using.
Other than the above and a double stroller Mama K should all set, right? What did I miss? Do you guys have any thoughts on the best double stroller out there?
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