Thursday, July 5, 2012

Baby Gear for Two

Having 2 babies under the age of 3 is making me super busy, and constantly having to hold my newborn makes it difficult to type blog posts, so this is going to be a quick one.  My life lately has been about making it as easy as possible and now that I am able to take my newborn out, making it easy means having a double stroller and a bigger diaper bag.  When I was pregnant with my second, I researched and test drove several double strollers and tried out several diaper bags.

Which stroller won?

The Baby Jogger City Select!  After having a cheaper single stroller- the Chicco, I was happy to have saved money on it, but hated that it was constantly falling apart. So I told myself I would try hard to get a nicer double stroller when the time came.

I fell in love with the Select and was lucky enough to find it as a double at a consignment sale for half off!  The stroller isn't cheap. If you buy it as a single it's around 400$ but adding the double seats and the accessories, it can get up to around 800$ for the whole thing. (Now if only the company would have sent me one to review and give away, oh well, maybe next year :)

I love how it doesn't drive like a stretch limo and you can maneuver around tight spaces pretty well.

Check out the 16 different positions you can have, yep, I said 16!!

The stroller also has a standing accessory option that you can add the the back when your older child is wanting to stand and can ride around.

The only Cons are that it is heavy and you have to take the second seat off to collapse it.  It's not a big deal but it is definitely not as light as my first single stroller.

Here is our first outing at the mall.  They're all pretty happy in it :)

I loved the City Mini double as well- it's a side by side version. I think it's a personal preference on whether you want to go with a side by side or the vertical ones, but I would definitely recommend going to test drive any of them before you buy- and take your older child with you to test it out.

And which diaper bag won my approval?

The Ju Ju Be BFF (165$).  I shopped, shopped and shopped for a bigger diaper bag. I LOVE Petunia Pickle Bottom and wanted a bigger version of their boxy backpack and tested out their larger one called the Abundance.  But it is super super huge. I mean it's like a suitcase on your back.  My husband laughed at me when I put it on.

So I kept looking for another bag.  And I really wanted a backpack style.  With 2 kids, a shoulder strap is hard to carry as it can slip off and fall down if you bend over.  I needed something that I could have hands free.  So after reading other reviews on websites, I decided to try out the Ju Ju Be BFF backpack and so glad I did!  It doesn't look roomy on the outside, but it really holds a ton and it has the backpack feature too.

There is a front 'mommy' pocket that I love since you have just your stuff in there.  Then the separate baby zipper that opens wide and has a ton of room in it.  It also has 2 bottle pockets that are wide with an elastic rim.  There's also a shoulder strap, backpack straps and a handle at the top to carry it.   It has a memory foam changing pad that you store in the back pocket, and the inside material is made of AgION Antimicrobial Lining- it kills germs, mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria.  Oh and it has a crumb hole to help escape all of the little crumbs that gather at the bottom!  It comes in a bunch of cute patterns too.

Okay, since my time is short, I decided to just do a 'What's in My Bag' review via video style on You Tube to show it to you.  That way I can just talk and not type and you can see what's inside.  Oh and excuse me being super hurried in the video and a little disorganized- I'm a little sleep deprived  awh the joys of mommyhood :)

Do any of you have a favorite diaper bag or double stroller you love?


  1. That is funny about the diaper bag. I had just ordered the petunia at a crazy discount, got it and realized it wasn't what I wanted. I had already seen the Ju-Ju-Be and loved it. I just went & got it yesterday. So happy I did.

  2. Got to use my sisters bag today when I took my nieces out. Loved the size and cute pattern! Much better than her previous diaper bags.

  3. I love how light and easy it is and love how much it FITS everything!!

  4. Glad to hear you like the Ju Ju Be too!! I am more than satisfied with it! I just wish there was 1 extra pocket on the outside to just dump my car keys in when I am in a hurry and my hands are full and can't open a zipper!