Monday, 13 June 2016

The Importance of Quiet Time In Your Summertime Routine

 

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We all need quiet time. Whether it be a nap, reading time, or simply turning off the TV. Quiet time allows our brain to rest and reflect from our hectic lives.  It’s important for families to incorporate quiet time into your schedule, even a daily summertime “quiet time” routine. Sometimes the noise and chaos of everyday occurrences can wear you down. Quiet time allows your mind and body the break it needs. Both adults and children need quiet time.

Reminding your children the importance of quiet time and making it a regular occurrence can be extremely beneficial. It often seems like with growing kids, busy schedules, and prevailing technology quiet time is unobtainable, but even just 30 minutes a day can help.

While your children’s brain is growing and developing every day, quiet time becomes more and more important. Quiet time serves as a time to wind down and caters to creativity and imagination.

If your child has trouble napping, have designated quiet time each afternoon. Everyone needs a break from the hustle & bustle, your child included. Quiet time with a good book can restore energy. Telling toddlers that they don’t have to sleep but rather give their body a break to refuel itself is a positive message of self-care.

Sometimes getting a toddler to agree to quiet time when all they want is to run around and use those legs of theirs is tough, but who said quiet time had to be boring.

There are a variety of ways to spend quiet time. Here is a list of some ideas:

  • Reading
  • Drawing
  • Writing in a journal
  • Write a letter
  • Napping
  • A walk outside
  • Puzzles
  • Activity books
  • Picture books

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Boob Baby Bottle Has What You Need for Consistent Feedings

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Choosing a baby bottle is one of the most personal decisions you’ll make in regard to the products you’ll use with your new little one. Let’s face it, this is a product you are going to put in your baby’s mouth so considerations are important. There are several reasons why the Joovy Boob should be on your list of bottles systems to consider. First and foremost, the Boob is intended to promote a consistent and enjoyable feeding experience for your baby.

Why consistency? Consistency is important because you want baby to have a pleasant and enjoyable meal whether bottle feeding or breastfeeding. Bottle fed babies count on you to deliver their meals on time and to their liking. It’s nice when they know what to expect as the nipple comes towards their hungry mouths! And, consistency for you in an easy to use, clean and reassemble bottle.

Nursing babies have a consistent experience. When babies nurse at the breast, they typically latch on, nuzzle down and have the perfect meal by mother, herself. Latch, check; temperature, check; flow, check.  The experience is consistent and babies know they are getting the same satisfying meal each and every time they latch on.

We’ve thought this through and feel the Boob is the best baby bottle for babies, for exclusively bottle-feeding or transitioning between bottle and breast. All babies deserve a pleasant, enjoyable and consistent experience.

What are the reasons I should consider the Joovy Boob Baby Bottle over other baby bottles?

1. New advanced nipple design PLUS the new Natually Nood Nipple that introduces texture
2. CleanFlow Vent.
3. Choice of bottles/material types
4. Custom Insulator and
5. A complete set of accessories that complete the feeding solution

So, what’s so unique about these features? Let’s delve a little deeper into the details to help you determine if this is the bottle for your little ones’ feeding time.

Nipple Design. The Joovy nipple design helps promote natural latching so your baby doesn’t have to relearn between bottle and breast each time they transition. It is also uniquely structured to be soft, yet prevents nipple collapse when the baby is feeding. This allows busy parents (and babies) to easily transition from breast to bottle. We’ve also made the nipple to a European standard as there currently is no U.S. baby bottle nipple standards in place. What this means is that the Boob nipple walls are thicker which helps prevent nipple collapse, a frustrating experience for babies. Also, per EU standards, nipple flow holes are molded rather than punctured or cut giving them consistency in flow rates. We offer 5 flow rates, from preemie for newborns to an X- Cut for older babies.

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Naturally Nood. The introduction of the Naturally Nood Nipple shows our commitment to breastfeeding. We know babies love the shape of the Boob nipple, and now, with the introduction of texture, babies will have one more consistency during their bottle feeding. The Naturally Nood Nipples have added wrinkles, bumps and ridges. There is also a moc areola. 586__41076.1438817379.1280.1280

The CleanFlow Vent. This is the advanced technology we’ve introduced to the Boob. This is currently the only quad vented, internal vent system available in a baby bottle. It is high tech and simple at the same time and you won’t need to spend time cleaning and assembling multiple vent parts. Plain and simple, venting is important because you want baby to take in milk or formula, not air. TheCleanFlow Vent is a plastic ring vent with a silicone liner. The four notches on the ring fit perfectly into the rim of the bottle (female side) to create quad vents. This allows properly venting, no matter how the bottle is held.  It is extremely easy to clean and you don’t have to touch any part that will come in contact with the liquid.

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Bottles choices. The Boob Baby Bottle are available in a high quality Polypropelene (PP) plastic and an ultra-premium Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) plastic. The ultra-premium PPSU bottle stands up to repeated sterilization and, like glass, will not absorb odor or stains. The gray tint makes milk look whiter in the bottle, offering great appeal. The high quality PP bottles are the same exquisite design and offer excellent value. All of the materials used are BPA, BPS, PVC, phthalate and lead free.

Insulator. The custom fit insulator is intended to maintain the desired temperature longer while feeding baby. It is clinically proven that feeding at body temperature provides a better nutrition absorption. The average feeding takes approximately 20 – 25 minutes and the insulator will help maintain a consistent temperature while baby nurses on the bottle.

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Accessories. The Joovy Breast Pump Adapter and Sealing Cap make it quick and easy
to pump breast milk directly into the bottle and then go straight to refrigerated storage. Moms love the convenience of pumping directly into the container rather than having to transfer after pumping. Less handling means efficiency. The Boob Breast Pump Adapter fits most breast pumps.

Cleaning. The Rotating Brush makes cleaning quick and efficient. All components are dishwasher safe. Reassembly of the Boob is easy and effortless.

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Now that you know a little more about the Boob Baby Bottle, what do you think? Do you have any questions about ease of use or functionality? If so, please comment here and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.

Next time we’ll talk about the Glass Boob Baby Bottles!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Blog Post: Babysitter Questionnaire

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Finding the right person to babysit your child can be a daunting task. Where do you start? Making a list of questions and being organized can help you decipher and choose. Does your potential sitter pass the approval test? And, most importantly, is this sitter a good fit for your child?

In order to do find the right person,  you have to ask the right questions and do your homework. Start by writing down the things you want to ask and know about this person you’ll be trusting with your precious little human. We suggest you approach this as you would for any job-for-hire. Watching your children is in fact a super important job and you want to be sure you’ve covered all your bases.

Before you go into full force hiring a person to watch your child, schedule a meet and greet. This can be a good time for you to meet the potential sitter as well as have them meet your child, and ask important questions to make sure it’s a good fit.

Here’s the start of  some questions you might add to your list when interviewing a potential sitter. Take a look and be sure to add your own questions:

What is your schedule?

  • When finding the right sitter it’s important to make sure that their schedule will work with yours. Provide to them when you’ll most likely need them the most (Friday evenings, weekday mornings, Sunday afternoons, etc.)

What experience do you have working with children?

  • This is an important question to ask. If you need someone to watch your infant, and your potential babysitter has only watched her seven year old brother from time to time they may not be the best fit for your baby.
  • Ex. changing diapers, experience with bottle feeding, burping, age range, etc.

Do you have your own transportation?

  • It may make it more difficult to have a dependable babysitter if they don’t drive or have a reliable way of getting to and fro
  • It may be a good idea to have a sitter with their own wheels, especially in the case of an emergency

Why do you like working with kids?

  • Make sure your potential babysitter actually enjoys being around children. Hey, it’s not for everybody!

What activities do you like to do with kids?

  • Ex: crafts, music, outdoors, board games
  • It’s nice to know your child won’t be glued to the television screen the whole time you’re gone, especially if you’re gone for several hours.

How do you deal with stressful situations?

  • Depending on how old your child is, it’s important to ask the right questions to get a good understanding of how your babysitter will deal with stressful situations that are likely to present themselves especially working with kids
  • Don’t be afraid to give them tips and pointers as well, you know your child better than anyone for all!
  • Ex: Crying baby, arguing siblings, having the ability to say no

Ask them about themselves:

  • This is a really important step in the interviewing process, because it allows you to really get to know them.
  • Ask questions like: Where are you from? What do you like to do for fun? What are you studying in school?
  • It’ll put your mind at ease when you’re gone the more familiar you are with your babysitter. Asking them about themselves will make them more comfortable around you and your child, and it’s good to have a better understanding of the person you’re trusting to watch your child especially if you’d like to have them around for the long run.

Things to observe during a interview:

  • How many times the person checks their phone
  • Lets face it, we can all be glued to our phones at times, but it’s important to find someone who is more enthusiastic about interacting with your child than checking their social media
  • Their personality
  • Trust your gut, vibes don’t lie
  • Someone could answer all your questions correctly, but if you don’t click with them, then chances are your child won’t either
  • How they interact with your child
  • Like we said, someone can look great on paper but that doesn’t always mean they’re the best choice
  • Make a point to observe how they interact with your child

Most importantly, ASK FOR REFERENCES and follow-up here.

  • Ask for at least 3 references. Get phone numbers and email addresses
  • Call each and ask what they liked best about the potential sitter
  • Ask, “is there anything you think I should know about”

Other tips for finding the right sitter:

  • Social Media
  • Nothing can reveal a person’s personality quite like their social media can
  • Don’t be afraid to ask if they feel comfortable if you friend them on Facebook or twitter. This may seem a little invasive to some, but it can go a long way and is really not a big deal. Make it casual and fun.
  • Find them in the right places
  • When your kids are young it may seem difficult to find someone to watch your kid when your social circle includes your close friends and their fellow three years olds, but others recommendations can sometimes be the best
  • Make a post on Facebook, you’d be surprised at how many people have connections with college kids who have great experience in your area looking for an opportunity
  • Use credible websites like:

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Blog Post: Developing Self-Esteem In Girls

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Developing self-esteem in girls is so important to begin at a young age, because that foundation is something you carry with you throughout your whole life. Self-esteem not only affects the way we see ourselves but it can also play a role in the goals we set for ourselves and our ability to achieve those goals.

We live in a tough day and age as photoshop and filters prevail. This idea of “perfection” is something girls think is obtainable because they see it in magazines or on the television screen, but let’s be realistic, it’s not.

It’s important to shows girls their self-worth from a young age. Of course, it’s important to show boys as well, but especially in today’s world girls become more subject to low self-esteems. This stems from a young age.

Girls see this false image of perfection, whether it be in a Disney movie or their favorite fashion doll, it creates a sense of desire to obtain the unobtainable. Now we’re not saying, don’t let your daughter watch her favorite fairy movie or play with dolls, but it’s important to establish real beauty versus what we see on TV.

Real beauty is what’s on the inside. Having a kind heart, being honest, brains. This is what matters. Beauty can go far, but brains can go even farther!

  1. Every day tell your daughter how proud of her you are!

  • Sometimes we forget what an impact acceptance plays in self-esteem
  • The way we see our child becomes the way they see themselves, as long as you remember to remind them how special they are
  1. Avoid using terms that speak negatively about outer appearance like “fat” or “ugly”

 

  • According to the NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) website “40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life.”
  • Starting negativity spreads negativity
  1. Drop comparisons

 

  • Once we start comparing ourselves to others we tend to lose sight of all the great qualities we possess
  • Try to not compare your daughter to others
  1. Be active

  • There is no doubt that leading an active life is both beneficial for the body and mind, starting this at a young age is important
  1. Plan date days doing things that your daughter enjoys

  • Setting aside time during our hectic lives to enjoy quality time with your daughter will help boost their self-esteem
  1. Listen

  • It’s so important to teach young girls that their voice matters
  • Taking the time to hear what your daughter has to say will help develop her self-worth at a young age
  1. Give them freedom to make choices

  • Don’t become a helicopter when parenting
  • Of course it’s important to teach her but let her make certain decisions for herself, on their own
  • Making wrong decisions is how we learn
  1. Encourage her dreams

  • Young girls are capable of anything!
  • Remind them of that

We love the Always campaign from a couple years ago #LikeAGirl empowering young women to believe in their ability. No one should feel hindered in their capabilities because of their sex. Check out this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs

And this from GoldieBlox “A toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally.” :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIGyVa5Xftw

Remember, Girls Rule!

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Do You Have A Child That Is Afraid of Something?

child-1099770_640We all have something or many things we fear. I am afraid of sharks and am certain that if I go into the ocean, a great white will find me. To handle this, I simply stay out of the ocean which is an easy solution. Avoidance of something you fear is not always possible. Panic overtakes me when I think of flying and travel is part of my life. If you are sitting next to me on a plane you will see me grasping a charm with my eyes closed and reciting a prayer for the first 15 minutes of the flight. My faith also helps me with my fears about my children getting hurt or making good decisions. As we get older we learn how to deal with our fears (or not) or to bury them very deep.

It is a different story for our children. Childhood fears are developmentally normal. In a way they help to keep children safe by causing them to avoid some dangerous situations. From a very young age children can be afraid of a broad range of things from darkness, toilets, monsters, being alone, animals, some movies, separation, strangers, bad dreams, to weather, to name a few.

All of my children have been afraid of things from germs to darkness to strangers. Our recent struggle is with our daughter who is afraid to go downstairs to her bedroom alone; even for a moment. I have to admit, I was beginning to get frustrated with her fear. I needed to get to the bottom of it so I sat down with her to have a conversation. She began by telling me she was afraid of scary things. Digging a little deeper, I discovered she was afraid of a bad person, a stranger in her room. She had seen a show on TV where this happened and had started to dream about it. Now she says she thinks about it whenever she is alone in her room and especially when it’s dark. That night when it was time for bed, we looked in closets, under beds, in the garage, and in the hall closet near her room. I showed her that there were no strangers in any of those places. We made sure there was a flashlight by her bed if she needs to come to me at night. I am hoping this will help her to overcome her fears but realize it may take time and more steps.

Here are some general steps to help your child with their fears:

  1. Acknowledge their fears are real. Do not tell them that monsters are not real or that there’s nothing to be afraid of in the dark. Tell them something about your own fears.
  2. Do not make them feel ashamed of their fears. If you discount their fears, they may shut down and not share with you. You do not want them to be embarrassed.
  3. Share stories of fairy tales or heroes. Read them an age appropriate book about characters who overcame their fears. (As a starting point, try looking at the chapter on courage in The Book of Virtue: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, ISBN: 0-671-68306-3, since it contains some selections for different ages with good introductions to each selection.) Watch a movie together that deals with putting fears to rest, maybe Monsters, Inc.
  4. Be honest.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The 7 Best Reasons to Get Fresh Air with the Kids

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The birds are singing. A whiff of freshly applied sunscreen as kids run by tingles your nose. The sweet sound of laughter echoes from every angle. The prickly green grass encompasses your barefoot toes. It’s summertime.

Some of our fondest memories are being outside during the summer months. The long days seemed endless. Yes, it gets hot. Yes, we get sweaty, but there is a certain importance to allowing our kids to roam free in the summertime. The value of fresh air is something we hold important as adults, but may be even more important for our children. According to the National Wildlife Federation the average American child spends 30 minutes or less outside each day yet seven or more hours in front of an electronic screen.

The outdoors can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. It’s time to put down the electronics and bask in the beauty of mother nature. Here are seven reasons to value the fresh air with your children:

7 Reasons to Get Fresh Air with the Kids
  1. Imagination/Creativity

The outdoors caters to our imagination. You get to explore new ideas and places. Create inventive games. The outdoors provide endless opportunities that help to sculpt a child’s imagination.

       2. Health Benefits

IMG_8968Fresh air equals a fresh mind. Getting outside offers a variety of health benefits. For one the sunshine boosts Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is having healthy calcium and phosphorous levels which are essential in building and maintaining strong bones. Just don’t forget the sunscreen! Even just 20 minutes of fresh air a day can reduce stress and improve overall health. Fresh air is good for the body, and in particular the brain. NPR journalist Jon Hamilton discusses how child’s play outside can help build the brain and teach your children valuable lessons:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/06/336361277/scientists-say-childs-play-helps-build-a-better-brain

 

 

 

 

 

  1. No Mess!

With lots of playtime indoors comes lots of clean up time as well. Time outside is good for the mind and also good for keeping mom’s living room clean. Enjoy some summer treats like watermelon or popsicles without the worry and frustration of making a mess that mom will have to clean up later.

 

  1. Change of Scenery

Yes we all love the time we get to spend relaxing on the couch and in the comfort of our homes, but there is beauty outside of our comfort zone as well. A change of scenery is good for the body and the mind. A nice hike or a quick dip in the pool can refresh the brain and release the stress we carry in our hectic world, plus your kid’s will love that valuable time spent with them in the fresh air.

  1. Fitness

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ke seriously. Like we mentioned before, even just 20 minutes a day can improve your overall health. Gyms get boring, especially with the same routine every day. Getting outside can provide a fun outlet to your static workout routines and also is a great way to keep your children healthy and active. Teaching your children the importance of a healthy lifestyle is a trait they can value and carry on into the rest of their lives. Jump rope, swim, gardening, walking, or kayaking – there is an endless amount of opportunity to keep you and your family fit while still having a lot of fun!

 

 

  1. Spirit & Soul

Have you ever walked outside after being cooped up on a long day, and felt immediately re-energize and overall better? It’s the magic of the outdoors. The sunshine can provide our bodies with energy and happiness. It actually releases endorphins that help to keep us happy and healthy. By incorporating the sunshine and fitness you’re participating in two activities that release endorphins. Good for the mind and body!

  1. Helps build a Strong Relationships

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National Wildlife Foundation http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Why-Get-Kids-Outside/Health-Benefits.aspx

NPR – Jon Hamilton “Science Says Child’s Play Helps Build a Stronger Brain”

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

WINNER ANNOUNCED – The Caboose VaryLight Does It All GIVEAWAY

Thank you to all who tweeted, commented, pinned and shared the Caboose VaryLight Does It all Giveaway. We had a fabulous response and are excited to announce that Melissa Marlow is our lucky winner of a new Caboose VaryLight stroller. Melissa, if you could email us at contest@joovy.com to claim your prize. From your blog comment, we see that your choice in color is the red Caboose VaryLight! Great selection! We will need your shipping address.

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Strolling with children of different ages is made easy with a tandem that does it all. The Caboose VaryLight is ideal for strolling with children of different ages & offers flexible seating as families grow.

Our new Caboose technology includes a telescopic frame that expands to a full size double in seconds to accommodate when more room is needed. This means the front seat can be fully reclined (to 3 positions) and the VaryLight can be extended to accommodate and give the rear rider more room to sit comfortably. In its shorter length, there is still room for the older child to stand. The beauty is that you can customize seating as needed, all in a matter of seconds. Car seat adapters (brand specific and sold separately) can be used in the front, rear or both allows strolling from infancy. When not in use, the Caboose VaryLight can be folded with a one-handed action.

We’ve done our best work and think you’ll love the upgrades to the newest Caboose starting with putting it together! It’s a breeze!

Easy functionality and practical features are keystones of the Caboose VaryLight. We think you deserve the best quality when strolling with two children. That’s why we’ve used the best quality materials and components in constructing this awesome stroller!

 

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Check out the Caboose VaryLight video below to see it in action!

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Here’s what you get:

  • Extendable stroller frame the converts from a compact to a full size double in seconds.
  • Front seat has 3 position recline and 5 point harness
  • Rear bench seat with 3 point harness
  • Adjustable oversized canopy with sun visor
  • Removable swing tray
  • Easy access extra large storage
  • High quality polyurethane wheels
  • Quick and easy standing fold
  • Car seat compatible (car seat adapters sold separately)
    • Britax® B-Safe
    • BOB® B-Safe
    • Chicco® KeyFit 30
    • Graco® SnugRide® Classic Connect 35
    • Graco® SnugRide® Classic Connect 32
    • Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect 35
    • Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect 40
    • Peg Perego® Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30
    • UPPAbaby® MESA

Want more? Everything is backed up by Joovy’s incredible customer service (877-456-5049) and a Satisfaction Guarantee.

Aaaaand, because we are so excited about this new stroller, we’ve decided to send one home with a lucky winner! Do you know someone who could use a Caboose VaryLight in their life? Please be a share-bee and let them know about this awesome giveaway that will run for 2 weeks!

Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

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To learn more about tandem strolling, check out our blog post.

Hop on board!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Glass Boob Makes the Mom.me Best Baby Gear of 2015

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We are thrilled that the Joovy Glass Boob has made the mom.me Best Baby Gear of 2015.

The Glass Boob Baby Bottle features the CleanFlow Vent, unique Boob Nipple and the ergonomic glass bottle. Designed to make transitions between breast and bottle easier, the system is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to reassemble.

Read the mom.me post and be sure to try the Boob out for yourself!

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Happy Birthday Miss Addison

Check out who just turned one!

Happy birthday Addison Marie! Deanna and Stephen Stagliano celebrated their daughter’s first birthday over the weekend. The party was themed,”sprinkled with love” and was festively decorated with bright pink, lime green, yellow, turquoise and metallic gold color scheme. The Good Carma Girls were the party organizers for this milestone event and Dusty Lu Photography captured the party in photographs.

We think it’s pretty cool that the birthday girl got to have her birthday smash sitting pretty in her Joovy Nook in Orangie. A girl’s got to look good getting birthday cake on her face and mommy’s such a good sport with cake on her face too!

Read more about the party here.

The Bachelorette, Deanna Stagliano celebrates daughter Addison's first birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Take This Advice from a Mom of Twins!

Dear Doodie,

I don’t say this for many things, but the Joovy TwinRoo is a MUST for anyone with twins. When we found out we were having twins, our mindset changed. We no longer wanted what was cute or trendy. We needed practical. We needed products that made our lives simpler and easier. We needed things to be effective and efficient. We needed Joovy!

This is such a smart product on all counts. Looking back, this stroller was how we survived our everyday! It would be that one product that we could not have lived without. We were those people who pushed the height limit on our infant carseats because we didn’t want our days with the TwinRoo to be over. We knew that stroller made our lives easier and we waited until the DAY our son-the taller of the two-hit the 30inch point.

We live an urban lifestyle and rely on an elevator to get us to and from our parking lot. Space is always an issue and getting to and from the car is always an issue. The TwinRoo checked all of our boxes. There are other things that make this stroller one step above the leading brands of frame strollers.

Safety

Safety of course is number one. We chose the Chicco Keyfit 30 based on safety reviews and price. The click-in feature huge. Hearing the click is reassurance that your kiddos are securely in.

Beyond peace of mind, they were clicked in very securely. One can bump into the stroller, run into a door (whoops), or knock it with a bag. Basically, life can happen and you are clicked into to knowing your kid are safe.

We originally went with a different brand not knowing about Joovy. I was beyond disappointed that you had to use a strap to secure it. Not only that, despite advertisements, the Chicco Keyfit 30 didn’t fit appropriately in it. We took it back immediately.

Design

The fact that the carseats click in side by side in opposing directions is just plain smart! Many (many) people would comment the stroller and think it was so great that the kiddos could see each other. In all reality, they never really paid attention to one another BUT it did give me a better view of them as we were strolling. Most importantly, it makes the stroller shorter in length.

In the land of tight aisles in grocery stores, you need a stroller that can make a tight turn! Grocery stores, malls, doctors offices are not designed with twins and their rides in mind. When they told me were were expecting twins, someone should have said welcome to the land of inaccessibility. Less is more when it comes to strollers in order to get around.

Due to the side by side design, the TwinRoo is also very sturdy because it is a little wider. As your twins get older, you will appreciate this as you push your height limits of the carseats. We reached the height limit way before the weight but our son was about 22 pounds and daughter 20. That’s 40 some points you will be pushing and the TwinRoo will keep up.

Lightweight

This goes right with design but the fact that I could operate the stroller by myself and many times with one hand says a lot.

Durability

We used this stroller every day for a year and 2 months. It was used and abused and withstood all the tosses in to the trunk.

That says a lot about how it was built.

Practicality

We used this stroller for everything. For us living in a condo and relying on an elevator, this was how we got to and from the car. No matter where we went, we used the stroller. Instead of using the grocery cart at the store, we simply used the Joovy. We added hooks to the handle so we were even more set!

Beyond transporting the kiddos, we used the stroller for feeding time. When they were little, I had to feed them on my own. I would strap them into their carseats and feed one on one side and one on the other. As they got older, we added the handles to the Joovy Boob and they were able to feed themselves in the carseats. We would just wheel the stroller out to the kitchen when it was time for their bottle and they would be all set.

Ease of Use

The TwinRoo is a simple as it gets for usability. It’s simple to handle, fold and unfold. The best is how easy it is to maneuver and push. Its relatively lightweight which is great once the babies start getting bigger!

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Thank you to whoever designed this basket. You will use this basket and fill it up! For us, it was our grocery cart! The purse holder, the diaper bag holder! Since the carseats go on top of the frame… it sometimes can be a little difficult to take items out, but the sides are low enough or one carseat can snap out.

Cupholders

It simply makes sense to have 4 cup holders on a double stroller: 2 for mom and dad and 2 for the babies. Other brands don’t think so. It seems silly to mention a cup holder but in all reality, a cup holder turns into a key holder/cell phone holder, a pacifier holder, and a toy holder. It just one more plus to the stroller

Smart

From the design, to the durability, size, to practicality, this stroller is just smart. All aspects were well planned and designed with the parent of twins in mind.

As you embark on your new journey with twins, always keep in mind what is practical. You need products that make your life easier. You don’t need double of everything but you do need a Joovy TwinRoo to make everyday life a little simpler.

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Elizabeth, mom of twins, Carson and Ellie

Note from Doodie:

Thank you so much to Elizabeth for sharing her advice for parents of twins. We’d love to add that the TwinRoo accepts these infant car seats:

  • Chicco® KeyFit 30
    Graco® SnugRide Classic Connect 35
    Peg Perego® Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30

We have also just introduced the new TwinRoo+ which has upgrades and is compatible with these infant car seats:

  • Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect„¢ 35
    Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect„¢ 40
    Britax® B-Safe
    BOB® B-Safe
    UPPAbaby® MESA