My daughter can now ride a real bike without training wheels!!! This is because of the balance bike. She just turned 4. Her cousins are riding at just barely 3 and 3.5 because they got their bikes and started earlier. Boys and girls. AWESOME!
By the way, this picture was taken the first day she got the bike on Thanksgiving 2011. She could ride a real bike after a couple months with the balance bike. Her cousins used their bike more often and so they were riding a real bike after just a few weeks. Seriously amazing. Especially seeing the 3 year old ride. He just turned 3! Thanks!
Contributed by Karen Weaver
Joovy Scooter Review
With a Joovy Scooter, you know that both you and your precious child will get the best because of the simple fact that it is made by a reputable company. This stroller comes with all sorts of wonderful features that parents have grown to love and appreciate.
What’s great is that this carrier is equipped with the latest in stroller technology and this means that you get high-quality performance. It is lightweight and spacious, which will allow your little bundle of joy to comfortably stay in place while you are out and about. If you try to do your bit of homework about this product, you will instantly see why you should also have a Joovy Scooter of your own. To top it off, it is reasonably priced at around $100.
A lot of parents like this particular carrier because of its style and quality features. It weighs only 18 and a half pounds with comfortable seating that measures 14 by 18 inches. With a Joovy Scooter, your child will always remain safe and comfortable because it comes with parts and accessories such as a sun-shielding canopy.
Another plus point about this stroller is that you can use it for your baby up to the time he becomes a toddler since it has a capacity of 55 pounds. Of course, you will also be delighted with its soft and padded 5-point harness system that is also adjustable and reflective. Remember that this is something you should look for when trying to find the perfect carrier for your child since it will keep him securely fit during each ride.
As you go through various write-ups about the Joovy Scooter, you will also run into comments that dwell on how well its bumper bar swings. You will get utmost convenience because it is easy to detach and even serves as a car seat adapter for brands such as Graco.
As mentioned earlier, your baby will always be comfortable since the leg part of this carrier can be adjusted in two different positions. Your little angel will be able to explore the world in a roomy stroller that is great for outdoor activities and nature adventures. Kids can also sleep soundly because the seat goes halfway back and it has a strap system that can virtually recline to any position up to 149 degrees.
Remember that if you want a stroller that enables you to quickly get from point A to Z with a high level of maneuverability, while allowing your child to ride safely and smoothly, the Joovy Scooter is the best choice.
Both of our motorized Joovy ‘Ride-Ons’ are a great way to put your kid behind the wheel, without fear!
This is from a note I received last month and I wanted to share….Maybe some of you can relate to this mom whose four year old had a major public meltdown. This little Axel had been a super good boy until he’d had enough of all that. We introduced he and his mom to Joovy and, well, read on…..
“But even a huger thanks for introducing us to the Joovy Foocot–and this is why I’ve wanted to call you–for Axel’s cot. What a surprise hit that was! The minute we got home he unfolded it in the middle of our living room, went and got all his bedding from his bed and tucked himself in and would not leave! He put the cot next to his bed that night and refused to sleep in his own bed. He actually slept two nights in a row on that cot…seriously I don’t know what to say! Now, it’s a daily presence in his room and he says his baby sister is going to sleep on it next to his bed when she gets older. He LOVES that thing—I can’t even remember the last time he was so “hooked” on anything. Isn’t it funny the things they love? I myself thought it was such a great product when you showed it to me, but it still surprised me that my 5-year-old would be THAT excited about it. My husband and I have been joking about it and saying there’s nothing we can get for him for Christmas that’ll top it!”
Contributed by a Joovy Mom
The Joovy Hook was featured in this week’s Up All Night with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett.
The Joovy Hook is the only deluxe leatherette fabric hook-on chair on the market. The Hook’s anodized aluminum frame not only looks great, it’s super lightweight and strong. The patented folding mechanism utilizes die-cast aluminum components to support a child up to 37 lbs. The Hook requires no assembly or dis-assembly. Folding and unfolding this portable seat is easy; just two buttons to push and two arms to fold. The durable, comfortable leatherette seat has an adjustable 3-point harness and is 10.5 inches deep to provide more stability and room for the child. Just like the ultra-high-end highchairs on the market today, the Hook’s leatherette fabric is easy to wipe clean and doesn’t sacrifice comfort for cleanliness. The Hook’s arms have non-slip rubber grip pads to protect tables. The Hook includes a 600D zippered travel bag with an adjustable shoulder strap. The Hook is very compact and fits in most diaper bags. The Joovy Hook measures 15.25 x 13 x 5 and weighs 5 lbs.
As parents, sometimes we don’t do enough for ourselves. With childhood obesity rates rising in America, the best thing we can do for ourselves to to set an example for our children. One way is to get off the couch and to run (or walk) a 5K race. You can even get your kids involved — by signing your older kids up for a shorter race or take a younger child along with you in a jogging stroller! If you are taking off, with child in tow, we have some recommendations.
1. Make your your child has good head control (babies should be over 6 months –I’d recommend over 8 months).
2. Be safe — if you are running (or walking on a straight path), lock the front wheel (wheels), make sure your child is snugly harnessed in, and loop the safety strap around one of your wrists.
2. Your child should be wearing sunscreen and sun/wind protective clothing. Make sure the sunshade is down and they keep cool. If its a really hot day, you may have to change your plans and go solo.
3. Make sure you have hydration for you and your child. Pack a small cooler, in an accessible part of the basket or in a parent console, with at least two cups or bottles for your child — you may be able to grab the open cups of water on the trail, but it’s going to be messy for your child.
4. Leave the heavy diaper bag in the car, take a large ziploc with a change of clothes, a couple of diapers, changing pad, wipes, and 1 outfit — in case you have to stop and change a diaper on the way.
5. Make it fun! Sing to your child, talk to him about what you’re seeing, have fun!
maneuverability. If you want a rugged stroller that can also be used as a jogger and/or bike trailer, the new Joovy Cocoon is a great option.
Contributed by Nancy Johnson Horn
The Joovy Room² Ultralight is very pleasing to the eye. It is available in a vibrant hue of green or black and has a very lightweight frame, making it easy to pick up and move around.
We were very impressed by the quality of the playard. Thanks to its tapered design, it’s very sturdy. It has lots of room for baby to move around.
The playard takes a bit of time to assemble. It took three people about twenty minutes to figure the instructions and illustrations out. No tools are required to put the playard together. In theory, it’s supposed to just pop open and the side rails should lock, but it took us a long time to get the rails in the correct place.
The playard takes up a large amount of space, which is something to keep in mind if you are using it in a cramped bedroom or hotel room. Assembled, the product will not easily fit in a closet or car trunk, but it is very compact when unassembled. The playard is much easier to take apart than to put together—it only took one person to put it away. The product can be disassembled two different ways for storage purposes: in half for quick storage, or in a super compact fold for travel.
The playard is a safe and sturdy product. There are no special safety features.
The playard is very comfortable. It has a nice, thick, extremely soft foam mattress—though it’s not so soft as to cause concern for SIDS. The product comes with a fitted sheet made specifically to fit the mattress.
This product is very versatile: it can be used both in the house and outside, and has enough room for baby to sleep or to play. The playard accommodates babies and toddlers up to 35 inches tall, with no weight limit. The only downside is that it has to be disassembled to fit though a regular doorway. The joovy playard only has one level for the child to sleep.
This item is easy to clean. The manufacturer recommends cleaning the playard by wiping it down with a clean cloth. It has fabric handrails and netting on the sides. The comfortable fabric mattress can be easily wiped clean with soap and water.
It’s a “Joovy” kind of day!
We received our new stroller last week and I couldn’t wait to take it out for a test drive. Chris put it together on Saturday and we decided to give it a try at the local mall later that evening. We were a little worried if Ryan would stay on the back of the stroller. He did well except for when he would see a store he wanted to go in (the book and toy stores!) and jump off the back while in motion. We had to explain to him several times that he must ask first if he wants to get off. He isn’t a fan of boo-boos so when I told him that he could get a boo-boo if he fell, he pretty much stayed on after that!
I told myself that I would take the kiddies for a walk everyday (as weather or time permits)once the stroller arrived. Sunday, Lauren came over for lunch and then we got a quick walk done in between rain storms. We had a bit of cold front come through over the weekend and we had an interesting few days of fall like weather. It was a welcome change from the record 90 degree weather we’ve had in July and early August. It was very strange to wear sweatshirts in August though?!
Monday morning I fed the kids, packed some water for Ryan and I and headed out for another walk around the neighborhood. It was still 60 degree weather that morning so I had to make sure they were both bundled up. Kara looked so cute in her sweater jacket (it was Ryan’s when he was baby- it’s nice to be able to reuse it for Kara now).
Tuesday was a day of rest! I had a few errands to run and that’s enough exercise for me after taking both shopping by myself. I get a great arm workout with lugging Kara in her car seat around and great leg work as I try to keep Ryan from running all around the store! Sadly, I don’t look forward to shopping anymore!
Today, Lauren came over again for lunch (Lauren-thanks for the yummy pizza and watermelon!!) and a walk. She and her fiance have started the process of finding their first home and were thinking about purchasing a home in our area. We decided to go check out a few because they were within walking distance from my house. We started our walk with a trip to see a small pond with duckies. I brought some bread so Ryan could feed them. It was fun to watch him feed the ducks and see the excitement in his face as they would come close to get the food! We thought the houses wouldn’t be too far but we ended up taking a VERY long walk. We walked at least 2 miles which isn’t too bad but when half the walk is uphill, that’s tough with pushing two little ones in a stroller. The Joovy is 21 pounds (and we got the ultralight weight one- can you image the weight of the original Joovy?!), add a 30 pound little boy and 8 (we think) pound baby and you have almost 60 pounds of weight!! Lauren and I were very sweaty and tired at the end of that walk. Both Kara and Ryan were ready to be done by the end as well. I am sure I will feel the pain tomorrow but it was worth it. I think we might stick to our normal course next time and visit the playground!