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Friday, June 22, 2012

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller

There are hundreds of different strollers available these days and like, with any product, sometimes a name brand dominates the market. I can't seem to go anywhere without seeing someone pushing a Baby Jogger City Mini GT. And I wonder, "Is this stroller really worth all the hype?" What's the difference between my neighbor's Baby Jogger City Mini GT and my friend's Baby Trend Stroller? Okay, maybe that's comparing apples and oranges. Better yet, what's the difference between Baby Jogger City Mini GT and Baby Jogger Mini...or Select...or Elite?So many questions.  So little time.  Literally.  I don't know about you, but being a parent to two young kids, I seriously have so little time.  Therefore, I'll try to keep this short. 

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT stroller is the stroller to have these days and for a lot of reasons.  Number one is probaby its ease of use.  The City Mini GT is so incredibly easy to push, you really could probably steer it with your pinky finger.  It rides soooo smooth!  But not only that, it's a breeze to collapse and open back up again, it's light to pick up, and easy to store.  It comes with a giant sun canopy to keep your baby cool and shady.  It's roomy enough for older kids to ride, but safe and cozy enough for a baby to fall asleep with the reclining, padded seat. 

Here are the differences between a few of the Baby Joggers, in a nutshell:

The City Mini is the smallest and lightest of all the Baby Joggers.  It is best used for casual strolling on pavement or "urban terrain". 

The City Mini GT is the next size up and is a nice compromise between the Mini and Elite.  It can hold children up to 65 pounds and is a good choice for a bit more vigorous walking than the Mini.

The City Elite is very similar to the Mini GT, but has larger wheels and include a handlebar console.  It only comes in a single stroller and weighs a big more than the Mini GT, but with that, allows for a larger weight capacity in its passenger (up to 75 pounds!).   

For an easy to read chart on all the Baby Joggers, check this out:

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT is one of our favorite lightweight strollers!  So, yes, there is a reason you see so many parents easily pushing their babies around in it.  We believe that the City Mini GT is worth all the hype.  Check it out for yourself!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sign With Your Baby!

You've certainly heard of people using sign language with their babies.  And perhaps you even know a bit of sign yourself.  But do you know of all the benefits from signing with your children?  We started signing with our children when our son was about 2 years old and our daughter was just an infant.  Both kids LOVE to sign and it's been a fun learning process for our whole family. 

Signing Time and Baby Signing Time DVDs have been a fun and interactive way to learn sign language that our kids continue to enjoy, years later. is a fun way to boost your child's brain growth and early learning! Click here!

Baby Signing Time-So easy, a baby can do it!

The best baby teether!

Sophie the Giraffe.  Absolute best baby teether/toy I've come across.  A friend of mine bought Sophie for her son and I thought she was cute.  I also thought she was a bit expensive for a single baby toy.  However, after seeing how much Sophie was used and loved, I realized how worth the money paid for her she was.  I wound up getting a Sophie of my own for my little girl.  And I have to say, she has been a constant in our household for almost 3 years.  Sophie started out as a teether, then served as an everyday toy, and is now our daughter's "lovey".  And I've seen many other toddlers out there with Sophies that are loved (and chewed) just as much as ours.  There are many different versions of Sophie out there - and she even has some friends (honestly, I can't tell what they are though - they look like an animal-mushroom to me...?!), so choose your Sophie wisely.  Every baby deserves a friend like Sophie!

*One of my all-time favorite baby shower gifts!