I have previously blogged about things that I found essential during when having twins but only last week did I realise just how precious having our pushchair has been.
When the girls were born we had a large bulky travel system which was brilliant as they could lie flat as tiny babies and the system also had the ability to clip the car seats onto the frame which coupled with car seat bases made the school run SO much simpler. But as they grew we knew we would need a stroller which was more lightweight and less bulky. I have to admit I absolutely LOVED shopping around for ours and seeing what was out there on the market.
When choosing ours, there were a few features I really felt I wanted:
- Easy to collapse/put up
- Large basket
- Side by side that would fit through a normal doorway
For me it being lightweight was an essential as having two hefty toddlers in it was enough let alone the stroller itself weighing a tonne!
I think most twin parents would have the same list as me. I know from experience you can’t get anywhere in a hurry with twins but having a pushchair that is super easy to put up and collapse gives you an extra few minutes which for any parent is golden!
I think the “side by side” or “one in front of the other” style is definitely a personal preference. For me I never wanted one child to be stuck facing the back of the others head plus I love that them being side by side they can both see everything that is going on along with being able to see each other if they want.
It was surprising how narrow side by side strollers are. I thought they were going to be huge and I’d be getting wedged in doorways but most we tested were slim without compromising on seat size.
Pushchairs can be so expensive to buy so I viewed it as an investment that from they would use it for a good two years pretty much every day so I’m happy to pay a little bit more to ensure the quality outweights and I get value for money along with a gorgeous looking stroller for my girlies!
Always check out any extras and if they cost extra. We had to pay extra for our footmuffs which during the winter were an absolute godsend as with two wriggly ladies there’s no chance of them keeping a blanket over their lap! Rain covers too sometimes are extra but are definitely worth buying.
We love our stroller and a year in and it’s still going strong!
Thanks to Tesco for the inspiration behind this post
We were lucky enough to visit Bluestone in Wales. I have read so many blog reviews about family holidays to Bluestone Wales in so was incredibly excited to try out the family friendly accommodation. We stayed in a four bed Grassholm lodge on Preseli View. We went with my mother and father in law and our 3 kids who are aged 6 and 22 month and this is what we thought.
Super simple – you drive up to the window and are given your pack, car pass and key cards for your lodge. We arrived early and were told we could explore the site which we did. The barrier is lifted at 4.30pm to allow you to drive and unload – word of warning it is 4.30pm on the dot. My husband was told off for trying to go in at 4.28pm and made to drive round and go to the back of the queue so they are incredibly strict on timings!
It was spotless and very spacious. From the outside it looked huge and it was! We stayed in a two storey Grassholm lodge
My husband is a builder and he was impressed that they hadn’t sacrificed space in order to cram more lodges in. Our lodge was 4 bedrooms; three twins and one double with three bathrooms (two baths, one walk in shower, one ensuite) The very well stocked kitchen had a fridge/freezer, kettle, dishwasher, grill, toaster, microwave, cooker and hobs – perfect self catering with the added bonus you don’t need to wash up! View Post
Charlie is only 6 but he is so incredibly tall for his age. He wears 8-9 clothes and has the longest skinniest legs ever! We struggled to find a suitable car seat for him plus now with the girls in larger car seats it can be a squeeze. Charlie spends so much time with his grandparents and is forever popping out with Grandad and this means a lot of chopping and changing with the car seat. So I was very excited to try out the new Trunki BoostaPak. Looks fab doesn’t it? But look closer..
More than just a bag!!
Brother Max is a fabulous family company who helped us through our weaning days which now sadly seem a lifetime ago as we hurtle towards the terrible twos! They have such a massive range of products including highchairs, thermometers, night lights and of course weaning items.
If you are planning, starting or midway through weaning then this is the right giveaway for you. You have a chance to win a huge weaning bundle which is made up of:
- Trainer Cup
- Travel Spoons
- Weaning Bowl Set
- Catch-and Fold Bibs
- Large Weaning Pots
The Trainer Cup has four stages from bottle to cup. With its easy-hold handle and soft silicone teat it makes for a smooth simple bottle transition. It has easy handles for small hands to learn to drink from a cup with the easy sipper ring.
The travel spoons are heat-sensitive and colour-changing, just great for home, travel & on-the go.
A Weaning Bowl Set – easy-hold handle and removable divider; Perfect for meals on-the-go as it has microwaveable vents in lid suitable for reheating food on-the-go. With wipe-edges for easy spooning & feeding and also mix & match lids with our snack pot bowl. It’s ideal for little ones to encourage self-feeding.
Catch-and Fold Bibs – 2 x waterproof lined cotton baby bibs; one for now, one for later. They are ﬂexible & have a removable crumb catcher. Rather awesomely it doubles as travel case for bib & cutlery! They are made of soft cotton with an easy-to-use side-opening velcro making it perfect for tidying away after a messy meal. The bibas are washing machine & tumble dryer safe – hoorah!!
Finally in the winning bundle are large weaning pots that flexible, easy push-through bases with leak-proof hinged lids. You can freeze, microwave & serve! The pots click together for easy filling with each pot provides one large 170ml portion. They can be placed in fridge or freezer and you pop out frozen food by using really clever, soft push-through bases or thaw/defrost and serve directly from the pot.
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As you may remember, we have recently been selected as Britax Mumbassadors and as part of our role we are incredibly lucky to try some of the new products. For the last couple of weeks we have been trying out the Britax King II ATS (active tensioning system) car seat through its paces and this is what we thought about it:
The girls (and Panda) absolutely loved sitting in the seat!
The look of the seat:
Today I thought I’d give you a little insight into our daily lives and I thought I would share with you all a very important person in our lives; so everyone please meet Panda.
Panda is P1s absolutely favourite thing in the WORLD! We first got Panda back in December 2013. We went on a crazed Ikea storage spree and as any parent knows you cannot go to Ikea with your children and not leave with some weird and wonderful teddies. We have rats, pigs, broccoli, sausage dogs, sheepdogs to name a few but there was something different about Panda.
She was absolutely besotted from the moment I handed it to her as she sat in her pushchair and the love has grown from there. Of course we got two pandas because we knew that if we got just one there would be a war so she actually has two as P2 never was all that fussed and luckily for us she doesn’t mind which Panda she has which is a rarity I know and every time we go to Ikea I always check there’s lots.
There must be something about Panda as my godson and my friends nephew both love them too! They are super soft and very cute so I can see why.
P1 has developed a massive love of pandas in general; for Valentine’s Day I had a huge panda teddy because she had spotted it in a card shop and didn’t seem to want to let it go (my husband is a pushover sometimes!) and my card too was a panda! She also loves the Cbeebies show Same Smile as that had three pandas in it – she’s engrossed!
It’s lovely that she has a favourite teddy and has from such a young age. Charlie had a baloo teddy my Mom got him before he was born that he still takes to bed now and as a child I had a sylvester the cat teddy that I took EVERYWHERE. He was an incredibly well travelled toy. It’s nice that she has something to soothe her and the fact that she doesn’t mind which one is a bonus as if God forbid we ever lost one I know we could replace and bed time wouldn’t be a screaming meltdown!
Does your little one have a favourite teddy or toy?
I have to start off by saying – we love Trunki! No holiday is complete without our Trunki suitcases which are very well travelled indeed! But we only have the actual cases so when we were given the chance to try out their ToddlePaks we were very very excited.
The incredibly generous folk at Trunki obviously knew how unwilling to share P1 and P2 are so kindly sent them each a set so Mommy was able to walk them by herself (!!!!) which was a feat in itself with two 20 month olds who are incredibly strong-willed. There are seven different designs to choose from but I opted for the orange monkey and red fox designs. These can be bought directly from the Trunki website and delivery is free.
So – what is a ToddlePak I hear you say? They are little reins that are suitable as training reins for your toddlers first steps or until you’re happy to let them roam (can’t see that happening anytime soon here!) free (recommended age is 6-48 months)
Now as a Mom of twins I will admit that I find it hard to take them both out on my own; they have a tendency to want to run in opposite directions and refuse to hold my hand as they want their own independence so reins seem a perfect solution to allow them to feel like they’re free and can do what they want when secretly I’m (literally) pulling the strings behind the scenes.
We decided to put the reins to the test on a family day out to Wonderland in Telford when my husband was there to help me out!! The girls absolutely loved the freedom and we found that we were able to ensure we could keep our eyes on them at all times. The strap was able to go over my wrist so they could walk easily and I didn’t feel like I was walking a dog!!