Review: Babyganics Essentials Gift Set

I received this set from the WeeSpring Parent Panel to review. The thoughts and opinions are completely mine. 

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Well, as I announced on social media, this week’s post is so late because I have been dealing with illnesses in our house. First, Miss R got a middle ear infection (and we experienced baby’s first trip to the ER after trying and failing to get a doctor’s appointment and to get into an urgent care). Then, as it always happens, all the germs went straight to my tonsils to give me a viral infection. So, after many days of sleeping on the couch with a sick baby and then trying to recover from my own sickness, I am finally getting around to finishing this post. I’m sorry it took so long but even bloggers need sick days! 

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I was very excited to get this gift set in the mail to review. (So was R because she immediately hijacked it from me to explore all the interesting things in the package.) I have limited experience with Babyganics but as someone who prefers things that are more naturally minded I have an appreciation for the brand. 

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This set has a 9oz. Daily Lotion in Chamomile Verbena scent, a 9oz. Bubble Bath in Chamomile Verbena scent, a 7oz. Foaming Shampoo+Body Wash in Chamomile Verbena scent, a 3oz. Fragrance Free Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap, 25 Toy, Table & High Chair Wipes (fragrance free), and two 50ml Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer in Mandarin scent. All of this is packaged in a green cloth basket. 

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Daily Lotion

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Of all the items in this set, this was my least favorite. Before trying something new on R, I always try it on my own skin first because I have very sensitive skin. I put this on and immediately was repulsed by the overwhelming scent. I hoped it would dissipate so I left it on. After a half hour, the scent was still just as strong and was actually giving me a headache. Even after washing, my skin still smelled of this lotion for hours. This might be ok for some people but personally I will not use this lotion on R or myself. On the plus side, if you don’t mind the scent, the lotion did not break out my sensitive skin so I would feel comfortable trying the Babyganics fragrance free lotion at some point. 

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Bubble Bath

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Depending on your liking, the bubble bath is a hit or miss. If you just want a few bubbles for your baby than this is the right bubble bath for you. However, if you’re looking to fill the tub with bubbles and make a santa beard, this bubble bath won’t cut it. It’s perfect for R right now because a few bubbles that dissipate quickly is all she really needs. 

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The scent of the bubble bath is much more subtle than that of the lotion and was not overwhelming. I did not have any reaction to the bubble bath and neither did R. 

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Foaming Shampoo+Body Wash

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This is one of my favorite products of this set. It is perfect for little ones with a soft scent and a gentle formula that doesn’t break out skin. The best part is a little goes a long way. The soap feels thick even though it is foamy and one or two squeezes from the bottle is plenty for a baby. Other products I’ve tried I felt like I had to pump several squirts of the shampoo/body wash to really get enough to get R clean. This shampoo+body wash feels much thicker and I did not feel like I needed nearly as much. I think toddlers would really get a kick out of the foaming soap. 

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Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap

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I was super impressed by how much I could clean with one pump of this soap. Since I breastfeed there aren’t a lot of bottles for me to clean but pacifiers, toys, and pump parts are always ending up in the dirty bin. I certainly wouldn’t buy this to do my daily dishes because it would get too expensive but I would totally buy it to do baby dishes. This soap is fragrance free so no harsh smells on my hands or the dishes and it has not broken out my hands like some other dish soaps.  The best part: you can get a giant refill of the soap and refill this pump! 

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Toy, Table, & High Chair Wipes 

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These are the best. If you have ever taken your baby out to a restaurant, you know how crazy things can get. I’ve been given very sticky high chairs, R has attempted to chew on the edge of the table, and then there’s the fun game of throwing everything within reach on the floor. These wipes are there for you in that yucky, often sticky, situation. Toss this in your diaper bag and you can clean up the chair, wipe down the table and clean off the toy that eventually finds its way to the ground. 

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These aren’t just for on-the-go. You can keep a package with your high chair or in the playroom to quickly clean up at home. I feel much better about using these than other wipes. This feels much safer for the things that tend to find their way into a baby’s mouth. Review: Babyganics Essentials Gift Set | The Hart of it All

Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer

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This is not the hand sanitizer that made you feel cool in junior high: overly scented and full of chemicals, alcohol, and artificial colors (and, in my case, full of glitter). This will also not fit in your cutesy cat shaped hand sanitizer cover. Despite the fact that bright pink, glitter filled hand sanitizer brings back fond memories of sleepovers, school, and hanging out at the mall, it is not the best choice for my mom-self. I already have to ask R too often how she got glitter on her face. I don’t need to be rubbing it off on her every time I put on hand sanitizer. And as much as I love my little animal shaped sanitizer holders, they look too much like a toy to R to actually be practical. (The last thing I want is for her in ingest a hand sanitizer with alcohol!) If you want to continue your love affair with cutesy hand sanitizers, I don’t blame you one bit. But for the diaper bag, this Babyganics sanitizer is definitely my new favorite. I love that it’s alcohol free and the scent isn’t overwhelming. (Babies like their mommy’s natural scent best so the less fragrance you wear the better!) I especially love that this set comes with not one but two of these! I keep one in my purse and one in my diaper bag. There is one thing to note about this sanitizer: since it does not have alcohol in it, it does take a bit longer to dry (but on the plus side it will not dry out your hands). 

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Final Thoughts

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My favorite part about this set is it comes in this awesome green basket you can reuse. Currently I’m using it for keeping things for R out in the living room (nail clippers, lotion, etc.). I see myself using it to store various things later on: medical supplies, nail polish, craft supplies, essential oils, Legos, Barbie clothes,makeup… I could probably come up with a thousand uses. Does the green match anything in my house? Nope. If it’s shoved in a drawer or a closet does it matter? Not to me! 

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This set would make the perfect gift for a baby shower. It’s a fantastic idea if you know someone who is having a baby that you want to get a little something for but they aren’t having a shower because it’s their second, third, fourth, etc. If you are pregnant and are planning your registry and aren’t sure what brand you want to make a commitment to, this makes a great sample pack because it has a little of everything. 

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Have you tried Babyganics? Share your experience in the comments. 

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Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner Review

I received the Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner from the WeeSpring Parent Panel to review. The opinion expressed in this article are in no way influenced by The Honest Company or WeeSpring.

Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner Review | The Hart of it AllMy household is full of dirt, dust, grime and a whole lot of “what is that?” I’ve got three cats, two dogs, one baby, and a house under construction. I could easily spend 24 hours a day cleaning my house and at the end of it I would turn around and it probably wouldn’t look any better than it does now. This is a fact I’ve come to accept. As long as there are paws to get muddy; as long as there are noses to press against glass and mirrors; as long as there is sanding to be done, my house will be dirty. I cannot control where the dirt and dust comes from but I can control what I use to clean it.

 

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In 2014, my dad died from lung cancer. After that I took some time off of working (I had already quit my teaching job and had turned down an opportunity that was offered to help with my dad, so I would be subbing once I started to work again and can start and stop that at any time). During my time off, I filled my days with projects. One day I set out to make and try various natural cleaners I found on Pinterest. As a person with allergies and asthma, harsh cleaners have always given me problems. With my newfound DIY natural cleaners I was breathing easier when cleaning.

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Homemade cleaners are awesome and can save you tons, but there is a time and mess factor that, as a new mom, I don’t always have time to deal with. I feel obligated to continue using natural cleaners for my health as well as the health of my family.

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A while back, I was asked by the WeeSpring Parent Panel to take a survey to possibly test a natural cleaner. With my background I jumped at the chance to test out a natural cleaner. When my package came in the mail I was ecstatic!
I don’t trust just any cleaner to do the job in my house and this Honest clean is supposed to be multi-surface so I really wanted to put it to the test. Can it get rid of my dirt, dust, and grime?

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Test #1: Dirt

The dirtiest place in my house is the basement. Obviously I’m not going to expect this cleaner to clean my basement’s concrete floor but I dug down deep and found a plastic container covered in dirt. I sprayed it down and started wiping it up. I was surprised that I didn’t have to scrub the plastic to get the dirt off. It wiped right up. So this cleaner can tackle our dirt.

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Test #2: Dust

When it comes to dust, three cats, two dogs, two adults & a baby make a lot. Especially when hubby starts sanding drywall. Once the dust settled from a project I used this cleaner to wipe up our black glass of out tv stand. I will say it did a decent job. I know I should have used a lint free cloth but with R around I didn’t have time to go hunt my microfiber cloths down. Lesson learned: use a lint free cloth!

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Test #3: Grime

All five of our pets love to look out the same window. I’ve even seen fights break out between them over who gets to look out this window (I’ll note that it is the only window that faces North that they have access to so maybe that’s why). This window is covered daily with nose and paw prints! It is gross. It takes some tough cleaner and some elbow grease to get that grime off my window everyday. This is the real test of this cleaner. This is where many competitors have tried and failed. The window did take some scrubbing but not nearly as much as I’ve had to in the past. And in the end the window was sparkling!

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Test #4: Breathe-ability

As I mentioned, I have allergies and asthma. It’s important for me to have a cleaner that isn’t going to give me an asthma attack. This cleaner does smell like grapefruit, but the smell is not strong and dissipates quickly. It smells so fresh and clean and doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t get a headache or have trouble breathing when using this cleaner and that makes me one happy cleaning machine!

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So my overall thoughts on this cleaner are positive. It can hold its own in the Hart household. I’ve cleaned plastic, glass, wood, porcelain, and metal with this cleaner and it worked well. I’ve used it to clean the high chair tray and some bigger toys like R’s activity table (I tend to put smaller toys through the dishwasher). This cleaner retails at $5.99 at Target. It’s pricier than a normal cleaner but I’m willing to pay a little more to not have an asthma attack. I don’t think this will replace my DIY cleaners but I will use it in addition to them.

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My mom wants to switch to natural cleaners but refuses to make her own so I let her try some of my sample. She also was impressed with it and is considering making the switch. (That’s a win in my book!)

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The bottle says this cleaner will clean countertops, toys, high chairs, walls, wood, floors, porcelain, granite, electronics, and grills. I still need to test it out on some of these things but so far it has worked for me!

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Since she’s a chewer, so I couldn’t risk giving her the cleaning bottle but she’s still the cutest little cleaning lady I’ve ever seen!


Have you tried any natural cleaners? What did you think?

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Honest Company’s Gummy Multi-Vitamins Review

I was given the Honest Company’s Gummy Multi-Vitamins by the WeeSpring Parent Panel to review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and are in no way influenced by the Honest Company or WeeSpring.
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Not knowing what is in your kids’ vitamins can be scary. Who knows what was in the Flintstones Vitamins I had as a kid, but I remember loving the taste of them and wishing I could have more than my daily allowance. Vitamins for kids have come a long way; there are still the hard chewable ones but there’s also vitamin gum and the gummies. With all these options it can be difficult to choose the best vitamin for your kiddo. I personally sampled the Honest Company’s Gummy Multi-Vitamins so I can tell you my thoughts on this particular vitamin. 

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First, let’s look at some of the facts from the bottle:

  • This vitamin I’d for kids aged 2 and up. Kids 2-3 years old are to take 1 gummy & kids 4 and up are to take 2 gummies. 
  • This product is made without soy, gluten, yeast, wheat, casein, gelatin, sodium, dairy, eggs, shellfish, artificial sweeteners, HFCS, artificial flavors, artificial colors, and preservatives. 
  • This product includes natural flavors, no GMOs, organic colors, & organic cane sugar. 
  • This product has been doctor & dietician reviewed. 

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When I opened the container, it smelled like fruit snacks. I had expected it to smell like vitamins since these are more natural so I was super excited about them just for the smell. Over multiple days I sampled every flavor and honestly couldn’t tell a difference between them. I really can’t identify a specific flavor that they taste like but it’s definitely a sweet, juicy fruity taste. The bottle says the flavors are strawberry, orange and fruit punch. Maybe a two year old has a more distinct palate than mine and can tell the difference. Overall, I liked the taste and would personally look forward to having one or two a day. 
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I have tried some adult gummy vitamins and most have been very tough to chew for me. I was surprised that the texture of these was less like old gummy bears and more like a fruit snack. It was very easy for me to chew. 

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I’m not a doctor or a scientist so I can’t tell you how well these vitamins work. If I were either I would do all the tests I possibly could to assure you that your child is getting maximum absorption of the vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy. Since I’m not able to do a bunch of tests to tell you all the scientific facts on this vitamin, I did what I could do. 

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I read once about how to tests your vitamins for absorption, so I attempted it with these Honest multivitamin gummies. I filled a glass with ¼ cup white vinegar and 1 cup hot water. I chewed up the vitamin and put it in the mixture. Within 2 hours anything dissolved is supposedly what would be absorbed into your system. (Source: HOW TO TEST VITAMINS AT HOME BY DISSOLVING IN WATER by Erin Smith

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At the 45 minute mark, when the vitamin should have started breaking down, the vitamin was nearly gone. After 2 hours, there were only a few remnants left at the bottom of the glass. So according to this test these vitamins are being absorbed by the body. 

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The only thing that bothers me about this vitamin is the price. These vitamins cost more than my vitamins do! At $15.95 a bottle you are looking at a price of approximately $.27 for a 2-3 year old or $.53 for a 4+ year old a day. You are definitely paying to control what extra ingredients are in your child’s vitamin. 

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I’m pretty particular about what I give R to eat. So, will I buy her these vitamins when she is old enough to take them? I’m not sure yet. I personally believe in discussing vitamin choices with your doctor before choosing the best one. So we will wait to see what her pediatrician recommends. 

Have your children tried the Honest Company’s Gummy Multi-Vitamin? What do you think of it?

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Premama Digestive Aid Review

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I received these chews free to test and review from the WeeSpring Parent Panel, my review is 100% my personal opinions.

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The first time I tried the Premama Digestive Chew it tasted odd. After reading the box and seeing it was supposed to be a vanilla caramel flavor, I realized some of the odd taste was the vanilla. It still seems to have an odd fruity taste to it. The taste is not hateful and eating a couple a day does not hurt my feelings. The oddness of the flavor actually helps prevent the candy fiend in me from sneaking a couple of extras.

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I have been taking a probiotic for a couple years now and find eating a chew vs taking a pill much more enjoyable. I like that these chews have some extra fiber in them which I wasn’t getting from my pill probiotic! These chews are vegetarian and naturally flavored which makes me feel better about eating them on a regular basis.

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These chews claim they “may ease constipation, bloating and other minor digestive discomforts.” I noticed a difference after having only one chew. By that I mean, I had some gas that rivals my husband’s after he’s had a bowl of chili. After taking the chews for a few days the gas cleared up. I did notice a difference in my bowel moments as well after taking the chews for about 3 days.

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You can take 1-4 chews a day. I personally take two: one at breakfast and one during my mid-day snack. That’s what works best for me.

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Finally, I love this product’s portability. I can toss one in my snack bag and take it with me to eat later which is awesome for a breast-feeding mama on the go like me!
These chews do not have award winning taste but I can overlook that because of how well they work.

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If you head over to the Premama website you can check out these chews and their other products! You can even get free samples of their drinkable prenatal vitamins and a coupon for $3 off any Premama product.

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Evenflo Sibby Travel System Review

I was selected by the WeeSpring Parent Panel to receive a free Evenflo Sibby Travel System to review. The thoughts and opinions of this review are all mine.

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Right out of the box I was amazed by the beautiful blue jean look if the Slate Blue. I love every color this system comes in but I thought I would want grey because it is more gender neutral. But when I saw the blue in person I was wowed. This is not only gender neutral but I totally feel like a cool mom pushing this stroller that looks like it’s made out of blue jeans. Besides the color there are some other features about this system that you should know about. Let me break it down for you…

Car Seat

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Stats: rear facing; weight limit is 4-35 pounds (1.8-15.8 kg) and height limit is 17-32 inches (43-81 cm); includes base with the LATCH system

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The car seat is a fairly simple, no frills type seat. The cover is not big and plushy but in my opinion that is a plus (remember car seats are about safety in the car). The sunshade is HUGE but it does feel a little flimsy. This car seat is pretty light weight and I can easily carry R to and from the car (she weighs 15 pounds).

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My biggest annoyance with the seat is the buckles. I’m not sure if they will loosen over time but they are very difficult for me to open. R hates getting in and out of the car seat so the buckles are a big issue for us.

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R needed the straps moved and after reading the manual once I was able to easily follow the steps to move the straps.There are three places you will need to move the straps (not necessarily all at the same time). The shoulder straps adjust in the back, the straps that go over the legs adjust at the bottom and the center strap adjusts under the seat padding.

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Installing the base in the car wasn’t too difficult but the thing that flips down to help level the base is too big and I need to use a rolled up towel under mine to secure it. I installed my base with the seat belt (note that when using the belt you should always pull it all the way out until it locks to properly secure the seat) because it feels more secure to me that way (remember the base shouldn’t be able to move more than one inch from side to side or forward). The base does come with LATCH capabilities if you prefer that method. One major flaw in the instructions for the car seat is the position of the handle. On the seat it says the handle must be in the third position while in the car but in the manual it says it must be in the third position for U.S. models and in the first position for Canadian models (I’m not sure what the difference is between the two models). For most people putting the handle in the third position limits the front seat to being pushed up to an uncomfortable position so place is strategically in your backseat. The car seat easily slides into the base and the handle at the back makes it easy to remove from the base too.

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Note: the handle is in the wrong place for a U.S. model, this is the position of a Canadian model

The car seat can lock onto the stroller. The really nice thing about this is with the huge sunshades of the stroller and car seat your baby can be completely covered from the sun.

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Stroller

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Stats: weight limit is 4-50 pounds (1.8-22.6 kg); includes cup holder and detachable “sibby” board (weight limit 50 pounds)

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There are so many things to love about this stroller. It has a cup holder (that I kept knocking off at first), a HUGE sunshade, a footrest that is adjustable, and a HUGE storage basket. The ride is super smooth and it has the awesome “sibby” board attachment for older siblings.

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If my big diaper bag full of fluff can fit under here, you know it’s BIG!

The stroller has a double lock for the rear wheels. It folds by pulling a handle in the seat (this has taken some getting use to for me) and in my opinion is pretty slim compared to some other strollers I’ve tried. It fits in the trunk of my car no problem!

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The stroller has a strap that you adjust to change the recline of the seat. It is super simple to use. Just pinch the adjuster and pull (to go down) or push (to go up). Then just let go to lock it in.

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Honestly, my favorite feature of this stroller is the flip up foot rest. It has 3 foot rest positions and then when you click it up all the way it resets to the first position.  Little R’s feet don’t have to dangle and that is just awesome.  I would bet a napping toddler would appreciate this feature also!

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Finally, let’s talk about this “sibby” board for your toddler.  If you have two kids pretty close in age, you know that your stroller options are pretty limited: side-by-side, stadium seating, or a sit ‘n’ stand.  All those options are pretty bulky! This stroller has a small footprint like a single stroller but gives you the option to attach the “sibby” board to the back of the stroller so your toddler can ride along.  I am really looking forward to using this feature if we have a second child!

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To attach the board you just click it on the back of the stroller.  Toddlers can stand riding facing forwards or backwards but be sure they are holding on to the lower part of the handles for safety.  To detach the board there are two levers you hold with your fingers and then you just pick the board up.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, I would rate this travel system a 4.5 out of 5.  There are some little details I would change but overall this set is pretty awesome. This set retails for $189.99 at Target. This makes for an awesome deal if you are just starting your parenting journey and can use this with multiple children or if you are looking for something for baby #2 that will allow your toddler to ride along.  I really wish this had been an option when I was in the market for a travel system for R because I like things that have long term value.  This system allows you to buy one system and use it for baby #1 and then move right into using it when baby #2 comes along.  No need to buy a new stroller because this one has a place for your toddler! I highly suggest putting this stroller on your Target Registry today!

 

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