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Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

Best Baby Carriers for Hiking – [Take a Hike with Baby!]

Before you hit the trails with your tot, you’re going to need one of the best baby carriers for hiking of some sort. As much as you think you can carry your child on your shoulders for the entirety of the hike, save yourself the pain suffering, and get yourself a hiking carrier that fits your needs.

If you think your love for hiking and exploring the outdoors is a distant memory now that you have a little one, that’s not the case at all! In fact, fostering a love and appreciation for the outdoors is a great way to raise your children! There are few things that make me happier than hiking with my little ones. Fun au naturál rather than manufactured fun encourages creativity and imagination (you’d be amazed how many things a stick can be) and with no technological distractions (phones, tablets, tv), you can create stronger bonds with your little ones all while getting exercise and fresh air.

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Picking the right hiking carrier is important but might be hard to navigate. They vary in price, weight, support, storage, and of course, the bells and whistles they offer—so let us help you. Below are six of the best hiking carriers on the market right now for varying needs.

When Do You Need a Hiking Carrier

It’s never too early to start hiking with your little one. In fact, fresh air is great for baby and especially a postpartum mama. You can get away with a sling or wrap for the first few months of your baby’s life since they’re so small and you don’t need the kind of back support that hiking carriers provide. Your baby will need the head and neck support that they don’t though.

Once your baby gains some pounds and some head control, you are going to want something more supportive and comfortable. There are soft carriers and structured carriers.  A soft carrier (I recommend the absolute best one below), gives your baby’s head and neck support, so you can start using those around 4 months, but to use a structured carrier, you will have to wait until your child is at least 6 months old or can easily hold his or her head up.

I should also mention that some of these carriers are pricey, but the good thing is that they last until your child hits about 40 pounds (about three or four). They are all incredibly durable so you can use them for a few years for multiple children, which makes for a long life for these packs. If you use them enough, you will definitely get your money’s worth.

Features To Look For in the Best Hiking Carrier

Hiking carriers come with a variety of features to pick and choose from. so decide what are important to you. Features that hiking carriers can have are:

  • Integrated sunshade – one of the more important features I would say. Keep your baby out of the sun and in the sunburn free zone
  • Storage– definitely important to consider if you plan on hiking alone. You’ll need plenty of room for water, snacks, diapers, and extra layers.
  • Weight – every pound counts when you’re hiking up and down hills while carrying a child and gear on your back.
  • Child headrest – If your little one can sleep on the go, the headrests on some of these packs are key.
  • Ventilation – Keeping cool, especially in warm summer months makes hiking more enjoyable

Best Baby Carriers for Hiking

Deuter Kid Comfort Baby Hiking Carrier

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The Deuter Kid Comfort is supportive and comfortable for both parent and child.

Deuter has won awards for their stellar hiking carriers, and for good reason. I’ve tried other Kid Comfort versions, but they really got it right with this one. The comfort level is on point, it’s extremely supportive, and the ventilation is unparalleled; making it perfect for hot summer hikes. Deuter also knows that the most important part about hiking with a child is keeping them happy, which is why I assume they made a well-padded soft headrest for when it’s nap time on the go.

If I could tweak it: I would make the pockets around the waistband slightly bigger so I could more easily fit my phone and kid snacks. I also wish there was an easy way to stow away the sunshade as it is not integrated into the pack.

Weight of pack: 7.1 pounds

Weight/age range for the child: Max weight the carrier can hold is 48lbs with the child and gear. Deuter makes no specifications on the age or weight of the child.

Storage space: 3.7 gallons

Sunshade: Included but not integrated

Headrest: Yes

Ventilation: 5/5 stars

Price: 200-$290, purchase here!

Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite

The Kelty Journey Perfectfit Elite is a robust pack for the most seasoned carrier.

Ooh she’s pretty. This hiking carrier not only looks the part, but it plays the part. It’s well padded for optimal comfort, easily adjustable to fit the shortest to the tallest parent, and my personal favorite: the storage. It has huge pockets on the hip belt to keep your phone, keys, a selfie stick, heck, even a snack. On the back, it has a backpack with two pockets with mesh inserts to organize everything you need on your hike. Beyond that, there is a large pocket underneath the child seat that’s made of a material that wipes clean because, hey, messes happen. Its sunshade is also beautifully integrated into the pack.

If I could tweak it: This one was so close to checking all the boxes, but I wish it had dual access where a child could get in from the top or the side. With this pack, your child can only get in from the top. For small infants and toddlers, this is fine, but once they get bigger and heavier, it’s a little more difficult to get them in and out.

Weight of pack: 7lbs 4oz

Weight/age range for child: 16-40lbs (approximately 6 to 36 months)

Storage space: 6.9 gallons

Sunshade: Integrated

Headrest: Yes

Ventilation: 4/5 stars

Price: $300, current pricing here!

Chicco Smart Support Hiking Carrier

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I love the price tag on this carrier!

Chicco exchanges all the bells and whistles that a hiking carrier can feature for a low-cost option for parents. Being half the price of other hiking carriers on the market (and in this post), it’s a good option for parents who want a structured carrier without the hefty price tag. The comfort and support does not match that of the more expensive hiking carriers, so this is better for parents who take short hikes here and there. And bonus! It does come with a small sun shade which does end up coming in handy.

If I could tweak it: I really wish there was some sort of storage. There’s not even a pocket on this to hold a phone or a water bottle.

Weight of pack: 6.5 lbs

Weight/age range for child: 17-40lbs (approximately 6 to 36 months)

Storage space: 0

Sunshade: integrated but small

Headrest: No

Ventilation: 3/5 stars

Price: ~$130, purchase yours here!

Thule Sapling Elite Child Carrier

The Thule Sapling Elite carrier is comfortable, has an incredible amount of storage, and looks sleek.

Comfort on fleek (translation: wow this pack is comfortable). This carrier does three things exceptionally well: support, storage, and adjustments for any sized adult. The support is equal to that of the Deuter and Kelty packs. They’re all incredible on that front. For storage, the Thule has about the same amount of storage as the Kelty pack, but a cool feature is that you can zip off the pack on the back so your hiking buddy can bear the weight burden. Lastly, in terms of adjustments, it does so like a breeze so you can easily switch from a short person to the tallest.

Thule really nailed it with this pack and made the hefty price tag well worth it.

If I could tweak it: This pack is nearly perfect except the support stand that pops out to load and unload your child isn’t very sturdy.

Weight of pack: 7.9 lbs

Weight/age range for the child: 16 lbs weight minimum and able to sit upright without assistance. The maximum carrying capacity for the pack is 48lbs with child and gear.

Storage space: `~7lbs including detachable backpack

Sunshade: integrated

Headrest: Yes

Ventilation: 5/5 stars

Price: ~$350, check it out here!

MiaMily HIPSTER

Best Hiking Carrier

The MiaMily HIPSTER is the best option for soft hiking carriers. This should be your go to if you’re planning on                             hiking while traveling as it’s small enough to pack. It also has storage for a solo hiker.

My biggest complaint about this baby carrier for hiking is that it did not exist a few years ago when my son was an infant. We lived in New York City, and when I would go on walks with him using a different carrier, I would say, “I wish there was a pocket on this to fit a small wallet, my phone, a diaper or 2, and a water bottle”. Now, thanks to an innovative mama duo, what I always dreamed of now exists.

And they made it better than I could imagine.

This soft carrier wouldn’t just be used for hiking, but everyday use as well. What’s great about using it for hiking is that it does offer a good amount of support, it doesn’t weigh much at all, and for a short hike or one you’re going on with a pal that can carry a pack, you have all the storage space you need. If you’re looking for a soft carrier instead of a structured carrier, or one that you can travel with that doesn’t take up much room at all, this one’s yours.

Additionally, you will definitely get your money’s worth as it’s an everyday carrier for the smallest infant to a 44lb kid!

If I could tweak it: I wouldn’t. They nailed it.

Weight of pack: 1.9 lbs

Weight/age range for the child: 3 months old to 3 years old

Storage space: Not specified, but about a gallon, I would say. There is this youtube video that shows how much it can fit.

Sunshade: none

Headrest: No, but your child can sleep comfortably resting against your body

Ventilation: 3.5/5 stars

Price: ~$130, buy yours here!

Piggyback Rider

The Piggyback Rider is a good option for parents with older children. It’s small, it’s lightweight, and it’s fun.

This is not your average hiking carrier. I wanted to include this as an option because it has many benefits and it’s great for older toddlers and kids. In terms of weight, it only weighs 2 pounds and is extremely compact, so bringing it along on an adventure or stroll for a “just in case” moment isn’t difficult. Additionally, kids really enjoy riding it because it’s fun, and their vantage point is not what they usually experience as they’re higher up than in any other carrier. This is great for older children who no longer fit in any other hiking carrier, but don’t quite have the stamina to hike a trail start to finish.

This is a barebone, incredibly lightweight carrier that barely takes up any space. It is really great for traveling and can be used off the trails when you’re exploring a new city or taking a stroll in the park.

If I could tweak it: With the harness, your child is secure on your back, so you don’t have to worry about them falling off completely. However, I wish it had foot straps that kept your child’s feet secure.

Weight of pack: 2 lbs

Weight/age range for the child: 2-4 years old (up to 50lbs)

Storage space: None

Sunshade: No

Headrest: No – the child would not be able to sleep with this carrier

Ventilation: 5/5 stars

Price: ~$75, purchase here!

New Addition! Baebi Carrier

One of our other Rookie Moms loves this carrier so much, that we just had to add it on to the list! They are a nature-loving crew that loves hiking, camping, and exploring. Unfortunately, the great outdoors can be a hard place to manage when you have 4 under 8 trying to run off of every mountain they see. Making sure their 7 month-old is securely tucked into a carrier allows the extra hands to help their other children explore safely. The BAEBI Carrier was the most secure, comfortable, and structured carrier this mama had ever used. Both her and her little guy love the thick padding. They also really appreciated the easy but secure snap system, which allows you to get your baby in and out easily. It has become their go-to carrier for all things outdoors!

Weight of pack: 2.2 lbs

Weight/age range for the child: Newborn to 6+ Months

Storage space: Tons of convenient pockets & they are zippered. 

Ventilation: 5/5 stars

Price: $160, buy yours here!

 

About the Author

Nia Chauvin

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Make Travel Easy With The Best Toddler Travel Beds!

Traveling with a toddler can definitely be challenging! This is especially true when it comes to bedtime and figuring out where your toddler will sleep. Hotel beds can be high & dangerous, but the floor or a roll-away bed can be just as tricky. Whether you’re visiting some of the best places to travel with kids or staying with family, here are the 8 best toddler travel beds! They will give your child a comfortable, fun, and safe place to sleep when traveling. The beds on this list are easy to set up, break down, and carry along with you making them must-haves no matter what your destination is. 

Best Air Mattresses for Traveling Toddlers

Air mattresses are a great option when traveling. While you could go with a simple twin-sized air mattress, I would recommend getting an air mattress made specifically for toddlers. This is mainly because these will have built-in inflatable rails or bumpers. This will ease your worry about keeping your toddler from falling out of bed during the night.

Toddler air mattresses are basic and easy to use, so they won’t add any stress onto long travel days! If you’re familiar with inflating and decompressing an air mattress, these work just the same. Some even have technology that makes it easier to deflate and compress them.  This way they easily fit back into a carrying case.

The Shrunks Toddler Air Mattress

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This toddler air mattress is the gold standard. It is one of the best inflatable toddler travel beds. It is a standard air mattress with the addition of simple, low bumpers on the sides for added safety. The design makes it easy to get in and out or to check on your child throughout the night. The middle portion has a space around the edges for tucking a sheet, making it easy to get ready for bed and pack up.

The Hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Bed

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The Hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Bed comes in 2 pieces giving it higher bumpers for extra security. The middle portion of the bed comes out completely to make it easy to add sheets and can be used separately as your child gets older and doesn’t need the bumpers at night. This mattress inflates and deflates quickly so you don’t have a lot of setup before bed.

 

The Best Fold Out Cots & Pop Up Beds For Toddlers

Some of the best options for toddler travel beds are cots and pop up beds. These are easily foldable and collapsible bed options. You can set them up quickly and can be used as benches or extra seats at a campsite or in the backyard. These are a good option for those that are looking for a bed specifically for camping or if you want something that’s easy to store, easy to set up, and doesn’t take up a ton of space. Using these in a hotel or at a friend’s house allows you to fold it back up during the day to save space in your room while making it easy to set up for bedtime.

Privacy Pop Bed Tent

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How cute is this tent bed? It will truly give your toddler their own space. Both sides can be left open or closed (with plenty of ventilation), which comes in handy if you’re in a space where others may be staying up later than your little one. Keep in mind, the mattress and the bed frame are not included, this is just the tent piece. However, I appreciate this because it gives you the freedom to set it up any way you would like. You may want to look into one of the air mattresses above to place inside, or you can simply make it cozy with blankets. 

Kidco PeadPod Plus Portable Travel Bed

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This may be my favorite toddler travel bed on this whole list! It is so easy to pack up and take on the go with you. It is super lightweight and the mesh will protect your toddler from insects as well as allow for great airflow. Another great feature of this pop tent is that it offers UV protection meaning you can also use it for protection on sunny days. This travel bed does come with a sleeping pad that can easily be removed for cleaning. 

Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed

The Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed has a very simple design that easily folds out. This is one of the best toddler travel bed options because it gets your child off the ground but is still low to the ground. You can put a fitted sheet on this bed as well. It can also be used as a fun place for your child to sit and hang out for movie nights or sleepovers. This cot is well worth the investment because it has multiple purposes, such as for camping, or even in a playroom, as opposed to a toddler air mattress that may have more limited usage.

Joovy Foocot Child Cot

Another fold out cot option is the Joovy Foocot Child Cot. I love the fun colors this one comes in! It is very easy to set up and provides plenty of room for your little one to spread out. It also comes in its own travel bag complete with a strap. The bed itself has two storage pockets for keeping an alarm clock or comfort items during the day. This is a great toddler bed to add to any hotel room, cruise ship cabin, or guest room.

 

Inflatable Bed Bumpers

Another option to create a safe toddler travel bed is to use inflatable bed bumpers.

OlarHike Bed Rail Bumpers

These two inflatable bumpers are waterproof and have straps to tuck under the mattress to keep them right where you want them. These bumpers work with a wide variety of beds. They are designed to make it easy to place them anywhere in the bed. You can create a smaller sleep space, or use them to simply separate the bed. Everything in this set packs up easily and you can store it all in a suitcase. You can inflate these bumpers with your mouth, so you won’t have to carry separate tools or pumps.

Oh Baby! Inflatable Bed Bumper with Air Pump

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These follow the same concept as the bumpers above, but I love that they come with an air pump and little bag. These bumpers are so easy to travel with, you probably won’t even notice the addition in your bag. These do not have straps to attach them to the bed, so you will have to make sure they are firmly in place by covering them with the sheet and firmly tucking it under the bed. 

 

 

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Tandem Breastfeeding [Everything Mamas Need to Know!]

I want to start things off by saying breastfeeding is a different journey for every mother. There is no comparing one situation to the next! It is my hope that all mamas get the chance to have a long and happy breastfeeding journey, even if it is hard at first. One tricky situation that you might find yourself in is tandem breastfeeding. We are here to tell you all you need to know about it and hopefully make it seem a bit less daunting. 

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What is Tandem Breastfeeding?

Tandem breastfeeding is when you nurse two of your babies at the same time. It is common among moms of multiples, but may also be used by moms who have children close in age. When nursing twins tandem breastfeeding often means one baby on each breast.  If you are tandem nursing two different aged children you may use tandem nursing in a couple of different ways.

Nursing is often the predominant nutrient source for your infant during their first year of life. This is why if you have another baby, you may still want to nurse your older child. Keep in mind, you may want to nurse your younger baby first. This will ensure that they receive an adequate amount of milk. However, if you are producing too much milk, tandem nursing may actually benefit you. You can tandem breastfeed your toddler to reduce engorgement when your baby is done nursing or in between sessions.

Another reason to tandem breastfeed is if you have a fast letdown. Some infants can struggle with a fast-letdown and have difficulty latching. A toddler may be better able to handle the letdown until it subsides at which point the infant may then be nursed.

 

Will I Like Tandem Nursing?

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Whether or not you will like tandem nursing is largely dependent on your lifestyle and personality. Tandem nursing can be difficult, especially at first. You are learning to adjust to a new baby and will still be required to meet the nursing demands of your toddler. If you are nursing twins, you will have to manage the schedule and demands of two infants. Tandem nursing can be overwhelming in either scenario, but worth the struggle in the end!

Tandem nursing certainly has benefits. After a period of time, you will probably get your children on a regulated schedule and nursing will not be exceedingly time-consuming. Of course, there are innumerable health and emotional benefits associated with breastfeeding. There are also positive aspects when nursing an infant and toddler. You will be able to connect with both your children and your toddler and infant will be able to bond through nursing as well. In addition, continuing breastfeeding your toddler will help to sustain some semblance of your routine pre-baby, comforting your older child.

Many women find that nursing a toddler can be used to soothe them during difficult situations and provides them with an opportunity to sit, rest, and reconnect with both their children. There are pros and cons to tandem nursing, ultimately you will have to decide for yourself if you like it.

 

Some Things to Consider When Tandem Breastfeeding

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Tandem nursing can have a variety of benefits beyond engorgement and letdown control. Tandem nursing can help bond your older child and the new baby. During a time when your toddler may be suffering from feelings of jealousy and detachment, nursing can be a beneficial way to soothe these anxieties.

In addition, studies have shown that children still receive health and nutrient benefits from breastfeeding beyond the first year. Nursing your toddler will continue to provide them with health and emotional support.

Providing Sufficient Nutrients to Your Newborn

When tandem breastfeeding, you may be concerned about providing a sufficient amount of milk to your newborn. It is important that your baby receives an adequate amount of breastmilk to sustain nutrition and weight gain. One of the ways in which this can be remedied is by always nursing your infant first, this will ensure that they are able to nurse for as long as they want and obtain as much milk as they want.

You may also want to nurse one child from each breast. This will ensure that your baby is receiving hindmilk and foremilk. However, if your newborn is able to empty one complete breast you should then put them onto the other breast to continue nursing.

Milk Production Concerns

Another consideration is milk production and if you will have enough milk to nurse two children. In most cases, the demand from both children will stimulate production. Nursing is regulated by supply and demand. When you are nursing more than one child, your body should respond to the increased demands.

Mama’s Well Being

The final consideration is the wellbeing of the mom. Nursing can lead to cracked and dry nipples, but as you have been continually nursing a toddler your breasts should be conditioned. You will likely not have to worry about nipple pain or soreness. Nursing also demands a great deal of the mother’s body. Be sure to get plenty of healthy calories and plenty of sleep.

 

Does My Newborn Always Need to Nurse First?

During the first few days to weeks your newborn should nurse first. Nursing your infant first will help to set your supply levels and ensure that your infant receives adequate nutrition. After birth you will be producing colostrum, a vital nutrient source for your newborn, so be sure to give them first dibs.

After a short period, you can nurse both children at the same time, one on each breast. You may also want to continue nursing the toddler after your infant, or maintain different nursing schedules in which they nurse at separate times.

 

What To Do if a “Weaned” Child Asks to Breastfeed Again?

Nursing a newborn can reignite a desire for nursing in a weaned child. Whether or not you choose to begin tandem breastfeeding with your weaned child again is at your discretion. It is also okay to comfort your toddler in other ways instead of nursing again. If you do so, be kind but firm and be sure to devote periods of time and attention solely to your toddler while your partner cares for the baby.

Alternatively, you can begin nursing your toddler again. It may be easier to nurse both children at the same time so that you are not burdened with an additional nursing session or sessions.

 

What Positions Are Best for Tandem Breastfeeding?

You can tandem nurse using the same positions that you find comfortable for breastfeeding a single child. Some positions you may want to try when nursing two children include:

 

  • A football hold, in which each child’s body is directed under your arm and behind your body.
  • A cradle hold, in which the baby is positioned across the toddler’s lap.
  • A combination hold, in which one child is in a football hold and the other is in a cradle hold.
  • The toddler leaning on you or kneeling while the infant is cradled. It is likely that your toddler is now adept at nursing in a variety of positions and will be able to acclimate themselves to the position of the newborn.

 

Tandem nursing can be a great experience and bond both you and your children in ways you never thought possible. If you are considering tandem nursing it may be beneficial to speak with friends who have tandem nursed or seek out those with the first-hand experience to determine if you may be suited to tandem nursing. Check out the Rookie Moms Facebook Group, where you will find a tribe of moms to ask for advice!

 

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Mommy and Me Yoga [5 Amazing Benefits for Mom & Baby!]

There are three things that are really hard to balance as a mom; one on one bonding time with your little one, exercising in a way that provides self-care and hanging out with other mamas in the same phase of life. Well, there is one way to get all of these things done at once. Head to mommy and me yoga! Trust me, you do not have to be a yogi to attend one of these classes. They are seriously fun and even better, so beneficial for both you and your baby. 

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What to Expect at Mommy and Me Yoga

Don’t be intimidated! Mommy and Me Yoga is going to be different than any other yoga class you have been to. And of course, your baby does not have to be perfectly behaved to fit in. No one will judge you for feeding or changing your baby in the middle of class, either. These classes usually focus mostly on stretching and are themed with fun, upbeat music. A little baby will spend the yoga session in your arms, but usually, once they can walk or crawl you will put them down next to you. As far as a time frame, you can expect to be there anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes just like most normal yoga classes.

Safety Precautions

The yoga instructors that run mommy and me classes are trained professionals (as long as you find a reputable studio). They know what is safe for you and your baby and exactly how to make the experience beneficial for you both. However, start gently and don’t feel like you need to push yourself too hard. It is not recommended to start until your baby can hold their head up without help, but every studio has different guidelines. You may also want to run the idea past your doctor. 

Finding a Mommy and Me Yoga Class

These classes are pretty common these days, and finding a studio may be as easy as googling “Mommy and Me Yoga near me”. The YMCA often offers Mommy and Me options, so you can also start by checking there!

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5 Reasons Mommy and Me Yoga is Beneficial 

Physical and Emotional Connection 

The absolute best thing about Mommy and Me Yoga is how you get to bond with your baby. It is time dedicated just to the two of you. Yoga is an activity that is both healthy and playful which are the perfect kind of things to bond over. 

Photo Credit; Yoga Jai Ma in San Diego

Learn Stretches and Gain Strength Specifically for Moms

Our bodies really get put through the wringer during pregnancy. And yeah, it’s all worth it but that doesn’t mean we aren’t trying to find ways to get back the body we once had or to find a new normal that we are happy with. Yoga is an incredible way for many women to make peace with their bodies and recognize the miracles it has performed. At one of these classes, you will find the poses are geared specifically to heal mamas. You will gain core strength as well as work your pelvic floor muscles. Plus, many general poses help you gain strength in your arms, shoulders, and chest. All the things you need for bouncing and rocking your babe! So, get your downward facing dog on! 

Help Your Baby Develop Motor and Sensory Skills

Heading to Mommy and Me Yoga with your baby isn’t just beneficial for you. They will actually get a lot out of it, too. Many experts are in agreement that getting your baby moving a bit will help them in the long run. It is also beneficial for them to experience a new environment like the yoga studio. 

Leave with a Happier Baby (who sleeps & eats better!)

Baby yoga can help with digestion and getting your little one down to sleep. When you practice any knees to chest pose, you are helping to relieve any constipation or gas. As for easier sleep, there is no real proof but getting your baby out and about on top of moving around usually helps. 

Meet Other New Moms at Mommy and Me Yoga

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If you and your friends all had babies around the same time, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Many moms find themselves looking for other mom friends that can relate to them and share in experiences. Obviously, this yoga class is going to be full of other moms and potential new friends! Be brave and put yourself out there before and after classes and chances are you will leave with some great new mama friends. 

 

Looking for more mama friends? We have a whole group of moms who share and ask for advice. Check out our Rookie Moms Facebook Group!

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How to Clean Your Baby’s Tongue for a Healthy Smile

It sounds strange: cleaning your baby’s tongue, but it’s one of those things that needs to be done in order for your baby to have a healthy smile. We all clean our teeth every day, so it makes sense to clean your baby’s mouth out too.how to clean baby teeth

When do you clean your baby’s tongue?

If you are like most people, you probably brush your teeth at least once or twice a day. This should be a general rule of thumb for your baby as well. Starting a good oral hygiene routine at a young age is crucial in helping your baby maintain a healthy lifestyle. Oral hygiene often runs parallel to a person’s overall health, so you should be sure to take good care of your baby’s mouth.

Try cleaning your baby’s mouth when they are in a good mood. You want your little one to grow up with a positive mindset about oral hygiene. Cleaning their mouths should be enjoyable, not just a chore. If your baby is having a hard time with you cleaning their tongue, try a reward system to put a positive spin on it. 

When you clean your baby’s tongue and mouth, cradle your baby and make them as comfortable as possible. Try to get your baby to open their mouth on their own in order to clean. Try brushing their cheek or making them smile. If this does not work, gently pull down their bottom lip and insert your finger into their mouth. Make sure you do not put your finger too far into their mouth and choke them or make them gag. Again, you want this to be an enjoyable time for both you and your baby.

You should begin brushing your baby’s tongue as soon as possible. Your baby puts a lot of things in their mouths so it is important to keep it clean.

How to clean your baby’s tongue

As mentioned earlier, it is important to begin a good oral hygiene routine with your baby as soon as possible. Since most babies are not born with teeth, you will begin by cleaning your baby’s tongue, gums and the sides of their mouths.

When you begin cleaning your baby’s mouth before they have teeth, cleaning your baby’s mouth is pretty simple. Use a clean, damp washcloth or a piece of gauze, place it over your finger, and then use your finger to clean your baby’s mouth. Clean your baby’s gums by moving your finger in a circular motion gently. This motion is just the same as when you clean your own teeth. To clean their tongue, simply wipe the tongue with the clean and damp washcloth to get any residual milk or food off of their tongue. Clean the insides of their cheeks in the same way.

Rinse out the washcloth as needed during the cleaning so that you aren’t just moving the milk and food around. Use a clean washcloth or a new piece of gauze each time you clean your baby’s mouth to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

When do you start using a toothbrush?

how to clean baby teeth

According to healthychildren.org, most babies will get their first teeth between six and twelve months. Until then, keep cleaning your baby’s mouth and tongue with a clean washcloth. When your baby sprouts their first tooth, you can begin to use an infant toothbrush.

I know you’re probably excited to start brushing your baby’s first tooth with a toothbrush (tiny baby toothbrushes are just adorable) but wait for your baby’s tooth to come all the way in. When your baby is getting their first tooth, it can be painful for them. Give the tooth and the gums plenty of time to come in and recover if your baby’s gums were inflamed. If you start brushing your baby’s tooth before their gums have a chance to recover, it might be painful for your baby and they may grow to hate getting their teeth brushed.

Types of Infant Toothbrushes

When you are ready to start brushing those tiny little pearly whites, be sure to use an infant toothbrush. These toothbrushes are small and easy to move around in your baby’s mouth. You can also begin using an infant training toothpaste. Training toothpaste typically does not have fluoride in it and is safe if swallowed. Be sure to read the labels on the toothpaste and check with your doctor or pediatric dentist first if you have any questions.

Different Types of Infant Toothpaste

According to mouthhealthy.org, you can use a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste for your infant once their first tooth comes in. You should only use a grain of rice sized amount, but this little bit can pack a punch. If your tap water does not have fluoride in it or if your baby only drinks bottled water, you should use a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste for your baby to prevent tooth decay.

Keeping your baby’s tongue, gums and mouth clean is an essential part of your baby’s overall hygiene routine. Make sure that you clean your baby’s mouth regularly to prevent tooth decay and to help keep their gummy smile extra cute!

 

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Rescue Your Back with the Best Toddler Carriers!

It’s easy to carry a newborn or infant in a baby wrap, but as a child gets older and reaches the toddler stage, most parents will want a carrier of some kind. Using a toddler carrier makes it easier to carry your baby when you’re out. This might be while hiking or spending time outdoors, or during any lengthy activity where it can be tricky to hold your baby in your arms. Our top 10 are those that you will get a few years of use out of. They make it easier for your child to explore and give parents a hand for long-duration carrying.

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What is a toddler carrier?

A toddler carrier is a device that allows you to carry your toddler either on your back, on your chest, or at your hip. Most of these mimic how a parent naturally carries a toddler. They help provide support to both the parent and the child while carrying. It is larger than an infant sling and uses smart design to support the toddler. It will be a comfortable ride while also helping the parent by distributing the toddler’s weight evenly.

Why are they useful?

Babywearing is awesome because it helps the toddler bond with the parent. Yet, still gives the parent support and helps to carry the toddler’s weight. They make it easy to keep an eye on your toddler while going for a walk, shopping, or spending time outdoors. A toddler carrier connects parent and toddler while offering a fun ride.

Different Types

  • Hiking carriers: these use a frame to support the toddler’s weight and typically are for long-distance walking or hiking. We also have an article dedicated to carriers made just for hiking, check it out!
  • Seat carriers: these use a wide seat to support the toddler’s weight and typically are used on the hip or as a front-facing carrier
  • Backpack carriers: these fit like a traditional backpack and carry the toddler on the parent’s back
  • Multi-function carriers: these are convertible and often have multiple ways they can be worn or used

Must-Haves

  • Comfort: it must be comfortable for both the parent and the child
  • Function: it must be functional for the parent, with added pockets, straps, and supports
  • Accessibility: it must be easy to use for the parent and easy to get the child in and out of
  • Durable: both in terms of wear and tear and provides at least a year of use as your child grows

Top 10 Best Toddler Carriers

1: Clevr Deluxe Hiking Toddler Carrier

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This lightweight hiking toddler carrier is available in a few bright colors. You can pick the one that suits your style. The storage pockets and removable backpack make it multi-functional and gives parents room for their gear as well as for the toddler essentials. The thick straps, waist belt, toddler seat, and lumbar support help keep both parent and toddler comfortable on any trek. There’s an adjustable canopy to keep the sun or weather off of the toddler and has an extendable rain guard. It weighs 5 pounds and has a foldable metal frame that folds flat for easy storage.

2: Clevr Premium Hiking Toddler Carrier

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For those hiking families looking for a toddler carrier that’s a step above, check out the premium option. It is also offered in a range of colors and elevates the design details from the deluxe to create the perfect hiking toddler carrier. There are larger storage compartments, two water bottle holders, and a kickstand. The kickstand will give you a break during stops without having to take the toddler out. The seat is adjustable, there’s a canopy for sun and rain, foot stirrups, and plenty of space for your gear. There’s even a drool pad; perfect for early, sleepy hikes. 

3: Lamibaby Hip Seat

This hip seat is a great way to get a little assistance when carrying around an infant all the way to the toddler stage. The main portion is a padded seat that your baby sits on while in the traditional hip carrying position. This seat buckles across the parent’s hip, with a shoulder support to help distribute the baby’s weight evenly. The seat is ergonomic for proper hip development and the design gives parents lumbar support in 4 positions. This specific toddler carrier allows baby to bond with the parent carrying them, while giving parents a bit of extra support and stability.

4: Bijou Wear Skya Lightweight Ring Sling

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Most of the toddler carriers on this top 10 list are traditional backpack style. However, this ring sling by Bijou Wear takes the familiar ring sling for infants and small babies and provides a larger sling for toddlers. This ring sling comes in different sizes, with the X-large sling ideal for toddlers up to 35 pounds. Toddlers can be carried in the front or on the hip for a little extra support. This soft sling is great for packing into a backpack or keeping in the car for easy use whenever you need it.

5: Bebamour 2-in-1 Seat Toddler Carrier

For those looking for a toddler seat as well as a traditional carrier, consider this toddler option by Bebamour. The single-seat configuration sits low across the parent’s hips and buckles securely. It also provides a padded seat for baby to sit or lay on. This gives parents some extra support while carrying baby. The baby carrier configuration uses backpack style straps to carry baby on your chest or on your back. Baby can be on your chest forward-facing or rear-facing, depending on their age. It can carry babies from 3 to 36 months.

6: Evenflo Natural Fit Soft Toddler Carrier

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Another great front and back toddler carrier is this simple, natural colored option from Evenflo. The breathable fabric makes it comfortable for both the parent and the child so they can focus on bonding and exploring. Whatever way you wear it your baby will face in, which is great for younger children and toddlers alike. The simple design and neutral color make it perfect for many families. This is a great backup option to have in the car or as your main option for outdoor activities.

7: Tula Ergonomic Toddler Carrier

This carrier specifically caters to toddlers and is best used with children 25 to 60 pounds. This company makes a range of baby and toddler carriers, with this one being specifically designed for use with older children. The simple construction features a wide waist strap with two backpack style straps and extra support to provide a custom fit. The front panel is available in a range of prints and colors to add some personality. The carrier works in two configurations, carrying your toddler on your chest or your back, for bonding, connection, and a supportive carry.

8: Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Toddler Carrier

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This is a very simple, machine washable option that can carry baby from 3 pounds to 36 pounds. There’s a narrow seat facing in position for the infant age with a transition to facing in with a wide seat, facing out, and eventually back carrying for the toddler. This is a simply designed, soft fabric carrier with padded straps and a comfortable baby support section. The neutral color and convertible design makes this an all in one option for those looking for something straightforward and easy to use.

9: LILLEbaby CarryOn Airflow

There are plenty of options on the market that convert to support toddlers. This one was specifically designed to carry toddlers and accommodate their size and proportions. The seat is larger and wider than the others. This makes it easier to use for a longer duration, both to keep your toddler comfortable and to get more use out of it before your baby outgrows it. It will support toddlers carried on the parent’s back and has breathable panels, supportive straps, and considers their hips and growing bodies as well as parent’s pressure points. The child can be carried in a front carry, forward-facing, and rear carrying setup for functionality and free hands.

10: MiaMily Hipster Plus 3D Baby and Toddler Carrier

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Lastly, we bring you the amazing MiaMily Hipster. It can carry a child from 3 months old all the way to 4 years. This is the must-have toddler carrier for families that want to have just one for all carrying needs. The design and construction are top quality. Plus, it has 9 different configurations to provide the best carrying option for your needs. It allows you to carry baby forward facing, front, back, and hip, all the while keeping things comfortable for you and your toddler. There’s an extra storage compartment in the seat, which means you can carry everything you need within this carrier and have both hands free for shopping, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

 

Toddler carriers are a must for any family, as it helps your child explore the world while keeping each parent hands-free to participate in the day’s events. Each one on this list is different, as some have a seat for hip use while others have a traditional backpack style for rear carrying. No matter your needs and the configuration you choose, all of these top 10 toddler carriers will offer comfort and support for both the parent and the toddler, and most can carry your child from 6 months to almost 4 years.

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How to Clean Baby Toys + Safe Cleaning Products!

Babies put toys up by their faces, in their mouth, and up their noses, so it is super important to keep them clean! I would recommend having a routine to clean them because otherwise, it is super easy to forget. I would recommend cleaning the toys every couple of weeks, but also anytime your little one has had a playdate where the other baby might have been sticking toys in their mouth. You will also want to disinfect anytime that any family or friends that you spend time with regularly are sick. 

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How to Clean Baby Toys

The Little Stuff

Dishwasher

Take the easy route if you can! For little toys that have no batteries, I would recommend just putting them in the dishwasher. You can just add a couple of drops of dish soap and run a quick cycle with hot water. 

By Hand

Rinse your baby’s toys with soapy water in your sink until the water runs clear to clean them. Fill a 1-gallon bucket with water (you can find these at hardware stores super cheap and they will come in handy for cleaning many things with this same method!) and 2 tablespoons of bleach. Let the toys sit in the bleach solution for a couple of minutes and then set them out to air dry. This second step will do the disinfecting!

Cleaning Bigger Toys 

Your baby is probably not putting bigger toys, like a walker or a play piano, in their mouth quite as often. However, it is still super important to clean toys like this off. You can rinse use the bucket method above for toys without batteries, but you will need a different method for everything else. My recommendation for toys with batteries is to use one of the disinfecting wipes we have listed below to simply wipe the toys down.  

Plush and Fabric Toys

You will definitely need to know how to clean plush and fabric toys, especially if your baby becomes attached to Mr. Bunny or Teddy and cannot sleep without him.  Luckily, you can just throw these toys in the wash with a little soap and hot water. They come out looking as good as new (at least for the first year or so)! If the toy is getting worn down or seems fragile, I would stick to hang drying. As for newer toys, they can be tossed right into the dryer. It also helps to throw some tennis balls in along with the plush toys to keep the inner stuffing fluffed up all around. 

Safe Cleaners to Use on Your Toys

Obviously, you want everything in your home to be clean and disinfected, but when there’s a baby around you also want to use safe nontoxic products. Here are some of our favorite soaps, wipes, and detergents to aid you in cleaning your baby’s toys. 

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Honest Dish Soap:

This plant-derived clean is tough on food and grease, as well as any grime that might end up on toys. It comes in 3 different scents, all naturally derived, or a scent-free option. 

Babyganics Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap:

Another popular brand that makes safe products for babies is Babyganics. This foaming dish soap can be used to clean your bottles as well as dishes and toys. It is plant-based, free of toxins, and has been tested by both pediatricians and dermatologists. 

Elysium Premium Natural Baby Bottle Liquid Dish Soap:

Elysium is another soap that can be used to clean your baby’s toys. It is antibacterial and organic, as well as being completely free of parabens, alcohol, phthalates, and sulfates just like the other soaps on this list. This soap is also vegan if we have any mamas out there who are looking for that! 

Clorox Free and Clear Hard Surface Daily Wipes:

You need all kinds of wipes with little ones in the house! These Clorox Free and Clear are perfect for wiping down both big and small toys. You can also use them on your counters, high chair, car seats, and more. They do not have any bleach and are fragrance-free. 

Dreft Multi-Surface All-Purpose Gentle Cleaning Wipes:

Dreft also makes great cleaning wipes that are safe to use around little ones. These are very similar to the Clorox Free and Clear above, but they are not fragrance-free. They have a gentle, light scent. 

Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent:

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As for the baby toys you will be tossing in the laundry, Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent works great to clean them! It is fragrance-free and formulated from plant-derived ingredients. It is totally safe for your baby, nonallergenic, and has been tested by dermatologists. However, it still has good stain-fighting power!

Honest Baby Laundry Fragrance-Free:   

The Honest Company also makes a great fragrance-free laundry detergent that you can use to clean toys in your washing machine. Just like Babyganics, it is hypoallergenic and made of plant-derived ingredients while still providing stain-fighting power. 

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101 Baby Quotes that are Adorable, Funny, and Way Too Honest

Welcoming a child into your life is an immensely personal and life-changing event that completely shifts your entire perspective. That being said, babies can be hilarious and unbelievably cute! These too-honest baby quotes span the adorable to the funny and are totally relatable for first-time parents and experienced parents alike!

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101 Adorable, Funny, and Way Too Honest Baby Quotes

  1. A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house. -Milwaukee Journal

 

  1. A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad. -John Andrew Holmes

 

  1. Insomnia: A contagious disease often transmitted from babies to parents. -Shannon Fife

 

  1. A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be. -Unknown

 

  1. The art of being a parent is to sleep when baby is not looking. -Unknown

 

  1. Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other. -Ed Howe

Ain’t that the truth!

Here are a few baby quotes that couldn’t be any truer.

  1. You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. -Franklin P. Jones

 

  1. When your first baby drops her pacifier, you sterilize it. When your second baby drops her pacifier, you tell the dog: ‘Fetch!’.  -Bruce Lansky

 

  1. Before I got married I had six theories about raising children. Now, I have six children and no theories. -John Wilmot  

 

  1. The only things kids wear out faster than their shoes are their parents. -John J. Plomp

 

  1. 24/7. Once you sign on to be a mother, that’s the only shift they offer! -Jodi Picoult

 

  1. The hardest part of raising a child is having to stick to all these rules yourself! -Unknown

 

  1. Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers…but just a little toothless smile and mummy and daddy are happy! -Sokrates

 

  1. Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful. -Charles Osgood

 

  1. Starting today, it is me who’ll decide when we get up! -Unknown

 

  1. People who say they sleep like a baby, usually don’t have one.  -Leo Burke

 

  1. Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough.  -Wilhelm Busch

 

  1. Having a baby is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head. -Carol Burnett

 

  1. A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can. -Unknown

101 adorable baby quotes

  1. There’s this girl who stole my heart… She calls me Daddy! -Unknown

 

  1. Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home. -Eric Church

 

  1. I have given up single life and have moved to a shared apartment, I like it there! -Unknown

 

  1. Today I have given notice on my studio apartment and have moved in with my parents. – Baby -Unknown

Because they are worth all the trouble.

Hey, we know why we created these tiny humans. These baby quotes are all about how our little ones, as tiring as they may be, are so worth it.

  1. My mother had a great deal of trouble with me. But I think she enjoyed it. -Mark Twain

 

  1. A toddler can do more in one unsupervised moment than most people can do all day… -Unknown

 

  1. Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math. -Unknown

 

  1. Your home has just been enlarged… by 2 feet. -Unknown

 

  1. Good moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens and happy kids. -Unknown

 

  1. My fingers may be small, but I’ve got daddy (mom, my parents) wrapped around them. -Unknown

 

  1. There is only one pretty child in the world – and every mother has it! -Chinese proverb

 

  1. Having a new baby is like suddenly getting the world’s worst roommate. -Anne Lamott

 

  1. Although there are many trial marriages there is no such thing as a trial child. -Gail Sheehy

 

  1. Every baby needs a lap. -Henry Robin

 

  1. The hot, moist smell of babies fresh from naps. -Barbara Lazear Asche

 

  1. As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible and trust God with the impossible. -Ruth Bell Graham

 

  1. Children reinvent your world for you. -Susan Sarandon

 

  1. It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last. -Charles Dickens

 

  1. An ugly baby is a very nasty object, and the prettiest is frightful when undressed. -Queen Victoria

 

  1. Does Grandpa love to babysit his grandchildren? Are you kidding? By day, he is too busy taking hormone shots at the doctors or chip shots on the golf course. At night, he and Grandma are too busy doing the cha-cha. -Hal Boyle

 

  1. Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething. -Mark Twain

  1. Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. -John Wilmot

 

  1. God’s interest in the human race is nowhere better evinced than in obstetrics. -Martin H. Fischer

 

  1. It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t. -Barbara Kingsolver

 

  1. Getting down on all fours and imitating a rhinoceros stops babies from crying. (Put an empty cigarette pack on your nose for a horn and make loud “snort” noises.) I don’t know why parents don’t do this more often. Usually, it makes the kid laugh. Sometimes it sends him into shock. Either way, it quiets him down. If you’re a parent, acting like a rhino has another advantage. Keep it up until the kid is a teenager and he definitely won’t have his friends hanging around your house all the time. -P. J. O’Rourke

 

  1. Always kiss your children goodnight—even if they’re already asleep. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr

 

  1. I didn’t know how babies were made until I was pregnant with my fourth child. -Loretta Lynn

 

  1. His little hands stole my heart. His little feet ran away with it. -Joshua Riley

 

  1. Babies smile in their sleep because they’re listening to the whispering of angels. -Unknown

You might not need a baby quote to tell you that the days are long! 

  1. The days are long, but the years are short. -Gretchen Rubin

 

  1. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. -Isiah 46:4

 

  1. The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. -Rajneesh

 

  1. Fairy tales do come true. Look at us, we had you. -Gemma Grace

 

  1. Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart. -Winnie the Pooh

 

  1. There’s really nothing quite so sweet as tiny little baby feet. -Unknown

 

  1. If I am thinking correctly,” said Pooh, “a new baby is probably, undoubtedly the grandest gift that could ever be. -Winnie the Pooh

My personal favorite baby quote!

  1. And though she be but little, she is fierce. -William Shakespeare

 

  1. Baby – a little bit of heaven sent down to earth. -ThirtyOne

 

  1. Hold on to the tiny moments and cherish the little snuggles. They grow up so fast. -Heather Stillufaen

 

  1. Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” -C.S. Lewis

 

  1. A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made. -Sammy Davis Jr.

 

  1. For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart. -1 Samuel 1:27

 

  1. “Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.” – Taylor Hanson

 

  1. “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” – Carl Sandburg

 

  1. “Babies are such a nice way to start people.” – Don Herold

  1. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” – Lemony Snicket

 

  1. “The baby will talk when he talks, relax. It ain’t like he knows the cure for cancer and just ain’t spitting it out.” – Justin Halpern

 

  1. “When I ask how old your toddler is, I don’t need to hear ’27 months.’ ‘He’s two’ will do just fine. He’s not a cheese. And I didn’t really care in the first place.” – George Carlin

 

  1. “I am very thankful and blessed to have a healthy and happy baby boy and baby mama.” – Eric Church

A baby quote about farts to give you a laugh. 

  1. “Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.” – Tina Fey

 

  1. “Having a baby is part of a woman’s life, and it is surely a great waste to be afraid of life.” – Joan Lowery Nixon

 

  1. “Having a baby is one of the most wonderful things in your life, as well as the hardest thing in your life.” – Nuno Bettencourt

 

  1. “It is a smile of a baby that makes life worth living.” -Debasish Mridha

 

  1. “Like stars are to the sky, so are the children to our world. They deserve to shine!” -Chinonye J. Chidolue

 

  1. “The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” -Johnny Depp

 

  1. “You know what the great thing about babies is? They are like little bundles of hope. Like the future in a basket.” -Lish McBride

 

  1. “Babies are such a nice way to start people.” -Don Herold

 

  1. “Children see magic because they look for it.” -Christopher Moore

 

  1. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” -Lemony Snicket

 

  1. “It’s never the right time to have kids, but it’s always the right time for screwing. God’s not dumb. He knows how it works.” -Justin Halpern

 

  1. “Babies used to make me nervous, but these squirmy things are awesome once you’ve read the manual.” -David Z. Hirsch

 

  1. “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” -Hodding Carter Jr.

 

  1. “Children have neither past nor future. They enjoy the present, which very few of us do.” -Jean De La Bruyere

 

  1. “Babies laughing is like opium.” -Neil Patrick Harris

 

  1. “Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.” -Fran Lebowitz

 

  1. “To profoundly understand a baby, you must first be a mother.” -Debasish Mridha

 

  1. The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.” -Unknown

 

  1. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” -Milton Berle

 

  1. “There’s nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn’t even have to matter what they’re laughing about.” -Criss Jami

 

  1. “That’s why babies cry so much. All of a sudden having a body is a lot to deal with.” -Ron Koertge

  1. “Still the most magical day of my life was the day I became a mom.” -Linda Becker

 

  1. “Perfection only exists in babies and pastries.” -Gayle Wray

 

  1. “Make no mistake about why these babies are here- they are here to replace us.” -Jerry Seinfeld

 

  1. “You’re my favorite reason to lose sleep.” -Unknown

 

  1. “The amazing thing about becoming a parent is that you will never again be your own first priority.” -Olivia Wilde

 

  1. “A baby is born with a need to be loved- and never outgrows it.” -Frank A. Clark

 

  1. “A baby has shining eyes. It walks open-hearted into the world and spreads magic.” -Sigrid Leo

 

  1. “A baby’s cry is precisely as serious as it sounds.” -Jean Liedloff

 

  1. “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” -Elizabeth Stone

 

  1. “For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.” -Unknown

 

  1. “It is a moment of pure ecstasy and satisfaction when you see a smile flicker on baby’s lips, just as they gently pass into a deep slumber.” -Unknown

And to end on the truest of all baby quotes…

  1. “All those cliches, those things you hear about having a baby and motherhood- all of them are true. And all of them are the most beautiful things you will ever experience.” -Penelope Cruz

 

Whatever you needed a baby quote for, I hope our list has helped you out! Sometimes you just need a little extra inspiration to get you through the day when parenting or a good laugh. If you have more funny and adorable baby quotes, let us know in the comments! And, if you are looking for other moms to swap advice and stories with be sure to head to our Rookie Moms Facebook Group. 

 

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Best Double Strollers; 21 Options to Make Life More Simple

Double the trouble means double the products. Whether you are expecting multiples or simply adding to your little crew, you will likely find yourself looking for the best double stroller to fit your family’s needs. The good news is there are tons of wonderful options out there with all kinds of different configurations, sweet accessories, and styles to match your life. We have broken strollers down into three categories; day to day double strollers, double umbrella strollers, and double joggers. We are pretty confident that somewhere in this list you will find your perfect match. Make sure to keep in mind a lighter stroller will be easiest to push and pay close attention to how the strollers fold if you have a compact car or will need to store the stroller in a small place. Besides that, we say simply follow your heart!

 

The 21 Best Double Strollers

 

Day to Day Double Strollers

Uppababy 2017 Vista Stroller

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You seriously get the best of both worlds with this stroller; it is lightweight, has all the accessories you could ever want, and is so easy to convert into whatever you need it to be. The stroller comes with a bassinet seat, which is even equipped with proper ventilation and depth for overnight sleep making this stroller perfect for travel. If you have multiples you will be able to attach 2 bassinet seats or 2 infant car seats. However, if you have a toddler and a newborn the stroller can be adapted to that as well. Just you wait, there is even more. The 2016 Vista Stroller can even hold a 3rd child with the Piggyback Ride-Along Board attachment, which allows a walker to hop on for a ride. This stroller has an answer for every scenario on top of being slick and modern in looks.

Stroller Weight: 28 lbs as a single stroller, but varies depending on attachments

Age Range: Newborn up to 50 lbs, dependent on attachments

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Baby Jogger 2014 City Mini GT Double Stroller

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If you’re looking for a double jogging stroller that fits all your needs, from grocery shopping to off the beaten path hikes, this is the one for you. The wheels are built to last and the hand brake is super user-friendly. A huge bonus is that the seat backs are longer meaning they can accommodate taller kids, so this stroller will last you as long as your kids will even want to sit in it. Did we mention it’s specially built to increase airflow? If you’re in hotter weather this is definitely something to take into account.

Stroller Weight: 46 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity 100 lbs total

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Joovy Caboose Ultralight

Joovy took their original stroller kept all the sturdiness and versatility, but lost 4 lbs to create the Joovy Caboose Ultralight. You can have two seats or convert them back to a bench or standing platform. In fact, this is the lightest sit and stand stroller on the market according to their website. On top of that it folds up easily and small enough to fit in most car trunks. This stroller reclines all the way back for nap time because Joovy understands that missing a nap can turn ugly real quick.

Stroller Weight: 23.5 lbs (WOW!)

Age Range: 90 lbs

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Chicco Cortina Together Double

The Chicco Cortina Together is the perfect option for anyone who needs a double stroller on a budget. It’s reasonably priced and grows with your family, from infant car seats to some of the tallest seats that exist in a double stroller making it comfortable for older children. We love that the storage bag is very large and can be zippered shut. It folds up fairly well but isn’t the best in the game. The shades are also a bit disappointing, but these are small sacrifices to make when you consider the lower cost. The stroller is still made of high-quality materials and will surely get the job done.

Stroller Weight: 34 lbs

Age Range: Up to 40 lbs in each seat

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Baby Trend Sit n Stand Double Stroller

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Baby Trend kept mama in mind when they finally made a double stroller with a snack tray and cup holder not only for each child but for you as well! The huge basket is perfect for storing pretty much anything else. This stroller can have two seats or the back can be switched out to a standing platform. It is a great option for parents who think their child will be growing out of a seat soon but may want to add it back on for particularly long trips. You can easily fold this stroller with one hand because with two kiddos you need all the free hands you can get.

Stroller Weight: 32.5 lbs

Age Range: Newborn (with the car seat attachment) to 2.5 years old or 40 lbs

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Bugaboo Donkey

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We know that the name of this stroller has probably already caught your attention, and we are here to assure you it will actually be a much smoother ride than one from a donkey. This is the perfect day to day double stroller if you need something narrow but sturdy and capable of converting into different configurations. It is one of the few double strollers that won’t leave you worrying about fitting through doorways or aisles. Say hello to all those errands you’ve been missing! You can attach two bassinets, two seats, or one of each. The seats can also face forwards or backward, just in case someone needs a little extra attention. It is not the easiest stroller to fold up, but if it’s something you use every day you might not even need to get into that.

Stroller Weight: 33 lbs

Age Range: Newborn to 37 lbs in each chair

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Best Double Umbrella Strollers

Chicco Echo Twin

This is probably my favorite of the double umbrella strollers. It’s pretty sturdy meaning it will last you through some great adventures and/or errands, but still has the compact feel that you want. This stroller is little heavier but ergonomically easy to tote around with a handle, and at least you can count carrying it as your bonus workout. It’s made to fit just about perfectly through any door frame. It has literally everything on the checklist from maneuverability to the 5 point harness, and that’s why a recommend it so highly.

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Zoe XL2 Best v2

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For the price, this stroller is really high quality and will last you a while. The Zoe is one of the lightest weight and smallest folded double umbrella strollers. Despite its super lightweight, it can still comfortably hold even your 4-year-olds. The canopies are awesome and will provide ultimate shade for your babes and the recline really well for nap time. As for accessories a snack tray, drink holder, and great storage, all come along with this umbrella stroller.

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Joovy Twin Groove Ultralight

best double strollers

While not many double umbrella strollers are a great option for newborns, Joovy got it right. They recline, individually, and turn into an almost bassinet like a seat. It grows super well along with your kiddo and can end up holding up to 50 lbs in each seat. This stroller has pretty much everything on the checklist, including a great canopy and amazing underneath storage. It has safety reflectors, so you can feel more comfortable enjoying late night strolls with your little ones!

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UPPAbaby G-Link

There is both a 2016 model and a 2018 model out right now, depending on your budget both make a great choice. Biggest perk, it’s only 24 lbs so you should be able to carry it anywhere. The canopies are top notch and the stroller can stand on its own when you fold it up. This stroller is a great option if you’re kids are a little older as it can hold up to 50 lbs in each seat!

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Delta Children LX Double Umbrella

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Bang for your buck is what this double umbrella stroller will get you. At just around $55, this super lightweight stroller is a favorite of many parents. The seats recline just enough to get comfy and there is a little bit of a canopy to shade your kiddo from the sun. It’s pretty easy to maneuver and compact. Hello, grocery store aisle! Hello, theme parks!

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Kinderwagon Hop

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Some of you are probably big fans of the tandem stroller. Well, this double umbrella stroller is actually a tandem which is pretty rare. It has a lot of checklist items like reclining seats, super compact and easy folding mechanism, and a 5 point harness. Although the seats are a little small and the leg room squishy, so it’s best for smaller or younger kiddos. Bonus, you can fit one car seat in it if need be!  

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Kolcraft Cloud Double

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This is another really well-priced stroller making it worth checking out. It’s especially great if you are making this purchase in addition to your other stroller. There are two big cons here; there is no 5 point harness only 3 and there’s no storage basket. Besides those things, it has pretty much everything else going for it. The seats recline a bit, it’s easy to maneuver and transport and the canopies are pretty large.

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Maxi Cosi Dana for 2

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I love the sleek all-black look of the Maxi Cosi, but more than just looks it’s really easy to push with a middle handle for extra control and has super roomy seats for your babies. It can hold two newborn car seats, which is a pretty unique and useful feature. Its main downfall is that it’s not the lightest of umbrella strollers.

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Best Double Jogging Stroller

BOB 2016 Revolution Flex Duallie

 

It’s pricey, but with that price comes the ease of jogging and maneuvering a pretty awesome stroller. It has plenty of storage, is supposed to be comfortable for you to push and for your kids to ride in, and passed all the safety tests with flying colors. Added little bonus; it’s also meant for all terrains making this a great double jogging stroller for moms who enjoy being outside.

Stroller Weight: 33 lbs

Age Range: 8 weeks to 50 lbs per seat

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Joovy ScooterX2 Double Stroller

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This double jogging stroller is pretty much top of the line and stylish which is a huge plus. It has a ton of storage and zippered in pockets so you won’t lose anything. It also has to mesh pocket cup holders inside for your little ones which is rare for joggers (it’s the little things right?). This double joggers only downfall is that it isn’t great for off-roading so maybe not the choice for hikers.

Stroller Weight: 32 lbs

Age Range: 3 months to 45 lbs per seat

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Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double Stroller

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This stroller truly does everything well. While a lot of crossover options make you sacrifice in some way, this double jogging stroller does jogging, all-terrain, or mall strolling with no problem. The seats have a bar down the middle giving your kids lots of support. They also recline all the way back to flat with an easy mechanism for big nappers.

Stroller Weight: 35 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity of 100 lbs total

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Thule Urban Glide Double  

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This stroller can hold one infant car seat, so it’s a great option for mamas of 2 who just want to purchase one stroller. It’s obviously not meant for you to jog with the infant car seat, but once your baby is old enough for the regular seat it’s perfect for a jog or just running errands. Moms also love that the handlebar includes a drum brake.     

Stroller Weight: 31 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity of 100 lbs total  

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Bumble Indie Twin Jogging Stroller

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This double jogging stroller is well worth the price tag. It’s compact when folded, so you can fit it anywhere it needs to go including small trunk spaces. It’s also super comfy for your kiddos and offers tons of storage space. As for safety, the five-point harness will make you feel comfortable that your babies aren’t going anywhere. Make sure the tires are full and this bad boy is a piece of cake to push around.

Stroller Weight: 36 lbs

Age Range: no age/weight minimum on the lowest recline setting to 90 lbs total

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Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger Stroller

  

This double jogging stroller is a super affordable option coming in right around $200. While the materials are a little lower quality and there are reviews of a little wiggle in the wheels, it’s super lightweight and easy to maneuver. Plus, you can always have someone handy take a look at a wobbly wheel to tighten it or put more air in.

Stroller Weight: 25 lbs

Age Range: maximum of 90 lbs total

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Mountain Buggy +One Stroller

This stroller is actually one of the rare tandem double jogging strollers making it perfect for narrow spaces. It goes from single to double pretty easily, so it’s great for families planning on growing. The back can lay down as a mattress while you’ve still got a newborn and then be converted into the second seat.

Details like weight and age depending on how you configure the stroller

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10 Best White Noise Machines for Baby [Ultimate Lullaby!]

Something as simple as a white noise machine can make all the difference in your baby’s sleep! The days of tiptoeing around the house while the baby naps are over. A white noise machine will help cancel out some of those environmental sounds meaning your baby will sleep better. And hey, you might just get some time to relax as well! These are the 10 best white noise machines for babies, as they are functional, relaxing, and soothing for babies from infancy through toddlerhood and even for school-age children. A white noise machine will help create a peaceful environment perfect for snoozing. 

Best White Noise Machines for Baby

What is a white noise machine?

A white noise machine is usually a small device that plays a variety of soothing sounds and music to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep. White noise reduces background noise from around the house. Many people find white noise soothing for sleeping, as it helps create a comfortable and restful environment. These machines often offer a range of nature sounds such as rain, waves, and birds. Some even sing soft lullabies.

How can it be useful in a nursery?

White noise machines are useful in the nursery because babies need a lot of sleep in their first months. The sounds of a household during the day can be distracting and disruptive. As your baby gets older, a white noise machine can be useful to help signal that it’s time for rest. They are a big help both during nap time and through the night.

White noise machine Must-Haves

  • Functional: you’ll want your machine to have the right controls, sounds, and capabilities to be soothing and useful.
  • Visually appealing: since this machine will sit in the nursery, so you want it to fit in with the decor. 
  • Easy to use: you don’t want to have to spend lots of time setting up the machine or working through the settings.
  • Portable: you’ll want it to be easy to carry or travel with, as white noise can be soothing in an unfamiliar place.  

Types of White Noise Machines for Baby

  • Portable white noise machines: these are machines that use batteries or a charge in order to play. They are great for on the go or for use around the house.
  • Locational white noise machines: these are machines that require an outlet and stay in one room, traditional machines.
  • Smartphone synced white noise machines: these are machines that you can connect and control from your smartphone with the use of an app.

Top 10 Best White Noise Machines for Baby

1: HoMedics White Noise Sound Machine

Best White Noise Machines for Baby

This white noise sound machine by HoMedics is a great multi-function machine. It can operate on batteries or through a wall adapter. The HoMedics White Noise Sound Machine is multi-functional in power and design. Plus, there are 6 soothing sounds, including; standard white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, and brook as well as Summer Night. This is a very nature sound-based machine with simple buttons, a dial, and a sleep timer. The nature sounds can help soothe the baby and help them stay asleep, and the neutral design matches any nursery or child’s room.

2: Vanzon White Noise Machine

For a portable white noise machine that operates on a charge, check out this one by Vanzon. The neutral white and silver design helps it match any nursery. Plus, since you can charge this noise machine it is easy to use on the go or while traveling. This USB charging cable makes it easy to charge with a portable battery bank along with its own wall outlet, just like a smartphone. The machine has 36 soothing sounds with a focus on white noise, including 6 white noise and 11 different fan sounds. There are also 18 nature sounds for a range of soothing options to help the baby feel comfortable and relaxed.

3: Dreamegg D1 Sound Machine

Best White Noise Machines for Baby

The Dreamegg D1 sound machine is USB charged or powered. This machine is unique in that it has a nightlight component in the form of a soft-lit yellow ring around the top of the machine. This makes it easy to locate in a dim nursery during the day or in the dark at night. There are 24 loop-less sounds for consistent relaxing white noise, with 7 white noise, 7 fan, and 10 natural sounds. There’s a sleep timer for 20 minutes up to 90 minutes, perfect for nap times or quiet times once baby is older. The volume control makes it easy to tailor the white noise to the atmosphere, perfect for traveling in louder hotel rooms or during nap time out of the house.

4: Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine

This no-frills white noise machine is a great addition to the baby’s nursery because it will last through to college in terms of design and variety of sounds. The large front speaker and simple large top buttons make it easy to operate and program for reliable, relaxing sound. There are 6 natural sleep sounds including rain, brook, thunder, and ocean. The white noise function is perfect for reducing environmental sounds and creating the perfect sleep environment. Both baby and the whole house will appreciate this white noise machine.

5: BabyFeel SleepyMe Smart Sleep Soother

Best White Noise Machines for Baby

This sleep soother is specifically designed with babies and small children in mind. From the cute chick design to the unique nightlight design, this is the perfect white noise machine for baby. It plays 10 different lullabies! On top of that, it has a star projector night light. Between the music, nature sounds, and the soft lights this will be the perfect way to get your baby to sleep and can be used through toddlerhood. It’s the perfect baby shower gift, as it will match any nursery and is almost guaranteed to help baby sleep every night.

6: Baby Shusher Miracle Soother Sound Machine

Best White Noise Machines for Baby

For those parents looking for an unconventional white noise machine, consider the Baby Shusher. This device is portable and uses a real human voice to shush your baby to sleep. There is a sleep timer for 15 to 30 minutes, so once your baby is asleep it can automatically shut off. There’s also a volume control to provide the level of noise your baby needs. This is a battery-powered device, which can be great to have in a diaper bag or on the go as well as in the nursery. It’s very portable, small, and easy to carry with the added strap, so parents can use it throughout the house to help keep baby calm and rested.

7: SOAIY Baby Sleep Shusher Sound Machine

This shusher has a little bit of everything from the cute owl design to the soft yellow night light spot on the owl’s belly. This is a portable white noise machine that charges with its own cable and can be used while charging. The friendly design makes it easy to locate with the orange handle. There are 8 soothing sounds including a heartbeat, shusher, white noise, fan, and lullaby. The charge time is a little under 2 hours and each charge lasts 30 hours, making this an easy to use a sound machine at home and a very portable option for travel.

8: Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine and Night Light

This sound machine is controlled by an app and also operates as a night light! This makes it perfect for babies in the newborn stage and as well as the toddler stage. Through the app, you can customize the brightness, volume, and choose the sounds. There’s also a rise-with-me function that can be useful once the baby is sleeping in a toddler bed. It will help give them signals to keep them in a routine. This sound machine and night light helps to create an ideal calm and peaceful sleep environment.

9: Fisher-Price Music & Lights Elephant

For a white noise machine that’s designed for nurseries and children, this white elephant with a glowing star is the perfect accessory for the baby’s room. The simple buttons on the elephant’s back make it easy to adjust and the speaker in the ears helps broadcast the soothing music and sounds without it being too loud. The sounds range from white noise and nature sounds to 20 classic lullabies. The sleep timer helps save battery by playing for 20 to 120 minutes, or plug the speaker into the wall for sound and soothing all night long.

10: WavHello SoundBub White Noise Machine and Bluetooth Speaker

There will be a time that parents will want a simple, easy to use, no-frills sound machine to get through those rough nights. This white noise machine and Bluetooth speaker is completely portable and you can even carry it around. There’s a ring handle which is perfect for hanging on a car seat, stroller, or crib, along with a friendly owl design. The small owl is USB charged and offers 11 white noise soundtracks. There’s also the ability to download more sounds with the mobile app as your baby grows. The app also lets you play your own music and playlists as well as play voice messages.

Finding the Right White Noise Machine for Your Baby

There’s a white noise machine for the whole household, but these top 10 are the best white noise machines for babies. Whether you’re looking for a noise machine specifically for the nursery or something that can grow with your baby, each one of these will provide soothing and calming sounds to lull your little one to sleep. Many are neutral and inconspicuous to help you focus on the sounds and create the perfect sleeping environment. 

 

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