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Oh baby

…parade, that is…as in baby parade.

First things first:  I feel like any time I say “baby, “or show interest in someone else’s baby or even think baby…well, you know how it goes.  So here’s my gentle disclaimer:  this is about a baby parade.  Not new babies, just a baby parade :)

The highlight of our weekend, well to me anyway, was The Hoboken Baby Parade. The Hoboken Baby Parade is a 100 year old tradition in town. In the olden days, people paraded their babies around and at the end, pediatricians would provide basic medical care for the kids.
In modern days, we parade our kids around town in our overpriced, overdecorated strollers for fun. Ridiculous? Maybe. The best part was that it was a fun way to interact with the community and a great way to observe a local tradition.

And oh yeah, an excuse to break in the kiddie pirate gear. We tried so hard to teach Jack important piratey jargon like, “Arrrrrgh.”  But Arrrrrrgh translated into Raaaaaaarrrr!  So Jack went around roaring with his pirate flag and inflatable sword with the ferocity of a dinosaur.

But luckily, he was in good company—not the roaring, but the swashbuckling around town.  We met a nice family who also happened to be a mixed family with an Asian mom and white dad, but they had two boys probably a year or two older than Jack.  The boys were dressed head-to-toe in pirate gear.  One boy had the coolest rainboots that I so want to find!  Anyway, when they saw Jack’s pirate flag and gear, it became this instantaneous kiddie pirate camaraderie in the middle of the busy sidewalk.

Pirate on the Hudson

Arrrgh!  What a fun time!

So cute, so fun…makes me never want to leave this town.  But then again, the thought of what’s upon the horizon might not be so bad after all.

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Forward-facing stroller=stressed baby?

According to a new British study, forward-facing strollers might be stressing your baby.  Because of lack of face to face contact with the parent, babies could end up “emotionally impoverished,” the study says.

“Specifically, the study found that 25 percent of parents using face-to-face buggies actually spoke to their baby, more than twice as many as with away-facing buggies, which are the most common type.”

As with all these reports, take it for what it’s worth.  To me, it all depends on the circumstance—all children and families are different.  What I completely agree with is,

“Parents deserve to be able to make informed choices as to how to best promote their children’s emotional, physical, and neurological development.”

We are out and about strolling practically every day, sometimes for hours at a time.  When he was a baby, we often used the rear-facing position.  Now that he’s older, Jack enjoys looking out and watching what’s going on in front of him.  The last time we used the rear-facing position was last spring.  But that said, I do love our stroller’s rear and forward facing options.  It was actually one of the requirements when we were researching strollers.  It’s fitting, however, that more and more stroller manufacturers include this option in the latest models.  I’ve compiled just a few below:

Uppa Baby Vista– I’m obviously biased about this stroller because this is what we own, but I can’t say enough great things about it.  It’s durable, extremely maneuverable on all terrains and very practical.  The fact that it’s also an eco-friendly American company was a very high selling point for us.

Britax Vigor- This one is described to be a versatile stroller that boasts various options including the forward and rear-facing positions.

Bugaboo- The ubquitous Bugaboo is said to have made the rear-facing option popular.  This one seems to be a favorite among many families.

Mutsy- This was the stroller we were originally going to go with, until we fell in love with ours.  This stroller boasts an elevated level, allowing the baby to sit a bit higher than other stroller.  I’ve seen this one being pushed around more often in our area, and it’s a sharp looking stroller.

Orbit- This stroller is another sharp-looking vehicle.  It’s futuristic, in that the infant car seat doubles as a basinette.  Its unique design and versatility has attracted popularity in the Hollywood mamas and pappas.  Dwight from the Office famously tested out its indestructibility a few episodes ago.

Stokke Xplory Reversible Stroller-  Another forward-thinking manufacturer, Stokke is known for their great concepts in children’s products, including cribs, changing tables and high chairs, among others.  The stroller also features an elevated seat, and is probably the highest of most other rear-facing strollers.

Rockstar Baby- Another stroller that has gained popularity, the Rockstar Baby stroller offers the versatility of forward and rear-facing options.

A few new models that I’ve seen, but don’t know much about:
Hauck I’Coo Infinity Reversible Stroller
Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Reversible Stroller
Peg Perego Venezia Reversible Stroller

These are just a few of the many strollers out there! As manufacturers continue to meet the needs of babies and parents, the options continue to broaden.

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