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A Member of Our Virtual Village…The Baby Cubby

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It takes a village is something we hear constantly when it comes to raising children.  Yet, in so many ways, the landscape of today’s village is quite different from when our parents were kids or even when we ourselves were children.  In a time when people are busier than ever, more parents are working or living far from extended family, we have found an alternative to the common village, a virtual village.

Parents have discovered a lovely online community that gives support and encouragement that a lot of new moms need, especially in those first few months. I know I used the online community for everything, from what baby gear to get, to feeding, to general support for a new twin mom.  Recently, I found a great member of that virtual village in The Baby Cubby.  

The Baby Cubby

Along with an online store, The Baby Cubby works hard to be a supportive resource for moms and dads navigating the waters of parenthood. They are a team of moms and dads who, through their blog and social media, work very hard to provide support, encouragement, tips and advice to everyone joining team parenthood. For their online store, they only choose products they have fully researched and have the utmost confidence in.  The best part, they will price match, so you are guaranteed to get the best deal.  Which really comes in handy for us twin parents when more often than not we are buying two of everything.

There are so many items on their site that I too loved and use.  So, I wanted to share my recommendations for parents of newborn twins from The Baby Cubby

MUST HAVE GEAR FOR TWINS

The Maxi Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat is by far one of my favorite car seats.  It’s what we used for our twins and has the three most important features when shopping for a car seat. It’s lightweight, which is useful when carrying two, the weight requirement begins at 4lbs, also a plus as many twins are born on the smaller side and has a high safety rating.

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We have the Bumbleride Indie Twin Double Stroller and I love it!  It is super easy to maneuver and fits through every door frame we have needed to get through.  In my opinion, when going for a side by side double, this is the one.

The best double umbrella on the market right now is the UppaBaby G-Link.  Lightweight, great canopies and storage (not common with umbrellas), adjustable seats allowing newborns to ride and easy to maneuver.

I love the Mamaroo because it serves as both a swing and chair.  We used it to soothe the boys and as a seat when we started solids.  It has a smaller footprint than most swings and it lightweight, making it easy to move from room to room. Just make sure you get the infant insert for newborns.

I might have used my Skip Hop Wet Bag more than anything else and am still using it with my toddlers.  Given how many times you are changing wet pants or shirts when you are out, this bag gets its daily use.  And I never have to worry about my own bag smelling or getting wet. 

We used Amber Teething Necklaces on both the boys and went through the teething phase without too much fuss.  I definitely recommend these to help with those sore gums and fussy babies.

I feel like there isn’t anything of Fridababy’s that I don’t use and love.  The Nose Frieda is still a life saver, the Windi was incredibly helpful in our early months and the Fever Thermometer Sensor provides huge relief, especially since fevers are a scary but common occurrence with babies and kids.

baby in Babiator sunglasses

I wanted to get the boys used to wearing sunnies early so we got them Babiators.  They are incredibly rad, with cool designs, great sun protection and the best part is if you lose them they give you a free replacement pair.

I have a big concern with plastic and considering babies put everything in their mouths I tried to find a lot of toys that were wooden.  The Baby Cubby has some great teethers and toys aimed to help them with motor skills that are made of wood and still colorful.

When it comes to baby gear there is so much out there to choose from that it is nice to find places that you can trust will offer the what is best for your baby at the best price.  The Baby Cubby works hard to provide that for parents.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babies, Babies, Babies. Big City Mom’s Biggest Baby Shower

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For the most part we are done having children.  Given that our families live within a plane’s ride away, unless we strike it rich and can afford help and college for more than 2 children, we are settled on our two.  Plus having twins first gives a unique perspective on having a 3rd child.  However, every once in a while I get an inkling.  It could happen when I am holding a friend’s baby or when I think about how fast my boys have grown.  Or like the other day when I attended Los Angeles’s biggest Baby Shower hosted by Big City Moms.  As I stood in line to enter the event I realized that I was completely surrounded by pregnant bellies.  Bumps of all sizes waiting to enter and see what the newest, greatest products are out there for their impending arrival.  There is something quite magical being so close to so many tiny beating hearts that suddenly, the inkling started to grow.

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The sold-out event was held at Guerin Pavilion at Skirball Center and not an ounce of space was wasted.  Expectant and new parents walked amongst the multitude of exhibits, all with the same goal in mind – finding the next, best thing for their little one(s).  Every new parent knows trying to find out what is right for your baby can be overwhelming, therefore to ease such anxiety each booth has an on-site expert available to answer any question you may have about a particular item.

As I walked around drinking my mocktail, nibbling on a delicious cupcake, looking for gear specifically designed for twins I couldn’t help but notice some of the other amazing products used for singletons.  The Doona, an infant car seat that transforms into a stroller.  My back screamed with joy at the idea of not having to lug a large double stroller in and out of our trunk and then pull two heavy babies out of their chairs and into the stroller.  Carrying her (I had a girl this time) close to me in the uber-stylish, eco-friendly Beco baby carrier.  I was always so envious of people who could wear their baby when they were out and about so I wanted the best for my singleton.

I saw that familiar look of excitement mixed with bewilderment on the soon to be parents faces and felt nostalgic for that time and also a little jealous of the ease in which moms of singletons could get around with one baby, the inkling was growing.  I had visions of strapping my baby into this rad Peg-Perego infant bike seat and bike around town.  Never mind that I don’t own a bike and have no idea where I would put the other two.  I could almost feel the wind on our faces.

Woman at baby expo

My baby fever finally broke when I was looking at potty chairs at the Bjorn Baby booth, speaking to their expert, who was a mom to twin girls, about the trials and tribulations of potty training twins.   I had been so swept away by all the goodies for one baby that I never even thought about having twin toddlers plus a newborn.  I can barely keep one of my boy’s from climbing every surface in our house, never mind saving his life 70 times a day while tending to a newborn!  It would have been poor judgement that my reason for having a 3rd be I wanted the Nuna IVVI Carry Cot.  I could easily see myself having a shop around the Grove pushing this immensely stylish stroller, wearing chic heels because it simply calls for nothing less.

With my common sense in tact I spent the remainder of my time listening to the celebrity speakers, gathering as much information as I could for myself and other moms, filling my bag with incredible goodies and relishing being a part of this universal society of parents.  I would definitely recommend any expecting parent to attend this event, even us twin moms.  While there were a lot of items specifically designed for one baby there were quite a few innovative items and services that will help out a parent to multiples.  From skin care lines, to diaper bags for twin parents, to nanny services with caregivers who have experience with twins and so much more.  It almost made me want to do it all over again…ALMOST.

So in the meantime I will just get my baby fix working with expecting twin parents and the numerous vendors who have reached out to me wanting to know how they can be of service to twin parents.  Keep a look out as we review products and post some great deals for twin parents at Twin Love Concierge.  And when that inkling comes back I will just think about how nice it feels to finally sleep through the night…cue both babies crying.

 

 

 

 

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