Reading “The 15 Things Veteran Mom’s Really Want To Say” is a comical gem for mothers of all stages. Whether you’re pregnant or have already passed the toddler stage, we’re sure this article will make you smile. Needless to say, it had the Bumbleride moms laughing and realizing we were guilty of a few of them. -Bumbleride
“Becoming a mother is like walking into a high school cafeteria. The cool moms, women who manage to get dressed and brush their teeth on a daily basis, sit at their own table. The moms who breast feed sit together, while the formula moms sit elsewhere. The sleep trainers swap stories at their table. The co-sleepers eat their lunches alone, so they can finally stretch out. The attachment parents wear their babies at the corner table. And everyone waits for a new mom to drop her lunch tray, so they can gasp and point fingers and roll their eyes at her missteps.
Well, this is the picture perpetuated by the Mommy War mentality, an archaic notion that reduces grown women to catty school girls. This analogy falls flat for too many reasons to count. We’re all moms, so we haven’t been served a meal in years, and we don’t know when we’ve eaten food that’s still warm. And given an opportunity to complete a sentence, most of us wouldn’t waste it on passing judgement especially on new moms.
The us vs. them mind set is the exception not the rule. When an “experienced” mom sees a “newbie,” the look in her eye as fruit loops cascade from the open van door is not judgement; it’s nostalgia and camaraderie. We’ve been there, and if a child didn’t need our attention “now, Mommy! Please, Mommy, please! Mooooooooomeeeee!” we’d say…
1. It’s totally normal that the car you used to get detailed on the reg looks like the place Goldfish crackers go to die. Just yesterday we found the remains of a hot dog beneath our seats.
2. We’re truly impressed you prepare healthful, organic meals everyday from scratch, but don’t beat yourself up if when you lay in bed reviewing what your child actually ate, you discover his calories came from pickles and Nerds. It happens.
3. We agree that the hands-down best high (no matter what you did in college) is the one you get from your baby laying heavy in a heap on your chest. Thank you, oxytocin. And no judgment here if you forgo a night out to cash in on the opportunity to cuddle up.
4. Don’t worry if you consider purchasing a taxi cab because you heard the plastic partitions can be made in soundproof material. We already looked into that.
5. There is nothing wrong with you at all if while cleaning the nursery in a few months, you tear up throwing away the nasal aspirators because your big girl can blow her nose all by herself. These milestones come out of nowhere……
We could go on and on because motherhood is the great equalizer, and we’re all just doing the best we can. Instead of passing judgement, we’re looking for strength in numbers. However, if you happen to come in contact with Judgey McJudginstuff herself, we fully support you thanking her for her insight while patting her shoulder with a hand that may or may not have poop under the fingernails.
Welcome to the club.” -Emily
You can find the rest of the original article and the remaining 10 items on the list here, http://www.scarymommy.com/things-experienced-moms-really-want-to-say-to-new-moms/ .
I’ve been testing the Bumbleride Indie for the past few months and here’s my final review of it.
For detailed photos of the Indie please click here: http://letstalkbabygear.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/bumbleride-indie-closer-look-true-all.html.
Please take a look at my previous posts for more photos
Here is your chance to be the very first Indie 4 owner!
Indie 4 is a compact, lightweight all terrain stroller designed to bridge the gap between urban errands and off-road adventures while adapting to babies at any age or stage. An included bassinet allows infants to face parents while the long and roomy, forward-facing seat with high canopy allows older children to ride comfortably. Indie 4 features four, off-road ready air filled tires in city friendly sizes paired with all wheel suspension perfect for all terrain versatility. With a compact space-saving standing fold and new auto locks, packing for a family trip or navigating daily life is now convenient. Parents will appreciate Indie 4′s versatile features like our adjustable handle, large easy-access storage basket and eco-conscious fabrics. Indie 4 offers peak performance no matter where life’s path takes you.
Learn more about Indie 4 here–>>http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/indie4.php
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PRIZES: One (1) Bumbleride Indie 4 Stroller
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On or about March 32st, 2014, Bumbleride will select one (1) potential winner in a random drawing from all eligible entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period using random.org. The odds of winning will be determined by the number of entries. The winners will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries received whose decisions regarding all aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding. On or about March 31st, 2014, potential winner will be notified by the valid email submitted for entry and may be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law) and any other documents required by Bumbleride, which must be returned to and received by Bumbleride within seven (7) calendar days of issuance. If a winner does not contact Bumbleride within 24 hours, declines to accept a prize, or in the event that a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the winner will be disqualified and Bumbleride may elect, at its own discretion, to select an alternate winner. By participating, entrants release Bumbleride, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated businesses, advertising and promotion agencies and the officers, directors, employees and agents of each from any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described) for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with receipt, enjoyment, ownership or use of the prize, and winner grants permission to Sponsor to use winner’s name, age, city, state, photograph or likeness for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation or approval (where lawful).
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Environmentally conscious parents don’t have to compromise on quality or design when taking little ones on an adventure in the Bumbleride Indie 4 stroller. A new addition to its popular line of high-end stroller collections, the four-wheel, all-terrain Indie 4 boasts bright hues and sustainable fabric made from 50 percent recycled PET and 50 percent bamboo charcoal. Available for purchase in April, the Indie 4 folds into a space-saving frame lock, accommodates children from infancy through toddlerhood, and offers all-wheel suspension for trips on the subway or bumpy rides along a hiking trail. Bumbleride wins our hearts for their commitment to producing sustainable products. It takes roughly 14 water bottles to fashion one set of Indie fabric. The charcoal bamboo fabric naturally absorbs moisture, prohibits bacterial growth and remains durable for years to come.
Learn more about Flite here, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/flite-home.php.
Read more at Fit Pregnancy here, http://www.fitpregnancy.com/.
Learn more about Indie here, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/indie-home.php or watch the full episode, http://www.fox.com/new-girl/.
A few months ago Bumbleride introduced their version of the stroller ride-on board called the Mini Board. This skateboard-style board is a perfect way to extend the life of your Bumbleride Indie or Indie Twin to accommodate those growing toddlers who just want to catch a ride from time to time. The Mini Board easily clamps to the frame of your Bumbleride stroller in seconds and features a slip-resistant deck for your toddler to stand on while they hold on to the handlebar.
We found that the two swivel wheels are very durable and gave it great maneuverability. Since the board is designed for the toddler to stand inside the handlebar, at 5’5, I was happy to find out that the board didn’t get in the way of my stride as I walked. If you are super tall, like with any ride-on boards, you will probably kick the back unless you walk to the side. That is pretty standard and unavoidable for our taller friends though.
You do have to remove the board from the stroller when folding, but the clamp system makes it super easy. Our only piece of advice is that you teach your toddler not to play or step down on the brake bar as they are riding. It is positioned right in front of their toes and screams to be played with.
To get an up close and personal look at the Mini Board, take a peek at our full video review below.
We are so excited about the new Bumbleride Mini Board that we are giving one away! Woot! Woot! But wait – you can’t have a Mini Board without a Bumbleride Indie, right?!?
Yep, we are giving away one of those too!! Winner gets both AND, CANADA, YOU ARE IN ON THIS ONE!!!
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Rafflecopter is back for this one but Facebook has changed the game! Now, we can use Facebook “likes” as an entry method. So, you know what?!? It is going to be MANDATORY to “like” the giveaway post on Facebook to enter. (NOTE: You always have the option to just leave a comment on the blog for that entry and do nothing else. This is for those who don’t do Facebook.) Giveaway starts NOW and ends at 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 14, 2014.
Yep, our giveaway celebration = our rules! The Facebook giveaway post you need to “LIKE” will be pinned to the top of our wall on the first day (Wednesday!) and the link will be in the Rafflecopter widget after that. Make sure you do this because we check. If you are chosen the winner and you didn’t “like” it on Facebook – you are not the winner.
Here’s the thing: A Facebook “like” AND a blog comment are the only mandatory entries! Once you do those two entry methods, it will open up all the other “optional” entry methods. Baby Gizmo friends don’t just stick with “mandatory” though, right? We are overachievers! So, there are additional (optional) entries you can get. But let us warn you – make sure you actually do the entries! If you click on “leave a blog comment” on the Rafflecopter widget – make sure you actually leave a blog comment. We check! If you don’t do the actual entry – it doesn’t count! You won’t win. We’ll both be sad.
* Giveaway STARTS now and ends at 11:59pm EST Friday, February 14, 2013. (US and Canada residents only on this one, folks!)
Bumbleride is nominated in the 2014 American Baby Bests Awards by American Baby Magazine/ Parents.com! Vote for Bumbleride and your favorite car seat here, http://bit.ly/MqFLsq.
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My daughter is growing up fast and has just hit her six month milestone. She’s already sitting up unaided and has outgrown the carrycot on our Bumbleride. Although we love the longer sleeping hours, the reduced crying and the cheeky giggling, we do miss having a new born baby. Not that we’re considering having a third…at least not right now anyway!
Thankfully, it was a straightforward job to re-organise the buggy, but it meant another foot muff needed to be installed. It’s a particularly cold winter this year in London and the last thing we want, as we head towards the Christmas holiday season, are two children under two with stinking colds.
My wife and I love Christmas and normally spend the holidays in New York City. Since having children though, this hasn’t been possible and I’m not even sure it’s legal to have children in Manhattan, as I don’t even remember ever seeing a child’s buggy on the island. I guess it’s more likely I just didn’t notice any, but you never know.
The one thing I always dread about Christmas is the annual shopping expedition. It was bad enough when we were child free, but with two little ones, it’s bound to be stressful. After all, people who don’t have children do not like double buggies. Seriously, I have never heard so much tutting or seen so many disapproving looks. Admittedly, this isn’t helped by the fact that even on a normal shopping trip I end up bumping into someone’s ankles or banging past their shopping bags, so what chance do I have during the busy festive season? One thing in my favour, other than the fact the Indie Twin is easily manoeuvrable, is that it’s also more compact that similar buggies. I’ve never been a fan of buggies which have one child sat over the top of the other and besides, there’s no way my son would be happy being hidden away like that. He has to have a front seat, so he can busily interact with everything and everyone he sees. There’s also plenty of room to store your shopping, so we won’t have to balance it all precariously on the front bar.
This is going to be our first Christmas as a family of four and I cannot wait for the day to arrive. The stress doesn’t end there though, as it’s my son’s birthday on the 26th and my wedding anniversary on the 27th. December is an expensive month. Happy Holidays!