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Go Buy Now: Patagonia Baby Down Sweaters
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If this is your first winter with a toddler, you will undoubtedly scoff not only at the timing of this post, but at the cost of the item I am recommending that you purchase now, in the heat of July, or in the next 6-8 weeks, before they sell out. The Patagonia Baby Down Sweater ($80) is hands-down the single best winter jacket for kids. Period. It is warm, well-made, light, durable, uber-washable, and. . . drum roll, please. . . your child will actually wear it. Without protest.

Gear
In-Line Double Stroller Review: Baby Jogger City Select vs. Phil&Teds Vibe
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Since reluctantly giving up my Micralite Toro early last year for a Phil&Teds Vibe ($809 with extra seat) in anticipation of our Little Lou, I’ve acquired three additional strollers to meet my various strolling needs. These include an umbrella stroller, a higher-end umbrella stroller with recline and a Maclaren Twin Techno.
The question is, though, why, after paying an arm and a leg for a Phil&Teds Vibe + doubles kit, the in-line stroller that’s touted as an all-around solution, did I purchase three other strollers where previously just one Micralite Toro did the job? A good question indeed. One my dear husband has oft asked, until he too fell for my latest and greatest stroller acquisition, the new Baby Jogger City Select ($660 with extra seat). AKA the best stroller of all time, the answer to all but high speed strolling needs.

Gear
Found! Toddler Proof Cell Phone Cases (for iPhones, Blackberries and Others)
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Raines and I visited my parents in Gulf Shores last month. The first day we spent on the beach, I made sure my cell phone was safely zippered into an inside pocket of my bag. Upon unpacking that night, I opened up the zippered pocket to find that *someone* had carefully unzipped the pocket, filled it with sand, and then zipped it back up.
I can’t imagine who.

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My Default Shower Gift: Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddling Wraps
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Because we were relying on swaddling as a method to keep our sanity in those early days, we wasted a ton of money trying every swaddling blanket under the sun. We tried various sleep sacks (too roomy – he’d wake too early), “miracle” swaddling blankets (too thick, too hot) and an assortment of others (most were the wrong size and he would wiggle out, or they would cover his face). Then we discovered Aden + Anais.

Gear
Pimp My Umbrella Stroller
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Everyone has one — and I’m not talking about the super stylish and cool MacLaren version for $100 and up. I’m talking about the $20 Target special. The one that is given away as a free gift with purchase at Babies R ‘Us. The one that, despite spending $800+ on a Bugaboo, you find yourself pulling out of the trunk when you are too tired to deal with your “real” stroller. Yes, I’m talking about the Umbrella stroller. It’s cheap, it’s boring, it’s very, very practical. So let’s pimp it. Here are my picks for ways to liven up your stroll with some fabulous and useful umbrella stroller accessories!

Kid's Style
Chic, Original Clothing for Kids that is Simply Drool-Worthy and Affordable
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Her line is a little big boho, a little bit rocker, but SO chic and clean. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s almost wasted on the kids! Almost. What I find so refreshing – besides the use of re-purposed fabric – is the fact that she manages to infuse a children’s line with chic, never veering into the realm of cutesy, fussy or trying to hard. She just offers great design, great lines, and great fabric. It’s a recipe so deceptively simple that you almost miss the genius behind it. And the fact that this line is also so ridiculously affordable (prices range from $6 – $44) is simply the icing on the cake.

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