The Double Stroller. Has anyone out there ever come up with the perfect double stroller configuration? What’s the best double stroller for twins? What about when the kids are Irish Twins and they are only 10 to 18 months apart? And what about when there are a few YEARS apart in age? That older one may still need the stroller but not all the time. What is a family to do when figuring out their stroller needs?! These are the complicated decisions parents have to make for their families. Since there are so many configurations to choose from, let’s suss out the best one for your needs.
Family fun activities to do around NYC that are beyond the Children’s Museums….
Is your child totally into trains but the thought of going to the Transit Museum one more time makes you want to stick needles into your eyes? (Is it just me or are the security guards there totally unhelpful when it comes to getting down the steps with a stroller?) Or maybe your dear little one loves boats, but wants something more than just gazing at them from the shores of Pier 5 as they all go cruising by. Or perhaps going to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan one more time and risking bedbugs again is just not worth it. Well, I’ve got the list for you. Here is a list of off-the-beaten-path of activities to do with your little one who is into trains, boats, museums, and much more…
Happy End of Summer and more importantly HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL! This time of year I always think about that Staples commercial. You remember that one right? It was of parents frolicking through the Staples store to the holiday song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” If you don’t remember this or haven’t seen it you can check it out here. And while not every kid out there is going back to school, many may be going to daycare, perhaps a twos program, or you are just leaving them in the beloved care of your nanny. In any case your child will need some support this Fall with the transition. And little kid needs are different from those of older kiddos. So here are some things to think about when it comes to the littlest of children and their transitions this Fall… READ MORE
This week I hand over the blog to my husband. He willingly wanted to write about his thoughts on fatherhood and gear. So without further ado, I give you Felix Farrow, the love of my life…
Dear New Dad,
I have finally made it to the promise land where my kids are old enough to go off and play by themselves for an hour. Unfortunately, it took five years, twenty pounds of weight gained, and a lot of gray hair to get here. And looking back I have some thoughts. One is that, money can’t solve your problems…..but it can make them go away for awhile. Here are five things I wish I had splurged on when the kids were younger:
It’s been a long summer. I great one but long. And I feel this way every summer [see here], and this year is no different. I’m a little done. I’m mostly done because of these below scenarios that have happened on repeat all summer. Moms, are ya with me? Please tell I’m not the only one who all of these have happened to?! Here, check them out…
I know I know I know, you are probably thinking I am crazy for suggesting the purchase of a side-by-side stroller for us folks living in this narrow doorway-ed city, but I am serious. Tandem strollers, or strollers who seats are in inline, may be narrower, but this is not the only factor you need to consider when debating between these two styles of double strollers. So, hear me out. Side-by-side strollers offer so much in terms of ease when it comes to navigating the messy and often tantrum-filled days of life with two kids. If you can make one part of these days simpler, wouldn’t you do it? Sure you would because you are a smart mommy. OK here are my reasons for getting a side-by side double stroller… READ MORE
Keeping your kids occupied this summer does not have to be complicated or expense. You do not have to scour Pinterest for that elusive craft that your child will just love! Nor do you have to buy out all the art supplies at Michael’s. These simple activities I did with my 3 and 5 year old were cheap (or free!), easy to gather the materials and execute, and best of all they loved each activity. Remember simple crafts are not only great for parents, kids enjoy the ease of them as well. And plus you are less likely to become that angry yelling parents that you loathe because you didn’t have to spend the entire morning organizing a craft only to have your child throw a tantrum at the start of it. Simple stuff makes mommy happy and then baby is happy too. OK, here are four simple summer activities that were successful with my brood… READ MORE
Do you ever pour over the pages of Land of Nod catalogue or maybe the Ouef website and have a big ol’ sigh and then say, “I want everything I see but there is no way I can afford that all,” [takes a sip of her grapefruit LeCroix while sitting in her Eames rocker]. Well guess what, you can afford everything you want nursery-wise, you just have to be wise as well. Take a look at some of the current pieces up for sale on WEEPEA and you will be amazed at what you can get for a fraction of the price – I am talking hundreds of dollars saved! You seriously do not want to miss some of these items that are just waiting to be in your child’s nursery (or closet – my kid slept in a beautifully decorated closet for the first year of her life…it’s almost a right of passage here in Brooklyn!) Anyway, check out these amazing listings for your nursery and scoop them up quickly before someone else does! READ MORE
Buying pre-loved toys for my kids is important to me. Knowing that I am not purchasing a brand new piece of plastic that will ultimately sit in a landfill until the end of time gives me peace and calmness when buying something. Here at Weepea we love the idea of buying pre-loved toys, (in fact we have a whole section devoted to toys!). I have gotten lots of my children’s toys from stoop sales, hand-me-downs, and rummage sales. One rummage sale in particular at the Community Church in Montauk is my favorite rummage sale of all. It is loaded with great finds. So on our annual summer jaunt out to the tip of Long Island, I make a point of going to this sale and refreshing my kids’ toy box at a fraction of the price of new toys and with the peace of mind that I am doing the planet and my children’s future a solid by taking myself out of the consumer culture. Win Win! READ MORE
Are you a new parent in the neighborhood? Maybe you have just moved into the hood with older kids? Or maybe you have been living here for years and just had a kid and have no idea where the playgrounds are! Whatever your situation is you will want to read through this playground and parks primer for our neighborhoods. Not each playground is made equally. There are good ones, greats ones, and one you just need to steer clear of! Check out this list below and explore the playgrounds with hopefully energetic kids who won’t just sit on the bench next to you and ask for snacks the whole time! READ MORE