Wednesday, 21 December 2016

My Essentials for Transporting Children

Our boys were born 21 months apart so we had to think about the best way to transport two little ones at the same time.  

It was okay when my husband was off work and I had an extra pair of hands to help but otherwise it was just two babies, me and countless nappies, wipes and snacks.

As most of you can probably remember those early days can be quite a challenge and it helps to get outside for some fresh air, a change of scenery and a break from Mr Tumble.  But if you have a close age gap between your children its worth getting a few transport essentials to make your life easier!!!

Double Buggy

We had a false start at first buying a double pushchair which ended up being too wide for our front door!  So that was a complete waste of a few hundred pounds as the last thing I wanted was to collapse the pushchair down and put it up again when I finally reached the pavement (yes it didn’t even fit through the front gate either!).

Please do your research and check and double-check measurements before making a purchase.  Think about the type of buggy that will suit your lifestyle and needs.  We finally settled on a Phil & Teds double buggy which was much more practical.  These buggies are not as wide as the option we originally bought so I coped well getting in and out of my friend’s and our own narrow doorway without needing assistance.  It's important you have your independence and freedom to explore.

Baby Carrier

I also had a baby carrier too, which was handy when I needed to have my hands free to get on with tasks in the house or give eldest some attention. have plenty of choice if your looking for one of these.  You can get a decent brand for less than £50 and owning one seemed to keep my youngest more content, he enjoyed jiggling his little arms and legs around on our walks.  My youngest also liked watching everything going on whilst still feeling safe and secure being so close to me.  Whichever baby carrier you eventually pick make sure it fits comfortably and your baby's weight is well distributed.  You might find it takes a few goes to get the hang of using a carrier properly, but it’s worth preserving.  

Here is my eldest in the carrier but I became more confident using it when I had my youngest and it really made my life easier.

Buggy Board

We eventually moved on to a buddy board, this was another worthwhile purchase for us anyway.  It was especially useful when my eldest had more stamina and was walking for longer distances, but then he could hop on and have a little rest when he needed one (or if we were in a rush to get somewhere!).  Buggy Boards have come on a little bit, look at this one with a seat and a wheel to spin round!!!  I think my eldest would have been much happier with that development.

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