The Daunting World of Strollers and How to find ‘The One’ for Your Child

There is no denying the fact that a stroller is by far one of the wisest investments you will make for your child. Especially, if your child starts walking late (like mine) or loves the outdoors (like mine). But as a new parent, no one tells you that the hardest choices don’t end at picking the babys name. When you set out to look for a stroller, there are over 200 options available.

Of course, you could go to the nearest mall or baby store and pick one out of the 5 display pieces or, if you’re smarter, you’ll go online and find that there are far more options. In this case, perhaps far too many. And thus, it would help if you knew how strollers can serve different purposes and what kind would make most sense for you based on your lifestyle.

Early Stage

When your child is still a baby, you cannot sit them up in a stroller. For babies younger than 6 months, they make what is called a bassinet attachment. Often the bassinet is an additional attachment to a regular toddler stroller so you don’t have to buy two different strollers. You could also get a multifunctional stroller instead that comes with an infant insert and reclines all the way so can be used in the sleep position. It is important to keep the infant reclining aspect in mind  when picking a stroller for a new baby.

Car Seat Attachment

When your baby is still young, you can take advantage of this feature tremendously. Certain stroller manufacturers make strollers to which you can attach infant car seats.  A car seat that gets attached to a stroller is ideal for very young babies when you don’t want to wake up a sleeping baby from the car seat but instead just pick up the car seat and attach it to the stroller. I cannot tell you how many delicious dinners I have enjoyed while my baby was young, thanks to this feature. We would just carry the car seat in the restaurant and my baby kept sleeping it while we ate our dinner. Once done, we would simply detach the car seat from the stroller and fit it back into the car. Ta-da!

Some of the great options on babyoye include this and this

Travel

Strollers are most handy when you’re travelling. Picking the wrong stroller for travel would be a nightmare. The main thing you want to look for while picking a travel stroller is how much the stroller weighs , how easily you can fold it up and how compact the stroller is when folded. An ideal travel stroller should be one that you can fold up using just one hand. This is most crucial if you are travelling alone with a child. Holding the baby in one hand, you should be able to easily fold up and sling the stroller on your shoulder. My favorite stroller for travel is the Chicco Echo Stroller. Some travel strollers are not ideal for children under 6 months because they don’t recline all the way.

For other lightweight traveller stroller options on babyoye click here

Domestic Air Travel: While taking flights domestically in India, if you’re travelling alone and flying a low cost airline, please bear in mind that you’ll probably be ascending  and descending a bus, then ascending and descending the plane, then ascending and descending another bus with the stroller and the baby before you reach your destination.  So basically, you’re best of travelling without a stroller. For this sort of travel, a baby carrier might be more ideal.

All in One Travel Systems

These are the ones that come with the entire travel system that often includes a car seat attachment, a bassinet attachment for infants and a toddler attachment.  Attachments differ based on different manufacturers and models. Some will even offer a diaper bag, rain cover, sun cover etc. These are always the most expensive due to the various different attachments involved.

There are several options on babyoye.

Jogging Strollers

Jogging strollers are usually ones with one wheel in the front and two in the back like a tricycle. These are harder to maneuver and quite often don’t swivel left and right but are very sturdy, have great suspension and work well for atheletic moms and dads who like to get back in shape soon after the baby is born. Jogging strollers rarely recline much so they are not ideal for babies (you shouldn’t run with a small baby in a stroller anyway) and also don’t usually fold up.

There’s a range of jogging strollers on babyoye, like this one here

Twin Strollers

These are just two strollers combined in one. They are bigger, wider and heavier but ideal if you have twins or two children not very far apart in age. How cute!

Options on babyoye include this twin stroller and this one

While you could find the perfect stroller that is ideal for travel and daily use, it is not atypical to own more than one stroller if your needs are very specific. When picking a stroller there are a few general things you might want to keep in mind –

  1. Reclining Positions
  2. Breaks on front/back wheels
  3. Storage Space
  4. Maximum Weight Capacity (Incase you wish to use it for an older or healthier child)
  5. Cup Holders/ Baggage hooks and finally
  6. Color, Design and Price

There may be several other features that make a stroller different from the others, but in general, as long as you know this much about a stroller, lets say you’ve graduated in at least one complex subject of parenthood.

Top 10 facts you should know about Swine flu

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With some much said and preached about the deadly swine flu we would like to  give a quick guide on protecting you and your family.

Here are the top 10 facts you should know about the disease:

#1 Swine flu or H1N1 type A influenza is transmitted from people and NOT from pigs or swine.

#2 If you have good immunity, you may not be prone to swine flu.

#3 People who are at high-risk include very young children, pregnant women, diabetics, people with heart and those whose immune systems may be weak and compromised.

#4 Sudden fever of more than 100 degree Fahrenheit, fatigue, chills, headaches, cough and sneezing, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of appetite are some of the symptoms of swine flu.

#5 one cannot exactly know that he/she is suffering from swine flu because the symptoms are very similar to regular flu. If you have very high fever for more than a day or two, sudden breathlessness, you should contact your doctor immediately.

#6 If you already have fever, it’s better to stay at home in order to prevent the disease from spreading. Always cover your face while coughing and sneezing. Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes often. It can also spread through inanimate objects like the mobile phone, laptop etc. which we end up frequently using. So, it’s better to avoid using others’ belongings. In case of sore throat, gargle with warm salt water.

#7 It is possible to prevent swine flu. Maintain your health and immunity well. Eat healthy food, get good sleep, and avoid stress. Avoid visiting crowded public places if you can. If you do visit them, wash your hands and feet well. Better still, just take a shower.

#8 Though injectable vaccines (Influvac, Agrippal, Vaxigrip, Vaxiflu-S and Fluarix) against swine flu are available, the Government has ruled out universal vaccination for now and has recommended that it be used only for people who are actively treating the swine flu patients (doctors and other medical practitioners).

#10 There are certain antiviral drugs which help treat swine flu – Zanamivir (Relenza) and Oseltamivir (Tamiflu).One should take these only with a doctor’s prescription since indiscriminate use could lead to resistance to the virus. The patient will need to hospitalized, isolated and put on a ventilator in severe cases.

Here’s how you can prevent the spread of H1N1.

  •        It can spread through coughing and sneezing so always       cover your face while doing so. And make sure people         around you in office or home also follow this.
  •         Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth too often
  •         Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Always                  wash your hands before or after eating and                             particularly after returning from a public place.
  •         Sometimes virus can spread through droplets that              have remained on surfaces of things like laptops,                  phones so avoid using someone else’s items.
  •       Avoid public places, unhygienic conditions, etc.
  •        If your city/area is swine-flu endemic, always wear a standard swine flu mask  in public places (the H-95 mask which is worn by nurses and doctors while collecting samples from swine flu victims). Normal surgical masks which sell like hot cakes during swine flu season might not give enough protection.
  •    If you feel sick and look like you are developing a cold or fever, stay at home and take enough rest. Rest has also been shown to increase ‘interferon’ which help our immunity to fight the virus better. Keeping away from others also prevents spread of the infection.

And lastly how to prevent the virus from spreading from the upper respiratory tract:

  •       Gargling with warm water in which a little salt is added; several times a day acts like an irritants for the virus and washes it off.
  •         Drinking lots of warm water and other warm fluids wash off the virus into the stomach where they cannot survive.

Stay safe. stay healthy. take care!

My Child My Way

We all do things in reaction to our parents, don’t we? I mean, who didn’t say to herself when she was younger, “I’ll never do that when I have children!” On the other hand, we also grow to see—usually much later in life—the wisdom behind some of the parenting tactics our mothers used (as well as our grandmothers). It’s not that their parenting method was bad, but that we later learned a much better way to achieve the same result.

In short, we end up creating our own value systems and parenting styles in reaction to what happened to us as children. When you’re a new parent, everyone has an opinion about what you should do and why.  It seems everyone had ideas about religion, discipline, feeding, and almost everything else. Though you might receive plenty of unsolicited advice, you will also make your own decisions—some of which are accepted readily, others which shock and sadden extended family.

We have few very remarkable “my child my way” experiences that were shared by mothers on #mychildmyway contest on Babyoye Facebook page. We at Babyoye believe and recommend that you should listen to your heart when it comes to parenting and doing the best for your child.Sharing some experiences of mothers shared with us-

My father- in-Law never like pets. few months back my 2 years daughter saw a street puppy crying at the road side. She said mamma guggi which means doggie and ran towards him and hold him in her arms. She forcefully asked me to take her home and feed her but I get confused how to do take that puppy home as I know that my Father-in-law will never allow me to do that. But I cant even refuse my daughter as its me only who is teaching her lesson to help others and if I don’t take the puppy home this will set a negative example to my daughter as parents are kids role models and they learn from their parents most. So, finally I took the puppy home and as I don’t want to disobey in Father-In-law I kept that puppy in garage. Me and my daughter make a little home for that puppy in garage and feed him . I tell my daughter to not to get puppy inside and we will our self come to meet him in Garage. My Father-In-law was little upset with me for few days but with passing days he too develop liking with “Mizo” yes thats what we named the puppy and now after 6 months Mizo is part of our family. I am happy that I broke the barrier for my Daughter and for that little Puppy.- Varsha Joshi

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An unspoken bond is formed between a mother and child in her womb through umbilical cord. A mother has a sixth sense along with an emotional heart and whatever decision a mother takes for her child proves right for the kid. But sometimes you have to break the barriers and listen to your heart. I was pregnant with my second child 3 years back and everyone pressurised me to get it checked as I have a daughter as my first child. I was totally blown out with the thought of it as I could feel my baby inside me. I refused to do so and get along with my pregnancy and my husband supported me saying that how can a woman kill another woman. I gave birth to a baby boy. Everyone was happy me also but more then that I stood for my child. If it was a baby girl I was equally happy. Today I have sent my daughter t the country’s best boarding school and cultivating the same good values in my son. I just want to say to my kids:

My little Angel you are to me God’s Gift Bestest

My life is so beautiful with you!!

Thankyou for always showering on me your innocent love true

I am absolutely incomplete without you!- Mamta Gupta

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#thegreatbabyoyesale #mychildmyway I adopted a 4 year old girl child two months ago and life feels so different,, meaningful and fulfilling. The close bonding, the trust my baby feels for me, looking up to me for all her wants and frustrations. One doesn’t need to have a baby by birth to be a mother. One can be equally good or better than natural mothers. The warmth in my child’s eyes, her touch makes me feel so blessed to belong to her. Helping her to explore and learn giving her the best education and keeping her grounded and as natural as possible is what I wish for her. Bringing her up close to nature away from the mechanical lives we lead will help her evolve into more human and be more humane.- Smitha Jayin

#mychildmyway my twin daughters were put in two different sessions in Kg1 and all people kept saying don’t separate the twins for so many reasons but I felt their individuality will be highlighted n continued with two different sessions. Now it’s 8 months in school and both are excelling in their class- Sindhuja Manish