Monday, September 8, 2008

Getting around town with 3 kids...

This has been a worrisome subject for me since I found out I was having twins. I looked at triple strollers online, but it just didn't seem worth it because they are so freaking expensive. I realized the best bet was "wearing" one baby and pushing Claire and the other baby in the stroller. Of course, that may not be the best solution all the time. I do feel fully armed with baby stuff to make going out with three kids possible. Here is what I have ready to go...

First, after much debate I have the Kolcraft Contours stroller. Scott but it together on Saturday and it is really neat! I love all the different seat options that are available. The downside is that the seat for Claire doesn't have a place for her to rest her head comfortably and that it is like a small bus. Still neat though!

We also have a double snap and go stroller which I scored off of Craigslist for dirt cheap. This should work well if I go to somewhere where Claire can walk/play and I can push the babies around.

My sister in law also gave us her Maclaren side-by-side stroller which will be good when the boys are older.

Now for the fun part..

This carrier is called the maximom twin carrier. It kinda looks like a double bjorn. It has mixed reviews online. People either can't live without it or think it is a piece of crap. I got it used on eBay. The good news is that when i am done with it, I can sell it back on eBay at the same price that I paid for it. Since it is a specialty item, there are ever only a few listed at a time with lots of bids. This carrier can be used until the boys are around 4 months old.

I also have the moby wrap from when Claire was a baby. It is a semi-complicated huge piece of fabric to tie your baby to your body. The benefit of it now is that it can do a twin hold for twin up to 3 months old. I can also use it for one until they are toddlers (apparently).

I also am the proud owner of the old standby bjorn...Claire and I used this a lot. I believe Claire outgrew it around 6 months old.

I have sling that was recommended to me by my neighbor that just had a baby. It is a ring sling with many different ways to position the baby. This obviously only hold one as well. It is called a slingezee and I haven't read a bad review anywhere. This apparently holds up to 35lbs.

I own this sling, but I think it is a piece of crap. I only used it once with Claire and it felt like I was never able to get a secure hold. It is the infantino sling. The funny thing is that I now own two of these thanks to Mandy dropping off my old one and her sister in laws old one too.

I also have the ergo carrier which gets rave reviews everywhere online. You have to wait until the baby has some head control before you use it, but it can be used on the front or the back for up to 60lbs. Apparently people swear by this carrier...I thought we would give it a try.

I also have a mei tai which can be worn in the front, back or hip. I can actually combine the ergo carrier and this and wear one on the front and one on the back. Again the baby needs to be a little older with some head control to use it. I can combine it also with the slingezee wrap to wear two at once. This one was handmade on and can hold up to 35lbs.

I also own the playtex hip hammock. I used this a few times with Claire. I can't say that I like it all that much, but it wasn't the worst thing ever. It is for babies/toddlers 15-35 pounds (although from past experience, I was done using this when Claire was around 20 pounds).

Hopefully, the options will keep the babies happy. I will have to let you all know what worked best after I get a chance to actually use some of these. Also, hopefully with all this baby wearing I will be able to shed some pregnancy pounds!


Mandy said...

Good lord, woman! And Ed complained that we had too much baby stuff! You have a different carrier for every day of the week!

nelly said...

OMG!! how will you ever decide what you want to use?? way too much choice!
for stroller sitution, i carried baby and had toddler in stroller, the would let toddler walk and put baby in stroller. worked well.
i also have the maclaren side by side. problem sometimes is getting through shops that aren't big enough for it!
i have the slingezee and its ok, i also have a tomy (like bjorn) carrier that can be facing in and out and on the back, we love that one. my problem with my carriers is that i hate the way my boobs look in them! yuck.......

danoke said...

Wow!! That is a lot of carriers! We had a Bjorn-type thing and used it occasionally. I also had that sling one from Infantino or whatever and hated it. I may have to buy one of these from you when you are done for my next one!

Sarah said...

Holy crap. I think that you have the whole stroller/carrier section at your home. We had a cheaper version of the Bjorn, but never really used it cause Logan got to be too heavy to fast. We have a Jeep backpack that Dan likes to use and I know that they will be too young for that now.

My only question is: Where are you keeping all of these strollers/carriers?

Tracy said...

Wow, that's impressive...with three kids in tow and so many options, I don't think you'll have any problems losing the pregnancy pounds!

By the way, I have a few boys outfits that I could bring over for you. They were barely worn since Ethan mostly stuck with the monk-style sleepers. I'll be coming back in two weeks, so let me know!

Erin said...

OhMAHgah! Thassalotta carriers.;) I especially am amused by the double bjorn... wow. I can't wait to see a picture of you sporting that one. ;)

Let me know how you like the Ergo... I have considered getting that to use with Simon. THe hip hammock has gotten to be a bit uncomfortable because of his poundage.