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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mom Questions for you.

I'm asking for your help today. So, I am absolutely looking for answers and to hear your feedback :) So here are my scenarios and questions.

Sleep Issues:

Did anyone ever run into sleep troubles with their 2'ish year old? Like, out of the blue they go from sleeping amazing to having more trouble? For instance, recently Emeline has totally full-faced-about from our normal bedtime routine. We used to take her upstairs, bathe, jammie-her, read to her, and lay down for bed, in one big swoop. But now? She will FREAK OUT if we do that.

So, we bathe, jammie, and have to bring her downstairs to wind-down some more. She either just plays with some toys, watches a show with us, or drinks some milk. THEN, she is totally ready for bed a bit later.

AND-she is going to bed a whole hour or more later than usual. Now, I know she's getting older--so maybe she just requires less sleep? She's sleeping from about 8:30pm-7:45am, and napping for about max of 2 hours a day. Does that seem like enough sleep?

I won't even get into the fact that a few times a week she's been waking at least once, screaming in pain (or something)---I'll just blame the eye teeth for that one. It usually just requires a momma cuddle and she's back down, but still. Weird.

Double Strollers:

Will this be the death of me? I kid. But really. Why is this so hard?

The side by side's look great, and also look like something that would be much easier to use for exercise purposes, walking/running with kids, etc. HOWEVER, they are so big that basically it SEEMS like I'll never get to go to the mall and properly walk in a store again with that gigantic, wide kid-pusher.

But then, if you get the tandem stroller, basically they steer like crap, feel like you're pushing a 2 ton bus, however you have the ease of fitting through hallways, doorways, and store aisles because they're thinner.

HOW DO YOU WIN WITH THIS? Seriously.

Also, I may add that I don't have the luxury of buying two double strollers at this point, AND, I really am not stroller snobby, at all--meaning I absolutely do not prefer to spend ungodly amounts of money on a stroller.

So I'd like to hear your feedback about double strollers--which you found to work for your family, and for the love, will I EVER LEAVE THE HOUSE when I have two children? At this point I'm thinking no.

Help. Seriously.

Love ya, smooches.


72 comments:

  1. Don't have a double stroller but L went through everything that sweet Eme is going through. Totally normal.

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  2. For the stroller question, I have no advice yet as I'm a Mama of one. My only suggestion in this area is when the newest addition is born, you may want to try wearing her in a ring sling or a SSC like a Beco, Boba or Ergo and stick with one stroller. When the baby is big enough to not want to be worn anymore, I think E will be old enough to walk and stay with you so just pop the baby in the single stroller and you're set. Maybe?

    Sleep issues - my daughter is 18 months and we're going through the same thing. I think that 8:30 - 7:45 is plenty of sleep for an almost 2 year old so I think you're right on track. I'd stick with the same routine of bringing her downstairs to wind down and make that your new routine.

    The kids run the show... apparently we havent figured that out yet!

    Good luck!

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  3. I only have one child, but I used to nanny 4 kids [2 of them being twin toddlers]. I will say if you ever want to shop or walk on the sidewalk again, purchase the tandem stroller. They do push a bit harder but they turn better and you can actually fit through walkways/aisles.

    Good luck! :)

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  4. Hope this helps
    1. We are currently experiencing this with our daughter who is just a couple of weeks older than Emeline. We figured out that she was actually needing less sleep. So we moved her bed time back an hour and its been a lot better. Now she does not put up a fight. I read online that a 2 year old needs an average of 13 hours of sleep in one day.
    2. I went through this too. At first we had a hand me down Graco tandem stroller. I hated it. It took up my whole trunk. I felt like I was steering a bus and my almost 2 year old hated being so far away from me in the front. Then we switched to a MacLearen side by side. SO.MUCH.BETTER. We use it all the time and it fits through all doors. Plus, my daughter loves to sit by her baby brother. They can be pricey though so we searched on craigslist and consignment sales.

    Good Luck

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  5. Her sleeping sounds just like aiden's around that time. He even did the night terror-scream thing. It freaked us out, but eventually went away. I think she's getting enough shut eye though. As for the double stroller, I'm in the same boat. And also not sure if I'll ever get out 1 against 2! Good luck...:)

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  6. Hi! I'm a new blog reader. My son went through the same thing at bedtime around that age. I think it's just a phase. They know once they have their bath that bedtime is coming and they don't want to go to bed because they think they will miss something. He just turned 3 and things are getting easier. And that's plenty of sleep that she's getting.

    I prefer the tandem stroller because I believe the side-by-side is even too wide for our sidewalks here and won't hold a baby until they are a certain size or weight. I also found a good deal on a Graco tandem stroller for about $100. And it's not real heavy.

    By the way, I have a 3 year old and a 5 month old.

    Apryl

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  7. Lizzy has started calling her bedroom her "dreadroom", and I don't think it's a coincidence, lol! Bedtimes are a total crapshoot for us. Sometimes we do the routine, say prayers, talk, snuggle, and leave Lizzy peacefully in her bed. Sometimes, she flips out and throws a royal fit...to which we usually lay her down and proceed with our part of the routine as normal even though she's screaming. We can often hear her singing (sometimes yelling at us) on her bed for another hour or so, but as long as she stays on her bed, we're okay with that.

    We try to lay her down between 7 and 8:30, and she's up at 6:59 on the dot every morning regardless of when she goes to sleep. Naps are iffy nowadays. So, it sounds like Eme is getting about the same amount of sleep, yeah?

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  8. It sounds like eme is getting enough sleep if she is taking a 2 hour nap during the day. Like you said she may just be getting older and requires less sleep. She may also be catching in to the whole new baby thing and just wants to spend more time with u guys. Maybe?


    Ummmn picking out a double stroller was the hardest part about having two kids. Lol kidding...kind of. I got a double jogger and ended up returning it because it was sooooo unbelievably heavy!!! And didn't fit through most doorways like it claimed it would. I ended up getting a baby trend sit n stand and I love! It is a little long and feels like u are pushing a limo but if steers great and I never have to worry about fitting anywhere. I was worried about my 2 year old falling off the small back seat of the sit n stand but it has straps! I am also not a stroller snob so this really works for us.

    Hope this helps :)

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  9. On the stroller issue: i doubt there's one solution that's ideal...you'll probably just have to figure out what's most important and make a sacrifice. Like someone else said, you can wear the newborn for a while and once they get too heavy to do that all the time, Eme will be big enough to walk beside a single stroller. A double stroller is nice though for longer outings like going to the zoo or the mall when you're doing a lot of walking and she'll get tired. We have a tandem hand-me-down and you're right...it's heavy and doesn't turn easily. But it works and fits everywhere. Maybe buy the side by side kind and try to find someone who will let you borrow the tandem kind when you are planning a bigger outing?

    Good luck!

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  10. Once the second kiddo is big enough for a chest carrier you can put Eme in a stroller and just carry the baby. That way you can still shop and go out and about. It's what my sister did. As for sleep, I have no idea. Everybody in our house sleeps like poo.

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  11. Hi Katie! As far as the sleep thing goes - you know Alivia is a few months younger than E but we recently went through this as well and I really think it had to do with her molars/eye teeth. It lasted for a few months but now she's completely back to normal. She sleeps about 11ish hours at night but only sleeps for about an hour for her nap (yesterday was a half hour eek!). She finally had her last tooth break through (before her two year molars) so I'm hoping we'll continue to improve on her naps.

    Miss seeing you on twitter :)

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  12. My son is 2.5 now, but right around 2 he went from sleeping 12 hours straight, 9:00-9:00, to sleeping about 10 hours 9-7ish; with multiple wakings. I don't know if it was teething/growing or what.....nap times went from no problem at all, to hit or miss. There was 2 weeks that he didn't nap at all, despite my best attempts.

    He's now sleeping from 9-about 8ish, and taking a 1.5- 3 hour nap.

    From what I've read, at this stage, toddlers should be sleeping 12-14 hours a day, between bedtime and nap time.

    can't help you with the double stroller. if/when we have a second, I think I'd just stick to a single stroller. We haven't used a stroller for our son in about 6 months. He walks everywhere.

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  13. Not a mommy, but as a nanny, I found the time change made a huge difference in getting the girls adjusted. Have you tried shifting her schedule just by a few minutes for each of her activities? Then it will end up accommodating her sleep schedule a little better. Hopefully it sticks soon! Good luck!

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  14. 2 year olds go through a weird sleep phases. E is doing similar things...she barely naps (plays in her bed instead) and wakes up about an hour earlier than usual. Just stick with your routine and she'll get back on track in no time.

    Strollers...your E will be 2 1/2 right? Both my girls were over the stroller thing by 2 years old. A big double strollers might end up being a waste, honestly. My favorite is our sit and stand. Baby can ride up front in the carseat carrier or the seat and big girl can ride or stand on back. My girls love it. The new one out is really cool too, lots of adjustments you can make to suit your needs. I have a double jogger for exercise/walks, and while you CAN fit it in the trunk, it's really heavy and bulky. I typically just use it at home for exercise. It would never fit in any doorway. Most side by sides are bulky; although the Combi side by side is really nice and folds flat - I believe it fits in doorways too.

    If you don't want to have a zillion different strollers and just want one that will cover most of your needs, I'd get a sit and stand. It's great because it grows with your family.

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  15. What Eme is going through is totally normal. Mia did the same thing. After bath, she always comes back downstairs for about 15-20 minutes and then back up for teeth, books and bedtime. The later bedtime was a transition for us too. She now sleeps from 8:30ish to about 7:30ish depending on the day, but we try to keep it pretty routine which certainly helps.

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  16. I just wrote you a novel on facebook about the stroller, so I won't do it again, but I'm currently looking for a site I found about sleep yesterday, and I was reading about the 1-2 age, and yes, that is totally normal, what she's doing. When I find it, I'll shoot it your way:)

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  17. I can't help with the sleep issue yet as my daughter is only 16 months and the only problem we've had is waking up from teething. I'm sure we'll face something.

    As for the stroller. I'm expecting again in June and we have a Phil and Ted's which can have a double part added to it. It can be used from infant to 35 or 40 lbs. I like it has a single and have used it a few times as a double when I've been watching other young kids and we've gone out. It moves well and folds up pretty compact. It is still heavy, but works great. They are pricy though, so we bought used.

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  18. 2 y/o sleep regression is totally typical : ( Sorry! No fun but supposedly the last of the regressions for awhile...What about a click & Go stroller with the sit/stand option? (for day to day store runs, the mall etc...) And as far a a jogger I highly recommend checking ebay or local consignment shops ; ) HTH! My 22 m/o still has 9 teeth to cut and is on the verge of the whole 2yr regression...I feel you pain!

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  19. We had a similar sleeping issue. One night we read a book on the couch instead of in his room and every night it's couch couch couch. We did that for a little while but 3 books turned into 6 then into 12...so we're back to the bedroom now. I think they just go through phases. Just slowly transition her back up to her bedtime routine. As for sleep...We are 8-6:30. Some days he'll sleep later if I am running late and sometimes he goes to be later but this does good for us. And...he naps 2 hours a day during the week at school and sometimes longer on the weekend (because we nap with him!)

    Good luck!

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  20. as far as the strollers go- Joovy Scooter X2 ALL THE WAY.
    It's the most amazing double stroller EV.
    LOVE mine.
    And it's not too expensive either- $230.
    Got mine off Amazon.

    I didn't want a tandem. And the Joovy fits through every door/hallway I've been through. It's not really wide.

    Also, you won't leave the house with 2 kids for awhile... but then you'll get brave.
    And it will get easier.
    Promise. :)

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  21. As far as strollers go, by husband and I opted for 2 umbrella strollers. They're Chicco Capri, so they're not the crappy $10 ones that are awful, and they actually do very well! I've heard good things about the Kolcraft Tandem Stroller, and we looked at one (Target $188, so not expensive!) but my biggest problem with it is that there is no headrest. My son (20 months old, but 36ish inches tall) sat in it and couldn't lean his head against anything. The headrest only came up to his shoulders (it really wasn't a headrest, the back of the seat just stops at shoulder height). So when he falls asleep? He will have a sore neck when he wakes up. I liked everything else about the stroller, but that ONE thing kept us from buying it.

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  22. I think she's getting enough sleep. My girls 2.5 & 16 months go to bed between 8 & 8:30 and they wake up around 7 or 7:30 and they take a 3 hour a nap.

    The double stroller. I have the front to back one and I have NEVER used it. Its way to heavy for me to lift into our Yukon and it's so hard to push with the girls in it. When I had the baby Kaylee was 19 months old so she would walk right next to the stroller in one of those kid leashes with the animal as a back pack and she did great.

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  23. We LOVE the baby jogger city mini double stroller! It's side by side but really does fit through every doorway we've needed to go through. They also take a lot of abuse and you'll see them on CL because of it do once your daughter outgrows it you can resell. I only have a 12 month old but I babysit a 3 month old so I have both in it and it's great. Good luck!!

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  24. My little 3-year-old girl has been doing the same thing, I'm sad to say. Getting up again at night, crying, going to bed later and fighting bedtime. I'm hoping and praying it's just a phase. Now she's in the habit of creeping into our bed every night in the middle of the night. I'm thinking maybe we need to invest in a more comfortable bed for her. Something that makes her cozy enough in her own room.

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  25. Omg now my mind is reeling over double strollers. I don't think I'll ever be prepared for #2! Good luck with your choice, sorry to be absolutely no help today :)

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  26. The whole sleep thing is a complete mystery to me. My 3 yo used to be a GREAT sleeper...not he is up all night! Its not the nap issue, he is up regardless if he naps or not! I think its karma coming back to bite me for bragging about him being a good sleeper when he was a baby!!

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  27. Hi Katie!
    I have a two year old girl and a 7 month old girl. They are only 18 months apart so we knew a double stroller was a must. We went with the baby trend double stroller. The tandem one, and I love it. Double strollers are big. Period so I unfortunately just had to get used to pushing around a big stroller. But to be honest. I really educated myself more on baby wearing.thats how I survived so far. Strollers are no fun to lug around at the park and you can't exactly following Eme with a stroller while she is running around at the park. The moby wrap saved my life when Mia, our youngest was born. Once she got to a point where she wasn't always asleep in the wrap we switched to the beco carrier. Those to me have been more valuable than the stroller. lily, our oldest isn't fond of strollers... We only really use it at the mall or something. Good luck! I know this is a tough choice.

    And I promise you will be able to leave the house again with two! Even though someways it won't seem like it, ha!

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  28. We have similar sleep issues here. Declan is also getting his eye teeth and some nights he's screaming and needs an ice pop and some ib profin to calm down. Other nights he sleeps through.

    Some days/weeks it seems like he needs 16+ hours a day and other days closer to 13. I think they always sleep less when the teeth are bugging them but D usually makes up for it the next week.

    If it was me, I'd avoid TV before bed. I have noticed D tries to stay up later the day after he watches a show in the evening. I think it's a bit addictive and they will avoid sleep if they think they can watch cartoons. I have been trying to do extra books (in our living room) because it's more settling. Though some days? When he really loses it? Yeah.. I definitely put the TV on and I feel ZERO guilt ;-)

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  29. I have a baby trend tandem and I love it. I have a chevy malibu (fits in the trunk fine) and a dodge durango it fits with the 3rd row up or down. i don't think it is hard to steer and I have had to steer it while holding a kid who doesn't want to sit in it. The one I have the back seat can come off so the older child can stand up if they wish.

    Sleeping. Sorry Khari sleeps pretty well right now (knock on wood) so I don't have any advice as far as the routine, but I think that is probably enough sleep. It's about 13 hours a day. I would think if she wasn't getting enough sleep she would nap longer?

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  30. I had a bike trailer that worked as a running stroller as well. But honestly, I HATED running pushing children but if that is something that you really want/need to do then I say get a side by side. And possibly a sit and stand for regular outings, which is great, in my opinion. I know you said you cannot get 2 though... maybe look on Craig's List or shop garage sales, consignment stores. That is where I got both my bike trailer and my sit and stand! :) Good Luck, girl!

    p.s. no advice on the sleeping issues except that little ones go through stages and YES, my first was REALLY hard with bed time at this age!! Hang in there!

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  31. katie- I HATE my tandem stroller. while it was convenient for snapping in the carseats, I wish more than anything I had a side-by-side... in fact I am looking for a Combi Double right now. If I were in your situation, I would do as much baby wearing as possible for the littlest one and keep Eme in her stroller, then look for compact side-by-side for your errands. I have a Chicco tandem and it is very heavy and not easy for getting in and out of the car at all.

    You will find what works for you!

    Also, my girls (17 mo) sleep about the same as Eme-- 11ish hours at night and 2 hours during the day!

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  32. I feel like someone touched on this above but don't forget the posibility that Eme may boycott the stroller! My boys are exactly 3 years apart and right when my oldest hit that 3 year mark he did NOT want to ride in a stroller, no looking back! When his bro was about 1 we got a joovy sit & stand at our fave consignment store because he started to get jealous but no way was I buying a full price boat of a stroller.

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  33. Emily's always been a 10 hour a night sleeper (and 1-2.5 hour napper), and she seems to be ok! Maybe it just took Eme a little time to figure out the time change? I know the fact that it's lighter outside until later has Emily wanting to play hard until late at night.

    In terms of the stroller, I've actually decided to wait until the baby is here to figure it out. Em doesn't really want to ride in hers these days anyways, and I plan on wearing the new babe a lot, so it may work out that Em is out of it before this one needs to be in it. If I need to get a double, I'm planning on finding a Phil&Teds on craigslist (or kijiji her in Canada) as it solves the not double wide, but steers better than a bus conundrum. Emily falls asleep when she's relegated to the stroller anyways, so I don't mind that one of them is looking at the back of another seat!

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  34. Not sure about the double stroller but the sleep thing, yes! Caden went through that when he was Eme's age too, I think it's totally normal.

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  35. we bought the baby trend sit and stand stroller.. I used it for a month, no joke. It was NICE while I used it, we just didn't use it that much or long. You know what we ended up doing for normal outings to the store, mall, errands, etc? Baby went into the baby carrier and I pushed my older one in an umbrella stroller and when my older one decided she'd rather walk around, I'd push the baby in the umbrella stroller. This worked great for us. So, if you envision youself wanting to get out and exercise with both babies in a stroller, I would focus on what stroller would meet that need best first. Although, my 22 month old has about 5 minutes of tollerating the jogging stroller before she wants down and to run around. Best thing I ever did was find a mommy friend that also wanted to run and we would meet at each others house and just switch off running while the other watched the children. good luck!

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  36. I have a double stroller...this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Jogger-Elite-Double-Stroller/dp/B002Y4TMMW/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1333473188&sr=8-12

    Hope the link works! Crazy price tag, I know. I actually was given this because my Niece and Nephew grew out of it. Yay for other peoples' growing children.
    Anyway...It looks enormous, but it fits in all doorways (malls, stores, etc.). I am fairly certain that all the side by side ones do. I made the hubs take a trip to the mall with me to make sure it would fit!
    I found that even though I have the double, I tend to shop at stores that have shopping carts that fit two kids.
    Don't spend a fortune on one unless you will be putting a lot of miles on it walking/jogging, etc.

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  37. This may be a complete "duh" answer and you may have already tried it, but you could try starting her bedtime earlier since she requires that extra time to "unwind" downstairs.

    Strollers: Tandem, definitely! Just because of the wideness of the side by side. Sometimes I even find the tandem are too wide. Another helpful thing to do is carry your baby in a sling or "wear" her when a stroller would be required. :)

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  38. Hi Katie! You are going to be a great mom of 2. I know it seems daunting but you will rock it. I have an almost 5 year old little boy and an 18month old little girl. It seems we NEVER have a full nights sleep in our household. If it's not one waking up crying in the night, it's the other one. I definitely think that kids go through stages of where, we as their parents, have to adjust their sleep times/nap times. Sounds like you are doing the right thing by moving her bed time a little later. I find this whole parenting gig is a lot of trial and error.
    You WILL be able to leave the house with 2. Once I did it on my own, successfully, it gave me the confidence I needed to keep on doing it. Bring snacks, lollipops, juice, whatever else as back up in case your oldest starts having a melt down. That was helpful to have an arsenal of supplies. Since I was nursing I would shop at Target and places like that that had comfy outdoor furniture that I could sit comfortably on, nurse the baby and give my oldest a space to safely play. You will do great! I promise!

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  39. Hi Katie! On the sleep issue I have read Dr. Weisbluth's Healthy Sleep Habits Happy child. He says that you know your child is getting enough sleep if they are happy in the early evening (5ish o'clock). If she's having meltdowns then she needs more if she's happy as can be she's good. Sleep issues are very frustrating. My son is 18 months and it is very up and down for us. Good luck!

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  40. I am also new to the blogging world and I LOVE reading your blog. my little girl just turned two on March 18th. So her and Em are very close! Since she has been about 19 months we notice that night time was not going well and she wasnt sleeping well. but never seemed cranky i ask her dr and she said that it is possible Bella was sleeping to long during the day and thats why she was restless at night. she was originally taking 2-2 1/2 hour naps at daycare. now she is only allowed to take an 1 1/2 at max and then we wake her up we have done this from 19months-now and she is an angel at bedtime. she goes down between 8-830 and wakes up for the day betweeen 730-8. it was such a HUGE transition to see her taking such a shorter nap but so great to have her sleeping at night. had i of not mentioned it to her dr i would of never thought it was because she was sleeping to long during the day!

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  41. OK we are in the same boat w/the sleep thing! OMG! KP has been waking up every night between 2-3 and just crying until I go in. I walk in, lay her down, cover her up and she's OUT. That simple. But it still requires ME to get up and go in there which is TOTALLY annoying! She's getting her eye teeth too, so yeah, let's blame those bastards!

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  42. Okay, I didn't read all of the comments, so if I'm repeating what somebody else said? Sorry. :)

    I've got nuthin' on the stroller thing. The only thing I can tell you is that when I worked at the little jewelry boutique, every mom with a double stroller (the side by side kind) had issues shopping in there. So I'd say the other kind was better for that.

    As for the sleep? Totally normal. Noah started doing the same thing around 2. Actually, it got so bad that I've cut out nap time completely. Sounds like a terrible idea, but every time he takes a nap, he's up till like midnight. Some days he needs it, so I let him take a short one for my own sanity. He also will sometimes wake up randomly in the middle of the night (my SIL's kids do that too) just wanting to play. I usually keep a sippy cup, a couple of books, and a car in his crib just to keep him entertained so I can stay in bed. lol. After I cut out naps, he's sleeping much better and for longer periods. I'm actually REALLY loving that extra down time at night.

    Good luck!

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  43. ps. Forgot to mention that I typically give Noah some down time instead of a nap in the middle of the day. Just watching some tv and chilling out. I leave him alone to relax, and that seems to help.

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  44. 1. On the sleep issue... my two year went through a similar thing. The child will stay up until 9-10ish every night. After consulting everyone from the ped to the child specialist, this is normal. All suggested we don't push pressure on them and just let them know. 8pm is your nite nite time. This does not mean you have to sleep but you must be in bed. S reads, plays quitely then falls alseep. It works for us.

    2. I have the city select and its AMAZiNG!!! It can be a double and single which i like cause I don't always need the double and if you are on vacay you only need one. Its great for walking, shopping, airports. the only non-great is jogging but I am not a huge jogging stroller fan anyways.

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  45. For little ones with sleeping, I found that things like what you are going through are just them trying to find a new routine as they grow and/or phases that will pass. Once in a while my boys went through terrible phases with interrupted sleep or really hard to put down, but over time it worked itself out.

    My boys are 22 months apart. I got a Phil and Ted's stroller for them. I was tempted by the side by side ones, but I just couldn't see myself shopping with on of them. To be honest though, I used it much more as a single stroller than I ever did as a double. My oldest was becoming much more of a walker at that point, so unless it was for exercise purposes or LONG trips I liked that it could be a single stroller too.

    My third baby is due in June. My youngest son will be just over 2.5 and there is no chance of getting him back in a stroller. So I'm really happy that I decided on the phil and ted back when I was choosing.

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  46. Oh honey! I wish I had answers for your sleep problems with Eme. But know that you aren't alone. Parker turned 2 at the end of January and pretty much sleeps all night, but we seem to always go through stretches where he sleeps all night for about 3 weeks, then he wakes about once for a few weeks, or wakes too early, or takes foreverrrrrrrrrrrr to fall asleep. I think sometimes when they know that their sleep routine is going to change with a babe coming (even though they really don't get it) somehow they decide to mess it all up just to keep us on our toes :)

    And double stroller! I LOOOOVE ours. I looked at a few different strollers and we ended up getting a Bumbleride Indie Twin. I can run with it, it is so smooth. I love the basket, love the awnings. It isn't ideal for aisles when you go to stores, like between racks, and it is close to go in doors but it fits and just takes some practice. But I highly recommend it!

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  47. Your kid is sleeping til 8:00 a.m.? I wouldn't care if mine were up til 10:00 p.m. if they slept til 8! Mine go to bed about 8:30 - 9:00 and get up at 6:00.

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  48. I highly recommend the Joovy Ultralight Caboose sit and stand stroller for indoor use and light outdoor use like sidewalks and walkways. It's narrow enough to fit through store isles, lightweight enough to push easily, steers well, and folds flat and easily. We still use this stroller now that my son is nearly 6 and daughter is almost 3. But I wouldn't get this one if you want it primarily for outdoors or jogging. Good luck with your decision!

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  49. I'm anxious to go back and read the comments when I get time. But, Kirsten when through exactly what Eme is going through right now once before, and has currently reverted right back to the same crap. She's fighting bed and also waking up in the night. Then, in the morning, she's so dang tired I always have to wake her up when we have daycare or church or anything early.

    We got the Contours tandem stroller. It's like the Baby Jogger that goes a milion ways (the seats change), but a lot cheaper. It is long and a little hard to steer, but easier than I figured it would be for as long as it is. The basket underneath is amazing though, fits so much stuff. My kids both love it. Another drawback (for me anyway) was it only came in red. I would NOT suggest it for exercising, but I love it for what we use it for, mainly shopping (malls), zoos and that type of thing, and walks in town on the sidewalks or trails. I sold our travel set stroller, then bough the double and a cheaperish umbrella stroller. I love pushing Kirsten in the umbrella and having Simon in the Moby, especially when he was itty bitty on walks.

    Jeepers that got long! I guess moms are passionate about sleep and strollers, ha!

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  50. Having worked with kids for 78,302 years, I'd say she's getting plenty of sleep. Most of the kids I know that age right now are sleeping around 12 hours a night and then taking maybe a 2 hour nap. Sometimes less of a nap. Hope she gets through this before Baby # 2 makes her debut!

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  51. Having worked with kids for 78,302 years, I'd say she's getting plenty of sleep. Most of the kids I know that age right now are sleeping around 12 hours a night and then taking maybe a 2 hour nap. Sometimes less of a nap. Hope she gets through this before Baby # 2 makes her debut!

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  52. one piece of advice would be to wait on the stroller thing. You may find like a few of my friends (and looking like me myself) that your older child absolutely hates getting in the stroller, or works out how to get out and wants to walk, by the time the baby gets here. In that case the skateboard attachment may be useful- they are standing behind the pram but are still safe and not running off, get a ride so little legs are not getting worn out, but feel in control and grown up. Who knows, Eme will probably be absolutely fine, but then again i thought Will would love sitting in the stroller and now DOES NOT! It's not something that can't wait till bub is here. As for the sleep? I am having my own 2 year old issues with this so i am not the best one to ask, but yes- issues can crop up at any time. It is an absolute fallacy that kids once sleeping great will always be that way. In my experience they chop and change without a moments notice leaving you wondering what the heck you did "wrong". Nothing. They are toddlers. That is all.

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  53. Yes you will leave the house with two children it just may not be in the first couple of weeks.

    As for strollers Im not sure if I am of any help being in New Zealand but I had a Mountain Buggy Urban Double Pram, I LOVED it. Have since moved back to a single. My friend also swears by Phil and Teds Double which is a tandem not a side by side like the Mountain Buggy.

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  54. We bought a sit and stand, and we do NOT use it. We make Graham walk. He won't stay in the sit and stand. if we are out during nap time, I've just wore the baby during that time, and let him sleep in the stroller.

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  55. I don't know anything about double strollers except that OMG you need a double stroller. You're going to have TWO!!!

    Hope the sleep thing resolves itself soon. I'm pretty convinced I got a freak of nature with E's sleep. She still sleeps 13 hours a night with at least a two hour nap during the day. I'll never have another one because I just know it will NEVER sleep.

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  56. Sleep Issues: My daughter really didn't sleep through the night until she was about 2+ a couple of months. Right before our second was born (she was 21 months) we went through several nights of screaming, rubbing the back, trying to figure out what the heck to do nights! I wish I could pin point what made the change, but she got better and now we very rarely hear from her throughout the night. I would say adjusting Eme's bed time and routine to what she wants is ok. Maybe she just needs a little more down time than before, or maybe it is because Mr. Sun is out longer... ya never know with kids! Go with your gut and know this is just a phase! :)

    Stroller:
    I would say wait till the next one comes to make this decision. You might feel one way now but after you have experienced what baby #2 needs and prefers you will be better off. Ya know, babies are touchy sometimes. I have the Sit-n-Stand stroller. I like it because my 2.5 year old doesn't always want to sit in a stroller but she can still ride. It's big, but aren't they all?

    Hope this helps!

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  57. Baby jogger city mini is THE BEST! Folds so easily, fits through all doorways, so easy to push, and the seats lay flat so even the newborn can ride early on without the car seat attachment. My girls are 20 months old and 1 month old and we LOVE IT.

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  58. Baby jogger city mini is THE BEST!

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  59. For the sleep issues, ours went through the same thing. Changing something about her bed helped her get excited about sleeping and staying in bed. Have you thought about new bedding or using a pillow if she doesn't already have one?

    We have a double stroller and we rarely use it. It is so difficult to manage. Ours is front to back. I think I'd love a sit N' stand, but honestly, our 2 year old prefers walking. I agree with the other posters that advised that you wait and see what you need. When my second was younger, I wore her in the Moby wrap and didn't want to bother with a stroller for my 2 year old.

    I hope you find what works for you!

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  60. Sleep problems: totally normal! My 3 year old started sleeping horrible around her 2nd bday and I was also prego with my second. But she is now going back to Sleep wonderfully now. Oh and she too was waking up through the night as well. Don't worry momma, this too will pass.

    Stroller: Craigslist has been my best friend. I 1st owned a sit-n-stand. Hated it. Sold it. Bought a nice double jogger, Schwinn brand, LOVE it!! Definetly get one with a swivel front wheel. I also got a double umbrella stroller off craigslist and use that for are around town stroller. It's small enough that u don't feel too humongous:). I used my single stroller for a while for my 2 year old, until my little one was older.
    My one peice peice of advice is to look into getting a nice wrap. Whether u like the soft Tshirt like material, like the moby. Or a woven wrap. I personally would suggest the moby for newborns and the woven nonstretchy one for a bigger baby. My wrap is what got me through those 1st few months!! Good luck, and it's not that bad and totally worth it the 1st time your see your oldest holding your youngest!
    ~Chantel, mother of a 3 year old and 9 month old.

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  61. Jamie had horrible sleep regression right around 18 months. It was awful. And I couldn't even blame teething since he got his canines and 1st molars at the same time. Fun right?? Thankfully he seems to have snapped out of it and is back in a good routine!

    As for strollers. No clue. I'm hoping by the time we have a second Jamie can just walk. I will say we have the baby jogger city mini and love it. If the double is half as great as the single I'd buy it in a heartbeat! I've also heard great things about the select. Good luck!

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  62. Double Stroller: Phil & Ted. It's light weight and can be used as a single stroller when you don't need a double. Worth. Every. Penny.
    You can find them used on Craigslist sometimes and Ebay.

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  63. I have 3 kids so I really needed a double stroller. I got both so when I am walking or jogging I could use one and when I an shopping I use the tandem. Please dont buy these new, I got mine on craigs list and garage sale for $65 and $30 I have had both for 3 yr. Also dont buy until the baby gets here... you could use a sling until they get to 7 mth or 4 mth for mine since the are big babies.

    good luck with the sleep.. I loved reading all the comments.

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  64. Our kids went thru ( and are still going thru) the same sleep issues.
    We LOVE our Joovy ultralight sit and stand. It is small and lightweight!

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  65. I have all the same questions. :) Ethan has been having major sleep issues and we're just trying to go day to day. Some nights I'll sit on his floor in the dark and that calms him down.

    As for the stroller, I have no idea what to buy. I do like the City Select though.

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  66. I have been a longtime follower, please excuse the lack of commenting... google reader is just too easy with a 3&4 year old! I used both... a tandem and a side by side. I bought the side by side and LOVED it! Seriously was great for outdoors, parks, zoo... but sucked st the mall to the point I would plan all trips around when I could go solo which meant never going. So I looked on craislist and found a tandem for super cheap, looked brand new too. I've gotten my use out of both and still use them occasionally for those park walks or zoo trips where I am going solo.

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  67. Oh kids & their darn sleep patterns. If I had the solution I'd be the millionaire momma, but since I'm not I'll just say kids are just like us. We have our "off" days where we just sleep weird, & so forth.

    This too shall pass:)

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  68. i have a 2 and a 3 year old and i use a side by side for walks and trips to the mall. yes, we occasionally ram into doorframes but who hasn't? my kids just know i'm a bad driver. :]

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  69. Im no help on the stroller but do have an almost 2 year old and Morgan is going through the same thing with sleep. She wakes up during the night, goes to bed later. She did this for a little over a week and is finally getting back to normal again.

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  70. Sleep: we are going through this with the 3 year old. He has quiet time every afternoon. If he DOES fall asleep he is a monster at bedtime... Cant get him to bed before 830 and he will usually cry out for milk or bathroom breaks for at least 30 minutes after that. If he DOESN'T nap than he is okay for bed about 8pm.

    Stroller: I waited. We had a graco travel system, but I usually wore baby girl in a wrap... Eventually got a double because the boy still likes to be lazy and in the stroller sometimes... Also if he is being bad I can put him in there and strap him in to get out of the store or mall or wherever

    Phil & Teds though - all the way! I love it because it works with any age of both kids. If you want to attach a carseat AND have the toddler in, you can. You can FULL RECLINE the baby AND have the toddler in. It you can have them both sitting up (when baby is old enough).

    Biggest downside is no storage. If you have baby in the back you have a bit of basket space, but if toddler is back there then their feet take up the basket space.

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  71. Hey,
    I have an almost 3 year old and an almost 15 month old and we STILL use our double for walks everyday. We have a Phil & Teds for that (nice because it can be a double or single) and or good 'ole Maclaren single for shopping trips (because the almost 3 year old walls then). Like others said, until my youngest was about 4 months, she was in an ergo with infant insert for outings, too. Oh, and our Phil& Teds has a nice feature where when your second is an infant, you can place her laying down so she can sleep, be shaded, and no one will want to touch her!

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  72. Hey,
    I have an almost 3 year old and an almost 15 month old and we STILL use our double for walks everyday. We have a Phil & Teds for that (nice because it can be a double or single) and or good 'ole Maclaren single for shopping trips (because the almost 3 year old walls then). Like others said, until my youngest was about 4 months, she was in an ergo with infant insert for outings, too. Oh, and our Phil& Teds has a nice feature where when your second is an infant, you can place her laying down so she can sleep, be shaded, and no one will want to touch her!

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