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We Tried It: Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller

02/06/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller Review Courtesy Mamas & Papas

Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, senior editor

Why she did it: My 5-month-old daughter was starting to get bigger so I needed to find a sturdy stroller that wasn’t too heavy. But how many baby rides have the best of both worlds?

The new Mamas & Papas Armadillo comes pretty close. A cross between a multi-featured, full-size stroller and a lightweight model, it’s a lovely little hybrid that boasts more pros than cons. And for its price point ($250), you get a lot of bang for your buck.

The company calls it their “Big Little Stroller,” and that’s an accurate way to sum it up. With four strollers currently residing in my apartment (and having test-driven many more), I’ve logged dozens of miles with my little babe in tow.

Here’s how I found the Armadillo to break down, feature by important feature.
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We Tried It: Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump

01/30/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump Review Courtesy Ameda

Who tried it: Julia Wang, Features Director

Why she did it: As any mom who plans to continue breastfeeding after returning to work knows, your breast pump becomes your best friend. It’s the one piece of equipment you turn to to continue providing nourishment for your little one when you can’t be there in person to nurse. Plus, it has to be discreet and can’t let you down — all of which amounts to a lot of pressure to find “The Pump That Will Deliver.”

I started using the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra after a week of trying to express milk — and failing miserably — with another double electric pump. Already frazzled that I wasn’t able to properly express milk for several days, my Ameda arrived in the mail. Hallelujah?
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Expecting & New Moms! Cricket’s Circle Will Change Your Life

01/28/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Cricket's Circle Website LaunchCourtesy Cricket’s Circle

“The only baby stuff you need,” boasts Cricket’s Circle about its carefully-curated recommendations.

Tall order aside. After checking out this cool online resource for new and expecting moms, we’re ready to admit it’s as close as you’ll get to finding everything from a stylish and functional high chair to a comfy and entertaining bathtub all in one place.

After welcoming her first child, Rachel Blumenthal realized that no one person could realistically sift through the thousands (literally!) of baby products on the market.

So the former jewelry designer and wife of Warby Parker co-founder, Neil Blumenthal (that’s one chic family!), decided to create a site to make things easy for busy parents looking for the best gear.
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Giveaway: A 4Moms Rockaroo (a $159 Value!)

01/20/2014 at 12:00 AM ET

4Moms Rockaroo GiveawayCourtesy 4Moms

Does your baby love to rock?

Then she’ll really enjoy 4Moms‘s new Rockaroo, which features five speeds, an MP3 hookup and reversible toy balls.

Want one? The company is giving one away to a lucky Moms & Babies reader.

Hurry up and enter for your chance to win here! Online entries must be received between 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on 1/20/14 and 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 1/26/13. See Official Rules.

Also check out our review below:
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We Tried It: Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

12/08/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Let’s face it: If you’re a working mother, you will develop a highly intimate relationship with your breast pump.

And depending on how many hours you work and how often your baby eats, you could be sitting down with your pump three, four, even five times a day — even more for stay-at-home moms who pump exclusively. So finding the right piece of equipment is of the utmost importance.

We recently had the opportunity to try out the Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric ($130). Here’s a breakdown of what works well (and what doesn’t):

Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump ReviewCourtesy Evenflo

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Review: UppaBaby Mesa Infant Car Seat

10/05/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

UppaBaby Mesa Infant Car Seat ReviewCourtesy UppaBaby

Before I had a baby, tooling around New York City without a car was no big deal. With no shortage of subways, buses and sidewalks, there’s always an easy way to get from point A to point B.

But add a brand new, 7-pound passenger into the mix and things suddenly get a lot more complicated.

From the moment we left the hospital, I needed to get my daughter home, to the pediatrician, and to my doctor’s office in taxi cabs — not an easy task for a new mom.

Our little girl took her very first car ride home in the Uppababy Mesa ($280), the popular stroller company’s first infant car seat, and she’s been riding in it ever since.

Without a car of my own, I haven’t had use for the base yet, but the Mesa is very easy to install in a cab or a friend’s car using just the seatbelt, as those of us city dwellers are often forced to do.
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Great Ideas! 10 Apps That Make Family Travel a Breeze

08/01/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Whether you hit the beach or visit a foreign city, family travel can be really fun. But the preparatory process (scouting, booking and keeping track of all the details) is often more than overwhelming.

This is something frequent globetrotter (and mom-of-two!) Amy Tara Koch knows all too well. Thankfully, the busy writer is more than happy to share a list of her fave apps that will help you score deals and organize every aspect of your getaway so you can focus on what’s important — quality time with your brood. Check them out below:

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