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3 New Baby Apps We’re Loving Right Now

04/16/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

A round of app-lause is in order! Three new apps have hit the scene that are innovating the parenting process, from conception through year two.

So whether you want to watch your little one on a video monitor, research possible baby ailments or find tips on increasing your fertility, help is now at your fingertips.

Want to know more? Lucky for you, we’ve got the lowdown on all three of these cool new apps below.

Baby Bundle AppCourtesy Baby Bundle

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We Tried It: Svan Baby-to-Booster Bentwood High Chair

03/24/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Svan Baby-to-Booster Bentwood High Chair ReviewCourtesy Svan

We Tried It: Svan Baby-to-Booster Bentwood High Chair

Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor

Why she did it: Feeding her baby in a Bumbo seat wasn’t cutting it anymore and it was time to graduate to a real high chair.

Pros: This attractive high chair with an easy on/off tray and a fold for storage comes in three different color combinations, including a nice neutral espresso/almond combo that doesn’t scream “baby gear in the kitchen!” (The natural/lime and white/tangerine are still attractive, but more eye-catching.)

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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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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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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: Frozen Will Warm Hearts This Winter

11/25/2013 at 05:00 PM ET

Frozen Movie ReviewCourtesy Disney

Spinning Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Snow Queen into a modern day story of love and triumph, Frozen will be one of the hottest animated films to hit theaters this winter.

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the film is filled with non-stop action, heartfelt moments and genuine characters that resonate with all.

Leading the ensemble of talented voices are celeb moms Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, who star as Anna and Elsa — Scandinavian princesses and sisters who have a few obstacles to overcome to save their relationship.

“We wanted to build complex characters that are messy like real life. I am particularly proud of Anna and Elsa. I think we went for it — I hope a lot of people can relate to their journeys and who they are,” Lee told PEOPLE.
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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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