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We Tried It: Zoocchini’s Training Pants

03/10/2016 at 10:00 AM ET

We tried it: Zoocchini organic training pants

Who tried it: Amy Jamieson, writer/editor PEOPLE.com

Why she did it: Because potty training is hard and this mom welcomes all new ways to succeed at it.

Pros: Potty training in the dead of winter can be deadly. Besides dealing with a child that’s learning to have control over his or her own bowels, you’ve got the layers of clothing to reckon with.

Zoocchini training pants review
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We Tried It: Petidoux Pima Cotton Pajamas

12/23/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

We tried it: Petidoux Pima cotton pajamas

Who tried it: Amy Jamieson, writer/editor PEOPLE.com

Why she did it: As a mother of two girls who are very picky about their nighttime attire, this tired mom is happy to try any and all options available.

Pros: The other night, I put my 2-year-old daughter to bed wearing ballet-themed footie pajamas. They’re about a half-size too small, but she refuses to let them go in the “giveaway pile” for sentimental reasons (one battle I’m too tired to fight). So, hours later, when I went in to check on her at midnight, she was wearing nothing but a diaper and was wrapped in a cocoon-like fashion in a lightweight fleece blanket that usually lays askew on her bed.

Petidoux Pima Cotton Pajamas
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We Tried It: Burley’s Solstice Jogging Stroller

07/29/2015 at 02:00 PM ET

We tried it: Burley Solstice Stroller

Who tried it: Anya Leon, Babies Editor

Why she did it: Trying to go for a brisk morning walk with a toddler in tow can be painstakingly slow without the right stroller.

Pros: Before the Burley Solstice came into my life, I had no one to make me accountable for morning walks. You know, that exercise buddy who motivates you to go the extra mile? But once I put the stroller together, I suddenly had no excuse to write a rain check: I had found my new workout partner.

Setting up the stroller was quick and easy: Just pop the tires in place until you hear a click. (The tires come off just as easily with a push of a button.)

Burley Solstice jogging stroller review
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We Tried It: GB Qbit Travel Stroller

07/22/2015 at 02:00 PM ET

We tried it: GB Qbit Travel Stroller

Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor

Why she did it: Anything that promises to make travel with a toddler easier is worth a shot.

Pros: Now that my baby has morphed into a headstrong 2-year-old, my travel needs have changed. I greatly miss using a carrier, but with a 28-lb. toddler, it’s no longer the easiest option for me while schlepping around an airport.

So it’s time for a travel stroller, and the GB Qbit has many selling points for families on the go. It has the simplest fold/unfold I’ve seen in a travel stroller (two buttons on the handle push in and to the side to fold, then a one-handed lock; undo the lock and then a flick of the wrist pops it back open).

GB Qbit travel stroller review
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We Tried It: FirstBIKE Balance Bike

11/02/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

FirstBIKE
Courtesy FirstBIKE

We tried it: FirstBIKE

Who tried it: Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com writer-editor

Why she did it: I have a 3-year-old who refuses to pedal a bike. Enough said.

I also have a secret. I’ve never really believed all the hype surrounding balance bikes. Honestly, I thought it was one more cute kid product to add to the already long list of maybe-not-so-functional items on the market.

In fact, I had considered buying one as a Christmas gift for my little guy last year, but figured it would make a momentary splash before being pushed to the back of the garage. (Spoiler alert: Nowadays, it’s definitely being pushed — all over my house!)
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We Tried It: Baby Jogger City Mini GT

06/02/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Baby Jogger City Mini GT stroller review Courtesy Regan Stephens

We tried it: Baby Jogger City Mini GT

Who tried it: Regan Stephens, Contributing Photo Editor

Why she did it: For city dwellers, a stroller is often your little one’s primary form of transportation.

And after two and a half years of ours taking its fair share of winter abuse (snowy streets and salty sidewalks) and summer’s sticky popsicles, it was time for an upgrade.

We decided to go with the City Mini GT because it promises ‘Go Anywhere with AllTerrain Mobility.’ And after traversing countless city miles and a few jets and jaunts, we put it to the test.

Pros: Perhaps the biggest ‘pro’ of this stroller is the ease in which it folds down.
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We Tried It: Dyson 65 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

05/26/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Urbini Hummingbird Stroller
Courtesy Dyson

What: Dyson 65 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Who Tried It: Julia Wang, Features Director, PEOPLE.com

Why She Volunteered: Cleaning has become a “hobby” now that I’m a mom of two to a 6-year-old and a 9-month-old

I used to think I was really good at keeping house. Then I had kids.

Kids teach you so much — about love, innocence, patience … and how much dust, grime, glitter and all manner of detritus wind up everywhere.

There’s my free-spirited older child, who routinely snips construction paper into pieces of confetti and leaves a trail of tiny plastic toy parts around the house.
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