Summer Must Have #2- Kangaroo Carrier WeeRide

My first priority this summer is spend a lot of time outdoors with my little guy.  Our summer will be full of these opportunities.  We will be camping in Yosemite, taking several trips to the Morton Arboretum, many bike rides along Lake Michigan, and lots of park time.  To help us live it up this summer I present to you the Kangaroo Carrier from WeeRide.

Right when the weather started to warm up I began daydreaming of long bike rides with my hubby and little one.  I pictured our little family biking for a few hours on the weekends, my husband pulling our little one along in a bike trailer while I rode beside it.  Our little guy may even fall asleep in it and while my husband and I would continue our ride.  I spent hours reading reviews on bike trailers.  In my research I found that there are a lot of great bike trailers on the market but my research ultimately led me in a different direction.  It led me to the Kangaroo Carrier from WeeRide.

Kangaroo Carrier from WeeRide

The carrier offered one very important feature that the bike trailers did not, it allowed us to be close to our little one during the bike ride.  Unlike with a bike trailer, our little guy would be right up there with us.   Luckily for me, a coworker was looking to sell his.  Score!

We have now had the WeeRide for more than a few months.  We have been using it a few times a week.  Sometimes for short rides to the park, others for weekend rides around Chicago.  Last weekend, we took our longest bike ride around the Morton Arboretum.  What I love most about the WeeRide is how I am able to interact with him as I ride.  If I want to talk to him, I just lean in and whisper in his ear.  I am able to hear and see how he is reacting during the ride.  I learned that he gets scared and lets out a whimper if he feels we are going too fast.  When he is having fun, he’ll yell out ‘weeeee!’  Sometimes, when he’s feeling grown up, he’ll grab the handle bars and try to steer (which as he gets stronger I could see becoming an issue).

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The start of last Saturday’s bike ride.  Our little guy is strapped in, excited and ready to go.

Other aspects of the WeeRide I like are:

  • It is stable and secure.  The WeeRide securely attaches to both my bike and my hubby’s bike.  We have two carrier bars, one for each of our bikes.  We can easily remove the kangaroo carrier and transfer it between bikes without worrying about the loss of structural stability.
  • Our little guy is very comfortable.  Once we buckle him in, he sits in the carrier as if he were sitting in a chair.  He’ll looks around.  He’ll rest his hands on his knees.  He’ll point at things that catch his interest.  He’ll point to my  husband and yell, “Ba!” (which means dad in Vietnamese).  If he gets tired, he could even rest his head on the headrest located between him and the handle bars.
  • The leg rests are adjustable.  One of the major differences between the WeeRide and other kangaroo carriers I researched was the adjustable leg rests.  Thinking long term, it was important that if biking were to become a big part of how we spend our free time, our little guy needed to be comfortable.  Some other kangaroo carriers do not offer the same degree of comfort the WeeRide does.
  • It fits into my attachment parenting style.  I love that I can have my little guy right up there with me.  It’s like babywearing while biking.  We are in constant communication and I am able to read his cues.

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Here we are a little further into our ride.  He is looking comfortable and has been having a good time.  My mister was able to get him to look at the camera in this shot.  I, of course, kept my eyes on the road. 

For parents looking into biking with their toddler, I highly recommend a kangaroo carrier.  My mister and I are very happy with the WeeRide.  Later on down the road, we may eventually get a bike trailer.  But, the WeeRide will last us a few more years.  The WeeRide website states that the maximum recommended age is 4 years and weight is 40lbs.   Great news for us because this means a few more years of  ‘weeeees’ and ‘woo hoos’ from our little one.

If you would like to see the WeeRide in action, check out my video:  We put the ‘Wee’ in WeeRide.

When riding with your kids, you must always have them wear  a helmet.  For our little guy, he is wearing a Giro helmet in size xsmall.  We purchased the helmet from REI.  My helmet happens to be on incorrectly.  My ponytail was too high for the helmet.  A helmet tip to those with long hair:  you want a low ponytail when wearing a bike helmet.

*I was not compensated for this review.  I purchased and own the Kangaroo Carrier WeeRide.  All opinions, ideas, images (except first image of the Kangaroo Carrier WeeRide.  That image is from the WeeRide company website), and videos are my own and property of yellowlovesgrey.  They cannot be used without my written consent. 

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Mommy and Me Out and About #5 Chicago Botanical Garden

This post is long overdue, especially since we went to the Chicago Botanical Garden in the Spring and now it is Summer.

For those of you looking for baby friendly environments that will coincide well lulling baby to sleep, the Chicago Botanical Garden is a great destination.  Located north of the city of Chicago, it is a quick car ride, or if you prefer, Metra train ride away.  The garden is peaceful, has plenty to look at and enjoy, stroller friendly, and a nice place to spend an afternoon.

We liked it so much we got an annual pass.  Maybe we will see you there?

Mommy and Me Out and About #3 Lunch Date

A lunch date? You must think I’m crazy, with a newborn, you hardly have time to shower somedays right?  Well, as difficult as it can be to get things together enough to take a trip outside, once you feel your little one has settled into a somewhat predictable routine, I encourage you to plan a lunch date. My first lunch date was with my sister, who at the time was visiting from beautiful, sunny, San Diego.

#3 Lunch Date

For this trip out with the little one here are some tips:

  • Schedule the lunch after 1:30, when the lunch crowd has died down a bit and the restaurant you go to won’t be so crowded or busy
  • Choose a casual restaurant that you have seen families dine at.  Make sure they have enough space for your stroller or car seat.
  • Consider the menu.  Does it have food options you can eat with one hand?  You may have to hold your little one while you eat.
  • Have lunch with a friend that is understanding of a crying baby.
  • Be flexible.  This could mean having to cancel your lunch date, move it to a later time, change the location, or cutting it short.  It all depends on what your little one needs at that moment.

For those of you living near downtown Chicago like me, below is a list of some locations I have gone to with my little guy.  I consider these places baby lunch date friendly.

  • Macy’s on State Street.  Their food court has many options.  Lots of space for your stroller.  Keep in mind, the food court closes at 3pm.
  • Melis on Halstead.  This restaurant has always been a favorite of mine.  It is usually very busy, so I make sure go after the lunch crowd and have lunch at 1:30 on a weekday.  The crowd is much smaller then.  Consider leaving the stroller at home, they don’t have much room for a stroller.  I brought my little guy here in his infant carseat.
  • Protein Bar on Washington.  This place is a great place for a healthy lunch.  I have had lunch here with my little guy several times.  The wraps are easy to eat while holding a baby.  Protein Bar’s downtown locations are closed Saturday and Sundays.
  • India House on W. Grand Ave.  I love Indian food.  This place offers a great lunch time buffet.  Since all the food is already prepared, it is a quick meal with lots of options.  Their lunch buffet ends at 2:30pm.
  • Atropolis on Halstead.  This cafe is roomy, has delicious sandwiches and tasty pastries.  It’s a great place to meet a friend for lunch.  There’s plenty of room for your stroller.
  • Perez on Randolph. For the Mexican food lovers out there, this restaurant is a great option for lunch.   There’s room for your stroller.
  • Whole Foods in the South Loop.  With their many food options, you could meet a friend here.  Maybe your friend could even help you do some quick grocery shopping.

Do you have any restaurant suggestions for other moms out there?  If so, please share.

Mommy and Me Out and About #2-A Shopping Trip

For all you new moms out there, I am sorry to break the news to you, but you will need some transitional clothes after childbirth.  I was hoping I would be one of the lucky few who by their sixth week postpartum could fit back into my pre-pregnancy skinny jeans.  That did not happen.  I was somewhere in between really loose maternity clothes and too tight pre-pregnancy clothes, I needed some in between clothes for my in between body.

This brings me to my second Mommy and Me Out and About:

#2 A Shopping Trip

Now, I’m not talking about a quick trip to get some milk, I am talking about a good two hours to get yourself some new clothes.  While you are adjusting to mommy life, it is important that you look and feel good.  Wearing your maternity clothes and knowing you won’t fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes can be frustrating.  You deserve to treat yourself out to some new clothes that fit your current body.

In planning for this shopping trip I would suggest enlisting some help from someone you trust.  It should be someone who will be honest with you about how you look and can help care for the little one while you try on clothes.  For my first shopping trip out, I went with my sister.  We had my little guy in the stroller, walked out to Chicago’s State Street. We browsed Old Navy, Forever 21, Ann Taylor Loft, H&M, and Macy’s.  Since the clothes I was purchasing are transitional pieces, I didn’t want to spend too much on them.  I ended up buying a pair of pants and a blouse from Ann Taylor Loft, a blouse from H & M,  a pair of electric blue colored jeans and a cardigan from Forever 21. I consider it a successful shopping trip. By the end of the week, I was wearing clothes that fit and felt much better about my appearance.

So what are you waiting for? Get on the phone and plan that shopping trip!

Below is a picture of my little guy at Macy’s on State Street.