If you are ever in the un-awesome predicament of having your hands coated in polyurethane – go straight to the vegetable oil! I just put a quick coat of poly on a height measuring board we have been putting together for the kids and as soon as I opened the can I slopped it all over myself. After that kind of start there was no point being careful (I was working outside) and the end result was some super sticky hands! I tried dawn first, then rubbing alcohol, then nail polish remover (all with different kinds of soap in between tries at varying water temperatures). Finally I pulled out everyone’s secret weapon: google. It told me to try vegetable or canola oil. SO I DID. And it works! Just coat your hands and rub, rub, rub then wash with soap and water! Not only does it remove the gunk but it moisturizes pretty well too.
I am pretty stoked right now! I have been eyeballing double strollers for a while… like the entire 16 months since we found out we were expecting another baby. The first decision I made was that I was pretty sure I wanted a tandem (front and back) not a side-by-side. Then I found some sit n stand models, where the back seat converts to a spot that an older child can stand and ride. And I thought, “Interesting. The boy would like that, and he’s just going to keep getting bigger anyway…”Then I flip-flopped back and forth on all my decisions for awhile.
I started price and review checking specific models. I thought I was pretty sold on a Baby Trend Sit N Stand… but I wanted a deal. I checked sale prices, I checked craigslist, facebook garage sales, ebay… This wasn’t working in my favor.
Then I saw the Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Stroller, and it was on sale! It’s not exactly what I was looking for… but the important things were there. According to the reviews it’s more lightweight and folds up better than the Sit N Stand. It has the same seating options (or the ones I would use with the boy and the girl – I don’t need the ability to attach 2 infant seats) in a slightly different configuration, and the rear seated position has a buckle – something I hope the Sit N Stand has but have not been able to verify. And the handle is supposed to be pretty tall – which my husband will be happy about!
The rear seat does look a little crowded, but the big kid will probably choose to stand more often than not, especially as he continues to get bigger. We do still have two separate strollers, so if comfort is an issue we can use those when we need to and this for times when I want to take them out by myself – something I really haven’t been able to do well yet.
It also doesn’t come with a parent tray or rear sun visor of any kind. So I added a couple cheap accessories to my shopping cart (tray, canopy) and now I can’t wait for it all to arrive! I really hope it ends up being a great purchase, I’m having a little bit of purchase anxiety and hope I don’t regret the choice! I’ll be sure to give my review once we’ve had a chance to test it out.
If you have a double stroller, which one did you choose and what do you love/hate about it?
I have two small kids. The boy is 2, and the girl is 8 months. She’s pretty easy to keep contained (for now) but the boy? He’s a climber. And a runner. We have a pretty decent sized back yard but it’s long and narrow, with a creek/stream running across the back end, middle-aged or elderly neighbors on each side, and a fairly busy road out front. I think we need a fence.
We can’t really afford an awesome fence though, so occasionally I search craigslist for anything that might pop up. Right now I am talking back and forth between a seller of chain link fence material and my father (who owns the truck I’d need to borrow to pick up said fence materials, and would also (hopefully) help install it).
If this doesn’t pan out I am totally considering wire garden fence. This. Which may be a little cheesy, but it would keep the child safely contained so that I might, I don’t know, take my eyes off him for three seconds. Possibly even sit down on my butt. Dare I consider paying attention to the girl? And it would be a temporary solution until he’s a few years older and more trustworthy. And hopefully less of a flight risk.
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