This past weekend Geoff and I set out to the nearest baby 'super-store' simply to explore all of our double stroller options. I quickly remembered why I haven't stepped foot inside one of those places since I was last pregnant; the size, the prices, the millions of brands, the millions of options within each brand, the abundance of cheesy butterflies and giraffes! THE FLUORESCENT LIGHTS!!! Okay, I'll stop there before I break into hives.
I am fully aware that there are much more pressing matters in life than what your kids (unwillingly) sit in from time to time, but once we started looking and comparing strollers, the room felt as if it was going to start spinning at any minute. (That may have had a little something to do with Ivy wanting to be pushed around in a circle by way of display stroller though...) Anyway, I decided that picking out a double stroller just wasn't in the cards that day, and left even more lost then when we had started out on our quest. Which leaves me here, asking for any advice on the best, cheapest, and most compact double stroller in your opinion. (Or if double strollers are even necessary for that matter..?)
Anyway, before leaving the store empty handed, I realized I should at least try to cross something off my shopping list. That's when I trekked over to the diaper bag aisle, where I was again- sorely disappointed. When I was pregnant with Ivy everything I looked at in regards to diaper bags just wasn't me. (Think more like Mary Poppins meets Arrested Developments, "Rita", aka Mr. F) So many flowers, so much velvet! Add that to the fact that they all seemed to be super pricey, and I decided an oversized purse would work just fine. (And it totally did/does, I just want something more durable that's designed for my specific needs now I guess. Boy did I get high maintenance or what?!) So again, if any of you have any recommendations on diaper bags that you love, feel free to help a girl out. As you can probably guess by looking at some of my favorites I've compiled below, the less it looks like a diaper bag- the better. Some of these are a pretty penny, especially when you consider all the disgusting stuff you will most likely be shoving inside of them on most days, but I'm willing to splurge if that's what it takes! (By the way, splurge is not only a gross word, but a relative one. I'm kind of a cheapskate, so nothing too crazy.) Here is a premature thank you for any helpful advice or links you veteran mama's may give out.