Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Tag*a*long! Product Review and Giveaway!

Tag*a*long is providing products for this giveaway, but the company did not influence the content of this review in any way. As stated in my product review policy, my reviews will always be honest.

When my second kiddo came along, a dear friend bought me a Tag*a*long. I'm not going to lie: at first I thought it was a very silly piece of plastic. I'll just take the double stroller, I thought. Or I can just have him hold my hand or the strap of the diaper bag. Why would I ever need a special little handle?

Of course, it didn't take me long to realize that my solutions weren't very effective or particularly practical, especially for someone living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The double stroller was bulky and heavy, making it physically difficult to handle when my RA flared postpartum. I also didn't love that my older son basically refused to walk, even for short distances, if we had the double stroller with us. But trying to hold his hand while pushing the single stroller with one hand wasn't good for my wrists. And I'm sure no seasoned mom will be surprised to hear that my son wasn't particularly interested in holding on to the strap of the diaper bag.

Enter the Tag*a*long: a bright, shiny, simple plastic handle that I presented my son with enthusiasm and announced it was especially for him! And it worked! Somehow having a designated handle to hold made him feel special. It was fun for him to hold and soon he was happily walking along next to the stroller. I was amazed.

Fast-forward nearly four years: I thought we were done with the Tag*a*long. My middle son was nearly four when his sister was born, and he is perfectly capable staying near me while we are walking without me having to worry (too much!) But what I did not anticipate was how often he would beg to push his sister's stroller, and how, ahem, enthusiastically he would push it. Sometimes I let him push, but sometimes it just isn't practical to let him be in command of a wheeled object with his poor sister strapped to it! So once again the Tag*a*long stepped in! It allows my son to feel like he is helping and like he is connected to his baby sister, while still allowing me to be the one in control of the stroller!

The Tag*a*long also gives him a sense of safety and security in crowded situations - which gives me as sense of safety and security! Those of you who follow me on Instagram know we took a road trip to South Dakota a few weeks ago. It was very crowded when we stopped to visit Mount Rushmore, so my middle kiddo voluntarily hooked himself to his Tag*a*long. He felt safe, which left me able to enjoy the memorial instead of being distracted by kid-wrangling!

While the Tag*a*long could potentially be useful for any mama, I think moms with chronic illnesses - who may have limited energy or mobility - could find it particularly useful. Moms with chronic illnesses have much better uses for our very limited energy than trying to chase our kids (which sometimes isn't physically possible for us) or reprimanding them to stay nearby or worrying about them wandering off! I even saw the brilliant idea on Instagram the other day to attach the Tag*a*long to your cart at the grocery store (why didn't I ever think of that one?!?) 

So I'm very excited to announce that I'll be giving away two Tag*a*longs! Please enter the giveaway below and I will randomly select two winners next week!

Or, if you don't want to wait, you can grab a Tag*a*long on Amazon!

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