Sunday, December 05, 2010

Baby Gear

We're in that stage of life where we have lots of friends that are pregnant, having babies or adopting so I thought I'd do a post on some of my favorite baby gear thus far. I always like reading "baby blogs" to see what other people like to get ideas so figured I could put my own two cents in.

Boppy Lounger

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This was given to me by a good friend who had one of these when her son was a baby. She said it came in so handy that she was giving it to all her friends at their showers. It was definitely the most used item in our arsenal for the first 3 months or more of Judah's life. It was so convenient to put him in the lounger because it propped him up a little so he could see what was going on and to give us a little break from holding him so we could get something done around the house.

Fisher Price Take Along Swing

Thomas's Dad calls it the "magic swing" because of it's ability to calm Judah down. He's since outgrown it but this thing was a lifesaver for a long time. We have a different version but this one is basically the same thing, just the newer version. I will say that I've learned that consignment shops are the WAY to go for baby gear. Not for important safety stuff like car seats necessarily, but for extras like this, for sure.

Moby Wrap

Judah in the Moby Wrap

I used this more when Judah was a smaller baby. Now he's too heavy for it, but as a tiny baby it was nice. The only drawback I'd say is that it was kind of a pain to get on because it's a super long piece of fabric that took a bit of effort to get wrapped around you. And if you have a summer baby, it can be HOT. Other than that, it was super comfy because the material is jersey and Judah seemed to like it a lot.

Diaper Champ
I'd read about the Diaper Genie but then a friend that's a mom told me about the Diaper Champ so I went with it instead. The great thing about it is that you don't have to buy special bags like you do with the Genie and you can use regular trash bags. No sense in getting something where you have to buy their brand of bags when you can use your own bags for a lot cheaper.

OXO Candela Tooli Rechargable Night Lights
Ok, these things are kind of unique looking but if you know me, you know I kind of like some weird stuff sometimes. These things have been great, literally my favorite thing for the nursery and nighttime with Judah. For one thing, they have a super long charge life. I hardly ever have to charge them and we've been using them for 6 months! They have a very soft glow so if you need to check on baby in the middle of the night or reinsert a paci, no problem with waking them up with a bright light shining in their eyes. It's also a great nightlight for those first few weeks where you're taking turns getting up multiple times throughout the night and you don't want to wake up the other person who's lucky enough to still be sleeping at that moment!

Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Stroller Frame

When I was pregnant I went to this huge baby consignment sale in Raleigh at the fairgrounds. For someone without a baby yet to say it was overwhelming would be an understatement. I do remember however seeing all these ladies getting these stroller bases and thinking, what ARE those things? I Googled a bunch of terms to try and figure it out and came up with this thing. At first I'd registered for a one of those expensive stroller/car seat combo sets but after finding this decided against it. I went with the Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Carseat and just got this as my stroller for it. It's been really great because it folds up so easy and takes up minimal space, which with all the other baby gear you tote around is a definitely plus.

Bob Revolution Stroller (aka the Cadillac)
Ok, if you click on the link for this thing you'll see that we never could or would have gotten this item on our own, but were amazingly blessed with it as a gift from Judah's Granny Willie :) hahahaha She LOVES that name btw. Love you mom! Anyways, this thing is beyond awesome. It's great for going off road, has shocks so it's super smooth, has a front tire that revolves making weave in and out of things a breeze. It's great to take to the park or a walk around town over rough pavement. We even borrowed the infant attachment from a friend so we could snap in his infant car seat. As you can see, Judah loves it! Especially when he goes for walks around Wake Forest with his Peepaw Crane.

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So there you are. A taste of some of the gear that's been a big part of our daily lives over the past 6 months. Maybe you'll find something you can use too. Happy shopping/registering mamas!

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