Now that I have had three kids, I feel like I know a thing or two about baby gear. I know what I like and don’t like. Others may have different opinions, and that is ok. I wanted to share some of my favorite things. Baby gear is expensive. Babies are expensive, but they are SO worth it. Sometimes spending the extra money (or registering for nicer things) pays off. There are obviously times when it’s worth it to save, but if you plan on having more than one child it is best to invest in things that will last (in my opinion)! Plus, if you take care of them you can generally have good resale value down the road.
Boon Flair High Chair I really wish that we had taken the plunge on this seat from the start. You can raise it up to be counter-height or lower it down to a normal table height. My toddler actually enjoys being put in her high chair– if you have or have ever had a toddler, you know why that is so special! There aren’t any fabric pieces that you have to take off and throw in the washing machine; or just deal with it looking nasty. It is so easy to clean, and is pretty darn cute sitting in my kitchen. I was able to buy an opened box for WAY (seriously way, way) cheaper than the normal price.
Baby Jogger Stroller I have the City Lite because it was the cheapest option. I love it. This stroller has such a smooth ride and turns on a dime. I wish that I had continued saving and bought the city mini because the reviews say that it is more sturdy and the handle would not be foam that starts falling apart. But, I love my stroller. The sunshade is HUGE and actually blocks the sun from blinding Harper. It has two little windows to look in on your babe, and you can actually SEE your child. Am I the only one who feels like most of the windows are pointless?! The seat lays all the way back. My only complaint is that the basket is SO small; so if that is a deal breaker for you, beware. I just use stroller hooks for my diaper bag and don’t have any problems.
Munchkin Bath Caddy Bath time is the greatest play time. We have always had a wall-mounted storage system for bath toys. It liked to jump off the wall in the middle of the night and test out how well my heart works. After YEARS of this, I finally had enough. I saved up my Swagbucks and bought this. Again, wishing I had done it much sooner. It holds a ton of toys, and the girls love using it is a shelf instead of using the side of the tub. Much less water all over the floor makes this mama happy.
Britax Advocate ClickTight We bought this carseat to replace Harper’s convertible seat after a drunk driver hit our van. Installation of this seat is a breeze. For the first time, we don’t have to wrestle with our carseats to stop the wiggling. Harper was one to NEVER sleep in the car. Our first longer trip with this seat, and she was napping away. I couldn’t believe it. It really needs a cupholder.. but that can be remedied.
Grace Pack N Play This is one of those items that I don’t understand spending loads of money on. The fancy ones with sunshades, changing stations, and a built in fridge (kidding) don’t make sense to me. If you get a pack n play with the bassinet feature, that’s really all you need. I have had our Graco for SIX years. It has traveled to south Carolina, Illinois, Oklahoma, and everywhere else with us. It has lasted. The bassinet makes your baby high enough to comfortably change a diaper on it, and your baby can be within arms reach at night.
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