Shopping for baby items can be a little daunting at first. On one hand it’s really nice that there are a ton of options, but on the other hand it can be difficult to decide between two nearly similar items.
The items that I was the pickiest about were the stroller and the monitor. I would lay in bed in the middle of the night and read extensive reviews. One of my favorite resources for reviews is BabyGizmo.com.
Upon reading tons of reviews I learned something: there is always going to be something that someone doesn’t like about a product. So, I learned to take reviews into consideration but also see what fits for Justin and I and just hang onto the receipt in case something doesn’t work out!
1. The monitor was a tough decision for me. I strongly considered a monitor that would allow me to use my iPhone as the parent unit but I was apprehensive about draining the already worthless battery life.
2.The4moms MamaRoowas a product I was very excited about! My parents bought that for us as a gift, and we have really enjoyed it. David likes to lay in it on the “kangaroo” setting. He also likes “car ride”.
We liked that this was a swing and had different movement options, but didn’t have a huge footprint and take up a bunch of space in our living room. We also like how cool it looked! 4mom’s products are like the Apple of baby products. Justin and I loved testing them out at the store. We also purchased the 4mom’s Breeze but since we haven’t really used it yet, I didn’t include it in this post. 3. David has slept in the little lamb rock n’ play sleeper from the day he came home from the hospital. He has taken a couple naps in his crib, but he spends the night’s in the lamb next to our bed.
He seems to like it, and we like having him in our room. We swaddle him at night when he goes to bed. He is content and happy when he’s wrapped up! 4. I’m breast-feeding, and pump occasionally to try and create a backup supply. We have given David a few bottles and he takes it like a champ!
I’ve enjoyed this breast pump so far, but I don’t have anything to compare it to. I feel like you probably can’t go wrong with anything from Medela.
5. When we were shopping for a stroller we were looking for a few things specifically: not too heavy, not too bulky and clunky, and something that was a smooth ride. We wanted something that was streamlined and didn’t have unnecessary extras. We also wanted something that would fold and open easily.
We decided on the Uppababy Cruz because it fits all of the things we were looking for. I liked the large basket below the seat and the adjustable handlebar.
I also really liked that I could remove the seat from the stroller and just click the car seat into the stroller base. David is a little too small for the stroller seat, so we’ve just been clicking the car seat in when we need to stroll with him. It couldn’t be easier.
For a little while I thought I wanted the UppaBaby Vista, which can convert into a double or triple stroller and comes with the bassinet, but I like the smaller size of the Cruz. The wheels of the Vista were a little larger than what I was looking for. I also didn’t find the need for a bassinet. So far I have really enjoyed the Cruz. We’ve taken it on walks, taken it to stores, and even cruised around the mall with it. It isn’t obnoxiously huge and it’s a really smooth stroller.
6. For the car seat, we went with the Uppababy Mesa car seat. It clicks into the Cruz without the need of adapters. It’s an infant car seat, and can only be used up to 35 pounds/32”.
It’s safe, sturdy, and clicks into the car quickly and easily.
It is not the lightest car seat around town, so we may focus our search on a lighter one once David grows out of this one. Other than the weight, I really like it.
As I add more gear to my new mom-life, I’ll be sure to continually review it here on the blog! I really enjoyed reading what products other mom’s chose, so I hope this is helpful (or will be helpful) for you!