My Favourite Baby Gear

I wanted to compile a list of baby gear that we have loved and used religiously these past 9 weeks! There are soooooo many baby items out there, as new parents we feel overwhelmed and bombarded by everything, what products are safe, efficient, worth the price etc etc so I wanted to sum up items we have used and loved!

Hope you guys enjoy!

Sarah xo

 

Nursing Cover/Car Seat Cover/ Shopping Cart Cover

Initially I was very hesitant about nursing in public, I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable (even though it really shouldn’t bother anyone) but after getting my Over Company Cover my worries have faded and I am absolutely in love with this cover. Not only can this cover be used for nursing, it can also be used for a car seat cover AND a shopping cart cover! Talk about getting a bang for your buck!! I also love that this is owned and operated by a Canadian Mom Boss, who offers a gorgeous array of colours and patterns suited for style!  I initially bought the stripe but am so excited as I just won another cover from them on an instagram giveaway!! Score!! Can you guess which colour I ordered?!!

 

Stroller 

To be honest I have not used the stroller as much as I thought I would because I find baby carrier much more convenient however there is definitely a place for it! We have started taking daily walks, sometimes to Shoppers and having the stroller is so great, especially if I plan on doing any shopping! I had my eye on the Graco Fast Action Jogger and Car Seat Travel System for a while and jumped when it went on sale, it was so reasonable considering you get the stroller and car seat. My favourite features of this stroller are the big rubber wheels, easily pushed through snow, rain, gravel etc, the two cup holders (because I always like to have a water bottle on me and the occasional timmies steeped tea), the large storage compartment under the seat and the fact that it came with a one button release car seat which is so easy to get in and out of the car!! Lastly it is surprisingly easy to pack up with a one pull tab to fold and fits great in my Kia soul, I plan on taking it to the rec centre on days when outdoor walks are not possible due to weather!

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Diaper Bag

I initially had the Lassig Neckline Diaper bag, which I loved, it had amazing storage however i found it very difficult to carry especially when baby wearing (it has a messenger and top handle straps) and found it very heavy when packed. Due to these factors I sought a handsfree solution in a backpack style bag! I decided to go with the Fawn Design Backpack Diaper Bag, I actually bought it used off of their B/S/T Facebook page! It features vegan leather, great storage and pockets and the most beautiful gold hardware! Ive only had it about a week and a half and so far I absolutely lovvvve it!

Bottles and Sterilizers

Tommee Tippee Microwave Bottle Sterilizer 

Dr Brown’s Glass Bottles

We went through a couple different brands before we settled on Dr Browns Bottles after several recommendations and online reviews and it has made all of the difference the world. Cash has had zero issues with gas since switching and anyone who has dealt with a gassy baby knows it is not fun!! I love  the fact that they have a variety of options, we opted for glass over plastic and the 5 oz size for now with #1 nipples!

Initially I was boiling water to sterilize the bottles however this quickly become to time consuming so when Clayton came home with this microwave sterilizer it was a relief. In 4 minutes you can sterilize 4 bottles including all of the middle pieces of the bottle. I highly, highly recommend getting a microwavable sterilizer, it was a life save and time saver for us!

Baby Carriers

If you follow me on instagram you know that I have gone coo coo for baby carriers. I cannot express how much I love them, not only because it keeps baby Cash close to me but it gives me the freedom and accessibility to get dressed, use the washroom, do the laundry and make myself a meal! With a hubby who works out of town two weeks at a time this is the only way I keep my sanity!! If you don’t have one I HIGHLY suggest you invest in one, you will not regret it!! There are a ton of different carriers out there but these three are my absolute favourite. I always have one in the diaper bag, one in the car and the rest in the house!

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Activity Mat

Lastly I wanted to share Cash’s favourite baby gear, his Bright Starts Light Up Lagoon Activity Mat! We actually bought this second hand from a friend and he absolutely lovvvves it! It lights up and plays music, it easily entertains him for a good half hour while he laughs, giggles and kicks the whole time!

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New Mom Essentials

We are creeping up on 3 weeks with our little man and the time is seriously flying by!! Its so hard to believe that after waiting over 10mths for his arrival he is here and we are parents!! These first three weeks have been amazing but that being said they have also been tough. Trying to establish somewhat of a routine, both cash and I learning the ins and outs of breastfeeding, sleepless nights and exhaustion, all of which make me so thankful for the support of my hubby and our friends and family.

That being said there have also been several products that I have been so thankful to have in these first three weeks of Cash’s life, items that have made our lives so much easier! Ive listed all of them down below and hope they help any new mama or soon to be mama with the tough decisions of what to have on hand and what maybe isn’t essential or necessary to start off!

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah xo

 

I knew from the second I was pregnant I wanted to breastfeed but I knew because of my reduction surgery that it would likely be challenging. After reading a ton of reviews and listening to a lot of mamas on my baby groups I decided on the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. This pump has been amazing. In combination with the Medela bustier bra it allows me the flexibility to pump on the go, hands free (seriously the best!!) I am working really hard on establishing my supply and this pump has helped tremendously. Although it is pricey, it is worth every penny. You can also find some great used ones as well for the price conscious mama!

 

 

Another new mom essential that is critical regardless of how you are feeding your baby is a nursing pillow! We went with the original Boppy Nursing Pillow and love it! A saviour for your arm and back, it is an essential I use at every single feeding, not only for my comfort but for Cash’s as well!

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4moms Rockaroo – When we were deciding on what swing to get our little babe, I wanted something well made that would last us more than one baby if we wanted it to and after reading a ton of reviews we decided on the mid range rockaroo by 4moms. So far, cash loves it and sleeps away hours in it! I also personally couldn’t justify the  price of the high end Rockaroo as this one does the job!

 

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Lullaby Baby Nest – This has been a life saver. We originally wanted something we could put either in bed with us or right beside us and also something we would be able to bring with us on any long days or overnight trips, this baby nest fits all of the above! I also love the variety of fabric choices and the fact that it is made by a momma right here in Edmonton!

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Wildbird Ring Sling Carrier or Beluga Baby Wrap– If you have a newborn and do not have a carrier I suggest you stop what you are doing and go buy one right away!! I wear Cash all of the time and love the fact that I can have him right against me and I can still have both hands free to do things around the house!

 

I featured the OneBerrie Fuss Free Towel in my last post and had to mention it again because of how much we love it! We’ve used this towel for every bath  so far  and I could not have been more happy to have it, especially for a newborn. The unique design allows for the towel to be wrapped around your neck so baby is covered on his/her front and back and you can then unhook the button to lay baby flat! Oneberrie also offers customizable towels, perfect for a baby shower gift and it is designed to be used from newborn to toddler! Did I mention it is designed and made by another Canadian mama!

 

Lastly is our kick ass diaper bag, the Lassig Diaper Bag. After several friends recommended this bag we knew it would be great for us both to use and it has not dissapoionted. It comes in some beautiful colour options and is not only made with eco friendly material, it is stylish, water repellant, features multiple compartments, zip pouch, changing mat and an insulated bottle holder! I would highly recommend this to any mama looking for a great diaper bag!