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!
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?!!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!