Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Baby Gear... here we go!

Okay, so I can't think of many "Don't Needs"... in fact, none. B tried to help me, but we got nothin'. So, instead, I'm listing all the items we've found useful from bigger/major gear down to smaller gear. I'll use this rating scale for how important each thing can be for you:
Vital- the only way you will survive the first 6 - 8 weeks!
Important- we use it everyday!
Useful- 'nuf said...
Necessary Evil- maybe expensive, silly (or both)

Stroller/Car seat combo
These are called "Travel Systems" and they really do make your life easier. I know, I know... they look huge and bulky- but they don't have to be at all. We have one from Com.bi, the DX, which is one of the lightest on the market, and is, by far, the smallest. It won't carry tons of stuff... but "it's a stroller, not a car". Repeat that phrase whenever you feel yourself heading towards one of those huge, ridiculous strollers. In fact, we get so many compliments on how small it folds, and how light it is. It actually tri-folds and comes with a carrying strap, so we can carry it on our back when we encounter unexpected obstacles and need to carry the Bug in our arms.
Important- we use it everyday!

Swing/Bouncer
We have both, but if you're on a budget, you can get by with just one. There is a catch though... you won't know which one until your baby is born and living with you awhile. The Love Bug is definitely a Bouncy Seat girl, but also likes a swing from time to time. But I have many friends who swear by either one or the other. And from what my friends say, in a general "everything changes with your second baby" theme, if it's your second baby, they'll like whatever your first baby didn't and vice versa.
Vital- the only way you will survive the first 6 - 8 weeks!

Baby Carrier
Trust me, you don't always want to deal with a stroller. In Paris, the land of a million stairs, this is an easy way to get from A to B.
Useful- 'nuf said...

Baby Gyms
Love Bug loves to be in her gym. She'll usually kick or bat the toys and watch the lights and listen to the music until she falls asleep. We also have a wonderful "Tummy time" type gym called the Spin & Explore Garden Gym from La.maze. Babies don't generally love "Tummy time" so it's nice to have a toy that encourages it.
Important- we use it everyday!

Nursing Pillow...
I didn't actually use it much for nursing, but I do use it a lot. The Love Bug loves to sit inside it, and it helps her stay sitting upright without me having to run over and put her upright again every time she falls over.

Useful- 'nuf said...

Bottle Warmer/Wipes Warmer...
We got a bottle warmer that not only warms bottles, but baby food jars as well (from Av.ent). B likes it since he uses it most of the time, to warm up the bottles of pumped milk. It works quickly and is safer than the microwave. The wipe warmer was great for the first few weeks home especially. The Love Bug hates being cold and this helps with chilly diaper changes.
Necessary Evil- maybe expensive, silly (or both)

I'll add more things to another post as I think of them or as I get them. Stay tuned!

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