Baby Registry: Top 6 picks!

Registering for your baby gear is seriously intense. Your feet are crazy swollen & emotions are all over the place. You had no clue how much crap a tiny baby needed and all you can think about is how bad you have to pee. I was crazy overwhelmed with the process so I wanted to share some of my faves that you can check off your list!

 1. Nuna LEAF

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Watch me sleep, now watch me sway sway. I LOVE the Nuna LEAF because it’s neutral and a space saver. This will grow with your child as it’s suitable form birth up to 130 lbs. Like, your butt can totally chill in this seat and watch the RHOBH if you wanted too…just sayin.

Nuna just came out with a great little attachment, the WIND, which allows the LEAF to continuously sway from side to side without your assistance. Sign. Me. Up.

2. UPPAbaby VISTA

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The VISTA is such a great stroller for a growing family. Not only is the VISTA an amazing single stroller, but, it’s a fab double stroller. You can use this from birth all the way up to toddler years. You can even use it will 3 kids if you needed to. The large basket is great for new parents that are lugging all that crap –  um, I mean gear – you need with a newborn!  Trust me on this one and stroll in style…get the VISTA!

3. 4MOMS Breeze

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This is my faaaave! We use it daily and LOVE. IT. The 4MOMS is SO easy to open and close. It’s literally done with one hand which makes this my favorite playard/travel crib available! The bassinet feature is great and suitable from birth to 18 pounds, while the playard is suitable up to 30 pounds. You also get a nice little travel bag for when you need to take naps on the go! Do yourself a favor and go with the Breeze. I promise you’ll love it!

4. Stokke Tripp Trapp

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I have the Tripp Trapp on this list for a few reasons, the main one being that this high chair grows with your child and will seriously last you forever. Plus, it looks pretty nice at the dining room table… have you seen the awesome colors it comes in?? Swoon! The Tripp Trapp is easy keep clean and has a couple great accessories to add-on making is the perfect high chair for your growing family.

5. Maxi Cosi Mico AP

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The Maxi-Cosi AP is awesome! It’s currently the lightest infant car seat in its class which is awesome because once that baby hits around 10 lbs, you feel like your lugging around a bag of cement every time you lift a car-seat. A couple other great features on the Maxi-Cosi AP is the updated self-wicking fabric that helps keep baby dry and comfortable, a great canopy to keep baby protected from the sun, and a newborn head insert for a nice snug fit. Oh, and did I mention the fabric is machine washable and dryer safe? SOLD!! On a serious note, this seat is fantastic and SAFE. The LATCH system helps you get a great fit in your car, and the Air Protect Side Impact Technology gives your precious baby the protection they need while in the car.

**Your Car Seat is a major purchase from your registry, and I’m not talking about the price tag. This is what will be keeping your child safe and secure in the event of an accident. PLEASE READ your manual, use the seat as directed, and get with a Certified Passenger Safety Technician to make sure you have the proper installation for your seat/child!   PSA is now over**

6. LILLEbaby Carrier

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Trust that this NEEDS to be on your Baby Registry. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for baby wearing. LILLEbaby has tons of different carriers so you will definitely find a good fit. I love the Complete All Seasons because baby wearing can get a little sweaty, especially in the Summer. The Complete All Seasons unzips to expose cool, breathable 3-D mesh to help with the heat. There are 6 different carrying position to keep you sane from newborn to crazy toddler years.

Almost everything on this list will get you through newborn to toddlers years, and beyond! My advice to new parents is going to the store, look at all the gear and see what you love. Push the strollers around, fold the playard, ask the sales associate to install the car seat in your car to make sure it’s a good fit! Don’t be afraid to ask questions…you wouldn’t buy a car without test-driving it and the same should go for baby gear 🙂

Happy Strolling!

 

 

Hip Cub Diaper Bag Review + Giveaway!

Happy New Year!!! I am so excited to be kicking off 2016 with this review, and, of course, a giveaway for you guys!

To enter the giveaway, click HERE!!

I love this Hip Cub diaper bag!  The Black & White Stripes and dark tan accent on the top handles, messenger strap and pockets, make such a perfect match. The bag is spacious and features a total of 3  pockets  on the inside. There are two pockets with elastic at the top,  and one zippered pocket to keep any extra necessities you need for the day. I use this pocket as my “mommy pocket”,  but,  I think this would also be a great spot to keep band aids, medicine, etc. for the kids! On either side of the bag are two hidden bottle pockets that rock my world, and 2 large external pockets in the front. So many possibilities for organization… that makes my OCD self super happy 😉

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The Hip Cub Diaper Bag also comes with a changing pad and stroller clips! Love it! The stroller clips are such a great accessory, and a total must have. They are fabulous for attaching your Diaper Bag to the handlebar (be careful though,  you never want to hang too much weight from your handlebar!) or the frame of the stroller,  to leave you storage basket open for extras. These are also great to use on a shopping cart for groceries, Target, etc.  Seriously, so convenient and I love that they come with the bag! #hipcubforthewin

Check out my video review below and get a closer look at this super fun bag!

 

 

Shop this Hip Cub Diaper Bag Here!

Good luck, everyone!!!

 

Happy Strolling

Baby Registry Must Haves

I see this topic brought up ALL the time in the Mommy groups… think back to when you were pregnant with your first baby, and you went to register for all your gear… I remember being SO excited to whip out that scanner and start adding anything and everything to our baby registry! Then, I actually got to the store and was all “What the hell is a NoseFrida?!?! I do what!?”.

   In case you haven’t realized this yet, there is nothing glamorous about pregnancy or those early months after baby is born. I did not experience the pregnancy glow, I gained 60 lbs with B and still looked 6 months pregnant when he was 4 months old! What gives??? Once you have that beautiful baby in your arms, none of that matters and hopefully you will look back on this list and be thankful you read it. I hope.

 Like it or not, having the right baby gear can really make or break you.  I am quite positive I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the Fisher Price Snug A Bunny swing. True story. If I can save just one Mom from making the registry mistakes I made, I will consider this post a win!

1. Aiden and Anais EVERYTHING. Literally register for everything they have to offer. The swaddles are so amazingly soft, the bibs are amazing, sleep sacks are perfect for summer since they are lightweight and breathable. Their products pure perfection and you will fall in love with them!

2. Boon Lawn Drying Rack – Not only is this the best drying rack out there (I know this because I’ve had 4!) but, my Cousin informed me it also perfectly holds a WINE GLASS…. You’re welcome.

3. Fisher Price Snug A Bunny Swing. I know there are tons of swing options out there, but, this thing saved my sanity. My kids would sleep for hours in this swing! I don’t think I could have survived those early months without it.

4. Fisher Price Rock N Play. Register for like 3 of these bad boys! I don’t know what it is about the Rock N Play, but ask any Mom out there and I guarantee this is on their must have list!

5. Diaper Bag – I highly recommend Ju Ju Be’s BFF but, for those of you who like to pack your entire life in your bag, the Be Prepared is where it’s at!  These bags are cute, machine washable and always have a fun little “Mom” pocket to store your sunglasses, keys, wallet, lip gloss, etc.

6. Every Day Stroller – This totally depends on your lifestyle and trunk space. My go to recommendation is, the Uppababy Cruz. I use mine on a daily basis and fall in love with it more every day. Obviously, there are so many options out there when it comes to strollers. Send me a message and we can find the perfect fit for your lifestyle!

7. Light Weight/Umbrella Stroller – If you want to go to Umbrella Stroller route, then you want the Uppababy G-Luxe.  If you want a light weight option with full size stroller amenities, definitely check out the BabyHome Emotion.

7. Infant Car Seat – We loved our Chicco Keyfit 30 and Peg Perego 30-30. A great resource for Car Seat information is Car Seats For The Littles. This group is incredibly knowledgable and can help answer any questions you have ranging from safety to, what the best car seat is for your car.

8. High-Chair Pick a high chair that’s easy to clean. I would stay away from anything white…. trust me.

9.  Infant bath tub – My kids both loved their Fisher Price Calming Waters Vibration Tub. A lot of people will tell you this is not a necessary baby item, but, I beg to differ.

10. Kneeling mat. This is something I didn’t register for and regretted it daily. You would be surprised how bad your knees will hurt after giving your slippery little monster a bath! I remember thinking, why the heck don’t they make something to kneel on!?!  Well they did, I just didn’t know about it. Check out the Skip Hop Moby Bath Kneeler

11. Convertible Car Seat. We use the Chicco Nextfit and Maxi Cosi Pria 70. But again, I am going to recommend the Car Seats For The Littles. I am not even going to pretend that I am a Car Seat Expert.

12. Car Window Shade! Protect those little babies from the sun at all costs.  There will be times when the only 30 minutes of peace you’ll have is when you load up the car and go for a ride to the store.  When B was 6 months old he refused to nap except for in the car.  This was a life saver, especially in the summer.

13. Cloth Diapers. I know it’s not for everyone, and I would have never in a million years thought I would cloth diaper, but I did, and freaking loved it.  FYI for the dad’s, my husband check our faucet and got a small hose that attached to our laundry room sink for easy cleaning.

14. Video Baby Monitor. If you are a paranoid nut job like me, you need to know what’s happening at ALL times. We absolute swear by our Video Monitor and this is a must have!

15. Recliner. We purchased a glider and I regret that decision daily. What you really need is a recliner! You will be spending the next few years with your butt planted in that chair and it needs to be comfortable.

16. Tula Baby Carrier. I apologize in advance for the obsession that is about to take over your life. But Seriously, it’ amazing!

17. Last but not least, make sure you put your Crib and all furniture on your baby registry. Even if you know people aren’t going to make this purchase for you, you will get your registry completion coupon and can put that discount towards your crib, dresser, changing table, etc.

I hope you enjoyed this fun list of must haves! Always feel free to send me a message. I am more than happy to go into further detail about any products listed above.

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