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!

 

 

Peg Perego Book Pop Up Review

Enter the world of the Peg Perego Book Pop Up.

From the fabric on the seat to the belly bar, this stroller is totally gorgeous. There is so much attention to detail and its  incredibly well made. Harper has loved riding in the Peg  Book Pop Up because the seats sits totally upright! She’s got a good view and is super cozy in the plush seat!

I have a lot of ground to cover, so I am breaking this review up a little differently than normal…enjoy!

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Chassis: The Chassis (frame) is beautiful and sturdy. I’ve tried out more stroller than I  will ever admit, and often times the frame seems wobbly.  The Book Pop frame is strong and looks sleek in the dark grey/black color that’s standard for the stroller. The lock for the swivel wheels is on the Chassis, just below the Peg Perego logo. I actually really like this location as opposed to it being on the front wheels like most strollers. You don’t have to bend down to switch from swivel to lock, you just turn the knob and you are good to go!  It’s the little things…

 

Toddler Seat:  Cozy!! The fabric is absolute perfection. It’s soft and you can see right of the bat, its high quality. After all, this is a luxury stroller!

The seat itself is spacious, and offers many recline positions. The seat and backrest slide open creating a super comfortable position for the child. We’re all about comfort! The seat can face the world, or parent face, and comes with the belly bar! Love.

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 Bassinet: This is probably my favorite feature of this stroller.   When I pulled this stroller out of the box,  Harper immediately climbed in to the Bassinet and laid down. She is 15 months and 25lbs. She obviously should NOT be in a Bassinet, but, I think it’s worth noting just how big it is. Very roomy! You can also FOLD the stroller with the Bassinet attached. yep. that’s awesome. The Book Pop Bassinet is approved for overnight sleep which great for travel or long days out with the baby.

 

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Canopy: Peg got it right with their canopies. They have the best canopies on their strollers and the Pop Up is no exception. It’s huge!! It pretty much covers the entire stroller. This is great if you live in a warmer climate with lot’s of sunshine, or, if you choose to torture yourself and live somewhere like Chicago, offers amazing protection from the crazy wind, snow, and rain.

 

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Push: I LOVE the push on the Pop Up. It’s a one hand push and fabulous! It almost feels like the push of a stroller with air tires, without the hassle of pumping the tires. The front wheels swivel or lock and are large enough that they should handle the snow just fine!

 

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Fold: This fold is freakin’ awesome. The Book Pop up folds into itself like a book, hence the name, and it super compact! It’s crazy easy and also keeps this amazing fold with the Bassinet attached!! Rounds of applause to Peg Perego for that awesomeness.

Did I mention it folds with one hand? Boom!

 

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Folded with Bassinet

Storage: The basket is large and in charge!! This is the kind of basket you want when you’re Black Friday Shopping! I could easily fit every door buster I don’t need in this basket! #watchoutshoppers

 

 

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Specs:

Price: $799.99

Weight: 23.7 lbs

Bassinet: 9.04 lbs

Unfolded: 36.5” L x 23.16” W x 41.58” H

Folded: 15.25” L x 23.16” W x 33” H

Unfolded with Bassinet: 32.5” L x 16.42” W x 26.3” H

Folded with Bassinet: Folded: 32.5” L x 16.42” W x 8.75” H

Suitable from birth to 50 lbs

What’s in te box: Chassis, Seat, and Bassinet.

Travel System-compatible with the Primo Viaggio SIP (30/30 and 4/35) infant car seat. Accepts car seat directly on to chassis.

 

Overall, I really love the Book Pop Up! This is such a great stroller for expectant parents. With that fabulous Bassinet and super easy fold, this is definitely a winner! Plus, it comes in the most beautiful colors (10 to be exact). I don’t have anything negative to say about this ride. It passed my rigorous testing (aka Target during nap time ) and is a dream to push!

Check out the Peg Perego Book Pop Up HERE

 

Happy Strolling!

Qbit vs Nano Review

I love a good competition.  Can’t help it…  It’s the former figure skater in me!  I think it’s time for GB Qbit and Mountain Buggy Nano to have a little show down… battle of the travel strollers!

Who do you think will win?   Let’s find out…

I would like to preface this post by saying BOTH of these strollers are awesome.  They each have great features that I love, and some that I don’t love.  I wish I could smash them together and create MY perfect travel stroller. But I can’t… so here’s my opinion of two side by side…

Price: Qbit $179.99    vs   Nano $249.99   – I think this one is easy. Point 1 goes to GB Qbit…

Looks:  Let’s be honest, much like dating (yes, I am comparing strollers to finding the love of your life), the first thing that draws you to a stroller is how it looks…or maybe I’m the only one?  I don’t walk by a stroller and say “oh wow, look at how strong that aluminum frame looks!”  I walk by and say “Oooooooooh, pretty!”   Immediately followed by me wondering if I can sneak the stroller in the house without my Husband noticing….  #thestruggleisreal

Overall, I prefer the look of the Qbit.  The Nano has an odd shape to it, and the canopy looks a little funny to me.  If I were choosing between these two based on looks alone, I would choose the Qbit…

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Seat: Both seats are comfortable for the kiddos (although I think the Nano looks more comfortable).  The Nano can hold up to 44 lb. and the Qbit can hold up to 45 lb. Both have a nice tall seat-to-canopy height, 25″ for the Qbit and 26″ for the Nano.   But with the Nano coming in with that extra inch from the seat to the top of the canopy, and having a long seat with an adjustable foot rest…it takes this round! 

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Recline: The Nano has a nice deep recline which is key for travel.  The Qbit is lacking in this department, but still has a slight recline.  This is a hard category because I think this is based on your needs.  If you have a younger child, I would say 18 months and younger, the Nano would be the better option.  If you have an older toddler over 18 months old, the Qbit would be just fine.  A recline is always great, but depending on your needs, not always a necessity.  So, it’s a tie in this category.

Fold:   Folded Dimensions:  Nano 22×12.2×20″   Qbit 19.3x13x21″

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Nano left / Qbit right

Ok, both strollers have a ridiculously small fold, but, the Qbit wins this one hands down! If you’ve watched my crazy video review,  you saw how easy, fast, and tiny it folds with one hand.  The Nano is a 2 step process and you need to use both hands. Essentially you fold the canopy back and down, then fold the stroller into itself. It’s compact, but kind of annoying to do.  When I think of travel stroller, I think of easy.  The Qbit is definitely easy!! 

Storage Basket: Sorry, MB…Qbit wins here too!  The Nano and Qbit baskets are roughly the same size, but, the Nano is really only easily accessible from the front.  The Qbit has easy access from the front or back.  You all know how I feel about storage baskets… Qbit wins.

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Qbit Left / Nano Right

Push: Both strollers have a nice one-hand push, but the Nano is just slightly easier to push and turn with one hand and a 32 lb toddler in the seat.  If you pushed the Qbit and had never pushed the Nano, you probably wouldn’t think twice.  But out of the two, the Nano has a better push…

Stroller Weight: The Nano weighs less than 13 lbs and the Qbit weighs 14 lbs… I honestly can’t really tell much of a different when I carry them.  They feel about the same to me. So, I’ll give it to both of them.

Canopy: To me, the canopy on a travel stroller is important. Especially if you are taking it to a theme park where your child will be out in the sun! I just can’t get past the Nano canopy. It looks awkward, doesn’t give much coverage, and when you don’t have it extended, it touches your hands on the handlebar which made me a little crazy… The Qbit offers much more coverage, and has a nice shape to it. Plus, it doesn’t touch the handlebar and drive me bonkers.

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Car Seat Compatibility: I won’t grade this portion because using the infant car seat isn’t a long term thing. Here are the seats that each stroller is compatible with.

Qbit: GB Asana35, Cybex Aton, and Maxi Cosi Mico infant car seats.

Nano:  Works with all infant car seats currently on the market and comes with the universal adapters to attach any car seat. (Yep, even the Orbit!) The toggles wrap around either side of the car seat handle while the stroller is in recline mode and attach to a peg under the seat and the seat belt system straps through the belt routing system.

 

Overall, the Qbit wins due to the fold,  canopy,  and storage space/access.  If I could change anything on the stroller, it would be the seat. It needs to be a little longer or have an adjustable leg rest for the younger kiddos. I can deal without the recline. I LOVE the one hand fold. It’s just too easy and makes me happy every time I fold it up…ha! This doesn’t mean I don’t like the Nano. I actually really like it! But, I don’t love that canopy or storage access. The seat back height is incredible, and the push is great, but I’m not a fan of that 2 step fold.

Those of you have that these strollers, what do YOU think!?! I’m curious…

Happy Strolling!

Mixie Bottles. Genius.

There are a ton products out there that are made to make your life easier as a parent. I buy all of these products because I need all the help I can get!  Some products are amazing, others, not so much. The <a href="http://Mixie falls into the rock you world category!

This is why I LOVE Mixie Bottles.

Mixie is probably the greatest invention of all time.  Think of every time you have been at Target (I go to Target a lot if you haven’t noticed), the mall, grocery shopping, etc. and needed to make a bottle.  You have water, a bottle, a container for the formula and then when you go to mix the two, formula spills all over the place.  So annoying!  This also happens to me in the middle of the night and drives me insane.

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My life got a little easier the day I walked into Galt Baby and saw the Mixie. This bottle has a compartment for the formula that keeps it safely protected from the water until your ready to mix!  Instead of carrying bottles, water, and formula, all you need to bring with you is a Mixie or two!  I love this.  My diaper bag just got like 2 pounds lighter.

The bottles come in two sizes, 4 oz and 8oz, are dishwasher safe and Bisphenol-A Phthalate and PVC free. That has to be good, right?  HA!  I kid.

Here are some “action” shots of the Mixie…

Although these bottles are kind of pricey, $17.00 for the 4oz and $22.00 for 8 oz, my husband agrees that Mixie is worth EVERY penny!  When I travel with the kids, these are the only bottles I use.  Trying to prepare a bottle on a crammed flight or in a car, with two wild kiddos, is no easy task.  Mixie will save you a lot of time and aggravation, which is why I know they will rock your world!

I know what you’re thinking right now…  So.Many.Pieces. Yes.  There are a few parts to clean, but, have you ever had to use a Dr. Brown bottle?  It’s kind of the same idea. It’s a pain, but you do whatever works!

I highly recommend investing in at least one Mixie so you can see just how awesome this product really is!

Click –> Mixie and let me know what you think! We are a Mixie family for life!