Confession #3: I am obsessed with baby gadgets!

13 Nov

I have always been an avid researcher. Looking for the best deal on the best product (hello Ebay and Kijiji!) and so when I got pregnant there were items I researched thoroughly and others that I didn’t pay much attention to. Boy was I wrong to do that! I found out very quickly that while some items were worth spending money on since you were going to be stuck with it for a very long time, others just weren’t worth it.

So after many, many, many trips to Babies ‘R Us and other baby stores around the GTA here are my must haves for babies.

Stroller – It is super important to think about whether or not you are planning on having a second little one shortly after your first. You do not want to buy a stroller that does not convert to a double if you are planning on having a second child while your first is still in the age range that they will want to also get into the stroller. The good news is there are plenty of stroller brands out there right now that offer conversion kits (Phil and Teds, Uppa Baby, Bugaboo, City Select) that you can purchase when your second one comes around. You will also want to look at customer service end of things.

We had an issue with our Uppa Baby stroller and when I reached out to the company and let them know of my issue, they sent me a replacement stroller without hesitation. It was the most unbelievable customer experience I have ever experienced. I now recommend Uppa Baby Strollers to all my mommy friends who are on the market for a new stroller.

Carrier – Because of my back pain issues I wanted to get the best possible baby carrier that would work well for A and for me as well. I was torn between the baby Trekker and the Ergo Baby. What finally sold me on the Ergo was that it was more readily available than the Baby Trekker. A wasn’t a very colicky baby, however when she was restless or gassy I would pop her into the Ergo and go about my day around the house. One of the many great features of the Ergo is that you could purchase a newborn insert which makes it more comfortable and ergonomic for newborns as opposed to the other popular brands out there. They also have removable organic teething pads that you can attach to the carrier and wash as required so that it is more hygienic for baby to be teething on. I used A’s carrier until she was just past 1 year old, although i could still use it if needed because it goes up to 45 lbs.

Car Seat – This was a no brainer in regards to research. I knew I wanted a convertible car seat because the stroller I bought had a bassinet which A would spend most of her time in while we were out but what I didn’t think about was ease of cleanliness. We originally purchased an Eddie Bauer 3 in 1 car seat which worked fabulously for 2 years. We had no problems with A being comfortable and secure as a newborn in a rear facing seat and she was just as comfortable in forward facing when we switched her at 9 months. What I didn’t account for was her newly developed motion sickness. A can’t go longer than 20 – 30 minutes span in the car without getting sick and while we don’t generally go on long drives, Toronto traffic makes it near impossible to go anywhere without encountering some kind of jam, which meant that I was removing the car seat to remove the cover and wash it out at least once a week if not more. This is also what prompted her early admission to preschool instead of remaining with her at home care giver that she had been with since 7 months old. Where am I going with this rant??? Well, we ended up buying a second car seat, the Britax Marathon because I wasn’t happy with having to remove the car seat multiple times a week to clean it out, especially since I had had it professionally installed in the first place.
We actually debated between the Britax and the Eddie Bauer when we were shopping and decided on the Eddie Bauer because it was slightly less expensive. Thinking back on it, I would have spent the money right from the get go on the Britax. Now it just means that we have the Eddie Bauer in my moms car in case she ever needs to pick up A from preschool. The Britax Marathon actually sits a bit higher up which has also reduced the amount of times she has gotten sick in the car.

Now for things you really don’t need to spend good money one, and if you can get them gently used … go for it!

Swing: Please do not go spending a lot of money on this. Not all babies enjoy swings…A was one of these babies. If that’s the case you are going to be posting the swing up for sale very quickly to free up some much needed space in your home. If you are going to buy a swing, look for one that does not have a plastic bar across the babies lap in case you have a chunky baby who’s little legs might get smushed with the bar (also A’s problem…maybe that’s why she hated it so much?)

Bouncy Chair: This is a must have for all mommies. Do not get the rocking ones…you want the vibrating ones! I always go back to the Sex in the City episode where Samantha watches baby Brady one night and the bouncy chair breaks and she ends up using a vibrator on top of the chair to keep the baby quiet. This chair will save your sanity on some days and just keep baby occupied and happy while you get some errands around the house done on others. But don’t go spending a lot of your hard earned money on this. You will  only use this for about 6 months if that and then it will just be another item taking up space in your home. Buy this used if possible…most run for about $10-$20 dollars on Kijiji and since the covers are all removable and washable you can ensure that it is clean and ready for your babies use. I received one as a hand me down and purchased one from a display at Toys ‘R Us so that way we had one at our home and the other at my moms.

High Chair: Again, another thing you can purchase used. I bought ours on Kijiji for less than half of the retail price and wiped it down with Vim and a pressure washer and Ta-Da you would never tell it was used.

Crib: Who are you kidding…you can not guarantee what condition this will be in once your little one gets through with it. We bought a crib that converts to a double bed and we thought we were set…no more furniture shopping for us. Well it turns out A loved to teeth on the crib when she woke up from her naps and by the time we noticed she was awake the damage was done. We now have to send the headboard and foot board out to be sanded and refinished so that you can’t see the bite marks on it…and really do you know how much people charge to do that? It is crazy…I might as well buy another bed! So now I have 2 options…buy another bed or refinish it myself…and really who has time for that?? Not me! grrr…So  save yourself some money if you purchase a good crib and buy the crib protectors they sell which prevent little teeth from ruining your furniture!

I am sure there is more..but that’s it for now! 🙂 If you have any questions please feel free to reach out 😀



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