There were a lot of hits and misses among the things I purchased in preparation of welcoming my first baby. After 2 months of use, I thought of making a list of 5 things I loved for other first time moms-to-be. Feel free to comment below about other things you loved.
1- Uppababy Cruz: Getting a stroller is probably one of the toughest decisions that a couple makes due to the options available in the market. I spent hours pushing around strollers in stores and reading reviews online. Uppababy Vista seemed to be the popular choice here in Canada and I could tell why, while testing maneuverability in store. Due to the price tag, I was still conflicted if I should get one. I was doubtful if the bassinet was going to be useful. My baby was born before I could decide. He happened to be in the 95th percentile for height which meant that he would outgrow the bassinet really quickly. That is when I started considering Uppababy Cruz. I could use it in full recline position for my newborn. As my baby does not have a sibling, we did not need the option to add another seat. Hence, I went ahead and got Uppababy Cruz . I did not even have to use the infant insert when I used it for my 1 month old baby. I am super pleased with the purchase as it offers almost the same benefits as a Vista with almost half the price for a family with 1 child. It also weighs significantly less so I did not have to ask my husband for help to load and unload it from my car’s trunk everytime 😛
2- Graco Playard
We got Graco quick connect Playard in Darcie (the one that comes with a lounger and changer) as a gift. It quickly became my favorite. The lounger can be used for naps while fixed on the playard or on its own. The changing station is super convenient and easy to clean. When the lounger and changing station is removed, the playard can be used as a bassinet. The playard has wheels on one side so you can easily drag it around the room. Unlike a wooden crib, it is easy to collapse and carry around the house. I personally have carried it from the living room, to my office room and to the nursery so that I can easily keep an eye on my little one as I do my chores around the house. It is also a great item if you are travelling a lot.
3- FisherPrice Swing
I got the Fisherprice Snugapuppy swing. This is the perfect item to use when your baby wants you to rock him/her or is fussy and fighting sleep before nap time. Your shoulders will thank you for this purchase. There has not been a single instant where my little one has not calmed down when I put him in the swing. He enjoys looking in the mirror above and the music on very low volume helps him fall asleep.
4- Diaper Genie
With a newborn, you already have enough things to do on your hand. Diaper Genie will help take one thing off your to do list by taking care of disposing diapers easily. It does not look bad in the nursery and it takes care of the biggest problem i.e. the smell.
5- BBLuv’s Trimo Nail File
Trimming nails of your newborn can be a very stressful job. If you are like me, your hand will shake when you attempt to used a trimmer. BBluv’s electric nail file helped solved that problem for me. I am able to file my baby’s nail while he is asleep without waking him up. The dial which has the file, automatically stops rotating when it comes in contact with skin, thus reducing the risk of over trimming. Happy trimming!