In deviation from my usual posts, I am posting this series, Material World. For me, setting up a baby registry was much like packing for a trip, but not knowing where we were going. The lists you find on Pinterest are borderline absurd. It’s amazing how many “barely used” wipes warmers I see for sale on Facebook. So, to help in your journey, and as a reminder for future me, I have compiled a list of the things we have liked with Ollie. I have included links, where I can, for these products.
Where I go, Oliver goes, but how does he go? Baby carriers are great for bonding time and for places like Luray Caverns. Strollers are great for walks around the neighborhood and trips to the mall. And then there’s the necessary evil of car seats.
Here’s the list, but scroll down if you’d like to read more about why we liked each product:
- Graco Classic Connect
- Graco Snugrider Elite Stroller
- Chicco Capri Umbrella Stroller
- Graco Double Stroller
- O2Cool Battery Clip Fan
- Moby Wrap
- Ergo Baby Carrier
Why these products?
Graco Classic Connect 30 car seat- $100: I wish I could say I did a bunch of research on car seats, but I didn’t. My sister did though, and not only is she a car seat guru (read: nerd =), I was watching her daughter and we could use the same bases and strollers for our car seats by getting the same one.
Big selling point is that it’s one of the lightest carriers and the strap to adjust is at the kid’s feet and not hidden underneath or behind somewhere. Keep in mind that it’s still an 8 lb addition to whatever your kid weighs, so you don’t want to be lugging the thing around without a shopping cart or a stroller.
Avoid the Infant specific seats if you want to save money. They have their own bases and strollers, so when you get the next level of car seat, none of your accessories fit.
Also, I do not recommend buying car seats used. There is always a chance they have been in an accident and are damaged.
Graco Snugrider Elite Stroller – $10: But the link says $80! Don’t buy this new. I see these things on the facebook used baby item groups on a weekly basis for less than 20 dollars. Pretty much all snap and go type strollers work fine with this. You’ll want a different kind of stroller once they can sit on their own, so don’t spend a ton of money on this.
That said, it is perfect for quick trips to the store. Target carts are notoriously bad for snapping in carrier car seats (the way you’re not supposed to in the front seat part). This has a pretty big basket for items, but is small enough to still maneuver.
Chicco Capri Umbrella Stroller – $80: We got ours for free from a friend who was done with hers, again, check for used first! This made it through her two boys and is great for walks with Ollie now that he’s sitting on his own. Honestly we used it before he could sit up because it straps him in nicely and has a slight recline feature as well. If you’re travelling light, this stroller is great!
I also purchased a graco double stroller second hand for Ollie and his cousin and it is about as convenient as a double stroller can be. It can hold two carriers, two seated children, or one of each. It’s a little cumbersome to turn around, but everything is more cumbersome with two!
O2Cool Battery Clip Fan – $18: We don’t want to cover him in bug spray, which he will promptly lick off of his arms, so we came up with a different solution. It also helps make our walks a little more comfy for him. There are other kinds specifically designed for strollers which might actually be better, but this is the one Target had when we were looking and it works just fine for us!
Moby Wrap – $36: We used this more when Ollie was a little guy. He lived in it while I did dishes or laundry and used to snuggle up for naps against my chest. It can be difficult to figure out all of the wraps, but if you use Youtube and practice a few times it really proves worthwhile. You can use a moby from the day they are born and there are many front and hip carry options. It is not my go-to now that he is sitting, because he is very wiggly while I’m trying to oragami us both into it!
Ergo Baby Carrier – $135: I bought mine second-hand from a local mom for about $60. This provides excellent support for both Ollie and me and can be used for front carry, back carry, and hip carry. We started using this one once Ollie could hold up his head, and hold a sitting position with support. That isn’t necessary if you also get the infant insert.
Were I to invest in another carrier, I would pursue the Ergo 360, which also allows forward-facing front carry.
We have yet to travel very far, but we do have our first plane ride coming up in January, so feel free to share your airplane travel tips with me!
Are there products you love for getting your baby from point A to point B? Post your recommendations in the comments and help your fellow Mamas and Papas (including me!).