Friday, July 29, 2011

baby gear wishlist

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Alright, here are some awesome baby things that I wouldn't mind having for the third time around.  

For Baby Cakes:

Chicco Keyfit infant car seat.  I love the features of the seat, and when I've played with one in person, it just seems like it should be a breeze to install and adjust. I've wanted one since before E was born, but I've been blessed to have some hand me down car seats (non-expired, not in a car crash). But really, if I had my pick, I would go for something like this:

KeyFit 30 Romantic Car Seat

Play yard or an Arm's Reach Co-sleeper.  I guess I really don't care what kind, I prefer simple, neutral designs, like the car seat above.  I'm only half-way interested in a play-yard, but an early experience with E and N taught me the value of a safe place to put the baby.  When he was about 3 weeks old, I left him in (I thought) a safe place on the floor, away from his sister.  She discovered him, and dragged him and his blanket across the floor, and managed to put him on the treadmill while I was taking care of, eh-hem, important mommy business. Now, I know that I could find other ways to work around a safe place for baby, but a play yard certainly seems like a potentially valuable tool!

Tummy Tub. Frustratingly enough, I actually had one, new for $8 found at a consignment shop.  My kid did something - I don't know maybe jumping up and down on it while using it as a step stool? - and cracked it. I thought it was awesome enough to want another, though. Takes up less space than a traditional baby tub.


EarthMama AngelBaby. Baby stuff, like the bottom balm and the shampoo and baby wash.  Incredibly low on the toxic scale - as in Zero toxins. Natural and organic ingredients, and well rated on sites like Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. There are even hospitals that have switched to using EMAB products exclusively to avoid exposing babies to excessive chemicals from minute one.

Newborn cloth diapers. Like BebeMellons, or lil' joey, or bumgenius newborn.
I don't really need more newborn diapers, but I've been especially interested in some of the simpler diapering systems than prefolds/fitted and a cover. Simpler, at least in terms of apply diaper to baby. prefolds really are pretty simple, and the thicker the diaper the longer to wash and dry.  But still....

A super-cute handmade newborn hat. Maybe for pictures, maybe just for baby newness.

Aimee J Baby Journal. I've been interested in this journal since before E.  I've come back to it every pregnancy, even though I never end up buying it. 

For Me:

Belly Bandit. But in a bigger size for the first few weeks postpartum.  I already posted a bit about why this would be so awesome.

Postpartum custom pad kit from Homestead Emporium.  I know. Many of you are thinking "Ick!  Eww!!" But, I love my cloth pads and I Really love Homestead Emporium's pads. Custom, handmade, soft, comfy, and beautiful fabrics.

A jogging stroller.  I would love to be able to take the kids out for a walk/run come the spring.  I have high hopes of being ready for the Rock the Parkway 5k in April, even if Cakes and I are just walking along and it takes an hour and a half with nursing breaks ;).  Not something I really anticipate using a whole lot, since I tend to wear babies instead of pushing them in a stroller, but I'm not okay with running/jogging while wearing a baby.  Don't shake the baby, you know?

A new vehicle.  Yes, I know a Suburban is excessive. I probably wouldn't get a "new" new one, just a new used one that's several years old.   Thinking ahead for when we have 40 kids and all, since I'm not a huge fan of minivans. Chances are a minivan or a smaller cross-over SUV thing are in my future. Maybe something like a Traverse. But, I can dream, right?


Melanie said...

we've used the chicco with both girls and have loved it. no problems with it whatsoever.

the playyard though? my girls outgrow them quickly as they're so very, very tall. :)

and i'm with you on the no mini-van thing... i want a yukon. i'll take any year. lol

Anonymous said...

Only about 6 weeks in with the Chicco seat but love it. So easy to get in and out and to adjust for G.


round crib said...

The Chicco seat has a lot of good reviews on the net. I'm thinking of buying one for my baby as well.

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