I talked about a Baby Registry in my last post but the funny thing is, this time around I won't actually be making one. Two reasons for this:
1. We have the vast majority of stuff we need
2. The stuff we want this time around is sort of specific and expensive, so we will just buy it ourselves
I feel like now that I've already done round #1 of parenting, I'm entering into this from a more informed and experienced perspective; this time around, I know what I want. I didn't have a clue before.
Here are the items we want this time around, and most importantly, why we are getting them. P.S. I'm going to use my Amazon Affiliate links, in case my SEO works magic ;)
1. Diono Radian RXT Storm Convertible Car Seat (Storm)
2. Stokke Tripp Trapp Classic High Chair
If the Tripp Trapp is out of your budget, there are others similar to it. They effectively serve the same function.
3.100-Percent Cotton Muslin Swaddles
I never understood why people liked these things so much until I started watching a little boy whose mom showed me how to drape them over a stroller in order to help him fall asleep. They are amazing!
- They are huge
- They mold to whatever shape they are laying on
- They allow for air to pass through
- They don't blow away
Whenever she forgot the muslin blanket and I had to find another blanket to put on top of the stroller while he napped, no other blanket worked nearly as much.
These are everywhere now, and the prices vary from $10-$20 per blanket depending on where you shop, but here's a pro-tip if you are on a budget. Go to a fabric store and purchase "cotton gauze." If you try to purchase muslin fabric, it won't feel like this and won't be the same thing. If you purchase cotton gauze you can make your own inexpensive but just as awesome muslin blankets. All you need to do is cut the fabric to the size you want, and hem the edges. Voila!
4. Spring Bean Clamps from Mommy Toolbox
I think you can probably get something similar to this at a hardware store, but I think these ones are adorable and they are only $4. These are how you are going to get that muslin blanket to stay clipped to your stroller when your kid is older and trying to yoink it off. In fact, you can use these for tons of other things, including for building. I love these so much.
5. Kokopax City Carrier
6. A Vancouver Diaper Service
With Aias, we used a Vancouver Diaper Service called Diapers Naturally for 6 months, and then we moved into an apartment with our own in-suite laundry and we used our own diapers. I am in love with my diaper stash (which I still have), but I was not in love with things like scraping poop off and dealing with stripping diapers (we have soft water in Vancouver and I didn't realize this, and I really did a number on my diapers at first). This time around we don't have in-suite laundry so we both agreed we'd sell the stash off and just use another Vancouver Diaper Service for a year, at which point we will re-evaluate sticking to it or using compostable diapers.
Diaper services are amazing because they clean the diapers using industrial methods, and you just toss them in a bucket and don't have to worry about cleaning them. So freaking easy.
Some diaper services in Vancouver include:
- Diapers Naturally
- Happy Baby Cheeks
- Happy Nappy
- Saucy Bottoms
Keep your eyes on the lookout for some Diaper Service review posts here on the blog after the baby is born; we're going to try to review them all and see which one comes up as the best.
7. Bummis Super Whisper Wraps and Bummis Super Brites
These were our favourite covers because they seriously never leak. They also last forever and don't wear easily, even with repeated use.
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