Tag Archives: baby gear

A few of our favorite things

It’s amazing how many different items are sold for babies. Infants are so tiny but need so many things! Before I had Graham it was overwhelming trying to prepare and buy all of the things that I thought we would … Continue reading

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Born in the USA

1. June & January blanket, $22 This bright and bold blanket is just the ticket when it comes to wrapping up your tiny tot. 2. Gräf & Lantz weekender, $425 Roomy yet refined, this high-quality weekender makes for a perfect a hospital … Continue reading

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Research project

Phone a friend Do ask your parenting peers for advice. They can offer valuable input on what works and what doesn’t. Don’t put too much stock in your city-dwelling pal’s stroller recommendation if your family resides in the suburbs. If … Continue reading

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Win it: Newton Baby

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Chloe (MD)! Mamas spend a lot of time picking the just-right crib for baby’s nursery, but how much thought do you give the mattress that your lay your bundle of joy on? Newborns … Continue reading

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Wait list

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you must have everything bought, built and sterilized before you even go into labor, that’s actually not the case. There are certain items your little one won’t be ready for … Continue reading

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My top gear for the first year

I already mentioned the baby things that I could’ve probably done without during Bea’s first year, so it only seems fitting to highlight the other end of the spectrum: all of my most favorite gear. As everyone’s comments revealed on … Continue reading

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Personal shopper

Feel like you’re drowning in a sea of strollers and car seats? Consider this guide the lifeguard on duty. We’ve packed it with practical information and expert input, so you can make smart choices and select gear that suits your … Continue reading

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Our top 5 barely used baby items

I’ve never cleaned out more closets than I have in the past year. I feel like the subject of binging and purging on baby gear has seen more than its fair share of my attention in the blogosphere, but I … Continue reading

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To save or not to save …

Bea is getting so big. Really, you can even ask her. If you ask, “How big is Bea?”—then add, “She’s SO BIG,” she’ll throw her hands up over her head to show you just how ginormous (and brilliant) she has become … Continue reading

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The very best highchair

It took us four kids to finally end up with a hanging highchair—the kind that anchors onto the side of the counter or table—and I can’t believe we didn’t get one eight years ago. Well, that’s not true. I know … Continue reading

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Snowy days

Every year around January, Andy and I start to question why we live in Colorado. Nine months out of the year, we’re in love with our picturesque town that’s nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Spring, summer and fall … Continue reading

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Breaking my prebaby rules

You know how some people fervently swear that whenever they have kids, they’ll never do certain quintessentially parent-ish things? They’ll never go in public with a screaming baby, they’ll never drive a minivan, or they’ll never, ever leave the house … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the road

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, All that junk inside your trunk? Will.i.am: musician, entrepreneur, philanthropist … and the man who best describes my life as a parent. Don’t worry, I’m not here to talk about my post-baby backside … Continue reading

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Experience Level: Expert

Haha, no, don’t let that title fool you—I’m no expert in the parenting game. But having three kiddos under my belt does give me an edge when it comes to the baby gear game. And here’s the big secret—all that … Continue reading

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A fear of gear

Forget about nipple confusion … in my inaugural weeks as a first-time mom, Bea and I are having a serious battle with gear confusion. Now don’t get me wrong, I love baby stuff. I. Love. It. It’s been a part … Continue reading

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Adelina Madelina Shadow Me Satchel

Welcome to the great baby gear debate. Luckily in my household, my husband pretty much let me do most of the decision-making when it came to researching and buying the many things we brought into our home. However, when it … Continue reading

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Timi and Leslie 2-in-1 Backpack

I love bags. Purses, tote bags, luggage, you name it—but oh, diaper bags. As a new mom, I dreaded this purchase, as it truly was one I thought made me go from trendy professional gal to MOM. The Timi and … Continue reading

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Foxy Vida Chevron Diaper Bag

When I received the Foxy Vida diaper bag in the mail it was love at first sight.  Having a gender neutral (for daddy) diaper bag already, I wanted something fun and girly. The Foxy Vida was right up my alley! … Continue reading

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Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack

I’m a fan of bags of all kinds, so I consider my diaper bags a fashion accessory. Right now, I have a major crush on my Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack changing bag. The exterior has a lovely cream bow print … Continue reading

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Feather your nest

Admit it: Ever since you learned you were expecting, you’ve been stockpiling bodysuits, loading up on diapers, and stashing away more baby wipes than a daycare uses in a year. Sure that little bundle of joy may be small, but … Continue reading

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Perry Mackin Rachel

My love for handbags has evolved into a sizable collection ever since high school. In particular, I’m keen for a specific type: classic, double-handled, medium-sized purses with plenty of secret compartments and a top-zipper closure. I figured these types of … Continue reading

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Win it: Rachel Florio-Urso Prize Pack

Celebrity Baby Trend Expert Rachel Florio-Urso is giving one lucky reader a BIG prize pack of her favorite pregnancy and newborn goodies! Here’s what’s included: 1. Wubbanub Baby Dino — a cuddly pal to keep pacifiers close. 2. For Two … Continue reading

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Mountain Buggy POD

When first having a baby, many thoughts run through your head, and pretty much all are associated with time management and priorities. You may be bombarded with thoughts of the responsibility you have for loving and caring for another human … Continue reading

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Bright Starts Playful Pals Chair Top Highchair

As a new mom, I’ve learned that babies come with a lot of stuff. And while I was overjoyed at the prospect of having our son join us at mealtime in a chair as opposed to a bassinet, sling, etc., … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Deluxe SpaceSaver Highchair

I would have thought that by the time my third child was born we would have everything we needed for a baby, but our hand-me-down highchair broke when being used by our second child, and we were in need of … Continue reading

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guzzie + Guss 203 Reclining Highchair

So many people have told me “a highchair is a highchair.” I have to admit, I agreed with their sentiments until I found the guzzie + Guss 203 Reclining Highchair! When the box arrived at our house, I was prepared to … Continue reading

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Nuna ZAAZ

As a new mom, one of the few things I dreaded was purchasing a highchair. Walking through baby stores, I would cringe when I saw the huge, plastic contraptions with hokey animal prints and bright patterns that would just change … Continue reading

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Chicco Polly SE

The Chicco Polly SE highchair is a comfortable, padded recliner with a food tray. Its large, padded seat can cradle our young son and grow with him while he learns his table manners. The Polly SE is fully adjustable and … Continue reading

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Evenflo ModTot

In gearing up for a first child, I was under the impression that if you’ve seen one highchair, you’ve seen them all. But that’s just not true. Practicality, style, comfort, affordability and ease of use became high on the list … Continue reading

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phil&teds poppy

I just got the cutest highchair—it’s retro meets contemporary! It comes in three colors: cranberry, lime and bubblegum blue. We have the cranberry one, and so far it is really a winner in most every way. When our phil&teds poppy highchair … Continue reading

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Nuna PEPP

Stroller shopping can be a bit intimidating and a lot like car buying—comfort, affordability, ability to maneuver and safety are main concerns. Choices seem to be endless. The Nuna PEPP is a refreshing single-passenger find as it is simple, sleek, … Continue reading

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Win It: Novela Organic

UPDATE – this contest has now closed.  Congratulations to Doan B. of Mclain, MS – your prize will be with you soon! As the mercury falls (and soon the leaves will too!) you’ll want to make sure your wee one … Continue reading

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Win it: NuRoo Pocket

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Elise B. of Friendship, NY! NuRoo, maker of the NuRoo Pocket, a babywearing shirt that promotes Skin-To- Skin Contact. Skin-to-Skin Contact, also referred to as Kangaroo Care, is a holding … Continue reading

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Graco True Focus Digital Video Monitor

We held off on purchasing a monitor as long as we could. For the first few weeks of our daughter’s life, we were so protective and enamored, we could not tolerate the idea of allowing her more than two feet … Continue reading

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MobiCam Secure Start

When my husband and I discovered we were expecting our first baby, we tried to be laid-back about the whole thing, not buying too many toys or accessories before he arrived. Since we live in a relatively small apartment we’d … Continue reading

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Week 19: Making room

Our baby is on his or her way (and in about a week, I’ll be able to stick with one pronoun!). While Roo is cooking, though, we need to make room. Now it may come as no surprise that my … Continue reading

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iCaved

I did something yesterday that I swore I would never do.  I bought one of those toys that lets you put your iPhone in it and give to your baby. This cuddly, purple, singing monkey will allow me to lock … Continue reading

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Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect

Graco’s FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect stroller is perfect for my long runs in preparation for my future road races with my first baby.  In addition to its quality and comfort, the stroller is aesthetically appealing. It arrived from the … Continue reading

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Win it: Oogaa meal set

UPDATE: Contest is now closed! Congratulations to the winners: Sonya C of Del Rio, TX; Erica G. of Savannah, GA; Amanda O. of West Suffield, CT; and Elise B of Friendship, NY! How many times have you seen a mom … Continue reading

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Win it: InGenuity Washable Playard Deluxe with Dream Centre

UPDATE: Contest is now closed! Congratulations to the winner, Nichole W. of Magnolia, MS! Play yards are a handy helper to have around the house when baby is small. In the teeny newborn stage, it’s nice to have a safe … Continue reading

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Snugli All-In-One

My husband and I tallied our numbers before testing out the Snugli All-In-One car seat, and by our calculations, this is our seventh car seat installation (not including backless booster seats). We’re on kid number three, and so we’ve been … Continue reading

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ooYoo Christina Hobo Tote

When I first saw the ooYoo Christina Hobo Tote online I fell in love! It was so very stylish, appearing to be more of a large purse than a diaper bag, and had lots of pockets and an amazing leopard print … Continue reading

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Valco Baby Zephyr

No one wants to be the parent fumbling with gear while your squirming baby’s voice gets louder and louder, calling even more attention to your inept handling of what you thought would be an easy set up. Been there, took … Continue reading

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