Saturday, April 20, 2013

baby G's gear

there are ten million and one strollers out there. a bazillion baby carriers, carseats, travel systems etc. theyre everywhere!
what do you get? its almost as easy as saying "whatever you want!" but then again its not.
however, safety safety safety is obviously the most important thing. then theres whats cute, whats ugly, what fits in your car, what suits your needs, what fits in the budget etc etc.

today im sharing our picks for baby G! baby on grand played a HUGE part in our decisions, and we ended up purchasing most, if not all of our items from there. crib & glider included {but not pictured}. with help from Gina, Katie, Joe or Hannah - you just cant go wrong. i am so so thankful we found this shop and have been able to go to them for anything. it's made our first pregnancy that much smoother, and memorable in such an enjoyable way.

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a carseat :
1. no brainer that we can't take our kids home from the hospital in a laundry basket these days! the first gear that we knew we would be purchasing without a doubt, was our stokke xplory stroller {shown in picture 5}. with the stokke, there are only 3 carseats compatible. the chicco key fit, the maxi cosi mico and the cybex aton. so that narrowed down our research off the bat. call me a snob or whatever, but i also knew i never wanted a chicco. so we were left with the maxi cosi and the cybex as our options. i did lots of research on the maxi cosi and loved everything i was hearing. we were set with that being our carseat. until one day were in baby on grand and chatting about carseats. i was able to see the maxi cosi in person, and i was not impressed with the fabric on the mico. (but the patterns are so cute!) then i found out the cybex is one of the lightest carseats out there - how amazing is that! those things can be heavy even before having a baby inside. Gina from baby on grand did a carseat demonstration for us between the 3. the chicco was safe, a lot of moms love it because its easy and woolah there you have it. the maxi cosi with the base was long, so depending on your car - you may have to move the front seats up a bit to adjust for the maxi cosi. then she showed us the cybex & how its compatible with the base and also with not. i was SO impressed and felt so good about it. it fits our lifestyle, especially with our travels. its a seat that will fit into the airplane, is lightweight to carry around, and can be transported without the base. since were going to Germany in October, id prefer to not lug an extra carseat base across country. i immediately knew it was the choice for us. A++ and id recommend it to anyone a thousand times over. we decided to go with the rocky mountain color, since were having a boy now. we figure it matches the stokke xplory, it matches car interior, and its a darker fabric. we can always spruce it up with girly blankets if baby #2 comes our way and turns out to be a little lady.

a lightweight stroller
2. i have to admit; i paid no attention to lightweight strollers for the first 5 months of this pregnancy. we had already decided on the stokke, {which were obsessed with by the way} and it fit all our needs. in most cases, a lightweight stroller isnt adaptable with any carseats nor is it safe for the babe before he/she can sit up on their own. and in most cases, that isnt for a good while. 6 months or so. then one day while i was in baby on grand with my dad to look at an extra carseat base for his car, we were shown this lightweight stroller. the emotion by babyhome. and my oh my is it lovely. is it so light, folds down SO easily and are you ready for it.. it supports the cybex carseat! WINNING. this stroller will be so much easier for us to toss in the car when were bringing baby G to the grandparents house to be babysat or on any of our travels. its airport friendly and more sturdy than ANY other umbrella stroller ive ever seen. in the pictures above, you can see the stroller by itself on the top right - and again on the top left with the cybex carseat inserted. i cant wait to use this stroller already!

a baby carrier
3. i am all about baby wearing. i truly learned the importance of it when i was a nanny for a 10 week old baby girl, a 2 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. they had a baby bjorn, and i dont know what model or style - but i HATED it. it sucked. within the first half hour, my back was always hurting and i could feel the strain on my shoulders. so when we began researching these for ourselves - i put baby bjorn out of my head. we ended up deciding on the stokke mycarrier. it can be worn with baby in 3 different positions, from birth to 3-4yrs. that made it worth its hefty price tag, along with its 3 year warranty. it was one that isaiah also tried on, and loved. he understood how it worked and how it secured. another bonus {to us} was that you can put the baby in it BEFORE putting it on your back. isaiah will love carrying it around the backpack way because he just loves backpacks, and a lot of carriers need to be on your back before jiggling the baby around and needing an extra pair of hands. the color options are unisex {black, tan & red} - we went with the red. i know it wont match all my outfits (lol!) but i like the pop of color. especially since our stroller and carseat are darker tones. this mycarrier has a plate in the back to help our back support, and it has EXCELLENT support for babes hips. which was super important when looking, of course. two bonuses: a sun/sleep shade for baby plus pockets for our keys & id card. SO nice to not have to carry a bunch of shit crap. im obsessed. i also love the boba carriers. the 3G is great, and i want to buy the boba air carrier. its recommended for children 15-45lbs, so it cant be used as long as other carriers - however, it weighs less than a pound and zips up to fit into a tiny little coin purse. i love the idea of being able to travel without needing to pack the bulky carrier! i also love the look of the boba wraps. wraps really intimidate me (especially the moby, holy fabric!) but id love to try one out. if you love a specific wrap - do let me know! ps. im all for baby wearing, but i prefer NOT to be one of those moms carrying around my 3-4 year old child. i'll want to get great use out of the strollers that we purchase, OR better yet, use those legs, son! hahahaha.. i kid, i kid. {but not really}

convertible carseat
4. so this wasnt an item that we found necessary, nor was it something we planned on. it all began with a trip to baby on grand (where else!?) with my dad to get the extra base for the cybex aton to use in his car when he babysits. i was telling the owner, Joe - that i need 4 bases and he looked at me like a crazy! i was so serious. my car, isaiahs car, isaiahs mom's car and my dads car - 4 bases yo! so Joe began explaining other options because apparently its not every day someone wants to buy 4 bases. {this is why i love this boutique. they are SO honest and SO helpful. i cant thank them enough for all the things we've learned!} "sure if you want to buy 4 bases, we'll sell you 4 bases or heres something else you can do..." then dad saw the other carseats. and as a first time grandpa, he had questions about - and was eye googling the maxi cosi pria 70. i had already known that some parents skip buying an infant carseat and use the convertible right away for money savings, but i just didnt feel like that was for me. plus i wanted a carseat to work with a stroller for when babe falls asleep. HOWEVER. not as important as a grandparent. this maxi cosi was AMAZING. the fabric in the pria was similar to the prezi, and i loved it much more than the mico model. the head rest is adjustable for baby, and of course as a newborn they start rear facing. theres a tiny fit insert as well that provides more cushion around the little one. safe great company, safe great seat. i asked Joe if he would trust his kid in this as a newborn and he said absolutely. and sometimes people feel that its safer than a bucket seat because its just that, one seat. it doesnt need two parts, it doesnt need to click together etc. easier for grandparents to figure out and do it right. COOL! if you can believe it, the extra base for the cybex aton is $100+, so this carseat wasn't a huge jump up in pricing. plus, unlike the base and infant carseats - this wont need to be replaced when babe is about 1 year old. so this is the carseat my dad chose to buy to keep in his car for baby G. i like it! i know he'll be safe and i think its awesome that the carseat can last from birth to age 4, even 5. {my dad chose the color shown, mineral grey}.

a stroller
5. this is the first thing we decided on. ill admit it, i was looking up strollers long before i was pregnant. i am a stroller snob. a little part of me dies when i go anywhere and see people rocking the same thing. the same shoes, the same new dress from express. whatever. 10 of the same thing is too much. a stroller was no exception. i am NOT a runner, ever ever, so i didnt look at running strollers such as the BOB {though i know theyre great!}. i originally found and fell in love with the quinny, via my google images and research. so i located a store here in MN that sold the quinny, which what do you know - led me to baby on grand! when i was pregnant, all of 8 weeks with my little poppyseed, we took our first trip to baby on grand. and we saw the quinny. and i loved it. but then my husband saw the stokke. and had to see more. basically, that was it. love at first sight and there was no going back. not changing my husbands mind on that one. although... we take 1000 trips to baby on grand - the orbit baby stroller, the bugaboo cameleon 3 and the origami by 4moms stroller were three options that took his eyes off the stokke for a little bit. he didnt switch though! hes also obsessed with their brand new fabric, the black melange (shown above) - i just went with it and let husband have his pick. its not like its an ugly stroller that looks like my mom used it in the 80's - so why not! our main reasons for choosing this stroller were: 1. the height of the seat. when we go to the zoo, my son will be able to stare at the animals instead of a metal hand rail. its adjustable so it can be lowered or raised to a variety of levels. because of that, we also became infatuated with the idea of going out to eat and not needing a booster or a sling. he'll be able to stay right in the stroller avoiding one less bulky thing. 2. the seat also switches. there are 5 seating positions! 5! including front facing and rear facing. i can look at him all i want, or i can show him off to the world all i want :) 3. it has the option of a bassinet/carry cot. kind of a bummer that it doesnt come with a stand like the uppa baby vista but that wasnt a deal breaker for us. were not going to buy the carry cot anyways. if we get it as a gift, awesome. but if not, we wont be losing any sleep over it. 4. accessories like a mosquito net, rain shield and winter kit are also available options. i live in MN folks. land of ten thousand lakes fucking mosquitos. 5. it folds easily. easy easy! all the buttons that have a function on the stroller are a lighter grey, so when in doubt - touch something light grey and its sure to do something. 6. it doesnt fold down to a tiny compact piece, but it does collapse and you can pull it behind you with the top handle. something we thought would work well in the airports. {before we found the lightweight stroller above} 7. i love the shopping bag on the bottom. many strollers have baskets, and well, when you take your stroller in the water (or SNOW), your things can get wet. puddles splash, mud goes all over from the wheels. and before you know it youre swearing near your child. or if you leave it outside a restaurant, they can be easily stollen. with this bag its all compact, zipped up and secured nicely. i dig it. its fairly roomy too, leaving room for a lot of shopping bags! ;) 8. the handle also adjusts height. isaiah isnt much taller than me, but i do know friends with tall husbands and they tend to look for strollers with a height adjustable handle. this has that. 9. it comes with other options if there is ever to be a baby G #2 on the way. and 10. the wheels. when we were at the state fair last year, isaiah and i saw 3 couples stopping to literally CHANGE their wheels on their stroller or pump air into them. isaiah made the decision then that he wasnt going to be that person and have to carry around an extra tire or air pump. unnecessary and annoying. there are plenty good strollers, but this fits our lifestyle best and gave us the most excitement out of its fun features. check out all the awesome things listed here!

props to you if you read that all. it probably didnt pertain to half of you, and for that i apologize. if it did though, hopefully i didnt bore you. either way.

by no means does this mean our options are better than yours or better than anything out there, its just what works best for our lifestyle. we'll be traveling with babe when hes 4 weeks old to California, 3 months old to Germany and again at 6 months old on a cruise. we made all of our decisions with our travels in mind.

& we cant wait to put it all to use!


  1. Great detailed reviews of the products. Taking baby home in a laundry basket lol ! Its is also nice to read that your dad was getting excited about it too. Caring, involved grandparents are wonderful.

  2. Buying for baby was so overwhelming! I thought the baby registry would be as much fun as the wedding registry. Not so much.
    We spend a TON of time outdoors, hiking, taking walks, etc. We found a Kelty backpack to be one of THE best things for our family. If you're outside much I would highly recommend taking a look at a Kelty. Here's the link to a backpack that is similar to ours (keep in mind, we didn't start using this until Marcus was about 4-5 months old, and we still use it all the time):

  3. Looks like you are well ahead of the game! Choosing all these things is so fun. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  4. That's awesome that you have all of your baby gear. It's so hard to figure out what to register and buy and so overwhelming! We had the maxi cosi pria 70 and HATED it. We used it fr 3 months and returned it; our son NEVER grew into it (and he was 18 lbs at 4 months) and he was too big for the Tiny Fit so hopefully your little guy has better luck. As for wraps if you're into spending quite a bit of money I'd look for a didymos. They're a GREAT wrap...take a class. I do NOT suggest a moby, the material is SUPER stretchy and you'll only be able to wrap him up in it for a short period of time.