> Chicco Cortina Key Fit Travel System
> Chicco Liteway Stroller
> Diono Radian RXT
> Graco My Ride 65
> Graco Nautilus
Carseat!! The convertible carseat we use with Karter (bought prior to knowing anything about Diono Radians) is Graco MyRide65, 5-65lbs weight limit...40lbs rear facing limit, forward face with harness till 65lbs, 5 year expiration. We also have a Graco Nautilus (20-100 lbs, 65lbs or 52” in 5 point harness), but it’s a forward facing only seat, so it’s in our extra car since Karter still hasn’t reached the rear facing limits of the MyRide65.
We all want to keep our babies safe so your goal when looking at carseats
is to look for a seat with the highest restrictions, may cost a little more but
it means your baby is that much safer for that much longer!! Truth be told, I own 3 different carseats that I’ve used over my sons 3 years of life and together they cost WAY more than the Diono Radian which does what all three of my carseats do and more (minus the convenience of the “bucket” infant only Chicco Carseat - it is handy to just carry in the carseat when you have a sleeping newborn.) Do NOT purchase any aftermarket carseat inserts or accessories...they have not been crash tested and could interfere with the safety of the seat, in the event of a car accident! If you have any questions concerning carseats or installation I highly recommend setting up an appointment with a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician, they are VERY knowledgeable, I still to this day learn new things from them!!
> Chicco Polly Highchair
> Chicco Lullaby LX Playard
> Shermag Bella Deluxe Rocker Glider & Ottoman with Side Table
> Nursery in a Box - Crib, Changing Table and Dresser
> The First Years 5 in 1 Carry Me Near Sleep System
was perfect, it’s not one of those fancy 4 in 1 cribs but it was perfect for
us. Karter graduated to a toddler bed for his first birthday (luckily for us he only had 2 teeth at that point so there was minimal teething damage), So we’ll be using it again for probably about the same length of time. He
used the toddler bed for about a year and a half till he got his big boy bed.
The toddler bed cost us $50 and it was from Wal-Mart and matched his nursery in a box bedroom furniture. All in all it didn’t quite add up for
us to buy one of those 4-in-1 cribs. Also something to keep in mind, the 4-in-1 toddler bed conversion is like a day bed– some parents don’t care for this feature. I have one friend who 2 years in couldn’t bear to look at her
4-in-1crib any longer due to the teething damage...so if you have one, remember you’ll have it for a long time – be sure to buy whatever protection accessories you need to preserve its appearance!
Changing Table - Every parent is a little different on their preference for a changing table, I LOVED it with Karter, so much that I bought another one for downstairs too, and we used them till he was potty trained. I really liked having everything organized in one place. This time around, due to lack of space in the nursery, we’ve made a changing station on the dresser and I’ll have another one down stairs, so it’s still all organized together. So I highly recommend a changing station, but the actual table itself is not a necessity.
Bassinnette - a great thing to have, especially if your master bedroom is cramped for space! It's only used for a couple months but worth a nice one, I found a great one I had on my registry, The First Years 5 in 1 Carry Me Near Sleep System. I just purchased it but haven’t received it yet. So far impressed - It glides, has a night light, plays soothing sounds, elevates to help congestion and reflux (which is big with newborns), you can also pull the basket part out and carry that around and under the basket is a changing table...very handy! It’s height adjustable and can also attach to your bed. We had a really old second hand one for Karter and while it achieved its purpose, looking back it would have been nice to have some of those amenities just to make the newborn time period a little easier!!
> Madela Breastfeeding Equiptment and Accessories
> Dr Browns Bottles
> Tommee Tippee Bottles
> Nuk Bottles
> Born Free Sippy Cups
> Cuddle U Nursing & Infant Support Cushion
> Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer
Bottles - I wasn't a fan of Madela bottle nipples, so we used Dr Browns bottles- great bottle, but lots of pieces to clean and keep track of. I still have all my Dr Browns bottles but I also got a couple Tommie Tippies that I'm gonna try this time too (nipple is very similar to breast so easy to switch back and forth). When Karter got older Nuk bottles was a great bottle for him, because he wanted his milk and he wanted it fast!! Every baby is different in what they like so it may be a good idea to have a couple different brands and then save some of those giftcards to buy more once you find out what works best for you and your baby! I recommend the same for Pacifiers!
Nursing Cover - You'll want a nursing cover! I'm not brand specific on this one, you can make one or have a custom one made by someone who does sew! I scored a couple from www.uddercovers.com for free only had to pay for shipping ($12). Coupon codes change every now and then but last I checked “7slings” is working. One nice thing to the Uddercover over one I was given from Target (not sure of brand) is that the uddercover has a rigid metal type material in the neck that makes it stand up, so you can see baby!
Nursing/Support Cushion - Definitely will want a boppee or cuddle U, both have perks - boppee has washable covers, cuddle u has a latch in system...we went with cuddle U! This is great for many uses - a positioner, nursing, tummy time, etc!!
Microwaveable Sterilizer - sanitizes bottles, pacifiers, breast pump equipment, sippy cups in 2 mins!! Most amazing thing! I never quit using
that! I originally wanted this fancy steriling maching that does it in like 45
mins, but one of my friends (who was already a mom, knowing that 45
Sippy Cups - we first started with Nuk, because Karter liked their bottles, we figured he'd like their sippy cups too but due to their design they actually brusied his nose. The brand we ended up going with was Born Free, a few in each stage. Around his first birthday he was starting to chew them and so we got basic no leak hard top sippy's for out and about and we used a cup at home.
> Hotslings Pouch
> Fisher Price Swing & Bouncy Seat
> Cloud B Sleep Sheep
> Cloud B Constellation Night Light Turtle
> Scentsy Medium Sized Nursery Warmer
> Vulli Sofie the Giraffe
Swing and Bouncer Seat- usually matching! Ours (Fisher Price) are both battery operated and considered portable so they fold and store nicely in a closet while not in use! These are very nice soothers during the Newborn/Early Infant months, and then make for many great uses during the remainder of the first year. The bouncer seat was a godsend for when mommy needed a shower!
I wouldn't recommend putting an Exercauser on the registry unless you have room to store it, they don't typically use it till 6mo or so and they’re soooo bulky! If you can score this used even better, get your 6 months or so of use out of it and pass it along to someone else! Then you won’t feel
you’ve invested so much into this big bulky thing that doesn’t store well! (Learn from my lesson)
One of the best gifts I received was from my grandmother, it was a gift set off Amazon from Cloud B & Vulli which included 2 – Sleep Sheeps (a travel & full size), a Constellation Night Light Turtle, a Lavender Lab, and a Sofie the Giraffe Teether. The Sleep Sheep and Constellation Night Light are still being used with my 3 year old.
Sleep Sheep - each makes 4 soothing sounds – between the two of ours there is Heartbeat, Rain, Ocean, Whales and Stream. As a newborn Karter started out liking Heart Beat, he went through phases where each one was a favorite, we also went through a phase where he wanted a
different one each night and now his favorite is whales. We hung this from his crib, his toddler bed, and now it sits on a table near his bed, he gets 20 minutes at bedtime and then often if he wakes up in the night or 2 early in the morning he restarts it on his own and goes back to sleep! What better of a gift can anyone give a new parent then the gift of sleep!! I also have heard you can use this while your pregnant so baby hears the sounds and will be even more soothed once he arrives, I'm currently testing out this theory!! ;)
Constellation Night Light Turtle became especially useful around the toddler phase when he began to fight sleep, he had a really hard time
staying still and this makes him lay down and look up at the ceiling to see the stars, he looks forward to turning the lights off so he can see his stars, so this can be an excellent product to use for kids who are starting to fear the dark, it’s also a nice night light!
Sofie the Giraffe – was a staple in our home. My first impression of this was – “You bought our son a $20 over glorified dog toy!?” but it quickly changed! Our sons love for it began before he could even grab it, he loved the look of it, then when he could reach it was always the most reached for toy, it was a great distraction for when he got angry in the car (squeaker), and when he was teething, it always gave him relief. It stimulates all 5 senses –Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste and even Smell!
> Summer Baby Touch Monitor
Another option: Angel care monitor
> Chicco Messenger
> Fisher Price Diaper Back Pack
> Thirty One Organizing Utility Tote
> Thirty One Casual Cargo Purse
> Carlson Pet Gate
> North States Supergate Deluxe Decore Metal Gate
Our current house has a 6 foot opening where we wanted the gate so we
purchased a North States Supergate - it fits any openings from 37”-72”, has a very wide walk through door, pivots, and detaches off the wall to
stow away. We’ve only had it for a few days and so far our only concern is we had to mount ours above the trim and so now there’s no center bottom support – so we’re extra careful about making sure our 3 year old doesn’t try climbing it, as to not rip it off the wall! Resolution would be mounting it flush with the ground, if possible.
> Waterproof Mats – Great for many uses – diaper changing mats, under a carseat (remember after market seat protectors are not safe – the water proof mats are safe though because they are thin enough not to cause compression, and don’t interfere with seatbelt/latch pathways), under or on top of the pack n play sheets so spit up or over flowed diapers don’t saturate the mat.
> Humidifier – I didn’t have one of these till more recently, it was recommended many times when my son or even my husband and I got sick, but we just never got one. We now have a Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist 2.3 gallon Humidifier – it has made a noticeable for my son and myself when we were sick, works best in smaller rooms!!
> Crib Mattress – Often a forgotten item!
> Contoured Changing Pad – for that Diaper Changing Station!
> Swaddle Blankets – Karter LOVED to be swaddled, we had a few different brands and used them till Karter was like 6 months old!
> Receiving Blankets & Burp Cloths – Karter was a big spitter upper so we had many of these!!
> Safety Supplies – They get mobile ever so fast – plug covers, door handle covers, cabinet/drawer locks, etc.
> Diaper Genie - If your using disposable diapers - NEED NEED NEED!
> If your interested in Cloth Diapers at all, stay tuned for a blog on that! I'm Talking $1200 of savings on diapers and wipes each year per kid, plus better for their skin and the planet and the list goes on!
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