My intention has been to write more posts about life at home with two under two but you know, life at home with two under two is busy and these posts take the back burner to product reviews and more “exciting” things. But I thought I would share what gear I am loving for Margaux. I have noticed a shift in my baby gear philosophy and preferences the second time around… less is more. Don’t get me wrong, I love lots of baby products for different reasons but these products are simply the ones that are fitting our short on space, urban condo living lifestyle. And as some of you may already know, in about a month we are packing up and heading east to NYC! That’s right we are MOVING.
Tyler and I flew to NYC a couple weeks ago for a quick “day trip” to secure an apartment. While I am pleasantly surprised with the space (Margaux gets her own room -yay!) we are still going to be living in close quarters. I am sure I will dedicate another post to the gear that is making the the move to NYC but for now, here is what I am loving:
1. Bugaboo Donkey: First, I will say, I know, I know, this stroller is pretty expensive. We choose this stroller before we had Eloise knowing we may have two relatively close together. Our families combined resources and gifted this to us for our baby shower(s). I loved the Donkey as a Mono but really love it as a Duo. Our stroller is basically our car because we walk everywhere so this stroller gets used multiple times a day. I love the multiple seat configurations and ample storage basket. It maneuvers so well and I can steer one handed – basically, I handle the double doors at Starbucks like a pro. It fits through a single door with ease and provides a super smooth ride to my ladies despite the pot hole filled Chicago sidewalks. I never used the bassinet with Margaux – just the car seat adapter for my Cybex Aton. In the last couple weeks she moved into the “big girl” seat.
2. DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib: One thing I didn’t anticipate was having to buy Margaux a crib before we moved to NYC. Eloise was in the co-sleeper until 6 months when I forced myself to move her into her own room. Well, at about 3 months Margaux was already starting to outgrow the co-sleeper. I needed a full size crib that was somewhat portable and as “lean” as possible because I still wanted it next to my bed. The Jenny Lind crib was perfect and right in our budget (less than $200). After using this crib for nearly 3 months I love it! And actually feel silly for spending wayyyy more on Eloise’s. You all may remember I refinished a vintage Jenny Lind high chair for Eloise’s birthday so it is no surprise I love the style and the added bonus of the casters is great for our purposes. It was easy to assemble and I just really, really love it. In fact, love it so much, I would have skipped my beloved co-sleeper and just got this crib from day #1 (take note people looking to accumulate less gear).
3. Fisher-Price Space Saver high chair: Okay so this high chair goes against my #1 high chair buying tip – avoid fabric seats!! BUT we needed this chair because Margaux wasn’t quite ready for Eloise’s high chair that has a suggested beginning age of 6 months. I love that it straps to one of our dining chairs and doesn’t take up additional floorspace (that we don’t have). The recline is awesome for the younger days of using – we started with some rice cereal around 4 1/2 months and it provided the necessary support for Margaux. It has a great five point harness and ample sized tray. I am not sure if I will use this high chair forever with Margaux, although I could because the max weight is 50 pounds – woah! Note, I think that Target has the best, neutral colors – we got this pink and it is subtle enough to not scream “baby” since we leave this chair attached at all times.
4. BABYBJORN Original: I love this carrier. I know there are fancier ones out there (BABYBJORN even makes a great one) but this is my go to carrier. It is so easy to use and comfortable to wear. The carrier is key to making my outings more enjoyable. I can easily follow Eloise around and Margaux is at the age where she likes to see what is going on and be in the mix. The Original is small enough that I can easily stuff it in my diaper bag or stroller basket. I have tried LOTS of carriers and this is one of my favorite.
5. Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Mega Play Mat: Don’t get me wrong I love the foam playspot tiles. For Eloise, we had two sets of the zoo spot tiles set up in our living room. We just really don’t have the space for them with our present set up i.e., the addition of a play kitchen and art table. Plus, Margaux and I like to be right in the middle of the room so we can keep an eye on busy big sis at all times. This play mat is softer, more cozy and cleaner than our wool rug and at the end of the day I can fold it up and put it in the toy bin or over a chair. Play room by day living room by night, right? I like this mat because Margaux can still get traction for tummy time and the beginning of army crawling. This mat is a stark contrast to what Eloise had but it works great for us now. And while I love this Skip Hop one, I have also used other quilts and large blankets for the same purpose.
So there you have a little of what I am loving. I am still mapping out what will make the trek east with us. And if anyone has any suggestions on moving with little ones – I am all ears!