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2 Oct

Getting Ready For Baby

Getting ready for baby can be time consuming, overwhelming (especially if you don’t know where to start) and so exciting! I can’t even tell you guys how many nights I’ve stayed up looking at reviews of products and narrowing down what items we want for our son. I say “we” because Solly and I discussed most of the items together and came to a mutual decision on all of it.

I know, I have several baby related blog posts that are shamefully overdue like our baby announcement photos (6 months late *covers eyes*), gender reveal and baby shower posts but I promise I will post them eventually. My superstitious ass has it all typed and formatted out on WordPress but a part of me wants to wait until he’s here, safe and sound, in my arms before I elaborate further on any of those events. Until then- I wanted to share some items we CANNOT wait to put to use (please note how I emphasize cannot in the previous sentence, 39 weeks and 3 days right now, had a great pregnancy thank God but want this baby out of my belly and in my arms now! Anyone else this far along and feel me?)

Here it goes…

1. UppaBaby Cruz Stroller and Bassinet 

I wanted a stroller that not only looked cute but functioned well. I had my eyes set on the Mima Xari in camel, and even went to a store 3 hours away one weekend to try it out but ended up not purchasing it. Although the Mima was beautiful, it wasn’t an easy ride. Felt forced. Also, if we had purchased it, we would have needed adaptors to attach the car seat as a travel system. What if I lost the adaptors one day? Would I have to risk waking up my infant by unbuckling him from his car seat and transferring him into the stroller after a car ride tranced him into a beautiful slumber? No. It was not a practical purchase friends, and even the reps at this particular NYC baby store agreed with me. I saluted goodbye to the Mima and was redirected towards the UppaBaby line. I love how easy it is to maneuver this stroller! Such a clean ride and the bassinet and stroller seat are so versatile. I can have him facing me for the first few months in the stroller seat, facing towards the world as a toddler and lay flat in the bassinet attachment for a few months while also using the bassinet as a sleeper separately from the stroller when needed. The UppaBaby Mesa car seat attaches seamlessly to the Cruz and Vista strollers, no adaptors required. No waking up baby by transferring him from the car into the stroller. We chose the Gregory model for the UB Cruz stroller, the Henry bassinet and the Henry car seat which attach easily into the stroller frame. We also chose the UB Cruz over the Vista because it was the tiniest bit more petite, and I liked that. Once we put it to use, I’ll update my review!

2. UppaBaby Henry Car Seat 

Car seats in the US are treated with flame retardants. Every company has a different allowance of flame retardant they utilize on their car seats, but what a lot of new parents aren’t aware of is that flame retardants can cause endocrine disturbances and developmental delays in babies and children. I had a friend mention how the UppaBaby Henry car seat is actually treated with zero chemicals because of the material it’s made out of- microfiber wool- which makes it a flame retardant free car seat. Love how it clicks right into the stroller, has an easy base installation and the blue marl color of it.

How cute is this little car seat mobile? Bought it on Wish for $1

3. 4 Moms MamaRoo

This has got to be the coolest swing ever. I’ve read mixed reviews about babies either loving it or not loving it. I have the infant insert with it, so I’m hoping my little one gives it a chance when he’s here! I love that it’s a smart connect swing that you can control with an app on your smartphone. Once I put the mamaroo to use, I’ll update my review!

4. Honest Company Products 

I purchased a trial size set from the honest company by subscribing to their free trial bundles on their website. Paid $5.95 for shipping and handling for a travel size set of household and baby honest products along with seven printed newborn diapers and a pack of travel size honest wipes.

Haven’t tried any of the products yet but I’m more than down with the whole eco friendly savoire faire and using clean products on baby and around the house.

5. GB Pockit Stroller 

This has got to be the COOLEST travel stroller EVER! I mean, just look at the video below. It really folds up that small and can go right underneath the seat in front of you on the plane! We have the travel itch right now since we haven’t been anywhere in months, and once baby can hold his head upright we’re taking this stroller with us wherever we go. I registered for some accessories for it- like a stroller organizer/ console for parents and a rayshade cover for extra UV protection to make traveling with a baby a little bit easier. If you have any tips on traveling with baby please let me know!

6. Ergobaby 360 Carrier

So this is another item we can’t wait to use for traveling. I like how you can carry the baby in front, in the back and on your sides without straining your neck and shoulders. It’s ergonomic design helps in preventing aches and strains while carrying your baby. We registered for the icy mint carrier which didn’t come with an infant insert but it was pretty easy to find on Amazon.

7. Solly Baby Wrap

The company’s name is Solly baby…I mean OF COURSE I was going to buy this! My husbands name is Sohail (Solly for short) and the wrap came in a pretty camel color that I couldn’t pass up! I like that there are different ways to carry your baby and the wrap is made out of breathable and stretchy material. I think I’ll use this one more at home whereas the ergobaby will be more of an outdoor and travel use baby carrier.

If any of you have any suggestions on products you personally love please DM me on the gram or comment below! 💙

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Farah Malek

Professor, M.D. & amateur photographer that loves capturing the moment and traveling in style.

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