The travel system
This was one of the biggest things that I had my heart set on. We registered for it at Target and got it as a shower gift. It is the Safety 1st PlaySafe Travel System - Dotswana.
*It is nice that you don;t have to get the baby out of the seat and put into stroller every time - the entire car seat hooks to the top of the stroller.
*I liked that the base of the carseat was always in the car and you just snapped the seat to the base. Easy to get in and out of the car.
*Stroller is nice to use on it's own now that Cain is bigger. Opens easily.
*I really liked the colors and it is gender neutral so we can always use it again.
*The stroller is large and took up the entire trunk of my car.
*Again the stroller is large so if we are just going for a quick walk I tend to use the light weight smaller stroller that we have.
Here is Cain on the day he came home from the hospital. His first time using his car seat.
The pack and play
This was a difficult decision to make when we were registering for our baby shower. Did we really need one, would we use it a lot, did we need the basic kind or the decked out one, with all sorts of gadgets on it. In the end we decided to register for a pretty simple one. We got this as a shower gift as well. We used it next to our bed when he first came home. We use it a lot more now that he is mobile and into everything. It is the Graco Pack n' Play - Monkey Business.
*Folds up pretty small and good for traveling. We've already taken it on a few trips with us and Cain sleeps in it over night.
*The bottom can be raised or lowered so it is great for smaller babies and older babies.
*I feel that it would be great for a boy or girl.
*It's hard to see in the picture but there are three cute monkeys hanging that Cain loved to bat around
*It is difficult to get set up and take down. I still have troubles getting it set up or taking it down. Although we usually have it in one place so I don't have to do it often.
And one more for this evening...
The lamb chair
I knew we needed a "bouncer" - something to sit the baby in for awhile. This is not really a "bouncer" but loved it. He would sit in his chair while I took a shower, did dishes, etc. This only lasted a short while though. As soon as he got good head control he wanted to be sitting up and not leaning back. It can vibrate and/or play music. Some nights he would even sleep in his chair. The one we got as a shower gift is the Fisher - Price My Little Lamb Deluxe Infant Seat.
*Super soft and cute
*Vibrates which Cain loved
*Gender neutral so we can always use it again
*Doesn't take up a lot of space.
*The bar that the toy hangs off of can be removed - he didn't really like it on there.
*Cain out grew it to fast - not the products fault
Here is a very little Cain enjoying his lamb chair. Oh how I miss him being so darn little.
Please check back next time for Part 2 of baby must haves. Also leave me a comment telling me about your experiences with any of these products or what your must haves are.