Naps, Schnaps!

While in Denver, this little turkey was on a nap strike!  The only way we could get him to sleep was to put him in the stroller and walk. miles. and miles. and miles.  It seemed that most times as soon as the stroller stopped, so did his nap. Oh, man!

When your old standbys such as the swaddle, a pacifier, rocking, swaying, singing, etc doesn’t work, it’s time to throw up your hands and do the only thing that seems to work, which in this case was a walk in the stroller.

I felt like I was on high alert for eye rubs, yawns, and sensitivity as I tried not to miss my window for nap times.  Even though Henry is a chill baby and remained in a playful, happy mood, I know that naps are important for his brain, his growth + development, and his health so was a bit stressed about his nap strike.  By the end, I was willing to do anything if it meant getting him to sleep.

When he did nap, he napped hard as evidenced by the photos below.  Life is good.

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Must Haves: Baby Gear Edition

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1. Bugaboo Cameleon: This, in my opinion, is the Cadillac of strollers.  The attachable bassinet is perfect for a newborn and provides a ton of shade to protect baby from the elements. Trails? Sand? Uneven sidewalks?  Not a problem with this stroller!  It magically glides right through the city without waking up the sleeping baby.

2. 4moms RockaRoo™: Wow! This “swing” has been a Godsend.  Due to an error on the checkout tag at Target, I got this swing at a steep discount.  However now that we have it and know how much baby loves it, I would definitely pay full price. For the first three weeks of Baby Beetle’s life, he slept in it at night giving us 3-4 hours of uninterrupted sleep at a time. Now that he has better vision, he loves staring at the attached mobile, which provides hours of entertainment for him.  It must be nice to be so easily entertained!

3. Beco: In full disclosure, this carrier came recommended to me and was the only one I tried. I love it as it provides great support for my back and baby loves it because it is comfortable and keeps him close.  It also doesn’t hurt that they come with cute designed fabric to ensure you stand out from the crowd.  As it so happens, this is the chosen baby carrier in the mom group I attend on Tuesday afternoons.

4. Chicco KeyFit® 30 Zip Emerald™: This was a generous gift from my sister and I’d highly recommend it.  Not only is it an eye catcher, but it is lightweight.

Lightweight =  Easy to Carry.

We started with an old Graco car seat but found it difficult to get Baby Beetle in and out of it. After those difficulties, this Chicco carseat really stands out for its ease, especially when installing it in the car.

Stroller Wars: Let’s Roll

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Who knew that picking out a stroller could be more difficult than car shopping?  I sure didn’t!  There are way too many options out there and for someone as indecisive as I am, it seems like an impossible task.  Around the city, I’ve seen my fair share of Orbit strollers and Uppababy strollers.  I absolutely love the look of both of them and with a comparable price tag, I will have to take these for a “test roll” soon.

If we look at the review from Baby Gear Lab, it would seem that the Uppababy stroller is a clear winner.  Image

But because I can’t just take someone’s word for it, I will have to see for myself.  Let the stroller research/shopping begin!

Happy Shopping,

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