Thursday, August 16, 2012

Things I am currently drooling over (and for once it isn't food) - Baby Edition

Now that vacation is over, it's time to buckle down and actually make some purchases for the new baby. I mean, she's going to be here in just about 5 weeks! We've saved everything we used for Carina, so there isn't too much to buy, fortunately.

When it comes to nursery furniture, the girls will be sharing a room and we are quickly running out of space! I think we'll definitely need to buy an additional dresser {if not 2} just to fit all of their clothes. Or, we could opt for a crib like the Tutti Bambini Marie that has storage underneath. This one tops my list because the finish matches Carina's crib.
Crib, Tutti Bambini, crib with storage, crib with drawer
Tutti Bambini Marie Crib with storage

Carina's swing was a sanity saver for us when she was little. We know it was probably a no-no, but she slept in it every night from the time she was 1 month old until she was about 4 months old. It helped her sleep through the night and we didn't worry as much about her spitting up since it was on an incline (as opposed to a flat crib). The only problem? It was freaking enormous. It took me about 20 minutes and a crap load of effort to move it from our bedroom to the living room. This time around I'd love to get a more portable swing like the Fisher Price Luv U Zoo that we can transport quickly, and can easily pack in the trunk to take with us to visit family, if need be.
Baby Swing, Fisher Price, Luv U Zoo
Fisher Price Luv U Zoo Swing

Methinks it is finally time for a video monitor. We never had one with Carina, and there were many a night during which we heard noises over the monitor and jumped up to check on her only to find a peaceful sleeping baby. Given how sleep deprived I am already, I think I would much prefer to open my eyes and glance quickly at a screen rather than run down the hall in the middle of the night. And maybe this is silly? But I think I'll like being able to see her sweet face at any time ;)
Lindam Clarity, Monitor, Baby Monitor
Lindam Digital Clarity Video Monitor

I have heard the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper referred to as the holy grail of baby items, but we never tried it with Carina. Since Aurelia will be sleeping in our room in the pack n play for the first few months, it would be great to have this bad boy in the living room, so she can nap in plain sight. I know it was recalled a while back for fear of flat heads...I would think that putting something soft and cushy where baby's head goes would prevent this? If anyone has any experience along these lines please let me know.
RNP, Rock 'n Play, Fisher Price
Fisher Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper
The jury is still out on what double stroller we'll end up with. I'm not sure if we want to go the side-by-side route (like the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller) below, or go for one with a seat in the back and one in the front. And then there are even ones with detachable seats? Which do you have and/or prefer? This will probably be our most expensive purchase so I'd love your thoughts!

double stroller, baby jogger, stroller
Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller

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