our trip to buy buy baby

Monday, November 12, 2012

This weekend after eating dinner close by Buy Buy Baby, we decided to go in and check out some items that I have been eying and doing research on lately. I know many of you are thinking I am jumping the gun here, and well I kind of am, but at the same time, I am the type to do extensive research on every single item I register for. I did this for our wedding and when I got my new car, and well you can bet I'll be a research-aholic with our baby registry. I am all about quality and getting items that have long life longevity.
We had a lot of fun in the store, more fun that I thought we would. I was highly entertained from watching my husband try to figure out how to detach the car seat from the adapter. Another guy walked up and detached the car seat next to it in probably 3 seconds, while my husband and I stood there for probably 8 minutes trying to un-do it. I finally got down on the ground and figured it out...we have lots to learn!We had a lot of fun trying out all of the strollers. There were some that I couldn't wait to see in person and push around. It was so fun, and I loved walking around with a stroller and imagining that there will be a baby in it soon.


For the Stroller:
I love the Britax B Ready, and so does Joel. But, we have a conflict of interest because Joel loves to run and we have been really into walking trails since moving to Birmingham. We decided we'll definitely register for the B Ready, but are contemplating on registering for the B.O.B jogger as well? If anyone has anyone advice on this, please let me know.

Why I loved the Britax: The Britax was very smooth, sturdy, stylish, and secure. Some contenders were the Bugaboo, Uppababy, and Bumbleride. The Bugaboo is overrated..there I said it. Plus, I hated how low the bassinet and seat are. I felt that the Uppababy and the Britax are very similar, but I immediately fell in love with the Britax's soft chassis, 2nd seat option, covered wheels, and large basket that is accessible from the front and the back. I was sold on the Britax, plus it felt a bit more sturdier/heavier than the Uppababy. I just adore it, and can't wait to actually push our little baby around in it.
Thanks to Natasha and her baby gear posts for introducing me to this brand!

Car Seat:
First I was going to go for the Britax, because I've heard really good things about how safe it was. But then I learned that the Britax stroller has a universal car seat adapter so I could look at all other options. From research I knew the Peg Perego had amazing reviews, and when I saw it, it was an immediate yes. Safety is huge for Joel and I. If you were with me when I was picking out my new car 2 years ago you'd know I watched every car crash test video on youtube before making my decision. So, I've done the extensive research and know how safe this seat is. It may be a bit pricier, but I think it is worth it to feel that your baby is safe.

Carrier:
Thanks to Delighted Momma's professed love for the ErgoBaby, we saw it in store and both agreed that it was definitely the better choice. I was sold on the Bjorn for awhile, but after learning that the Ergobaby is better for your back,  I was sold. I've had back issues since I was a teen, so I want to make every effort to preserve it. Another thing I learned is that the carriers that have the design where the baby is "hugged" and not "cupped" is easier on boy babies when they get older. I will be looking at wraps next, so send any suggestions my way.

Nap Nanny:
I saw a friend bought this awhile back and raved about how good her baby slept in it. Some think it's overrated, and I kind of agree, but I think having a seat that is portable and cozy for the baby is really important for us. Joel and I travel a lot and are always on the go, so I know we will really appreciate having this rather than un hooking a swing and folding it up for a quick trip to a friends or taking on a long trip.


There you have it, our favorite baby gear so far! Joel tried to hurry me out of the store because he said he wanted to save the rest for next time, and save some of the fun. I'll update you the next time, but hopefully you enjoyed this, and if you have any of these items or have any that you suggest, I am all ears!

Happy Monday!


12 comments:

  1. I really like the Britax B Ready, partly because it's able to be turned into a double. If you plan on another baby when #1 is a toddler, it would be a good choice. I also prefer compact joggers to regular strollers even in non-jogging situations. They are a smoother ride. I will say, if you register for a B.O.B and a Britax B Ready stroller, you risk people thinking you're nuts for expecting other people to spend that kind of $$$ on a gift.

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  2. Oh, and I LOVE my Moby wrap for when baby is an infant. It's secure and has multiple style options.

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  3. I have the Uppababy and absolutely love it. But, I got it two years ago and I think there are a lot more great options out there now, especially options that allow for a second baby. I wanted the Peg Perego car seat, but it was out of stock on the day I went to pick it up. I ended up getting the Graco snug, and it's 5 or 6 lbs lighter than the Peg Perego. I wasn't as happy with the design at first, but those extra pounds have SAVED me when lugging that seat through stores, malls, long parking lots, etc. So many great options - have fun choosing!!

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  4. Buy Buy Baby is a scary, scary place for me! LOL! It just causes me anxiety to be in there. However, I do like that you can use BB&B coupons in there over Babies R Us!

    Just wanted to let you know that I'm doing a Heylee B. Boutique Giveaway! I thought you might be interested.

    xoxo
    A-

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  5. We only have the BOB and use it ALL THE TIME. We got it from LLBean because they have lifetime warranty on all parts and free shipping! They also sell car seat adapters for when they are too small for the actual stroller - we seriously use ours every day.

    I'm sure you are, but I hope you register for a swing!! It has been one of the best products for us...Cameron slept it in before the crib and now loves to sit and watch the news in the morning while we get ready for work! We have the Fisher Price Snuggabunny one...we love it!

    I'm sure I could list a million things, but I will keep them to myself for now. ;) I am working on a post about our favorite products!

    xo
    Jess

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  6. Honestly, we got two strollers and it was a waste of money. We only use the BOB, and we actually gave our other one away-- too hard to use, too bulky. But then again, everyone has their opinions. My favorite baby gear was the PUJ tub-- LOVED IT!

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  7. Hi! I'm a new follower and a new mommy. I so wish I had done a week by week picture and update like you're doing.
    We are also HUGE fans of our Snuggabunny swing. We also got the Snuggabunny rock n' play sleeper and it has been a lifesaver! We were given a pack n play at a shower and we love it now, but when we first got home from the hospital, our baby boy looked way too tiny in the big pack n play. We opened up that rock 'n play sleeper and it was absolutely perfect. We can put it right next to the bed and can reach over and touch him without having to even get up. It's wonderful!

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  8. Just make sure whatever stroller you get easily unfolds and folds back up. =) The baby I nanny for has the Uppababy and it is super easy to fold and unfold. =) But other than that I don't know much about gear heehee.

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  9. I'm so excited for you! We had so much fun looking for our baby gear!

    We have a Quinny Buzz stroller and loooove it but I'm a big fan of uppababy too! We also have a Baby Jogger summit xc for jogging (for Ronnie because I'm so not a jogger. haha) but I love that you can use it as an all terrain stroller or just lock the front wheel to use for jogging! The Nap Nanny was nice to have but we loved our Rock N Play Sleeper like crazy, it was a savior!! V had acid reflux so that's the only thing she would sleep in for a while. If you ever have any questions let me know! I actually work in the baby product industry so I have all kinds of opinions about different brands ;)

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  10. How exciting!! I long for the day that we get to look at all of this stuff :) I'm so happy and excited for you!! Have a wonderful Monday! XO

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  11. This will def. be so helpful when we get there! Question though did you find you liked Buy Buy baby better than Babies r us? I really haven't been in either so not too sure if one is better than the other?

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  12. i have the peg preggo car seat and love it! my lil one is actually quite big, and he still fits in it comfortably at 5 months.

    as for the carrier, i wish we would have registered for the ergo! we went with the bjorn because it wasnt as expensive but now I wish we would have opted for the Ergo anyway.

    the sweet life of a southern wife

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