My Top 10 Baby Items: #5
It seems like everyone I know is having a baby, and of course, I just had one. Even though Felix is my second child, we still had to rack our brains about what we needed this time around, what we already had, and what we needed to buy. It’s amazing how fast 3 years goes by and how much we had forgotten over that span of time. Therefore, I have put together a list of my Top 10 Baby Items (in no particular order) that we simply could not do without.
5. Baby Carrier
Another one of the items we have that I really love are my baby carriers. We actually have four of these now, though we typically only use two of them regularly. Sometimes it is difficult to put a baby down, especially if he/she is fussy or if your car seat carrier won’t fit in the grocery store cart or if you go somewhere you can’t take a stroller. Those who are already moms know exactly what I’m talking about. (Why can’t they make the carts at CVS bigger? It is almost impossible to go to CVS with your newborn and actually put things in the cart if you have the baby in his car seat carrier.)
There are tons of options out there. We have a Baby K’Tan which is wrap-based. We bought ours on Amazon:
It is nice because the material doesn’t cut into your shoulders the way some of the more structured carriers do. It also comes with a manual that explains a ton of different ways to carry a baby and you can choose one that is comfortable for you and one that your baby particularly likes. The downside is that if you and your significant other aren’t the same size, you might need two so that each of you can carry your baby.
In addition to the Baby K’Tan, we also have a more structured carrier that is a lot like a backpack.
This one is also pretty comfortable and the nice thing about it is that it can be sized to fit most people. Both my husband and I can use it to carry the baby. When they are younger, I like to wear them with their faces towards me, but as they get older, you can have them facing out or even wear them on your back. I always have a hard time finding a comfortable fit to put a baby on my back, so once he gets too heavy, my husband will probably be the one to carry him on his back. Here’s a picture of Felix and I getting ready to hit the zoo in the carrier!
The first time around, having a baby carrier was a life saver. It was the only way I got any cleaning done. I also wore Anya almost every time I went to the grocery store. I just couldn’t find enough room in the cart for a big car seat carrier and all the items I needed to purchase. This time, it is nice to have so that Anya can ride in a stroller and I can carry Felix. This way, I don’t always have to lug around the double stroller. Of course, there are things you can’t do with a baby in a carrier, like a lot of bending or cooking over a hot stove, but it allowed me to do a lot of things that I otherwise would have had a lot of trouble doing. There are also lots of documented benefits of wearing your baby. It is supposed to make for a happier baby and deeper bonding, just to name a few.
Once again, baby carriers are one of those items that offer a lot of options, so ask around and read reviews before purchasing one. Although the two listed above are the ones we are familiar with, there might be a different kind that works best for you!