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Syncing Your Style: Best Baby Gear


Shopping for baby gear can be a tad overwhelming for a new mama. Good thing this is our third baby and I am no longer as impressed with bells and whistles but am seriously focused on functionality. I am looking for baby gear that is durable, versatile, easy to use and fits my lifestyle.

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Boba 3G Organic Carrier: Babywearing is of utmost importance to me. I loved being hands-free while still being able to engage, comfort and soothe my baby. The Boba 3G organic carrier is comfortable, easy to use and adjust and can be used with babies from birth to 45 lbs. without a fussy insert. Since I am a mama to more than one, I love that I will not have to add a piece when I switch from wearing new baby to my toddler and that it can be used as a front and back carrier. The 100% organic fiber ensures no harmful dyes, chemicals or toxins will be close to baby's delicate skin. I noticed the adjustable and removable hood, the way it fits me as well as it fits my hubby and that the body of the carrier rises higher than any other carrier I have tried.

The Boba 3G also boasts patent-pending removable foot straps for older children, and extra head support for infants. We were impressed with the durable buckles (they're military grade!) and love! the multiple pockets that will be invaluable as I am out and about.

BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance Bounce Seat:This may look like a simple bouncer and it is but only in its streamline design not for its function. I love the BabyBjorn bouncer for all that it is but especially for all that it is not. No batteries, no swinging toys, no fuss, just an ergonomic support that gently moves as baby moves. The organic breathable material ensure no harmful chemicals surrounding baby as he/she relaxes. The BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance Bounce Seat transitions between three positions and is easily portable, perfect for placing baby when chores need to get done and packs easily for excursions.

Britax infant Car Seat: As a surburban mama, an infant car seat is essential for transporting baby. Britax is our trusted name for secure, safe and durable car seats. The Britax Chaperone infant car seat not only surrounds your baby with its comfortable and cushy design, but offers baby impact protection that is second to none. Britax is one of the only leading brands that has also removed harmful chemicals from its outer coverings so this mama can relax knowing baby isn't breathing in awful toxins. It is easy to adjust ( you don't have to take the whole thing apart to adjust the harness height!), install and has a unique Anti-Rebound Bar on the base that stablizes the seat in case of a front or rear collision. Carrying an infant car seat is never an easy seat, but the Britax chaperone infant car seat has a better, more ergonomic design that minimalizes the awkwardness of carrying baby. It is compatible with any of the B strollers as well as many other major brand strollers, enabling your car seat to turn into a complete travel system.

Honeywell True HEPA air purifier: Maintaining good air quality is extremely important to us. Baby will arrive in the height of cold and flu season and while we take many precautions to keep our indoor air clean (removing shoes, opening windows, using only green cleaning, and avoiding artificial fragrances), using an air purifier has made quite an impact to ensure that the air we are breathing is as clean and refreshing as possible. Honeywell True HEPA air purifier is simple to use and works wonders. As someone that suffers from allergies to all sorts of nasties and ordinary household findings, I have new found relief since I have been using an air purifier. It helps keep pet odors out, and reduces any noxious off-gas that may be emitted from a number of things. The Honeywell True HEPA air purifier captures up to 99.97% of microscopic airborne particles, no wonder we've noticed a difference since using it!

JOOVY theBaba Sling Organic: As a soon to be mama of three little ones, I need to be able to make drop-offs, transitions and my everyday busy life as easy, and convenient as possible while keeping my new baby comfortable. Since I will be exclusively breastfeeding, the JOOVY theBaba Sling made with Organic cotton will be perfect. It is as easy to use as other slings I have tried but offers MUCH better support for both you and baby. I didn't feel like I had to constantly hold the bottom of the sling or reposition it at all. I love that the material closest to baby's skin is made with organic cotton and I found theBaba Sling to be super easy to use, adjust and manipulate.  TheBabasling from Joovy will be essential for preschool drop-off when I need to quickly get out of the car with baby in tow. Carrying the baby in the car seat while holding onto a preschooler is just not an option!

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Nuna SENA: Easy to open, one-handed (practically pops open by itself and as easy to refold) , the nuna SENA is the best play yard I have tried. Not only do I love the streamlined design, (not a character in site!) the nuna SENA is made from eco-friendly materials, (certified Oeko-Tex® fabric ) making a safe, non toxic, comfortable place for baby to rest and play. The nuna SENA is appropriate from birth up to three years and features above-ground base keeps baby draft-proof, lush, quilted mattress pad over the cushioned bed, padded edges prevent finger pinches and skid-proof feet keep sleep quiet and still. I love that I can fold the upper "cot" (think bassinet) without having to remove it from the frame. The chic and sophisticated look of the nuna SENA lends itself nicely to any decor without being obtrusive or fussy.

Stokke Bassinet:Baby will spend a lot of time sleeping and will be sharing our room for quite a while to make night feedings easier, and to be able to comfort, soothe and be right near all that is pure love. The bassinet from Stokke, like everything else they make, looks as good as it functions. With a cozy, sleek and streamline design, the Stokke bassinet fits into any decor, and has a small footprint, perfect when small is an issue. After a small and continual push, it will rock just enough to soothe baby and provide a little extra comfort. It was easy to put together and I really like that I can wash the whole outer covering if necessary. The bassinet mattress is comfortable yet sturdy and firm so I know it will provide an extra measure of precaution while baby rests. I love that the Stokke bassinet moves with ease and without disturbing baby so you can adhere to my grandmother's sage advice not to to wake a sleeping baby.

Stokke MyCarrier Cool:As I mentioned, babywearing is such a special part of child rearing to me. Wearing baby in hot weather can be uncomfy for all parties involved. I love the breathability, light color and structured support of the Stokke MyCarrier Cool. The mesh material is ventilating and lets warm air escape while keeping baby close. You get all of the support (for both you and baby) that you need, in an ergonomically correct carrier that is durable, comfortable and designed to beat the heat keeping both you and baby a temperature that is just right. Although not as lightweight nor compact as some of the other carriers, the Stokke MyCarrier Cool doesn't compromise on support while it still offers an airy and cooler option. It can be worn two ways front and also on your back and if perfect for newborns (no insert needed) and toddlers alike.

Tiny Love 3:1 Rocker/Napper:One piece of baby gear that does a number of things as well as grows with baby, sounds like it is made for this mama. Tiny Love's 3:1 Rocker is a bouncer seat, rocker and bassinet all in all. This Rocker is ideal because it is lightweight, portable and doesn't take up a ton of space like many rockers. I appreciate that it is low to the ground so although we will have to bend to scoop baby up, I like that I can peek on baby with ease and he or she is not rocking while way off the floor. Tiny Love 3:1 rocker/napper easily moves from seat to a reclined position -perfect for napping. I like the raised sides to offer baby a cozy and more secure environment for a peaceful rest. When baby is engaged in activity time the electronic toy is baby-activated offering nine different tunes or baby can play with the mirror that hangs from the adjustable arm. The Rocker/Napper is easy enough to move from room to room, has a soft, plush inner lining and will work perfectly from infancy up to 40 lbs. (as a seat, not intended for use once baby is rolling over and moving on his/her own).

Vick's Cool Mist Starry Night Humidifier: When thinking of baby's sleep space, it is crucial to think about the temperature of the room and how dry it is. It can be very irritating to a baby's delicate skin and respiratory system to have too dry of an environment. I have also read that keeping air at a comfortable humidity not only helps relieve nasal and chest congestion but also reduces the survival of the flu virus on surfaces and in the air. I love the Vick's Cool Mist Starry Night humidifier for its compact design, ease of refill and noise output. I like that we can turn the starry night sky off (it's independent of the humidifier function) and appreciate that we get a full 20 hours of running time from one fill-up.

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