Living in DTLA with a new baby has had its challenges but, my favorite baby products have made life easier. We are able to cruise around town, make the most of our small space and stay stylish.
Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
A stroller/car seat combo is a must have living in a tiny city apartment. The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is the best option when it comes to value, ease of use and style. I actually had my heart set on a pricer model. When I went to the baby store, my husband gave me the advice to imagine they were all free. Which one would I choose then? I tried each and honestly loved the Chicco Bravo the most.
I keep the infant carrier on the stroller base at all times for easy in and out. The ride is smooth on bumpy sidewalks and I can maneuver it with one hand. Which is helpful, when I need to keep Boo Boo on a tight leash. Another great feature is the large storage basket, which is perfect for running quick errands. When we do venture out of the city, the car seat unclips with one quick motion. Also, the stroller folds flat with literally one pull of a hidden handle. Plus, the champagne color is a gorgeous classic neutral that will work for both boys and girls.
SkipHop Downtown Chic Diaper Satchel
Before having the baby, I thought I would just stash a few diapers in one of my regular daytime purses. Oh how naive I was. My mother insisted I look at diaper bags but, I was not interested in a brightly colored bag with goofy patterns. When I saw the SkipHop Downtown Chic Diaper Satchel I changed my mind. The luxe fabric is easy to clean, plus the neutral colors match any outfit. I love the size and amount of pockets this bag offers to keep everything neatly organized. My favorite part about the bag are the different strap options. You can wear it with the long cross-body strap or you can hold it like a hand bag. You can even hook it to your stroller with two tiny straps on each side.
Fisher Price Delux Auto RocknPlay
Ok, whoever invented this miracle deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, seriously. This is my most used item on the list because the baby sleeps in it every night and for most naps. Unless, we are snuggling and I decide to hold him for two hours. Hee hee, love my little guy. The key is to upgrade to the Deluxe version that offers automatic rocking, vibration, sleepy sounds plus, smart connect for smart phone use. It is compact and fits perfectly next to my bed. The cord plugs into the wall instead of using dozens of batteries. Plus, it folds up flat if you need to get it out of the way for a bit.
When the baby isn’t in his Rock N’Play or in his stroller, he be found wrapped up on my chest in his Moby Wrap. Baby wearing is awesome for so many different reasons but, I love it because it helps me have two free hands to actually get a bit of housework done. I can do the dishes, tidy the living rooms, fold laundry and make the bed all while JR is hanging out hugging on me, happy as a clam. Figuring out how to wrap myself up scared me a bit, but I went online to babywearing.la and found a meet up at Echo Park Lake. I ventured out for a little help from other mommas that had this whole wrap thing down pat. Now I am an old pro, even showing my mom (and dad) friends how to get their little babes all snug as a bug.
I have to admit I was not a fan of the MamaRoo when JR was a newborn. He seemed to hate it and would start crying 2 minutes after buckling him in. Now that he is older (5 months), he loves it and I am so glad I kept it assembled. It is so compact and sleek, it hardly takes up any space in our tiny apartment. The motion is much more subtle than a traditional swing so I don’t forsee it helping put him to sleep but, we use it as a play space while I am cooking dinner or if I need to put him down for a moment while he is wide awake.