I had been working on a post pre Leo’s arrival … all about ‘nesting’ and how we were preparing for this bean’s arrival and what do you know…I wasn’t able to finish it because SOMEBODY decided to come two weeks early!!!!! And I’m so glad that he did because that means I have 2 extra weeks to stare at his sweet little face. He is absolutely perfect and Justin and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally hold our little bundle of joy! Not to worry, there will be plenty of posts all about Leo and how his arrival all went down (do people normally share that??? well I AM!!!), but I thought I would finish up this post first so you can find out all the amazing products little Leo is already using and loving!! So to carry on where I left off…
I hadn’t heard about ‘nesting’ until I literally woke up one day and felt like I wanted to re-organize my entire house!! I am normally a pretty tidy person, but this urge to re-organize and get ready for baby came on really strong, almost to the point of panic! So I googled this feeling I had (of course) … and found out it’s actually a THING!!!! Nesting is common and is considered to be an instinct to prepare for birth, but not all pregnant women experience this nesting instinct. In my case, I wanted everything to be ready and in place NOW! Luckily, Justin and I had started our research fairly early on in my pregnancy. We started ordering what we needed to prepare for the bean’s arrival, as we wanted to make sure everything was ready well before the trip to the hospital came.
With my busy schedule, and having to fill TWO nurseries (one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna), we wanted to find a company with great customer service, who could help walk us through items that we needed to fit our lifestyle (I didn’t even really know where to start), as well as help us to keep track of all our purchases and let us know if we were missing any necessary items. We wanted to shop from a local company that we could make purchases from online but also test products out in-store. AND one of the most important things …. a retailer that carried a wide range of baby products so that we didn’t have to shop around at a bunch of different retailers. I know I know … this is a tall list of orders … but read on because we found a retailer that checked all of those boxes ….
1. 4Moms MamaRoo Plush | 2. Medela Freestyle Breast Pump | 3. Bubula Diaper Pail Bags | 4. Bubula Diaper Pail | 5. Lulujo Bamboo Blanket | 6. Puj Newborn Bath Set | 7. Avent Express Bottle Warmer | 8. BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light | 9. BABYBJÖRN Carrier One Watercolour | 10. Juddlies Playsuit | 11. Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer |12. Avent Natural Bottles | 13. Dock-A-Tot Deluxe Infant Dock
It can be overwhelming with all the different baby products out there, so I was very grateful to have Snuggle Bugz help me figure out exactly what I needed AND didn’t need for baby Leo. For all you new mamas out there, I hope by sharing this, I can help you with this process as well, now that I know how HARD IT IS!! Above is a round-up of some of the products I got for Leo and below is feedback on some of the items that we’ve already tried … ALSO make sure to check out the full list of items that I ordered over on the Snuggle Bugz Site HERE!!!!
Here are some of our most used and most loved baby products ALREADY for our sweet boy Leo …
First things first … and one of the most important items to get … a CAR SEAT so that you can take your little babe home from the hospital!! This was the one item that we spent the MOST time deciding on and asking the Snuggle Bugz team a THOUSAND questions about!!! We ended up going with the Peg Perego 4-35 and we LOVE it! It was easy to setup and it will adjust as he grows! The ONLY caution that I have to share with you on it is that it only seems to fit in our bigger vehicle as it is quite large. I MAY need to get a smaller seat to fit in my car down the road. So before you buy … make sure it fits in your vehicle!! Otherwise, we are loving it!!
Next up … the MAMAROO!!!! Justin was really excited about this … and Leo has been loving it so far!! As much as I LOVE having Leo sleep on my chest, it is really nice to be able to move around, go to the washroom, grab a snack and not disturb the littles one’s sleep.
Another item on the list of products that we’ve tried so far is the Dock-A-Tot … it’s hard because Leo still prefers sleeping (on and off) on my chest (queue unsolicited advice about sleeping with baby) … but I think he will grow to love it!
For all you working mama’s or busy bees …. this is an ABSOLUTE MUST!!! The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump (with the bra) is a multi-tasking life saver … you can literally make dinner while you are pumping milk! Two dinners made all at once lol! I’ve been told to stock up on as much liquid gold as possible, and this double pump will definitely save me a ton of time in doing that. This will really come in handy once I am back at work as well.
These super cozy little sleepers from Juddlies have been keeping Leo warm every night so far! I love how they zip all the way open from the bottom of the leg, making it quick and easy to get him suited up for sleepy time! LOVING this ‘cottage’ style too!!
One of Justin’s favourite items so far is the exclusive ‘Watercolour Collection’ BABYBJÖRN Carrier One with Snuggle Bugz!!! He tried using it before Leo was even born … he typically likes the “techy” items the best but he was stoked to try this out!!! I can’t wait to watch him carry Leo around in this…
Last but not least … when it comes to travel play pens, we figured we couldn’t have enough … so we ordered four!!! In my mind, I thought we could use the extras everywhere else like at my parents, Tori’s, etc. BUT the only one (in my opinion) worth getting is the BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light. Watch the video online, it’s just as easy as it looks to put together and break down!!
Before I end this blog I couldn’t help but share a photo of Baby Leo in his Lulujo bamboo blanket. Stay tuned next week as I share more of my experiences as a new mom with you guys ….
Thank you Snuggle Bugz for sponsoring this post. All comments and opinions are my own.