Random fact about me: I know a LOT about pregnancy and baby gear. Why? Well, because during my tenure at Nickelodeon, I wrote hundreds of product reviews. And, (*warning*: this next statement may make you a teensy bit jealous) becuase I wrote the reviews, most of the companies would send me free samples of the products I was reviewing. And that is the reason that I own 11 strollers, 6 baby carriers, 5 high chairs, 14 lunch boxes, 18 kid’s backpacks and just about every kid’s cookbook that has ever been printed. Fun, right?
I’ve tried it all.
Bloom Fresco High Chair: Tried it….love it… use it…but it’s a bit bulky so it’s hard to store.
Maclaren Double Stroller (The same color scheme that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got for their twins): Tried it… love it… use it…even if it’s now covered in soggy goldfish crackers.
Cake Maternity Lingerie: Tried it… love it… use it… but they tend to be made for pregnant mamas who are a little, er, less busty than I am.
So, I got to thinking last week that it might be fun to host a try-it and tell-all feature on my blog… where new (and soon-to-be) mamas can come and find out the dirty details about all of the baby products that I love… and loathe. So, come back every Tuesday for details on another product and to share your favorites with me.
DISCLAIMER: I already own all of the products I’m talking about so I have not/will not be compensated in any way for these reviews.
So, our first Try-It and Tell-All has to do with Baby Slings & Carriers. Here’s my two cents:
Slings: I got a gorgeous ring sling for my baby shower and I wanted it to work so, so badly. Women wearing slings look GORGEOUS and I just loved the idea of being all trendy and hip with a baby on my, well, hip. But it never worked for me. I’m not very, let’s say, technical, so I couldn’t ever figure out how to adjust the ring to make it so the baby was all snug. But, if you can pull it off, I say go for it. Mama’s look hot with slings.
Ergo Carrier: Ergo carriers are fabulous. The best part? You can shlep a 32 pound toddler on your front, back or side without breaking your spine. Really. I have a friend who still uses hers with her 3 -year-old. The downside? I couldn’t ever get my tiny infants comfortable in an Ergo so I recommend Ergos once your baby is a little older.
Baby Bjorn: I used my Bjorn for easy grocery shopping until both my babies were 11 or 12 months old. It’s so easy, your baby is so snuggled in and I love that they can face in or out. The only recommendation I have is to splurge on the one with extra back support. You won’t need this when your baby is a 12 pound infant, but you will when he’s a 18 pound 9-month-old.
Moby Wrap: Again, a Moby Wrap is one of those things that I really, really, really wanted to use but just couldn’t figure it out. My sister-in-law Stevi has one and pretty much looks adorable when using it but for some reason, I can’t figure out how to wrap and tuck and make it so my baby is secure. So, my take: If you can figure it out, get one. If not, leave it to the cute mamas who have the technical skills to figure it out.
Infantino Flip Carrier: Baby Bjorn fanatics: Divert your eyes. In my experience, the Infantino Flip Carrier is very (very) similar to the Bjorn, only about $150 cheaper. So, if you want the Bjorn experience without the hefty price tag, this is my recommendation. There are differences… the main one being the comfort of the straps. I found it much easier to lug my babies for longer in the Bjorn, but the Flip Carrier is a viable alternative and for $29 bucks, it’s worth a try in my opinion.
Now your turn: What’s your favorite baby carrier and why?
NEXT WEEK: CRIBS AND Co-SLEEPERS AND PLAY YARDS. Have an opinion? Email me at email@example.com… I’d love to hear… and possibly publish… what you have to say!