Friday, January 13, 2012

Been there...used that!


I have gotten quite a few e-mails in the past asking my favorite baby things and the brands of things I use. 

Well, I can tell you I have been through plenty of strollers {3 to be exact}, diaper bags {6 different brands/styles}, car seats {6 of them}, breast pumps {2}, bottles {8 different brands}, and so much more!

Going on 4 kids and being a daycare provider, I have seen and tried, just about everything.

Here are the things I have come to love and my number one brands!

Let's start with strollers...
I started with this single Graco stroller...

...which I loved and worked great until baby #2 came along.
Then I bought this Graco duo glider stroller...
 ...which worked okay, but I hated how the parent tray was infront of the handle, cause it was hard to get the infnat seat in and out and even harder to see most of the baby.
So...I bought this newer Graco duo glider...
...and I love it!! It pushes great {unless there is a 40 lb.s child in the front seat}, it has awesome 'plane like' searing handles that are great for hanging shopping bags and diaper bags on and the basket is huge underneath and drops down, so when the back seat is laying down, you can still get to your stuff.

Diaper Bags
 I started with the cute messenger bag, that looked cool when my hubby carried it too and quickly realized that there is not way I can get all the crap I have to carry around, in that bag.
So I started to get bigger....and bigger...and bigger, until I went through 5 bags and was done buying diaper bags.
So...I did some research and bought this {awesome} OiOi diaper bag...
 I LOVE it and it fits everything. It doesn't have outside bottle/cup pockets, but I didn't want those. It has them inside and has lots of compartments and a zippered pocket too.

Okay, now onto the expensive car-seats
I have been through 2 of these Evenflo triumph carseats...
...besides being VERY bulky, we loved the car-seat...then they expired. So we got these 2 Graco boosters...

 ...Chase uses his and Abby only does when she goes with grandma or daddy. Normally Abby rides in this Graco Nautilus that we bought after the other 5 point harnesses expired...
We LOVE this car-seat and Abby loves how comfortable it is!
 

 Breast Pumps
I started with this Playtex Embrace electric double breast pump...
 It got more than its fair share of uses with Chase and Abby, but when I had Kenzie, it broke and I bought this Avent Electric Breast Pump...
I can't rave enough about this breast pump. It is not nearly as loud as the Playtex one I had, it is very comfortable and easy to use!


Onto Bottles
If you have been reading my blog for some time, you'll know that Chase is the only one who bottle fed well, and that is because he drank out of one since the day he left the NICU. {he wasn't big on breast feeding, no matter how hard I tried}
He drank out of the Avent bottles...
...and HE loved them. They leaked half the time we used them, so I wasn't a big fan of them. I do know that since they became BPA Free, they changed them and added another piece to stop the leaking.
Then I had Abby...she was picky and after taking two bottles around 2 months, she didn't take another one until 8 months old. These are the bottles we tried over those long months...


...None of these bottles worked for her, until we found this Nuk bottle, which was the same shape as her Nuk and she FINALLY liked it...
Kenzie didn't take a bottle until 10 months and we got to start from square one and try all of the bottles over again.


Baby Carriers
 I have only tried the Baby Bjorn...
...which I LOVE and wouldn't trade it for the world! I can do EVERYTHING I need to get done, wearing it.
I also had a wrap when I had kenzie and I like it, but I felt like she was uncomfortable in it.


 and...last but not least Diapers!
I have seen and used every brand of diapers out there {being a daycare provider} I can tell you I don't like buying diapers anymore than anyone else...but I will never go for the cheap brand. I use Pamper swaddlers until size 2...

...then I switch to Huggies...
 I have tried Target, Luvs, Kirkland and Pampers Cruisers...I stick with my favorites!


There you have it, I have been around the baby brands and I stick with what I like. I am not opposed to trying new things, but I love the brands that I have!

4 comments:

Ashley said...

Great post. Hopefully we will be in the market for a double stroller soon. :)

Paige said...

Great post! I am really excited to look into that pump! Thank you for telling me about it yesterday!

Mommy3 said...

I enjoyed this post! I love huggies and use them from the day I bring them home. Although we did use pampers for a bit at first with our first. Isabel has a graco nautilus and I LOVE it! I am buying one for Lucas soon. Sarah has the snug ride 30 from Graco carrier. It goes until 30lbs and she's 10 months and has 2 more slots to go height wise before she is out of it. So I am liking it as it seems to last longer and now they want you to rearface until 2.

The Rodriguez Family said...

I wanted to email you but am having issues with my computer. I saw that you have helped others create a nice blog outline and wanted to see if this is still something you do. If so can you email me at de_laro@hotmail.com?

Thanks!
Elizabeth

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