Now that it has been a little over a month since Evyianne joined in to our family and I got to experience the "two-under-two" club, it has become very clear that just two hands are far from enough. I've got my list of absolute must-haves that I will share in sequences.
Here it to the first today for the modern parent on the go:
1. Feeding on the go.
If you have a baby over 1, a sippy cup and snacks are an absolute necessity wherever you go. A reliable sippy cup that will NOT leak is a golden treasure. I've lost count how many times I had to remedy the damage from this leaking drinking device ( particularly fun when it's your clothing that the leak came on... ) The boon cups are simply great. After two months of using : no leaks, no mess, plus beautiful and modern - we are big fans over here, and are little partial to this modster one ( isn't it fun?!).
A boon baby snack box is right up there with the cups : several compartments to separate the snacks, large enough to fit plenty of variety of foods, yet slim enough to not bulk up your bag or take too much space in the stroller. We tried one and then invested in more upon my older children requests: they use them as the lunch packs for the school and love it.
2. Comfortable sleeping everywhere.
This Stokke bassinet needs a special time for a spotlight. You may have seen it in our nursery tour standing in the corner, but in all honesty that was the only time when it actually stayed there.
This bassinet has been my second set of hands. It is so light and easy to move from place to place, that it comes everywhere I go, from getting ready in the morning, to feeding/making food, working, etc. It's our daytime ( and often nighttime) solution for a baby resting place and a GREAT "soothing device". This time around we decided not to invest into a swing to save ourselves some sanity later on ( baby swing weaning anyone?! it's worth then pacifiers in my opinion), and though worried at the start, we are extremely happy with our decision. This bassinet offers just enough rocking to soothe a fussy baby, but nothing habit forming that would need some serious effort in the future to break it up. It is also extremely easy to travel with ( more on that later), which is also helpful, as the baby sleeps in the bed he or she is used to, making your vacation and travel be a breeze! It is beautiful and very affordable to top the list off. Some cool lamps to complement it's beautiful design - and get ready to gather compliments about your great taste while enjoying your comfortable and peaceful life as a new parent.
3. Parent on-the-go solutions.
*If you are a city parent, you are most likely a parent on-the-go, and the baby gear that is functional, comfortable, easy to use and durable are probably on the very top of your "necessities" list ( it is number one on mine). Any of the Stokke strollers have proven themselves over and over again to us, but Scoot is particularly useful if public transportation or travel are involved. A modern gem that offers convertible stroller conveniences while keeping all the full stroller benefits, Scoot stands far and above anything else that is available currently on the market. This stroller won't fail you or your baby : with one hand fold option, it has a great construction frame, a full size large and comfortable seat, a generously sized shopping basket under, yet small footprint and light enough that i can easily carry it anywhere in one hand while holding a child ( plus necessities) in the other.
A light baby carrier gives an option to transport two children easily and we've alternated back and forth between a 1 1/2 year old and a newborn as to who goes where, with both equally loved being in the stroller or in the carrier.
A great bag that would target to parent's specific needs without screaming 'diaper bag' is another important factor. Over the last couple of months this JJ Cole Collections bag has shown itself from the very bright side: it is durable and easy to clean; there are plenty of inner compartments to organize all your baby necessities with enough of space for your personal needs; zippered outside pockets for added security and easy accessible pockets , perfect for an urgently needed paci or metro pass. With multiple carrying options you have a wide range of options from a tote to a cross-body to a on-the-stroller clip-on version. I love the non-slip clips that are included with the satchel, and keep them on the stroller all the time, whether I use it for the bag or for something small like a toy. I have and love a satchel in charcoal infinity, but with many other options JJCole collections offers, one is sure to find something to his or her taste.
And if you have more then one little cherub to keep track of , the Skip Hop safety harness is the best I've ever used. We've used and loved Skip Hop backpacks for many of our needs, but this little thing has been my lifesaver. It's a tiny mini backpack that offers the option of a harness. Not only my little one feels all important with a REAL back pack on that she can carry all her toys and little snacks in, should she have the need/want, with the harness slipped over my wrist I know that she is not going anywhere without my knowledge and for a constantly on the go parent with constantly on the go toddler and baby, this is the biggest sanity saver.
And at the door, through in a folding bag like this one and you are set for every need possible and a great day ahead!