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13699407So, I know it’s not about me (kind-of…) but all the baby books I have are terribly lame and boring. No offense to Snuggle Puppy and Knuffle Bunny, but if I’m going to be reading these every night, I’d like to be at least a little entertained.

The one book I’m still in love with after years and years is Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. I have A Light in the Attic as well, and it’s the second favorite. Sometimes I still think to myself “yes, an Exactly What on a chain/ Exactly what on a chain?” And, at bedtime in my house, my father used to just read us poetry by e.e. cummings. When I got to college, quite hadily I already had several of his poems memorized.

Wondering if there are other more entertaining “baby” books?

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2The word is you need three of these: sling, small carrier, and large carrier. So here are the parent favorites in each category.

206-1The moby sling has gotten rave reviews from all the moms I know. It looks complicated, but evidently, it’s not too bad, and can be used a bit longer than the regular one-piece circular sling. Dads have said they hate slings, but on the moby site there are a few photos of Dads who don’t look too uncomfortable.

In the small carrier, the Bjorn is a favorite. Dads especially seem to really like this one. emo_img_bb_originalIt’s very good for when the baby is still pretty small, and mom is using the sling mostly. And you can get them used on Craigslist–just throw them in the washing machine: ta da.

In large size, the favorite seems to be the Ergo baby carrier (pictured at top).  A complaint is that they baby can’t really face out, except if they are on your back. But, I say whatever to this. Some complain that baby pulls or chews hair. Yeah, that’s what babies do. Tie your hair up. Give them a binky or a pretzel.

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There are certain things most people want new for their babies… you know, new diapers, stuff like that. Maybe a changing pad. But there are lots of things you can get used. After my shower, I took matters into my own hands and went on Craigslist. I have gotten to date: a Bjorn, an organic sling in my size (had no ideas those came in “mom” sizes… a little confusing… thought it was baby sizes), a pack n’ play new in the box, and a Graco snap in stroller base for the car seat. All these items have come to me at half price or less (except the pack n’ play, which was still less than $100 when most retail for $150). So today I’m suggesting both buying and selling gently used whatchemebobs on Craigslist. I would stay away from car seats, as you just never know… but otherwise let’s go re-use crazy.

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Baby Brentwood from Fisher Price

Baby Brentwood from Fisher Price

After an exhaustive search of these rather pricey items, I found a few that were highly rated and not hideous in person. There are two issues: one is space. The other is function.

Cradle Swing from Fisher Price

Cradle Swing from Fisher Price

If you have plenty of space, the best automatic swing/rocker is the Fisher Price Papasan Cradle Swing. But man, this thing is really big. Some other complaints about it have been that it swings a little too aggressively, and that the batteries run out quickly. There are models that can plug-in (but not all of them do). And, several mothers swear their children would only sleep in one of these for the first few months, or more. The words “life” and “saver” have been mentioned in conjunction with this swing.

If you have no space, but still want a rocker that makes some noises, the Fisher Price Baby Brentwood (at top) is not only a space saver, but it is also quit stylish. And, it has a vibrator. Hey-hey. You do have to rock it yourself, but you can do it with one foot. Did I mention the vibrator?

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carseat_Chicco_KeyFitThere are some ground rules that you may or may not know about…

All newborn people need a car seat. All newborn people need their car seats to face backward. And, the car seat must go backward until the baby is age one. Other California rules and reasons why we aren’t allowed to let our kids roll around the backety-back of the car the way our parents did here.

So, with those rules in mind… there are a couple of options for newborns in the car seat department. First, a car seat (it turns out) is more than a car seat, it is also a baby carrier for the first six or so months. As such, it has adapter things that let it be a car seat as well as sit on a chair (or on top of the dryer) or be placed on top of a stroller. There are in fact several stroller/car seat combo things. This is not a bad way to go. However, a car seat adapter device can make some strollers work with an infant car seat.

On Consumer Reports, the Chicco KeyFit got the highest rating (it is pictured above.) However, several models came in with good scores, including the most popular among parents I interviewed, the Graco SnugRide. Weight is a concern for me, as I am a small-size person, and the Graco is lighter weight. (This does not apply to the Graco 32, which is five pounds heavier than the regular Graco, which takes kids up to 22 pounds.) A good point another mom made was that by 22 pounds, they usually want a car seat that faces forward anyhow.

Also highly rated? The Britax Companion, the Peg Perego, and Compass 1410. My recommendation for ease of use with stroller, light weight, and not horrible to look at is the Graco SnugRide.

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Craftie Robot's Men's Bag

Craftie Robot's Men's Bag

Since we’re focusing on husbands this week, let’s keep the trend going. The little cottage industry of men’s baby bags has really grown in the past few years, and although a husband can simply use a messenger bag to throw all of baby’s junk into, it’s fun to have a special bag for him. If it’s a present, stock it with diapers, wipes, a snack ball, and burpies.

Giggle's Tin Tote

Giggle's Tin Tote

Craftie Robot's Hunter S. Thompson Bag

Craftie Robot's Hunter S. Thompson Bag

Acme Baggage's Flight Bag

Acme Baggage's Flight Bag

Dad Gear's Billboard Series

Dad Gear's Billboard Series

Diaper Dude Camo Bag

Diaper Dude Camo Bag

Diaper Dude Black Faux Suede

Diaper Dude Black Faux Suede

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6946701cuWith summer comes the necessity of dresses. Pregnancy, it turns out, is not the best time to show off one’s figure (and if it is for you, I really don’t want to hear about it). To cover some unfortunate bumps and water-weight-related skin bubbles, I suggest using Spanx Momma under any day or evening dress. It has the added benefit of keeping that baby powder in place on super hot days. A few dresses that are attractive yet hide some problem areas (middle, upper arms, back) are also below. Click on the dress for a link to purchase.

Pea in the Pod

Pea in the Pod

Gap Maternity

Gap Maternity

Pea in the Pod Collection

Pea in the Pod Collection

Pea in the Pod Collection

Pea in the Pod Collection

Isabella Oliver Collection

Isabella Oliver Collection

Isabella Oliver Collection

Isabella Oliver Collection

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

Nordstrom Maternity

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