Having Maisie, my third child, in 2014 was not only fun because she’s a delight, but also because I was able to become acquainted with all of the new baby gear. It’s pretty fascinating how quickly baby gear advances. I recall sitting on my computer browsing eBay at 2am back in 2004 not long after my first child was born. I was looking for the best deal on the new Miracle Blanket (swaddle blanket that won’t unwrap). Today, you can find it and other similar items with velcro or the Halo SleepSack for half the price I paid. The Miracle Blanket was just one item that was cutting edge back then. Today there is so much more and I have a couple of cool outdoor baby gear choices to share that weren’t around when my other two were little.
EquiptBaby (ARV $150) is a travel bassinet and diaper bag in one and, in my opinion, it is a brilliant combo. I wish I had this back when my older children were infants when we used to carry a large bassinet with us when we traveled. In hindsight, that thing was such a hassle to set up with all of the poles and it took up quite a bit of space. But how times have changed. To start, the EquiptBaby bassinet is lightweight and takes literally a couple of seconds to expand and with only one hand. The pad insert is machine washable (dry flat) and only weighs one ounce. What I personally appreciate is the bassinet’s mesh on the canopy for airflow and protection from flying objects like bugs, dirt, or leaves. As for the rest of the exterior bassinet material, it’s SPF 50. This feature is fabulous for those days at the beach, park, or camping when you don’t want the sun beating down on your little one. It’s even ideal for your own backyard as you garden or play with your other children. Diaper bags have certainly evolved over the years and EquiptBaby proves it with this versatile option. First, it’s cute. Second, the base is plastic which means if you put the bag on the ground and it’s wet the liquid won’t soak or stain your bag (I’ve been there) but it also keeps the bag upright, even when you bend over to pick up your baby or something you dropped (just don’t drop your baby). There is also an insulated cooler pocket for beverages and edibles and the adjustable shoulder strap is handy since you may trade-off carrying the bag with your husband (my hubby is much taller than me and appreciates the extension option). It’s also nice for adjusting to fit across the stroller handle or the back of a restaurant chair. Of all of the diaper bags I’ve owned, this is by far my favorite. Moms-to-be, this is one item you will want to add to your baby registry for travel and day outings. Learn more at EquiptBaby.com
We officially have an extremely active toddler and one of the toughest places for Jeff and I to contain her is outside. Block parties, camping, and grilling in the backyard mean one of us has to be chasing her constantly and it usually means we can’t eat together since one of us is hovering over her. But with our new Portable Highchair nothing is impossible. Think of this as a tailgating chair for babies and toddlers up to three-years-old. At seven pounds (lighter than most empty suitcases) this chair is easy to bring anywhere. What I love, love, love about this product is that it has a tray (unlike most restaurant highchairs) and has a clear vinyl cover for easy cleaning. Yes, it has been tested and meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) highchair standards. If you have a favorite color, there is a good chance ciao! baby offers it, as there is a rainbow of colors and college teams(!) to choose from. I also saw that a new UV lined fabric clip-on umbrella is now available. Outdoor perfection complete. Maisie loves having her own “big girl chair” and I love that she doesn’t have to sit on the ground to eat but best of all Jeff and I can enjoy our meals together outside, no matter where we are. Learn more about caio! baby here.
Thank you to these brands for the products for review. As always, all opinions are my own.
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