The Best Carseats and Strollers

strollers-for-registry 2OK, guys, let’s do this: the registry seriesWhat should new moms register for baby gear and more?  Which are your favorite pieces of baby gear — and have they changed through the months and years with kids?  We’re going to start with just two categories: the carseat and the stroller.  (I was going to do a big post on all of these categories, but after an hour of writing just about strollers and carseats, I thought I’d break it into smaller posts!)  I envision the entire series going through these categories:

  1. Carseat — necessary from coming home from the hospital!
  2. Stroller — how many have you tried? How many do you keep? (E.g., big stroller, umbrella stroller, jogging stroller)
  3. Sleeping gear — crib and bassinet rocker, if necessary
  4. Clothes — swaddles, sleeping clothes, daytime clothes, baby socks
  5. Babywearing carrier — infant and 15-lb.+
  6. Baby toys — swings, seats, and other Big Things to register for (Exersaucers, etc)
  7. Essential books
  8. Diaper bag
  9. Nursing clothes
  10. Breastfeeding pillow
  11. And one final category: The Biggest Flops (stuff you hated).

My own $.02 on the first two categories (stroller and carseats) are below. What other categories are you interested in talking about?

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Feeding Tuesday: Baby-Led Weaning Book

Baby Led WeaningWhen my first son, Jack, started solids, I got this book and cookbook on baby-led weaning — I really liked the idea that he could control how much or how little he ate without passively having someone shovel food into his mouth.  It’s a great idea in theory, but I sometimes wonder if it contributed to Jack’s love of throwing food on the floor.  As we’re starting solids for my second now, this is on my mind — I still really like the idea, but would prefer to skip the food going everywhere… sigh.  Ladies, any thoughts that you’d care to share on solids?  The book is $8.44 at Amazon. Happy Tuesday! Baby Led Weaning

Finally Friday: Signature Diaper Bag

C.Wonder Signature Diaper Bag | CorporetteMomsOoh: this C. Wonder diaper bag looks kind of perfect. I like the large patch pockets on the outside, a side compartment for the changing mat, and a detachable zip pouch and spring-lock key ring… all nice. I’m also a fan of the muted, almost somber black — our main one is black also, which I secretly think makes it easier for my husband to carry it. (He never seems to want to carry the other smaller/crazier diaper bags.) This one is $102.40 (was $128) at ShopBop; you can find the same in navy at C.Wonder. C. Wonder Signature Diaper Bag

Feeding Tuesday: Zoli Straw Sippy Cup (OR: Which Sippy Cups and Bottles Are Your Favorites?)

ZoLi Bot Straw Sippy Cup Blue I was going to feature a bottle for today’s feeding post — we’ve started supplementing a bit so they’re on my mind. I have yet to find a brand that I truly like, though, so I’m punting and posting something we did really like: the ZoLi sippy cup/bottle, which is pretty much what we went to immediately when Jack started drinking regular milk. It’s generally great — it doesn’t leak, is easily held, and as far as I understand it, avoids some of the dental issues sometimes associated with sippy cups. Which bottles or sippy cups are/were your favorites? This one is $12 at Amazon. ZoLi Bot Straw Sippy Cup Blue

(Also great, and a bit more budget friendly: The First Years Take and Toss Straw Cups, 4 for $2.68 as an add-on item at Amazon.)

Here’s another general Q: does your child have the day “off” today from school or daycare? Do you? What arrangements did you make?

Happy Labor Day! 30 Sales for the Pregnant, Nursing Mama and Family

Which sales will you be hitting for your family this weekend?  I’ve already bought a ton of stuff for my toddler from the Old Navy and Nordstrom sales, and I plan to go through the Amazon sale more in depth later… Don’t forget to check out the longer Labor Day sales list at Corporette for general workwear — this list is focused on maternity, nursing, kids’ gear (like shoes), etc.  Updates are in red!

  • 6pm.com: Big Brand Sale on brands like Ugg, North Face, Asics, and more.
  • A Pea in the Pod: Buy one get one free on redlines.
  • Amazon: 50-70% off labor day savings for clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and more. Also, take 20% off early fall shoes for kids with code ERLYFALL.
  • ASOS: Final Clearance, up to 75% off sale, PLUS an extra 10% with promo code HAVE10, including maternity and nursing.
  • Bare Necessities: Labor Day sale, bras $17.99 and up, including nursing bras.
  • Bloomingdale’s Kids & Baby: Buy more, save more. For example: Take 20% off 1 pair of shoes, 25% off 2 pairs, and 30% off 3 pairs or more.
  • Boden: Clearance, up to 70% off, including maternity and kids stuff.
  • Carter’s: Fall star sale, 50% off everything.
  • The Children’s Place: Labor Day Savings 25% off online only with code LABORSALE3.  All basic denim $7, graphic tees $3.75 and up.
  • Diapers.com: $10 off SkipHop Diaper bags, $50 gift credit with a $250 Orbit Baby purchase.
  • Dorothy Perkins: Final clearance now on, including maternity.
  • Eddie Bauer: Everything on sale up to 50% off, including kids’ stuff.
  • Figure 8 Maternity: World Breastfeeding Month Sale: 20% off all nursing tops, dresses, and accessories with code NURSING0814 (through 8/31).
  • Gap: 20% off your purchase with code HAPPY (through 8/30). Everything up to 40% off (through 9/1).
  • Gilt: The Labor Day Event, up to 80% off top maternity brands, cute baby clothes, Halo sleepsacks, and more.
  • Giggle: Looks We Love: Buy 2, save 15%; buy 3, save 20%; buy 4+, save 25%, all with code FALLFRESH.
  • Gymboree: 40% off everything
  • Isabella Oliver: Buy two maternity tops and save 20% off both.
  • Japanese Weekend: Labor Day Weekend Special, Sale on Sale: Extra 50% off all sale items with code 50SALE; extra 30% off regular items with code 30REG.
  • JCPenney: Extra 15% off with any method of payment (extra 20% off with your JCP credit card).
  • J.Crew: Monday only: 30% off your purchase of $125+ with code 24HOURS. Free shipping on all orders, today only.
  • Kohl’s: Clearance: 60-80% off. 40-50% off kids’ jeans. $10 off $25 or more with code AUGUST10.
  • Lands’ End: 30% off your order with code PUMPKIN and PIN 1606.
  • Macy’s: Free shipping at $75 and free returns. Super Saturday sale with an extra 20% off (and extra 15% off home and select departments).
  • Nordstrom: Clearance Sale: save up to 40% (through 9/7) — lots of kids’ shoes 40% off.
  • Old Navy: 40% off entire store, no coupon needed.
  • OshKosh: Everything 50% off, plus take an extra 25% off your $50+ purchase with code LABORDAY.
  • Petit Bateau: End of season sale, up to 60% off.
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Up to 60% on favorites for kids and babies.
  • Saks Off Fifth: Clearance! Up to 75% off, and take an extra 40% off your entire order with code LABORDAY, including kids’ stuff.
  • Shoes.com: Labor Day Sale: take an extra 25% off sale shoes with code SALE25! Also, Secret sale! 20% off + free shipping with code SECRET20.
  • Steals.com: Labor Day Sale, take an extra 20-30% off steal prices up to 80% off.
  • Target.com: 10-20% off select car seats; B1G1 free for a lot of kids/women’s clothing.
  • Zulily: Labor Day Blowout sale (through 9/4).