Navigating through the sea of baby gear is so confusing the first time around. There are way too many things people say you “need” to have, without explanations as to why you need them, that it can be overwhelming..
I will never forget the first time I went to Toys R Us as an adult to check out the baby section. Over a decade and a half had passed since entering those doors, and my mind just about went into overdrive trying to take it all in. I don’t remember it being so cluttered and busy as a kid. And I don’t remember there being so many toys. Maybe because the vantage point I had at three feet tall vastly differs from the one I have now at over six feet tall; and those shelves are stacked high with everything a kid could possibly dream of owning.
The sailor and I went a few weeks back to check out strollers and car seats..(stay tuned for my stroller post!!) We ended up buying a convertible car seat because it was on sale for a ridiculously low price and we knew we would need one eventually.. A family friend is supposed to be giving me her old infant seat that she used for her daughter last year so that will save some money. And if that falls through, I don’t have any plans to purchase my own. Mentioned that little tidbit on a December Mommas board and was just about burned at the stake! Everyone wondered how I would function without the “ultimate, take everywhere baby carrier” for the first few weeks.. And that got me thinking how spoiled everyone is by their infant car seats.
I know it will be so weird having an infant and trying to get out and do normal things like grocery shopping or going to the gym while the sailor is deployed. Was thinking even if we get the infant seat, I’ll probably need a baby carrier for grocery shopping…. and the same infant carrier can be used to go on walks and to eat out at a restaurant should I choose to do so.. It seems to me that everything an infant car seat can do outside of the car, a good baby carrier can do the same, so I got my research on this morning!
Do you know how many types there are? I had no clue until I started searching and there’s the moby wrap, baby k’tan, mei tai, a vast assortment of ring slings.. I don’t even know where to start, but for right now I’m going to focus on cleaning up the house and finishing baking cookies for all the sailor’s people to make the day they leave a little sweet. That day is literally right around the corner and I’ll have plenty of time to read reviews and research in the coming weeks.