Well we had a very fun and productive weekend! Thanks to some amazing family, friends, and a few coupons, the corner of our living room has looked like this since my baby shower a couple weekends ago [post about the shower coming soon once I upload the pictures!]:
And as of yesterday, every single one has been assembled! We feel quite accomplished. Our living room currently looks like a baby store showroom, but these will be making their way to their "places" around the house and in the car very soon :)
In case it's hard to tell from the boxes, here are the items we've gotten for baby Ryleigh...
1. My Little Lamb Platinum Edition Rock N'Play Sleeper / This is what we are using for the bassinet while Ryleigh is sleeping in our bedroom. I like that she will be sleeping at a slight incline [although I hope that doesn't cause issues when we transition her to her crib later..] and it's the perfect height for sitting beside the bed. All parts of it are very soft and breathable, and I love how easy it is to fold up or to carry and move around.
2. Britax B-Agile & B-Safe Travel System / This choice went heavily on safety ratings and reviews. Britax is a great brand, and these will be two of the most used pieces for not only Ryleigh but also more than likely for Baby #2 whenever she/he comes along in the future. Typically strollers & car seats have a "lifespan" of 5-7 years so we wanted something great quality, gender neutral, and a stroller that was easy to fold and use. Once we saw this demonstration video we were sold. Of course, Jake wanted it in Georgia Red :)
3. Fisher-Price Discover N'Grow Gym / This play mat just had really great reviews when I was looking at all of the different play gyms for tummy time & stimulation. I like that it is so versatile and can "grow with the baby" for the different stages of play and learning.
4. Fisher-Price Deluxe Monkey Bouncer / I have heard mixed reviews about whether or not to get a baby swing [price vs. use], so instead I looked for a good bouncy seat because I've heard they are generally much more useful. This seat is actually more on the affordable side, but has fantastic reviews. I love that the activity bar is electronic and has lights and sounds for stimulation, this is the only one that I have seen like that. Usually, if there is an activity bar it just has dangling stuffed toys. The activity bar is removable so this will also be a great little spot for her to take naps and relax.
5. Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper / I admit, I totally buy into the Baby Einstein brand. I love for every toy or book to be educational in some way. I think it's great that they have a purpose to the reason things are colored a certain way or including different patterns on things. Even when babies are too young to understand, they are still getting the visual exposure to the concept. This jumper has great reviews and lots of fun things to play with.
6. Graco Pack N'Play with Reversible Napper & Changer / I really like the Graco brand, and their pack n' plays have great reviews. I really like these ones with the napper/changer attachment so that we have a convenient little changing table when we are traveling, or even if this just ends up being set up in our living room. We chose the Scribbles pattern because it's a nice gender neutral color and pattern, and it just so happens to match the colors in our house really well too!