This past Sunday we headed to our local Babies R Us to start our registry. My goal was to do only a couple sections to start, so we wouldn’t stress out over anything. We actually ended up picking more items then I thought we would, including some of the big things, like the pack and play, the stroller traveler system, the swing and the video monitor.
The hardest part was choosing the stroller and car seat. There are many options to consider and there’s only so much they tell you at the store. We figured just going with the traveler system would be easiest, but I knew I wanted a stroller that was easy to maneuver in stores and had good storage, and unfortunately the traveler system strollers tend to be less compact. I was deciding between two Graco models and finally decided on one by the time we left. However, once I got home and started researching more, I saw tons of reviews on Babies R Us and Amazon on how the system is good but the stroller is big and bulky. I didn’t think it seemed that bad when testing it in the store, but that was the number one complaint people had. So I did a lot more research over the weekend and found another model that Chicco makes which gets really good reviews. It’s actually cheaper on Amazon, so I added that to our registry as I decided to register for a few other items there, as well. I was able to check out the system in person today as Babies R Us sells different color versions of it. Here’s the system – it also worked out that we like these colors better anyway:
It’s frustrating that after so many years, all these companies still can’t make the “perfect” stroller/carseat/etc??? Haha, I guess it’s just hard to please everyone. I have to also remember to take these reviews with a grain of salt, as I tend to not be as picky as some people can be about things. Though, I think doing research is worth it, because I came across the same issue with trying to find a diaper bag. I went during lunch today to Babies R Us to check out their stock and I found a messenger style I LOVED. However, once I checked the reviews again, everyone said that the zippers and seams in the bag fall apart after only a few months of usage. This was a very common complaint so I decided not to go with that style. That meant more research on Amazon and I finally found this style that I really like and that others recommend. It’s more of a purse than a diaper bag! The size is deceiving, it’s a lot bigger than it looks:
17 week picture:
What I wore to work…maternity sweater from Target (on clearance for $13) and maternity dress pants from Target