Remember that old show? With Penny, Brain (Penny’s dog), and Dr. Claw’s metal arm with the clenched fist.
Well, there are countless baby gadgets that abound on the market. They may not be as cool as Inspector Gadget’s devices (I could totally use an extra pair of go-go-gadget hands popping out of my hat sometimes, for example…), but there are some pretty remarkable inventions out there.
Check out these two products…both created with active parents in mind.
ERGObaby carrier ($105-$120)
I’ve read all over the Internet (and from friends) that ERGObaby carriers are the very best. I’ve tried a lot of carriers over the past three years (Sleepy Wrap, BabyHawk, BabyBjorn, Scootababy, Munchkin, PortaMEe, etc.) so, when I received the ERGO, I was curious if it would live up to all the fanfare.
The straps are comfortable. The material is soft. The waist belt lends extra support. The carrier is easy to get on and off without the help of a spouse or friend (this is a HUGE bonus). And the whole carrier is machine-washable too.
The one “downside” is that this carrier is meant for babies who are 6 months and older (I only recently started using mine). That said, there is a corresponding infant insert that you can buy for $25-$38. Or you may choose to wear a wrap, sling, or pouch in the beginning.
The upside, however, is that the carrier can be used on the front, hip, and back – all the way until your child is 40 pounds (and, after 40 pounds, I assume you won’t want to be carrying your child around in a carrier much). This really is a truly versatile carrier and, if you buy the infant insert, it could be your only carrier. If you’re going to buy just one carrier, this is probably your best bet.
Pictured right: me wearing the Organic Dark Chocolate carrier ($120, isn’t that color just the best?).
Pictured left: the sweetest baby ever peeking out from her perch in the ERGO.
BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light ($220-$300, depending on where you buy)
When we first got the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light for review, I asked my husband to set it up. He’s the baby-gear-setter-upper around these parts. I expected it might take a little while because baby gear manuals are notoriously unintelligent and contradictory.
This time, however, I walked out of the room. And one second later (okay, maybe it was a minute…), my husband said, “It’s ready.” And it was. Completely set up and ready to go. Easy as pie.
I also discovered that the crib is super lightweight. You can pick it up and move it about without using much muscle at all. Plus, the frame is designed to fit well in small spaces (a definite plus!). I also am a fan of the simple royal blue and white color schematic. Very classy.
The mattress is a bit on the thin side (a little extra padding certainly couldn’t hurt) and bedding isn’t included with the purchase (a fitted sheet or two would have been nice), but – overall – this is a fantastic crib…for at home or for travel. We’re not really the “crib type,” but we do have our baby sleep in it for naps from time-to-time. I think it’s much better than the traditional pack-n-play options out there. The simplicity of it makes it the leader of the pack. Oh, and I should mention that it currently has 5 stars on Amazon (from 75 reviewers).
YOUR TURN: What baby gadgets have you been impressed by lately? Which baby carrier is your favorite?