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Compact Baby Gear : A Baby Swing

Today as I was preparing lunch, the door bell rang. My toddler rushed to the window with excitement, proclaiming a package had arrived! She was indeed correct. In these last few weeks the UPS truck has not been a stranger to our door. In fact, I would hazard to guess the driver knows our address by heart!

It’s no secret that babies come with a lot of stuff! After we had our first daughter, I remember saying how surprised I was by how much stuff one tiny human could accumulate. And that was just filling up the diaper bag so we could leave the house. Now, as we prepare for the arrival of our second daughter one of the questions I am frequently asked is, you probably already have everything from your first child, right?

I’m sure for most people the answer would be yes. For us, that isn’t the case. As I mentioned in previous post, we lived in a small two bedroom apartment until our daughter was just shy of two years old. So when it came to our baby registry we had to be very selective with the items we placed on the list.

One of those key pieces of baby gear was a swing. Obviously there’s no way to know whether your baby is going to prefer a swing, jumper, or a bouncer. Then of course, there’s always the possibility the baby will resist all of those things. So, it’s really kind of a crapshoot. And with the limited space we had available, we could only choose one.

So, I began my search for the most compact baby swing. I wanted something small, that sat low to the ground and did not take up too much space while in use. It needed to fold up easily and be very compact to stowaway. Especially because our measly 600 square-foot apartment provided little storage.

As I began my search, I came across a few  2 in 1 bouncer/swings. Many of them even sat low to the ground and had a compact fold. At first, I thought this would be a great addition to our registry! Who doesn’t like the idea of having two items in one!? Plus, I felt like it would feed my mother’s obsession with wanting to purchase every piece of baby gear in sight. As we constantly had to remind her that we lacked the space for all the typical gear most couples would register for.

Unfortunately, as I begin reading the reviews for the 2 in 1, I realized this item would not be a good fit for us. Many of the reviews stated they were not able to do both activities efficiently. Often the swing would run very slowly, if it all and the bouncer barely moved.  For an item that was double the price because it has both features, it should be able to perform both well. So, it was for this reason we chose not to go with a 2 in 1.

I stuck with my gut and chose to register for a swing. We found one that met all of our needs at Babies R’ Us. It sat low to the ground, had a compact fold, took up little space while in use,  ran both efficiently and quietly.

This little beauty was my saving grace those first few months!  She would often nap in her swing, so I could get a few things done! We used the swing so often, I’m surprised we didn’t wear out the mechanism! My daughter used this swing as long as she possibly could. When it came time to put it away, we simply folded it up and set it behind her dresser.

Now, with the arrival of our second daughter we pulled the swing out of storage and set it up downstairs. It still works perfectly, just like it did on day one! I cannot wait to use this item again!

So, if you or someone you know is living somewhere with limited space and can’t decide what gear is most important – I highly recommend a swing! I love how comfortable it is for baby and how compact it is for small spaces!

What is your favorite piece of baby gear and why?

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Baby Gear and Apartment Living

As I mentioned previously, when we first had our daughter we lived in a very small two-bedroom apartment. So as you can image, creating a baby registry had its challenges. There were thousands upon thousands of baby products available and we didn’t have the luxury of putting whatever we wanted on the list. This did force us to be smart about what we put on the list, as well as what we chose to purchase ourselves. As time goes on, I plan to discuss several baby products I chose based on living in an apartment. So if you are about to have your first baby in a small living environment please stay tuned, as I will share some of my favorite baby products for small spaces.

As we were approaching the solid food stage, my husband and I realized we needed a seat for her. My mom kept pushing highchairs on me. “We can get you one of those small, compact high chairs from Kmart. You can fold it up and lay it against the wall when you aren’t using it.” While I know she meant well, that just wasn’t practical. We didn’t have enough room to lay it against the wall and have it be out of the way. Our daughter could have easily crawled over to it and have it fall on her. Unfortunately, the highchairs that clamp to the table were also out of the question because it requires a four-legged table.

Summer Infant 3-Stage Booster SuperSeat

One night while searching the Internet we came across the Summer Infant 3-Stage Booster SuperSeat. There are so many reasons why I LOVE this as an alternative to a traditional highchair! The first being the price – $40 at Wal-Mart! Of course this was not my main reason for choosing this seat, but as a one-income family – affordable, budget friendly items are always preferred.

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It was the perfect seat for both play and mealtime! I loved the foam insert – it kept her snug and comfortable while sitting upright. The seat itself was VERY easy to clean. However, as your child begins to feed him/herself there messy hands can reach the toys on either side of them even though you may have the snack tray directly in front. At this stage of her development, I did spend a lot of time cleaning the crevices of the toys and tray itself. I was never bothered or frustrated by this, because it never seemed to take too long. Do bear in mind; it does take more time then when you were the one feeding your child.

The snack tray comes on and off easily just like a highchair tray. I love the fact that I can rotate the tray 360 degrees depending on what I need it for. This seat comes with a yellow lock to hold the food tray in place while eating. In addition, the tray isn’t so easily manipulated, which is GREAT for this mama! I didn’t have to worry that my daughter would slide the tray while eating, spilling food all over the floor. We had the seat sitting in our living room with a waterproof mat underneath. It worked perfectly!

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The 3-point safety harness worked great with no issues! If there had not been a tray attached, then I would have preferred a 5-point harness instead. We never took the tray off to use it in booster mode, so I can’t speak to the security. Although, I imagine if your child was using it in booster mode they are fully capable of holding themselves up. Our daughter did reach the age where we could have used it in booster mode, but our apartment was so small there wasn’t enough room for more than two kitchen chairs.

My favorite part about this seat is that it’s a multipurpose item and a space saver! These are truly the most important aspects you need in a baby product when you live in a small space. We didn’t have a lot of floor space, so having an item that could help her sit up while eating and playing was the perfect fit. At the end of each evening we would set it out of the way and pile her stuff animals on top!

Our daughter used this seat in Stage 2 mode, from ages 4 to 21 months. She had plenty of legroom between the seat and the tray, so we never had to remove the foam insert. Our SuperSeat was very durable and still looks great! If you plan on having multiple children I recommend purchasing a gender-neutral seat. Even though we no longer live in an apartment, I still plan on pulling this beauty out of storage to use again someday!

Do you have the Summer Infant 3-Stage Booster SuperSeat or something similar? Do you LOVE it? Why or Why not?

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