I can’t wait to share my Must Have Baby Gear: Loungers, Bassinets and Travel Cribs with you! Picking out gear can be very overwhelming when it it is your first time being a parent! One of the best things about being a parent, is how we get to raise our children is OUR choice! I hope you view this post as a fun conversation between the two of us and in no way with a tone that says you have to do the same! This is just what worked for our family for BOTH of our kids! In the end my husband and I feel like we saved money, bonded with our children and got the more sleep than we ever expected!
As many of you know, we totally skipped a crib with Liam & Blake. (You can read more about that here.) Liam spent the first six months in our bed, you can read which mattress we have and why here, we went back and forth from this lounger to him just in our bed. (However are using a Dock a Tot Deluxe with Blake.)
When Liam started to learn to roll over (of course happened for the first time when he was sleeping on our bed alone #cosleepingfail) we invested in the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib, I talk about why we love it so much in my post, Five Reasons we Skipped a Crib. From roughly 6-12 months, Liam slept in his Lotus Travel Crib at the foot of our bed, and when we woke up I would pull him into bed with us. Around his first birthday, he actually preferred his travel crib, so after he would wake up and nurse I would lay him back down. On the eve of his first birthday I moved him into his own room and he never went back! He currently sleeps in the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib with a Dock a Tot Grand inside. He sleeps 11-13 hours, straight through the night! These two items are our top used baby gear by far!
But here is a quick run down on the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib.
Of course, non-toxic (can we just assume i’ll never blog about something that is toxic.)
Can convert from a bassinet to a crib.
Compact, takes up WAY less space than a regular crib.
Great for travel,
Is totally flat and unzips on the side, easy to lay inside with baby and nurse.
Mesh siding is safe and comfortable.
Plus, color wise it totally goes with our vibe.
(Don’t worry the crib can not be unzipped from the inside, Liam unzipped it from the outside, crawled in and is trying to zip himself in! He loves it!)
If skipping a crib isn’t something you are into, I have linked the safest ones I could find on the market below! Don’t forget, anytime you shop through the links or ad photos in this post it contributes to the work and value that I provide everyday!
Here is another option for a great, non toxic travel crib.
Baby loungers are great, you can move them around the house, baby can be where you are. You can even take them outside in their baby lounger. When it comes to putting a baby lounger in a bassinet, most brands (for liability sake, recommend against.) However, as a parent it is what you are comfortable with, another reason we prefer to keep baby in our room for the first year. Below are some great non toxic baby loungers and bassinets. Like we mentioned before, we LOVE Dock a Tot, shop all of their options here.
I hope that this post on baby gear helps to give you another perspective! We always tend to be non-conventional and that has worked really well for us! Please let me know if this post was helpful to you by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by DMing me on Instagram!