My mom and Cordelia will tell you, I was terrified of baby gear from the minute I learned I was going to be a mother. I avoided baby stores and baby aisles like the plague. I didn't want a baby shower, the thought of a baby registry was too overwhelming to imagine, and as a result, we started out the parenthood gig with very little. I was very inspired, and still am, by Erin Boyle, and knew whatever we truly needed we could get when the time came. I'm mostly glad I started simple, and that we acquired slowly and intentionally. I also acknowledge there was a lot of stubbornness and fear.
I don't like when there are too many options. I don't want to choose the wrong thing, harbor regret, be judged for my choices, or do all the research to find the best thing. Being a conscious consumer is exhausting when it comes to buying EVERYTHING for a new human. So I avoided it. Out of laziness. Our of fear.
Slowly but surely, I've thawed a bit. It's been 18 months. I started small, by asking some friends here and there what they bought. Whether they were happy with it. That's how we ended up with our first attachment high chair, that we loved while Phoenix was small. That's how I discovered the semi-annual Peg Perego sale and got our carseat/stroller combo for 50% off. Even I, the gal opposed to all baby gear and the research it requires, have taken the plunge and become a big fan a few things.
Which brings me to my favorite purchase we've made for Phoenix so far. It's a close race with his carseat. I absolutely LOVE our Baby Bjorn High Chair.
- It's the easiest to clean! The entire thing is wipeable. No fabric. No snaps.
- It's ergonomic. This is huge because Phoenix started physical therapy at 1-year-old due to a weak core, very poor posture, and failure to progress with mobility. A lot of this was due to his carseat, stroller, and his first high chair all being soft seats that he reclined in. I asked what high chairs people recommended, and my friend (oh hey Brittany) told me she loved her Baby Bjorn. After watching one or two videos on their site, and doing the quick skim read (remember I hate research), I realized the foot rest and seat back were perfect to help strengthen Phoenix's posture and support him in the work he was doing with his physical therapist.
- It's small. It doesn't take up a lot of room and it folds for easy transport and storage.
- It's a sleek and minimal design. There is one button to release the tray, and one button to fold the chair. That simple.
The moral of the story is that if you want recommendations, I now have a few. But more importantly, I'm learning I don't have to be afraid of baby/kid gear. I still like to keep things simple and wait on most things. Still, when we find we are missing an item, or learn that Phoenix could use some support, I'm encouraged by how easy it is to find what I'm looking for.
I'm also letting the "find the perfect item" fixation go a bit. There are tons of great things on the market. I would venture to say too many. All that means is that I can be picky. I can get specific, set a budget, ask for recommendations, and move forward based on what I know will support my kid's individual needs.
Got a favorite item or piece of gear to share with us? Do you love research and finding the perfect thing, or hate it like me?