Our top 5 must-have baby items

Close to 3 months into this parenting gig and the following are baby items we are really happy with:


Fisher-Price Fastfinder Deluxe Backpack Bag - Black
Fisher-Price Fastfinder Deluxe Backpack Bag – Black

A backpack style diaper bag. My husband really wanted this one so when it went on-sale, we snatched it up. After making the purchase I debated if I’d regret not getting a more stylish side-bag style diaper bag. But all of that doubting went away as soon as we had our baby and started using it. I love it! And would totally recommend getting a backpack diaper bag for many reasons (hands free, better for your back, hubby wears it proudly, etc).




Deciding which stroller to get was by far the most overwhelming and stressful baby purchase. We *finally* decided upon the City Mini GT as it seemed to fit most of what we were looking for (durable for lots of road walking, small enough to easily maneuver in stores, easy to fold, not too heavy – it’s 20lbs). We’ve used this stroller quite often already and are pleased!


Shermag Grayson Crib
Shermag Grayson Crib

We originally ordered online a bigger/fancier Graco crib that was on sale (due to being discontinued) but that turned out to be a major headache. After spending weeks on the phone with Graco re: damaged parts, we finally returned that crib. By fluke, that same week. we saw the above crib in Toys R US and it was on-sale. We bought it right then and there and couldn’t be happier. We love that it’s simple, small, and while she’s using the bassinet in our room this has functioned as a second change table (I often dress her in this crib).



We’ve used the Blooming Bath to bathe our daughter in the kitchen sink. It’s so soft and helps her to sit up while being bathed. She loves bath time – well, she doesn’t cry! It’s adorable for photo ops as well.


Fisher Price Animals of the World Swing
Fisher Price Animals of the World Swing

One of the doctor’s that I work with purchased this for us and I’m so glad that she did! I don’t know what we would do without a swing. It allows me to eat breakfast and lunch each day. Our daughter loves the swing!

I know that I said 5 must-haves, but I’m going to add one more. Instead of getting a traditional bassinet that the baby apparently outgrows sooo fast, we went with the Chicco Travel Crib and use it as a bassinet in our bedroom. We plan to have baby sleep in our room until 6 months (recommended to prevent SIDS) and I’ve read that this one is big enough to last until then. We’ll see!


I’ll have to write another post on the baby purchases that we’ve been disappointed with. But for now, these are the items we are very satisfied with. Good luck with your research and shopping!

Book Review: Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos


In Instant Mom, Nia (writer and actress for the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding) shares about her fertility struggles and her experience of building her family through adoption. This book could appeal to a variety of people – those experiencing infertility, those considering adoption, those who have already adopted, etc.

While I really liked Instant Mom, one problem that I had with it is that Nia seems to promote foster care adoption with a “just do it” attitude. She doesn’t point out that her adoption experience from foster care is a unique one (her child was given up for adoption rather than removed from the parents due to abuse or neglect). The problem with the “just adopt” message is that adoptive parents may be ill prepared for the challenges that come with adoption.

While this book has a strong focus on children/adoption, I believe that most would enjoy learning a bit more about who Nia is and her life. A person who doesn’t take themselves too seriously is refreshing to be around (that’s Nia). And her “I will not give up!” power is very impressive and inspiring. Also, who doesn’t enjoy a story about a Canadian girl who defines all odds and makes it big in Hollywood? There’s interesting Hollywood and Greek stories sprinkled through out. Despite the writing style, I really enjoyed Instant Mom. It was an interesting, informative, and entertaining (sometimes very funny!) read.