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#FiveWeeThings Parents Actually Need for Baby

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Expecting a baby is exciting and completely and totally overwhelming; especially once you begin to shop for your new arrival. It is easy to go overboard and spend a lot of money on things you don’t really NEED. The teeny tiny shoes are adorable and the full nursery set makes nesting fun, but before you splurge on those items make sure you have got these five wee things covered first. This is where you need to choose wisely for your lifestyle and spend the majority of your baby budget. My general rule is to buy the best you can afford. In my experience,shopping online will help keep you focused on getting the right items for the best price and SHOP.CA is here to help you.

Here are the five wee things you actually need for baby:

1. Car Seat - You can’t leave the hospital with your baby without a car seat so be sure to purchase this important item at least four to six weeks before your baby is due. Also you will want to learn how to properly install the car seat in your vehicle BEFORE you head to the hospital. Labour can be stressful enough so having the car seat ready to go and installed safely is definitely something you need to check off your list.


My first choice in car seats are the #1 rated Evenflo Triumph LX Convertible car seat.

2. Diaper Bag - Another item that should be sitting right next to baby’s car seat ready to go weeks before baby is due is your fabulous new diaper bag. This bag will be with you for likely the next three to five years so invest in a good one.  Choose a bag that compliments your fashion sense and lifestyle. Thankfully gone are the days of teddy bears and baby bottle fabrics, now there are beautiful styles even my friends without kids drool over. 

I LOVE the Stokke diaper bag, they have thought of everything in it.

Your partner won’t mind carrying this Mamas and Papas Mylo Changing diaper bag,

3. Stroller - Lightweight, jogging, big wheels, accessories oh my! There are just about as many models of strollers on the market now as diaper bags letting you take the same style and lifestyle choices into consideration. 

Are you an active runner?

Then the Chariot is a great choice!  

Do you travel a lot?

The Evenflo JourneyLite Travel System is a smart choice if you do.

Do you already have a toddler in tow? 

A double stroller like the Mountain Buggy Duet is the right one for you if you do, (and this is a friend’s fav)

Remember, before you buy try to think about where you will be taking your baby and stroller and you will want to make sure it will fit in your car. These are important factors to think about when choosing the right stroller for you.

4. Crib - This is usually the most expensive item you will be purchasing for baby and the most exciting. It is also an item you don’t need to rush to buy. If you want to wait and use a bassinet first until your baby is a few months that will give you some time to save money to invest in your baby’s crib. I personally like the idea of the convertible cribs that also turn into toddler beds as they extend the time they will be used. If you plan to have more than one child you really want to look at a good quality crib that is going to last through multiple children.

A few great choices are:

Graco Charleston Convertible Crib

Sarah Classic Convertible Crib

5. Diapers - The last thing you have to make sure you have a lot of are diapers! I am often asked how parents should choose the right brand of diapers for their baby. A diaper is the first thing that will be touching your baby’s delicate skin so I prefer eco-options. Not only are they toxin free but they are made in more environmentally friendly process and they still provide the convenience of disposable diapers.

Enjoy shopping and don’t forget to check out SHOP.CA for everything for baby!

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