Another Saturday, another scanner gun and a trip to a major baby retail outlet.
This week was Babies R Us and some major decisions. Finally we decided on the Graco Vienna Travel System (which is a car seat and stroller all rolled into one for any non-breeders out there). We were really hung up for a while on the folding mechanisms of the strollers, outright dismissing some models just because we weren’t in love with their dropdown and snapback ergonomics. Finally we realized that we probably wouldn’t be folding it that often (trips to the mall or for afternoons at faraway parks), so we started focusing on other features.
The Graco stroller won out due to a number of factors. The car seat seemed really solid in the stroller, it all folds up pretty well, lots of storage space, smooth handling, and a little compartment for holding plastic bags while simultaniously walking the dog. The sheep motif is a little cutesy, but Pink Floyd’s “Animals” was one of my favorite albums in college, so I figure if they liked sheep enough to write a whole song about them I can push my kid around in a stroller with sheep on it.
My mom told us from day one that “Grandma buys the car seat and stroller” (an apparent tradition in my family) which took one of the big ticket items off of the list, but we’re still in the market for a crib, a changing table/dresser, and a glider (with gildy ottoman ’cause I think those are totally sa-weet). Mom urged us to throw those things on the registry in case a bunch of people wanted to go in together, but I feel really awkward putting a $600 glider on a registry and having people think that we expect them to buy it for us (I sort of have a weird aversion to wedding and baby showers anyway, since it seems like you’re saying “We’re going through a major life event that we have taken upon ourselves…NOW GIVE US A BUNCH OF STUFF”). I’ve tried like hell to make sure that a good number of the things on our registry are under ten bucks, and I’d feel weird adding a few items that are several hundred dollars each.
That being said, if all of my uncles and aunts really wanted to go in together and get something, (saving all of my uncles a trip to shop for baby things), I can totally see how that would work out fine, and would save us some scratch at a time when we’d like to be looking after every dime.
Does anybody know what the hell I’m talking about?
I created an entry in the BabyRoadies Forum if anyone would like to give some sage advice, or you could just throw your two cents into the comments below. Or you could just buy us the Shermag Chestnut Recline & Lock Glider and save me the worry.
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