Congratulations again to Team SPF on their new team member-to-be. I would like to provide a review a couple of baby products to help them be more prepared.
Beco Butterfly II Baby Carrier – I love this baby carrier. There is an infant insert so it will work when baby is 7 to 15 lbs. Once the baby is big enough, you can remove the infant insert and it should work up to 45 lbs. You can carry your baby in front or on your back (starting at 6 months) with this carrier. The baby has to face toward you though, but I think that is not a big deal. This type of carrier is much better for the baby because the weight distribution is similar to being seated. In contrast, the prolific Baby Bjorn carrier puts all of the baby’s weight on his crotch. The Beco carrier is much more comfortable for mom and dad because the padded waistband and shoulder straps distribute the weight very well. We also received a Moby wrap as a shower gift, and it turned out to be a challenge to use. It is very long, and took several references to the instruction manual before we were able to carry baby in it. As baby RB40 gained more weight and got wigglier, it was even harder to get him in into it, especially if one of us was by ourselves. We purchased a second hand Greco stroller system, which includes a car seat, and we don’t really like the stroller at all. The stroller is very bulky and even though it folds up, it is very difficult to store. It’s much more fun to walk around with the baby carrier. Once baby RB40 grows out of the baby car seat, we will probably sell or donate the Greco system and purchase a stroller that is less bulky and easier to maneuver.
Car seat – If you purchase a secondhand car seat for the baby, make sure to check the expiration date. Generally a car seat will expire 6 years after it is manufactured because the materials used will wear down during this time period. We didn’t check the expiration date on ours and found that it was good only until the end of this year, which is not long at all. I recommend purchasing a brand new car seat because new seats will have the latest safety technology. We plan to get a brand new car seat once baby RB40 can face forward (he will need to be at least one year old and 20 lbs.)
Best of luck to the SPF team on the big day!
This is an article written by Joe at Retire By 40 where he blogs about his journey to early retirement. He is also busy with baby RB40 and blogs about baby subjects like Unexpected Baby Expenses ;)
PS. It’s going to be a crazy 3 months so get as much sleep as you can now.