In Johannesburg we have a huge mommy, baby and toddler expo which takes place twice a year called Mama Magic.
This year Hubby and I decided to attend because you get really great deals on much needed baby items. We had a few things in particular that we needed to get – the travel system, the travel cot and high chair were at the top of our list.
So off we went all bright eyed and full of optimism. Boy, were we in for a shock! The expo was complete craziness. I have never experienced anything like it and at 34 weeks pregnant it was a lot harder on me than I had anticipated. By the end of the day my feet and back ached, I was exhausted and quite grumpy.
All that aside, however, we were able to save significantly on what we had to buy and we are in the really comfortable place of having everything we need for baby when she gets here.
Here’s what we went to get and it was mission successful!
Joie Travel System
So much research and care went into choosing the pram we were going to get. So many travel systems are so expensive and even more prams are really expensive and then you need to add on the car seat and base and that drives the price up even more. What Hubby and I also found is that some types you needed to get a small loan for also felt so unstable and rickety that I wasn’t comfortable putting a baby in it, or it was really difficult to fold up, or they didn’t age well at all. So after many internet searches and reading many reviews and watching many videos we settled on the Joie Chrome Travel System. It was an all-inclusive price (we got the pram, the capsule seat and the Isofix base all in one go) that was made even better by the show special. It is really easy to fold, will fit nicely in my car, looks lovely and has one of the best breaking systems I have come across. We’re really chuffed with it.
Joie Illusion Travel Cot
This is what North Americans call Pack ‘n Plays. With our parents living so far away we needed a travel cot for the Monkey when we go visit. Also I want her to sleep in our room at first and rather than buy a Moses basket or bassinet I decided to get one item that would suit all our needs. This one is quite plain and simple, but it’s really sturdy, has a compact carry case, isn’t too heavy and comes with a foldaway changing station and nappy caddy which will make it ideal no matter where we have it set up.
Stokke Steps High Chair system
This was a gift from my parents in law and another item I am really excited about. This is a complete birth to toddler seating system that grows with your child. One thing that is really important to me is that our daughter learns early on that dinner time is family time and I want her to be able to join us at the table. This seating system will make that possible from when she’s really little and will grow with her. We got the one with the bouncer so we can use it from birth and then as she gets bigger it adapts to her stage of growth. It’s such a well thought out and designed product.