Thank you for visiting Babies R Us. If you need assistance with shopping on our site, please call us at 888-222-9787 and a customer care representative will be happy to assist you. Please inform the Customer Service representative that you require assistance.
Welcome! Login or create an account. Learn why
Menu

Blog: Calm before the storm

IMG_6571

Our baby boy Ethan is due any day now, and as I sit here waiting for his grand arrival, I realize how unprepared I am for what lies ahead! Someone once told me that becoming a parent you cannot really prepare for. I’ve tried to mentally and emotionally prepare… I’m a perfectionist by nature, and being a student of law my curiosity for answers makes me have to research everything. I realize that as much as a read, I really think I will just have to learn as I go and accept mistakes as an opportunity to grow.

I keep hearing people using the word “nesting” and I initially understood it to mean a mom-to-be buying baby items and ensuring the house is tidy for baby’s arrival. That was an understatement. You would be surprised to know that this also includes re-organizing your husband’s drawers, colour coding your tea-towels into piles, and ensuring all the house vases are symmetrical. You really do become OCD about your living space! My poor husband has also taken on a part-time job of being a handyman. Everything has to be perfect for the baby; no light bulb can be burnt out!

My favorite purchase so far has to be the crib we bought from Babies“R”Us: Baby Cache Windsor Lifetime Crib. The crib is stunning, with the Espresso finish it really is a statement piece in the room. I never anticipated how big the crib would be when we bought it! Plus, we also bought the matching dresser. When my husband went to pick up these items with a friend’s truck, little did they realize that it would take him hours to strap down the crib and dresser due to the oversized boxes the items come in.

IMG_6567      IMG_6569

Advice for first time parents on picking up large baby items yourself:

  • Never attempt to pick up more than 1 item at a time, especially if you are using a pick-up truck. We really should have rented a U-Haul as the boxes for these items are ridiculously huge
  • Bring straps, you will need them to keep these monstrous items in place (if you are using a pickup truck)

Featured Parent's Blog Articles View All

Blog: The Complete Package in Style, Comfort and Versatility – Graco Modes 3 Lite Travel System with Snugride 35 Infant Car Seat

I have to be honest, this blog post is LONG overdue. Life got in the way! I started back to work, Callum started daycare, my husband got a new job, and to top it all...Read More »

Blog: gb X1 Urban Runner Jogging Stroller

The gb X1 Urban Runner Jogging Stroller is a bit of a mouthful to say, but has been an incredible addition to our growing fleet of baby pushing apparatus. I wasn’t sure about a jogging...Read More »

Blog: Happy Father’s Day

Historically men have been the family ‘providers’ and the women were the ‘caregivers’ whom maintained the home. I’ve heard stories of how men never really had a hand in the day to day upbringing of...Read More »

Blog: Happy Mother’s Day

Growing up, Mother’s Day was just another ‘holiday’ where I’d go through the motions- go out, get a card, buy a gift certificate from a spa and sign it from my brother and I…and sometimes...Read More »

Blog: Your new sidekick- Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor Review

The only consistent thing in life, is change. We should never get used the way things are, it will not stay that way for long. I am learning that now with having Ethan. I feel...Read More »

Blog: Mom vs. Baby: Round One – Britax B-Ready Stroller Review

I am thinking about the name of this stroller, B-Ready. When anyone asks me to go anywhere these days I hear this a lot: “Can you be ready?” Well I can, but WILL I is...Read More »

Blog (Product Review): VTech (VM343) Safe & Sound Pan & Tilt Full Colour Video Monitor

Guest Blogger Alert! Last time I featured a guest blogger it was my sister-in-law Catherine, a great writer, teacher and mom to my 2 year old niece Eliana. Well this time around, I thought I’d...Read More »

Blog: The Ultimate in Car Seat Safety – Diono Rainer Convertible Car Seat

As first time parents, the car seat was the single most stressful purchase Joe and I had to make.  Let’s face it, a vehicle can be one of the most dangerous places for any of...Read More »

Blog: Diono Radian RXT Review

One thing about car seats, that you don’t realize this until your baby starts getting a bit bigger, is that they are often pretty bulky. It can make it hard to get your child in...Read More »

Blog: Barricade Baby – Brica Wood and Steel Designer Gate Review

Babies, they are logistical nightmares. When they are first born, they stay in one spot, they sleep a lot, they poop a lot, they are super cute and little. That pretty much sums it up....Read More »

Blog (Product Review): Go Grippers Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway

Planes, Trains and Automobiles…no not the movie, I’m talking about the toys my little guy is playing with these days. We’ve tried (key word = tried), to minimize the amount of toys and ‘stuff’ MJ...Read More »

Blog: Adventures in feeding – Who doesn’t love ‘roni?

Feeding kids is an awesome adventure. As a dad it was pretty simple for me for the first 6 months or so. I literally did nothing. The odd bottle feed here or there (and our...Read More »

Blog: Your Baby’s Domain – The Nursery – Lambs & Ivy Signature Goodnight Sheep 4 Piece Bedding Set & Mobile

With us, as is true with most new parents, setting up the nursery can be the most exciting and one of the most stressful times when preparing for your baby’s arrival. You want everything to...Read More »

Blog: Package Deals – gb Evoq Stroller Travel System Review

I really want to appear that I have everything under control when I take Ethan out but most of the time I feel like I have a stamp on my head saying “new mom in...Read More »

Blog: Baby Surveillance – Philips AVENT DECT Baby Monitor

Do you ever look at all the gadgets and gizmos you have scattered around your house or in your vehicle and wonder how our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents before them all managed to raise children...Read More »

Blog: Moms know best: Evenflo Platinum SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat Review

I have been lucky enough to receive lots of free advice in the short time I have been a new mom. Some of it has been great and some of it not so great. I...Read More »

Blog: Tranquil Moments: Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Deluxe Rock n Play Soothing Seat Review

Pregnancy and parenthood is rewarding and challenging; sharing stories, experiences, advice, successes and struggles, helps you to know you are not alone, and learning how to laugh throughout the whole process is important, because laughter...Read More »

Blog: Teething Never Looked So Cute – Kushies Chewbib Reviewed

The hardest part about being a parent is seeing your child in any sort of pain and discomfort and not being able to take their pain away. TEETHING, the nightmare that it is, is one...Read More »

Blog: It’s meal time – Fisher Price 4-in-1 Total Clean High Chair

Do you remember the scene in Home Alone 2 the Sticky Bandits get covered in bird seed and the pigeon’s descend; attacking the bird seed as though they are convinced it will be their last...Read More »

Blog: Tips on the Sips – Sippy Cups Reviewed

With the amount I spill on myself I’m fairly certain Callum and I could both benefit from these sippy cups so we took our quality control testing very seriously. We tested the following three cups:...Read More »