walking essentials

Graco click connect travel system

We love this combination! The car seat attaches to the top of the stroller for the newborn stage and the seat adjusts to 3 different levels when your baby is able to sit up on their own. Its super easy to fold and fits right in the trunk of the car. There are 4 cup holders, a lower basket and a compartment for your keys/cell phone. The car seat is also adjustable and you can buy bases separately if you have multiple vehicles!

Ergonomic backpack carrier with hipseat

The backpack carrier will take a little bit of research. Decide how you want to carry baby and when you will start. Some other things to consider are how often you'll be using it, when and where you'll be using it. I will say these types of things take some adjusting to so its best to start carrying baby while they are newborns. I recommend using the moby wrap or a sling until they are big enough for the backpack carrier. I chose the ergonomic baby carrier with a hip seat because I knew we would be doing a lot of walking. The hip seat is good for babies so they are not dangling and its also good for Mama's back. This particular carrier can be used 6 different ways. We have just reached the stage where Johanna can be facing outward. There are also 3 built in pockets. If you're like me, you hate carrying too much out of the house. The pockets come in handy!

The Moby Wrap

Duh! The moby wrap is my absolute favorite walking essential. I started using it when Johanna was just a few days old. I used it mostly around the house for skin to skin and nursing. 11 months later and I am still using it on walks and around the house when Johanna is sick or teething. I recommend practicing with a stuffed animal before putting baby in it.

Car Seat Cover

If you're planning on walking a lot with your baby, you'll definitely want to invest in a car seat cover. The first one should only be used in the winter time. Its super thick and packs in heat. The next one can be used for other things as well. We actually have a few of these kinds of covers. They are light weight but good at keeping the sun out as well as wind, bugs, rain, etc. You can also use it as a nursing cover or high chair cover at restaurants.

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