I rarely get to see both of my brothers, so it’s been a treat for all of us to spend some time together this week. They wanted to take Nori out for a stroll, and it felt good to actually brush my hair and teeth and get out the door for a reason other than doctors checkups! Simple flats + button-down dresses have been my go-to combo these days for nursing-friendly outfits. The higher waistband on this particular dress from Nordstrom creates a flattering silhouette, while the generously-cut fit and flare skirt accommodates my low-hanging postpartum belly. For fit reference, I’m currently about 108 lbs (5 feet tall) and wear a size 2 petite in this dress. It’s 97% cotton / 3% spandex, lined throughout the torso, and has side pockets and a removable sash belt. The color also pairs equally well with the leopard slide sandals that I reviewed in this post!
I’ve gotten a lot of questions on the stroller and carseat systems that we chose – after debating over and testing a number of options, we went with the UPPAbaby Cruz stroller for everyday use and Babyzen YoYo stroller for travel and car trips (we currently keep this in our car trunk). And with both of these, we use the Nuna Pipa carseat. This carseat came the most highly recommended to us as it meets more stringent European safety guidelines, plus it works on both of the aforementioned strollers with converters (UPPAbaby converter; Babyzen converter). I know it’s early, but we’ve been taking everything for a spin on our daily pediatrician trips and have been very happy with them.
The YoYo design is amazing and compact, and could work as a primary stroller if you live somewhere with well paved pathways. It springs open easily and folds up small enough to be stored in an overhead airplane bin, with a carrying strap that you just sling over your shoulder. It’s light, portable, and I like that you can easily switch up the color or get a replacement seat pad. The wheels are durable and agile for a travel stroller, but I’m not sure they could sustain daily wear and tear on Boston’s very uneven brick and cobblestone sidewalks, especially in the winter.
For the UPPAbaby stroller (a Boston favorite!), we went with the Cruz over the Vista because it’s a better size for our small storage space and for navigating narrow paths and aisles. If you plan on having more than one child close in age, though, then the Vista is definitely a better value since it converts to seat two little ones plus lets a third ride along on a board attachment. The Vista also includes a baby bassinet, which needs to be purchased separately for the Cruz. We did buy the bassinet and have been using it more than expected at home. We keep it on this stand (lent to us by a friend), and the canopy has been great for shielding a napping baby from bright light and gusty air conditioning.
You can’t really see it, but here’s the Nuna Pipa carseat on the UPPAbaby Cruz using a converter:
My brothers fighting over who gets to watch and push the baby ; )
Thank you to Nordstrom womenswear for partnering on this post.