Story by Mark Stephens
Friday, July 23 2010
Considering their size, babies should take up the least amount of space in your house and your car.
I know – ha ha ha.
Take account of all that “stuff” you just know your baby can’t survive an hour-and-a-half without. And this is especially true when it comes to taking a weekend trip. “Like, OMFG, bring the stroller, the jogger, the wagon, the pack-n-play, the Baby Einstein Play Gym, the bouncer, that other bouncer (‘no not that one, you idiot, the other other one’ she says), the swing that goes side to side, the swing that goes front to back, that one seat that vibrates, and make sure we have a supply of D batteries, get the Bumbo (the green one or the brown one, I wonder?), the high chair, and that other eating chair that sits ground level in case we go for a picnic, and maybe the neck pillow. Should we bring all five or just three neck pillows?”
And there you go. “How to pack for a day trip” as panicked by the first time parent. By the time the novelty of baby number one wears off, you’re much wiser. At least that’s what I tell myself. Whatev.
I wish I’d known about the GoCrib before Chloe was born. I absolutely de-freaking-stroyed a Combi portable crib (pack-n-play thing) because I didn’t read the crappy instruction manual couldn’t figure out how to operate the joints. When I was done putting it together it wasn’t fit for containing a precious baby. It wasn’t fit for containing your worst enemy’s dirty laundry. One entire side flopped over and just wouldn’t stand up.
The GoCrib – oh, sweet GoCrib, where were you when I needed you? It packs down into a backpack and weighs a total of 11 lbs. (Pack-n-play? Yeah, that weighs 20 lbs and takes up more space than a set of golf clubs when it’s packed). I love the idea that you just pump it up with the supplied air pump. It wins points for simplicity. It’s often that the simplest design is the best. I also highly approve of the small pack size.