I still get a lot of questions about the baby equipment that I’ve used for James throughout the years, so I’ve decided to write about my favorite items, in no particular order. I’ve decided to focus on products from Stokke. There’s a good reason for this: I bought a ton of equipment when James was a baby. Everything from costly fad items to budget alternatives. The truth is that the only baby equipment that I can recommend wholeheartedly is from Stokke. I used to work for an interior company called Varier, which was once a part of Stokke (they later separated into two companies). Varier focused on design chairs for adults, and Stokke focused on baby equipment.
The most famous Stokke product of all time is the iconic Tripp Trapp highchair, which is designed by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik. It is seen in homes all across Scandinavia and beyond.
In these shots from James’ second birthday you can see both a vintage version that we “inherited” from our neighbors, and a modern version in black. The vintage version has a simple belt that you can clip around your babys waist, while the modern version comes with an abundance of accessories. The chair can for example be used from the moment that you take your baby home from the hospital with the newborn set, which is really practical. You’re going to need a few places in the house where you can safely strap your baby in, while you are busy with other things. This seat gives your child the opportunity to see what is going on instead of being put into a crib, or placed on the floor. That might even stop a few crying fits.
This stroller is such a beauty, and it made me feel like such a proud new mum. It is instantly recognizable nowadays, because it has been used by quite a few Hollywood celebrities, if you’re into that sort of thing. Some technical details: The Crusi Carry Cot is the top part of the stroller. You just “click” it in to most Stokke stroller bases. In the photos it is attached to a Crusi base, which has now been replaced with the Trailz base in the Stokke stroller base collection. The Trailz base is amazing, and I was so jealous when it launched that I actually considered buying a whole new base. The only issue was that the Crusi base was such good quality that even after 2 years of daily use, it still looked amazing. So I stuck with.
Oh my goodness you guys. Ok, so after about two months, which is really early, James started protesting every time I put him in the Carry Cot. Don’t fret though – most babies like to lie in their little cocoon for quite a while. I spent most of my maternity leave outside, because I gave birth in the spring. Spring, summer and autumn in Oslo, combined with historically warm temperatures, resulted in me taking James out at every opportunity. The seat is perfect for sightseeing as it places the baby high up where you can see the baby, and the baby can see both you and the world around him. I took James everywhere in this stroller. Fashion events, parks, the beach… it was great! The amazing thing about the stroller seat is that it can actually be used from birth. I was just hellbent on getting the Carry Cot, because it is so pretty. To use the stroller seat from birth you need to use the head-support bit that comes with it. You can remove this when your child starts sitting up. The stroller seat has three positions: lying down, halfway up, and sitting up. Again you just “click” it into place.
That blanket, by the way, is my favorite baby blanket of his. I still have it, and it still looks good. You can easily “click” it on to the stroller seat, so that it doesn’t slide off. I am such a sucker for good design. And while we are on the subject of good design: I mentioned earlier that I used to work for a company called Varier. The company produces Scandinavian design chairs that are ergonomic and good for your body. Coming from the same owners, Stokke shares the same philosophy. The stroller seat is designed to be super-ergonomic for your babys developing body. You can be reassured that while your child uses their stroller that they are sitting in a way that is good for their little backs.
This is the first Stokke product that James used. Ever. We drove him home in this car seat from the hospital, and my heart jumped with every hump on the road. We didn’t change it until James was almost three years old. He was one year old in the first picture, and one month old in the second picture.
Although the Stokke website doesn’t sell this exact model any more, I can easily recommend the ones that are available now. We bought this one because it was one of the safest models on the market, and because it can be “clicked” on to the Stokke bases. Perfect for smaller cars, since you only need to bring the base with you.
When we were living in Oslo, our small two-bedroom apartment felt tiny when James moved in. We had one tiny bathroom, which also had our washing machine and dryer in it. The Stokke Flexi Batch actually folds into a rectangle when you’re not using it, which is so much more practical than having a clunky plastic tub. James loved his bathtime. He still loves his bathtime, now just in a bigger tub. 🙂
My mom took over this highchair, so that James can use it when she takes care of him. It comes with a baby bouncer that easily “clicks” on to the chair, so this chair can also be used by newborns. That bouncer saved my life. I took it into the bathroom with me when I had to shower, put it on the floor, and stuck my foot out of the shower to gently “bounce” him once in a while. I cannot comprehend how new mothers shower without one.
I am a big believer in “attachment parenting”, despite the fact that I returned to work right before my son turned 6 months. Luckily work/life balance is good here in Norway, and my office at that time was a few minutes from my home. Attachment parenting is all about constantly holding your child and keeping your child close to your body at all times. I co-slept from the day that he was born, and held him close to me at every opportunity. The MyCarrier makes this a whole lot easier. Plus, it’s ergonomic and good for the parent backs too. Winner.
The Stokke Stroller Summer Kit
Another thing that I love about Stokke is that you can customize your stroller every season. The “summer kit” has a breathable terrycloth seat cover so that your baby doesn’t sweat too much, extra ventilation, and a UV shade to protect your baby’s skin. I’m not sure if this was limited edition, but if you’re interested in one, I recommend that you check out their stroller accessories around the summer season.
During the summer I never had to worry that my baby was overheated, and during the winter I never had to worry that he was freezing. The Winter Kit is so cute, and it comes with a pair of attachable mitts for mommy, so that your hands dont freeze. I misplaced mine. 🙁 You can see them on Stokke’s website.
In these pictures James is also using the Stokke winter bag to keep him warm and cosy.
Limited Edition Style Kits
Last but not least I need to mention the limited editon style kits, that changed the whole look of my pram. This one was called “Cubes”, I think. I really like this one one the website!
I hope that this guide was helpful! I also used the rain protection accessory for the stroller when it rained and the matching parasol to protect James from the sun. Both are in really good quality and are easy to use.