Choosing the right Car Seat for a first time Mommy

I am so close! Only a few more months until I finally get to meet my mini me. My little friend who I have been waiting so patiently for. I cannot wait to hold her little hands and feet, and kiss her little nose and cheeks! It’s crazy how my life completely changed once I found out I was pregnant, and I haven't even met her yet. I can't even imagine what it will be like once I actually get to know WHO she is!

Getting ready for baby has been so fun. Since it's my first, I literally have to get everything and learn about everything from scratch. It's not as simple as just going to any store and buying any bottle, or any stroller, or any car seat... there are so many factors to consider and as a first-time mommy, I have so many questions on what will truly be best for my little girl.

I have checked off a few things off my list already as I wrote about in my last post about Philips Avent bottles, sterilizer, and warmer. Now the next thing on my list was the car seat. It's tough because there are so many features to a car seat and different things to look for that I didn't know which one would be the "right" one. How do I know which one is the best brand? The safest? The most practical?

Not to mention, I have to choose a car seat that will also fit with the stroller I am getting, since it will make things (I've been told) a lot easier when transporting my baby around from one area to the next. This also made things a bit confusing for me, because I wasn't sure how to know which car seat would work with which stroller? (lol).

I did some google research, and I headed on down to the Snuggle Bugz in Kanata for some expert advice. I had read many reviews about the Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat by Maxi Cosi and had a few questions that I felt much more comfortable asking an expert in person, then to base all my decisions from google alone. I wanted to know if it was safe, comfortable, practical, and light.

Also, as mentioned, I wanted to make sure it would fit with my stroller (I am getting the Valco Baby Snap Ultra Trend stroller). Seriously guys, these things can be so confusing when you're a first time mommy, but after chatting with the team at Snuggle Bugz in Kanata and doing some research online, I think I am starting to get the hang of this!

So I decided to go with the Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat because it checked off all the things on my list. It's safe with Air Protect Side Impact Protection and an anti-rebound bar, comfortable with the Cozi-Dozi insert providing head and neck support for smaller babies, practical, light, AND I got a car seat adaptor that will allow it to fit perfectly into my Valco baby Snap Ultra Trend stroller!

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Thanks to the wonderful and super helpful team at Snuggle Bugz in Kanata, my little girl is going to look so cute and fashionable in her car seat, while of course being safe and comfortable.

Let the countdown begin!

You can find more about Snuggle Bugz' here:

Instagram: @snugglebugzbaby
Facebook: @snugglebugz
Website: www.snugglebugz.ca

More of Maxi Cosi here:

Instagram: @maxicosicanada

And more of me here:

Instagram: @CarlaMariaBruno & My Baby Girl Instagram
Watch our Travel Adventures on YouTube
Facebook: TravelWithMeTV
Blog: www.CarlaMariaBruno.com

Photography by: Bethany Amanda

Instagram: @bethanyamandaweddingphoto
Website: www.bethanyamandaphotography.com

Getting Baby Ready with Snuggle Bugz' and Phillips Avent

I can't believe, that after all of these years travelling around the world, and going on so many different adventures like flying over volcanos on helicopters, riding camels in the desert, and zip-lining over jungles, the best adventure has yet to come: Motherhood!

I am officially back in Canada and living in Ottawa (my hometown), after traveling with my husband for the past 6 years. I have been to over 30 countries, and him and I lived 4 months in California and 2.5 years in Dubai. Its been a crazy ride, but when we found out we were pregnant we of course decided to settle down near close friends and relatives and get ready to start our own little family!

I've always dreamed of the day I would fall pregnant with my own baby girl. Although 28 weeks in, and I still pinch myself to see if this is all real! My pregnancy journey has been so blessed, and preparing myself each day for the moment I officially become a mommy has been wonderful. 

Every week I watch as my tummy grows bigger and cuter, and feel as her little kicks and movements become stronger and more frequent. I can't believe a mini me is growing inside, and until the day I finally get to meet my little peanut I have started to prepare all the essentials that I will need for when she arrives into this world. 

Snuggle Bugz' - Canada's Baby Store in Kanata has been so helpful in my journey. Every pregnancy question I ask has always been answered with a smile and they have truly been so wonderful! I am so lucky to have Snuggle Bugz' location so close to home in Kanata as they specialize in literally all things baby! From strollers, to car seats (which, I find to be so confusing!! There are so many sizes and adaptors and everything else in between... but that's a different story), bottles, bouncers, etc. 

Like every crazy mommy-to-be I have been doing a ton of research on everything baby. It could be because I currently know nothing about baby products, or it could just be because I am obsessing over getting the perfect everything for my little girl. Either way, I can't stop (lol). 

One specific baby product I have been looking into a lot are bottles. There are so many brands out there that it started to get a bit overwhelming. I spoke with Snuggle Bugz' and they suggested the Phillips Avent bottle brands, as they come highly recommended. I dug a little deeper and did some more research and it turns out they have amazing reviews all over the internet, and many of my mommy friends have also told me that Avent Bottles are amazing. 

So, I went ahead and got myself some Baby Feeding Essentials which I can now happily check off of my list:

Philips Avent – Express Food & Bottle Warmer:

  • For days when you're rushed off your feet, this Philips Avent baby bottle warmer warms your milk quickly and evenly in just 3 minutes.
  • For the FUTURE: features a handy defrost setting and can also be used to warm baby food.
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Philips Avent – Natural Essentials Feeding Set:

  • Includes express microwave steam sterilizer, bottle and nipple brush, 2 4oz Natural Bottles, 2 9oz Natural Bottles, and 2 Soothie pacifiers
  • Cleans and sterilizes
  • Bottles for 0 – 6 months

Philips Avent – Dryer Rack:

  • Fits 8 bottles and accessories.
  • Sits nicely on your kitchen counter.
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Now that I have checked those things off my list... it is time to start searching for a good stroller and car seat (oh the dreaded car seat, I never realized how confusing these things could be!) - I'll schedule an appointment with Snuggle Bugz' so they can help me with that!

You can find more about Snuggle Bugz' here:

Instagram: @snugglebugzbaby
Facebook: @snugglebugz
Website: www.snugglebugz.ca

More of Phillips Avent here:

Instagram: @philipsaventrd
Facebook: @philips.avent

And more of me here:

Instagram: @CarlaMariaBruno & My Baby Girl Instagram
Watch our Travel Adventures on YouTube
Facebook: TravelWithMeTV
Blog: www.CarlaMariaBruno.com

Photography by: Bethany Amanda

Instagram: @bethanyamandaweddingphoto
Website: www.bethanyamandaphotography.com