In Partnership With Cybex
4 New-Mom Essentials
From strollers to car seats, our editorial director takes the latest gear for a spin.
In my pre-baby fantasies of motherhood, I ooze the quiet authority and coordination of Mary Poppins as I float into Thanksgiving dinner bearing a smiling baby and homemade cranberry sauce. Now, eight weeks into actual parenthood, it turns out I’m a little less Poppins than I had hoped. My baby is perfect in every way, of course, but as many parents will tell you, sometimes perfection takes the shape of projectile vomit. So as the holidays approach, and a three-hour drive to Long Island’s North Fork looms on the horizon, I’m getting a head start on packing the travel must-haves that will bring me closer to the dream – and ensure that my family allow us to return next year.
1. Cybex Cloud Q
The car seat is critical if you hope to have any resemblance of a life after a baby. This car seat is pretty awesome for a few reasons: It is super safe, cushy and comfy, even for tiny babies, and could not be any easier to click into the stroller. This means that while you’re on the road, baby is safe and cozy, and once you’ve arrived at your destination, you can get her into the stroller in seconds without waking her up. Plus, and this is my favorite feature of all, with one click of a button, the car seat fully reclines into a safe sleeping position. Studies have shown that babies who spend prolonged time slumped forward in car seats can have a hard time breathing and getting the oxygen they need. This reclined position means you don’t have to worry about her sleeping in her car seat while you unload the car and get settled.
2. Musical Mobile
Long car rides call for a great playlist; these days, though, we’re hearing less and less of our favorites and more and more of Olympia’s. This patterned mobile plays a classic Beatles tune we can all enjoy.
3. Bibb Pacifiers
When you’re all buckled in and cruising down the Long Island Expressway, the only tools you have for calming a crying baby are your most emphatic shushing sounds and her favorite pacifier. Pack one in every pocket of every bag, and another in the glove compartment.
4. Cybex Priam Stroller
I married a mid-century modern maniac, whose obsession with design verges on compulsive. As you can imagine, the hunt for a stroller caused much marital distress. Just as Ray and Charles Eames famously married style and function, Cybex has transformed what was once a clunky eyesore into a sleek and modern piece of equipment for design-savvy parents. It’s beautiful to look at, drives like a Ferrari (I imagine) and the all-terrain wheels are as handy on potholed NYC streets as they are on country strolls through vineyards. The lux seat has a full-recline position for newborns (no bassinet attachment needed) and is super plush and cozy. Additionally, with three clicks, this stroller collapses to a manageable size and can be carried over your shoulder or thrown in the trunk of your car.
Phoebe de Croisset is Maisonette’s director of editorial and special projects. Follow her on Instagram @phoebecalliope.