We still have tons of things to buy for our little one, but we didn’t have too much time to think about that before our trip to Thailand since I was sick for about two months. Now that I’m back to my normal-self, and we have more free time, we have started preparing. This week we bought a stroller and a rocking chair. Actually we bought an awesome Black & Decker blender too, but let’s face it, that’s not for baby… that one is for us, so that we can keep enjoying fresh fruit smoothies, like we did in Thailand.
We bought a Mountain Buggy Swift Stroller, and it is the compact version so we were told that it fits into the back of Chinese taxis. This was a big consideration for us in picking a stroller – size and weight. The only other big stipulation I had was that I wanted a three-wheeler that was very smooth and easy to run with. From my experiences with taking kids out and about, a good stroller is vital if you want to exercise with baby. The sidewalks are bumpy here, but this one seems pretty good, so I look forward to walking and running with little man as soon as I am allowed to exercise after his birth.
IKEA Rocking chair and Footstool
We are already totally in love with this IKEA rocking chair set which now sits in our lounge next to our couch. It will be perfect for when baby comes and we need to feed him, or just rock him to sleep. Neither of us wants to sit on the couch now – looks like we might need two of these rockers!
We bought these things from other families in Qingdao and they are in great condition. No use spending a fortune on things we may only be able to keep for a couple of years, so we were very happy to hear that some fellow expats had goods to sell. Justin has some good connections through the soccer group he plays with on Wednesdays, and we also know many expat families at the church that we attend. This makes buying baby things much easier since many of them are moving out of the “baby-stage” and they want to sell these things. YES – bonus for us!