You guys know that we try to live simply. Less is more, as they say. So even when it comes to baby gear, we don’t have every contraption that’s listed on all of the recommended registry lists. We’ve been able to get by without all kinds of baby stuff, including some of the bigger items like play-yards and bouncers and what not. With my first 2 babes, playtime was simple. I often laid them on a blanket in the middle of the floor with a few toys and we didn’t have too much to worry about. Addie wasn’t a typical 2 year-old. We never had to worry about her hurting Ingrid or doing something unsafe nearby. Ingrid, who is now 2 years old, is quite another story. With 3 kids ages 3 and under, it’s kind of insane how dangerous our scenario has gotten. Adair and Ingrid LOVE Margot to pieces. They really do. But sometimes, they get a little too “in her face” if you know what I mean. I’m constantly saying things like “give her some space,” and “not so close.” They smother her
to death with love. And so, Margot often needs me to intervene on her behalf and move her to a safe place, away from her slightly dangerous older siblings.
I used to be able to let Margot lay and play in her crib all the time, giving her a nice break from her handsy sisters. Unfortunately, she now knows that her crib is just for sleeping. She won’t let me lay her down in there unless it is, in fact, time for sleep. Plus, she’s on the move now. Laying in one place rarely happens these days. She likes to sit up and interact and play and roll around and scootch and all of that. So of course, a baby walker was a must.
We received the Joovy Spoon walker in the mail and little miss Margot has been enjoying it ever since. I can’t complain either. First of all, it has a really simple design. This is SO HUGE in my book. There isn’t a rainbow of colors or an ugly print. It’s white and grey (there are other seat color options available) and looks nice and clean no matter which room it is in. Second of all, the Joovy Spoon doubles as a high-chair! Because Little Miss is just getting started with solids, she doesn’t always eat with the rest of us during our traditional mealtimes. This means I can feed her in the living room while Addie and Ingrid are playing with blocks and reading books. I can even move the Joovy Spoon outside (Proof! Above!) and feed her while Addie and Ingrid are riding bikes or chasing chickens.
I’ll be honest, I was worried about getting another contraption for fear of taking up space, but the Joovy Spoon is super compact. It folds up flat, so we can easily store it when we’re not using it. And, we can easily pack it with us in the car when we’re going to Grandma’s for the day. Also, I feel like we’re going to be able to use the Joovy Spoon for awhile. It comes with 3 different height positions and we’re using the very lowest one now. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re still using it past Margot’s first birthday. How cute is she? I mean, seriously…
The Joovy Spoon is pretty awesome and I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you have more than 1 kiddo. It retails for only $99, which is a steal! You can read more about the Joovy Spoon Walker here. The Joovy Spoon is available for purchase on the Joovy website, Amazon, Buy Buy Baby, and Babies “R” Us.
Tell me, what are your must-have baby gear items? What items could you do without? xoxo, L
*Joovy sent me the Joovy Spoon Walker for review. All opinions are my own!