By William Kristoph
Graco DuoDiner 3-in-1 High Chair – Bermuda
Review Time! One of the things we decided to get was a 3-in-1 High Chair for TDub. Like most things, we were incredibly blessed to receive it as a gift. The chair was easy to assemble and can grow with him from an infant high chair, to a regular high chair and finally into a booster seat. I cannot properly review the high chair or booster part, but I can review the infant high chair part.
In short, it’s great. TDub is a long baby. I mean long, and he’s not a lightweight either. It became hard to hold him properly at every feeding, even for me. So my wife and I decided to recline the DuoDiner to the infant position and test it out. I was afraid that he wouldn’t like it and might not want to eat. Amazingly, we strapped him in and he just chilled out until the bottle was ready. Not only did he look comfortable, but so were we since we balanced our elbows on the tray for support.
Overall, the Graco DuoDiner 3-in-1 is made of durable plastic and materials that just wipe down. It’s useful from an early age and should last him quite a while. I’d recommend this chair to anyone looking for a stand-alone high chair that converts into a booster seat later on.
Graco Pack ‘N Play Travel Play Yard with Newborn Napper Station LX Review
By William Kristoph
When my wife and I did our first mostly clueless spin around Toys R Us months ago looking for things we needed when our son arrived, we did not consider a Pack ‘N Play until the end of our trip.
“Do we really need that?” / “Beats me. It’s probably good to have if we go somewhere.”
Thank God we were lucky enough to receive it as a gift. The Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Newborn Napper Station LX – Bermuda is a lifesaver for the first few nights of new parent anxiety thanks to the Newborn Napper Station. The Newborn Napper was perfect for the first few nights at home, when my wife and I slept on the couches with our son nearby. The Diaper Changing Station meant we didn’t have to go far or bend over too much to change him in the middle of those first nights. It was an excellent experience.
After a couple of nights we graduated to the crib where our son sleeps like a champ, so the Pack ‘N Play is used mostly during the day for naps and when mom or dad need a rest from holding our new addition. Either way, it’s easily portable thanks to the wheels and collapses down in to next to nothing for when we want to travel. So far, the Graco Pack ‘N Play LX is the most important “non-essential” baby item we own!
Graco Lauren Crib (Espresso) – Ignore the sliders under the legs.
After doing a good amount of research, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase the Graco Lauren Crib in Espresso from Walmart online. Overall, it rated pretty well and looked like it was a good value for the price. There were the standard set of 1 star reviews, which could scare anybody off, but I have a feeling that those reviews either aren’t legitimate or were really about a bad shipping experience.
This is the second time I’ve used Walmart’s Site-To-Store option. For big, bulky items it’s awesome. Shipping to the store is free, so if you have a vehicle large enough to pick the item up with you can save yourself a good chunk of cash. From arrival to exit I was at the store for 20 mins max. The package had the typical dings that happen in shipping, but in general, the crib container was in great shape.
I’ve heard horror stories from friends and family about crib assembly. “Have fun cussing for a couple of hours.” Online there are a couple of reviews talking about missing, parts, manuals and broken pieces. One review even claimed that three hours later the crib still wasn’t together. My personal experience was excellent, not frustrating. Each part was in good shape, all of the screws and connectors were neatly packaged, and everything was ready to assemble. I removed everything from the box, laid it out on the floor and prepared to assemble the crib.