We’ve had our new UPPAbaby VISTA stroller for about a month now. A significant amount of time to be able to test out all the features and truly make a decision on how we feel about it. Honestly, I am so impressed. A number of people reached out to get my opinion about the stroller, so I wanted to go ahead and share my approval here.
UPPAbaby VISTA 2019
Color: BRYCE - White Marl solid, on a silver Vista frame, and "Chestnut" (dark brownish) leather accents
Top 3 Favorite Things for Parents
I want my kid to be comfortable, but it can’t be all about them! These are the top 3 features I found the most helpful to me:
Adjustable Handle Height: I have a herniated disc in my neck that has been giving me a ton of trouble since my pregnancy. It sounds so silly, but being able to adjust the handle height so that my arms rest in a way that doesn’t put strain on my neck is a game changer. This is a feature I didn’t even know I wanted and it’s been the biggest positive change for me personally.
Storage Capacity: The backpack style diaper bag I use for Parx is awesome, but it also takes up a ton of space. I always had trouble in the past getting it to fit in stroller storage baskets, so the fact that I can fit the bag with plenty of room for extra stuff is a huge plus for me.
Machine Washable Fabrics: It’s easy to remove the soiled piece and throw it in the wash when needed. My kid is a mess and I have an affinity for white fabrics, so this is a dream come true for me.
Top 3 Favorite Things for the Kiddos
They are the ones who have to ride in it. Here’s some things Parx loves:
Fully Reclining Seat: Despite having a child that wakes up every morning before 7am, I still wouldn’t say I am a morning person. More often than not, we have the timely choice of either sitting down to have a bottle after breakfast or walking the dogs. The dogs have lost out a few times, but Parx has also taken a bottle in his car seat usually ending in a formula shower at some point. Now that we have a fully reclining stroller though, we have a fun morning ritual of Parx taking his bottle while we walk the dogs. He’s reclined enough that he doesn’t have to work to hold the bottle up and since he’s his mother’s son, aka also not a morning person, this is a much appreciated addition to his morning.
Rides Like Butter: Seriously this thing is smooth. There’s not much more to say here other than it lives up to its reputation.
Forward or Rear Facing Seat: Just like his Daddy, Parx is a bit of a red head. He is pretty sensitive to the sun and absolutely hates when its in his eyes. Because of this, depending on where the sun is in the sky, we can switch which way he faces to keep him out of direct sunlight. BONUS: There’s also a SPF 50 sunshade for my little ginger.
Overall, the UPPAbaby VISTA is hands down the best stroller I’ve used. I knew that when I got it, but it’s also been great to find how useful it’s been to our every day life. Being a mom is tough sometimes so if there’s anything I have learned in Parx’s first year, it’s to get the thing that makes your life easier. It’s been totally worth it so far.
It’s been a good amount of years since I left my buying and fashion merchandising career behind, but there is so much that I miss about it. The other downfall of stepping away from working in retail, is losing the fantastic discount I took such great advantage of. From these two thoughts I’ve brainstormed a few ideas to feel just a little more creative outside of my day to day.
The idea is to do a weekly blog post with my favorite things I’ve found throughout the week. I obsessively check Nordstrom, Shopbop, Revolve, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, among other retailers, so why not put all that searching to good use? There’s literally nothing more therapeutic to me than scrolling through the new arrivals and adding to my hearts/faves/wishlist… closet… etc.
Then, every couple of months, go back through my picks and purchase a few. This way I make sure I really love that item before impulsively buying… which I am oh so good at currently.
Maybe the only person who will love all these items is me, but there’s just a chance, you might find something you love as well. Cheers to new beginnings and retail therapy!
I love wearing white and am on the hunt for the perfect white blouse that I can wear to work or out or wherever. These are a few contenders, but I’m not sure if I’ve exactly found THE ONE yet.
I love a journal. Do I need another one? Probably not. Would this one be really fun to fill in though? Most definitely.
I like to buy one really nice pair of sunglasses every year or so. I am notoriously good at taking care of them (knock on wood), so without the fear of losing or damaging them, I know when I find a good pair, I’ll keep them for as long as I decide I like them. These Dior round aviators are exactly what I think I need. I might not make it the few months before purchasing these…
Where I am good with sunglasses, I am notoriously hard on shoes. Not sure why. Maybe because I walk fast? Whatever the reason, I am super hesitant to pull the trigger on designer shoe purchases. I own one pair of Valentino Rockstuds, totally worth it, but, have so far talked myself out of any other expensive shoes. With that being said, I am absolutely obsessed with Malone Souliers currently. I feel like these nude heels would be a wonderful staple in my wardrobe.
I read about this mascara on some blog somewhere. I’m nervous to pull the trigger because I’ve never heard of it before beyond this one instance. Is it a diamond in the rough that is just waiting to be a household name mascara or is it only this one person that actually likes it? I would love to hear if anyone has ever tried it before.
This one isn’t even a question. The only reason I haven’t purchased it yet is because I don’t know where I am going to put it.
This one is for Parx. He’s growing so fast. I hate to buy him a $24 t-shirt just to have him wear it once. But I am a sucker for shark shirts. He is, of course, Parxie Sharxie.
Some Things I Did Buy This Week
I’m always on the hunt for good SPF lip stuff. The smell/flavor(?) of this lip balm from SUPERGOOP! is unbelievable. It’s so subtle and I say flavor, but it’s not even really a flavor. It’s an essence maybe? Whatever. It’s perfect and just like that I have a new lip balm of choice. My hubs loves it too.
New work shoes. I love supporting the babes who got their start on the internets, so these Something Navy pumps were a must have.
What do you think about my picks? Anything you personally love… or dare I say, hate? I would love to hear your opinions.
Parx has hit the seven month milestone, I’ve gone back to work and we’ve had a sufficient amount of time to decide what’s worked best. What could I not live without? What could Parx not live without? And what has been our all time favorite baby stuff.
Owlet Smart Sock 2, $299.99
Why does this come first? Because I am a much more chill mom when Parx is sleeping with this monitor on. I really appreciate that I can open my phone and see his heart rate and oxygen levels. It’s basically an Apple Watch for your baby and as a tech nerd, I’m here for it.
Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Owl Nightlight Soother, $39.99
Maybe you have a super quiet house? We definitely do not. My husband hosts all his friends over for Xbox FIFA games a couple of times a week from about 8-11pm or much later on weekends. I love having all the guys at our house and needed to find a way to disguise the friendly competitive banter from my sleeping baby. Enter the sound of waves. He loves it.
Target Cloud Onesies, $12.99 for a pack of 3
I don’t care where you live, it’s cold in your house at night most of the time. Even in Florida, it’s chilly inside. Now compound that with being unable to use a blanket and you would want some footy jammies too! The black and white ones are my favorite on Parx. He owns them in a few sizes now.
Available at Target
Skip Hop Greenwich Diaper Backpack, starting at $79.99
When your hands are full, you don’t want to be lugging around a shoulder bag. This back pack is super durable and at least a little bit cute. I got mine in my favorite color, olive green, to match Parx’s nursery.
Dockatot, starting at $175
Not only super cute, Parx’s Dockatot was a handy accessory. I heard great things from other moms, but had a hard time getting over the pricepoint at first. Then I was gifted a beautiful, marble-printed Dock and just fell in love with it. We knew we would be traveling a bit during Parx’s first few months, so I decided to get him used to sleeping in the Dockatot so he would have the same place to sleep whether he was in a Pack ‘N’ Play, crib, on the floor, across our legs in an airplane, etc. This was a lifesaver. The only downside is that there is some controversy around how safe it is for the baby to sleep unattended aka when you are also sleeping. I did not have any issues with this because my son has wide shoulders and fit snuggly. But, I was also thankful to have the Owlet as a backup.
UPPABaby Vista, starting at $809
I did not buy this stroller. I just couldn’t do it with that price tag and I’m having some regrets. We already know that we would like to have another baby soon and I love how the Vista can accommodate different seats, you can organize them how you like and you have some options. I love our infant carseat, the Chicco Keyfit 30, which is compatible with the Vista, so I think I’ll make the jump to the Vista once the next baby becomes a reality. No complaints about the Chicco Keyfit Travelsystem, I just really love the flexibility of the UPPABaby.
What have been your baby must haves? We’re starting to think about baby #2. Any suggestions for two under two? This mom stuff is a blast, but it helps to go into it prepared.