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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

GoCrib Product Review

When we were creating our registry, there were only two things Dan cared anything about: the stroller and the pack & play.  I understood why he took such an interest in the stroller - they are expensive and he do I put this nicely?  He is frugal.  :-)  However, why he gave two craps about our pack & play I could NOT figure out.

He was INSISTENT upon the Guava Family GoCrib.  I took one look at it and decided that it wasn't for me - why is it that all of the pictures of the thing are of people camping?  And clearly I am not a camper.  I fought and fought him - I was convinced that we needed a pack & play with a bassinet - but in the end, I gave in.  After all, he was pretty agreeable and let me choose everything else for once, so what do I care?

Let me preface this by saying that I think the pack & play with the bassinet, etc. is a good idea for use as a second changing table, which is how a lot of my girlfriends use it with their babies.  However, we are fortunate in that we have two changing tables already - one upstairs and one downstairs - so we didn't need all of the extra "stuff" that came along with the traditional pack & plays.  

When it was all said and done, Dan made me sit down and watch several videos on the GoCrib.  These two are my favorite:
The second video above is probably more worth watching than the first - it's the one that sold Dan on it, mainly because it's pretty cool.

Both of our parents have a crib for Lilly to sleep in, so we hadn't had a chance to use our GoCrib yet other than when we received it as a gift before Lilly was born and Dan immediately opened it and inflated it in the living room so he could play with it.  As much as we travel, I know it will get a ton of use in the coming years.  I used it over the weekend for the first time when we went to the beach for Katy's bachelorette party, and I am here to tell you that it is one of the best things we have (thanks to the Aunts & Granny for the awesome gift!).  It is lightweight and takes up almost no room in the car.  Even if I weren't the over packer of the century, babies have a lot of stuff, so every spare inch of room you can save helps, especially since neither of us drive an SUV.  The GoCrib folds right up into a backpack, and since it's inflatable, it's very squishy and can be compacted even smaller.  Even though it's inflatable, it's durable, easy to assemble, and even easy to move from room to room if need be.  The pad that goes in it is inflatable as well so it adds a little extra cushion, and the mattress pad and sheet add even more cushion.  Lilly was perfectly comfortable and slept wonderfully in it.

My only suggestion to you would be this: if you've never used it, don't wait until the baby needs to go to bed right that second to set it up.  It's not hard to assemble by any means, but I waited until Lilly was fussy and clearly ready for bed to set it up, and y'all know how I get stressed and it wears on my nerves, so I was cursing Dan for making me get that stupid contraption until I figured out how easy it was (thanks to Leah's help!).  

Anyway, out of five stars, I would give this product ten.  I liked it that much.  I have suggested it to all of my girlfriends who are having babies.  It is a little more expensive than some of the pack & plays, I think, but I have seen it on Zulily several times for 30% off or more - in fact, that's how we got ours, because Steph saw it on sale and pointed it out to Mom.  Also, if you're into outdoorsy stuff (not it) and are by chance an REI member, I think you get discounts there as well.  My friend Carrie's son, Sam, will not sleep in a pack & play - hates it - so we're letting them borrow the GoCrib for the weekend.  I am anxious to see if they love it as much as we do.  I will report back!  I wish I'd thought to take a picture of L sleeping in it...maybe next time.  

Long story short: get the GoCrib!  It's awesome.  As I said, as much as we travel, I know that it will get plenty of use.  It is perfect for the beach, camping (if you're into that sort of thing), indoors...really however you want to use it, and the fact that it's so lightweight and portable is an added bonus.  When I find a product that I love, I like to share, because this is exactly the feedback I was looking for when I was pregnant.  This is truly a great product, and worth every penny, in our opinion.  Get it!

Happy Tuesday!


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