PREPARING FOR BABY #3

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The countdown is on. Here we are just a short 6 or so weeks from d-day… otherwise known as the arrival of baby #3 and we’re slightly freaking out. Completely normal, right? It’s been such a long haul to get to this point and now it’s almost unreal that we’re about to have 3 kids. THREE! I don’t think it will ever really settle in until he’s here – healthy and in our arms. With each pregnancy they say it goes even faster than the last and they couldn’t be more right, in our case. As most of you know, I’ve been so busy juggling the business, our family, my husband being out of town for most of the months, and a crap ton of travel lately. The past 8 months have literally flown by and now we’re in our last month of this pregnancy in what felt like a blink of an eye. In between it all, I’ve tried to keep a steady head and focus on what I could do to our home (and life, in general) that could streamline it and make it more functional for us as a new family of 5. FIVE!

With the arrival of baby #3 we will have to make some changes as a family. You know, anything that will make it easier for my husband (and a few helping grandparent hands) to manage on their own while I take some much needed time off with the new baby. The one thing that was super important to me was making sure the baby adjusted quickly to our lifestyle and adapting our lifestyle to fit having a newborn – something we haven’t had to do in almost 4 years. Let’s just say, I’ve come a LONG way since my first child.

One of the first things on my checklist was to find car-seats that fit three across our 2nd row bench in our SUV. We have a 3rd row in our Land Rover Discovery, but since all my kids are under 5, I wanted easy access to them while driving and having the 3rd row down gives us more cargo room anyway, for things like a stroller. Sure, I could make life even easier by succumbing to that minivan mom life, but entering that world is just not in my cards and thanks to Clek‘s super slim car seats, it doesn’t have to be. Good Lord, thank you, Clek!

We are currently using the Foonf convertible car seat for our 4 yr old and the Oobr booster seat for our 5 yr old. The infant car seat shown here is the Cybex Cloud Q Plus – But it’s important to note that Clek will be releasing their first ever infant car seat later this Fall 2018. Yay!

So, what do I love so much about these seats, you say? Well, let me count the ways!

  1. Design –  With clean lines and understated beauty of mid century modern design, these seats make me feel like I didn’t lose myself somewhere in between becoming a mom and my life as a designer. I appreciate good aesthetics and these car seats are the best looking ones on the market, in my opinion. Everything about them says luxury and style to me. They also come in so many bold and eye catching shades that it makes it almost hard to choose. Since I do tend love a good neutral, I went with the Thunder color-way for both our Foonf and Oobr. The perfect grey weave that is not only sophisticated, but super easy to clean. I love that it’s a great alternative to plain black.
  2. Slim Profile –  The surprisingly slim profile makes these seats one of the smallest footprints on the market and able to fit in most smaller vehicles. In my case, it makes it super easy to fit 3 across our bench seat in our family SUV. My kids have also been able to have a clearer view out the windows since they sit up a tad higher than their old seats. It’s been a win/win for all of us, since I can now drive in peace while my kids look at their surroundings instead of kicking the back of my seat out of boredom.
  3. Safety – The Clek car seats have some of the highest ratings on the market when it comes to safety not only in technology, but also in the materials. They’re made from Crypton Super Fabrics: 8 Crypton covers that are waterproof, wipe clean, and resist bacteria; which is also GREENGUARD Select Certified and free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants. There’s so much info on their REACT safety system, you can read all about how incredible it is here

If you’ve fallen in love like I have and just can’t wait, I don’t blame you! They are having an incredible sale now, starting today, Friday May 25 and running thru the 27th. Take 15% off site-wide for all US Customers to kick off road trip season and #clekyourride!  Shop on Clek.com *Sale excludes Mammoth, Last Chance items, replacement parts, and items already on sale. Discount codes will not be valid for the duration of the sale. May not be combined with any other promotions.

Xx,

Thank you to Clek for providing the car seats in this post. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and completely my own.


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