Back in May, when COVID-19 was unfolding, I was supposed to be in Spain watching my younger brother get married. He'd spent two years in Barcelona doing an MBA, and returned home with a beautiful Colombian girl named Paulina who we all adored, partly because she didn't seem to judge our appalling attempt at speaking Spanish. "Hola!" in my best Spanish accent was about as far as I got...
Their wedding in Seville was a year in the making, and then suddenly within a week it was all over. No one was going anywhere for the foreseeable future. A few weeks after they called the wedding off, amongst the doom and gloom of COVID, we had the joyful news that they were expecting their first child, and a few weeks after that, they cut a cake to discover it was pink inside – they were having a girl. Now, given my brother has watched my husband and I deliriously navigate the world of parenthood, often with a look of horror on his face at the scenes that unfold, I can’t wait for him to become a dad. Yes, to get him back, because that’s what sisters do, but also because I can’t wait to be able to cuddle a baby and do all the fun stuff, then hand her back.
So inspired by my friend Rebecca Ritman, who is the digital editor at Condé Nast Traveller in London and recently wrote a piece for The Grace Tales on ’21 lessons from her first year of motherhood which she doesn’t want to forget’, I thought I’d compile a list of things you need to know about having a baby when you’re expecting, because after two children, they’re the little lessons I know are invaluable when you’re prepping for the arrival of a baby.
A good pram is your best friend
Now, I mean this literally, because you will be spending more time with your pram and baby than anyone else, so you need something that helps make life easier for you (trust me, there are many prams out there that don’t make your life easier and leave you feeling completely frustrated).
I recently helped Paulina decide on a pram, and we landed on the new award-winning Joolz Day+. For those of you who haven’t heard of Joolz, the brand which was founded in 2004, is a fast-growing Dutch company from Amsterdam which believes that “happy parents raise happy children”. And believe me, a good pram that works for you, not against you, will make you a happy parent. It’s one of the most important tools you’ll need. According to Joolz: “We offer young families building blocks to spark their lives with positivity. We call it ‘Positive Design’. It means, we build award-winning, ergonomic, comfortable and stylish pushchairs, car seats and (organic) accessories that contribute to a vibrant lifestyle”.
Their prams are all of the above and more. And the new Day+ will tick every single possible box on your pram wish list (even LED lights for night-time walks). Launching in Australia this month, the Day+ is suitable from birth all the way to 22kg (or) 4 years.
The Day+ features a stylish leatherette handle and large ventilated basket (once you realise how much stuff you actually need to get out the door with a baby, you’ll truly appreciate how amazing this basket is). And as for colour combos, the Day+ now comes in four classic colours, including Classic Blue, Brilliant Black (featured here), Gorgeous Grey and exclusive colour, Radiant Grey.
The premium frame with inbuilt suspension comes with a spacious cot, breathable mattress and an ergonomic seat with a leg extension. The ergonomic seat from six months+ is a ideal for toddlers and sits at table level (so when you’re stopping for a coffee, your toddler will be at the same height as the table – these little things matter). Ventilation is also built into both the carrycot and seat hood for those warmer days when overheating can be a problem, especially if you’ve covered the pram with a muslin swaddle while your baby sleeps.
Stylish and functional features aside, one of the things I love about Joolz is not only their dedication to quality, but their commitment to sustainability. They work to combat deforestation and climate change by planting a tree with every pram purchase. Parents receive their very own Birth Forest Certificate when registering within the first six months, which also gives them a lifetime warranty on their Day+. The Day+ packaging is also sustainable, containing instructions on how to easily transform the cardboard into a sailboat.