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How the Heck Does This Work?

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Julie Davidson

by Mommy MD Guides blogger Julie Davidson

Maybe you went to college. You have a decent job. Your credit score is near perfect. You think your kinda’, sorta’ smart. Think again. When you begin getting things set up for your baby, none of that matters.

The car seat looks easy enough, right? It’s not. Let’s just say it’s built for safety, not ease. No more old-school strap and go. These near-designer car seats are fully loaded with a million parts—a base, straps, strap adjuster, removable inserts, and that umbrella-looking thing.

We tried to install it ourselves. For over an hour. And after all that, it was still loose. This is why there are trained technicians who know how to properly install car seats. Without cussing.

Maybe I get excited about small stuff, but when I found out that the car seat fits in the stroller I was over the moon! It’s like buying a purse that has a matching wallet inside. You can’t put a price tag on that kind of convenience. However, it’s only convenient if you can figure out how to work it. To keep your blood pressure in check, practice before you have the baby. You’ll marvel at your progress. By the time you use it half a dozen times, you’ll cut your set-up and take-down time in half.

How hard could it be to use a crib? Assembly was no problem, but I must have tried a dozen times over the course of four days before I finally figured out that the side of the crib slid down to make way for the baby.

One of the most interesting things was the Diaper Genie. No problem setting it up. But emptying it out was like watching a magician pull a handkerchief from a hat. Two hundred seventy diapers linked together, like sausages off the assembly line.

So be proud of your degree, your career, and your credit score. But also be ready to be humbled by a world of things you aren’t familiar with. And keep the manuals.

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