I have a deep love for Amazon Prime. We live in the city with two small kids and no car, so the thought of dragging them to Target or any store gives me heart palpitations. I don’t think I could parent without Amazon Prime.
But, it’s also a love hate relationship, because there can be so.many.choices on Amazon that I sometimes get paralyzed that I won’t be buying “the right” sippycup/snow boots/socks. I used to go to resources like my Facebook moms groups or Garden Moms, and while they’re great, none of the formats really lent itself to easy searching. Plus, people seemed to have a lot of differing opinions and I also didn’t know if I could trust random strangers.
So, because I’m a research nerd (I’m a lawyer in my “real job”) I kept researching all of my baby gear. I would read reviews upon reviews. Frankly, I researched nearly everything I bought, not just kids stuff, from my favorite smartwool socks to my non-toxic daily sunscreen that won’t clog my pores. My husband used to tease me, but then one time we bought the wrong “okay to wake” alarm clock and it wouldn’t work consistently and was so hard to use. And so I started to realize that, yes, there are “right” and “wrong” products. (In case you’re wondering, this clock is the right one, and the one shaped like a traffic light is the “wrong” one…it is impossible to use consistently and doesn’t have nearly all the features you’d actually want).
And I thought it would be a shame if I was the only one using this information. That’s why I started the Facebook group Vetted. It’s an open group that anyone can join where I put together Facebook albums of all of my favorite gear. Everything from winter clothing, to baby feeding.
The group has grown by word-of-mouth and has nearly 300 members. What started as my immediate friend group has grown into an awesome community of parents who share their tips. Plus, it’s a great place to post things like “hey, does anyone have an XXX that they really love?” My only rule is that things have to be personally used and vouched for, and everything has to be available on Amazon Prime (because if it doesn’t come Prime, it’s basically dead to me). I also keep my eyes on all of Amazon’s sales, so if a really great product comes on sale, I post those as well.
I’m a big believer that for things that you touch every day, you should love them. Because parenting is hard enough. We shouldn’t have to put up with sippy cups that always leak.