Quite a while ago I posted about Babysmart’s Cooshee changing table. We bought this item after quite a bit of research and at the time were quite happy with it. It served its purpose as a changing table very well, and given frequent trips to visit relatives the fact that it was easily portable was a huge plus. Additionally the raised edges and relatively narrow width made it a perfect co-sleeper while on those trips… a great multi-functional baby tool.
After over a year with the BabySmart Cooshee Changer I can say that nothing has changed. We still use it to change our little guy though it no longer accompanies us on trips (we’ve turned to the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib which is awesome in its own right). The surface remains clean and wipeable. Initially I was a bit concerned that the foam might start to come apart, especially as our little guy became more curious, but there isn’t so much as a scratch on it.
But, remember to buy the lime green version since some of the others are rumoured to stain over time.
After almost 15 months with the BabySmart Cooshee Changer I can confidently say that it’s been one of the best purchases since the arrival of our baby.
Here’s something else I didn’t know. I assumed that when babies weren’t screaming they generally sat pretty quietly or made quiet coo-ing noises, like on TV. That’s not how it works. In an attempt to save ourselves having to get out of bed to soothe our little one in the middle of the night we’ve set up a co-sleeping arrangement using the Cooshee Changer (see my previous take on that magical device) to keep him in place, and to keep us from rolling on top of him.
Here’s what I expected. When he woke up and was hungry or otherwise upset he’d scream bloody murder and one of us would soothe him with a finger or a pacifier, or if it was feeding time my wife would nurse until he’d had enough and would fall back to sleep. Wrong. Here’s the deal. Babies are crazy noisy whether they’re awake or asleep and ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT. Our little guy can sit in his bouncy chair asleep for hours in the afternoon and not make a sound. At night it’s all snorts, whistles and what sounds like congestion. The doctor says that everything’s fine and it’s normal, and from what I can tell that’s true as he doesn’t wake up at any point during these symphonies, but man, good luck sleeping through it if you’re the parent.
So, Dad’s out there who haven’t gone through this before, be warned. Sleep doesn’t mean silence, and you’ll hear some of the craziest noises you can imagine while trying to rest. My best piece of advice is to arrange alternate sleeping arrangements somewhere else in the house so you can manage a couple hours of rest and still function at the office. At first I was hesitant to do so, but soon kicked that concern to the curb.
So as I said, we recently welcomed a new addition to our family and I, like many new fathers was blissfully unaware of what I was in for. They say to treasure sleep before your baby arrives. They say it. And they mean it. I didn’t heed the warnings, at least not to the extent that I should have, and now I’ve joined the masses of parents doling out that bit of advice to the next crop that will ignore it.
Here’s another one. Get ready to spend way more money than you’d ever anticipated. Shocker.
Now for some real advice to the Dads out there that want to feel like they know what they’re talking about. It feels like every day someone is suggesting a product that we don’t have, or in all too many cases a slight variant of a product that we already do have. Fortunately we live in an apartment which provides a forcing factor in terms of what we can and cannot hoard so in many cases I’ve been able to avoid purchasing what seemed like a completely unnecessary item. That said, every so often there comes an item that in truth, will make your life as a new parent MUCH easier. The first such item on our list was the Cooshee BabySmart Changer.
This thing is awesome. It’s light… made of foam so you can carry it under your arm no problem. It’s easy to clean so if (when) something gets on it you can quickly wipe it down, or soap and rinse it in the tub. Based on our son’s reaction its pretty comfortable as he falls asleep on it with no issue. Best of all its simple. I can’t believe I’m writing a product review about a baby changer.
If you clicked the link above you’ll notice that while the different colors are the same size they vary widely in price. When we were researching the Cooshee Changer we found that some parents had issues with the Cooshee staining, and some colors were worse than others. Hence the price differences with the cheapest likely being the worst and hardest to sell. According to the forums I read when researching, the lime green BabySmart Cooshee Changer is the one to get, which we did, and thus far there is no indication of staining. Yes it’s more expensive, but ‘staining’ sounds gross and there’s nothing worse than spending money on something you’re not going to use. For more feedback you can check out reviews on Amazon here and you’ll see that where there are negative reviews they tend to be about the staining, not whether the product works. Get the lime green one!
Anyway, that’s my recommendation for this evening (ugh, I guess its actually morning). The BabySmart Cooshee Changer in lime green. Why? Comfortable. Simple. Light. Wipeable. Easy. Not gross.
Oh, one more thing. I tried to find one of these things in Canada and came up blank. What I ended up doing was buying it from Amazon.com and having it shipped to an address in the US where I picked it up. If you get a note from the recipient telling you that a MASSIVE box arrived don’t panic. They shipped it in a box the size of a dining room table surface but the actual Cooshee box inside will fit easily in any trunk or back seat.