SEBASTIAN’S SPRING, + THE NEW! BRITAX BABY CARRIER {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}***CLOSED***

From April showers to May flowers, Mama Nature is finally bestowing NYC with the glorious weather it so richly deserves.  To pay homage, I’ve started scaling back work so that I can spend at least 2 full days during the week with Sebastian and take advantage of it.  He’s at the perfect age (just shy of 2) to be the Lewis to my Clark.

While Leo is the best person to explore restaurants, nightlife, and travel with, he’s not much into some of my interests like sightseeing, museums, opera, and shopping, which is okay because I don’t believe any one person should be your everything. I share those other experiences with friends and family, and now my Prince Sebastian.  I mean, isn’t that the point of having a son?  To sculpt him in the man of your dreams?

We’ve been keeping busy and other than traveling all the way out to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on a rainy day only to realize it was Monday and closed, it’s been all smiles.

There have been trips to the Central Park Zoo & Children’s Petting Zoo:

Central Park Children's Zoo

A long subway ride out to Coney Island to the New York Aquarium:

Visits to requisite museums like the American Museum of Natural History and The Met for the Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty Exhibit (no photos allowed inside the exhibit hall, sorry!):

Opening day at Sesame Place to meet our favorite friends and celebrate the addition of Murray, the park’s newest character.

Sebastian was his own character, the “Hugging Monster:”

New Murray Character at Sesame Place, PA

Toes in the sand, smack dab in the middle of Manhattan at Heckscher Playground, Central Park:

And my personal favorites, the Children’s Museums in Manhattan (for the Wizard of Oz installation) and Brooklyn, where Sebastian is free to run wild and paw whatever he desires:

Believe it or not, I still carry the 30+ lb Bubba-Beast almost everywhere we go.  The benefits of baby-wearing are well-documented and I’ve been doing so since he was born.  Now that he’s more independent and resists sitting in the stroller, it’s easier for me to be hands free while hopping on and off of the buses and subways anyway so I just carry him all over town and let him run wild when we get to our destination.

We’ve tried several different baby carriers but since Sebastian was pushing 20 lbs by 5 months, I had to retire a couple of them early on.

BRITAX is launching its new baby carrier this summer and we’re fortunate enough to be among the first to test it out.

I’m happy to report the BRITAX Baby Carrier, for babies 8-32 lbs, has a padded waste belt and shoulder straps, and is definitely made for the long haul!

Unlike the one we were using, the BRITAX Baby Carrier allows me to carry Sebastian in front facing either inward or outward so he can check out what’s going on around him. Less fidgeting equals less strain on my back and shoulders.  It’s also effortless to make adjustments to the carrier while he’s in it.

The only draw-back for me, is that it’s designed to slip over the head to put it on, which I don’t love since it jeopardizes my perfectly coiffed hair.  Other than that, I’m sold.

The BRITAX Baby Carrier line comes in two gender-neutral fashions (black and navy, $129.99), and the Baby Carrier Organic is available in tan ($139.99). The carrier includes a removable infant insert that positions smaller babies naturally, as well as a plush (100% cotton), machine washable bib.  Additional accessories, sold separately, include a Seat Extender Insert (Black & Navy $24.99; Organic Tan $26.99) enhancing longer-wearing comfort through balanced weight distribution when used facing inward, as well as a set of Baby Carrier Bibs $19.99) for maximum coverage and protection of the carrier. For more information about BRITAX, visit www.britaxusa.com, or find BRITAX on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

WIN IT: BRITAX is giving one adventurous Glamamom reader the new BRITAX Baby Carrier to help keep you and your little one close and comfortable while on the go.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below with your favorite children’s destination or activity.

For an extra entry, follow BRITAX and Glamamom on Facebook and leave a comment below that you do.

Two entries total.  Please leave a separate comment for each.

I’ll randomly select a winner on Wednesday, June 22nd.  This giveaway is for readers in the US and Canada only.

UPDATE: The winner is Rose.  Congratulations!

{I was selected for the BRITAX Baby Carrier review by Buzzing Bloggers.  I was not compensated for my review or post.  I received a complimentary carrier for review purposes.  I am also the lucky, randomly selected winner of a BRITAX product of my choice (“door prize”) from the launch event. All opinions and recommendations expressed herein are my own.}

Comments

  1. Barbara
    Twitter: babspinfrance
    :

    My son loves the Children’s Museum! I love that I can let him run around and get exhausted all while it being educational. I consider it a win/win!

  2. OK..what a CUTIE your lil guy is! Looks like you had lots of fun!
    Unfortunately we are passed the weight limit on this one..we have a hefty lil one on our hands….but I wish I had heard of it sooner….it looks so much sturdier than the ones i have seen before.
    Your hair is still perfect…NO worries.
    C

  3. Clearly I don’t need the Britax, but I do need a cute kid to take with me as an excuse to go to the Wizard of Oz exhibit.

  4. Hi Jill! We love reading about all your adventures in the city with Sebastion! Too cute…and so much fun! You give us great ideas on fun places to go with Truman! Our latest favorite place to explore is Forest Park in Forest Hills. It’s such a great park! They have miles and miles of bridle paths, a pond, a picnic area, a carousel (that will hopefully repoening this summer), baseball fields, a golf course….and our favorite the Sobelsohn Playground! Truman loves the swings and the Giant Frog Water Foutains! It’s only a matter of time till he is running through them all by himself on a hot summer day! :D

  5. Looks like you son really enjoys all the sites! I love Britax! I used the infant seat and have two strollers!

  6. We are so lucky to live in such an amazing city! There is always some exciting cultural attraction to check out with the kiddos and you like you and Sebastian are fully taking advantage of that!

  7. We love the children’s museum(s); we are members at the one in our city and go all the time.

  8. I follow both you and Britax on facebook.

  9. Vida
    Twitter: mommylok
    :

    We also love all the childrens and science museums! Great pics :)

  10. I love to just get outside with my son. Everyday he discovers something new, a bug, a rock or even the taste of mud. It’s such a joy to witness his excitement with nature.

  11. My favorite children’s activity is going to the aquarium!

  12. Following Britax and Glamamom on FB (Jamie Pearson)

  13. LOVE all the new pics of Bubba! :) Our favorite places are the Petting Zoo in Central Park and more locally, Queens Zoo and the NY Hall of Science.

  14. My favorite children’s destination is Knoebels Fun Park in PA

  15. I follow you and Britax on FB(kelly delrosso)

  16. Our favorite destination is the park in our neighborhood. My son is only 7 months old, so we haven’t gone to too many children’s destinations. We have lots of plans for the summer though.

  17. Those phots are amazing, and also your son has gone more places in his not-quite-two-years than my seven-year-old!

    So many great places for kids in Manhattan, but one of the places we miss the most is our old neighborhood playground, Hippo Park. Water, shady, art in the summers, so perfect…

  18. Omg, love all these pics!!!! What a fun spring its been for you both.

    I really like that the Britax carrier can hold up to 32 lbs. It’s so difficult to find one that still fits a toddler, yet, the reality is that toddlers still like to be carried. And a stroller isnt always practical.

  19. A Mommy in the City
    Twitter: amommyinthecity
    :

    I love that picture of him with the bread! He is the cutest. I have always wanted to take Harlan to the New York Aquarium, did he like it?

  20. We love the Bay Beach Amusement park here in Green Bay, WI

  21. I like both on Facebook (Betsy Hoff)

  22. My child’s favorite activity is dancing to music and also riding her scooter

  23. I like both on FB as Anastasia Borisyuk

  24. We love to go to the beach!

  25. We love taking trips to the zoo to see all the different animals!

  26. Amber
    Twitter: natertotblog
    :

    What an amazing spring! You’ve done so much fun stuff! Nate has the same red vest – love it :) I love babywearing. I stopped too early because the crappy bjorn couldn’t stand up to my chunkster and it was killing my shoulders. Nate’s only 26 lbs, so this Britax could hold him for some time to come – awesome. Nate loves our local gardening nursery – birds, flowers, fish, fountains, etc. A perfect place to wear him!

  27. I wish my little guy was still small enough to stick in one of those! So glad to hear you are enjoying some time off with your little dude!

  28. My son’s favorite destination is the Sacramento Railway Museum because he is train obsessed ;) They actually have some really nice Thomas the Train tables in a kids play area there but he most enjoys looking at the big steam engines.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  29. Like both you and Britax on Facebook and I am D Schmidt
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  30. We love walking on the trails with the dog :)

  31. we enjoy taking the kids to the park!

  32. we love going to six flags during the summer and I always have a hard time carrying my youngest. this would help so much!

  33. I have an upcoming trip to Disney this summer and this could be a lifesaver! I love all my other Britax stuff and am sure this would be amazing too!

  34. I love taking the kiddos to mlb baseball games. this would be a big help for keeping my little one close to me during the game!

  35. we love to go camping and hiking. We are planning a big trip this summer!

  36. Mitch
    Twitter: gaynycdad
    :

    I’m going to have another kid just to be able to use that awesome carrier!

  37. My four year old loves going to the zoo and amusement parks, however it is very hard to keep up with her when I am pushing around a 3 month old in a stroller. This would help me in getting rid of the stroller and holding on to my daughter’s hand. Would love to have this carrier!!!

  38. My favorite destination is a local WWII Memorial Park that has animals to feed, picnic tables for lunch and two play areas…one for big kid and one for the little guys. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. we love to go to the zoo and see all the wild animals

  40. We love to go to the beach and chase seagulls and splash in the water!

  41. My kids love to go travel and visit their grandmother and swim in her pool. nothing fancy but nice to do since we had to move away!

  42. My six-month-old loves to go for walks outside with our dogs.

  43. Me and my 7 mos old daughter are loving the beach these days, now that the sun is out!

  44. we love to go to disney!

  45. the kids love to make a trip to new orleans. we have a lot of fun there!

  46. Definitely the zoo!
    sarah at realtorsd.com

  47. We adore going to this gigantic (little known about) park down the street. There are trials, ets. We spend hours their! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. I like you and Britax on FB!
    Dana West

  49. to our local boardwalk and watching the local music acts or movie in the park
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  50. like both on fb (michelle b)
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  51. My favorite destination is a local WWII Memorial Park that has animals to feed.

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make a Hair Bow

  52. I followed Britax on FB!

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make a Hair Bow

  53. I liked Glamamom on FB!

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make a Hair Bow

  54. My favorite destination with kids is the San Diego Zoo.
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  55. I’m following you both on Facebook as Jan Messali.
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  56. we like to go to the zoo and see all the animals

  57. we are beach bums over here!

  58. Steph
    Twitter: fortheluvofsanity
    :

    I love to go to the parks and childrens museum.

  59. Steph
    Twitter: fortheluvofsanity
    :

    I follow Britex on fb

  60. Steph
    Twitter: fortheluvofsanity
    :

    I follow you on fb

  61. Sebastian makes me smile… ALL. THE. TIME.

    I love him and his cuteness! Looks like he had a great spring. Fun times at Sesame Place, huh? We love the Children’s Museum over here and the Central Park Zoo… such fun!

  62. Not an entry here, but I just wanted to say that Sebastian is totally handsome!

  63. Patty
    Twitter: nycpatty
    :

    Glad you are enjoying the beautiful weather with you gorgeous companion! :)

  64. I’m looking forward to trying the Britax carrier. We carry our 2+ year old hiking everywhere – even up mountains in Colorado! Our littlest is 3 weeks old, and we need a good new carrier for him as well. Maybe this will be it!!

    Anna Duran

  65. We love the local zoo and dinosaur museum although I’m waiting until my little guy is old enough for the childrens museum!

  66. I follow britax on facebook

  67. Our favorite activity is the beach/water park. Love taking the children I care for there during the summer.

  68. I follow BRITAX and Glamamom on Facebook (Wendy T).

  69. -Favorite destination: The Zoo and Science Museums
    aliaskys (at) yahoo . com
    Thank You!! :)

  70. I Like Britax and You on Facebook
    -FB Name: Francine E.
    aliaskys (at) yahoo . com
    Thank You!! :)

  71. we like to go to the zoo and see all the animals

  72. I follow Britax on facebook and twitter

  73. We love to go to the childrens museum! The kids have so much fun there

  74. We love to go for walks on the beach. The kids love collecting shells and I love the exercise

  75. I am a follower on twitter and facebook

  76. Love going to the beach! So cute watching my friends son play in the sand. She would love it if I won this for her :)
    stevielynn.dandrea@yahoo.com

  77. I “like” you on fb- Stevie Lynn DAndrea
    stevielynn.dandrea@yahoo.com

  78. We love to take trips to the park near our house and walk to trails

  79. I follow on facebook and on twitter

  80. I love to take the kids walking at the mall and I think this would be great for me to carry my youngest with.

  81. I have followed Britax on facebook and twitter for a long time now

  82. We love taking a trip to the boardwalk here. There are lots of fun and games and the kids love it. A carrier like this would be real nice

  83. I am a twitter follower

  84. I love to take my youngest for walks along the beach. this would be great!

  85. I follow Britax on facebook and twitter

  86. I loke to go to the park with the pids. We love to go down the walking trails and this would be great for my youngest! thanks

  87. I like and follow Britax on facebook and on titter. I have been following for a long time. Going to follow you too right now

  88. We love to take trips to the amusement park and and to sea world. This would be great for those trips and carrying the little one around!

  89. We love going to the water park and playing on the splash pad. It is a pretty good walk from the parking lot to the water so this would help out a lot

  90. I follow on facebook and twitter thanks

  91. Our favorite destination every summer is a local zoo called Paws N Claws. It’s a great choice for anyone; it’s set in the woods and has quite a few animals but it’s not so big that it gets tiring. It’s got shows and attractions to keep kids and their parents interested. We love it!

  92. I follow Britax and Glamamom on FB as Terri Winsome.

  93. We love the zoo and seeing all the wild animals. very cool

  94. I have followed Britax forever

  95. We love to take trips to visit our family and the grandparents always love to go to the local park to walk the trails and fly kites

  96. I have been a huge fan of Britax and have followed them forever. I will head on over and follow you now too. thanks

  97. We like to go to the little carnival themed park that we have close to our home. The kids love it and with the walking involved this would be great!

  98. I am a follower

  99. We love to go to the lake and walk some of the trails they have through the woods. This would be great

  100. I am a twitter and facebook follower!

  101. we like to go to the museums and also to the zoo. the kids love seeing all the exibits and the wild animals

  102. I have been a follower

  103. We like to go to disney. who doesnt??? baby carrier would make the trip so much easier. very nice product from a great company

  104. I am a follower

  105. Melissa Lopez :

    Hello,
    I would have to say my favorite was and still is disneyland. As a matter of fact we just got back from a day at disneyland with the family. Fun times. So i could use this to help me carry my son around.

  106. Love the zoo!

  107. Follow Glamamom and Britax on fb

  108. We love to take trips to the zoo. the kids have an amazing time looking at all the animals

  109. I am a follower

  110. We take trips to the beach all the time. We love playing in the sand and collecting shells

  111. I follow on facebook

  112. We love taking family trips to Disney to see Mickey

  113. i am following on facebook

  114. We love to go visit my dad in the country and walk the property and see his miniature horses

  115. I follow now

  116. We love to go to the beach and spend time fishing and walking collecting shells

  117. I am a follower

  118. One favorite activity I love to do with the kids is to take a lunch and head off to the local park. It’s free and fun and the kids get a great workout! Most of the time, I end up having a lot more fun than I expected!

  119. We love the Smithsonian musuems in DC. Takes a few days to really enjoy them but hoping to take my 10 yr old and infant son this summer.

  120. Tina Reynolds :

    This would be so nice for my youngest Thor. I have three under 5. We love going to the zoo, children s museum, park, anything basically that gets us out of the house and active. Thanks so much for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  121. Tina Reynolds :

    I follow on facebook (mrstinareynolds eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  122. I love taking my daughter to the Children’s Hands on Museum in our area. It’s so fun for both of us and she loves meeting new kiddos there!

  123. Follow Britax and Glamamom on Facebook :)

  124. My almost-6-month little guy has two favorite activities: slow dancing with his mom (he’s very light on his feet and I sing off-key in his ear, poor thing doesn’t know any better) and laughing at ceiling fans (an ceiling fan will do, he’s an easy baby.)

  125. the park

  126. Favorite activity is anything to do with water, at home or elsewhere, and if you get bubbles in the mix it is even better.

  127. My daughter love going to the zoo and discover different animal that she had never seen before and love going to the park and take a ride with the bikes with the family

  128. Like Britax and you on facebook

  129. In the Summer we love anything near the water: the beach, pool, lake, and river! Even the kiddie pool in the back yard is great!

  130. my favorite children’s activity is going to the zoo! :)

  131. I like both britax and glamamom on facebook as emily ev–t

  132. Our favorite activity is playing at the park
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  133. Liked Britax on Facebook
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  134. Liked Glamamom on Facebook
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  135. I love the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. My parents used to take me there when I was a child and I will do the same (baby girl due in October). :) Thanks for the giveaway.

  136. Following BRITAX and Glamamom on Facebook.

  137. We love taking trips to the beach. This would be great for walks with the little one!

  138. I have followed Britax forever. Going to follow you now

  139. We love to visit my family and go for walks on the river walk in San Antonio.

  140. I am a following

  141. We love Disney! It is the most magical place on earth or at least my kids think so. there is a lot of walking involved. It is amazing how much you can actually walk each day. There are some places there a stroller just can’t go. That is why a carrier like Britax would really be useful! Thanks for the giveaway

  142. we love taking trips to the park

  143. I dont like I love britax on facebook and twitter!

  144. we love taking trips to the lake and walking the trails

  145. i am a follower

  146. Aleks
    Twitter: busyworkingmama
    :

    My daughter’s favorite destination is the playground. Thanks!

  147. my son’s favorite thing to do right now is run around in the backyard after bubbles, or go to the park for the slide – heaven forbid i have him in the stroller and walk past a park. cue meltdown.

  148. We love to go to Bronx Zoo!

  149. I like you both on facebook as ethel o.

  150. We just like to go to the park!

  151. following

  152. We like to go to New Orleans

  153. followed britax forever

  154. Linda Meyers-Gabbard :

    I love the zoo. Seeing the look in a Childs eyes the first time the see an elephant or bear if monkey is priceless.

    LLMG1960 at gmail dot com

  155. Linda Meyers-Gabbard :

    I follow you both on Facebook

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