Let’s start off 2017 with a review of my favorite baby products. Over the next few weeks I will highlight a few of my favorite items for ages 0-3. After two babies in two years I feel like I could write a book on all the products. I’m a big fan of only owning what is needed. I don’t really call this minimalism, because I don’t think of myself as a minimalist. I like to collect knick knacks and decorate my home with pretty things, but I despise clutter. Organization and storage makes me happy. When we were creating a baby registry and preparing for Hadley’s birth the amount of baby junk was overwhelming. We lived in a small house at the time and I tried to stick to the basics. After two years I think we have maintained a pretty great balance of living in a kid friendly home that isn’t overrun by toys and kid clutter.
I just got this a few weeks ago, but wish I had it from day 1. It is awesome for breastfeeding moms, specifically ones who don’t regularly pump. It has been an easy way for me to build up my breast milk stash with little effort.
Both girls have one of these in their room. Their rooms are right off of our family room and kitchen so it’s very helpful to have a noise machine to drown out the TV or banging around pots and pans in the kitchen. I always use the “rain” noise since it is consistent, others such as the ocean has other background noises that have sometimes woken them up.
My girls have worn their teething necklaces since about 3 months on. Hadley didn’t get teeth until 10 months and Ellis just got her first two around 6 months, but they have both been super easy teethers. I’m not saying it’s the necklace, but it sure didn’t hurt. There are some choking hazards with them, but my girls never bother the necklaces. I am comfortable with them wearing them.
My favorite wrap, it’s lightweight and great for itty bitty babies, although I have used it for a tired 25lb toddler in a pinch. The Moby and Boba wraps were to hot for Florida weather, but I didn’t dread wearing the Solly Baby wrap, even in the middle of August.
Around 3-4 months your baby will start to outgrow the wrap. There are a number of different buckle carriers out there, but Tula is my favorite (and I have tried a lot!) I love the fun prints and the comfort can’t be beat. We still use the standard size for Hadley when we are going somewhere we need to control the little hands.
This is the newest model of the stroller and infant seat we have. Some people skip getting an infant seat and just go straight to a convertible. I like the infant seat because it seems to cradle a small infant better and for a few short months you are able to easily take it in and out of the car. Once my girls were able to support their own head and bodies it stopped getting taken in and out of the car, unless they were asleep and I thought they might actually stay asleep (hint: they rarely did).
Plugs in and rocks your baby to sleep. There were a few nights with each girl of mom or dad sleeping on the couch while they slept in their swing. It’s all about survival in the beginning and a swing helps make that possible.
This sort of falls into my not super necessary, but nice to have and it folds up small category, because let’s face it people want to buy you stuff so you might as well have stuff for them to buy on a list or else they will pick out what they think you want. I didn’t get this mat out for a few months with Ellis, it was folded up nicely in a closet, but once I did get it out she enjoyed playing with the hanging toys and looking at herself in the mirror. Like I said, it folds up small, so go for it!
9. Baby Monitor
This is all personal preference. I didn’t necessarily feel we needed a video monitor, but that’s what my mother in law already had so that’s what we used. Once we moved into our new house we couldn’t get it to work since the kids bedrooms are so far from ours. We purchased a wifi camera and love it. It’s great for checking on Hadley in the morning to see if she is up or when we leave her with a sitter was can see if she’s asleep before coming home 😉 Ellis has the video monitor now we were able to place it in a spot where the reception wasn’t too bad, but I generally don’t have the video part on.
10. Baby-Led Weaning
I’m a huge advocate for Baby-Led Weaning. I think it is an amazing way to start your child on solids. The main idea is that your child learns to chew, rather than sucking down a puree. It has been a great natural transition to real food for both our girls. I suggest grabbing a copy of this book and reading up for when your child hits all the milestones and is ready to begin solids.
Things I tossed with baby #2/I don’t think you need:
Diaper Genie – it always smelled terrible and I hated buying inserts for it. I just started throwing diapers away in our regular garbage, which we take out every day anyways. If they are really stinky sometimes I stick them in a separate bag.
Baby bath tub – I probably used it three times with Hadley, then held on to it for 1.5 years and tossed it when Ellis was born. It takes up to much room and isn’t really necessary.
You can certainly go overboard with baby items, but it’s really not my style. I don’t want my house to look like a daycare. I would recommend waiting to purchase big items (like a high chair) until you need them. Who wants to look at a high chair for 6 months that isn’t getting any use? Not I. Come back next week for my top 10 favorite products for 6-12 month olds!