Baby Gear Top 10

7 Feb

Since I am now a seasoned veteran of motherhood for almost four months (lol), and because it seems I have a boatload of friends and family now expecting their own little bundles of joy, I have decided to share my baby gear top ten.  Keep in mind while reading this that my wee man is only four months old and he is admittedly changing every day, and because of that the things it seems that we find to be essential are changing as well, but I put alot of thought into this and the things we have found we absolutely cannot live without.  Another thing to consider is that every baby is truly different, and just because my babe loves this stuff doesn’t guarantee yours will or you will.  With each item I have included a small description of why we found this item essential, so you can decide for yourself.  Many of the items I researched extensively before adding them to my registry or buying them, so maybe this can help some mommies and daddies to be save some time. Let the list begin.

10. Angel Care Video Baby MonitorAC So this item has become more and more handy since our baby has been sleeping in his nursery, so really only in the last month or so.  Admittedly I wish i had taken the time to figure the thing out erlier though because we could totally have used it sooner, because it doesn’t HAVE to be used in a crib or with the motion sensor pad.  As a matter of fact, because our baby still isn’t sleeping in a full sized crib, we have not yet used the pad, but the monitor has all kinds of other cool features.  The video monitor included night vision so you can check on your babe while darkening the room to help promote sleeping through the night.  It also has a handy night light feature.  The sound portion of the monitor is awesome because there can be sounds in the room like music or a heater and it only turns on to a change in the sound level, so you never miss a coo or cry, but baby doesn’t have to sleep in silence and you don’t have to listen to white noise.  The touch screen really allows you to customize your experience, for everything to how sensitive you want the monitor to be, video zoom, to room temperature, and a talk back feature, I look forward to using when we have a bed escaping toddler.  As soon as our baby is in a full sized crib we will be sing the motion sensor, that I imagine will add even more piece of mind for us, as our baby sleeps longer and on his own.

9. Baby Katan katanWe find this baby sling carrier incredibly versatile and useful.  Here are the secrets to the Katan, because I know not everyone loves this item.  Firstly, the Katan WILL stretch, so buy it smaller than you think you need.  This feature can be frustrating but also nice.  We got an XS, both my hubby and I are roughly the same size but I found it harder to use initially because well, I have boobs.  It felt super tight, but it did stretch eventually and that was sort of perfect because our baby was so small when he was born, we have been able to use it so far from 6 pounds to 12 pounds.  The second secret to the Katan is patience.  You have to be willings to take the baby out and put him back in several times until he is comfortable, sometimes it’s just not right and you have to start over, sometimes you get it right the first time.  The Katan allows you to carry the baby many different ways.  We mainly use it with the cradle position, but now that he is bigger we have begun using the hug position as well.  Also, take the time and watch a million videos on You Tube, it really helps to see actual people demonstrating it’s use.  The Katan has allowed me to do laundry and dishes, or grocery shop while my baby happily snoozed in the carrier, it also works as a nursing sling in a pinch.

8. Medela Pump in Style Advanced On The Go Tote

Medela This kit rocks!  Everything you need to get started with pumping and do it successfully at home or anywhere!  I use this stuff every day.  The kit includes the pump itself, tubing, shields, bottles, caps, nipples, a cooler, AC adapter and battery pack.  The only things I would add to this are some additional bottles and freezer bags for storage so you can store milk for when you need to be away from baby, and the handy dandy hands free bra thingy so you can pump while you work on your computer or make phone calls.  I take the kit to work with me daily.  I feel confident my hubby can provide my baby with milk when I’m away because the bottles and cooler are easy to use.  It’s all exceedingly easy to clean and seems to be a workhorse pump.  Must have for the active breast feeding mommy.

7. Eddie Baure TriTreck Travel System EB This stroller car seat combination has been a real winner for us.  Our little man has happily cruzed around town in this stroller, and enjoyed his car seat from Reno to Tahoe and back many times.  The car seat snaps in and out of the car and stroller with ease.  When baby gets bigger you can ditch the car seat and put him directly into the stroller.  The stroller is a bit on the big side, especially with the car seat in it, but it is super light for it’s size, and has tons of storage beneath, as well as it folds up easily for storage or to stick it in your trunk.  I love the clam shell design that allows me to keep the sun off my babies fair skin while still seeing him through the mesh peek hole.   The wheels are rugged enough to navigate almost any surface, without being too big or cumbersome. The car seat is easy to handle on it’s own and doubles as a seat for baby to chill in if need be, that can be rocked to lull baby to dream land.  It also has a nice adjustable and removable head support for before baby can hold up his head.  A couple sweet additions include a custom car seat canopy from Annitta’s’ Creations, an Eddie Bauer baby travel soother a pacifier leash and a cute tiger toy and baby is good to go!

6. Burp Cloths burp Babys spit up a lot.  They are dirty little creatures.  My little man is currently in the “everything goes to the mouth” stage, consequently his hands are always wet, yuck.  I love these type of burp cloths , the size and shape make them great to sling over your shoulder or knee for burping, shove into a diaper bag, or drape all over the house for quick clean up.  We have at least 10 of these bad boys and I give them a big ol’ thumbs up.  Get many and use them often.

5. Binky IMG_0722 People will tell you all kinds of things and you will read all types of things about pacifiers that will scare you, like “your baby will get nipple confusion and quit nursing”, but let me tell you, the binky has been a life saver.  I was afraid it would effect his nursing but it has not and it really has helped me save my sanity, because if you don’t use a pacifier your breast fed baby will use you as one.  That’s all fine and dandy if you don’t ever want to leave your couch, but I’m sorry I do.  It has also helped us with teaching our baby to sleep through the night, because sometimes it’s just the right amount of soothing to get baby back to sleep.  Get a couple of sizes, we started out with little ones for 0 to 3 months and graduated to some medium sized ones now.  Our favorite is this cool mustache one, and we also have a beard one too!

4. Relax Melodies Phone App Relax_Melodies Forget the white noise machine, and the janky sounds that come on baby swings and cradles.  All you need is your phone and this free app!  Or if you are like us and you probably are, dig up your old iPhone or iPod and dedicate it to baby.  The soothing sounds in this app have sent our baby off to dream land a thousand times and most importantly helped him stay there so exhausted mommy and daddy could get some rest too.  Best of all it’s portable!  My hubby and I even use it for ourselves now, and we love sleeping to all the fun sounds, for an uninterrupted restful sleep when it’s the other guys “turn” to tend to baby.

3. Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Swing swing We stumbled upon this gem.  Someone handed this item down to us, and it quickly became an important institution in our home.  When our baby was colicky or when he wouldn’t sleep or nap longer than a half an hour, swing to the rescue!  Mommy confession time, we let our baby sleep in the swing.  Another thing that will scare the crap out of you, is reading all the things that say not to do that, swings are not made for sleep, but when you haven’t slept in a week and you want to kill your spouse just after gouging out your eye balls….screw it.  Seriously though, you can’t be a good parent without sleep, and you are more likely to do some dumb ass dangerous stuff, so if your baby is like ours, you may love the swing.  Our baby loooooves the fish and the light.  Don’t bother with the crappy sound and follow my advice above for white noise.  Our swing just died (we are the third family it’s graced) and we are seriously considering buying another one, even though our baby needs it less now.  I only wish we had it sooner.

2. Halo Sleep Sack IMG_1182 The Halo is also a life saver.  Swaddeling is an art, and we have some great swaddle blankets, but if you have a baby Houdini like us you’ll want to invest in a Halo. Swaddeling helps soothe baby and promote longer sleep because they have no control over their little hands and arms and wake themselves up constantly.  We have two Halos because little man is just about to outgrow his first one.  Ours are both fleece, since it’s winter, but they make all types of thicknesses and materials.  You can swaddle your babes arms in or out which is great for transitioning baby from swaddling and it’s safer then a blanket.  Did I mention they are cute too!

1. Fisher Price Rock and Play IMG_1200 Forget the expensive bassinet, this is all you need for AT LEAST the first 3 months.  Why is it so awesome, well let me tell you.  It is inexpensive, light, and portable so you can take it anywhere in the house, which is especially awesome when baby is super young (think baby can go in the bathroom with you so you can shower!!!).  It promotes back sleeping for safe sleep but it provides a sublet angle so babies with reflux are more comfortable.  It also rocks, so you can soothe your baby off to sleep with the motion they love so much, giving your arms a break.  We have used the Rock and Play since the beginning and found it fantastic for transitioning our little man into the crib and keeping us out of a full time co-sleeping situation.

Honorable Mention

IMG_0716Bandana Bibs Remember that spit up deal, yeah, well if your baby has cute clothes, and what respectable baby doesn’t, you don’t want drool all over.  Bandana bibs are the bomb because they look cute AND serve a function, win win.

IMG_1497Boppy Pillow – I didn’t love the boppy for nursing but I used it enough to give it a high five.  But, it also has other great uses including a prop for baby who is learning to sit up and a tummy time buddy.

IMG_1392Fisher Price Rainforest Jumper – Our little man is just getting strong enough to enjoy this extravaganza of stimuli.  With lights, sounds, and a 360 rotating seat surrounded by interactive animals, I foresee this jumper becoming more and more valuable.

IMG_0519Skip Hop Portable Changing Station – Keep your baby off gross bathroom floors and other mysterious surfaces with the sweet mat that folds up nicely into any diaper bag.

HBOBHappiest Baby on the Block – Disclaimer: I HAVE NOT read this book.  I read the internet, extensively, while I struggled with my newborn colicky baby.  I learned many of the supposed secrets from this book after reading parenting message boards for hours while I nursed my son.  Many of the items from my top ten will be found here within.  I wish I had just read the book before my son was born.

One Response to “Baby Gear Top 10”

  1. Angel Beverly February 7, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    Thanks Chris! Great advice & most of those things are on my list as well.

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