There are so many needs in terms of baby gear. Here is a list of items that we ended up using more than once that we can recommend.
1. Inertia Infant Car Seat by Baby Trend: What I like best, feature wise, about this car seat is the controlled motion base. It can be a little tricky to set up in terms of reclining, but I love how the base locks onto the seat. Once it’s locked and loaded the seat doesn’t move at all. There is no tilting or sliding, and it’s very secure.
2. Cloud B Tranquil Turtle: Rosella loves her turtle. It is a great night light and signal for bedtime. It plays two songs: wave sounds and a peaceful beachy tune. When the room is dark it lights up the ceiling with blue water marks. Super peaceful. Sometimes my husband and I turn this on even when we don’t have the baby! Cons: It goes through sooooo many batteries. Maybe invest in some rechargeable ones?
3. Infantino Unison Newborn Baby Carrier: This was a great, easy to put on, sturdy, and reasonably priced carrier. For only $29 at Target you can pick this baby up! I really like how the baby can be front facing, on your back, and facing your chest. We had a travel ergo, but she could only face my chest or be on my back. My LO prefers to face forward so the Infantino worked best for us. The downside is that this harness is only recommended for up to 25 pounds…but once they are up and running (around 25lbs) you might have less need for a harness.
4. Lifefactory Baby Bottles: These glass bottles are great. They are dishwasher safe, can grow with baby (nipples to sippy cup tops), and are not plastic! They have silicone grips so it is easy for baby to hold. I have also dropped them while standing and they haven’t shattered. The glass is really thick.
5. Kinderglo Portable Fun and Safe Rechargeable Night Light: Another night light? Yes! Now that our LO is sleeping in her own bed we discovered that she is afraid of the dark. While we love the turtle, it only stays on for about 20 minutes. This isn’t much help if she wakes up alone in the middle of the night. The Kinderglo changes colors, is rechargeable, and can be set on a timer or stay on all night. Its LED lights keep this little toy cool and it can be taken into bed with baby.
6. Baby Bullet: Have you ever tried some of the packaged baby food options? Yuck! They can taste pretty blah. No wonder babies won’t eat it. The baby bullet helps you create custom food with your LO’s faves. It can also help you save money, know what’s in your baby’s food, and adjust for diet and allergies. This product also comes with a set (usually) of reusable jars, silicone popsicle mold, and a recipe book.
7. Aden & Anais blankets: I wish they made them my size! The bamboo ones are our favorite. They are extra soft and warm with plenty of unique and classic prints. These swaddlers are the perfect universal diaper bag item. We use them as blankets, bibs, breastfeeding covers, a giant spit up wipe for those exorcism moments, burping cloth, a scarf (for me!), play mats, fort building material, and the list goes on! I never used them for actual swaddling because my baby HATED it lol. These blankets run a bit on the expensive side ($50 for 4), and there are plenty of other options. For our family, this is the brand that worked for us.
8. Mountain Buggy Pod Clip-On Highchair: We get compliments on this high chair all the time! It is perfect for eating out. It doesn’t have a super wide grip so it only works on thinner tables. But, most tables at restaurants are thin so it has worked really well for us. It is very sturdy, light, and easy to cary. At $50 this is a deal!
9. Mountain Buggy Terrain Jogger: I just recently got this stroller and it’s… AMAZING! I had a baby trend jogger before this one and I broke it. It lasted about 2o months. As a side note, we can be kind of rough on our products. The Mountain Buggy Jogger is sturdy, it has a smooth ride, a great turing radius for a jogger, nice gripped adjustable handles, an adjustable sun shade that goes all the way over the front (in case your LO is facing the sun), ahh the list goes on and on. This is a great option for outdoorsy families. So far I’m in love. I never had to attach a carseat to this one, so I can’t really speak on that, but it says it is convertible. Cons: It’s a little heavier than most, and can be difficult to fold and unfold till you get the hang of it.
10. Munchkin Miracle 360° sippy cup: Besides having a ridiculous name, these are pretty sweet. It is a “dentist recommended” spill proof cup. The trick is that your toddler has to bite and then sip to get the liquid out. They can’t pull the top off and pour all the juice on the floor, nothing leaks out when it’s upside down or thrown to the ground, and it’s dishwasher safe! You can get them at Target for $6 a cup.