I’ve been wanting to post about my top five baby necessities for some time now, and since I’m racking my brain trying to come up with a product rave for February, I figure now is the time to do it!
In reality, all a new baby really needs are some diapers and milk/formula. But having a few extra products around can really be helpful for new parents. The following are the top 5 baby items according to me. Things I would definitely want around if I were to have a new little one in the house.
Baby transport of some kind. We really like our Phil & Ted’s stroller. Although we had this puppy ready and waiting when little S arrived, we didn’t actually use it until she was a few months old and could hold her head up on her own. (in the beginning we just used the Graco snap n go which we loved, too!). The PROS about the P&T:
- Excellent steering/turning abilities. I can turn this stroller around on a dime, which is great when out shopping in sometimes crowded mall stores.
- inflatable tires=very smooth ride. S doesn’t feel any bumps when we are out cruising around in this stroller.
- Nice storage space underneath
- Cushy handlebars
- Available with a convertible doubles seat, you know, to add on once little brother or sister arrives…someday. So you can cruise with two!
- Takes a little time to figure out how to fold this stroller for car transport. Can be a little cumbersome and we haven’t been able to figure out how to close it up without resting the handlebars on the ground.
- It’s definitely not the heaviest stroller out there, but it’s no featherweight either. Mom should have some pipes to lift this into the trunk.
- No cup holders/place to stash keys, phone, etc. We bought the handlebar bag which has a pouch for keys and two drink pouches, but those don’t really work for the Starbucks beverages. They are more for water bottles.
The First Years BathTub w/ Hammock. I loved this little tub! The detachable hammock was great for holding a teeny tiny newborn. This tub fits on your kitchen sink for the first few baths when they are really little (I think we bathed S in the sink for the first 4 months or so). Then we simply moved the tub inside our regular tub when she got a little bigger and we needed more space.
S was never much into the swing or the bouncy chair, but she loved to JUMP! This product got a lot of use in our house for about 10 months. The animals held her attention and the song/music is cute and not overly annoying (although just about anything will drive a parent batty if they hear it enough). The chair swivels so baby can enjoy a change of scenery every so often. Another thing about this chair…we nicknamed it the “pooperoo” because well, it just seems to have that effect on babies. No worries though, the seat is fully washable! (trust me)
4. Number 4 is a toss-up between the Diaper Champ and a wipe warmer.
I love the Diaper Champ (one of those first baby items that is STILL getting use in our house) for a number of reasons. It contains the nasty smells very well (although frequent…read EVERY OTHER DAY…changing of the bags needs to occur once baby is on more solid foods…or just dispose of baby waste in the toilet and throw the diaper in the champ), it doesn’t involve using special bags or liners (you can use your own plastic bags from the grocery store) and it’s PINK. Well, ours was anyway. 🙂
The wipes warmer is another product that is still getting use. I wasn’t sure about this item when I first registered for it, I mean, it does seem a little silly. But after having used it for quite a while, I love knowing that her wipes are warm, especially for those late night diaper changes and cold winters here in WI. I have not had a problem with this product drying out any wipes, just be careful not to overfill it.
5. The Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair
Grandma C bought this for us and we have gotten a ton of use out of it. I love that it doesn’t take up extra space in our kitchen. Simply strap it to one of your kitchen chairs and baby can dine with you! The tray says it’s dishwasher safe, but there is no way it would fit in our machine (we have a standard size machine, but the tray is just really big!). The straps are easily adjustable and the seat part is easy to clean. My parents bought an extra chair to keep up at the cottage and their house for when we visit. I would suggest registering for two of these and keep one at grandma & grandpa’s house! This chair also converts to a booster seat, but we must have a really low table because there is no way that seat would fit under the table.
Stay tuned for the baby products I thought we couldn’t live without (but really weren’t all that great!)
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