10:22 AM

My top ten baby products

I have had a few expectant moms ask me what my all time favourite baby products were. I thought it may make a great blog post. Most of these things that made it to the faves list are products we are still using today with a toddler so they stand the test of time.

So here they are in not much of an order:

1. Baby Hawk's Mei Tai carriers. (okay I know I just said not much order, but this one is the clear clear winner and my most favourite baby product ever) They rock and here are the many reasons why: Adorable prints, reversible, no need to fiddle with buckles - yes this company now makes one with buckles but skip that, these are good because you can switch from mom to dad and side to front to back with no need to readjust. They are small, you can roll them up to the size of diaper so they are easy to bring along "just in case". They are washable durable cotton. We used ours from week one till today 28 lbs. We use it at least once a month still, didn't I mention that my son (born to me) has many attachment issues. Go figure. So any ways he likes to be carried in it, and we use it for getting chores done around the house. I still carry him in the front, I find it easier but my husband prefers to wear him on his back at this weight. You can wear them front facing in or out, side like a hip carrier or on the back. If you are in the GTA you can purchase one and try it on at evymama, they also ship across Canada and you can often get one on sale if you are not picky about the colour.

Then (2 months old) Excuse the messiness of the tie, I am pleased with my self for getting it done forward facing for the first time. He liked to be facing out from a very young age, with in a month I could do this blindfolded and even fashioned a little furry poncho type thing to go over it so we could leave the house and I could walk to the bus keeping him warm and then take the poncho off when we got in the bus/mall all with out having to remove him. That was good because he used to sleep in this like a log.

....and Now (21 months). Yes that is my husband with a steam mop and a baby and yes this is the sexiest photo ever.

2. Playtex drop in bottles. Now when you need to buy a bottle there a zillion that will tell you that they are the best with no air, less burps, just like mom's nipple, simulating a breast. I know because I bought one of each. And NONE of them work as well as the drop ins. The drop ins have a outer casing then you slide in a plastic baggie of sorts. This means you only need to clean the nipple you can reuse the sleeve and toss the baggie. I recommend the more expensive self standing baggies over the fiddly ones that come on a roll like supper market bags. Most big stores carry a no name version of the drop in bags so they are pretty affordable still. If you are in Canada, the President's Choice brand is better then the playtex version too. The other great thing about these bottles is that the bag collapses around the liquid creating a vacuum effect. That means absolutely NO air gets in there and makes baby gassy. This has another fantastic unexpected perk, baby can drink by him self before he has the ability to understand the concept of tipping a bottle to get the milk, it comes up like a straw. Now keeping in mind my adoption audience, this is not such a big deal since the whole point is to feed baby and use this as bonding time. But no matter what there is going to be a moment when you are driving and the baby is starving in the back seat and you are going to be so happy that you can just pass over a bottle and problem solved.

3. Pacifier clips. No particular brand but it MUST have a metal clip. The plastic clips do not stay put. TIP: Attach a hair elastic to the end and they make a great bottle holder too for in the stroller, keeps the bottle from being flung out when you least expect it. Target sells a cute one by Munchkin.

4. Safety First Baby monitor. This digital one is great has excellent range and battery life plus it is good looking. I really love that it does not constantly hum and has a unique signal so no one can pick up our frequency. This is a big issue, you may not know but the other types all share the same frequencies and I have heard tales of neighbours hearing the goings on in each others houses. Thieves have also been known to cruise around using the monitor to monitor you and what is happening in your routine.

5. Fisher Price neck pillow. Again we have been using it from day one till now. It is used in the car seat, but also when we go hiking and he is in the back pack and when he was in the mei tai as well and we would go walking. (that is not my kid by the way, it is a stock photo.)

6. Pampers, sorry the no name diapers just can hold the liquid like pampers can. I put diapers to the test, I have a skinny mini so I can not just up the size for more absorbency like other moms do. And I have a toddler with eating issues so he still gets most of his nutrients from formula. I know, go figure. So you can only imagine the amount of liquids I deal with on any given day.

7. Baby legs. We love these. My son wears them every day in the winter as a sort of long john. I hate that boys pants are so loose and baggy around the ankles and the socks are never high enough. These are pricey but they last forever and if you have a crafty friend it is really easy to knit your own. Also check out babysteals.com and babyhalfoff.com, they occasionally go on sale there. These also rock because my skinny mini is always outgrowing the length on the pants before the waist. This way he looks less like he is preparing for a flood and more like he is very fashion forward. Some times it is fun to just be pants free. Baby legs are going to play a key role in our potty training days too.

8. A bumbo and tray. This is one of those things that I though could not possibly be worth it, you think it won't get used much. Nope. We used ours from age 3 months until he could escape it at age 7 months. Not as long as I used some other products but it was used all day!! I used it for every meal, he sat in it in the shower with me (kept me much more showered then a lot of other moms I know, not that that's a bad thing, I am just saying... I always wondered why every one didn't take every shower this way) and it also worked great for visiting or going to restaurants. Here is squeaker at his 100 days party, he sat in the middle of the table just like a little emperor should. :)

9. As for all the other gear swings, saucers, bouncy chairs and jolly jumpers and all that jazz each baby seems to be different. Here is a tip though these things actually work BETTER second hand, all the springs are rather stiff and difficult for babies to use when these are brand new. They are easy to clean so go ahead and save your self some money by buying second hand. That way if that is not the thing your baby loves you have not wasted a few hundred dollars. Also try it out at a friends house first so see if baby is really in love with it, or try borrowing one first from a friend before you commit. If you really want to know what we loved it was: our walker the most followed by the jolly jumper and the bouncy chair for when he was itty bitty.

10. Diaper bag that has built in stroller clips. I don't have one brand preference over another, I like to mix it up so I tend to buy cheep ones but I must, must, have built in clips. They sell ones that are universal, but I have tried them all and they are all bulky, fidgety and many of them break constantly.

Well there you have it, my best tips. One last thing I will say while we are on the topic is that if you are going to have a c-section, or even if you are not, the thing that saved my life was Depends underwear. I used them for the first 2 weeks after giving birth, and they saved me so many times. I have passed this embarrassing advice along many times now, and each and every expectant mom came back to me later and whispered a secret thanks for this tip.
Your Welcome :)


Anonymous said...

not popped by in ages ages ages, hoppe you aregreat, and so pleased to see you have completed the hometudy. Lovce this post by the way, going to go goggle those bottles! never heard of them before, not sure if cna get them in AUs

Sylvia said...

Of course you have not had a chance to stop by, you are busy with your little guy I bet. I know we all have to be patient but I can not wait for photos. I am glad you are loving mommyhood, its just the best. Even when it's hard. Don't you find you just laugh and smile so much more. I think our boys are at about the same age, so much fun :)