Like all moms with young kids, I have purchased a LOT of baby products over the past few years, and in many cases I’ve purchased more than one of something because I didn’t like the first one. I’m always appreciative of my friends who share their product recommendations with me, so I thought I would share some of my “favorite” baby things, many of which I’ve only recently discovered. Some of them are more expensive than their counterparts and some are not. These are just the things that I would definitely buy again.
Baby Bjorn Travel Crib – I know, I know, it’s expensive. But I cannot say enough times how much better this thing is than the Pack ‘n Play. The Pack ‘n Play is heavy and awkward, and when we first had Harper we ended up buying 3 extras to keep at grandparents’ houses so that we wouldn’t have to tote ours around. Instead of wasting all that money I should have just bought this thing in the first place. It only weighs TEN POUNDS and it is so easy to use! Roman sleeps like a champ in it and it’s small enough that we can put it in our checked luggage on an airplane.
Phil and Ted Me Too Seat – this is a no brainer. It folds completely flat and can fit in a diaper bag. Roman sat in it starting at 5 and a half months and Harper still sits in it. It washes easily and is a really great space-saving alternative to a booster seat or a high chair.
Beco Baby Carrier – I have to thank Jenn for turning me on to this carrier. This was the third baby carrier that I purchased for Roman and the only one that I can use without severe back pain. It is expensive, but I can’t imagine using anything else for subsequent babies. It is pain-free, versatile, and compact. This website has an excellent comparison of baby carriers, and explains exactly why I hate the Baby Bjorn!
Inchbug BumpyName Labels – My friend Bern told me about these and I love them. They are thick bands that fit around all bottles and sippy cups and have your kid’s name engraved in them. I have a set for each of the kids and we use them every day. A lot of our friends use the same bottles and sippy cups that we do, and it’s hard for the kids to remember which one is theirs. Sure, you could just write their names on the bottom, but these things are cheap, dishwasher safe, won’t rub off and make it really easy for the kids to identify which cup is theirs.
Sippy Grips – These are great for car seats and strollers. We tether the kids cups to the seat straps and voila, they can’t throw them on the ground! When I first bought them, Harper would throw her cup and then “fish” it back. She thought it was the greatest game ever.
Kaboost – You have to admit, this thing is pretty awesome. We recently got it for Harper because she wants to sit in a “big chair” like Mommy and Daddy. This boosts her right up to the table so she doesn’t have to sit on her knees to reach her food.
Diapees and Wipees – This is a “why didn’t I think of that?” product. It’s a great little bag for storing diapers and wipes so that you can literally turn anything into a diaper bag (or just carry it on its own). Sure, you could just use a ziploc bag, but at $14 I think these are much cuter
Radio Flyer Excursion Wagon – We use this almost every day. It has two seats with seatbelts (absolutely necessary) and big fat wheels that are great on all sorts of terrains. The kids love to take it on walks because they can play with each other while I’m pulling them, but we also use it for trips to the Zoo and anything else that involves Harper getting in and out to see things. We’ve even had situations where we lay the seat backs flat and let one of the kids nap in it. Oh, and did I mention it has cup holders? It’s awesome.