As the mom of three I can attest to the fact that no two children are alike. Here is a list of my favorite baby products that worked for the most part for all three of my kiddos. Use your own and your child’s preferences to decide what appeals to you. No matter what baby experts (or well meaning relatives tell you) you are your child’s most dependable advocate. Trust your instincts!
1) Muslins – Aden + Anais are my favorites. I have them in both boy and girl patterns. They soften with each machine washing and I use them for everything from newborn swaddles to carriage shades to towels for impromptu splashing in the playground fountains.
2) Old Navy Basic White Onesies – I find the super soft, pure cotton, white ones that come in five packs. They are fabulous, good quality laying pieces. I’d rather spend more on cute accessories or the more noticeable clothing items.
3) Halo Sleepsacks – These sacks provide great peace of mind that your babies aren’t in danger of loose blankets in the crib. They come in all different weights from velvets, to fleece and light cotton sheeting. I’ve used them on my kids from newborn until age 2. Its useful to have 3 or 4 of them for younger kids to avoid the laundry hassle.
4) Robeez Shoes – Adorable designs, machine washable leather and they keep those little socks on their feet like nothing else I’ve ever found on the market.
5) Carter Sleep Gowns – I used these on my kids as newborns at nighttime to help make those late night diaper changes faster and easier on both me and baby. Less snaps to fiddle around with in the dark at 3:00 am. My children run on the tall side so these are really just a survival strategy for the first three months.
6) Target Fragrance Free Wipes – My kids are fair and sensitive skinned and yet I’ve had trouble with the brand-name sensitive baby wipes. My absolute favorite is the Target plain old fragrance-free baby wipes. Unfortunately they don’t sell them online so it requires a trip to Target for us to stock up. Being city folks that don’t drive on a weekly basis, we are less frequent Target shoppers. We try to make a run every couple of weeks.
7) Ergo Carriers – Terrific carrier that eases my back pain. It has great wide shoulder straps and a waist band similar to hiker’s styles of back packs. In black it is easy to mask and many are surprised and I reveal a baby chillin’ out on my front side. In the city, its way easier to carry your baby than to haul a carriage on and off of public transportation. I’ve used mine from newborn until about 18 months.
8) Rubber Bib – I just recently discovered this life saver bib with my third child. A soft rubber bib that easy rinses off after every feeding. I haven’t done it yet, but it even says dishwasher safe. I have an adorable one in a blue with a cute bow tie design and its the only bib I’ve used in 6 months.
9) Hanna Anderssen Pilot Caps – Fashionable and functional! The design covers their ears and fits nicely under hoods. Those big pom pom style hats can be cute but then you can’t fit the jacket hood over them. These warm, yet lighter weight cotton hats come in a variety of colors and designs for around $10.
10) Piyo Bendable Spoon and Fork Set – I got a set of these in the goodie bag at the Big City Mom’s Biggest Baby Shower. They are cute and have great features I never knew I always wanted in a baby spoon. The spoon has a flatter, almost mini shovel design for the head and the handle bends to the left or right making it much easier for caregivers who are often trying to feed at a variety of angles. My little guy tries to use the fork on his own now and I like how soft and dull the prongs are to keep him from painfully poking himself. And the cute duckie ball shape ends are fun for him to chew on between courses.
That’s IT Mommy Jill
* We did not receive monetary compensation or free products for this review. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.