There are a lot of posts regarding what the best, most necessary stuff, is for when you have a baby. Every list is different, but I think they all include some great ideas, and it was posts like this that I really enjoyed reading when I was pregnant or thinking about starting a family. So without further ado, here’s the baby stuff I couldn’t live without. (you know…relatively speaking…)
1. Sleep ‘n Plays – These things are the JAM. Period. Especially the ones with a zipper. Nothing makes for a more difficult diaper change in the middle of the night than trying to match up snaps in the dark. This gets better if they sleep through the night after a few months, then the snaps aren’t that bad. And if you can find the ones with the built in mittens, even better (especially for when they are newborns). They have lots of cute patterns and usually come in 2-packs or 3-packs, and they won’t break the bank. Brooke still wears one of these every night. They also make them in fleece material, which we have a few of as well that she’ll wear come winter time. I seriously love these and they are now my go-to baby shower gift. My aunt Ba got Brooke several packs of these for 3-6 months and 6-9 months and I LOVE them.
2. Bumbo seat – this thing is great for when baby is a little older and able to hold his or her head still on their own. We set it on the couch with us and put Brooke in it and she loves it. She doesn’t like to be held all of the time (someone once told me that babies can get sore from being held all the time? I don’t know if that’s true but it makes sense) so we can put her in this and she can sit up like we do. She loves it! They come in a ton of different colors. There are also tons of warnings about not putting baby in this unsupervised or not putting baby in this on, say, the kitchen table, so there’s your disclaimer. Basically if baby is in Bumbo, keep an eye on them at all times!
3. Infantino Twist and Fold Gym and/or the Fisher-Price Kick ‘n Play Piano – I don’t know if all babies are like Brooke, but she LOVES to look at herself in a mirror. And she loves bright, contrasting colors. The Infantino play mat meets all of those criteria. Alternatively, we don’t have this one yet but I’m really thinking about ordering it because of all of the wonderful reviews I’ve heard about it. The Kick ‘n Play Piano mat – so babies can lay and look at themselves in the mirror (nice!) or at toys, and when they kick their feet, they ‘play’ the piano! So it seems like an awesome teaching tool for cause and effect. And at $40, I think it’s totally awesome! It also folds up for when baby is older so they can play it with their hands. Genius. Okay I actually just ordered it since I kept reading up on it. So I’ll be back with a review! 🙂