Babies change so much in that first year, going from sweet, completely helpless little floppy bundles of love to sassy, fun, independent little people. It is so much fun to be a part of that transformation, and I often have to look back at photos to see how quickly my baby has come in such a short time.
There is so much STUFF that our society says should come with babies. While I would love to have as little as possible, there are a few items I have found to be very helpful and definitely worth the investment. And while some items are repeats from my newborn list, some are new, as I've tried to take the entire 1st year into account.
**Obviously every parent, baby, and situation is different, and I have not tried every baby product out there. So this list is not comprehensive nor is it right for everyone.
1) Lillebaby Complete Baby Carrier
To say I love this carrier is an understatement. I ADORE this carrier. I tried to use a wrap-style carrier with Victoria, but she would only tolerate it for short amounts of time. She also refused to be carried any way but facing forwards away from me. I started looking for another style of carrier hoping it would allow me to get more done during the day. I tried on a friend's Ergo carrier and liked it, but it lacked a few features, as did the Beco brand carriers I tried. Then I came across this one in a review of several carriers, and I was sold. It allows me to carry a baby ergonomically from 7-45 lbs without any type of extra insert for the newborn stage (like the Ergo requires). It also allows for 6 different carrying positions (including forward facing) and has an extra lumbar support pad in the back which allows me to carry my now-25lbs baby with zero discomfort. Mine is the All-Season's version of this carrier, which allows for more air-flow to baby if I zip down the outter layer. Victoria loves this carrier so much that she crawls to me squealing in excitement when she sees me starting to put it on. AND she prefers facing in towards me in this carrier when she wouldn't tolerate it before
2) Sophie the Giraffe
3) Carter's This Child of Mine ankle socks
4) Video Monitor
I don't really have a brand preference here. I have a motorola-brand video monitor that I like a lot, but there are lots of other good brands out there. Video monitors in general are a bit pricey, and for that reason alone it is easy to forego getting one. I always thought an audio monitor, if anything, would be plenty. Then I was a nanny, where all I had was an audio monitor, and I found myself constantly going in to check on the baby when I heard an odd noise and actually waking him up with my intrusion. Then my twin nephews were born and they had a video monitor. It was so amazing to be able to check on the baby without having to enter the room and risk waking him up further! So I am in love with my video monitor, which has really been helpful with a baby who likes to wake up super quietly and who I would never know was awake unless I saw this
5) Baby Jogger City Mini GT stroller
6) Halo Sleepsacks
The Halo sleepsack is another repeat from my newborn list, as my daughter has been using them her entire first year. She is still using them and I imagine she will be for at least the next 6 months or so. Halo sleepsacks were invented by a couple who lost their child to SIDS. It is an alternative to a blanket, and works great once your baby is past the swaddling stage (They also make them with swaddling flaps). I put the sleepsack on Victoria over her pajamas, and I don't have to worry about her getting cold or kicking a blanket off. They come in cotton or fleece, and we have used them consistently for night time and naps. In fact, Victoria has begun to associate her sleepsack with sleep, so she starts yawning as soon as we zip it on her.
|Victoria in her sleepsack at about 8 months old|
7) Carter's bodysuit dresses
You all saw cute photo above of Victoria in one of these dresses
|In one of her 24 month bodysuit dresses|
8) NoseFrida (aka The Snotsucker)
9) Chicco 360 Hook on Chair
10) Seventh Generation Products
I received some seventh generation items from my baby shower and I am still using them on Victoria. I love their baby lotion, which isn't too thick or thin, and their hair wash. The best thing about them, I think, is that they leaving her smelling like her. I washed her once in Aveeno because it was nearby and I could smell it on her for a full day after. No thanks. Seventh generation items are not too expensive if bought with a coupon, and the quality is great. I also absolutely love their wipes and disposable diapers, which I use while traveling as we use cloth when we are at home. Their disposable diapers are free and clear to the point where they aren't even bleached. They actually look a lot like a natural brown coffee filter. There's no designs on them and they are incredibly boring, which to me means that they don't have a lot of unnecessary things like scents (hello pampers or bleach). I love these diapers because of their minimalistic approach.
I decided to come back and add one more item to this list upon reflection. A Glider.
Have you tried any of these products? What are some baby products you recommend?