Since having a baby, I’ve come to appreciate a baby product that works well (I’ve also noted some that don’t work so well, but more on that later). So, in recognition of some of these first-class products, I offer you a picture of its joyous effect on my dear baby’s life. This is just a sampling, as there are many classic, commonplace products that I’m not mentioning (such as the Boppy, Bumbo, bouncy seat, breast pump, bottles, and all other baby items beginning with “b”).
The Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker–I’m not a huge fan of toys, especially noise-making toys. But, as far as holding Caleb’s interest, this has done the trick since we got it when he 6 m/o. He loves all the gadgets on the front, and now he uses it to walk everywhere. Big winner for us.
The Baby Bjorn bib–This has made feeding time so much easier, while lightening my laundry load significantly. Caleb also uses it to stow away snacks for later.
The Dream Baby Gate--After a month of having a non-swing baby gate, we were exasperated–especially since we are constantly using this top-of-the-stairs exit to take the dog out! Even my husband, who is pretty picky with his products, has noted that this gate is well made, and Caleb has certainly put it to the test already.
A Crib Railing Guard–One day Caleb was standing in his crib, and the next day he was biting on it! Unfortunately, we have a few teeth marks on it, but for the most part, it’s not noticeable. And, the crib has not been ruined since we ordered a guard in time. Caleb even likes it, too!
A dog: She cleans the floors, entertains the baby, and is learning how to change diapers (just checking to see if you’re still reading)! Only con: the shedding. Caleb loves her, nevertheless!
The Messenger (AKA: Man) Bag: I love my Vera Bradley diaper bag, but with so much to carry, it’s nice to have a bag that the hubby doesn’t mind sporting. Caleb also appreciates the manlier look. I might also mention that it’s extremely efficient.
Portable Infant Seat: If you don’t travel much, this little device probably isn’t for you. We, however, have loved this compact high chair that I can just throw in the corner of the diaper bag. It’s also easy to clean: just throw it in the wash.
A (faux) Leather Storage Ottoman: When we purchased this nifty storage device three years ago, we had no idea this living room centerpiece would be so perfect for a future baby. This is completely safe for Caleb to play on, and it’s been the perfect size for him to pull up, walk alongside, and climb on. Also, you can’t beat the price and the fact it stores lots of blankies.
A Comfy Rocker-Recliner: Much like the ottoman, this is not a baby product, per se, but it has made life with a baby much easier. I can certainly understand why someone would prefer a traditional rocker in the baby’s room (I guess both would be nice if you have the money and space), but if I had to choose one, I’d go with a cozy rocker-recliner because (1) you can fall asleep in it with your baby, and (2) you can transfer it to other rooms in the house, and (3) this lends to more snuggle time with baby…and dog 🙂
Baby Einstein PLUS A Viewing Device of Your Choice (we use my Nexus 7): I try to minimize Caleb’s media stimulation but when I do let him watch an approved video, it’s really effective at distracting him from his current state of “distress”–especially if we’re out and about. He especially loves the Old MacDonald episode with the song. And, currently, the entire episode is on YouTube.
Ergo Baby Carrier: After much research, I found this carrier on the cheap at Craigslist. The Moby was to constraining for an older baby; the Bjorn carrier killed my neck. Even at almost 25 pounds, I can still comfortably and easily carry Caleb in the Ergo. Why still carry him at this stage? For me, I’ve used it when I have to go outside and (obviously) can’t leave Caleb in the house by himself. It frees up my hands while keeping him in a safe place. My only regret: I wish I had gotten it sooner.
There are also a couple honorable mentions that I don’t have a picture of: (1) The Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound System–I finally succumbed to blocking out windows and getting this lovely sound device, and it was so worth it. Plus, Caleb loves the projections on the wall! (2) Angelcare Baby Sound Monitor–It activates only when Caleb wakes, and it’s been a great comfort to know I can be there quickly if he gets in a coughing fit, etc.
In conclusion, I realize that millions (if not billions) of women throughout history (and currently) have got along just fine without any of these products. I’m sure I would learn to do just fine without them, but I can’t say that I’m not extremely thankful and appreciative for the blessings of these comforts. In the end, it makes the details of life a little easier while helping me to focus on more important things. Also, please note that I’m in no way getting paid for showing off these products. And, feel free to make any of your own recommendations in the comments. I always love to hear first-hand reviews!