Saturday, March 9, 2013

Top Most-used Baby Items Newborn to Age One!

Now that N is a year old, we have packed away quite a few items and some we have been using continuously.  I thought that it would be useful to compose a list of the top used baby products for the first  year in categories.  Some of the same items are listed in more than one category to illustrate it was used during during multiple stages.  Of course, these are just the items that worked for my family and everyone has their own preferences, but I love seeing what works for others in case there is something I haven't tried!

Birth to 3 months
Boppy or similar infant feeding pillow (great for both breast feeding or formula feed babies)
Fisher Price Rock n Play (LOVE this..great for naps and traveling..1 at our house and 1 at my mom's)
Bottle warmer
Swaddle Me or similar brand (it REALLY helps the first couple of months!)
Musical lullaby toy or stuffed animal (Glow Worm Seahorse)
Infant gowns (great for at night diaper snaps!)
Stroller Travel system (must have!)
Swing (A two-way swing is helpful, although we hardly used the back and forth position)
Video monitor system           

3 to 6 months
Fisher Price Rock n Play
Musical lullaby toy or stuffed animal (Leap Frog Scout)
Stroller Travel system 
Video monitor system
Playmat (N really didn't pay attention until anything on his mat until 3-3.5 months old)
Chicco Lite Stroller
Bottle warmer
Summer Infant Super Seat (Has a cool play center, has straps, and can be used as a booster seat)
Sleep sacks (takes the place of blankets, we have used Halo brand)
Some type of stroller toy (entertains babies in the car and occupies while in the store)

6 to 9 months

Fisher Price Rock n Play (retired at 7 months)
Leap Frog Scout (To this day, N when he hears the music, he will fall asleep within 10 minutes)
Video monitor system
Chicco Lite Stroller
Bottle warmer
Playmat (retired around 7 months..interested in toys but not lying down on it after 6 months)
Swing (retired at 8 months)
Summer Infant Super Seat
Sleep sacks
Stroller toy
9 to 12 months

Leap Frog Scout
Chicco Lite Stroller
Bottle warmer (still use to this day..much better and quicker than using the stove)
Summer Infant Super Seat (this is good until 2/3 years old as a booster.  We use it for feeding time.)
Sleep sacks
Baby leg warmers (protects knees from rug burns while crawling)

The swing and the Fisher Price Rock n Play  were the two items that I was the most hesitant to put away because they were so effective at calming N down and putting him to sleep but sadly he was too tall before the weight restriction of 25 pounds.  I also recommend getting a travel system just for the convenience of not having to take out a newborn from the car seat to transport them into a stroller for the first few months at least.  N lasted in his a while, although it became harder for me to carry him in the car seat after he reached the 6 month mark.  We switched to a convertible car seat and light weight stroller permanently when he was about 7.5 months old.  I will say that N has no interest in his jumper anymore but it is good until 36 months I believe so I have not put it away yet.  He likes the toys but hates being limited in his moments now that he can crawl and move around as he pleases.

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