Feb 18, 2013


Must Have Baby Products Top Ten
1. Bumgenius Freetime Cloth Diapers. - There is a separate cloth diapering post coming up later in the week, but I had to include these in my top ten list.
2. Three cute crib sheets and three mattress pads.  We have found three to be the magic number.  Even with two consecutive spit-up or pee-through incidents, we can keep the crib ready for a nap or bedtime.  The crib sheets in the image above are these.
3. Living room friendly boppy pillow cover.  I bought mine from this etsy seller and love that it isn't a "baby-ish" print.  The grey and white houndstooth coordinates with my couch and I don't mind having it in my living room.  We use this pillow all the time - for feeding sam, for an arm rest or for a pillow rest while we read books or play with blocks on the living room floor.
4. Voice-activated baby monitor.  We run a fan just outside of Sam's room.  When the monitor is set to its regular (not voice-activated) setting, we hear the hum of the fan in our room and I can't sleep. When it is set to the voice activated setting, we don't hear the fan.  I live a happier (and more sleep-filled) life because of it.  There are several brands out there.  We use the Sony Baby Call
5. Living room toy storage.  We use a big green metal tub.  This keeps toys accessible and makes clean up easy.  The biggest key to the easy clean up is not having more toys than fit in the bin.  When that happens, I send the extras to the basement play room and occasionally do a big toy switcharoo to keep things intersesting for Sam.  The silver tub in the image is from Amazon. 
6. Foam bath pad or an adult sized bath towel.  Fold up the bath towel and lay baby on it, in the big tub.  Or, use the foam pad for the same end result.  I love that we don't have a baby tub to store.  Also, I have heard stories of babies having a difficult time transitioning from a baby tub to the big tub.  Since Sam has been bathed in the big tub since he was only a few weeks old (we did sponge baths prior to that) we didn't have to worry about that transition.  We bought our yellow bathing sponge at Target.  I couldn't find a link on their website, but here is something similar from Bed Bath and Beyond.  
7. Medela Breast Pump.  I gave it a go, but nursing did not work for me.  I became an exclusive pumper and felt like I was married to my pump for eight months.  I am glad that I am past that stage, but thankful that this awesome pump allowed me to give my baby breast milk.
8.Good Bibs and Prefold Cloth Diapers.  Our Sammer spit-up like a champ.  He was born in February and it wasn't until November that he had his first spit-up free day (which was proudly noted in our 2012 Project Life book.)  Three layer bibs with snaps were our lifesavers and prefold cloth diapers helped to absorb much of the gooiness, too.
9. Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack. I am a fan of clutter-free countertops.  That is pretty much an impossibility with a baby around.  If I have to have something on my counter, I want it to be pretty.  Thanks to Boon for making a pretty dyring rack.  
10. Multipacks of striped onesies.  We probably wouldn't recognize Sam if we found him in a room full of babies and he wasn't wearing stripes.  I'm kidding, of course, but that poor kid wears stripes nearly 24/7.  We aren't big fans of animal-themed clothing or shirts with cutesie sayings.  The onesie in the image is from here.  Our favorite ones have been these guys.  We also liked these solid colored fellas
A few other things that almost made the list:  Sophie the Giraffe , Planet Wise Hanging Diaper Wet/Dry Bags, and Earth's Best Baby Food .

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