When I was pregnant with my first child, I was overwhelmed. How would I ever find the most useful baby products? With so many products available, it is difficult to know what you should really spend your money on or register for. It was extremely helpful to me to be able to view products online and see other buyers feedback. Also, companies are always developing and improving products. I found things with my second and third child that I didn’t have with my first. Here are my top ten favorites, in no particular order.
10. The Baby Bjorn
This front carrier was such a huge help. I used it from the time that I came home from the hospital until my boys were pushing the weight limit. (For them it was about 8 or 9 months.) When the babies are newborns, I used it to carry them around the house because it helped them to stay close to me and I could still move around with my hands free. I also carried it with me in the car because there were SO many times that it was helpful to use it when I was out. I also liked the fact that strangers didn’t really try to touch my baby because he was so close to me. It was machine washable and after being used for 3 babies it STILL looks great! Loved the Bjorn! We bought ours at Babies R Us.
9. The Bouncy Seat
All my kids were a little different when it came to liking swings or jumpers but all three LOVED the bouncy seat. I liked the Fisher Price models (we had two) that rewarded the kids by triggering the sound of the toys on the bar when they kicked their feet. As newborns, they mostly slept in the bouncy. The vibration was soothing and they slept great without forming any dependent habits with it. (They still were all good about sleeping in their crib at night.) As they grew, they loved to play in it with the toy bar. I also discovered that it was a lifesaver when my kids had ear infections because they could sleep without having to lay flat. I want to add that you should ALWAYS use the safety strap and discontinue using the product once baby can sit up on his/her own. These can be found at Babies R Us, Target and other retailers.
8. Pacifier Holder