When we were expecting our first child, my husband and I made it a weekend habit to frequent baby stores. I could spend hours at a time at Babies R Us, and did.
Who could blame me? They had more things to look at than I could even have imagined.
I tested out strollers, baby swings, and baby carriers. I sauntered through the baby furniture and contemplated bedding décor.
Of course, there was a restroom, as well as snack and drink machines. And when my swollen legs grew tired, I sat down and rocked in the comfort of the store’s gliders in the furniture department.
I would carry around my copy of our baby registry, making notes and adding the things that I didn’t realized that I wanted until I saw them in the fully stocked aisles. Our friends and family were quite generous and I adored every gift that I opened.
It wasn’t until my second child that I realized which items were really useful, and which ones I could do without.
Every parent will have their favorite things. The following are three products that I used with each of my boys and couldn’t imagine being without.
1. Baby Carrier
My youngest son is four and I still can’t part with my baby carrier. It’s not that I think that I will actually use it again, but it has too many great memories to simply give away.
From the moment that my babies came home from the hospital, I used it. As newborns, my babies would sleep anywhere that I went. Strangers were less likely to reach out to touch them while they was planted on my chest.
As my sons grew older, I liked it all the more because I could flip them around to see out. They were happy, and looked adorable as they moved with my every move, their chubby legs suspended in the air. I carried it with me in my car because I used it all the time.
2. Bouncy Seat
Babies just love these. Whether it is the vibration or the vibrant colored toys hanging on the front, it seemed to always be a favorite around our house. My boys also suffered from ear infections and the sitting position seemed to relieve the discomfort at times.
3. Cart Comforter