One of my favorite things (much to Dan’s chagrin), is trying new products. I LOVE myself new products.
But, I’m also loyal to stuff that works. Products I’ve tried and tested and tested some more. Durable is a key word in our family.
I relied heavily on the recommendations of fellow parents when I was making my first baby registry and when I needed different products as the kids grew. Now, three kids and almost six years later of kid gear/stuff, these are the things I’d buy again and again and again.
SkipHop Duo Signature Diaper Bag
I’ve tried a couple bags, and I love the SkipHop brand the most. For one, they have great customer service. I had a problem with one of my bags, so they gave me a generous gift card to replace the old bag. I found I needed something a little different, so I ordered this one right before I had Thomas. I love the messenger style because it’s easy to carry. The pockets on this are perfect. And it’s a good size without being too big. Plus, at least to me, it doesn’t scream DIAPER BAG. It’s functional and cute.
Halo Sleep Sacks
Praise be for these sleep sacks! I used these with all three of my babies. I’m paranoid about using a swaddle blanket (because I’m afraid the baby will bust out of it and suffocate). So I only use sleep sacks. They keep our kids warm, and I have complete peace of mind.
Original Ergo Baby Carrier
I use this every single day. It stays in my car, and whenever we go out, I wear Thomas whenever we get to our destination. This thing is a life saver. I love being able to have my hands free to hold things/chase the big kids. It’s perfect for grocery shopping and errands like that because I never have to choose between abandoning the baby in the car seat in the cart while my toddler runs away or staying with my baby in the cart while my toddler runs away from me. Since Thomas is strapped to me, I can leave my cart and run after my toddler. (This exact scenario happens to me several times a week, so I can personally attest to it.) And it’s incredibly comfortable. I recently wore it for almost three hours, walking all around and up and down hills at a fall festival. Thomas slept the entire time, and I didn’t experience any back pain. Sometimes I wear him in the house, too. When he’s super fussy but I can’t just hold him, I strap him to me and go about my day.
Boppy Nursing Pillow
I used this with all three kids. This thing is the only reason I was able to breastfeed and eat, type, read a book, pretty much do anything. It allowed me to use two hands while my babies fed. It’s comfortable for them and me, and I use it every single time I nurse.
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper
I didn’t have this for Kate. And I so wished I did. So as soon as I confirmed my pregnancy with Michael, I ordered myself this Rock ‘N Play Sleeper. It looks super simple. And it is. (Although now I see you can get one that vibrate/play music. Ours does not do that but it’s still awesome). I always need a safe place to put a baby down. And this is it. I love how it’s portable (you can collapse it and take it on trips, to your friend’s house, around your house, etc…), and it’s light weight. I put my babies in it and move them around the floor of the house I’m on so I can do stuff with two hands but they can see me. And it’s perfect for napping. It’s probably one of my number one favorite baby things.
BOB Revolution Single (and Double) Stroller
I only own the BOB single and double stroller. No other strollers. I never used that snap and go type. Or any other type. BOB all the way. We’ve put miles and miles and miles on those strollers. And they can take a beating and all types of terrain. For us, they were worth every penny.
Bumbo Floor Seat
I know some babies hate this thing. But all our babies liked it. They didn’t want to sit in it forever. But they were happy to sit in it for a good length of time. I would sit them in the Bumbo so they could watch me fold laundry. I sometimes put my babies in it to feed them solid food. One of my favorites ways to use it was in the bath. I love how it wipes cleans. It doesn’t have the longest lifespan (Babies with chunky thighs can only sit in this seat for so long!), so I’d recommend trying to find a used one.
Gilligan and O’Malley Nursing Tank
I exclusively use these nursing tanks. Can’t beat the price. I only buy the white ones, and I wear them under all my shirts. That way, I can breastfeed without exposing 3/4 of my body. They hold up nicely and don’t look terrible.
These are so simple. And we love them. As soon as my baby started reaching for things, I’d hook these to our carseat. My babies swatted at them and entertained themselves (for at least a few minutes) while hanging out in their carseat. I made them long enough so they could grab them and chew on them.
The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn Tub
There’s nothing all that special about this tub. But it fit on top of our kitchen sink, and it’s easy to use in the tub. It’s also easy to clean; I’d just wipe it down with a towel and stash it in the closet. I also liked the little built in shelf – it’s perfect for holding baby shampoo or a wash cloth.
I hope you found this helpful! When I was a new mom I scoured the Internet for recommendations, and I always relied on feedback from moms and dads. Parents out there: what are your favorite kid products?