Post # 1
Husband and I want to be ready early. We will register and buy ….travel system, car seat, monitors, breastpumps, playpen, etc etc. But feeling overwhelmed! Don’t know where to begin, or which brands to get that are best.
Experienced mommys what brand or product to you recommend that has worked for you??? Your feedback will help tons, thanks!
Post # 3
LOVE this thread! Commenting to refer back 🙂
Post # 4
Hmmm I’ll give you my favs…
Summertime Infants swaddleme, swaddles
Dr Brown’s Bottles
Medela pump in style (although I didn’t try any other brand other than playtex)
fisherprice snug a bunny swing (biggest likes its electric and the mirror on the top)
Graco travel system (didn’t try any others, except in store)
fisherprice zoo playmatt (love the lights on the top)
Those are my can’t do withouts for the moment, but we are currently trying Sophie the giraffee
Post # 5
I have a child and honestly I think a lot of it has to do with your lifestyle, your style sense, your child, etc… I would find something you like then look for reviews by googling the item and putting reviews after it. I am constantly looking items up because so much changes from child to child. GL I know my reply didn’t give you an instant answer but I still think it is a good idea to check out reviews on big ticket items before buying.
Post # 7
When I asked this (and when other people have started to ask me) I have one answer for the place to start: Baby Bargains!!! (the book)
It’s a run down of everything. Obviously you want to hit other sources too, but they are definitely the place to start.
Post # 8
@Izzy81: Exactly this. I was waaaayyyy overzealous and ended up with a bunch of expensive crap that we never used. A lot of the “bests” might not even be things that your baby will like or need, or that are appropriate for your lifestyle. I guess I would start out be reading amazon reviews and going to a store to check out things you’re interested in to see if you really libe them.
Post # 9
I relied a lot on (aka, copied) other friend’s registries, but this was really helpful too: http://www.lucieslist.com/.
A few things we definitely couldn’t live without (very similar list to carriejuly, which probably says a lot about the brands!):
Fisher Price Snug a Bunny Swing – a lifesaver for the first 3 months (and still useful now at 5 months)
Halo SleepSacks (now that we’re no longer swaddling)
Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine – we started off with the Sleep Sheep but found he was waking up 45 mins later when the sound went off
Dr Browns Bottles – definitely get the dishwasher basket too
Sophie the Giraffe – we don’t go anywhere without her these days!
We have the Britax B-Safe car seat and the B-Ready stroller. Very happy with both, though they are definitely on the heavy side.
Post # 10
@Izzy81: I agree too. The baby industry is massive and there is a lot of hype into things that you “need.” Don’t buy a $300 swing if you will never use it. I never used the swing, the bouncer, the HUGE stroller, the crib, all big ticket items. I prefered to carry my baby. 🙂
I will say get a good umbrella stroller. Mine is 15 years old(and a $9 impulse buy at Toys R’Us) and I still use it when I watch kids. And avoid Avent bottles as they tend to leak. Thin burb cloths dry faster than thicker, fancy ones and avoid bath toys that can’t be dried completely as they grow mold. Register for outlet covers, baby gates, cabinet locks, lotion, shampoo, medical kit, potty seat. Necessary things that you will use. Blankets, clothes, will come and bottles(if you plan to bottle feed) really depend on the baby so hold off on buying a set as some babies don’t like certain nipples.
Post # 11
I’m at the same stage as you and Baby Bargains has been amazing!
One comment – we were looking at travel systems and realized they are super-heavy! Baby Bargains also calls travel systems a common first time parent regret. Now we’re planning on going with Keyfit 30 + Keyfit Caddy as the caddy is about 20 pounds lighter than the Chicco Cortina travel system. With that said, you do end up paying more for another stroller later…we’re considering BabyJogger City Mini due to its light weight, sturdiness, and easr of folding. City Mini can be adapted to work with infant carseat as a travel system, but the adapter isn’t that much cheaper than the Keyfit Caddy.
Post # 12
I’m with the others that have recommended Baby Bargains. It was awesome while I was registering! I may or may not have sat on the floor of Babies R Us looking at the book while trying to figure out what monitor to get.
It was also super helpful in picking out my stroller/carseat. I originally didn’t want a travel system for the bulkiness of it. But, I ended up with the Britax B-Safe/B-Agile travel system b/c it’s kind of the anti-travel system travel system. Both the stroller and carseat got great reviews in Baby Bargains.
And, from what I’ve heard, the Rock N Play sleeper is a life saver when trying to get some sleep at night. My SIL swears by it. My mom actually bought me one as a shower gift even though I didn’t register for it b/c my SIL loves her so much.
I’m only 31 weeks preggo, so I don’t have actaul experience with any of these things, other than baby bargains! LOL
Post # 13
@SeptMomma12: Great link you provided. Showing hubby.
@carriejuly: Looking into them.
@iRun2004: Baby Bargains, I need to check that out.
Thank you ladies, I’m taking notes, keep them coming.
Post # 14
Commenting to follow – great thread! I’m due in June and feel so lost!
Post # 15
i also LOVE the snugabunny swing! my LO sleeps in it great!!
britax b-ready stroller and b-safe careseat- obsessed! it is on the heavy side but i love that it just clicks in and out of the stroller and that if we ever have another baby we can just add a seat to it. its soooo versatile!
we use Comotomo bottles… they are great! i have had to supplement formula (i am also breastfeeding) and my 12 day old has shown no signs of nipple confusion at all!
Aden & Anais muslin blankets! – these things are the best! they are cool so LO doesnt overheat and great for swaddling or just throwing in the carseat or swing with them to keep the wind or draft away 🙂
K’tan baby carrier- if you plan on wearing baby, it doesnt get much easier than this…. i love it and so does my LO. it makes doing laundry or housework soooo much easier.
Post # 16
OP what you may like is somehint someone else may hate.
For us what worked well
Dr. Brown’s Bottles.
Halo sleep sack
Pamper’s diapers (though we just switched to the Target Brand not sure if convinced like them or not)
Aden & Anais muslin blanket and little blanket for lovie
Earth’s Best for baby food
Plum Organic for puffs and some baby food stuff.