(Closed) Experienced mommys, what brand or product do you recommend???

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Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ooo working on or registry soon. Commenting to follow 🙂

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

My musts are my Medela breastpump (Pump in Style Advanced), the Miracle Blanket, Adan + Anais muslin swaddle blankets (which we use for EVERYTHING except sleeptime swaddling), the beach noise track my husband recorded, and my Boppy.

Ginny could break out of her swaddlemes from 4 days old, but the Miracle Blanket keeps her contained. For bottles, we have both Born Free and Avent and she likes both and we have no nipple confusion. We started giving her a pacifier and bottles of breastmilk at 2 weeks old… no problems.

We NEVER use the wipe warmer. It’s superfluous.

We don’t have a swing. It hasn’t been a problem yet. They are expensive.

I love our travel system. We have the Chicco KeyFit30 Cortina system. The KeyFit 30 is a really great car seat. It is heavy though. We mostly chose Chicco because of how the stroller folds (up to you instead of down to the floor like Graco ones).

We use out pack n play all the time during the day.

 

Oh, you must get some way to wear your baby. We have a Moby wrap and it’s great. I will also get an Ergo Baby probably when she’s about 5 or 6 months old and gets heavy in the Moby.

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

PS why ar eyou buying a travel system and a car seat? The travel system includes a car seat.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Oh I will add that a pack n play can save your day. If you have more than 1 floor, for spending the night at grandparents, an extra place for baby to sleep during the day at home, great for family get togethers/parties, etc.. so many uses.  I recommend the ones with the bassinet and changing table. We used ours for over 1+ years.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

somethings i used: 

The Snug a bunny swing was a huge hit for us from 0-6 months. 

I used Avent Bottles, they are great especially if you have a non colicky baby. 

I LOVED the sleep sacks better than the swaddlers. She didnt like to be swaddled too much. plus the sleep sacks will last you til they are about 6-8 months. 

I NEVER used the pack n play so this definitely depends on your lifestyle.

I’ve always used huggies diapers and wipes.

oh and this fisher price seahorse was a must have for me, it is so awesome ive been playing it for her for nite time since she was born and it plays for about 5 minutes straight. 

 

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@ahavah:  We have the KeyFit 30 and the Baby Jogger City Mini and I L-O-V-E it. The storage isn’t very big underneath so no huge diaper bags unless you want to wear it.

For storage while shopping, you can drop the seat to recline and stash things in there quite handily, under where the carseat sits. I live in a rainy climate so the quick fold and open is essential and works very well.

One thing to note, the carseat adapter makes it longer to store, so if you have a tiny trunk or rear storage space you might be in trouble. Also, the KeyFit 30 is one of the larger seats on the market, so whichever front seat you put it behind won’t be able to be pushed back all the way.

To OP, here are some things I’ve really loved. I think they’re each around $25-$30:

  1. Kalencom diaper change kit (Amazon.com). Don’t have to haul the heavy/bulky diaper bag in to stores/restaurants, keeps things very organized in or out of diaper bag, doubles as changing pad. Has room for 3-4 diapers, wipes, change of clothes, plus one or two other small items. I also pack a nappy in there because you just never know when a nice absorbant cloth will be handy.
  2. Chux pads (Amazon.com). Awesome for early diaper changes when you’re figuring things out, sleep deprived and prone to bodily fluid escapement. It cuts down on laundry, which you will appreciate in the early weeks. Also, stick one in the diaper bag, they’re good for laying under your nice changing pad in sketchy restrooms (trust me, there are some gross ones out there) or over your cars seat to protect it from wild peeing…or pooping…during diaper changes.
  3. Carseat Canopy (carseatcanopy.com). Rain resistant, keeps sun and extreme temps out, also protects your LO from strangers poking their face/hands into the carseat when you are in public. It velcroes to your carseat handle so you have access to the handle and it won’t fall off during use. I modified mine and put two large hooks from a hook and eye set on the back end; they hook under the elastic of the suncover on my carseat and prevent the canopy from blowing out of place in the wind.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My baby is a bit over two weeks old now and there are definitely things that we use a lot and one specific item that has not been great (but was recommended). Here is what we personally love for our baby (a lot of these things are repeated from previous posters, by the way):

Babies R Us Travel System: This has been a great system for us so far and my favorite part was the price! The stroller and car seat are relatively light weight and the stroller also collapses easily. If you’re looking for a less expensive travel system, this might work well for you too.

aden + anais muslin blankets: We swaddle our little one in one of these every night and absolutely love it! They are the perfect size and aren’t too heavy or too light. Baby loves snuggling up in these. The ones in the link are a little less because they are “for Target” but they do the job well for us. 

My Little Snuggabunny Cradle and Swing: Yep. Just like many previous posters have stated, this swing works wonders for our little one when she’s fussy. However, we don’t really use it to make her sleep. It works better for us at calming her down and keeping her awake during the day (which is good since we would prefer for her to sleep a lot more at night). Also, it’s on sale for a crazy discount on Amazon right now so you might want to jump on that if you’re thinking about getting this! 🙂

Gerber Zip-Front Sleep ‘n Plays: We put our little one in one of these pretty much every day because they are so much easier than other baby clothes. We love that we don’t have to pull these over her head and they make for very easy diaper changes. Any brand of zip up outfit will do! 

The Boppy: This has seriously been a huge help for me as far as breastfeeding goes. I love having something to prop her up on as it really helps when my arms get tired. In fact, I use it to prop her up when I’m holding her sometimes as well for the same reason. It makes supporting her head so much easier! To be fair, I know of a few Moms who also have Boppys that they never use so this item might not be as great for you as it is for me.

What did not work:

Vibrating Chair/Bouncer: I was told this was a life saver for another new Mom friend of mine but our baby hates the vibrations and cries when we have that feature on when she’s sitting in the chair. So basically, we just use it to set her down in whenever we need to have our hands free (but we use our Pack n’ Play for that downstairs so it isn’t really used much).

Post # 25
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Helper bee

Before you get a pump check with your insurance company and see if you can get one free. A must have for me was a swing, I’m very minimalist tho when it comes to clothes/ blankets. They grow out of them so fast and after having 3 girls in 3 years their baby clothes still look brand new. Never needed a boppy I just used a pillow, my favorite wipes are huggies, I did always seem to run out of orajel and Tylenol. Gates, latches and outlet covers are must haves too. We have a pack n play for my youngest to sleep in but most of the time she falls asleep in my bed, easier access to milk. Cribs are such a waste in my house LOL. Bottles? Never bought one.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

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Post # 27
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Helper bee

I registered/purchased items with Amazon.com’s Bestseller reviews.  They have thousands of products reviewed by the customers in every categories as you can imagine.  

As I talk to other moms, they have been recommending me the ones that I saw in top 10-20. 

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