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I absolutely love this Munchkin Sprout Drying Rack for $10. It holds everything just so and it dries very quickly. Lots of storage in this little vertical thing. Thought I’d share. It even has a place to put your spoons for when you start to feed baby, baby food. I can put my pump parts, bottle, Dr. Brown bottle inserts, nipples, caps, everything fits on it and it doesn’t take up much space on the counter.
Ok…and my other, happy affordable must have baby item is a Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair. If you use your 20% Babies R Us coupon, the price comes down to about $40. You strap it on to your chair and have baby join you at the dinner table, even before he/she sits up because it reclines at 3 different positions. So easy to clean and comfy for baby. It’s so light, we have even taken it to restaurants before.
Also, I’m loving on the Beaba Multiportion Tray. You freeze homemade baby food in ONE lidded tray with many compartments, then you can easily pop out individual servings as needed. Very easy to clean but this one is a little pricy. And while I’m here, I just started reading Baby Makes Three, recommended by Mrs. Spring…. EXCELLENT! Wish I read it beforehand…. Ok..done with my Public Service Announcement. Anyone else have a surprising finds to contribute?
Post # 3
We have this First Years Space Saver Highchair; totally awesome! We started with a regular highchair hand-me-down from my sister, but this one is so much more convenient. Plus super easy to clean, it hadly takes up any space, and it works as both a highchair and a booster seat for toddlers.
Let’s see, for infant toys, these are my top recommendations: Rainforest Jumperoo, Play Kitchen, Leapfrog My Pal Scout/Violet, and the Mozart Music Cube.
For baby food, Baby Mums are also for babies just starting on solids and to encourage self-feeding. I also found these little pouches of baby food called “Happy Baby Organics.” They have a built-in straw, so babies can just suck the food right out and you don’t need a spoon. Since Addie currently throws a tantrum if we try to feed her anything, these have really come in handy as a quick, easy, nutritional snack to take on the road or just when I don’t have the time to cook her up some veggies.
I really like the book The No Cry Sleep Solution, and I wish I would’ve read that before having a baby. I also like the book Positive Discipline, which has info from birth through three years old; I should’ve read it sooner! Oh and you can thank Mrs. DG for the “Baby Makes Three” book recommendation. 🙂 That smart cookie read it while pregnant! I should’ve done that.
Post # 4
@Mrs. Spring: I love the play kitchen and cube! What ages did you start those?
Post # 5
@Mrs. Spring: I agree the Play Kitchen is so awesome. I added a few of these items to my Amazon Wish List so I can remember around Christmas time. 🙂 Thank you…and thanks Mrs.DG for the great book. 🙂
Post # 6
@Sulli301: Let’s see, the play kitchen started really getting her attention around 7-9 months. It has a few different “modes” so when she’d get tired of the regular mode, we’d switch it to Spanish or just songs mode, and then she’d get interested in it again.
Addie’s always been super interested in music (she was dancing before she could even walk, lol), so she loved the music cube from a really early age. I would push the buttons for her, but around… 8-9 months, she figured out how to do it herself. It’s still like the number one toy on her list.
Post # 7
I thought of something else! When Addie was a couple months old, we started tracking her daily activities with the Droid app, Baby ESP. It was so helpful to what a “normal” day looked like in terms of how much/when she ate, slept, and pooped. Looking at her charts also helped us predict growth spurts and developmental milestones because we could see her activity changing. We stopped tracking around 10 months, but even now, we use it if it seems like something is off.
Post # 8
Right now we could not live with out our:
Joovy high chair It folds so we can stow it between our stove and fridge when not in use!
Snack traps “poofs” as she calls them stay in these.
We use Happy Baby organic “poofs” and she loves them.
Nalgene sippy cup
Sensory balls She uses the big one as her own personal yoga ball, just like she sees us using the big yoga ball every day!