(Closed) must have, nice to have, don't waste your time: baby items

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Christy42213:  I am not familiar with the snuza but it looks similar to the angelcare system. I was planning on getting one of those until I saw this:


It is still in the pledge stages so I don’t know if I will ever get my hands on one or not but it promises amazing technology along with peace of mind. I think it wins over other monitors because of it’s portability, the fact that it links and logs with a smartphone app AND it only fits babies 1 year old and younger (thus preventing obsessive monitoring once you are out of the SIDS age). 

I think it is absolutely amazing. 

Post # 47
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

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MrsM914:  It sounds intriguing, but I need a lot more information about the way it notifies me if there’s a problem.  I only found one part of the website that said it has a “rollover alert” function.  But nowhere could I find information on what heart rate or breathing stat is considered “in danger” and that it will send an alarm to me if the baby’s stats fall below that number.  Right now, I prefer the Snuza because of the alarm feature.

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Christy42213:  good point. I would have to do more research. 

Post # 49
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I hated the diaper genie. I thought it was a waste. 

medela pump in style if you breast feed. 

Post # 50
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

following this thread! so helpful!

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ohh, this is a fun thread! My dd is 6 months as an FYI. 

my must haves are,

rock n play- the only thing that dd would sleep in. 

A car seat cover- the one we used did not go between dd and the car seat, just over. Kept her nice and toasty and did not void the car seat warranty. 

Changing pad liners- so much nicer than having to wash the cover all. The. Time

Soothies pacifiers- this brand is the closest to the hospital ones and the only kind dd would take. 

Fels-Naptha!!!!!!! It’s a laundry bar that will get any and everything out. It’s saved many clothes after dd has an explosion. It can be hard to find, but I highly recommend getting it. 


Nice to haves,

drying rack for pump parts/bottles

activity saucer- she just started using one around 4 months and she freaking loves it. It’s a nice thing to put her in so I can get some things done. 

Socks- when she was tiny she wouldn’t kick them off and her toes stayed toasty. Now she kicks them off. 


Dont waste your time,

diaper geenie!! Such a waste and expensive refills. Just use a regular trash can. 

“Newborn lounger” my mommy friends said they loved it, but dd hated it. It’s basically a fancy boppy/bean bag thing

Post # 52
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012


Post # 53
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

My son is just over a month old, but here is what I found I have liked and disliked so far:

My must haves:

-Boppy pillow (we seriously use this all the time, and my son nurses way better when propped onto it)

-Halo sleepsack. I love this one because his arms can be in or out. He liked being swaddled with blankets over a sack when he was first born, but it is great to have that option with the sleepsack versus the swaddle.

Bottle warmer. I guess this isn’t a true must have, but I don’t know what I’d do without it. It is so much easier at 2am to take the bottle out of the fridge (it comes with a cooler, but our Dr. Brown bottles are too tall for it), put it in the basket of the warmer, and press the button. We have the First Years bottle warmer, and it is a breeze. If my husband can run it, anyone can, lol.

Zipper sleepers. Trust me…2am and you’re a zombie. You don’t want to fuss with snaps, especially when you have a child that likes to move his legs like he’s biking the damn Tour De France.

Nice to have:

Nosefrida snotsucker. Yes, you can use the bulb syringe they give you at the hospital, but honestly it doesn’t do near as good of a job. The Nosefrida seems disgusting, but I ensure you it works super well, and it is sanitary. Plus our son is way less fussy when we use it on him as opposed to the bulb syringe.

-Also, Biogaia drops. Gerber makes some. They are for colic babies, and they truly do work wonders if you have a kid that’s been fed and changed but still likes to scream for 3 hours. He still gtes fussy during a certain time, but it dramatically reduced the amount of time he spent fussing.

Carseat canopy. A fabric one that just fits onto your carseat. Living in a windy state, it is way more convenient to have this than to fuss with trying to keep a blanket down.

-Also, get a better carseat headrest. My Graco carseat came with one, but his head would slump to the side. I bought a different one from Sears, and it is super soft and keeps his head up so it doesn’t stress his neck out.

Don’t waste your time:

-With socks. My son had big feet but they would always slide off. He hated them.

-Also hats. Everyone was like, “oh you have to have hats because babies get cold.” Yeah, my son hated hates too, and he runs super warm, so hats are a no-go for us.

Post # 54
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Must haves:

Velcro swaddlers

boppy if breastfeeding

bouncy seat

pack n play

Don’t waste your time: 

changing table (always changed on the floor, alows you to spread out so they can’t grab the dirty diapers/clothing) and you don’t have to worry about them falling

Baby bjorn (I used it less than 10 times)

Wipes warmer

Fancy newborn outfits (dd lived in sleepers and onsies)

Shoes (don’t need them until they are walking)

Post # 55
40 posts

Oh and a video monitor is the greatest ever. That and the packnplay are the only baby items we still use at 18 mths.

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