(Closed) What were your BABY LIFE SAVERS?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Busy bee

One more thing:  Strollers!

I had a lot of anxiety about buying a stroller – it’s a LOT of money and I was overwhelmed with all the options.  So here’s what we did:

Before our baby was born I had no idea how exactly we would use our stroller.  Jogging?  Just walks?  Bring in the car?  So we decided that for the first month or two, all we would purchase was a STROLLER FRAME.  (See link for an example.) 

http://www.amazon.com/Graco-SnugRider-Infant-Stroller-Frame/dp/B0007KMUH4

They are inexpensive, and (trust me) all you will need for the first two or three months.  They are easy to get in and out of the car.  Also, you don’t have to wake your baby when getting them into and out of the stroller (this is a huge plus).  And your baby can’t sit up as a newborn, so just strapping the carseat to the stroller frame is a great option. 

Once our baby was 6 months old we got a more “all-terrain” jogging stoller, when I really knew what features were important to me.  (I wouldn’t have known pre-baby.)

If you are having a lot of anxiety, and don’t want to spend a lot of money when you’re not even sure how you’ll use it, consider getting just a stroller base to work with your carseat! 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with a lot posted here. We love pampers swaddlers, Aden and Anais swaddles (seriously she always has one on her), sleep giraffe with hire noise, boppy for breastfeeding, ergo, fisher price swing that goes both directions, Vera Bradley diaper bag, britax b-ready stroller (so easy to push and the car seat snaps in). Se doesn’t really like pacifiers. We are still just using the medela bottles(she only gets one per day). 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

so we always used huggies little snugglers for the first couple months and then stuck with huggies for the little movers. STOCK UP ON NEWBORN DIAPERS! i know the other ones say theoretically that they will fit small babies but you will use the newborn ones for the first month to 2 months!

also GET SOME PREEMIE OUTFITS!!! for the first 2 weeks or so most babies are still too small for stuff labeled newborn!

another thing that is a MUST in my opinion is swaddlers!i got like 8 of these things at the baby shower and i get them for everybody! the best place that i know of is at k-mart. they have 2 types. the one made by summer is really good for big babies and will work well up unill 6 months or so. ther other (i dont remember th brand) is a winnie the pooh one that works AMAING for newborns. i had 2 that i took to the hospital with me and the nurses started suggesting it to other moms with fussy babies!

as far as pacifiers go the best i have ever found are from babies r us and the are by tommee tippee. they are supposed to help with palate development and my son will only use this kind.

some things that i also adored was a maya wrap sling. i liked this a lot better than some of the others because i am plus sized and it really was easier for me to pack the baby in the sling versus a harness type system.

also if you plan on useing dosposible diapers get some cloth diapers to use as emergency backup and they work great as burp rags!

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My life savers were an extra large saddle blanket for as he got bigger, being saddled still helped with nap time. We saddled until after his 1st birthday. And the video the Happiest Baby on the Block. The techniques in this video were a life saver!

Post # 21
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Buzzing Beekeeper

The baby swing. I would never have been able to shower or clean without it!

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i second the SOOTHIES!!! they are awesome. we got one from the hospital and if you aren’t opposed to pacifiers for your newborn, they can be a lifesaver. my son loves and it has never intefered with breastfeeding.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

my son acutally didnt like the soothies. the only pacifier he likes was one of the ones that is kindaoffset of that makes any sense. for taking to hopsital i got a pack of soothies and the other ones (cant remember the brand exactly but you can get a 2 pack at walmart pretty cheap) and let the baby decided. even with the not so typical pacifier it didnt interfear with brestfeeding

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Our kid didn’t like the Soothies either.  We use the MAM ones only.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Great thread – thank you for all for sharing – my baby is arriving in about 8 weeks so all this really helps!

 

Post # 27
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Things that came in handy for me was the swing, vibrating baby seat and peppermint extact. The peppermint is great for a baby with upset tummy just put a little in water and let the baby drink it. Though you may need a bottle with smaller holes because when they are little I guess  they can get too much and gag.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Diapers – BumGenius 4.0 and Flips – we love these diapers. They are easy to use, easy to wash and cloth diapering was way less hassle than we expected (and less hassle than disposables! Not to mention cheaper!)

Stroller – Baby Jogger Summit XC – LOVE this stroller. Folds one handed, easy to use, and not much wider than our regular stroller, which didn’t fit in some mall stores anyway. It’s so smooth and will likely be our only stroller next time.

Carseat – Safety 1st Onboard 35. I like this carseat, but it doesn’t have an adapter for most other strollers, so I wouldn’t get it again and will replace it for #2. It’s super easy to adjust the straps. Next time I’ll go with a Graco Snugride. If you want options, go for the most popular carseat since they have adapters for most strollers.

Carrier – Boba – again we love this carrier! A little pricey, but I got mine used for less than half retail. It’s easy to use, has a high back for support or use with taller babies, and is comfy. Strong, but light.

Play

Baby Einstein exersaucer – Baby T has used this for 4 months now and still loves it!

Baby Einstein Jumperoo – this is at the grandparents house and he loves to jump in it. The songs on this are awesome and longer than others. Well built with lots of room to grow.

Graco Bumper Jumper – we got this after seeing how much Baby T loves to jump. We’ve had it a week and he loves it. It’s easy to move or take down and we’ll probably take it with us on weekends to my parents’ house.

Plastic toy links – these are awesome. we use it to keep toys on his carseat and near his exersaucer, jumperoo and jumper. Also I can use them to attach his toys to our carrier or my clothing while I’m carrying him so they don’t fall on the ground.

Other

Aden and Anais Blankets – awesome and cutea

prefold diapers as burp cloths – we got some osocozy burp cloths which are absorbent and make awesome burp cloths.

mam pacifiers – after several different ones (soothies, tommee tippee and avent) these are the ones he loves.

 

 

 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

LOVE the Angel Care monitor. Don’t think i’d have slept without it.

Aden and Anais bamboo swaddling cloths are the softest blankets ever! Expensive but so worth it.

We have the bugaboo chameleon and love it. most people we know have replaced their strollers a couple of times while we’ve been happy with the bug the whole time. I think as long as you get a stroller with decent wheels you’ll be happy. its the wheels that drive people crazy with strollers. 

Tried the Bum Genius diapers but have found they have a build up that i can’t get rid of so we gave up on them. We also had issues with the velcro. We use pampers now.

Bravado nursing vests are great. They have a built in bra, a propert supportive one, not a ‘shelf bra’ like you might find in cheaper alternatives.

medela nipple cream, less sticky than lansinoh. This stuff was a godsend for the first few weeks!

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