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Motherhood has helped me realize the true beauty of seeking out recommendations from other people. When I was pregnant I was very fortunate to learn from the experiences of friends who were already moms. I was able to get multiple opinions of what baby items they loved and which items they never used. After I had my daughter, I was part of a community that encouraged moms to ask each other for advice and to share what has worked for their family. Sometimes recommendations can be a bit overwhelming because all babies are different and something that one family can’t live without, will be barely utilized by another family. Recommendations can be very helpful but I do think they have to be evaluated mindfully otherwise the product purchases you can make for babies are endless! These are ten baby items that we have love and all of them were recommended to me by other moms! I am entirely grateful that they took time to share their experience with me. I hope they help you in your own search for baby items or aid you in selecting a baby shower gift for a loved one!
Baby Girl Bandana Drool Bibs
Baby Boy Bandana Drool Bibs
When I saw babies with bandana bibs I thought the bibs were just a baby fashion trend. I smugly thought to myself that I would stick with the older style of bibs thank you very much. I finally asked about it one day when it seemed like every baby had them at the mom group I attended. It turns out it wasn’t just a trend but an altogether better product. These bibs were far more absorbent and are perfect for drooling, teething babies! I would have to switch out my daughters old bibs multiple times a day and even then her onesie might still be wet. These bibs kept her clothes dry all day long!
Ikea’s ANTILOP Highchair
This high chair was recommended to me by my lactation consultant. She explained the benefits of its simple design which made it so much easier to clean than the fancy ones. It also comes at a fraction of the price of the fancy ones. We still had our high chair in the box and decided to take it back and order this one. I am so glad we did! We did baby led weaning which can get very messy, very quickly. Now that my daughter is a toddler she pretty much makes a mess of every meal, but this chair is easily cleaned. It is relatively easy to disassemble so when we go visit my parents we just take the legs off of the seat and pack it all in the van.
Tommee Tippee Easi Roll Bib
These are just genius! When my daughter eats she takes a huge handful of food and then tries to cram it all in her mouth. The pouch catches the majority of the food my daughter drops, reducing the mess I have to clean up. She even reaches in the pouch to grab food to eat when she eats all the food off her tray.
Nuby Sure Grip Plate
This food tray is a necessity for us when we go out to eat. We tried to have our daughter eat off a regular plate when we went out, but she was a little too curious about it and kept picking it up. We would end up having to put her food on the table, which grossed me out. This plate suctions to the table. It allows eating out with a baby to be much more relaxing!
Lovage Infant Girls’ Poncho Double Sided Coat
When the weather started getting colder I noticed that I had quite the predicament when it came to coats and my 10 month old daughter. It was too cold to go outside without a coat on to get to the van, but once we got to the van I had to take her coat off to put her in her car seat. It seemed a little silly to me that I spent time putting her coat on only to take it off in the next minute. Thankfully I asked the mom’s group I attended if they had any ideas and one mom recommended a poncho. This poncho slips over my daughter’s head with ease and we are out the door. It has arm sleeves, but I only use them when we are actually going to spend time outside. I have received so many compliments about how cute and practical this poncho is!
*I do want to tell you that this poncho does have two slight drawbacks. It has two buttons on the top that I ended up cutting off because I worried that my daughter would bite them off. The other issue is the hood did not stay close enough to her ears. I had already bought her a knit hat for the winter so I just used that. When I put the knit hat on and the hood, the hood stayed perfectly!
The Happy Song
My mom heard this song talked about on the radio and I’m so glad she did! This song was created to make a baby happy and it does just that for my daughter! I started using it for her when she was four months old. It quickly became a song that my husband and I memorized and actually enjoy listening to. More times than not if she is crying and we play this song she will calm down, begin smiling and start nodding her head to the music. There is a cute video with the song on Youtube also.
BunchaFarmers All Natural Stain Remover
This is not necessarily a baby item, but it has become a staple in our home. I received this stain remover from a friend before my daughter arrived. The friend explained that it was the only stain remover she found that could get out the mustard stain of breast milk poop. She was right! This stain remover saved so many onesies and pairs of pants. I have even had success with it removing blood, wine, and orange colored Indian curry from my WHITE shirt. It’s pretty amazing!! I use it like a soap on the stain and get the fabric all sudsy. The majority of the time the stain is out before it even goes in the washer.
Up and Up Diapers
A dear friend has saved us so much money by recommending these diapers. They are a fraction of the cost of name brand diapers and we have had no issues with the quality of them. You can save even more money when you buy these diapers during one of their gift card promotions. Target does promotions fairly often that if you purchase $100 worth of certain baby items including diapers you get a $25 gift card.
Up and Up Brand Formula
When I decided to stop breastfeeding at 6 months I asked my lactation consultant what brand of formula she recommended. She said that all babies tolerate different ones, but she always recommends that parents try out the generic brands. She said that the generic brands have to meet the same nutrition standards that the name brands do. Knowing this saved us so much money! The Target gift card promotion usually includes formula as one of the baby items so you can save additional money by purchasing it during a promotion.
Wipeable Changing Cover Pink
Wipeable Changing Cover Grey/White Chevron
This is one of my favorite baby items by far! Instead of being all soft fabric like traditional changing pad covers this one is wipe-able down the center. This allows you to spot clean or disinfect the middle part if you have any messes that occur during a diaper change. It can also be put in the washing machine if needed.