The list author says: "This is an extension of gear that I found extremely helpful. I spent a lot of time researching baby gear for my first son because I didn't want to spend too much on unnecessary items. I looked for popular/bestselling items and award-winners, and read all the reviews, but also weighed them against my particular situation/taste/parenting style and values. If you value space, time/hands-free opportunities, cost-value, design/appearance, you will probably find these items to be very useful. I'll try to amend the list as we go along, but here's what we find vital for now!"
"This is EXTREMELY useful in an apartment. Keep baby in or out, configured as a pen or a long gate. It's light enough to carry, but it's also light enough to be pushed by baby. I do find it a bit difficult to adjust the angles of the panels."
"Smaller scale stacking cups, but these are much tighter a fit, I find them hard to stack and I'm an adult! But, my son likes playing with them and their fun in the bath. I find my son likes playing with ANY cups (stacking, disposable, bottle caps, etc.)"
"Not a necessity and was actually short lived (I should have gotten it sooner), and is probably not all that conducive to walking according to experts, but is a worth the smile on baby's face during that short time when they aren't walking yet. This is the best walker you can get. A smooth ride for your little one, easy to turn, cool design."
"A MUST for daycare and actually very useful at home. These are great, especially the bowls/lids and spoons. You don't really need anything else (don't bother with the rubber tipped spoons - very messy). I use everything in here. You may need 2 sets. The sippy cups in here worked for my son, didn't need to get other more expensive sippies."
"At first, I wasn't sure how I would use this, because I had a breast pump cooler... But actually it's perfect for carrying food in First Year's Take and Toss bowls for when baby goes to daycare or grandma's, or for carrying bottles. It's very convenient to just throw the whole bag in the freezer (coolant is built into the bag)."
"Expensive for an ice tray!? This can be accomplished with a cheaper ice cube tray... But this worked well for freezing baby food. You just need to wait a minute, so it's easier to push out the cubes. Put cubes of individual flavors into labelled ziplock bags, and put the bags into a larger tupperware container."
"Walkers come in different flavors: walker+push, ride, or wagon - most of them are all hideous or $$$, or don't do either well. Then I found this simple wagon design with blocks that will be enjoyed beyond the learning to walk phase. Perfect! It's stable and my son walks quite confidently with it, even though it can roll quite quickly."