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Best Essential Baby Gear for the first year

CJA "halcyongfx"
The list author says: "I spent a lot of time reading reviews from several websites as well as looking at items in stores. This is a list of the items we purchased and have been indispensable for the first year of my daughter's life."
Contours Classique 3-in-1 Bassinet (Older Version) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Contours Classique 3-in-1 Bassinet (Older Version) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Newborns sleep a lot! You may not NEED a bassinet, but because they sleep so much, having something that you can wheel out into the living room is very nice. This one is very sturdy, and attractive. The only negative is that the wheels could be a bit bigger to make it easier to roll on carpet."
Philips AVENT Express Food and Bottle Warmer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Philips AVENT Express Food and Bottle Warmer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Quick and consistent bottle warmer."
Tomy Lamaze Play andGrowTake Along Toy, Jacques the Peacock
Tomy Lamaze Play andGrowTake Along Toy, Jacques the Peacock
"This was my daughters first toy. We attached it to the side of the bassinet listed above. At just five weeks old she was already reaching for it and laughing."
The First Years Infant To Toddler Tub with Sling, Blue
The First Years Infant To Toddler Tub with Sling, Blue
"Great bath tub for the first 6 months. We mostly used the reclining side of the tub for the first few months when my daughter couldn't sit up unassisted."
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, Black, Cotton
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, Black, Cotton
"This sling is great for taking your very young baby with you around the house, around the back yard, to the mail box, etc."
Graco Ultra Clear II 49MHZ Baby Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Graco Ultra Clear II 49MHZ Baby Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Good budget baby monitor. If you don't mind spending more than $50 there are probably better monitors out there. But these work just fine. They definitely pick up my daughters voice, even at a young age. My only complaint is that they buzz if there are other electronics near them such as a cell phone."
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
"This playmat is the perfect size, not too small. Teaches hand eye coordination to babies who are not yet mobile."
Fisher-Price Precious Planet Blue Sky Jumperoo (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Precious Planet Blue Sky Jumperoo (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We actually had the farm version of this jumperoo (only available from Babies R Us). We prefer that one because it has more activites and a book on it. It kept my daughter entertained and safe from 4 months up, and we're still using it!"
Fisher-Price Infant-To-Toddler Rocker, Blue/Green (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Infant-To-Toddler Rocker, Blue/Green (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We used this chair mainly when my daughter was younger. We never had a newborn swing, but that would be an alternative to this chair. Now that she's crawling and climbing she doesn't use this anymore because we don't want her to fall. She was very motivated to pull the mushroom to start the music herself. Finally at about 3 months old she did it!"
Graco Blossom Highchair, Townsend
Graco Blossom Highchair, Townsend
"This high chair is more expensive than others, but the ability to seat two children (one toddler booster and one high chair) is great for people planning on having two kids. It is very stury, solidly constructed, does not feel flimsy at all, moves easily even on carpet, and has a tray cover that is dishwasher safe."
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Rumble & Learn Driver
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Rumble & Learn Driver
"My daughter loves this toy. The number of interactive items on it, steering wheel, horn, gear shift, on/off ignition, moving puppy dog :), dials that spin, headlight knob, and lights that light up make it better than other driving toys. When she was very young she played with it on her high chair tray (we did have to hold it for her), now she plays with it on the ground."
Summer Infant 3-Stage Superseat Highchair, Green
Summer Infant 3-Stage Superseat Highchair, Green
"We considered getting a Bumbo chair, but we went with this chair because it had toys, and boy am I glad. My daughter loves the little plastic cups on this the most, go figure. I put cheerios on the tray. It has back support so she could sit in this before she could quite sit up by herself."
Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube
Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube
"Another winner! Music, and lights are sure to get my daughters attention. She figured out by herself that the blue button plays all the instruments and would actively turn the cube to look for the blue side. She would also use her feet to play the cube."
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard Totbloc with Carry Bag, Bugs Quilt
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard Totbloc with Carry Bag, Bugs Quilt
"A must have once your little one is mobile. This one is a great size, roomy inside, colorful with toys on each side. My daughter loves the mirror and the crinkly butterfly. The inside looks like a fun, baby play room not a baby jail!"
Happy Baby Organic Puffs, Apple Puffs, 2.1-Ounce Container
Happy Baby Organic Puffs, Apple Puffs, 2.1-Ounce Container
"Organic puffs are great snacks for the little one. We get these at Babies R Us or the local Whole Foods."
PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
"From about 8 months, or younger if you have a bigger baby that can sit up, up this slightly larger bathtub is great for baths and allow a little extra room for floating toys and splashing. She sits up for the majority of time, but when I rinse the shampoo I move her to the reclining side."