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"I loved using this when by baby was small. It allows you to carry your baby close to you while having your hands free to do other tasks. It takes a little practice to learn how to tie, but isn't that complicated. I used this more around the house than when I went out because the piece of fabric is so long that it touches the ground as you are tying it (not ideal when you are in a parking lot!)"
"This is the most versatile carrier that I've found as you can wear your baby in the front facing in or out, on the side, or in the back. It is a blend between a Baby-Bjorn style carrier with clips and a soft structured carrier like a Mei-tai. It is worth the investment! I love strapping my daughter on my back when I make dinner so she can "help" me."
"The ring sling is great to use when you are out and about. It takes about 1 minute to get on and the baby into so it is super convenient. It does put most of the weight on one side of your body so if you are going to do a lot of walking, the Pikkolo is better."
"My baby loved being swaddled and it takes a very special kind of fabric, size and technique to wrap it so your baby doesn't wiggle out. These blankets have velcro which allows you to secure them quickly and be able to soothe your baby that much quicker. They usually grow out of these by about 6 months so the smaller sizes (small and medium) are better depending on the size of your baby."
"They are a good deal considering you would be spending a lot more ($1,000 - $2,000) on disposable diapers until your child is potty trained. Washing/drying them is a little involved, but you get used to it. We used a combination of these and disposables depending on the situation and how much time we have to do laundry."
"I loved using a Boppy for nursing. Once our daughter was a little older and working on sitting up by herself, we positioned the Boppy behind her in case she fell backwards. Now she can catch herself when she tips so it is no longer needed. I've also heard that the "My Breast Friend" is a great nursing pillow."
"These are a little expensive, but in the early days of breastfeeding, they are a LIFESAVER. Put them in the fridge and they are nice and cold and very "soothie" when you need them. And you WILL need them."
"For those working moms out there (or those that want to be away from their baby for more than an hour) this is a great pump. And the fact that you can pump both breasts at once saves time (which of course is SO precious to new moms!)."
"The Medela pump comes with a standard size breastshield/flange, but some women need a larger size for more comfort and to pump more efficiently. I was also able to find a great angled one at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland (I can't remember the brand) that allowed me to lean back farther while pumping"
"I LOVE this diaper bag. It has a superior design with lots of great pockets and magnetic closure. Every inch of space is utilized efficiently. It is a great size. However, sometimes I wish I would have gone with the deluxe for a little extra space for longer outings."
"These are like the soothie pacifiers that you get at the hospital, but are contoured to the babies mouth. Our daughter LOVED these (and rejected the natural rubber kind that we tried with her). She eventually stopped needing them around the 5 or 6 month mark."
"I HIGHLY recommend not buying a whole infant crib bedding set. You can’t use the quilt (suffocation hazard) or the bumpers (babies can climb up onto them and fall out of the crib). The dust ruffle is cute but honestly all you really need is a cheap crib sheet. Save yourself the $100 (or $200, or $300 etc) on a set and buy 5 sheets for $5 and call it good."
"This is great when you want to let your baby lay down and entertain herself for awhile while you get stuff done around the house. I would lay my daughter under this while I took a shower and could usually get in my 10 or 15 minutes without her crying for me because she was busy playing with the hanging toys. I say, use anything you can to help you get your shower in!"
"This fisher-price vibrating seat was great when our daughter didn't want to lay on the floor but we needed to put her down while we did things around the house. Sometimes the vibrations would make her fall asleep. Eventually she learned that kicking her legs made the seat bounce and she loved being in there. This seat isn't needed anymore when your baby can sit up by herself."
"These Rockabye Baby CDs are genius. They have them for artists such as Cold Play, U2, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Radiohead etc. They have all of the songs you love, but in instrumental lullaby form. So while your baby is slipping off into dreamland, you can hum along to your favorite songs."
"This excellent book explains a technique called the "cuddle cure" that helps you soothe your crying and/or colicky baby in the early months. It is great and I wish I would have read it before having my baby, or at least in those first few weeks after having her, so I could have used the technique."
"The book helps new parents understand healthy infant sleep habits and gives you different options for helping your baby to sleep well. The advice in the book proved EXTREMELY effective in our situation. After 2 nights, our daughter starting sleeping 12 hours at a time and we’ve had no night waking since."
"This is an excellent book that synthesizes all of the scientific research that has been replicated relating to what you can do to raise a smart and happy child. The book includes things that you can do while you are pregnant and within the first 5 years to encourage healthy brain development in your baby. Very well written and fun to read."