A Listmania! list by Jenna Vincent(Charlottesville, VA United States)
The list author says: "We're a family who strives to reduce the amount of trash we create, reduce the amount of chemicals in our household, and minimize "baby clutter". For us, this means cloth diapering, natural cleaning agents, and purchasing products that will have a long lifespan or multiple uses/benefits."
"It totally sucks to get a lap-sleeve or snap-neck outfit over a newborn's floppy head. Kimono-style is the way to go! Our son HATED being dressed and this curbed the screaming. Get the onesie style because regular shirt hems ride up to the armpits on new babies."
"Really soft and relatively trim. I prefer the perfect size because the one-size has an adjustable leg toggle that leaves red marks on my daughter. A size medium will probably fit your baby from 6-9 months til potty learning. Also, the wide opening in back allows you to shake out the insert into the washer. Awesome resale value too!"
"These are small and super-thin for a washcloth, but they're great as baby wipes! We just used these with a homemade solution (or water) in a spray bottle for wiping. Laundered well with our cloth diaper loads. Worked better than commercial wipes!"
"No back pain whatsoever and very easy to get on and off when using as a front-carrier. Difficult to use as a back-carrier without a 2nd person helping at first. Gets easier with practice. I think this is way better than the bjorn carrier for a baby because it supports his upper legs in a natural sitting position rather than suspending him from his crotch!"
"Easiest way to carry a newborn. Takes practice to get a hang of managing this long length of fabric (hint: don't put it on loosely and it will support you and baby much better). Baby is in a perfect calming position should he be colicky or refluxy, and his head and neck doesn't get kinked the way it often will in a sling. I used this exclusively for the first 5 months."
"Our baby needed to be swaddled tightly until he was 3 months old in order to settle down or sleep. If we didn't do a good swaddle job with the receiving blankets he'd break out in 2 seconds and start screaming. This saved us many do-overs in the middle of the night."
"I wish I had this or the Kolcraft Car Seat Carrier from the beginning. When baby falls asleep in the car, the last thing you want to do his wake him to put him in a stroller or sling (especially if he's not a good sleeper or is a big crier!)"
"I tried at least 6 different nursing pads and these were the most comfortable for sore nipples and also the least visible under clothing. I wanted to use the reusable washable kind but I was a heavy leaker and only the disposables could contain the amount of milk I leaked."
"Much more comfortable and supportive than Boppy. I like the back rest component. Baby would fall asleep on this after nursing and I could actually keep him cradled on this while I stood up and walked him back to the bed."
"Before our baby was born, I thought a nursing stool was a waste of money and space. Wow, was I wrong! This stool lifts your legs to just the right height and tilt to allow you to relax and have better posture and no back pain!"
"This was baby's first favorite toy/lovie. It's a touch-and-feel book and the crinkly first page made him ecstatic! The only drawback is that it's not machine-washable. Surface wash only (you could wash it in the machine, but then the 'crinkle' will melt and not be as loud and appealing)."
"THE sleep bible that all new parents should read. Not written in a very intuitively organized way and may contain more information on the biology of sleep than you care to know, so read it before the baby comes and your brains get scrambled! All this stuff is backed by tons of research and his expert pediatric experience."
"Adjusts quickly and easily to fit any size or shape toilet and doesn't slip or shift around like other seats do. Bigger than other potty seats so there's no leaking through. Has a loop on top that makes it easy to store on a hook nearby. Easy to clean."
"Pricier than other white noise machines, but worth every penny! The noise is from forced air so it doesn't have that annoying electronic sound. Helps baby sleep through anything and makes it easier to sleep when traveling places with unfamiliar noises too!"
"This is great for nighttime diaper changes or feedings so you don't have to turn on a brighter light that'll wake everyone up! Also good as a nightlight when they're toddlers. We like that it's portable and can be set down anywhere. Mobi and kinderglow are other good brands."