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New baby recommendations

Joanne Harkness "momtoalex1"
The list author says: "I'm a mom to two kids under three. My first baby was colicky and my second is totally different, so here are my "strongly recommended" items to save your sanity and keep everybody as happy as possible in those early months."
Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing, Starlight
Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing, Starlight
"The side-to-side motion is what both of my kids really enjoyed (although this swing also goes front to back). This was the only thing (that wasn't attached to me) that my son would nap in. My baby girl loves looking at the star lights and listening to the soothing sounds."
Fisher-Price Deluxe Infant to Toddler Rocker, Alpha Fun (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Deluxe Infant to Toddler Rocker, Alpha Fun (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I love this because it's sturdy, mobile, and perfect for putting your baby in while you're doing other things. I always found myself wanting to use her car seat, but she would get sweaty or uncomfortable (from the seatbelts) and laying her flat would start her fussing... this does the trick. It also has a vibration function and overhead rattles that she likes."
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Beige
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Beige
"Life saver! A very good way to get a baby to sleep on his/her back without startling themselves awake every hour or so. Also, my colicky son was very calmed by being swaddled and the miracle blanket is very hard to escape! This is too big for newborn swaddling. Good to use after they are 1 or 2 months old. The popular Kiddapotomas swaddle blankets work just fine for the first 6 weeks or so."
MAYA WRAP Lightly Padded Baby Ring Sling Carrier (MEDIUM - BRIGHT STRIPE)
MAYA WRAP Lightly Padded Baby Ring Sling Carrier (MEDIUM - BRIGHT STRIPE)
"I love "baby wearing"! Both of my babies loved being in the sling and I could easily do chores, go for long walks or to the store fairly easily with this. And I just love having my babies close to me. The downside is that once they start to get heavier, it starts to put to much weight on one shoulder and can get uncomfortable after an extended period of time."
ERGObaby Original Collection Baby Carrier, Black/Camel (Older Version)
ERGObaby Original Collection Baby Carrier, Black/Camel (Older Version)
"This baby carrier is better to distribute baby's weight evenly and actually uses your hips to bear some of the weight, so it's a huge relief on your back if you are a "baby wearer". My husband likes this one alot better. The downside is that it's hard for a newborn to get comfortable in it. My daughter is 3 months old now and just now fitting in this better."
OsoCozy Prefolds Unbleached Cloth Diapers, Size 1, 6 Count
OsoCozy Prefolds Unbleached Cloth Diapers, Size 1, 6 Count
"These make perfect burp rags. My son spit up ALOT!! And these worked much better than the advertised "burp cloths"."
LA Baby 4 Sided Changing Pad 32", White
LA Baby 4 Sided Changing Pad 32", White
"This changing pad is a little smaller than the normal ones. We just put it on top of a dresser to make an instant "changing table". Also have a second changing pad for our living area, so we don't have to walk babies up to the bedroom every time they have a messy diaper."
Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice For Your Baby's First Year
Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice For Your Baby's First Year
"Great book that touches on alot of the questions that you have about your baby. From eating to illnesses to teething, this book touches on ALOT!"
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
"Good concepts to help soothe a young baby. We got the book too, but as new parents we were WAAAY too tired to read the book. DVD is perfect. :)"
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Bassinet, Kensly (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Bassinet, Kensly (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Any pack-n-play is a must have for traveling with a baby. My mom & sister both keep one at their houses and we actually used the bassinet function of the pack-n-play as the bassinet in our room. I found the "changing table" function to not be an added benefit. The weight limit is too low and the bassinet can function for changing too."
Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer
Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer
"This is good for the first couple months when your baby is pooping all the time and you don't want to startle them into a completely awake state in the middle of the night."
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off
"A must during the cold/flu season... especially if you are sending your kid to a day care environment and they get the "day care" congestion. The humidifier we have you can put these menthol vaporizor pads that help clear their congestion, which is important because babies only breath through thier noses at first."
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
"My colicky son never used this, but my baby girl loves it. She stares up at the rattles and kicks her legs, sometimes for as long as 30 minutes by herself, longer if I'm sitting beside her."
Evenflo Splash Mega Exersaucer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Evenflo Splash Mega Exersaucer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Starting at about 5 months, babies can spend a lot of time in these exersaucers and entertaining themselves. We actually got one from a consignment shop. They're all very similar, I think. The babies can bounce in them and turn and look at all the activities on the saucer."
Chicco Cortina Keyfit 30 Travel System, Miro (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Chicco Cortina Keyfit 30 Travel System, Miro (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We got this expensive combo but have been happy with both. The stroller is bulky, but you can fit a ton of stuff on or under the stroller. The seat back is adjustable & goes completely flat, which I have found to be a great changing table when there is nothing else around.  I especially like the bar across the stroller for older babies to put cherrios while you roll along."
Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair, Scatterbug (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair, Scatterbug (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"High chairs can be very bulky. This one is not. Perfect for families living in smaller spaces. It's very sturdy. We have never used the straps at all, though."
The Nursing Mother's Companion, 6th Edition: 25th Anniversary Edition
The Nursing Mother's Companion, 6th Edition: 25th Anniversary Edition
"I did not find breastfeeding to be intuitive or easy with my first baby. This book touched on alot of the questions and issues I had about breastfeeding and because of this and other resources I successfully breastfed my son until he was 8 months old."
My Brest Friend Pillow, Sunburst
My Brest Friend Pillow, Sunburst
"Love this nursing pillow!!! Especially with a newborn, finding a way to support their head and neck comfortably can be time consuming (stacking arms/pillows, etc). This pillow takes care of that."
Lansinoh Hpa Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers, 1.41 Ounce (Pack of 2)
Lansinoh Hpa Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers, 1.41 Ounce (Pack of 2)
"Very necessary in the early days of nursing. You will need this. Just be careful, it stains your clothes."
Nursing Stool Cherry
Nursing Stool Cherry
"I used this stool in lieu of the rocking ottoman that came with my glider. I found it to be more comfortable and take up less space."
Classical Baby 3-Pack - Music, Art & Dance
Classical Baby 3-Pack - Music, Art & Dance
"My babies loved the combination of classical music and colors for these three videos."
Baby Einstein - Neighborhood Animals
Baby Einstein - Neighborhood Animals
"These videos are so simple, but really good. My son loved the "neighborhood animals" and the "first signs". He actually started using a whole bunch of signs from that video."
Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
"Love Sophie the teether! Easy for babies to get into their mouth when their hand control isn't quite there yet."
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
"This is very entertaining for babies/toddlers. It has colored lights and classical music. Two volume settings. And it's not completely annoying like some noisemakers the babies like."
Graco Bumper Jumper, Little Jungle
Graco Bumper Jumper, Little Jungle
"My baby loves jumping in this doorway bouncer. It keeps her very entertained!"