Sanity-Saving Baby Items

A Listmania! list by Ginger R Culver
The list author says: "Here are our household's 'go-to' baby items.

I could create an additional list made up entirely of children's books, so I only named a few here.

Some guidelines to give well-meaning gift-givers: anything that makes noise must have volume control and an on/off switch! Almost all toys that make noise are too loud. You can cover speakers with duct tape if volume control isn't enough.

Listen to, and say thank you for, the advice of others. Then trust your own instincts and make the choices that feel right for you and your child."
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Beige
1.  Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Beige by Miracle Blanket
The list author says:
  "Hands down, the best swaddling blanket out there (and we tried them all). Miracle Blanket offers the most versatility while maintaining the most secure hold. A life saver."
$29.95
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aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket, Jungle Jam, 4 count
2.  aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket, Jungle Jam, 4 count by aden + anais
The list author says:
  "These are really useful - a lightweight blanket in summer, a make-shift play mat on carpet, baby carrier cover to block sun from sleeping baby, etc."
$49.95   Used & New from: $40.74
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,299 customer reviews)

Hudson Baby Organic Receiving Blanket, Pink
3.  Hudson Baby Organic Receiving Blanket, Pink by Hudson Baby
The list author says:
  "Old school thermal (waffle weave) baby blanket. the larger 40x40 size is useful for swaddling (when miracle blanket is in the wash)."
$8.92   Used & New from: $7.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

Gund Spunky Dog Huggybuddy Baby Blanket
4.  Gund Spunky Dog Huggybuddy Baby Blanket by GUND
The list author says:
  "This is "Puppy", the 'lovey' of choice in our house. So much so that we bought a spare, just in case, and then we bought another spare. The triplet puppies are in rotation between crib, car, laundry. It is hard to know what your little one will become attached to, but one of these half blanket/half plush/all love is good bet."
$24.43   Used & New from: $19.79
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Diaper Bag ,Deluxe Black
5.  Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Diaper Bag ,Deluxe Black by Skip Hop
The list author says:
  "I am always on a quest for the best possible bag, and diaper bags are no exception. This bag is the one I have held onto (and that has held up) the longest. Very straightforward, not outrageously priced, and comes in a variety of colors."
$48.62
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (646 customer reviews)

Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changing Station, Black
6.  Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changing Station, Black by Skip Hop
The list author says:
  "Great to keep in the car or in the bottom of the stroller for changes on the go."
$24.99   Used & New from: $18.93
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)

The Essential Baby Organizer: Birth to One Year (The Essential Organizers)
7.  The Essential Baby Organizer: Birth to One Year (The Essential Organizers) by Dani Rasmussen
The list author says:
  "A great way to keep track of all the important details you are too sleep-deprived to remember during the first year. ;)"
Used & New from: $16.98
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 5th Edition: Birth to Age 5
8.  Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 5th Edition: Birth to Age 5 by American Academy Of Pediatrics
The list author says:
  "This book provides great general information about a child's health and development. I actually wish we had purchased the APA's "Your Baby's First Year" (instead of the first five) as it provides more detail for the year when you need it most."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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Your Baby's First Year Week by Week
9.  Your Baby's First Year Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis
The list author says:
  "Helpful for a look at how 'normal' babies develop. It is written in weekly chapters so you don't get too overwhelmed, but have a general idea of what is going on now and what is coming up next."
$13.59   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

The First Years 2 Pack GumDrop Infant Pacifier, Pink/Purple
10.  The First Years 2 Pack GumDrop Infant Pacifier, Pink/Purple by The First Years
The list author says:
  "Although baby came home with a "soothie" from the hospital, we quickly switched to this pacifier as its shape allows for easier breathing. They come in two sizes - one for newborns and one for 3+ months. Easy to sterilize silicone."
$6.08   Used & New from: $0.95
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

Sassy Floor Mirror, Blue
11.  Sassy Floor Mirror, Blue by Sassy
The list author says:
  "Hours of entertainment and learning opportunities for baby. This really helped with "tummy time" to strengthen neck muscles by encouraging baby to lift his head."
$12.85   Used & New from: $9.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)

Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
12.  Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber by Vulli
The list author says:
  "This teether is all the rage. Made in France, from natural rubber, you will get a lot of life out of "Sophie" (unless of course you lose yours, as we did...a very sad day). Worth every penny."
$23.20   Used & New from: $18.21
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,988 customer reviews)

Natural Touch Softees Hard & Soft Teether, Small
13.  Natural Touch Softees Hard & Soft Teether, Small by Natural Touch
The list author says:
  "We got a lot of use out of this teether, especially with the larger teeth coming in. Added bonus: it has it's own reusable case so it doesn't get dirty in the bottom of the diaper bag."
$3.89
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Munchkin Fun Ice Chewy Teether, Colors and Design May Vary
14.  Munchkin Fun Ice Chewy Teether, Colors and Design May Vary by Munchkin
The list author says:
  "Many gel teethers can go in the fridge, but not freezer. This one can be frozen for added comfort to swollen gums."
$5.53   Used & New from: $1.81
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

Razbaby RaZ-berry Teether, Red
15.  Razbaby RaZ-berry Teether, Red by Razbaby
The list author says:
  "This was our guy's favorite objet d'teething."
$4.99   Used & New from: $2.60
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,001 customer reviews)

Playtex Baby VentAire. ADVANCED Standard Newborn Gift Set
16.  Playtex Baby VentAire. ADVANCED Standard Newborn Gift Set by Playtex
The list author says:
  "In desperation, when baby refused all other bottles we tried, I reached for this bottle we received as a free sample. Instant success. As a bonus, they are much more affordable that their European counterparts. They come in standard or wide size. We preferred standard, but if baby is weaning or feeding from breast and bottle, the wide bottles might be better."
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Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack
17.  Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack by Munchkin
The list author says:
  "This drying rack is superior to others because it accommodates a multitude of items while taking up less real estate on your counter. It also folds flat for storage. Do not wash this rack in the dishwasher (it will warp...oops)."
$6.99   Used & New from: $5.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

Munchkin Bottle and Nipple Brush, Colors May Vary
18.  Munchkin Bottle and Nipple Brush, Colors May Vary by Munchkin
The list author says:
  "Handy sponge/brush combo and small nipple brush stores conveniently inside handle. There is a slot to store brush on the drying rack above."
$4.16   Used & New from: $1.82
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket, Colors May Vary
19.  Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket, Colors May Vary by Munchkin
The list author says:
  "If you have a dishwasher, you will want this to organize small parts in the top rack."
$6.48   Used & New from: $2.46
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)

Playtex Training Time Soft Spout Cup, Color May Vary, 6 Ounce, 2 Count
20.  Playtex Training Time Soft Spout Cup, Color May Vary, 6 Ounce, 2 Count by Playtex
The list author says:
  "This was a great first sippy cup. The spout is soft and shaped more like a bottle, so it was a good transition. The great thing about the Playtex sippy cups is that the cups, lids and valves are all interchangeable."
$5.76
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)

Nuby 2-Pack Nibbler
21.  Nuby 2-Pack Nibbler by Nuby
The list author says:
  "These mesh 'fresh food feeders' come in really handy when you start feeding more solid food. Also a life saver for air travel (ask flight attendant for ice and baby will chew and suck which helps the ears)."
$6.99   Used & New from: $4.32
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

Bumkins 3 Pack Waterproof SuperBib (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
22.  Bumkins 3 Pack Waterproof SuperBib (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Bumkins
The list author says:
  "These bibs are great. They repel moisture and catch what doesn't make it into baby's mouth. Washable. All this, and in Keith Haring designs. Nice."
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Skip Hop Palette Plate Extra Bowls
23.  Skip Hop Palette Plate Extra Bowls by Skip Hop
The list author says:
  "These are a nice, compact size for small servings and snacks."
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Made For Mom Snack Trap, 3 Pack, Gender Neutral
24.  Made For Mom Snack Trap, 3 Pack, Gender Neutral by Made by a Mom
The list author says:
  "For toddler to feed themselves a snack without spilling (at least not too much all at once). I prefer Snack Trap over Munchkin because you can buy a lid to cover them and keep snacks from going stale."
$18.09   Used & New from: $12.10
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

Made For Mom Snack Trap Lid Accessory Pack, 3 Piece (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
25.  Made For Mom Snack Trap Lid Accessory Pack, 3 Piece (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Made by a Mom
The list author says:
  "The aforementioned lids to the snack trap."
$3.59
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Munchkin Formula Dispenser Combo Pack, Colors May Vary
26.  Munchkin Formula Dispenser Combo Pack, Colors May Vary by Munchkin
The list author says:
  "Even if one does not use formula, these are both great snack containers."
$7.35   Used & New from: $2.20
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)

Hyland's Chamomilla (Chamomile) 30C Pellets-160 ct
27.  Hyland's Chamomilla (Chamomile) 30C Pellets-160 ct by Hyland's Homeopathic
The list author says:
  "Using homeopathic remedies of Chamomile and/or Bella Dona to help reduce swelling and make baby more mellow during teething is something that really helped us. The original product was recalled due to a manufacturing issue, but this is different from the original."
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Boogie Wipes Snot Your Average Wipe with Gentle Saline Wipes
28.  Boogie Wipes Snot Your Average Wipe with Gentle Saline Wipes by Boogie Wipes
The list author says:
  "At first I thought these were extravagant, but now I rely on them. They are very gentle, and really helpful for the ever-present snotty nose."
$5.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Gerber 12-Pack Flatfold Birdseye Cloth Diapers - White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
29.  Gerber 12-Pack Flatfold Birdseye Cloth Diapers - White (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Gerber
The list author says:
  "You will want to have these cloth diapers around as burp rags. Trust me. We had acid reflux to deal with so we stacks of these in every room of the house."
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JJ Cole Collections Diaper Caddy, Cocoa Stripe (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
30.  JJ Cole Collections Diaper Caddy, Cocoa Stripe (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by JJ Cole
The list author says:
  "Yes, you can live without this, and a clear plastic bin of this size will accomplish the same goal for less money. But this is a good caddy and it holds up very well. It has traveled throughout the house - nice to have all that you need for diaper changes all together."
Used & New from: $63.19
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Aveeno Baby Gift Set, Daily Care Essentials Basket, Baby and Mommy Gift Set
31.  Aveeno Baby Gift Set, Daily Care Essentials Basket, Baby and Mommy Gift Set by Aveeno Baby
The list author says:
  "These are the baby care products we use and have been very happy with them."
$25.17   Used & New from: $19.25
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)

Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner - Bare Naked
32.  Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner - Bare Naked by Boppy
The list author says:
  "The boppy is often referred to as a breast feeding pillow. It is also great for baby tummy time and as a support when learning to sit."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)

Sassy Look Photo Book
33.  Sassy Look Photo Book by Sassy
The list author says:
  "We have several different "baby's first photo books". One for photos of baby and parents (nice when either of us travel) and one of family members who live far away."
$5.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
34.  NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson
The list author says:
  "Love this book. Also check out:
"Parenting with Love and Logic" by Foster Cline and "Parenting from the Inside Out" by Mary Hartzell and Daniel Siegel."
$11.91   Used & New from: $1.19
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families
35.  We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr
The list author says:
  "All books by Todd Parr are fabulous. This one is our favorite, and I believe the message is true for all families."
Used & New from: $11.16
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Hallmark Guess How Much I Love You~ Recordable Story Book
36.  Hallmark Guess How Much I Love You~ Recordable Story Book by Sam McBratney
The list author says:
  "Grandpa and Grandma recorded their voices reading this story to our little guy. He loves to listen and read along. They even added a personalized 'we love you' at the end. Especially nice when you live apart."
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Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids
37.  Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids by Barrie Carson Turner
The list author says:
  "This is classical children's music at its best. The book is a nice accompaniment and allows for educational opportunities (animals, instruments and their sounds, etc). This is a favorite in our house."
$16.69   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

You Are My Little Bird
38.  You Are My Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell
The list author says:
  "As a musician, I am always on the lookout for children's music that isn't too grating on the nerves. This is a nice singer/songwriter album for children. Other artists to explore (with Northwest connections) are: Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, and The Not-Its. Putayamo collections are great for world music."
$9.99   Used & New from: $3.83
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)

Classical Baby 3-Pack - Music, Art & Dance
39.  Classical Baby 3-Pack - Music, Art & Dance DVD ~ Classical Baby
The list author says:
  "This was the first (and only for many months) program watched in our house. Now that we have allowed a little more screen time, other programs are watched. But this one is often requested."
$46.69   Used & New from: $24.99
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