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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."