"We have the Nature’s Touch version of this swing and it was the key to getting our baby to sleep 6+ hours in a row at night. It will swing until the batteries run out, so no having to keep hitting a button or winding it or anything."
"We got this bouncy chair because the other vibrating chair (The F-P Papasan) we had would stop after 15 minutes, at which point our baby would wake up. This one has a continuous vibration and can be bounced with one foot. Now that she’s a little older, we put the activity bar on sometimes and she seems to enjoy the music and movement."
"I bought a travel-sized Sleep Sheep, which is super cute but it turns off after 42 minutes, at which point baby wakes up. So we found this, and it works great! It also has a projector which can project 3 different rotating scenes on the ceiling to comfort and amuse the baby."
"Although our plan was to do cloth diapers from the get-go, our doula and several friends suggested that disposables would keep her drier during that constant peeing and pooping phase. Our doula recommended these specifically since they have the line that changes color when the baby is wet."
"We transitioned to cloth diapers for daytime use, and although I had a bunch of hand-me-down Pro-Wraps, I found I like the way the Thirsties fit her better. Our little girl is 10 lbs now and the X-smalls fit her just fine."
"Not exactly what our hospital gave us but close enough. I bought 3, so we’d have one in the diaper bag, one in the nursery, one in the kitchen, and one attached to her car seat. You don’t want to have to run around trying to find the pacifier when your little one is cranky!"
"It says there are three styles but it seems like the other 2 of them (the flower and the bee) are out of production and very hard to come by. This works great to keep her pacifier from falling on the floor, and the penguin serves as a “handle” for both baby or parent, making it easier to place or hold it in baby’s mouth."
"Forget cutesy outfits, our little girl spends all her time in sleepers, gowns or the occasional onesie (we live in Seattle and she was a March baby so it's still a little chilly.) The sleepers are nicest once you start taking your baby places, as they can wear them in a car seat. Also, you don't have to worry about socks (which never stay on) as baby's feet are covered."
"I bought this used so it didn't have all of the stuffed animals that attach, but you can easily attach other toys. We use it for tummy time and also with baby on her back. She really enjoys the blinking lights."
"I have several different Lamaze toys--the peacock, the firefly, the giraffe and the bug. They tend to have pretty similar features. At this point, baby is most interested in the mirrors and the squeakers. I attach them to her play gym/mat. Oh, and despite the labels, you *can* put them in the washing machine and then let them air dry."
"Apparently this will be the toy that defines our children's generation. Seriously, everyone I know has one! I finally succumbed and while our little girl isn't teething yet, she does like the squeaker."
"Everyone recommended the Boppy pillow for breastfeeding and I can see why. The cover fabrics are not all the same though. Some are pretty coarse. I like the soft boa cover because it’s nice and soft on newborn skin."
"I bought my pump used (yes, you can!) and then my doula went through the accessories and told me what I needed to replace to make it sanitary. The first night my husband gave baby a bottle for her 2am feeding and I got to sleep for 5 solid hours...bliss!!! Highly recommended if you are breastfeeding."
"Even the size 0 Avent nipples allowed the milk to flow way faster than our little one could take it in. These are designed to make babies work the same way they have to to get milk from the breast. Later we transitioned to Dr. Brown's."
"At nearly 9 weeks old our little girl really likes the bugs we have hanging on her car seat. (Yes, "they" recommend not adding anything to your infant seat, but have "they" driven in a car with a fussy baby?) She stares and smiles and coos."
"My doula recommended this and she was not wrong. OK, kinda garish, but baby will lie and watch it for a good 20 minutes at least, which is awesome when you need a shower or just a few minutes to yourself."
"Love the video monitor for being able to check on our little girl without going in her room and waking her. This model also has a thermometer so we can tell remotely how warm or cool her room is. Handy!"
"I actually got an Ergo the first time out and didn't use it as much as I thought. The infant insert made it too warm and then she preferred facing out. This time I am getting a Becco Gemini which a friend has and loves. No need to buy additional inserts and can face in or out while still offering good back support. This may be the perfect carrier..."
"I have two Mobys and the only thing I didn't really like about using them was the gazillion yards of fabric you had to wrangle--a problem in parking lots or anywhere else the ground isn't clean. The k'tan seems like it might be the perfect solution, offering the same holds and comfort, without quite so much fabric and hassle."