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Essential Baby Items

Kim "Kim"
The list author says: "Here are my suggestions for what to buy for your baby's first year."
Graco SnugRide 32 Infant Car Seat, Rittenhouse (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Graco SnugRide 32 Infant Car Seat, Rittenhouse (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"The Graco Snugride 32 carseat worked well for us.  It is a little bigger than the normal snugride but not as big as the 35.  The Graco ones have great reputations for safety."
Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Stroller Frame (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Stroller Frame (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Carseat snaps right into this for an instant stroller.  This is the only stroller you'll need until ~5 months."
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Yellow (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Yellow (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Most newborns are most comfortable sleeping upright.  Use this for a couple months before transitioning to the crib.  Very light and easily portable around the house."
Summer Infant SwaddleMe Microfleece Adjustable Infant Wrap, Ivory, Small/Medium
Summer Infant SwaddleMe Microfleece Adjustable Infant Wrap, Ivory, Small/Medium
"Don't bother doing origami with swaddling blankets!  The SwaddleMe is so much easier.  The fleece ones are best."
HALO Sleepsack Wearable Blanket Deluxe Velboa, Pale Pink, Small
HALO Sleepsack Wearable Blanket Deluxe Velboa, Pale Pink, Small
"After you get your baby out of the swaddle, keep him/her warm with a Halo Sleepack - the Velboa is a nice material that is relatively undiscovered.  The Summer Infant Slumbersack is another option."
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
"100% must have.  Your baby will be entertained for hours with this."
Carters Super Soft Bumper, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Carters Super Soft Bumper, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"For safety, use a thin/flat bumper, not a pillowy one.  This one is inexpensive, cute, and durable."
PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
"High quality bathtub that can go from newborn through toddler.  Don't buy a bathtub with lots of nooks and crannies that are hard to clean."
Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo, 18-Fluid Ounces Bottles (Pack of 3)
Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo, 18-Fluid Ounces Bottles (Pack of 3)
"Love this stuff for washing her little body."
Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns - 5.07 oz.
Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns - 5.07 oz.
"Best shampoo!  Gentle and smells really good."
Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water, Liquid, 4-ounce bottle
Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water, Liquid, 4-ounce bottle
"We went through lots of this.  Stops hiccups cold and soothes tummies."
Summer Infant Snuzzler Infant Support for Car Seats and Strollers, Ivory
Summer Infant Snuzzler Infant Support for Car Seats and Strollers, Ivory
"These make spaces smaller for a newborn.  We had one of these in the bassinet and one in the carseat."
Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Wide Neck Newborn Feeding Set
Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Wide Neck Newborn Feeding Set
"Great bottles.  The Wide Necks worked well for us."
Summer Infant 3-Stage Superseat Highchair, Green
Summer Infant 3-Stage Superseat Highchair, Green
"The Summer Infant 3-Stage Super Seat is much better than the Bumbo and good for when your baby no longer wants to be reclining.  We actually started eating dinner once we got this.  MUST HAVE!"
Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
"Great product, for use starting around 5 months."
Sassy Baby Disposable Diaper Sacks, 200 Count
Sassy Baby Disposable Diaper Sacks, 200 Count
"Scented disposal sacks for diapers... essential!"
Graco Blossom Highchair, Townsend
Graco Blossom Highchair, Townsend
"Love the Graco Blossom Highchair.  Extremely well made with neutral decor.  HOWEVER, a highchair really is not needed.  If you have the summer infant 3-stage seat and a phil & ted's chair (see below), you can skip it!"
Joovy Room2 Portable Playard
Joovy Room2 Portable Playard
"For a semi-permanent playpen, the Joovy Room2 Play Yard is very high quality and spacious.  For lots of travel, go with the Graco Pack n Play."
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Bassinet, Kensly (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Bassinet, Kensly (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This playpen is lighter, smaller, and more easily portable than the Joovy.  We have both.  The Joovy lives in our living room and this one in the kitchen.  We use this one for traveling."
Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Diaper Bag ,Deluxe Black
Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Diaper Bag ,Deluxe Black
"This diaper bag worked well for us.  It's compact, so if you want something bigger, try the Skip Hop Double Duo."
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 25-Count Boxes (Pack of 3)
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 25-Count Boxes (Pack of 3)
"These were great.  They lay flat in the freezer and warm up quickly."
Lansinoh Clean & Condition Cloths, 80 Count Value Pack (Pack of 6)
Lansinoh Clean & Condition Cloths, 80 Count Value Pack (Pack of 6)
"Great baby wipes - they have lanolin in them to protect little bottoms.  Worth the splurge for newborns, but as they get older and less sensitive the Kirkland brand from Costco also are great."
Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
"Bravado seamless nursing bras are worth the money.  The tanks are also nice."
My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow, Light Green
My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow, Light Green
"Don't bother with a Boppy.  These are better.  Get the one with the fleece exterior."
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Active, Black/Red (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Active, Black/Red (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"The baby bjorn carrier active (which has extra back support) is a great product.  I heard the Ergo baby carrier is also good but haven't tried it."
Bumkins 3 Pack Waterproof SuperBib ,Green Eggs/ Yellow Fish/ Cat in the Hat
Bumkins 3 Pack Waterproof SuperBib ,Green Eggs/ Yellow Fish/ Cat in the Hat
"Do not bother with any other bibs except bumkins."
BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller, Black
BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller, Black
"We couldn't live without our Bob.  We use it for walks in the neighborhood.  It's bulky so we store a different one in the trunk for car trips.  You probably shouldn't use it until the baby is about 6 months, as it's fairly big."
Baby Jogger 2011 City Mini Single Stroller, Black/Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Baby Jogger 2011 City Mini Single Stroller, Black/Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We store this stroller in the trunk of the car (very easy to fold and unfold) and we use it for travel.  Super high quality.  Again, probably not for small babies - stick with the Graco snugrider for the newborns."
phil&teds Metoo Highchair, Red (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
phil&teds Metoo Highchair, Red (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Our little one loved to be at the table near mom and dad at mealtime.  This thing is very sturdy and we got lots of use out of it.  In retrospect, I didn't need to buy a highchair.  The version we had seems to be out of stock but it looks like there is a newer version available.  Also other brands (like Inglesina)."
Graco Lauren Convertible Crib, White
Graco Lauren Convertible Crib, White
"This crib is great quality for a low price.  Also comes in espresso.  You don't need to spend a lot on a crib to get a good one."
Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad
Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad
"Cheap and good!"
Carters Super Soft Dot Changing Pad Cover, Sage (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Carters Super Soft Dot Changing Pad Cover, Sage (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Soft and great!  We had two on hand."
Gerber 12 Pack Wash Cloth Set, Pink
Gerber 12 Pack Wash Cloth Set, Pink
"I don't usually recommend gerber products but the thin, small, light washcloths are great for babies.  (Come in boy colors too.)  The thin ones lather well and get in the "creases".  We also use them for cleanup after meals."
OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker 3.5 Pounds
OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker 3.5 Pounds
"We kept this with a bucket in the bathtub for soaking stained baby clothes.  Works like a charm.  Regular oxy clean probably works fine too."
Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Backpack
Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Backpack
"This pump worked very well for me."
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