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Our Favorite Baby Items - Months 1-4

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The list author says: "Here are some of our favorites!"
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light , Blue (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light , Blue (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We purchased a "pack-n-play" and have hardly used it because it is so heavy (33 lbs) and cumbersome to set up and use.  We recently invested in this and it is wonderful!  So easy to set up and very light and portable.  Much more practical if you actually want to travel with it!"
My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow, Light Green
My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow, Light Green
"This is such a great nursing pillow for the first few months.  Since it snaps around your body, it keeps the baby in just the right position.  I used this exclusively for the first 2 months, then I was able to switch over to the Boppy pillow once my son got bigger.  This is a must for breastfeeding mommies."
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Yellow (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Yellow (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"My son slept in this until he was four months old. It cuddles him more than just laying flat and keeps him slightly upright which can help with reflux and congestion.  Completely washable and very portable.  We used this instead of a bassinet."
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Active, Black, Mesh (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Active, Black, Mesh (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"My son began using the Baby Bjorn when he was just a week old.  He really liked to be snuggled up to me (and I liked it too).  Walking with him in it was a perfect way for me to begin getting a little exercise."
Moby Wrap Original 100% Cotton Baby Carrier, Chocolate
Moby Wrap Original 100% Cotton Baby Carrier, Chocolate
"We invested in the Moby for our second child.  I feel like it serves a different purpose than the Bjorn, which I also love.  I prefer this for walking around the house or shopping.  It's nice the have the baby cuddled so close and my son loves it.  I use the Bjorn more for walks outside, or when I'm pushing my older son in the stroller."
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
"I have to admit, I was skeptical of the play mat at first, but my son loved.  It was the first toy he actually enjoyed - since he could just lay under it and look at the lights.  Definitely worth getting one.  We liked this particular gym, but I think any with lights and music would do."
North American Bear Baby Cozies, Elephant
North American Bear Baby Cozies, Elephant
"This has been a great toy for my son.  He sleeps with it every night and loves to hold it.  Very soft and easy to wash."
GumDrop Full-term Pacifier, Vanilla Scented
GumDrop Full-term Pacifier, Vanilla Scented
"Great pacifier if your are breastfeeding.  They gave us one at the hospital, and we ordered a few more.  They are much easier for him to keep in his mouth than other pacifiers."
Summer Infant Sleek and Secure Handheld Color Video Monitor, Grey (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Summer Infant Sleek and Secure Handheld Color Video Monitor, Grey (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"The video monitor is great.  It's nice to see if he's really awake, or just stirring a little bit (because if you go in the room, he will definitely wake up).  I like that if I turn the volume up, I can hear him breathe which is always reassuring.  We have a slightly different model by Summer called "Slim & Secure" which is very similar to this one."
Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor
Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor
"This is worth it just for the peace of mind and how much more soundly you can sleep.  I really like how it clips on to the diaper instead of being a large unit that goes under a crib mattress.  You can use it with your existing baby monitor instead of having two receivers.  I haven't had any issues with false alarms and it's simple to operate."
Be Prepared
Be Prepared
"Great and very funny book for the new daddy.  My husband loved it and we were both laughing out loud."
Baby Jogger High Performance Jogging Stroller, Ice (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Baby Jogger High Performance Jogging Stroller, Ice (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"If you run, you need a Baby Jogger.  This isn't the exact model we have, but I love the Baby Jogger brand.  A fixed front wheel is a must if you are a serious runner.  We bought our jogger used because they are so expensive new, but make sure you get a good one.""
Summer Infant Snuzzler Infant Support for Car Seats and Strollers, Ivory
Summer Infant Snuzzler Infant Support for Car Seats and Strollers, Ivory
"I used this head support in the Baby Jogger so I could take my son when he was pretty little, and he didn't bounce around."
Fisher-Price Bouncer, Turtle Days
Fisher-Price Bouncer, Turtle Days
"Every baby needs a bouncer.  Maybe 2.  We stuck with something simple because I don't think we would have used all the bells and whistles that some come with."
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
"Really cool toy once he started grabbing things.  It's easy for him to hold on to so he doesn't drop it as much as other things."
Infantino - Jittery Jungle Pals Lion
Infantino - Jittery Jungle Pals Lion
"Once he could grab things, my son loved how he could pull on this and it would rattle.  Very fun - we keep it on his car seat."
Baby Activity Stacker Toy
Baby Activity Stacker Toy
"A great first toy because it has lots of rings that are easy to hold on to and easy to get into his mouth."
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Lots O Dots
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Lots O Dots
"Every mommy needs a boppy.  Great for positioning him in so he could watch what we were doing.  And, good for nursing once he could support himself a little better (for the first few months, we used the Brest Friend pillow)."
Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Jumperoo
Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Jumperoo
"Once our son could support himself and liked to be upright (3 mo or so), this was a great toy.  This isn't the exact one we got but I think they are all the same.""
Philips AVENT Express Food and Bottle Warmer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Philips AVENT Express Food and Bottle Warmer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Several people told me not to get a bottle warmer, but I'm actually really glad I did.  Since you aren't supposed to microwave breast milk, it's the best and quickest way to heat a bottle - or thaw frozen milk.  Even though my son doesn't take bottles much at home (I mostly nurse him), it has still come in pretty handy."
Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Adventure (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Adventure (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This was ranked #1 in crash tests which was enough for me.  We like that it is very neutral colors too."
Chicco KeyFitand KeyFit30 Infant Car Seat Base , Anthracite
Chicco KeyFitand KeyFit30 Infant Car Seat Base , Anthracite
"Just get the extra base if you have two cars ... makes life easier."
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack,Green
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack,Green
"This drying rack is perfect for pump parts and bottle accessories.  It actually keeps things from falling off, plus it looks super cute."
aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus Safari Friends, 4 Count
aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus Safari Friends, 4 Count
"Love these swaddling blankets.  The fabric is super soft and thin and they are very big so you have enough to really get a good swaddle in.  They come in lots of great patterns, and also double as a nursing cover if you need it."
Booginhead Pacifier Holder, Blue/Green/White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Booginhead Pacifier Holder, Blue/Green/White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We really like this paci clip because it stays on, looks cute and it works with the Hawaii Medical pacifiers that we use."
Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Bottles - 8 oz - 3 ct (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Bottles - 8 oz - 3 ct (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Yes they do have lots of parts, but overall we were very happy with these bottles.  We had no problem going back and forth between these bottles and breastfeeding when I went back to work."
Balboa Baby Nursing Cover, Lola
Balboa Baby Nursing Cover, Lola
"Can not live without this!  It makes nursing anywhere really easy.  I always keep it in the diaper bag.  The neck is made so you can look down at the baby, but you are still very well covered.  Great product!"
Graco Circa Lovin Hug Plug In Infant Swing
Graco Circa Lovin Hug Plug In Infant Swing
"We've used our swing a lot more with our second.  We keep it in the kitchen so my son can swing while I cook dinner.  This model plugs in which is a nice feature instead of burning through batteries.  It's nice to have the baby up off the floor (compared to a bouncy seat), especially if you have dogs."
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