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First year survival list

Sarah C.
The list author says: "These are the products and toys that my family has found to be the best for baby's first year."
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags, 5 Count
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags, 5 Count
"These provide the easiest way to sterilize bottles, nipples, and breastpump parts that we've found.  Quicker and simpler than boiling, you just put the pieces into a bag along with a few ounces of water and microwave the whole thing for a few minutes. Not all breastpump parts are dishwasher safe so these bags are a great way to go."
Bright Starts Petals and Friends Activity Gym (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bright Starts Petals and Friends Activity Gym (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I've been superimpressed by this baby gym, which runs $10-30 less than most other options!  It has an adorable pattern and sweet colors, soft fabric, a washable pad, and re-arrangeable hanging toys to keep baby busy."
Bright Starts Rattle and Shake Barbell Rattle (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bright Starts Rattle and Shake Barbell Rattle (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This is a great rattle for the little ones as soon as they have the coordination to grasp.  It is colorful, lightweight, and balanced, and we have found that the twisted barbell design is easy for tiny fingers to wrap around."
Bright Starts Hop Along Carrier Toy Bar - Neutral (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bright Starts Hop Along Carrier Toy Bar - Neutral (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This simple toy bar attaches to the baby's car seat and keeps him or her entertained in the car - the cute little figures spin, rattle, light up, and play songs with the car's movement or when tapped / swatted by the baby.  We liked this best of multiple car seat toys we found."
Tomy Lamaze Play and Grow Take Along Toy, Mortimer the Moose
Tomy Lamaze Play and Grow Take Along Toy, Mortimer the Moose
"This toy, like the others in Lamaze's line of this type, is such an ingenious design.  The manufacturer has wasted no opportunity to make this interesting for babies, from the soft tufted fur to the rubbery antlers for teething to the brightly colored legs, the crinkly scarf, and the bell inside."
Graco Sweet Peace Soother Swing, Cuddly Bear (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Graco Sweet Peace Soother Swing, Cuddly Bear (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"There are a lot of swings out there but this one sets itself apart in its versatility. It can be positioned to swing side-to-side or back-and-forth, OR the seat can be removed to allow for a Graco infant carseat to be set onto the frame instead. This last feature is so great for when the baby falls asleep in his or her carseat and needs some soothing movement to remain asleep."
Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Station, Doodle Bugs (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Station, Doodle Bugs (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"A very cool alternative to jumping and "saucer" toys, the seat on this toy attaches to a round table, allowing baby the freedom to walk without the danger associated with traditional walkers.  The table has more cute and interactive features than I can name and (bonus!) the seat is removable for when baby no longer needs it."
Lamaze Octotunes Musical Toy
Lamaze Octotunes Musical Toy
"I appreciate the uniqueness of this toy - each of the octopus's legs, when pressed, plays a different note on the octave. This plush toy is soft, very colorful, and musical without using electronics."
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Bassinet, Kensly (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Bassinet, Kensly (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"There is huge variety available in playards these days - whether you opt for the simplest version or the deluxe, this item is indispensable.  It was excellent for rooming in during those early days, ideal for travel, and is good to have around when you need to safely contain the baby while you step away to get a shower or start dinner."
Razbaby Raz-Berry silicone Teethers Double Pack Both Colors in One Package.
Razbaby Raz-Berry silicone Teethers Double Pack Both Colors in One Package.
"This is a unique pacifier-style teether that our baby has been loving.  It is one of the softest teethers, has a nice bumpy texture, and seems easy for the baby to hold onto."
Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
"I almost didn't bother to include this since it has become so darn popular, but this is a great toy for young babies, who can grasp it easily and gnaw on whatever part strikes their fancy."
Graco NasalClear Nasal Aspirator, 1 Count
Graco NasalClear Nasal Aspirator, 1 Count
"This aspirator is a hundred times better than the classic bulb type.  It has gentle, consistent suction and very effectively clears tiny nostrils."
Fisher-Price Rainforest Waterfall Peek-a-Boo Soother (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Rainforest Waterfall Peek-a-Boo Soother (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Whether your baby prefers to drift off to sleep listening to nature sounds, hearing classic lullabyes, watching a soft light or a critter move gently OR any combination of the above, this soother is for you.  My infant has enjoyed hers very much and my 2-year-old niece still uses hers."
Fisher-Price Bouncer, Mocha Butterfly (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Bouncer, Mocha Butterfly (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"In our experience the simplest baby seat / bouncer is the best.  The best thing about this seat is that as the baby gets fussy and kicks, the seat bounces which seems to be a soothing and entertaining movement.  The bouncing also causes the hanging toys to dance and swing."
Medela Pump and Save Breast Milk Bags, 50 Count
Medela Pump and Save Breast Milk Bags, 50 Count
"Bags provide for the most convenient freezer storage that we've found, and these seal with a secure ziplock-style closure, but the best thing about these bags is that they attach directly to the breastpump, removing the need to transfer milk from a bottle into a bag for storage."
Hello, Bugs! (Black and White Sparklers)
Hello, Bugs! (Black and White Sparklers)
"This is a beautiful black and white book that catches even a very young baby's attention because of the stark contrast in the colors.  Each page has a pop of metallic color as well."
Summer Infant SwaddleMe Microfleece Adjustable Infant Wrap, Sage, Large
Summer Infant SwaddleMe Microfleece Adjustable Infant Wrap, Sage, Large
"Both our babies have preferred to sleep swaddled as infants - young babies will often startle in their sleep, and the flailing of their arms and legs as well as the sensation of falling can wake them up."
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