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My Favorite baby essentials (toys, gear, etc.)

A. Oppenheim
The list author says: "I have found each of these to be worthwhile purchases and, in some cases, indispensable. Each of the toys has stood out to me amid a sea of mediocre options to posses a developmental advantage, and none are noisy in that digital, beeping way that makes you want to toss them in the garbage after 5 minutes. They all require baby to use some imagination (as opposed to just pushing a button to hear a song.)And they all occupied my little guy for many hours successfully. Other items included were essential additions to my nursery that, looking back, I still value and would reccommend."
Tiny Love Spin Ball Toy
Tiny Love Spin Ball Toy
"Baby's favorite toy age 4-8 months. Has all the necessary criteria: movement, sound (click clack when it rolls), color, shine and a face."
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack
"The old favorites still work! Hours will be spent unstacking at around age 6 mos- then eventually stacking comes later."
Bath Time!
Bath Time!
"A book you can chew on? Brilliant! This works in the bath and out. And it squeaks. Genuis!"
Playskool Busy Poppin' Pals
Playskool Busy Poppin' Pals
"This is the first toy baby can manipulate. He/she can close the little pop-up animals. Then eventually can learn to manipulate the levers and buttons. Good for developing fine motor skills."
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks
"This serves several purposes. Just the bucket alone occupies many babies for hours. They love to put things in and take them back out. The colorful shapes can be grasped, clapped together and then eventually shape sorting comes into play. This is good for months of entertainment!"
BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance, Brown/Beige (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance, Brown/Beige (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This bouncer has a couple of good features: It's very upright, which allows baby to look around and feel like part of the conversation. It has a lot of bounce, which soothes many babies,and it can be bounced with your foot while you do other things. Also, the fabric seat easily can be thrown in the wash. For the downside, see below..."
Babyjorn BabySitter Wooden Toy, Googly Eyes
Babyjorn BabySitter Wooden Toy, Googly Eyes
"The downside of the Bjorn bouncer is that you need to add this toy bar otherwise as he/she gets older he/she will get bored quickly. I attached other toys to this toybar to make it more interesting..."
Chewy Tubes P' and Q'
Chewy Tubes P' and Q'
"Just the right combo of firmness and soft, squishiness for teething. Babies love it! And it's easy for young fingers to grip and hold."
PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
"The ultimate baby bath! It grows with baby. It has two positions - reclining, for up to 6 months, and once they can sit up unassisted the other side lets them sit up safely with a design that prevents slipping. It's super roomy to allow toys to float around too. They only drawback is that it's HUGE so there's nowhere to store it if you can't leave it in the tub."
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
"A great early toy for learning to grasp. Also it can easily be hung from a bar or crib or stroller by attaching a link/hook."
Amco Measuring Cups, Set of 4
Amco Measuring Cups, Set of 4
"Buy all the colorful toys you want, baby will still want to suck on and clang and stack your metal measuring cups. I think metal is just an interesting material to them, b/c it's unlike their other toys and it makes good music! These have no sharp edges so they are pretty safe."
Infantino Activity Triangle (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Infantino Activity Triangle (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Good for tummy time and has many little features to manipulate"
Boon Flair Pneumatic Pedestal Highchair - Frosty Blue and White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Boon Flair Pneumatic Pedestal Highchair - Frosty Blue and White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I love this highchair. The fact that it rolls is GENIUS. I take it all over the kitchen with me as I prepare and then serve his food. Baby is happy to follow me around. It's super easy to clean. It's only flaw is that the food can easily fall around the sides of the small tray. Upside: great design."
Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse, Blue
Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse, Blue
"Can be helpful for learning to nap and go to sleep by himself. The music is low and very soothing and it automatically shuts off so you can leave it in the crib as a tool to help baby go to sleep. I usually go back in and take it out once baby is sleeping so he doesn't set it back on while sleeping accidentally."
Bright Starts Lots of Links Accessory
Bright Starts Lots of Links Accessory
"Use these to hang toys everywhere baby goes, or for a teether, or use a chain of them as a toy in a pinch."
Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer
Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer
"Baby's tushy will appreciate the warmth, especially in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning.Just remember to add a little water to it with every refill so the wipes don't dry out."
Naturepedic Organic Cotton 2-in-1 Ultra Crib Mattress (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Naturepedic Organic Cotton 2-in-1 Ultra Crib Mattress (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Expensive but worth it. The most toxic thing in a baby's room is a standard mattress. It's also the place he spends the most time. If you splurge on one item, let it be a non-toxic mattress. This one is great and lasts for years."
Baby Trend Snap N Go Stroller
Baby Trend Snap N Go Stroller
"Why spend money on an expensive and heavy stroller? This is the best, lightweight, easy to use stroller for the first 6+ months of baby's life. The big basket underneath is a great feature. Eventually graduate to the City-mini stroller (see below)..."
Baby Jogger 2010 City Mini Single Stroller, Black/Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Baby Jogger 2010 City Mini Single Stroller, Black/Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This lightweight but sturdy stroller works as a jogger, or everyday stroller. Save your back and your money and get this stroller over the more expensive other brand names. I recommend a neutral color because baby's blankets, toys, and clothes are all colorful."
Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow, Chocolate Dot
Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow, Chocolate Dot
"The ultimate nursing pillow. It has 100 other uses as well."
Tiny Love Musical Nature Stroll Toy Bar (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Tiny Love Musical Nature Stroll Toy Bar (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Any stroller arch will do, this one is not the only one that works. But it serves triple duty. Use it on the Bjorn bouncer, your baby swing, the car seat, stroller, etc. Anywhere you plop baby down and want her to be entertained this will do the trick."
Bumbo Baby Seat, Sitter High Chair - Blue
Bumbo Baby Seat, Sitter High Chair - Blue
"This is another great place to put baby before he/she can sit up and after. It also works great as an early high-chair for feeding."
Baby Jogger City Mini Single Rain Canopy PVC Free (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Baby Jogger City Mini Single Rain Canopy PVC Free (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"You need this for full rain coverage with the city mini stroller. The canopy does a good job, but doesn't cover baby in case of a downpour."
Graco Bumper Jumper, Little Jungle
Graco Bumper Jumper, Little Jungle
"good exercise for baby's legs. But can only use this for 20-30 minutes at a time."
Evenflo Splash Mega Exersaucer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Evenflo Splash Mega Exersaucer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"You can live without this. Especially if you have a small apartment or house. It's enormous. But it does occupy baby for 30 minutes at a time."
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym
"Baby's first playmat. Great for age 0 to 6 months."
Time For Bed
Time For Bed
"My favorite bedtime book"
1 Teddy Bear: A Counting Book (Boxer Concepts)
1 Teddy Bear: A Counting Book (Boxer Concepts)
White on Black
White on Black
"Baby's first book. Even a 2 week old can see and focus on the images in this book because they are high contrast. Allows you to start reading to baby early."
What's On My Head? (Look Baby! Books)
What's On My Head? (Look Baby! Books)
"A great early book. Baby will focus and spend time looking at faces even at a very young age. These are close-up images of baby faces."
California Baby Calming Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, 17.5-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2)
California Baby Calming Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, 17.5-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2)
"The best of the natural options. Rinses clean, light scent, and all natural."
Little Blue Truck
Little Blue Truck
"Love this book b/c message is good, and has lots of animals and sounds you can make. Baby loves it!"
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes with easy open top, 64 count packs (pack of 12) (768 wipes)
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes with easy open top, 64 count packs (pack of 12) (768 wipes)
Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers, Stage 4 (22-37 Lbs.), 30 Count (Pack of 4)
Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers, Stage 4 (22-37 Lbs.), 30 Count (Pack of 4)
Bottle, Glass 9 oz (pack 3 )
Bottle, Glass 9 oz (pack 3 )
"Glass is just as easy and convenient as plastic. And worry-free. And you can put it in the dishwasher time and again, unlike plastic."
Mom Invented Sippy Straw Cleaner
Mom Invented Sippy Straw Cleaner
"Gets the gunk out of tight spaces."
LunchBots Uno Stainless Steel Food Container, Blue
LunchBots Uno Stainless Steel Food Container, Blue
"lightweight, just as convenient as plastic but worry-free."
Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome
Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome
"Baby food maker. Steam and puree. Tada!"
Hook 'n' Stroll Stroller Accessory, Black
Hook 'n' Stroll Stroller Accessory, Black
"Put one on each side to balance out the stroller. Hang grocery bags, purses, etc. Hands free!"
My Very Own House Cottage
My Very Own House Cottage