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."
"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!"
"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..."
"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..."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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)..."
"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."
"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."