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Advice re: Baby Stuff that's Worth Getting

O's Mom
The list author says: "I spent LOTS of time looking at baby 'stuff' while I was pregnant. I read LOTS of reviews and books. What you see below is a list of things that are my favorite and/or hard to find recommendations on. (Wash cloths aren't on many people's Listmania lists so I bought several kinds and kept the best.)

Amazon only lets you put 40 things on a list. There are more things to recommend, but this is all that fits.

**** NOTE: This list isn't in any order. It's hard to reorder, so I left it as I entered it."
The Happiest Baby on the Block
The Happiest Baby on the Block
"Love this book!  The five 'S's really are magic.  I read the book but my husband just watched the DVD, which gives enough detail to understand the method.  So: get either the book or the DVD, but make sure to pay attention!"
Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer, My Little Snugabunny
Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer, My Little Snugabunny
"We would not have survived without this!  The vibrations calm my son, always, and its soft and comfortable.  It's easy to move this chair, even with him in it, from one room to the other, so we can keep an eye on him while he's sleeping."
SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blanket, Dots and Stars, Navy
SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blanket, Dots and Stars, Navy
"Warm and good for swaddling."
Philips AVENT BPA Free Classic Polypropylene Bottle, Opaque, 4 Ounce, 2 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Philips AVENT BPA Free Classic Polypropylene Bottle, Opaque, 4 Ounce, 2 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We LOVE these bottles.  I'm so glad we chose them!  I chose these after reading the advice about bottle-feeding on the Baby Bargains website.  (The free part.)  Worth reading, by the way.  It's easy to wash these and to mix the formula."
The First Years Spin Stack Drying Rack
The First Years Spin Stack Drying Rack
"The drying rack that looks like grass is really popular and looks cute-- BUT this is so much better!  It's amazing how it holds so much and really dries things quickly.  It's taller than it is wide, so it takes up less space on our counter."
Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer
Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer
"This sterilizes the bottles really quickly.  It's plain-looking so doesn't make the counter look bad.  It also fits a lot, if you use both the top part and the bottom part.  (It's three-in-one because you could use only the top, only the bottom, or both together.)  I sometimes just use the top part when I'm sterilizing soothers."
Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Adventure (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Adventure (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"These is really, really easy to use.  It's the one recommended by Consumer Reports for safety and because it's easy to install and to put in/take out the seat.  We have the base part in both cars (you can by an additional base separately) and snapping it in and taking it out is quick and uncomplicated."
KicKee Pants Footie, Twilight
KicKee Pants Footie, Twilight
"I LOVE Kicky Pants!  The fabric is ridiculously soft.  (It's made of bamboo, apparently- but I just like it because it feels good.)  The prints are also really cute.  We have a lot of Carter's clothing that is great, but Kicky Pants is by far my favorite."
Carter's Sleep and Play Yellow Duck 6 Months Easy Entry
Carter's Sleep and Play Yellow Duck 6 Months Easy Entry
"Get a bunch of these.  They allow my son to kick around and wave his arms without getting cold.  (A onesie isn't enough with the AC on.)  Cotton ones aren't too hot when you add a swaddling blanket, too.  I have some cute Carter's ones, but I also love ones from Kicky Pants and from Old Navy."
Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub
Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub
"Solid and cute.  We're happy with it."
Thirsties 6 Pack Fab Wipes, Boy
Thirsties 6 Pack Fab Wipes, Boy
"I think these are actually for diaper wipes, but they are GREAT wash cloths.  Very soft and they hold up well.  Six is plenty."
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Yellow (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Yellow (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This is fantastic.  Easy to transport.  Easy to rock.  Our son had some GERD issues so it was great to have him elevated a bit.  I would describe this as a must-have."
Facial Cleansing Cloths With PhysiObebe - 25 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Facial Cleansing Cloths With PhysiObebe - 25 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I bought these for the first time because there was a great sale, thus they were cheaper.  They are GREAT, though, and now we use them all the time and have bought them at full price.  We don't end up bathing the baby as much as we probably should (2x per week), but this is a nice way to clean his face and hair and under his chin, which is really all you need when they are little."
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, Gray/White, Mesh
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, Gray/White, Mesh
"We LOVE this. It's helpful when you go out, but it's been really helpful in the house, too. Our son loves to be walked around but also likes to have the freedom to kick his legs around-this is perfect.  There are different versions of these- the 'Air' one is mesh.  If you are going to be in warm weather I would definitely get it- it's much cooler.  I would describe this as a must-have."
aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack, Zoo Animals (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack, Zoo Animals (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We love The Happiest Baby and swaddling is central to the method. These are my favorite swaddling blankets.  The muslin is particularly good for hot weather.  Four is plenty.  NOTE - You should buy the more expensive ones-- i.e. the four-pack that is $50, not $35.  The $50 ones are bigger and made of softer material."
Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs
Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs
"Babies love strong, black-and-white patterns because it is easy for them to see.  Our son was always interested in this and still is, at almost five months."
Bean B Clean Baby Scalp Massaging Brush for Cradle Cap (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bean B Clean Baby Scalp Massaging Brush for Cradle Cap (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We never had cradle cap issues, but this is a great brush.  Our son seems to love the head massage when we wash his hair."
The First Years Sounds For Silence Nursery Sound Machine
The First Years Sounds For Silence Nursery Sound Machine
"This is seriously a life-saver. The heartbeat-like sounds are recommended in Happiest Baby and it really works. This one stays on all night (though I think you can set it to go off).  It is reasonable with batteries, too, and its light and easy to move room-to-room.  You don't need the fancier one; it just is heavier to carry.  You also won't need this for more than 3 or so months, so spend less."
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Blue
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle Blanket, Blue
"This truly is a miracle. I received it as a gift and didn't know how to use it. When I finally watched the YouTube video about it, it changed my life. We had other swaddling-type 'devices'- but ones with velcro are annoying and our son got out of them.  This is baby straitjacket and it really makes babies feel safe. (You need this and a few straight blankets and your swaddling needs are met."
Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Firmness All Foam Crib Mattress
Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Firmness All Foam Crib Mattress
"This is great. I love how light it is!"
Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit 6 Inch Stroller and Travel Activity Toy
Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit 6 Inch Stroller and Travel Activity Toy
"Our friend introduced it to us- it's great! The smaller version of this is plenty big."
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Disposable Changing Pad, 10 Count
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Disposable Changing Pad, 10 Count
"These are great to have in your diaper bag."
Lamaze Wrist Rattles
Lamaze Wrist Rattles
"My son really enjoys these."
Hello, Animals! (Black and White Sparklers)
Hello, Animals! (Black and White Sparklers)
"My son loves this book... it's taken about four months for him to be interested in books, but this is definitely the one he looks at the most."
Wee Gallery Art Cards for Baby, Pets Collection (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Wee Gallery Art Cards for Baby, Pets Collection (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We have the Jungle Set -- our son ADORES "his monkey," the card we have on the wall next to where we change his diaper.  He is mesmerized by it and smiles and talks to it. (Super cute!)"
Philips AVENT Basic Baby Monitor with DECT Technology (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Philips AVENT Basic Baby Monitor with DECT Technology (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"This is exactly what you need--works really well, not fancy, reasonable with batteries."
NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator
NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator
"This is weird and a bit intimidating, but it works remarkably well!"
Sassy Rattlin Rings, Blue/Black
Sassy Rattlin Rings, Blue/Black
"This is our son's favorite toy.  It's the right size, just interesting enough, and light, so he is entertained for a long time."
Sassy Bugs On Board 2 Pack
Sassy Bugs On Board 2 Pack
"This is also a run-away hit with our son.  They can attach to car seats but also make great bracelets, too, so he can't drop it."