"I lived in my bella bands for weeks (which is like years when you're pregnant!). They were also great for post-partum while waiting for my normal clothes to button again. I think these are a must-have for any expecting mom - they seem to be most helpful starting around 12-14 weeks."
"I LOVE my ring sling. Couldn't get by without it. I purchased mine through another company, but they're all the same idea. My suggestion is to get one that adjusts easily - your size (and your baby's!) will change often. It's great for around the house, quick walks, even grocery shopping. Keeps my baby close, comfortable, and my hands are still free."
"My family members all said that the Diaper Bag is the place to splurge, and I couldn't agree more. This thing is great - it seems to have a place for everything. The best feature is that it can be used over the shoulder or as a backpack - it's hard to carry an infant seat and then swing a diaper bag over one shoulder! The backpack option is VERY handy!"
"I was always opposed to co-sleeping, but as a nursing mom, sometimes you'll do anything to get some sleep! This was a God send - it let me keep my baby within arms reach to nurse easily but gave me peace of mind that I wouldn't smother her while sleeping."
"These blankets are my favorites. I use them for everything! They are big enough to get a swaddle done tightly (and tuck in the ends to secure it!), yet they are light enough for summer babies. They're also great nursing covers - they allow plenty of air through for baby to stay cool."
"These are great - they grow with your baby, so you only have to purchase one set for all their diaper years. I recommend 20-24 for a set. We also use the Cotton Babies FLIP system - these have an option for disposable or cloth inserts (makes traveling easier)."
"We had one case of serious diaper rash to deal with, and this paste cleared it up SO fast. We used samples from the doctor's office (using cloth has really kept her bottom rash-free) and I was really impressed. After years of fighting with Desitin through younger siblings, babysitting, and job with small children, I am a Boudreaux convert!"
"We started out using Johnson's and my baby kept getting red rashes. This stuff keeps her skin very clean and clear - and the aromatherapy works wonders on both of us! I follow bath time with CB lotion - she seems to really enjoy her "massage"."
"I don't know how gassy my daughter would be without this vent system, but I do know that we've never had problems with trapped gas and she rarely spits up. There are a lot of small pieces, though - if you plan to clean in the dishwasher, it's worth picking up the cleaning basket to keep track of it all."
"I thought these were a frivolous purchase at first, but I use them all the time. They make diaper changing faster (no snaps) and work great under gowns, too. I keep a set in the diaper bag during the summer in case the temp drops - they work great for tiny thighs sticking out of a Bjorn!"
"This was the first thing I could really put her in that she interacted with - she babbles to the creatures while I shower. I recommend restraint when purchasing things like this - I let her try out a friend's swing before purchasing one - good thing, as she hated it! No baby needs everything, and babies really do have opinions."
"I rarely use my Boppy for nursing, but find tons of other uses for it. I think it's worth the investment, especially if you can find one used. My daughter naps in it, has tummy-time in it (she hates being on the activity mat so far), and if I cover it with a black cloth, it makes a great photo backdrop."
"I didn't have this specific item - I just used an old basket I had lying around - but if you have more than one level to your home, having a "station" on each level for diaper changes (with burp rags and a blanket, too) can be really helpful!"
"These are great to keep in "changing stations" around the house. I also layer these between crib sheets - that way, if my daughter messes through in the middle of the night, I can just peel off the top layer and the bed is already made. Few things are more annoying than crib sheets at 4am."
"I loved the idea of the baby being a part of the table. We have a small dining space, so fitting in a stand-alone chair was not an option. This is a great compromise - very sturdy, yet compact. You may want to put some plastic over the chair cushion (under this seat), though, as beginning eaters get food & juice everywhere!"
"This seat is great for travel with baby. It folds up, making it more compact, and the carry-case has backpack straps. It's a little heavier than a normal car seat, but I find that the extra weight is much easier to deal with than wheeling a bulky seat (and stroller & luggage) through an airport."
"I let my baby use these as early as 4 months while introducing solids. She loves to "help" get food into her mouth. She doesn't choke on them, they're flexible, and they're big enough for her to grasp."
"This thing is genius - it has suction cups to stick to the table and rolls up to be very compact. The "crumb catcher" doesn't really catch much, but it covers the bottom part of the table (which is exactly where my daughter likes to chew)."
"I LOVE this product. When my daughter is sick, she doesn't eat. I'm able to stick a few cubes of frozen food (or fruit or ice cubes) in these and get a few calories into her. She alternates between the frozen part and the handle part - it really helps her teething."
"LOVED this book. I read at least ten different parenting books while pregnant, and this was the most helpful. The rest started to sound the same after a few chapters. This one helped me relax and remember that being pregnant and having a baby may be overwhelming, but it is also a great adventure and FUN!"
"Reading this book was so annoying (I hated his writing style), but it had some helpful information. There is also a video you can watch - that may be easier. It's worth reading and having a few "tricks" up your sleeve for those tough nights! Even if they don't work, at least you feel like you tried something!"
"I used this book to trouble shoot all kinds of nursing problems - I was well on my way to mastitis, but was able to catch it early through this book. You do have to get past the agenda-pushing, but I think it's a great resource for any nursing mom."