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The list author says: "A few general tips:

--Summer Infant products are all PVC- and phlalate-free (ie: changing table pads, waterproof mattress pads, etc).
--One of the best pieces of advice I got was to buy a video monitor. Instead of jumping up at every little cry or waiting till he's screaming, you look to see what's going on and go to him when he needs you.
--I don't care which swing you get, but if you get one, make sure it plugs in to a wall outlet instead of only using batteries!"
CamelBak BPA-Free Better Bottle with Bite Valve
CamelBak BPA-Free Better Bottle with Bite Valve
"Although these bottles aren't 100% leakproof (you don't want them on their side in the diaper bag), you can drink from them while laying down. This is great in the middle of the night, especially if you nurse laying down. Also, if you only have one hand free, it's hard to open a regular bottle. The kids valve is more leakproof."
BabyKicks Set of 3 Nursing Pads, Jersey
BabyKicks Set of 3 Nursing Pads, Jersey
"Superior to any other breast pads I've tried (Medela, Nuk, La Leche League, and Kushies). Very absorbent, and they don't bunch up in the wash, so they are flat/smooth under your clothes. The only negative is that they aren't waterproof, so if you leak a lot, you'll soak through to your shirt. Easy remedy: cut circles out of the Carter's lap pads and put them in between your bra and the breast pad."
Black & White
Black & White
"Any of the books by Tana Hoban are great for visual stimulation for an infant. Babies often stare off into the distance, drawn to bright lights, windows, and high contrast things. But, if we offer something to look at between 8-14" from their face, they are captivated by complex designs. These books are perfect for their interest and ability."
Carters Keep Me Dry Flannel Lap Pads, Green, 3 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Carters Keep Me Dry Flannel Lap Pads, Green, 3 Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Get at least 3 packs of these, even if your baby doesn't spit up much! Put them anywhere your little one lays his head--the crib, his floor play area, the changing table (you'll want one under his other end there too)."
Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Car Seat Gallery Travel Toy
Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Car Seat Gallery Travel Toy
"Our baby loves these cards! We don't use them in the car, but they're clipped to his swing's mobile, his bouncy seat, above the changing table... He is captivated by them."
Luvable Friends Thermal Knit Receiving Blanket, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Luvable Friends Thermal Knit Receiving Blanket, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Waffle knit or thermal is the way to go for swaddling. Because the fabric stretches, you can get a much tighter swaddle. Also, DO NOT BOTHER with 30" x 30" receiving blankets. Only buy 30" x 40". Koala Baby 2-packs from Babies R Us are our favorites."
Tiny Love Musical Take-Along Arch, Hippo (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Tiny Love Musical Take-Along Arch, Hippo (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"We were given one of these, hand-me-down, and thought we'd never use it. Now we want to get more of them! They easily clip on wherever baby is sitting. For our newborn, we clipped cards from the Manhattan Toy Company Car Seat Gallery to the arch and put it on his swing and bouncy seat."
Spring Loaded Cabinet and Drawer Latch
Spring Loaded Cabinet and Drawer Latch
"These are way better than the average drawer/cabinet latch. They move smoothly and don't rely on you bending it to make it work. Worth the extra cost."
Safety 1st Hospital's Choice Steady Grip Nail Clippers
Safety 1st Hospital's Choice Steady Grip Nail Clippers
"These have the best grip."
Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
Vulli Sophie giraffe in Natural Rubber
"I thought it was all hype, but this was the ONLY teether my son would chew on when he started teething. So worth the price!"
Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe, Blue
Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe, Blue
"Not an absolute must-have, but it's far superior the the diaper genie."
Living Textiles Baby Smart Swaddle 3-pk. Muslin Wraps - Mint
Living Textiles Baby Smart Swaddle 3-pk. Muslin Wraps - Mint
"Big, lightweight, versatile (think sunshade, etc), and way cheaper than Aden and Anais brand!"
Summer Infant Bath Center and Shower, Blue (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Summer Infant Bath Center and Shower, Blue (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"The bath sling that comes with this set is really great when the baby is little. Very comfortable and relaxing. If you don't have a sink that's big enough, this tub provides a great space to use it."