Nothing like a good list on a Thursday, you know?
I teach prenatal yoga a few times per week, and recently one of my students said that she hates Buy Buy Baby because it's just so overwhelming. I almost died. I'm the polar opposite, though I definitely remember the feeling from when I was pregnant. The truth is, most of the baby "gear" we talk about is used/necessary in the first 5 or so months of life. But, there are still some items that we use a TON, so I thought I'd share them with you. These are seriously things we just love, no sponsors or anything like that. Some are repeats, some are new, but this is our everyday best.
- The Baby Jogger City Mini stroller. I registered for this and got it from Jay's dad and stepmom, and we ONLY have good things to say about this stroller. It wasn't too much, it folds up with one hand, isn't too heavy, and holds about 8,376 pounds of produce from the farmer's market in the basket under the seat. We'd purchase it again in an instant. I also bought the parent console and tray as accessories, because OF COURSE it doesn't come with it. Come on.
- Beck just had a growth spurt, so I've gotten to buy her some fun new clothes. Fun because she has way fewer body image issues than I do, and I'm a huge fan of a killer sale. I've gotten some great deals and cute + functional stuff that is great quality from Gymboree, Primary, and Le Petit Bateau. Being on email lists and waiting for a good combo of a sale + free shipping + any other incentive is the name of my game. I'm dying to get her some Hanna Andersson stuff, but they're SO expensive. Waiting for the next big sale.
- Specifically, the Primary hoodie is ridiculous in its cuteness. I don't know why, I just love it so much. Outerwear on babies just cracks me up.
- Eric Carle anything! I've been slowly getting a few new toys for Beck, and for some reason I'm totally drawn to The Hungry Caterpillar. I've said this before. We have a few things, but I recently got this stacking/nesting set, and the head, which rattles, has provided HOURS of entertainment. Seriously. Beck is too young to get the other things about the toy yet, but the rattle is small enough for her little hand and is about one of the only things she'll crawl for.
- Burts Bees bedding. Still! We have this sheet, this bed skirt, and, newly, this blanket, which we snuggle under when we nurse. We also take it along with us when we travel to set up kind of a play area for Beck, and it's nice and fluffy and washes really well, which is kind of the only requirement of anything involving this kid.
- Avent bottles and sippy cups. Beck still basically refuses to drink water out of the cup unless we hold it for her like a bottle, but she DOES like throwing it on the ground at restaurants. You win some, you lose some, you know?
- Plum baby food pouches. Still! We only use these in restaurants now, but she loves them and it makes me feel better if she has one or two of these before eating nothing but pizza crust for 45 minutes. Although, there are some blends that have meat in them, and ... strained pureed meat makes me feel sad.
- Chicco Nextfit convertible carseats. We have 2! I did a ton of research and found these online on sale, and we put Beck in them about 5 months when we gave our infant seat to another baby. We've had to adjust the straps and it was super each, and the cushioning seems to be holding up perfectly. The cloth is also kind of sturdy and wipes well, another key in the Life of Beck.
- Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs. I love these. They are seriously cute, and I originally wanted them to be the Only Bib For Us because I want my whole life to match, butttttt that is dumb and they are cloth which means they have to be washed at least every day. So now we only use them in restaurants because they function as a bib + napkin, which is nice, and I just roll the mess inside the bib until we get home. At home we use plastic bibs that we throw in the dishwasher.
- Nuk pacis. Another repeat, and it took me 4 months for Beck to even like a paci, but I really wanted her to have something besides my boob to comfort herself. Well, now she has it, and when she's tired she puts it in her mouth herself aaaaaand also if she wakes up in the middle of the night and can't find it all hell breaks loose. So, double edged sword there. We like the all-silicone ones because she can gnaw on them like a teether and they can go in the dishwasher.
So, that's it! Everyday, useful items that we love. I want to give it all away and have another baby so I can BUY MORE STUFF. Because #murica, right?