Last November, I wrote about six of our favorite baby products. Pretty soon after I wrote that post, I started thinking of items I’d forgotten to mention so since that time I’ve been meaning to write a follow up post. Now that baby is about to turn one (!), I am finally getting around to it.
I love to read reviews – please tell me I’m not alone in this! We rarely, rarely buy something on a whim. Usually I’ve researched the different options carefully or gotten suggestions from other people. That’s why I like writing reviews. Please note that I am receiving NO compensation from any company for writing about these products. These are simply the products that we love and I’m writing about them because I think you’ll love them too. Bear with me on the pictures…most of them were iPhone pictures that were taken for the picture, not specifically to showcase these product. 🙂
1. Britax B-Ready Stroller
We cannot say enough good things about our stroller. We would buy it again in a heartbeat! My favorite part is that the seat is very easily switched from facing the world, to facing the parent. I love that Hadden can face us in his stroller! We also liked that we bought one stroller that could be a single stroller, a double stroller, a jogging stroller (not perfect, but it definitely works) AND be a travel system with baby’s carseat. The wheels are big and sturdy, so they go over all the bumpy sidewalks in our neighborhood. The price tag is a bit intimidating, but the past two years Amazon has been running a special (for most of the month of July, I believe) where the stroller is discounted AND you get a stroller accessory for free. We chose a free 2nd seat so now we can go places with friends and we won’t have to buy a new stroller if/when we have a second baby (no plans in the future, so don’t go spreading rumors!)
2. Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner
As mentioned in the previous post of recommendations, we cloth diaper using BumGenuis Freetime AIO diapers. What I didn’t mention is the pail liner that goes along with them. We have two of the Planet Wise Pail Liners and use them with a metal trashcan (like this one). It works great! When it’s time to wash the diapers, I take the whole bag out and empty it in the washer. If you plan on cloth diapering, you should give these a try!
3. Real Nappies Diaper Liners (biodegradable and earth-friendly!)
For all the people who think cloth diapering is the most disgusting thing you’ve ever heard of, here’s the secret. Use liners! We use Real Nappies and find them to work very well. I’m not going to go into details, but here’s the basic idea: you just lay a liner on top of the clean diaper before you put it on. When it’s time to change the diaper, the liner goes into the toilet while the diaper goes into the diaper pail. Easy peasy.
4. Stacker Set
My sister bought this Green Toys My First Stacker as little gift for Hadden’s birthday, but gave it to him early. I have been SO surprised at how much he likes it! He concentrates exceptionally hard on getting those pieces together and although he is still far from mastering it, I like seeing how he’s using his brain. Over the past month we’ve practiced stacking large to small, small to large and by color. We also learned that if you spin the pieces on a smooth surface, they spin like tops – this will buy you an extra five minutes of “happy”. 🙂 An added plus of this lovely toy is that it is made in the United States and made of recycled materials.
The picture above was when I ran into a store to pick up a new book for Hadden and came out with seven books instead! If you can’t tell, we love books around here! It’s the one thing that we’ll never have enough of. We are pretty picky about
everything the books he has, but thankfully there are many, many wonderful children’s books to choose from. Some of our current favorites are:
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (and the other two companion books seen above)
- Where, Oh Where is Huggle Buggle Bear?
- The Big Red Barn
- Touch and Count with Peter Rabbit
- My First Photo Album (you can add pictures of family members:)
6. Car Mirror
This was one of those things that I didn’t think to register for, but someone bought me anyways, and I sure am glad they did! We were given the Prince Lionhart mirror. It’s so much easier to check on baby and put his soother back in with one of these! Plus, Hadden loves looking at himself in the mirror. He was much happier with someone to look at on our drives! 🙂 I like that the Prince Lionhart has two clips on the bottom where you can hang toys.
7. Ikea Highchair, tray and cushion
We bought the Ikea Antilop highchair and tray and the Barnslig cushion. If you have the luxury of living near an Ikea, you can go get all three of these items for a whopping total of $30. Unfortunately we don’t live near an Ikea so we bought each piece separately (they aren’t all sold online) and ended up paying much more than that in shipping costs. However, it was still cheaper than the majority of the highchairs out there. I love that it is compact and is aesthetically pleasing while still being practical.
This is a very, very simple design and I love it. It is easy to put together and I’ve read that other people even take it on car trips because it’s so easy to disassemble. Because it’s so utilitarian, it is easy to clean – there aren’t many places for food to get stuck. We spray it with a water/vinegar mixture and wipe it down with a cloth and it stays very clean. The cushion goes into the laundry (along with whatever else I’m washing) every so often and it’s held up very well. The one complaint I have read about this highchair is that it is very hard to get the tray off. We put the tray on the day we received it and haven’t taken it off since which has worked out fine for us.
8. Security Blanket
When I decided to get Hadden a “lovey”, I chose a Aden + Anais Muslin Security Blanket. The muslin is soft and breathable, but what Hadden really loved was the silk edge. It came in a pack of two, which is perfect because everyone and their mother tells you to make sure you have two of whatever item your child decides to love. We have one for the crib and one for the diaper bag, but he likes to carry them around (usually he carries them around in his teeth – silly boy!). They wash well which is a major plus. We bought them from Target for less than half of the price on Amazon.
This was another thing that wasn’t on my registry, but was a great baby gift! We have used Secure-A-Toy for his soother and for toys. Last month when we took a long road trip, I could easily turn around and attach a toy for him to play with. When he was bored with it, I could pull it back and attach a new toy.
10. Raffi DVDs
We love Raffi. There’s no way around it. I could write a whole post (or four) on all the things we love about him, but I’ll try to keep it brief. 🙂 We have a DVD containing three Raffi concerts filmed between 1984-1993. It is hilarious to see the outfits and hairstyles from the 80’s, but Raffi’s songs and his kind, respectful demeanor are timeless. My sister said it like this: “He seemed so genuine and respectful. We had noticed in watching the Wiggles, Barney, and other similar children’s musicians, that they all seemed to pander to the crowd. With Raffi there was true respect and joy.”
These are the only shows that Hadden watches, but he loves them (at this point we only watch the first two…the Broadway one is a bit too old for him)! He knows all the songs and we usually sing along to them. He gets excited when he hears the music. It’s been a fun way for our family to connect because Caleb and I have watched these so many times that we have it memorized – even the speaking parts! We sing the songs in the car and at home and love seeing Hadden connect to music at this young age.
Hope that you find some new favorite products from this list! 🙂
**as stated above, I get NO compensation from any company for recommending these products. These are simply the brands that we use and would recommend to others based on our experience.