With this being my final week on Baby’s First Year, I figured it was about time I compiled a list of baby stuff we actually got a lot of use out of and how long we actually used it for. I would never call the following a list of ‘must have’ items, but they are items that have served us well during the last year and they’re items I would tell someone to give as shower gifts or add to their registry. Many of them are hand-me-downs from Addie and all of them were either received as a gift or purchased by me (no blog freebies here kids!) There are some things I have that I could add to this list that I like, but I think there are better options out there compared to what I have.
If I had to give up all my baby stuff tomorrow and start all over, these are the things I would buy again. I wouldn’t upgrade them, change them out, or go for a different brand. I like them, they work, and if they’re not broken? Don’t fix or replace them!
One thing I’ve noticed since I first bought baby items for Addie is that baby products have gotten WAY too fancy. For example, I had an old Graco swing ($100) from Addie and received a MamaRoo ($200) as a shower gift — we all preferred the simple and classic Graco over the crazy fancy MamaRoo. I also prefer my old strap to the chair Fisher Price high chair ($40) over the TrippTrapp ($200) I registered for as well. I do love my TrippTrapp and love that I’ll get years of use out of it, but that strap to the chair high chair sure is handy. I’ll be perfectly honest and say I like nice stuff, but expensive doesn’t always mean better. Just because they make something doesn’t mean you need it (I’m looking at you bottle sterilizer and baby food maker). Obviously there’s a customer for everything or they wouldn’t make the products they do, so if you decide to go through this list, keep in mind that my family may be entirely different from yours and what worked for us may not work for you.
If I were to narrow it down to the five things I think a majority of parents would use and find the most useful from this list, it would be The Uncommon Kid changing mat, a carrier of some sort, the Pack n’ Play, the TinyDiner, and if you use bottles, the Boon Lawn drying rack.
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