Awhile ago Slaviswife posted about essential baby products. Here’s my list of essentials and a few things you can do without.
Arms Reach CO sleeper. I got this for my first and have used it with all three babies. It works really well. It’s not easy to fold up but never really needed to fold it up until the baby outgrew it anyways. I love having the baby right near the bed but still having my own space as I have a very hard time sleeping. The mattress is firm, easy to clean and it has storage underneath which is really helpful. We never actually used a traditional crib. When our babies grew out of this we used the pack and play and then finally a mattress on the floor.
Boppy pillows can actually be very helpful. I admit I thought they were a bit gimmicky at first but one of my babies had a really difficult time learning how to nurse and the boppy really helped position her nicely so I could focus on getting her to latch properly. I didn’t have to position three different pillows around my waist to get the job done. Was definitely worth it.
A simple bouncy seat. My babies loved these. Although they grow out of them pretty quickly I used ours whenever I cooked dinner- Especially with the babies who didn’t like the babycarriers. Yes, there are babies who hate those things – despite their ever growing popularity. Don’t feel guilty for putting your baby down in a bouncy seat.
Baby Carrier. Two of my babies hated these one loved it. So I put it on the list of useful baby items. But keep it low tech! The simple design is better. I liked this one. Simple, elegant didn’t slip and slide like some of the others. It is also very easy to put on. Also probably easy to sew if your crafty.
cloth diapers. Even if your not going to use cloth diapers all the time. It is nice to have a few. Especially If your baby is prone to bad rashes like mine were. Cloth diapers will really help air them out and let it heal much faster than the disposables. These grow with the baby so you need less of them and they are easy to wash and use.
Three popular products you can do without.
A Changing Table. Looks cute and useful but there is really no need for this. I always ended up changing my baby on the floor or on a bed with a towel underneath. By the time the second baby comes you’ll look at this and just see a piece of furniture getting in the way.
Baby Monitors, Never ever used them. Thought they were superfluous, I always heard my baby cry, but this may just have to do with the size of one’s home. And these video baby monitors- overkill.
Baby Tubs. Waste of space. Babies really don’t need that many baths to begin with and it’s pretty easy to bathe them in the sink when needed. Soon they will be sitting up and splashing about no problem.