Friday, October 2, 2009

Show Us Your Life- Baby Gear

I haven't participated in one of these for a while and this one is definitely something up my alley so I thought I'd join back in on the fun over at Kelly's Korner!

So this week the topic is baby gear... what worked for you/your baby and what didn't. These are some of the things that DID work for us and the brands/locations where I purchased them.

Addaline LOVED this smooth motions glider and spent LOTS of time in it over the first month to 2 months. Got this for a baby shower gift, thanks again girls!

The swing was a close 2nd favorite and was used quite frequently until she was about 6 months old or so. Definitely a must have for any new mom (or even a veteran momma)!! This is the swing we got from Babies'R'Us on sale, very affordable.

She also loved the bouncy seat because I would put her in the bathroom with me while I was getting ready and she could see me at all times, I would also use this while I would take a bath/shower sometimes too. Another must have! This was the one we had, just different print. Very affordable at Target.

I am a researching NERD when it comes to baby safety/child safety and I HAD to have the safest car seat/stroller set on the market so we went with the Chicco brand travel set, in the Discovery print. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!!!

She also spent lots of time in the high chair while I was cooking dinner, doing dishes, cleaning, etc... we had hard wood floors throughout our old house so I could wheel her around everywhere with me and she loved that! We didn't start using it until she was about 4 months old though. Purchased from Babies'R'Us.

This Chicco Hippo portable high chair was BY FAR a wonderful investment for our family. We love to go out to dinner and I could not stand the thought of putting my baby in a filthy dirty high chair when she was little so we used this all the time, we STILL use it and Addaline weighs somewhere around 27 lbs or so, it is good for kiddos up to 36 pounds. We've used this thing for almost 2 years and still love it, get one if you're having a baby or have a baby already!!
Another thing I absolutely ADORE is our convertible car seat, again I researched to the high heavens on this one and wanted the safest one out there for my baby so I went with the Britax Marathon car seat and haven't regretted my decision one time! LOVE IT! We have one in each car and they are SO simple to install/use!! Purchased from Target.

Addaline wasn't the most conventional baby and ended up sleeping in the bassinet until she was 5 1/2 months old so we definitely got our money's worth out of this thing. She was nursed until she was a year so having her close to me in the middle of the night was SO nice for those first few months when she woke up at all hours of the night! Purchased this from Babies'R'Us.

Other things I loved: *Bumbo Seat* Wipe Warmer* Diaper Geanie*

The things that DIDN'T work for us...

This isn't to say they won't work for you so please don't take my word on these things, every baby is definitely different. I'm only going off things Addaline liked since she is my most recent baby as well.

*Pack'n'play... I bought a SUPER nice $120.00 pack'n'play and she HATED it, never used and refused to have anything to do with it. Most people I know couldn't live without them but my girl did NOT like it!

*Jumperoo/Exersaucer... Addaline was OK in the exersaucer for the most part and enjoyed it, but the jumperoo she did NOT like and maybe used a handful of times, not worth the money I spent on it by any means.

*Boppy Pillow... again just my preference but I didn't use this much. I did use it almost every feeding the first month or so, but after that it was just easier to feed her without it or use a couch pillow to rest her head/my arm on. I know lots of mom's that loved their boppy and used it a lot.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my baby gear list!!

Hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!!


Brandi said...

Great list. We also have a marathon for our son and we love it. Your girls are adorable.

Kelly said...

I could only nod during this post - my son is due any day but my sister has 6 babies and the things you mentioned are HER must-haves too!
nice post!

Laura Fluke said...

I like the pink and brown stuff you picked out--- that is what I am re-doing the girls' baby room in... exciting!