Where does the time go?
Now that I can stop and reflect on the craziness of that first year, I have a pretty strong opinion of what you need and what you don’t when it comes to gear. So if you’re getting ready to register and still aren’t sure of the must haves (and a few have nots), I’m going to help you out.
1) A Boppy Pillow
Nursing or bottle-feeding, it doesn’t matter. This pillow is a lifesaver. I used it with both kids and it is a lifesaver on car trips. Nursing in the front seat (while parked at a rest stop – so sad I actually need to put this in here) is a bear without a good pillow. Plus it is the perfect pillow to put around baby when they are learning to sit on their own.
2) A Swing of Some Sort
Can you say saving grace? Seriously, we would not have survived without this thing. I know that there are people who say their kids didn’t like it, but I swear they didn’t give it time. Both of my kids were perfectly content and it allowed me to make dinner, do some laundry and sometimes even finish a cup of coffee.
3) A High Chair (with a footrest)
When both my kids started solid food (a bit after 5 months) they weren’t 100% sitting up yet. After a few weeks of feeding them on my lap or in a bouncer, I was SO thankful to be able to put them in a high chair that is ergonomic. This way they could focus on learning to eat, rather than trying to figure out how to sit.
Again, I’m sure some people might dispute this as a must have. But seriously? When your baby is too big for a bouncy but not yet crawling, where are you supposed to put them while you empty the dishwasher or eat breakfast/lunch? Plus, they have some really fun interactive toys included.
A few things I kind of wanted but am really glad I didn’t fork over the money for? A double stroller (Bug is just old enough that he doesn’t need it) and a wipe warmer. Oh, and you don’t absolutely need the diaper disposal. Until someone makes one that actually doesn’t stink…just take it to the trash.
Need some new gear and want a little help? Tell me what your must have gear is in a comment below and be entered to win a $25 gift card to Fisher Price. Drawing will be December 5 after 1 p.m. via And the Winner Is.
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