SLEEP

DOCK-A-TOT

Age: 0-8 months (they have Grand for older kids)
This was hands down the best purchase! Our baby slept so well in it because it’s suppose to make them feel like they’re still in the womb. It’s firm and breathable, but still feels really comfy. With a c-section, I had the tot & baby in bed with me because I had a tough time being mobile. I was able to jump to his needs right away so we both could rest soundly.
Pros: high quality material & well-made, baby slept best in it, portable + lightweight
Cons: Sometimes it’s hard to put the cover back on after washing it, $$$$, white stains easy

ADEN + ANAIS SWADDLES

Age: newborn & over
These are the softest & cutest swaddles out there. Super breathable as well.
Pros: incredibly soft, well-made, washes nicely, doesn’t wear out, big in size, tons of cute patterns
Cons: none

SOUNDBUB SOUND SOOTHER

Age: newborn & over
Pros: holds charge for a long time, rechargeable plug-in, easy to connect with bluetooth, small & very portable, cute characters, fold up clip to attach to anything or sit up, plays anything you want from your phone & also comes with built-in sounds, timer & continuous play mode, softly padded & made with chew-safe material
Cons: none

FISHER PRICE OCEAN WONDERS AQUARIUM

Age: newborn & over
My little guy loves watching this before he falls asleep. He even knows how to push the ON button himself! He knows it’s sleep time when this goes on.
Pros: nice neon glow, many sound settings, moving seaweed & fish, timer
Cons: remote doesn’t always work

CLOUD B TWILIGHT TURTLE

Age: newborn & over
Pros: star ceiling projection, nice nightlight, changes to 3 colors, long battery life
Cons: 45 minute timer option only, no sound

WHAT I WOULDN’T BUY AGAIN:

Bassinet: your baby will grow so quick & before you know it they’re too big for it. It takes up room & then afterwards it needs to be stored. Our little guy didn’t like sleeping in it either.

EAT

PLAYTEX VENTAIRE BOTTLES

Age: 0-12 months
We tried other sample brands & this one seemed to be our baby’s favorite because it was so easy to drink from. Others were awkward to hold for its shape or the nipple wasn’t soft.
Pros: Good venting system for anti-colic, easy to clean, comfortable + easy for baby to hold with angle shape, easy to buy replacement nipples (fits any Playtex ones as they grow). affordable
Cons: Bottles do become foggy overtime & nipples stain, dishwasher removes measurements

ADEN + ANAIS BIBS

Age: 0-6 months
Pros: super soft & well-made, clip is on the side making it easy to take on/off, cute patterns, comfy for small babies to wear, nice size
Cons: good for bottle feeding only, not recommended for solid foods as they stain easy

SKIPHOP TUO HIGH CHAIR (DISCONTINUED)
Update: Try the Baby Bjorn highchair, it folds away or a convertible one like the Stokke Steps highchair

Age: 6 months-5 years
Love that this converts as they grow! Turns into a toddler chair so you can still use it even after the high chair is no longer needed.
Pros: long-term use, really easy to keep clean (very little cracks that catch food), easy to take tray off, simple harness & tray adjustment, modern style, reversible foam seat pad, big tray space
Cons: Light straps stain from foods, cannot remove to wash.

BABY BJORN BIBS

Age: 4 months & over
Look for bibs with this pearl closure, baby cannot pull this off easily during feedings.
Pros: super easy to wash clean, durable with rubber material, perfect for solid foods with large food catcher, adjustable, dishwasher safe
Cons: some colors get stained by food (most bibs do)

MUNCHKIN SAFETY SPOONS

Age: 3 months & over
Pros: changes to white if it’s too hot, easy to feed with, not too big for baby’s mouth, easy to wash, dishwasher safe
Cons: none

EZPZ PLACEMATS

Age: 5 months & over
Pros: eliminates tossing & tipping of plates & bowls, lessens the mess, simple to clean, dishwasher safe
Cons: May not fit your high chair tray if it’s too small.

WHAT I WOULDN’T BUY AGAIN:

Velcro bibs: baby just yanks it right off & food is all over their clothes.

PLAY

SOFIE THE GIRAFFE

Age: newborn & over
Pros: soft natural rubber teether, lightweight, easy to hold, squeaks, baby loves the shape, easy to wipe clean
Cons: None

WUBBANUB

Age: newborn & over
We tried many soothers with our guy and he is loves the Avent Pacifers! The animals attached are a bonus & they love playing with it while they suck away.
Pros: Super easy for baby to hold & locate on their own as they grow, comes in MANY styles
Cons: Not a fan of washing it because the only way to really clean it is throwing it in the washing machine, air dry & then wipe the soother down after.

FISHER PRICE LAUGH & LEARN JUMPEROO

Age: 3-10 months (based on weight)
This is our baby’s favorite thing to keep him busy. There’s so much stimulation in this one item. It teaches them to grab, spin around, jump, and it makes their legs stronger.
Pros: very colorful, plenty of light-up features, multiple songs & learning modes, lots of things to keep them entertained, baby can turn 360, washable seat
Cons: bulky and requires space to store

INFANTINO WATER MAT

Age: +3 months
One of the only things I could use to get my babe to do tummy time & stay entertained.
Pros: great for tummy time, babies love colours & squishy feeling of the water
Cons: need to occasionally reinflate & add water

GEAR

BREASTFEEDING PILLOW (AKA THE DONUT)

Age: 0-9 months
I didn’t breastfeed, however it was highly useful for propping up our guy while he was bottle fed & I was still recovering from a c-section. It taught him to sit with his head up comfortably. It’s also great to have as they develop. We used it when our baby started to sit, so if he fell he had cushion while he played.
Pros: has multiple uses other than feeding, long term use, soft & comfortable
Cons: Mine doesn’t have a zipper to take off the cover to wash. Find one that does.

SKIPHOP ACTIVITY CENTRE

Age: 3-14 months (or more)
I love that this has multiple uses as they grow. Even if they outgrow the seat, you simply cover the top & it turns into a play table! This is a fantastic idea.
Pros: longterm use, converts to 3 stages, modern style, easy to clean, non-annoying music
Cons: Not enough stimulation, I added to mine to keep baby entertained longer

BUMBO

Age: 4-8 months
Pros: easy to wipe clean, teaches baby to sit, portable
Cons: short-term use, can tip over (not recommended for mobile babies).

FISHER PRICE BABY DOME

Age: 3-8 months
One of my favorite purchases. We have a small space & it takes next to no room! Folds up for storage, easy to travel with, great for outside & extremely simple to pop open.
Pros: affordable, compact (folds flat), portable, protects baby from bugs & sun outside, good for play & naps, takes very little space, very easy to pop open & close, modern style
Cons: can grow out of it quick if you have a long baby

CHANGING PAD

Find any pad that is waterproof & easy clean down with a wipe, avoid ones with material or covers you will be washing them all the time.

WHAT I WOULDN’T BUY AGAIN:

Diaper Genie: Once your baby starts pooping, it does not keep the smell in the pail, even if we changed the filter. Yes it’s better than stinking the garbage, but it’s not tight sealed like they say. Graco Swing By Me Swing: it’s super bulky & ‘folds’, it took up a lot of room & even storing it afterwards was a pain. It ate up batteries like crazy too. Our guy loved this swing, but next time we will be looking for one more compact & portable.

CLOTHING

BANDANA DROOL BIBS

Age: 3-12 months (when they start teething)
These are fantastic for keeping baby’s outfit clean & dry. My guy would get a rash from his skin being wet all the time, this definitely helped. Throw it in the wash, easy-peasy.
Pros: softer than regular bibs, looks like it’s part of the outfit, cute patterns, keeps their neck dry
Cons: none

ONESIES W/ ZIPPERS

Age: newborn & over
I like the Silkberry line. Also Target has some great ones. By far the best piece of clothing, I wish I had more of them than the snap onesies.
Pros: quick to dress + undress during changes, soft & easy to wash, breathable
Cons: none, just make sure the inside of the onesie has the zipper lined so it’s not rubbing.

WHAT I WOULDN’T BUY AGAIN:

Baby caps: they were too tiny (baby could be born bigger), didn’t last long & they didn’t even cover baby’s ears, you’re better to buy a baby beanie they last longer & have more room.

Baby shoes: please do not spend $$$$ on shoes. Yes, the baby will go out, but they will maybe get used 1-2 times then they’re grown out of it. Instead get socks that look like shoes or slippers. They will not need shoes until they’re actually walking.

Onesies with too many snaps & buttons: Let’s face it, babies (especially newborns) have no patience for getting undressed. The BEST thing was buying onesies with zippers. It’s simple to take on & off without a fuss. If there’s an accident that got on the outfit, you don’t have to slip it off their head getting it everywhere (this has happened!). Don’t buy a ton of 2-piece outfits or jeans. Yes they’re irresistibly cute, but a little baby just wants to sleep & be comfortable so buy them soft, comfy, breathable onesies.

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