Before Claire was born, I was so overwhelmed by baby products and what I truly needed and didn’t. I shared this post about products we found useful from 0-3 months. I always meant to write 3-6 months and so on but you know, I had a baby and move twice in the last year! 😉
I thought would at least recap with my favorite products from the first 12 months. I love these kinds of posts because I always wish I had something like this for normal affordable products when I was pregnant. For some reason a lot of the baby “must haves” lists I did read were for like $800 strollers and crazy stuff, not what you actually use and need.
Portable Sound Machine
Claire is definitely a sound machine loving baby. We had a sound machine for her room and it was able to be battery operated, but it was too big for travel. We did a lot of traveling when she was little so a sound machine that could travel was invaluable to me.
I got this small one at Target and clipped it right onto her car seat most of the time.
Foam Alphabet Tiles
You can get these pretty much anywhere, but they were essential for safe baby play on hardwood floors.
Claire when she was only 6 months old! I miss that. These also doubled as good teething toys too, unfortunately. 😉
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit
I also meant to write a full review for this one but was clearly going through such sleep deprivation to even need to buy this product, I just didn’t get to it.
I felt absolutely insane to buy this product, priced at $40 to help your kid sleep. Claire really hit a bad stage of sleep with her first sleep regression where she was really too big too be swaddled but couldn’t sleep without some kind of comfort to stop her startle reflex. The first time she slept in this, she slept through the night. It was amazing. It wasn’t perfect and it was a pain to use because I used it for naps as well so I was constantly taking her in and out of it. But it was a great transition piece that I’d highly recommend just to transition out of the swaddle and for those horrid sleep regression days.
Fisher Price Space Saving High Chair
I had a hard time researching high chairs because I’m just not a fan of them, period. I don’t like the idea of having something standing in your kitchen or living room taking up space. I also knew we’d be moving twice and wasn’t sure what our spaces would accommodate.
This thing has been perfect. We even took it in the car with us when we went back home for Christmas. It’s great for travel, cleans easily, and doesn’t take up unwanted space.
Nuby Teether Ring
This teether is probably THE cheapest baby item we have. I think this goes for $2-3 at Wal-mart!
I bought it on a whim while browsing and to this day, Claire still teethes on it. It has a rubbery part with bristles that has to feel good on teething gums. It also has hard parts and a fabric piece, so in general it just has it all.
VTech Lil’ Critters Spin and Discover Ferris Wheel
We received so many toys as gifts but this is one of the few that Claire really really enjoyed. It spins, lights up, and fits on her high chair tray table.
I can sadly sing all the songs to this in my sleep, but we do get a kick out of this fun toy.
Tommee Tippee MODA Pacifiers
Claire was extremely picky about her pacifiers but I was so glad to find these more “normal” pacifiers that easily clip to a pacifier clip. These are BPA-free and available in 2 age stages: 0-6 months and 6-18 months.
They are orthodic shaped, almost like a square on the part to suck. Plus, they are so cute! One says “Dream big little one” and the other says “little lady.” There are of course a boy version that is just as equally cute.
Lamaze Lady Bug Rattle
This was Claire’s first toy. She adored this thing when she was very little. Lamaze toys are awesome and designed for what babies actually like.
She loves the designs and crinkle noises on this. She even still plays with it sometimes at 14 months old. It was the one toy that would distract or soothe her if she was getting fussy when she was really little.
Sophie La Giraffe
Yes, everybody has this toy but it was worth it. This is another toy that Claire used from very little to even now.
I am a little disappointed that our Sophie has shown SO much wear, though. I had no idea that the paint just comes right off. For $25, I thought it would last a little better, but the plastic hasn’t deteriorated at all, so I guess it’s still good.
NUK Gerber Graduates Hard Spout 10 oz Sippy Cups
I’m thankful I was able to get Claire off the bottle before she was 12 months (but the paci, not so much!). We used NUK soft spout trainers for a while but have now transitioned to these and I love them.
They have never leaked on me and are easy to clean.
And that’s it! I’m sure there’s more products that we’ve used but I’ve forgotten about, but for the most part all of these were my favorites.
Questions for You:
- What were your baby must-haves for the first year?
- What was your favorite toy as a kid?