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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Baby and Toddler Essentials 101

Since my third little one is getting bigger and just starting to outgrow some of those "baby" things, I thought I'd write down everything that I've used with my babies over the past ten years. (Oh. my. word. That's a decade, people.) When the kids are grown and having children of their own one day, I thought they may appreciate it. Or, maybe not. But, if nothing else, I will treasure this one day because my memory won't be around forever. :)

So, let's get started...

Feeding
  • Similac Isomil Soy formula (Target-brand is the same but cheaper)
  • Enfamil Nutramigen AA Lipil formula (best formula for milk allergies)
  • Dr. Brown's bottles (helps to prevent gas bubbles and reflux)
  • Avent bottles (great for non-reflux babies)
  • Sassy 4-section formula dispenser
  • Gerber 4-pack printed burp cloths (extra soft)
  • Gerber NUK soft bite spoons
  • Summer Infant Tiny Diner bib and placemat
  • Playtex Insulated and Spill-Proof Straw cups
  • The First Years Take and Toss Straw cups
  • Munchkin 5-pack plates, bowls and cups
  • Gerber Graduates spoons and forks
  • Munchkin Snack Catcher
  • The First Years Infant to Toddler Deluxe reclining feeding seat (great for babies)
  • Fisher Price Healthy Care Deluxe booster seat (great for toddlers)
 Diapering
  • Skip Hop Duo Deluxe diaper bag (clips onto strollers and shopping carts)
  • SaraBear Portable Diaper caddy
  • Pampers Swaddlers or Pampers Cruisers diapers
  • Pampers Sensitive baby wipes
  • Calmoseptine skin ointment (best over-the-counter diaper rash cream found at Walgreens or CVS pharmacy)
Bathing
  • The First Years newborn-to-toddler tub
  • Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy wash and daily lotion (great for eczema)
  • Boon Pod Bath Toy Scoop (great toy organizer in the tub)
  • Munchkin baby bath ball
  • A good ol' rubber ducky :)
Clothing
  • Any baby clothes from Carter's or Kohl's (I always shop their sales and use coupons)
  • Summer Infant SwaddleMe blanket
  • HALO SleepSack
Miscellaneous
  • Boppy pillow with two covers
  • Fisher Price baby monitor (the old-school kind worked fine for us)
  • Avent pacifiers
  • Safety 1st nail clippers
  • Orajel teething gel and tablets
  • Infant's Mylicon gas relief drops
  • Little Tummy's gripe water
  • Colic Calm (great for reflux)
  • "Blanky" (all my children have or had little blankies they slept with and carried around)
Car seats
  • Chicco Cortina KeyFit 22 Sahara infant car seat (the new 30 goes up to 30 lbs.)
  • Graco MyRide 65 convertible car seat (rear-faces up to 5-40 lbs. and forward-faces 20-65 lbs.)
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 car seat (20 to 100 lbs.)
  • Graco Highback TurboBooster car seat (converts to backless booster 30-100 lbs.)
  • JJ Cole car seat cover (great in the winter)
Strollers
  • Chicco Cortina Sahara stroller 
  • Babies R Us lightweight umbrella stroller
Activity
  • Graco Pack-n-Play Travel Play Yard
  • Fisher Price Deluxe Infant to Toddler Comfort rocker
  • Fisher Price Rainforest Open-Top Cradle swing
  • Fisher Price Kick and Crawl Discovery Gym (playmat turns into play tunnel for toddlers)
  • Evenflo Exersaucer
  • Bumbo seat with tray
Toys
  • Fisher Price Rainforest crib toy
  • Ocean Wonders seahorse 
  • O'ball rattle ball and football
  • Little People toys
  • Cloud B Twilight Constellation Nightlight (coolest thing ever) 
Books
  • Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with Your Baby by Tracy Hogg (teaches the E.A.S.Y. routine - Eat, Activity, Sleep, "You" time)
  • On Becoming Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth (a must-have)
  • Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk by Linda Acredolo
  • All books by Sandra Boynton
  • All books by Eric Carle 
  • All books by Dr. Seuss
  • Llama, Llama books by Anna Dewdney
  • The Beginner's Bible for Toddlers
  • Pat the Bunny (touch and feel book) by Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Eight Silly Monkeys by Steve Haskamp
  • Good Night, Sweet Butterflies by Dawn Bentley
  • Where is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz
Music
  • Lullaby CD by Jewel (the older kids still fall asleep to this music)
  • The Merry Goes 'Round CD by Jewel
  • Slugs and Bugs & Lullabies by Andrew Peterson and Randall Goodgame
Whew, I think that's it! All my tried-and-true favorites that helped us survive and enjoy those early years. Hard to believe how fast they go.


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