When I meticulously planned my purchases for my first child’s arrival, I over-analyzed the product descriptions and very attentively read countless reviews. I wanted to make sure that 1) the product was safe 2) the product was affordable and last but not least 3) the product was recommended by fellow moms.
To be honest, some were good purchases, some … not so much. Today, I will start with what was a savior and what I highly recommend. Ladies and Gents, without further ado…
1. Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Platinum Edition Cradle ‘n Swing
Picture this, you’re a parent, you are exhausted, you are sleep deprived, you’re thirsty, you’re hungry and your house is upside down but your baby will not allow you put them down. They want that comfort yet you NEED a dent break to recharge or do some chores. While on maternity leave, there is not always someone available to assist unfortunately but luckily for us parents…some genius invented this Fisher-price swing.
This purchase saved mine and my spouse’s sanity. It’s easy to set up, plugs into the wall, plays a variety of music, has a starry night light, doesn’t take up too much space in your home … I could go on and on. Our baby loved it and it provided us all with naps that we so desperately needed as well as a bit of freedom. Ironically, this was not a purchase that I made before baby was born. I was talking to a best friend one day about our daughter’s acid reflux and how much she hated being put down to lie on her back. She quickly stated “you have THE swing right? “. I replied “no, what swing?’’. The rest is history y’all.
I hesitated at a cost of about 200$ CAD after so many baby purchases had been made but we needed sleep like a cat needs her naps. All this to say, I highly recommend this product! You can find this product at Babies R Us, Walmart and other retailers depending on availability.
2. Munchkin Latch BPA-Free Bottle
As a breastfeeding mother who wanted to ease her way into having someone else feed the baby even if it was my own pumped milk, I was skeptical on how to approach this feeding alternative. I wanted to ensure that my baby would take a bottle if needed but would also not reject breastfeeding. Any breastfeeding mother knows this common worry. The challenge proved to be bigger than anticipated. We tried countless bottle brands, she refused all without hesitation. We were discouraged and I desperately wanted that freedom of leaving the house for more than two hours at a time.
As I pulled out our last purchased bottle from the kitchen cabinet, The Munchkin Latch and hoped for the best…the best is what we got! I am not sure if it is the soft nipple or the air vent at the bottom of the bottle but our daughter loved this bottle and still maintained regular breastfeeding. What a relief and success! By four months, she was determined to feed herself with this bottle which she did with ease as the bottle is lightweight and easy to grip. These bottles are affordable at a cost of about 25$ per set of 3, they are easy to clean and are available from many retailers such as Babies R us and Amazon based on availability. I highly recommend this product to all parents who wish to bottle feed their little ones.
3. Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer
I think any parent can vouch to the fact that packing up a baby to head out of the house can be quite the ordeal. You need to pack a village just to make a trip to the mall; these tiny humans require a lot of preparation! Feedings are a priority and although I didn’t mind breastfeeding in public sometimes I simply did not find it to be convenient. I would bring a bottle of my expressed milk but then stress over where I would be able to warm it up while out until I discovered the Tommee Tippee bottle warmer.
This product simplified my outdoor trips so much! I would boil water, fill the warmer and simply head out! I love this product and recommended it to so many fellow parents because of how convenient it truly is. This product is also affordable at a cost of about 20$ CAD, it is easy to clean and simple to use. I made this purchase from Amazon.ca and with my Amazon prime it was shipped within two days.
4. Baby Buddy Secure-A-Toy
Babies are often naturally curious and spontaneous little beautiful creatures. They like to throw their toys on the ground and pick them right back up before placing them in their mouths. It’s part of the developmental journey and perfectly normal however this mama got tired of continuously picking up toys and carrying around wipes. I searched online for gadgets to manoeuver my way around this inconvenience.
One day, I found the baby buddy secure-A-Toy straps on Amazon.ca. Game changer! I must have bought about six packs of these for in the house and the stroller. They are remarkably affordable, very simple to use and easy to clean. They saved me endless amounts of bending over to pick up toys and many wipes. At a cost of less than 5$ CAD, you can’t really go wrong! I highly recommend these little helpers!
5. Boba Baby Wrap
Sometimes a Mama and Papa has stuff to do but their baby requires that constant physical closeness of their loved one. However, as parents we know that meanwhile the laundry is piling up, dishes are in the sink, and meals need to be cooked! I searched for a piece of baby gear that both my spouse and I could wear with ease. I wanted a carrier that would be lightweight, comfortable to wear, a breeze to clean and affordable. The Boba Baby Wrap met all of these criteria standards and then some. I was able to carry my baby up close to my chest and provide her with the closeness that she needed while completing the tasks that needed tending. It was a win-win!
I purchased my Boba wrap at a local breastfeeding boutique and even later bought one as a gift for a friend for her baby shower. At a mere cost of about 50$ CAD, I have been pleased with this purchase and plan to use it again for my next baby in about three four months. I recommend this product to all those mommies on the go! This items can be found on Amazon.ca based on availability.
As a mother of a young toddler and in my sixth month of pregnancy, these are my top five products that I truly enjoy and would suggest to any loved one, friend or fellow parent!