Could Do Without (aka. didn't work for us or Felix):[Disclaimer/Author Note/Whatever else you want to call it: We do not wish to offend anyone that may have purchased the items below for us, or may have purchased them for themselves. Each item was placed on our registry by us, and therefore the responsibility of selection rests on us. We appreciate all the help we received at the beginning of this parenting endeavor, but in an effort to save others money, space, time, and sanity; we feel that we can assist by pointing out unnecessary products and possible alternatives.]
Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat (The "Cadillac" of Infant Seats)
We registered for this seat with all intentions of using it until Felix reached 35 pounds, so we could hold off on buying two convertible car seats. What we didn't expect was that Felix would outgrow the seat before he reached 35 pounds. Could we still have fit him in it for awhile longer...probably. But having baby with a buddah belly and wearing a winter coat did not fair well for his mood when we had to load him into the car. We wound up purchasing two convertible seats before Felix even reached 22 pounds. We definitely would have been perfectly happy with an infant seat with a lower weight limit (which as you can expect would be much CHEAPER). Although, we would not recommend skipping the infant seat all together for a convertible car seat. The ease of taking Felix in and out of cars/house/strollers without having to wake him up was invaluable (see review for Snap-N-Go below).
Britax Marathon70 Convertible Car Seat
Graco Pack n' Play Portable Playard
Graco Contempo High Chair
Infantino Vintage Twist and Fold Activity Gym
Wish List (aka. life would have been easier with...):
Fisher Price Playtime Bouncer
Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair
Favorites (aka. seriously consider putting this on your registry):
Graco MyRide 65 Convertible Car Seat
Fisher Price Cradle Swing - My Little Snug A Bunny
Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper
Baby Trend Snap-N-Go Infant Car Seat Carrier Stroller
Baby Jogger 2011 City Mini
We love it. It's very light, extremely easy to maneuver, can be folded with just one hand, reclines flat and Felix loves it. We opted not to register for the travel system (infant seat/full size stroller combo) due to the large size and weight of the full size stroller. I knew I would never use it. Instead, as you can see from the review above, we opted to use the Snap-N-Go with the infant seat and then purchased this stroller once Felix became curious enough to want to face forward. My only real complaint about this stroller is the basket underneath. Maybe I was spoiled by the huge basket in the Snap-N-Go, but I find this one extremely limited and very hard to get things in to/out of. This seems to be a common complaint among reviewers.
Fisher Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo
Summer Infant Velboa Snuzzler
Gerber Premium Cloth Diapers
Best burp cloths ever. Why use a rag when you can use a diaper? These honestly absorbed everything, were easy to wash, even to bleach if necessary. They were also super durable, and will be ready to go for any future bundles of joy. Seem to be harder to find now. MUST BE premium!
Triple Paste Diaper Rash Ointment
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack
Phillips Avent bottles
Munchkin Bottle Brush and Nipple Brush
Infantino Jumbo Wheel Playspace
Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat
Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump
Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bustier
Another MUST have if you're going to be pumping. I have tried several different hands free pump bras and this is by far the best. It is completely adjustable, provides more coverage then most, has removable straps and never lost it shape (even when I was using it 6 times a day).
Lasinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags
video shows exactly how I stored everything.
Lasinoh Brand Lanolin Topical Breast Cream
Lasinoh Soothies Gel Pads
Lasinoh Nursing Pads
We were dead set on using only Pampers diapers when Felix was born. We began with Pampers Swaddlers and/or Swaddler Sensitives. After a month or so, we started using the Baby Dry's at night so Felix would sleep longer between changes. Now we use Cruisers during the day and Huggies Overnights at night. We did not use the Pampers overnights due to several reviewers stating that their children got chemical burns when the Pampers overnights would split open at night, exposing the beads inside. We have since decided it's time to find a cheaper alternative. At nearly $45-50/box for the Pampers, there has to be a comparable option! We have heard incredible things about Luvs from numerous sources. However, Luvs just increased the price of their diapers. Still cheaper then Pampers, but not as big a savings as it should be. We are about to try Kirkland (Costco) brand, as it would save us nearly $20 a case.
Huggies Natural Care Wipes
Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Bath Tub