Before I had my twins, I scoured the internet looking for the very best baby products to register for and fill our house with in preparation for bringing home our babies. I was searching for lists of the top gadgets and gear for their first six months.
Amazon’s Listmania was a great resource for me and was inevitably where I cross-compared different lists that moms had created of their favorite things. Several of my friends have requested this post, so here you go girls…my top picks (and biggest duds) for the first 6 months with our little ones (click on the pics for more info).
We have two activity gyms for our babies and we like the one pictured (Skip Hop's Treetop Friends Gym) best. The babies can entertain themselves forever grabbing the rings, kicking the jingly owl, or pulling the duck's legs.
Our Fisher Price Cradle'n'Swing is great for getting the babies to sleep, but my big complaint is that there is no continuous play music option and this is key for keeping them asleep.
Baby carriers - We have both the Bjorn and K'taan. Although the K'taan is nice to keep baby close, the bjorn is less complicated. I do wish we had an Ergo, but they were quite a bit more expensive than the bjorn.
We have Britax b-safe carseats and love them. The most important thing to me after safety was lightweight. I picked these because they were lighter than the comparable Chicco Keyfit.
Pick a sound machine, any sound machine. We love our Munchkin sound machine because it also plays a light show. The sleep sheep are nice but aren't plug-in so the music only lasts for a short period of time.
A boppy pillow is multi-functional--from using it to prop your newborn up after a feeding to laying them on it during breastfeeding or for back support while they are learning to sit. Must-have.
Buy a couple different kinds of bottles & see what your baby likes. We used Avent, Madela, and Dr. Browns at different times throughout their first 6 months. Right now we are strictly using Avent, and they have cute boy/girl colored bottles (great for twins!).
Buy one of each - soothie, mam, avent, etc. and see what kind your baby likes before investing. P preferred mams and G would take nothing but a soothie.
A snap-n-go stroller might be the only stroller you need for baby's first 6 months. Super easy to travel with and pop your carseats right in. (Ours is obviously the double version).
Once the babies started wanting to sit up all the time around 3 months, the bumbo was a lifesaver and great for feeding the babies in, too, when they start eating baby food.
Our favorite swaddles were Swaddleme by Summer Infant. The babies couldn't break out of them because of the velcro, and they worked better for us than the woombie.
The Comfort and Harmony Bouncer was one of our favorite seats to set our babies in to feed them (at the same time) or get stuff done. The babies liked the vibrations & songs.
We have used everything in this Little Remedies kit.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes - If you ever need your baby to stop fussing, this should do the trick. It's a great distractor.
Bob jogging stroller - We love it but probably any jogger will do if you're interested in running with your babies.
The Fisher Price Frog Chair is a great blend between the Bumbo and an exersaucer. There is a little more support than the Bumbo seat so baby can sit in it for longer.
An infant tub like this Fisher Price Rainforest one is great to have, especially at first when baby is so fragile and the sling is helpful to bathe them in. Eventually though, I just started taking our babies in the tub with me (a novel idea that probably never would have occurred to me until my mother-in-law suggested it).
Cuisinart sterilizer - Huge convenience but may not be necessary.
Aden and Anais Burpybibs - Couldn't have enough of these. They can be used as bibs or just as burp cloths and are super cute.
This Learning Curve Lamaze bee toy was both P&G's first toy. They loved pulling the ring and watching the bee "buzz".
This magical Mamaroo contraption put our colicky baby to sleep many a night and nap time.
Aden and Anais Swaddlers - Great multi-purpose blanket for swaddling, covering them from the sun/wind in the carseat, wiping up spit up, etc.
Bassinet stroller - It is a great luxury to have a bassinet stroller in the first couple months when your baby can't hold his or her head up but you want to take them on a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. Yes, you could use the snap-n-go with the carseat, but this is much cuter. We loved our Strollair My Duo.
Outfits like these are what make expecting moms super excited about having a baby. But if you are like us, from 0-3 months it is unlikely you will want to put baby in anything that you're unsure they're warm and cozy in. Invest in some Carter's footed pjs and buy clothes after baby comes.
Wipe warmer - We would never have used this, but I do know some moms who have.
Bottle warmer - May not be necessary if you have a boiling water faucet and a bowl, as we did.
Expensive glider for the nursery - My advice? Get an inexpensive rocker or a lazy boy/day bed that you can fall asleep in if you want to.