July 20, 2017

So Obsessed With: The Baby Edition #3

Last year, I talked about how overwhelmed I was the first time I walked into a baby store. I'd imagined it being fun, but I spent way too much time researching everything. After my baby was born, I decided to make my own list of favorite baby products. The result was So Obsessed With: The Baby Edition #1 and So Obsessed With: The Baby Edition #2, and now I'm back with the third installment of my favorite baby products!

My first two lists were more generic and geared towards expectant mamas who were creating a registry. I featured fifty favorite items and tried to highlight "need" vs "nice to have" in my description for each. Today's list is a little different because you won't need/want these items right away, so they're all optional in a way. But here are a few things I've found useful and the stuff my boy is so obsessed with lately.

I didn't include any books because that post is coming up soon. I'm so excited about it!

1. Neat Solutions Neat-Ware Table Topper ($10) - I took my boy to Chick-Fil-A one day, and the high chair had a little plastic thing folded in the seat. It took me a minute to figure out it was a disposable place mat. It was a gamechanger! I ordered a big pack on Amazon, and now we always keep some in the diaper bag.

2. NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils ($10) - I read about these on a blog and randomly added them to my registry. Now, I'm so glad I did! These little spoons are great to teach self-feeding because babies don't have to hold them a certain way. You read more about them on their website, but our boy loves holding them himself.

3. Re-Play Bowls ($5) - I have no idea how I found the Re-Play brand, but I love their stuff! Their products are made out of recycled milk jugs, so the plastic is nice and sturdy. We've mostly used the bowls and divided plates so far, but we have the flats plates and utensils, too. They sell individual colors and cute mixed sets.

4. Ubbi Tweat Snack Container ($10) - We like to keep some food in the diaper bag, and I randomly found this snack container while browsing at the baby store one day. I love the little handles, the flip top and the spill guard. It's nice that Cheerios don't go stale even if they've been in there a few days. Plus, it's cute!

5. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair ($50) - We ended up getting this SpaceSaver when our boy was six months old because he was too small for the more traditional high chair that we had. I was excited to find a high chair with a fabric pattern that I actually liked, and this chair has been exactly what we needed.

6. Playtex Sipsters Straw Cups ($8) - I exclusively breastfed for the first six months and hated pumping, so our boy never ended up using bottles. We started introducing sippy cups around six months, and it took a few tries before we found some he loved. He definitely prefers drinking out of a straw, so we stocked up on these cups! 

7. Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoons ($3) - When we introduced solids, we used these spoons a ton! Our boy has moved on to finger foods now, but they're still great for a bowl of oatmeal and such. (Also, I made my own baby food initially and The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book was a great reference.)

8. Bella Tunno Wonder Bib ($14) - I found these Bella Tunno bibs in a children's boutique while shopping with my mom one day and fell in love. They're so cutre, waterproof, dishwater safe, have an adjustable neck and a nice pocket to catch dropped food. We've got one for home and one for the diaper bag!


9. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker ($35) - I can't remember how old our boy was when we bought this walker. Maybe nine months? It could have been earlier because I know he used to just sit and play with the front. Regardless, this was a great toy to help him practice walking! And now he doesn't need it... *tears*

10. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around the Town Learning Table ($40) - This is another toy that he doesn't use anymore but loved for a long time. When we first got it, we left the legs off and he'd sit and play with it. Once he started pulling up, we put the legs on and he'd have fun pressing the buttons, flipping the switch, etc.

11. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center ($50) - My parents got this for our boy for Christmas, and he ended up loving it. The shape sorter thing on the side was a big favorite, as was the little window that you could slide up and down. My only complaint? It takes up too much room. Haha!

12. Round Kiddie Pool 20 Gallon ($10) - We had our backyard fenced in last summer, and I figured the only benefit was not taking the dog out on a leash anymore. Well, I was wrong! This year I discovered an additional benefit: reading outside in my swimsuit in private. And, of course, setting up the baby pool for my boy. 

13. Bubble-N-Go Toy Mower ($22) - Although our boy is a great walker, he still finds it a little difficult to push this with enough momentum to create bubbles. However, he LOVES when we help him and the bubbles come out in a steady stream. It's so cute to see his fascination and delight with something so small!


14. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Puzzle ($10) - I love wooden puzzles, but it can be hard to find ones for our boy's age range. Thankfully, Melissa & Doug have a few cute ones! I love the big wooden handle. He likes taking the puzzle pieces out more than putting them in, but it's still an entertaining activity!

15. Green Tones Llama Shaker ($10) - At a boutique, I discovered a few really cute wooden teethers and shakers. They're a different brand than this one, but I can't find the ones we have. But this one is pretty close and equally adorable! He liked the wooden teether better than any of the other ones we bought.

16. Chewbeads Baby Gramercy Stroller Toy Attachment ($15) - Although he liked the wooden teether a little more, I still had to include this one! I loved that it could attach to his stroller or car seat so he wouldn't drop it, and the bright colors definitely caught his eye. The silicone is soft and flexible and perfect for chewing.

17. Fisher-Price Baby's First Blocks ($11) - This seemed like a dumb toy to me, but he loves it. Just goes to show that some things are simple and classic for a reason! At first, he just liked dumping the shapes out. Then, he moved on to filling up the bucket. And now, he's starting to figure out the shape sorting aspect.

18. Mega Bloks Big Building Bag ($14) - He got these blocks for his birthday, and it's fun to watch him dump out the bag and start to put one or two blocks together. It's so cool to watch him figure things out! These are like the baby version of Legos, and I know my husband can't wait for the day he's old enough for those.

19. Little People 'Lil Movers School Bus ($15) - We love anything and everything from Fisher-Price's Little People line! This school bus is one of his favorites, but we have almost everything - the camper, farm, tractor, Noah's Ark, nativity, fire truck, etc. He loves the songs they play and all the different characters!


20. Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike ($110) - A Radio Flyer trike was one of our boy's birthday gifts, and he loves it! We got a slightly different one with a place on the back for a second child to stand, but it's the same in every other respect. He always wants to go for a walk in it and tries to steer himself!

21. Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat ($350) - We had a Chicco infant seat and can technically still use it because he's under the weight limit. But we could tell he wanted to sit up more! We decided on the Britax for a variety of reasons, but the biggest was ease of installation with the ClickTight technology.

22. Maclaren Triumph Stroller ($225) - This was a random thing we splurged on that is definitely not a necessity, though I love it. Rather than get a cheap umbrella stroller, I really wanted something that would last longer, could recline, had a huge umbrella and was still super light/portable. And this was what I decided on!

3 comments:

  1. That Re-Play brand looks really interesting... as does the Stoll 'n' Trike -- I've never heard of that before! I really do appreciate products that grow with your kid and cover multiple stages instead of just one (like our high chair, that converted to a booster, and was also an infant feeding seat, though we didn't use that stage).

    My kiddo is over 2 and we only just finally kicked the bottles (it was so hard!) and he definitely likes a straw cup too or a thermos that has a straw-like top -- he was not a fan of any other type of cup we tried. Apparently straws are very popular with the little ones LOL

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    1. Oh, and now I'm looking at all the photos of that triumph stroller and I can't believe all the shade it gives! You should have seen me last year constantly adjusting the shade over our regular (much bigger) stroller. He's so much more mobile now, I'm not sure we'd really want to get a second stroller, but man, that looks like a great one if anyone else is looking for a light weight/umbrella-ish one.

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  2. Even though I don't have a kid yet, I love reading through your posts, Hannah! It's definitely getting bookmarked for future reference ;)

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