Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Play Gym
A’s Baby Gym was a Christmas gift from my mother and step-father. While I don’t think it’s necessarily worth $70 (they got it on sale at half price), A love, love, loves mauling the toys, namely the octopus and the Lamaze Moose we regularly attach to it (we removed most of the toys, including the battery operated lights/music machine that was just too much for all of us).
Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Bouncer Fisher-Price
The bouncer was my mother’s idea as well, and probably the best gift we received for A from 0 – 2 months. It was a convenient spot to set her down and she really slept well in it as a newborn during the day. It also got us through her first cold at six weeks. Since it doesn’t have a five point harness, it’s not super safe to leave her in now, so it’s primarily just a spot to set her down quickly while I’m supervising her.
HALO SleepSack Swaddle – Micro-fleece Target Exclusive
The HALO SleepSack was a great registry item that has been worth its weight in gold. As a swaddle-hater, A was really hard to get down to sleep at night because her legs would twitch and she’d wake herself up. We’ve only open arm swaddled her with it, but it keeps her cozy and warm and, best of all, asleep!
Bright Starts Lots of Links- Solid Colors
These links were a gift from a former student, and they were one of the first toys A showed any interest in. We keep them linked above her crib, so she can look up at them while I’m picking up her room or choosing a new outfit. If she’s sleeping in her crib, however, they are easily unlinked for safety reasons. They’re also a great way to keep track of small toys in her diaper bag, like the…
Comotomo Baby Silicone Teether Blue One Size
A has been drooling and chewing on everything (but namely her own hands) for the last two or three weeks. I picked this up about a week ago, and its the perfect size for holding in her hand and sticking in her mouth. It is also so easily sterilized, which has made for a very happy Mama.
Jellycat ‘Cordy Roy Cat’ Stuffed Animal Pink One Size
My mom sent this for A for Valentine’s Day, and she latched on and only let go long enough for the dog to eat it (and me to order a quick replacement from Amazon). He’s made of soft corduroy and his tail and ears are perfect for chewing and sucking. We’re eagerly awaiting replacement kitty’s arrival. Note: A has the 9” small kitty – it’s the perfect size!
Amazon.com: Carters Easy Fit Velour Crib Fitted Sheet, Blue: Baby
A was born in October, and for the first two weeks refused to sleep anywhere but on me. I quickly figured out that her cotton sheets were too cold. As soon as we replaced them with these (we also bought a set for the pack n’ play, she was willing to sleep on her own (right next to our bed).
Jellycat Puppy Tails Book 8″
Of all A’s toys this one has been the longest lived and most used. She loves the crinkly pages that she can now turn with her own hands. The tails are great for sucking and the colors are vibrant. She also has Jellycat’s Kitten Tails (pictured). We give this toy two paws up!
We purchased several very expensive “breast simulating” bottles for A, but the only one she’s taken is this Walmart cheapie. At 97 cents a pop, they fit right onto my pump, so I can’t really complain, and they clean super easily. They may not be the Cadillac of bottles, but the relief I had when she took it for the first time on her second day of daycare more than makes up for what I spent in bottles that are currently collecting dust in my basement.
Lamaze’s Muffin the Moose
This little fella was a gift from a great high school friend. He first attracted A with his jingling toes, but later drew her in with his long, puppet-like legs and crinkly feet (girl loves the paper at the doctor’s office!). He is most often found hanging out in her gym, and now that she has better hand-eye coordination, she loves to suck on his toes almost as much as she wants to suck on her own.
We’ve used this as a bassinet since week one (technically, week three after the sheets), and it has been great. I was able to move it into the living room when I was staying at home with A, and I anticipate a ton of use this summer in shady spots with a good layer of mosquito netting.
For those of you with older babies, what came next? What products does your little one love?