Monday, May 24, 2010

5 Baby Gadgets/Gizmos


There are so many baby gadgets, gizmos, and inventions out there that buying for baby, whether it be creating a baby registry or shopping the old fashioned way, can be so overwhelming. I still remember the dumbfounded feeling A.R. and I had when we first stepped into Babies R Us and Target to start picking out items we would need for our little bundle of joy. Here is a list of the top 5 items that we use constantly and couldn't live without and then the top 5 items we have never used or rarely use and could live without.

Top 5 Items We Use:
1. Boppy- This is truly a breastfeeding mother's new BFF. Or at least it is mine! I use it when I nurse her in our glider, on the couch, and in the car. It really helps me position Mariela and since my daughter is so darned heavy already (I think she's pushing 13 pounds!), it gives my aching arms and back a break. A.R. even uses it when his arms start to quiver and he's holding M on the couch.
2. Graco Frame Stroller- Our travel system (Graco Quatro set in Hamilton) stroller is so heavy that this little gizmo my Matron of Honor recommended was a must. Heck, the car seat without the baby seems a little on the heavy side let alone with her in it, so I love this stroller frame. It is so light weight I can lift it with one hand. The frame holds the infant car seat and comes equipped with cup holders and storage basket. It's easy to maneuver while shopping and opens and closes easily.
3. Video Monitor- It's not cheap, but with coupons, a registry completion discount, and gift cards it was certainly manageable and well worth every penny. I love the peace of mind that having a video monitor offers us in our two-story house. Our daughter is a noisy sleeper and wiggles a lot, so if it wasn't for the camera I probably would've run up and down the stairs at least a couple dozen times to check on her needlessly.
4. Medela Pump In Style Advanced- Metro Bag- I love, LOVE this breast pump and it's a necessity as a working mom who will need to pump. My favorite feature (besides the bag it comes in) is that the pump part of this bag is removable and not actually built into the bag. It also comes with a battery pack, 4 bottles, cooler, and ice pack. The pump itself is easy to use although I did figure out that pumping both sides at once requires an extra set of hands, a hair elastic trick, or a special hands-free pumping bra.
5. Baby Bjorn Carrier and/or Moby- I put "and/or" because I use both of them frequently, but I could manage with just one or the other if I had to. I use the Bjorn carrier when I'm doing something that requires a little more support for the baby (like taking the dogs out or cooking) and I use the Moby mostly around the house or for taking M outside for walks without using the stroller. There are just some days that M insists on being held constantly and if it wasn't for the baby carriers the dogs would have accidents in the house, I'd pee my pants, and our house would be a pig sty. The carriers also help her feel my warmth and hold her close to my chest so it's great for getting her to fall asleep and nap on her fussy days.

Top 5 Items we don't use:
1. Battery operated nasal aspirator- Okay, I do like this little gadget, but the old bulb syringe does work just as well and our little one probably doesn't feel like her brains are going to be sucked out when we use the original. I'm sure once she's a little bigger I won't be able to hold her still long enough to use the battery one, too.
2. Safety 1st Complete Care bath center (Froggy)- This tub is cute and supposed to be a space saver, but it is a piece of plastic crap. It leaks (even after following the directions and reading the fine print) no matter what we do and the newborn holder slides all around in the tub and startles Mariela as I bathe her. The space saver idea is nifty, but a leaky tub is a PITA.
3. Carter's Cuddle Me Musical Swing- Safari Friends- I'm not sure if this is our child's preference or the swing itself, but she really hates the swing. At 7 weeks old we started to try it out with her again and can get her to stay in it maybe 10 minutes tops, but other than that she screams in it. I'm not sure if it would help if the mobile actually moved on it's own. I tried out my sister-in-law's swing which has motion from side-to-side vs. front-to-back and she stayed in that one no problem. I think we'll be investing in one of those swings for our next baby.
4. Summer Infant Incline Sleep Positioner- We tried this for all of one week before realizing it was pretty useless. A towel rolled up under her bassinet and pack 'n play mattress worked much better. With the sleep positioner she just slid right down it in her sleep, so that by the time she woke up she wasn't even on it anymore.
5. I can't think of anything else that we have and don't use so for this one I'll just list a few things that I know exist, we don't have, and are surviving without :). A bottle warmer, a sterilizer, baby wipe warmers, white noise machine, and a crib mobile.

2 comments:

Regina said...

we love those boppy pillows too! We have a myregistry.com baby registry and the first two items we added were the prince lionheart diaper wipes warmer and a boppy pillow! great list :)

m said...

Wonderful suggestions for a baby registry. Especially the video monitor. They didn't have those when my kids were born and I really wish they had.

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