As the 1st year of my motherhood comes to a close (my son Camden will be 1 on Sept 12th), I am looking back at the baby items I have purchased. Some truly have held up the test of a years time, while others I've realized aren't worth the purchase. The following are items I'm still glad I bought, and the ones I could have done without.
Glad I Bought
1. Angel Dear Blankie. I love these. The comfort it gives your child while they are fussy or need to nap is unreal. Lifesaver, I tell you. These are also much, much easier to keep track of than stuffed animals. Plus, they are adorable. We have about 3 we always alternate between.
2. Kickee-Pants Pajamas My mom got me these PJs at first and I just love them. They are made with bamboo and are the softest fabric in the world (in my opinion). They are very stretchy, so last as you baby grows. Camden can still wear 9 month in these.
3. Baby Bjorn. I've tried a lot of baby carriers, and I also love the Solly Baby Wrap (especially when he was younger) but Bjorn is my favorite. I love the Bjorn because it's comfortable for the baby and the wearer, it's durable, and it it's forward facing. I know A LOT of parents will say forward facing isn't good for the hip development (and I agree, it took me a while to cave in and get the Bjorn), but in all honesty my child wants to face out and see everything. He actually hates being in carriers unless he is facing out. We don't use carriers all day every day, so I think the good outweighs the bad here.
4. Orbit G3 Stroller We went through several strollers before settling on the Orbit when Camden was getting out of his infant seat — and I wish we'd started with this one! It is by far, the BEST stroller/car seat on the market. Hands down. Yes, it is expensive. But you get what you pay for. It is the easiest in terms of opening/breaking down/getting in and out of your car. It drives like a cloud (my father in law calls in the Cadillac of Strollers). By far the EASIEST stroller/car seat to travel with. It can be used with an any size car seat, and as a one-seater or two-seater. In addition to being so versatile, it's extremely well-built, looks snazzy, and Orbit customer service is top-notch. I am telling you, save your money, put it on your registry. It is worth every.single.penny.
5. Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. As you all know, I LOVE these. They are the perfect swaddling blankets, and so much more (blanket, play mat, car seat cover). The fabric gets softer with each washing and they've withstood, again, a growing baby, lots of spit-up, etc. One of my favorite baby items ever.
6. Luna Lullaby Nursing Pillow. My nursing sessions were very comfortable and I'm certain it helped prevent backaches and neck aches from nursing in odd positions. No new mother needs aches and pains she can prevent. I didn't need to wrestle with positioning a regular pillow to prop baby up while feeding. The nursing pillow was right there, in the exact right configuration every time.
Wouldn't Buy Again
1. Big baby bathtub. At least the tub I got was relatively easy to clean and simple. But it was still too big and hard to store. Instead, I would have simply used a sink or a little mesh seat in the bathtub and not bothered with an infant tub at all.
2. Co-sleeper. I loved the idea of extending my bed for baby to sleep in, but I could never get comfortable maneuvering baby over to me and back. For me, it was easier to sit up, get baby out of the bassinet, which was right next to the bed, but at a better angle, and then put her back after nursing. Plus, Camden HATED his bassinet and started sleeping in his own crib at 4 days old! No joke, the bassinet and co-sleeper's ended up being a waste of $ for us.
3. Pack 'n Play. I use Pack 'n Play's a lot when we travel, but if I had it to do over again, I would not purchase one for myself. My parents and in-laws all have their own, and when we stay at a hotel we always ask to borrow one (bringing our own crib bedding). Camden has never even used our expensive pack n' play to sleep, only to play in (and that lasted a week).
4. Expensive diaper bag. It hasn't even been a full year yet and I already use my own bags/purses as diaper bags. I think I used my diaper bag exclusively for the first 3-4 months, and gradually started using my own purse more. I just didn't need the bulkiness of lugging everything around all the time. As long as I had the essentials, we were good to go. And those essentials always fit into my own bag comfortably.