Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Poll Discussion: Baby Gear

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Through this poll, I hope to be able to provide parents with some guidance as to what baby gear is really worth it and what isn't. This is definitely a hard topic. I think for every item, there will be people who view it as a "must have" and people who view it as a "waste of money." I know I have some things that was necessary for one baby (like the swing for Kaitlyn) and never used for another (like the swing for McKenna). Some things can even be brand specific, so maybe for one brand of gym you think "okay" and another you think, "LOVE!" Let's give this a try though. It will be interesting to see if there is an overwhelming consensus in the end or not.

Question: Is the item worth the purchase?
For each item, please list "yes," "no," or "undecided." You can then list any explanations you want with it, but I want to be able to have a solid answer of one of the three so I don't have to try to decipher what you think when I am doing results. When you are answering, ask yourself, "would I buy it again if given the chance?"

Please only answer if you have actually tried the product. If you have not tried the product, either leave blank or add "NA."

I will link each item to a collection of examples on Amazon so you can see what I mean if you don't know.
  1. Playards
  2. Bassinet
  3. Swaddle Blankets
  4. Crib
  5. SnuggleU
  6. Rocking chair/glider
  7. Activity gym
  8. Bouncer
  9. Bumbo
  10. Exersaucer
  11. Jumper
  12. Front Carrier
  13. Stroller
  14. Wet wipe warmer
  15. Changing table
  16. Swing
  17. Lilly Padz
  18. Nursing pillow
  19. Milkies
  20. Nipple cream
  21. Nursing nightgown
  22. Bottle warmer
  23. Bottle dishwasher basket
  24. Bottle drying rack
  25. Highchair
  26. Booster Seat for Meals
  27. Burp clothes
  28. Baby bathtub
  29. Nasal aspirator
  30. Baby fingernail clippers
  31. Video monitor
  32. Audio monitor
  33. Gas drops
  34. Gripe water
  35. Additional Comments/Items?
My Answers:
  1. Pack and play--YES
  2. Bassinet--YES
  3. Swaddle blanket--YES
  4. Crib--YES
  5. SnuggleU--YES
  6. Rocking chair/glider--YES
  7. Activity gym--YES--must comment that I love the TinyLove Delux
  8. Bouncer--YES--seriously has been a favorite for all four kids
  9. Bumbo--UNDECIDED
  10. Exersaucer--UNDECIDED
  11. Jumper--YES
  12. Front Carrier--NO
  13. Stroller--YES
  14. Diaper warmer--NO
  15. Changing table--YES
  16. Swing--YES
  17. Lilly Padz--UNDECIDED
  18. Nursing pillow--YES
  19. Milkies--YES
  20. Nipple cream--YES
  21. Nursing nightgown--YES
  22. Bottle warmer--NA
  23. Bottler dishwasher rack--NA
  24. Bottle drying rack--NA
  25. Highchair--YES
  26. Booster Seat for Meals--YES
  27. Burp clothes--YES
  28. Baby bathtub--YES
  29. Nasal aspirator--YES
  30. Baby fingernail clippers--YES
  31. Video monitor--YES
  32. Audio monitor--YES
  33. Gas drops--YES
  34. Gripe water--YES
  35. Additional Comments/Items? As you can see, I like baby gear :)

51 comments:

Sarah said...

1. YES - Playards
2. NO - Bassinet
3. YES - Swaddle Blankets
4. YES - Crib
5. N/A - SnuggleU
6. NO - Rocking chair/glider
7. YES - Activity gym
8. YES - Bouncer
9. NO - Bumbo
10.NO - Exersaucer they take up so much space!)
11.YES - Jumper
12.YES - Front Carrier
13.YES - Stroller
14.NO! - Wet wipe warmer
15.NO - Changing table
16.NO - Swing
17.YES - Lilly Padz
18.NO - Nursing pillow
19.N/A - Milkies
20.NO - Nipple cream
21.N/A - Nursing nightgown
22.N/A - Bottle warmer
23.N/A - Bottle dishwasher basket
24.N/A - Bottle drying rack
25.NO - Highchair
26.YES - Booster Seat for Meals
27.YES - Burp clothes
28.NO - Baby bathtub (I prefer the slings that support baby in your existing tub.)
29.YES - Nasal aspirator
30.YES - Baby fingernail clippers
31.N/A - Video monitor
32.YES - Audio monitor
33.YES - Gas drops
34.YES - Gripe water
Additional Comments/Items?

Shea Lafferty said...

1. Pack-n-Play--yes, both my boys slept in it in my room for 3 mos. and it is a must for travel.
2. Bassinet--undecided, never used one.
3. Swaddle blanket--yes
4. Crib--yes.
5. SnuggleU--yes, I made one and used it for my second, and it really helped him stay in place and feel more snuggled. Wish I would have used it for the first. He was all over the place.
6. Rocking chair/glider-- yes
7. Activity gym--yes, I also have Tiny Love Deluxe and both my boys loved it.
8. Bouncer--no, both my boys disclaimed the bouncy seat. They preferred the convertible rocker chair. It is awesome and reclines. They can even sleep in it if they have reflux.
9. Bumbo--both my boys hated this and their legs were too chubby to fit comfortably.
10. Exersaucer--undecided, never had one but we love the jumparoo.
11. Jumparoo--yes, love the jungle theme jumparoo.
12. Front carrier--no
13. Stroller--yes
14. Diaper warmer--yes, I am assuming you mean wipe warmer. We used it the first 3 mos with both boys. Our first would cry if you put a cold wipe on him.
15. Changing table--yes
16. Swing--yes
17. Lilly Padz--no
18. Nursing pillow--yes
19. Milkies--no
20. Nipple cream--yes
21. Nursing nightgown--yes
22. Bottle warmer--yes, I switched both of my boys from breast to bottle at 14 weeks when I went back to work and they would only take a warm bottle.
23. Bottle dishwasher rack--yes
24. Bottle drying rack--yes
25. High chair--yes
26. Booster for meals--undecided, first would not use one.
27. Burp cloths-- no, neither of my boys were spitters.
28. Baby bathtub-- yes
29. Nasal aspirator--yes, I will say it is worth it to invest in a Nose Freda or Baby Comfy Nose. They work much better than the bulbs.
30. Baby fingernail clippers--yes
31. Video monitor--yes
32. Audio monitor--yes
33. Gas drops--yes
34. Gripe water--yes, they are great to get rid if hiccups.
36. A must have for us is Lansinoh butt cream, and Aveeno bath products and lotion. Also, we used MAM pacifiers with both boys.

lifeslittlelustings said...

My Answers:
Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--NO
Swaddle blanket--YES
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--NA
Rocking chair/glider--YES
Activity gym--YES
Bouncer--YES
Bumbo--YES
Exersaucer--NA
Jumper--YES
Front Carrier--YES
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--YES
Swing--YES
Lilly Padz--NA
Nursing pillow--YES
Milkies--NA
Nipple cream--YES
Nursing nightgown--YES
Bottle warmer--NO
Bottle dishwasher rack--YES
Bottle drying rack--YES
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--NA
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--YES
Nasal aspirator--YES- Nosefrida all the way
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--YES
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--YES
Gripe water--NA
Additional Comments/Items? I don't know what we would do without our sound machine!

Linda Kilgus said...

1. Pack and play - YES
2. Bassinet - YES
3. Swaddle blanket - YES
4. Crib - YES
5. SnuggleU - N/A
6. Rocking chair/glider - YES
7. Activity gym - YES
8. Bouncer - YES - I have a very basic Bright Stars one but both kids have loved it
9. Bumbo - UNDECIDED
10. Exersaucer - YES - first child didn't love it as much as the second!
11. Jumper - N/A
12. Front Carrier - NO
13. Stroller - YES
14. Diaper warmer - NO
15. Changing table - YES
16. Swing - YES
17. Lilly Padz - N/A
18. Nursing pillow - YES - I never used mine for nursing but great for when your baby is learning to sit up - good support
19. Milkies - N/A
20. Nipple cream - YES
21. Nursing nightgown - No
22. Bottle warmer - N/A
23. Bottler dishwasher rack - N/A
24. Bottle drying rack - N/A
25. Highchair - YES
26. Booster Seat for Meals - YES
27. Burp clothes - YES
28. Baby bathtub - YES
29. Nasal aspirator - N/A
30. Baby fingernail clippers - YES
31. Video monitor - N/A - would have loved one though!
32. Audio monitor - YES
33. Gas drops - UNDECIDED
34. Gripe water - UNDECIDED
35. Additional Comments/Items? Some sort of noise maker (ie. humidifier, fan - doesn't have to be fancy or expensive) is great esp if you have other children in the house

Kelle said...


Playards-yes
Bassinet-no, I used the playyard
Swaddle Blankets-yes, woombie and miracle blankets
Crib-yes
SnuggleU-no
Rocking chair/glider-no
Activity gym-yes
Bouncer-no
Bumbo-no
Exersaucer-yes
Jumper-no
Front Carrier-no, I love slings!
Stroller-yes, I have heavy babies
Wet wipe warmer-no
Changing table-yes
Swing-yes
Lilly Padz-n/a
Nursing pillow-no
Milkies-n/a
Nipple cream- yes, but only for my first. I never used it again.
Nursing nightgown-yes
Bottle warmer-n/a
Bottle dishwasher basket-n/a
Bottle drying rack-n/a
Highchair-yes
Booster Seat for Meals-no
Burp cloths-yes
Baby bathtub-yes
Nasal aspirator-yes
Baby fingernail clippers-no
Video monitor-yes
Audio monitor-yes
Gas drops-yes
Gripe water-n/a
Additional Comments/Items? My favorite thing is my sling and that item wasn't really listed. My fourth baby didn't like it much once he could walk, but the rest would stay in it forever if I needed them contained until they were 2 years old.

The Cooks said...

Playards YES
Bassinet- NO, our babies go straight to their cribs
Swaddle Blankets- YES, miracle blanket is my fav
Crib- YES
SnuggleU-NA
Rocking chair/glider- YES
Activity gym- YES
Bouncer- YES
Bumbo- YES
Exersaucer- YES
Jumper- NO, I would say either this or exersaucer
Front Carrier- YES, esp. with multiple children
Stroller- YES
Wet wipe warmer- NO
Changing table- YES
Swing- YES
Lilly Padz- NA
Nursing pillow- YES
Milkies- NA
Nipple cream- YES
Nursing nightgown- NO
Bottle warmer- NO
Bottle dishwasher basket- YES, great for baby utensils too!
Bottle drying rack- YES
Highchair- YES
Booster Seat for Meals- YES
Burp clothes- YES, many!
Baby bathtub- YES
Nasal aspirator- YES, Nose Frieda!
Baby fingernail clippers- YES
Video monitor- YES!!!
Audio monitor- YES
Gas drops-YES, although my 3 have rarely needed them.
Gripe water- NA
Additional Comments/Items? I love baby gear too!!

Janice Schmidt said...

Playards - YES
Bassinet- NO
Swaddle Blankets - YES
Crib - YES
SnuggleU - N/A
Rocking chair/glider - UNDECIDED (didn't have and did fine but wish I'd had)
Activity gym - UNDECIDED (didn't have and did fine but wish I'd had)
Bouncer - YES
Bumbo - UNDECIDED (used some but didn't seem essential)
Exersaucer - UNDECIDED (didn't have and did fine but wish I'd had)
Jumper - NO
Front Carrier - YES
Stroller - YES
Wet wipe warmer N/A
Changing table - YES
Swing - YES
Lilly Padz - YES (used disposables, but were essential!!)
Nursing pillow -YES
Milkies - N/A
Nipple cream - NO (had it and used it a couple times but didn't need it)
Nursing nightgown - YES (Doesn't have to be specifically nursing, but must be accessible)
Bottle warmer - N/A
Bottle dishwasher basket - N/A
Bottle drying rack - N/A
Highchair - YES
Booster Seat for Meals - N/A
Burp clothes - YES
Baby bathtub - NO (used sink and then regular tub. Tried baby tub once but to messy and hard to get baby clean)
Nasal aspirator - UNDECIDED (used but didn't work well)
Baby fingernail clippers - YES
Video monitor - YES
Audio monitor - N/A
Gas drops - N/A
Gripe water - N/A

Chrysti Hedding said...

Playards YES
Bassinet UNDECIDED
Swaddle Blankets YES!!
Crib YES
SnuggleU N/A
Rocking chair/glider N/A
Activity gym YES
Bouncer YES We didn't have a swing so this was my go-to when baby wasn't napping well
Bumbo N/A
Exersaucer N/A
Jumper N/A
Front Carrier YES I have used both an Ergo and a homemade Moby wrap. Both are fabulous.
Stroller YES
Wet wipe warmer N/A
Changing table YES We use the top of a short dresser
Swing N/A
Lilly Padz N/A
Nursing pillow UNDECIDED I didn't breastfeed long enough to know whether or not it was worth it.
Milkies N/A
Nipple cream UNDECIDED Again, didn't breastfeed long enough to know if it was worth it.
Nursing nightgown N/A
Bottle warmer N/A
Bottle dishwasher basket N/A
Bottle drying rack N/A
Highchair N/A
Booster Seat for Meals YES
Burp clothes YES
Baby bathtub UNDECIDED
Nasal aspirator YES
Baby fingernail clippers YES
Video monitor N/A
Audio monitor YES Only used ours for the first few months
Gas drops YES
Gripe water N/A

Julie said...


Playards Yes
Bassinet Yes
Swaddle Blankets YES!
Crib Yes
SnuggleU n/a
Rocking chair/glider undecided
Activity gym Yes
Bouncer Yes
Bumbo Yes
Exersaucer Yes
Jumper Yes
Front Carrier Yes
Stroller Yes
Wet wipe warmer Undecided
Changing table No
Swing Yes
Lilly Padz Undecided (they don't work the greatest with a heavy let down. They are difficult to remove without spilling milk everywhere)
Nursing pillow Yes
Milkies N/A
Nipple cream No
Nursing nightgown No
Bottle warmer No
Bottle dishwasher basket No
Bottle drying rack No
Highchair Yes
Booster Seat for Meals Undecided
Burp clothes YES
Baby bathtub Yes
Nasal aspirator Yes
Baby fingernail clippers Yes
Video monitor No
Audio monitor Yes
Gas drops Yes
Gripe water N/a
Additional Comments/Items?

Christine said...


Playards - yes...our daughter slept in one for the first couple months, then it was great for travel
Bassinet - never used one
Swaddle Blankets - yes, but only for a month or so
Crib - yes
SnuggleU - never used one
Rocking chair/glider - yes...our daughter has a hard time concentrating/settling down when I don't feed her from the glider
Activity gym - never used one
Bouncer - never used one
Bumbo - never used one
Exersaucer - yes...our daughter loves hers!
Jumper - yes...our daughter loves hers!
Front Carrier - yes...I use my Bjorn all the time
Stroller - no...we hardly ever use our fancy one...wish I would have bought an cheaper umbrella stroller
Wet wipe warmer - never used one
Changing table - never used one
Swing - yes...but only for a couple months since our daughter outgrew hers quickly
Lilly Padz - never used them
Nursing pillow - no...was not helpful and got in the way
Milkies - never used them
Nipple cream - yes...but I still got mastitis (was hospitalized when I went septic, which caused me to lose my supply)
Nursing nightgown - never used one
Bottle warmer - never used one
Bottle dishwasher basket - never used one...I set up 2 cooling racks next to my sink to help dry clean bottles...I was told not to put bottles in the dishwasher since the heat could make them non-BPA free
Bottle drying rack - never used one...see previous answer
Highchair - yes
Booster Seat for Meals - haven't used one yet...our daughter is not old enough
Burp clothes - yes...I like the Aden & Anais ones from Target that double as a bib
Baby bathtub - never used one...I always laid our baby flat on her back in 2-3 inches of water...she loves being able to kick in the water
Nasal aspirator - never had to use mine
Baby fingernail clippers - yes...I have to use them 1-2 times per week
Video monitor - never used one
Audio monitor - yes...our master bedroom is too far away from the nursery to get by without one
Gas drops - never used them
Gripe water - never used this
Additional Comments/Items? - one thing I use all the time is a baby tracker app on my phone...it is very helpful in monitoring our daughter's naps, feedings, diaper changes, etc.

misszargon said...


Playards - YES
Bassinet - NO
Swaddle Blankets - YES (WOOMBIE)
Crib - YES
SnuggleU
Rocking chair/glider - YES
Activity gym - YES
Bouncer - YES
Bumbo - UNDECIDED
Exersaucer - UNDECIDED
Jumper - UNDECIDED
Front Carrier - NO
Stroller - YES
Wet wipe warmer - NO
Changing table - NO
Swing - NO
Lilly Padz
Nursing pillow - NO
Milkies
Nipple cream - YES
Nursing nightgown - NO
Bottle warmer
Bottle dishwasher basket
Bottle drying rack
Highchair - YES
Booster Seat for Meals - YES
Burp clothes - YES
Baby bathtub - NO
Nasal aspirator - YES
Baby fingernail clippers - NO
Video monitor - YES
Audio monitor - YES
Gas drops - YES
Gripe water
Additional Comments/Items?

The Blaylock Bunch said...

Pack and play--YES- with changing table and full size bassinet insert (especially if you have a 2 story house)
Bassinet--YES
Swaddle blanket--NO
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--NO
Rocking chair/glider--YES- glider is a must; this is a "splurge" item if you are watching your budget
Activity gym--YES
Bouncer--YES
Bumbo--YES- (with a tray)
Exersaucer--N/A
Jumper--N/A (yet)
Front Carrier--YES- I love my moby wrap
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO- TOTAL waste
Changing table--YES- I prefer the changing pad on top of a dresser so it grows with the child. Does that count?
Swing--YES
Lilly Padz--N/A
Nursing pillow--YES
Milkies--N/A
Nipple cream--YES
Nursing nightgown--N/A
Bottle warmer--NO- a glass of water heated in the mircowave works better
Bottler dishwasher rack--NO
Bottle drying rack--YES
Highchair--YES- I love the convertible one that straps to a normal chair- great spacesaver
Booster Seat for Meals--N/A
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--YES
Nasal aspirator--YES- love the snot sucker by nosefrida
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--N/A
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--YES
Gripe water--N/A
Additional Comments/Items? Not a huge fan of pacifiers, but we have one for emergencies (OT in church, airplanes, etc). Mine loves the wubbanub- it stays in well and she can play with it too :)

Anita Barton said...

Pack and play--No
Bassinet--YES
Swaddle blanket--YES
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--NA
Rocking chair/glider--YES
Activity gym--No
Bouncer--YES
Bumbo--Yes
Exersaucer--NA
Jumper--YES
Front Carrier--Yes
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--YES
Swing--YES
Lilly Padz--? Unsure, but if these are breast pads, then big yes
Nursing pillow--YES
Milkies--NA
Nipple cream--YES
Nursing nightgown--NO
Bottle warmer--NA
Bottler dishwasher rack--NO
Bottle drying rack--YES
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--NA
Burp clothes--UNDECIDED
Baby bathtub--YES
Nasal aspirator--YES
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--NA
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--NO
Gripe water--NO
Additional Comments/Items?
We LOVE our faux sheepskin lambie floor mat. She's laid on it every single day for seven months. The play gym was too over stimulating for her as a baby, so she's always just been on her mat with a few toys.
Also, a Safe-T-Sleep. I think this is an Australian thing (you can find it on EBay Australia or google), but it prevents sliding in an inclined cot, and rolling.
Breast pump

Carissa said...

I want to preface this with the fact that I haven't tried a lot of the products. This was very intentional as we wanted to keep things as simple as possible. I think it has worked well for us with the items we have selected to use.

Playards - yes
Bassinet - NA? (used pack n play bassinet insert)
Swaddle Blankets - yes (especially love the aden and anais. They are big and stretchy and work great.)
Crib - NA (used pack n play as crib)
SnuggleU - yes? (we created our own version with rice bags but it was very useful)
Rocking chair/glider - yes
Activity gym - yes (sort of - again we created our own version by just hanging some soft toys from a ribbon under the end of a small table)
Bouncer - NA
Bumbo - NA
Exersaucer - NA
Jumper - undecided
Front Carrier - yes (used a moby wrap - it's been great)
Stroller - NA (well, we did get a jogger so I can run with her, but so far we haven't used anything but the front carrier till she gets older)
Wet wipe warmer - NA (we use cloth wipes with warm water)
Changing table - yes (I have one with the pack and play otherwise I probably wouldn't have gotten one, but it's actually been really great.)
Swing - No (borrowed one from a friend for a while, but she didn't really like it.)
Lilly Padz - NA
Nursing pillow - No (tried one for a little while from a friend, but it didn't seem all that great for us.)
Milkies - NA
Nipple cream - yes
Nursing nightgown - NA (I already had some regualr nightgowns that worked will with nursing though.)
Bottle warmer - NA
Bottle dishwasher basket - NA
Bottle drying rack - NA
Highchair - NA (we opted to just go with a booster instead to save space and money)
Booster Seat for Meals - yes
Burp clothes - yes (but I don't feel like I needed as many as people implied)
Baby bathtub - NA (we just use the sink)
Nasal aspirator - yes
Baby fingernail clippers - undecided (I'm not convinced that regular fingernail clippers wouldn't work just fine)
Video monitor - NA
Audio monitor - NA (we have a small house)
Gas drops - NA
Gripe water - Undecided (I got it and used it a bit, but I'm not sure it helped or maybe that just wasn't what was bothering her)
Additional Comments/Items? Nipple Shield - I'm not sure I would have made it through the first 4 weeks or so of breastfeeding without it!

D & H said...

1. Playards yes
2. Bassinet no
3. Swaddle Blankets yes--Aden + Anais; I also have 44"x44" cotton knit blanket that is single layer and works great until the weather gets too warm
4. Crib yes
5. SnuggleU N/A
6. Rocking chair/glider no--get a recliner that rocks instead
7. Activity gym yes
8. Bouncer N/A
9. Bumbo N/A
10. Exersaucer yes
11. Jumper N/A
12. Front Carrier yes I love the Moby wrap
13. Stroller yes, but I'd buy a smaller one next time
14. Wet wipe warmer N/A
15. Changing table no
16. Swing no
17. Lilly Padz N/A
18. Nursing pillow yes
19. Milkies N/A
20. Nipple cream yes, lansinoh, although I only use it on my nursing pads to keep them from sticking to me
21. Nursing nightgown N/A
22. Bottle warmer N/A
23. Bottle dishwasher basket no
24. Bottle drying rack N/A
25. Highchair yes
26. Booster Seat for Meals yes
27. Burp cloths yes
28. Baby bathtub yes
29. Nasal aspirator no--the hospital one I hardly used and was way better than the one I bought anyway
30. Baby fingernail clippers yes
31. Video monitor N/A
32. Audio monitor yes
33. Gas drops N/A
34. Gripe water N/A
35. Additional Comments/Items?
I thought baby mittens (to keep from scratching) were a waste of money.
I think good nursing pads (I like Johnson & Johnson) are worth the money

Alicia said...

Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--no...we used our pack n play for this.
Swaddle blanket--No...we used halo sleep sacks with swaddle for 2 weeks then no more swaddle
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--N/a
Rocking chair/glider--No
Activity gym--yes
Bouncer--No
Bumbo--Yes...we got the prince lionhart and used it all the time to feed her in at home and when traveling
Exersaucer--UNDECIDED
Jumper--YES
Front Carrier--Yes
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--No...used a pad on the dresser
Swing--No
Lilly Padz--N/a
Nursing pillow--YES
Milkies--n/a
Nipple cream--No
Nursing nightgown--No...slept in nursing tanks
Bottle warmer--NA
Bottler dishwasher rack--NA
Bottle drying rack--NA
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--N/a
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--No...used the sponge for $5
Nasal aspirator--YES
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--YES
Audio monitor--no
Gas drops--N/a
Gripe water--YES

Summer Abney said...

Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--no...we used our pack n play for this.
Swaddle blanket--Yes
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--N/a
Rocking chair/glider--Yes
Activity gym--Yes (Taggies)
Bouncer--No
Bumbo--No
Exersaucer--UNDECIDED
Jumper--Undecided
Front Carrier--Yes
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--Yes
Swing--Yes
Lilly Padz--N/a
Nursing pillow--YES (My Brest Friend)
Milkies--n/a
Nipple cream--No
Nursing nightgown--Yes
Bottle warmer--N/A
Bottler dishwasher rack--Yes
Bottle drying rack--No
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--N/a
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--Yes
Nasal aspirator--YES
Baby fingernail clippers--YES (Scissors, not clippers. Piyo Piyo makes baby safe rounded scissors)
Video monitor--YES
Audio monitor--No
Gas drops--N/a
Gripe water--N/A

AmyB09 said...

Playards-yes
Bassinet-yes
Swaddle Blankets--no
Crib-yes
SnuggleU-no
Rocking chair/glider-yes
Activity gym-yes
Bouncer-yes
Bumbo-no
Exersaucer-undecided
Jumper-no
Front Carrier-yes
Stroller-yes
Wet wipe warmer-no
Changing table-no
Swing-no
Lilly Padz-NA
Nursing pillow-yes
Milkies-NA
Nipple cream-yes
Nursing nightgown-no
Bottle warmer-no
Bottle dishwasher basket-yes
Bottle drying rack-no
Highchair-yes
Booster Seat for Meals-NA
Burp clothes-yes
Baby bathtub-yes, but I like the mesh chair that folds up
Nasal aspirator-no
Baby fingernail clippers-yes
Video monitor-no
Audio monitor-yes
Gas drops-yes
Gripe water-NA
Additional Comments/Items?
A really good lotion!

Kelly Ford said...


Playards yes
Bassinet no
Swaddle Blankets yes
Crib yes
SnuggleU NA
Rocking chair/glider yes
Activity gym yes
Bouncer yes
Bumbo no
Exersaucer yes
Jumper A
Front Carrier yes if multiple children (easier to keep both hands open to use when out)
Stroller yes
Wet wipe warmer yes
Changing table no (we use the dresser w/ a pad on top)
Swing yes
Lilly Padz NA
Nursing pillow yes
Milkies NA
Nipple cream yes
Nursing nightgown NA
Bottle warmer no
Bottle dishwasher basket yes
Bottle drying rack no
Highchair no (used booster)
Booster Seat for Meals yes
Burp clothes yes
Baby bathtub yes
Nasal aspirator yes
Baby fingernail clippers yes
Video monitor YES!
Audio monitor no
Gas drops yes
Gripe water yes
Additional Comments/Items?

momtomany said...

1. Pack and play - YES
2. Bassinet - NO
3. Swaddle blanket - never used... I just used receiving blankets
4. Crib - YES
5. SnuggleU - NA (I use a sling... lots)
6. Rocking chair/glider - YES... glider
7. Activity gym - NO
8. Bouncer - NO
9. Bumbo - NA
10. Exersaucer - NO
11. Jumper - NO
12. Front Carrier - NO (I prefer my sling)
13. Stroller - YES
14. Diaper warmer - NA
15. Changing table - NO
16. Swing - NO
17. Lilly Padz - NA
18. Nursing pillow - NA
19. Milkies - NA
20. Nipple cream - MAYBE (used a medicated one once because urgently needed)
21. Nursing nightgown - NO (prefer t-shirt and pajama pants)
22. Bottle warmer - NA (don't use bottles)
23. Bottler diswasher rack - NA
24. Bottle drying rack - NA
25. Highchair - YES, I love using the little portable ones that you strap to a regular kitchen chair
26. Booster seat for meals - NO, I use the little highchair... it slides under the table when the tray comes off)
27. Burp cloths - NA, I just use a receiving blanket
28. Baby bathtub - NA
29. Nasal aspirator - YES, if needed... not all my babies were mucousy
30. Baby fingernail clippers - YES
31. Video monitor - NA
32. Audio monitor - YES, although I've done without too... depends on the house
33. Gas drops - NA
34. Gripe water - NO
35. Baby quilts - YES, I have one for each of my 8 children and they are used so much around here.

I've had 8 babies (and a few foster babes) and even though I've tried several of the listed baby gear, there aren't too many that I've hung onto. Babies need warmth, milk, and love... all available in mommy's arms.

Julie Meyers said...

Playards - NA
Bassinet - Yes
Swaddle Blankets - Yes
Crib - Yes
SnuggleU - NA (But wishing now we had bought one!)
Rocking chair/glider - NA
Activity gym - Yes
Bouncer - Yes
Bumbo - Yes
Exersaucer - Yes
Jumper - Yes
Front Carrier - No (we tried; our baby hates it!)
Stroller - Yes
Wet wipe warmer - No
Changing table - No (we use a dresser)
Swing - NA
Lilly Padz - No (I just didn't like them)
Nursing pillow - No
Milkies - NA
Nipple cream - YES
Nursing nightgown - Yes
Bottle warmer - NA
Bottle dishwasher basket - NA
Bottle drying rack - NA
Highchair - NA
Booster Seat for Meals - NA
Burp clothes - Yes
Baby bathtub - No
Nasal aspirator - NA
Baby fingernail clippers - Yes
Video monitor - Yes
Audio monitor - Yes
Gas drops - Yes
Gripe water - Yes
Additional Comments/Items? I never bought a glider, but I do have a nursing stool and like it.

Brigadeiro said...

1. Playards - NA
2. Bassinet - NA
3. Swaddle Blankets - Yes (inc. the zip-up kind www.lovemebaby.com.au - no, am not affiliated with them)
4. Crib - Yes
5. SnuggleU - NA
6. Rocking chair/glider - NA
7. Activity gym - Yes
8. Bouncer - Yes
9. Bumbo - NA
10.Exersaucer - NA
11.Jumper - Yes
12.Front Carrier - Yes (Ergo)
13.Stroller - Yes (Stokke pram_
14.Wet wipe warmer - NA
15.Changing table- Yes
16.Swing - NA
17.Lilly Padz - NA
18.Nursing pillow - Yes (used BrestFriend 1st time round, 2nd time used the maternity pillow from wwwbellybaby.com.au - wish I had got that one sooner!)
19.Milkies - NA
20.Nipple cream - Yes (2nd time round - Lanolin)
21.Nursing nightgown - NA
22.Bottle warmer - NA
23.Bottle dishwasher basket - NA
24.Bottle drying rack - NA
25.Highchair (yes, Stokke Tripp Trapp for both babies)
26.Booster Seat for Meals - NA
27.Burp clothes - Yes (1st time round, got the hang of burping every few minutes with the 2nd, and didn't need them)
28.Baby bathtub - Yes (Flexibath)
29.Nasal aspirator - Yes (from Nose Frieda, don't like the 'conventional' ones)
30.Baby fingernail clippers - Yes
31.Video monitor - Yes! (Target for 1st one, still use it, and iBaby for 2nd)
32.Audio monitor - No, didn't like mine, didn't end up using it, got a video monitor instead
33.Gas drops - NA
34.Gripe water - Yes (for 1st one)
Additional Comments/Items?

Stonehouse said...

Playards - yes, absolutely, especially for getting out of the house but still allowing baby to have naps
Bassinet - no, but if you can get one for free, nice to have
Swaddle Blankets - N/A
Crib - yes
SnuggleU - N/A
Rocking chair/glider - yes
Activity gym - yes
Bouncer - no
Bumbo - yes, loved it! we took it everywhere! Her legs were too chubby, but it didn't seem to hurt her
Exersaucer - no
Jumper - no
Front Carrier - N/A
Stroller - yes
Wet wipe warmer - no
Changing table - N/A
Swing - no, but also nice if you can get one for free
Lilly Padz - yes
Nursing pillow - yes
Milkies - N/A
Nipple cream - yes
Nursing nightgown - N/A, but based on my experience, sounds like it would be nice to have
Bottle warmer - no
Bottle dishwasher basket - no
Bottle drying rack - no
Highchair - yes
Booster Seat for Meals - yes
Burp clothes - yes
Baby bathtub - yes
Nasal aspirator - yes
Baby fingernail clippers - yes
Video monitor - N/A
Audio monitor - N/A, would love to have
Gas drops - yes
Gripe water - no
Additional Comments/Items? - some kind of portable white noise machine or phone app is great - we have lugged a fan everywhere, but it's bulky; also, couldn't have lived without my breast pump; totally worth it to buy a nice Medela one, and also have a hand pump that's smaller to travel with.

Brooke said...

1. Playards - Yes
2. Bassinet - Yes
3. Swaddle Blankets - YES - one of the most important purchases!
4. Crib - Yes
5. SnuggleU - NA
6. Rocking chair/glider - YES - as comfortable of one as you can find, you'll be spending a lot of time there!
7. Activity gym - No
8. Bouncer - Yes
9. Bumbo - NA
10. Exersaucer - NA
11. Jumper - NA
12. Front Carrier - Yes - we liked our Bjorn but I may have opted for an Ergo
13. Stroller - Yes - lightweight and functional (we love our Peg Perego Aria)
14. Wet wipe warmer - NA
15. Changing table - Yes - we have a topper on a great dresser!
16. Swing - Yes!
17. Lilly Padz - No!
18. Nursing pillow - Yes!
19. Milkies - Yes! Only wish I would have known about them sooner, it breaks my heart to think of how much milk I lost before saving it. Liquid gold!
20. Nipple cream - No
21. Nursing nightgown - No - nursing tanks, much better!
22. Bottle warmer - NA
23. Bottle dishwasher basket - NA
24. Bottle drying rack - NA
25. Highchair - Yes
26. Booster Seat for Meals - Yes - we use ours as our second high chair and it comes in handy for meals at friends' houses.
27. Burp clothes - Yes
28. Baby bathtub - Yes
29. Nasal aspirator - Yes - steal the one from the hospital!
30. Baby fingernail clippers - No - I find that adult ones are much better.
31. Video monitor - Yes, especially for toddlers.
32. Audio monitor - Yes, especially for infants.
33. Gas drops - Yes, who knows if they work but it doesn't hurt to try!
34. Gripe water - Yes, same as above.
35. Additional Comments/Items? I agree with the previous poster about a breast pump - priceless not only for going back to work but during maternity leave I would pump a bottle so that my husband could do the dream feed. That long stretch of sleep was priceless! Agree on the white noise machine / fans as well, our one and three year olds still use them every nap/night!

Mrs. Lay said...

1.Playards - YES
2.Bassinet -NO (we used the pack n play instead of a bassinet)
3.Swaddle Blankets-YES
4.Crib-YES
5.SnuggleU-No
6.Rocking chair/glider-No
7.Activity gym-Yes
8.Bouncer-No-Our Swing came with a seat that came off and we used it instead of buying a bouncer.
9.Bumbo-Yes
10.Exersaucer-YES
11.Jumper-Yes, One that hooked to the doorway.
12.Front Carrier-Yes
13.Stroller-Yes
14.Wet wipe warmer-NO
15.Changing table-Yes(but it really was just a plain dresser that we put a pad on top.
16.Swing-YES
17.Lilly Padz-No
18.Nursing pillow-YES Boppy!
19.Milkies-YES. It was great after I figured it out in my routine.
20.Nipple cream-Yes for the first week.
21.Nursing nightgown-Yes, it was given to me.
22.Bottle warmer-No
23.Bottle dishwasher basket-Yes
24.Bottle drying rack-No
25.Highchair-Yes..Buy a convertible one. We still use our booster seat that came with our original high chair.
26.Booster Seat for Meals-No. We didn't buy a seperate booster seat.
27.Burp clothes-YES
28.Baby bathtub-Yes
29.Nasal aspirator-NO the Hospital gave us the best one!
30.Baby fingernail clippers-Yes
31.Video monitor-No
32.Audio monitor-Yes
33.Gas drops-No
34.Gripe water-No
Additional Comments/Items?

Jennifer said...

My Answers:
Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--NO, just get a playard that has the bassinet feature
Swaddle blanket--YES, prefer muslin type, such as Aden and Anais, for spring/summer babies
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--NA
Rocking chair/glider--NO, had a rocker recliner instead, the recliner was the best for breastfeeding
Activity gym--YES
Bouncer--YES
Bumbo--NO
Exersaucer--NA
Jumper--YES, after the swing and bouncer this is her favorite item
Front Carrier--NO, we bought one used so glad I didn't pay full price
Stroller--YES, get a snapngo type for the first few months also
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--NO, just had a changing pad on a dresser
Swing--YES
Lilly Padz--NA
Nursing pillow--YES, love the Boppy!
Milkies--NA
Nipple cream--YES
Nursing nightgown--NO
Bottle warmer--NA
Bottler dishwasher rack--YES, I don't use it for bottles but to hold baby spoons, straws, etc
Bottle drying rack--NA
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--YES, travel one is especially helpful
Burp clothes--YES, prefer Burpy bibs from Aden and Anais
Baby bathtub--YES
Nasal aspirator--YES
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--N/A
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--NO, did not work for us
Gripe water--N/A
Additional items - diaper basket, changing pad liners so you don't have to change the changing pad cover each time an accident happens, nursing cover, nursing stool, breast pump, SwaddleMe and Halo Swaddle sacks, saline nose drops, boogie wipes, diaper pail (arm and hammer), car seat strap covers and car seat head/body support, white noise machine

Carrie and Kasey said...

Playards-Yes. Used only for traveling though, so if you only travel to places that have cribs, not really a necessity. Used it at my parents house, but now they have a crib, so not sure I will use it much with the second baby. Hotels have portable cribs you can use.
Bassinet-No
Swaddle Blankets-Yes. Loved the Miracle Blanket and SwaddleMe.
Crib-Yes. Get extra crib sheets and mattress protectors! I like having 3 sets.
SnuggleU-Didn't Use, though wish I had known about it in time!
Rocking chair/glider-Yes. With ottoman!
Activity gym-Yes
Bouncer-Yes
Bumbo-No
Exersaucer-Yes...Though not really a must have. Just a fun option for babies
Jumper-Didn't use
Front Carrier-Yes. Used a ton with my son, not so much with my daughter. Son hated the stroller, so a front carrier was a must for grocery store, mall, etc.
Stroller-Yes. Jogging and smaller umbrella like stroller.
Wet wipe warmer-No.
Changing table-Yes
Swing-Yes.
Lilly Padz-Didn't use.
Nursing pillow-Yes. Boppy.
Milkies-Didn't use.
Nipple cream-Yes. But buy the smallest tube you can. Only used a tiny bit, but was much needed for the first week or so.
Nursing nightgown-No, but I used nursing tanks which were nice for night and day. The only nursing clothes I bought other than bras.
Bottle warmer-No.
Bottle dishwasher basket-No.
Bottle drying rack-Yes.
Highchair-Yes.
Booster Seat for Meals-Yes.
Burp clothes-Yes-just the cheap old white cloth diapers
Baby bathtub-No. Just used a sponge in the regular bathtub.
Nasal aspirator-Yes.
Baby fingernail clippers-No, just used small adult ones.
Video monitor-YES. Love mine still for my 3 year old.
Audio monitor-n/a. Only used the video one.
Gas drops-Yes, for the first few months.
Gripe water-No.
Additional Comments/Items? I LOVE the Boppy Newborn Lounger. Also, a breast pump is a definite necessity. And a nice thicker soft blanket for laying baby on the floor to play and move without a toy gym constantly over his/her face. (though I do like the gym for some waketimes). White Noise machine. Something to incline the crib if baby has reflux (both mine did). Love the Aden and Anais Swaddle blankets for swaddling and light blanket in the carseat.

MommaLanda said...

Have 2 kids so if there are 2 answers it is because they were opposite:

Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--NO
Swaddle blanket--NO/YES
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--YES
Rocking chair/glider--YES
Activity gym--YES
Bouncer--YES
Bumbo--UNDECIDED
Exersaucer--YES- both LOVED
Jumper--YES!
Front Carrier--NO
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--YES
Swing--NO/YES
Lilly Padz--NA
Nursing pillow--YES
Milkies--NA
Nipple cream--YES
Nursing nightgown--NO
Bottle warmer--NA
Bottler dishwasher rack--YES
Bottle drying rack--YES
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--YES
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--NO
Nasal aspirator--YES- love the FRIDA
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--YES
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--NO
Gripe water--NO

mrs.enright said...

Mother of one 8-month-old

Playards - YES
Bassinet - NO (used the pack-n-play)
Swaddle Blankets - YES (Aden + Anais)
Crib - YES
SnuggleU - HAVEN'T USED
Rocking chair/glider - NO
Activity gym - YES
Bouncer - YES
Bumbo - YES (I didn't have one, but I have tried it and would get one on sale for my next baby)
Exersaucer - YES
Jumper - HAVEN'T USED
Front Carrier - YES
Stroller - YES
Wet wipe warmer - NO (I haven't actually used one, but I didn't use one and diaper changes were fine)
Changing table - YES
Swing - YES
Lilly Padz - HAVEN'T USED
Nursing pillow - NO
Milkies - HAVEN'T USED
Nipple cream - YES
Nursing nightgown - NO (I slept in nursing tanks and they were fabulous)
Bottle warmer - NO
Bottle dishwasher basket - YES (also good for small toys and various things)
Bottle drying rack - NO
Highchair - NO (used a booster from the start)
Booster Seat for Meals - YES (we used this instead of a high chair)
Burp cloths - YES (I still have the littered strategically around the house)
Baby bathtub - NO
Nasal aspirator - NO (I use the free one from the hospital, but I wouldn't buy one; I haven't found them to work so well)
Baby fingernail clippers - NO (I use adult cuticle clippers and they are wonderful)
Video monitor - YES
Audio monitor - HAVEN"T USED
Gas drops - NO
Gripe water - YES

barnold barnes said...

1. Playards yes (use it as his crib)
2. Bassinet n/a
3. Swaddle Blankets yes
4. Crib n/a
5. SnuggleU n/a
6. Rocking chair/glider no
7. Activity gym yes
8. Bouncer yes
9. Bumbo no
10. Exersaucer yes
11. Jumper yes
12. Front Carrier definitely yes
13. Stroller yes
14. Wet wipe warmer n/a
15. Changing table yes (with clothes storage space underneath)
16. Swing yes
17. Lilly Padz n/a
18. Nursing pillow no
19. Milkies n/a
20. Nipple cream yes (lanolin)
21. Nursing nightgown n/a
22. Bottle warmer n/a
23. Bottle dishwasher basket n/a
24. Bottle drying rack n/a
25. Highchair yes
26. Booster Seat for Meals yes
27. Burp clothes yes
28. Baby bathtub yes (saves water)
29. Nasal aspirator no
30. Baby fingernail clippers n/a
31. Video monitor n/a
32. Audio monitor definitely yes
33. Gas drops no
34. Gripe water no
Additional Comments/Items?

Jessie said...

Playards yes-we travel a lot!
Bassinet no, we used a crib from the beginning. Dd's room was next to ours
Swaddle Blankets yes
Crib yes, but you could put off the purchase several months
SnuggleU
Rocking chair/glider yes, at least somewhere to sit
Activity gym yes
Bouncer yes
Bumbo
Exersaucer yes
Jumper no, but some babies love it
Front Carrier yes, for shopping in stores without carts
Stroller yes
Wet wipe warmer
Changing table yes, it keeps all the supplies in one spot
Swing yes
Lilly Padz
Nursing pillow yes
Milkies
Nipple cream yes
Nursing nightgown no, no I gave up and just wore a t-shirt to bed
Bottle warmer
Bottle dishwasher basket yes, it's great for anything small, like pump parts
Bottle drying rack
Highchair yes, we use the Fisher price space saver
Booster Seat for Meals yes
Burp clothes yes, we just used Gerber diapers
Baby bathtub yes, totally not necessary though
Nasal aspirator yes, target one you can suck!
Baby fingernail clippers yes
Video monitor unsure, if you can afford it
Audio monitor yes, we like our Sony one
Gas drops
Gripe water
Additional Comments/Items?

Hunter C said...

1-Pack and play--Yes
2-Bassinet--no
3-Swaddle blanket--YES
4-Crib--YES
5-SnuggleU--NA
6-Rocking chair/glider--YES
7-Activity gym--YES
8-Bouncer-Yes
9-Bumbo--UNDECIDED
10-Exersaucer--YES
11-Jumper--NA
12-Front Carrier--YES
13-Stroller--YES
14-Diaper warmer--NA
15-Changing table--YES
16-Swing--UNDECIDED
17-Lilly Padz--NA
18-Nursing pillow--YES
19-Milkies--YES
20-Nipple cream--YES
21-Nursing nightgown--YES
22-Bottle warmer--NA
23-Bottler dishwasher rack--NA
24-Bottle drying rack--NA
25-Highchair--No
26-Booster Seat for Meals--YES
27-Burp clothes--YES
28-Baby bathtub--YES
29-Nasal aspirator--YES
30-Baby fingernail clippers--No
31-Video monitor--NA
32-Audio monitor--YES
33-Gas drops--Yes
34-Gripe water--NA
Additional Comments/Items? We never had a stand alone high chair. We have the kind that goes from a reclining booster and tray table (at 4 months) to a booster seat for toddler and older. It buckles into a normal chair. Saves so much space.

We have a bassinet with both kids but if you have a pack n play with the bassinet feature you don't need both.

I think an exersaucer and a jumper are interchangeable. You don't need both.

Nicole said...


Playards - yes, we were given the Baby Bjorn one and it is so nice and lightweight!
Bassinet - No (in our situation - we were given my husband's childhood cradle, and my son refused to sleep in it!)
Swaddle Blankets - Yes
Crib - Yes
SnuggleU - Yes
Rocking chair/glider - Yes
Activity gym - Yes! FP Safari theme was great!
Bouncer - Yes
Bumbo - Yes (but if you have to skimp on something, this would be it...it was a gift for us, but I don't know that I would call it a necessity.)
Exersaucer - NA
Jumper - Yes
Front Carrier - Yes (My son LOVED being in this at the grocery store from 6mo plus forward facing!)
Stroller - Yes (City Mini or Bob Revolution!)
Wet wipe warmer - NA
Changing table - No (honestly I rarely use it...I'm always changing my son in the living room.)
Swing - Yes
Lilly Padz - NA
Nursing pillow - Yes, Boppy
Milkies - NA
Nipple cream - Yes
Nursing nightgown - NA
Bottle warmer - NA
Bottle dishwasher basket - NA
Bottle drying rack - NA
Highchair - No (we got a FP booster seat with tray that attaches to a chair - space saving and much cheaper!!!)
Booster Seat for Meals - Yes
Burp clothes - Yes
Baby bathtub - Yes
Nasal aspirator - Yes
Baby fingernail clippers - Yes
Video monitor - Yes
Audio monitor - NA
Gas drops - Yes
Gripe water - NA
Additional Comments/Items? Boppy Newborn Lounger Pillow...absolutely amazing!!! My son loved this and slept in it for naps for first few weeks of life...now is my standard gift for baby showers!!!

Laura said...

Playards-YES, especially good for travel
Bassinet-NA
Swaddle Blankets-NA
Crib-YES
SnuggleU-NA
Rocking chair/glider-UNDECIDED, depends on the price of the glider and how your home is set up
Activity gym-YES
Bouncer-NO, we have a bouncer and no swing and I def wish it was reversed :)
Bumbo-YES, I LOVE the Bumbo, esp. for use while I'm working in the kitchen and there's no good place to set a baby who can't yet sit up on their own
Exersaucer-YES
Jumper-NA
Front Carrier-UNDECIDED, prob more handy if it's not your first child
Stroller-YES
Wet wipe warmer-NA
Changing table-YES
Swing-NA
Lilly Padz-NA
Nursing pillow-YES, love the boppy!
Milkies-NA
Nipple cream-YES, extremely helpful
Nursing nightgown-UNDECIDED, I use nursing tank tops at night b/c I needed something to hold nursing pads in place and I would vote absolutely yes for the tops, but never tried an actual nightgown...
Bottle warmer-NA
Bottle dishwasher basket-NA
Bottle drying rack-NA
Highchair-YES
Booster Seat for Meals-NA, we went straight from highchair to reg. chair
Burp clothes-YES
Baby bathtub-YES
Nasal aspirator-NA
Baby fingernail clippers-YES
Video monitor-NA
Audio monitor-UNDECIDED, depends on the size of your house, if you are outdoors a lot, etc.
Gas drops-NA
Gripe water-NA
Additional Comments/Items?

Andrea said...

Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--Never used one
Swaddle blanket--YES
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--Never used one
Rocking chair/glider--YES
Activity gym--NO
Bouncer--YES--absolutely a must have I think
Bumbo--NO
Exersaucer--YES
Jumper--YES--but our son loved jumping before we got it. I could see this one depending on the kid
Front Carrier--YES--this is how to go grocery shopping before your kid can sit!
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--YES
Swing--NO
Lilly Padz--Never used
Nursing pillow--NO
Milkies--Never used
Nipple cream--NO
Nursing nightgown--Never used one
Bottle warmer--Never used one
Bottle dishwasher rack--YES
Bottle drying rack--Never used one
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--UNDECIDED
Burp clothes--Never used, we just use cloth diapers
Baby bathtub--YES
Nasal aspirator--Never used one
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--YES
Audio monitor--YES--most video monitors have audio, we don't have a separate one
Gas drops--Never used
Gripe water--Never used

Book a Day said...



Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--NO
Swaddle blanket--NO
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--NO
Rocking chair/glider--NO
Activity gym--NO
Bouncer--NO
Bumbo--NO
Exersaucer--MAYBE
Jumper--NO
Front Carrier--YES!!!!!
Stroller--NOT FOR INFANT BUT FOR TODDLER! (I NEVER leave my babies in their car seat unless we are in the car.)
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--USED WITH FIRST, NOT WITH SECOND
Swing--YES!!!!!!
Lilly Padz--NO
Nursing pillow--NO WITH FULL-TERM, USED WITH PREEMIE IN NICU
Milkies--NO
Nipple cream--YES
Nursing nightgown--YES
Bottle warmer--MAYBE FOR HIGH LIPASE IN BREASTMILK BUT DO NOT BOTTLE FEED
Bottler dishwasher rack--NO
Bottle drying rack--NO
Highchair--YES, ONE FOR THE REGULAR CHAIR BUT NOT STAND-ALONE
Booster Seat for Meals--YES
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--YES FOR FIRST KID, NO FOR SECOND
Nasal aspirator--YES
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--NO
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--NO
Gripe water--NO
Additional Comments/Items? As you can see, I am NOT much into baby gear listed here. I wonder how my own list would look. This might be giving me the baby bug!

Stephanie Kirby said...

1. Pack and Play- YES
2. Bassinet - NO
3. Swaddle blanket- YES
4. Crib - YES
5. SnuggleU -N/A
6. Rocking chair/glider - YES
7. Activity gym - YES
8. Bouncer - YES
9. Bumbo - NO
10. Exersaucer - YES
11. Jumperoo - YES
12. Front Carrier - NO
13. Stroller - YES
14. Diaper warmer- NO
15. Changing table- NO
16. Swing- NO
17. Lilly Pads - N/A
18. Nursing Pillow - YES
19. Milkies - N/A
20. Nipple Cream - YES
21. Nursing nightgowns- NO
22. Bottle Warmer- NO
23. Bottle dishwasher rack- N/A
24. Bottle drying rack- N/A
25. Highchair- YES
26. Booster Seat - YES
27. Burp cloths- YES
28. Baby Bathtub- YES
29. Nasal aspirator- YES
30. Baby fingernail clippers - NO
31. Video monitor- N/A ...I wish I could afford one! I want one! so I think this would be YES if I had one!
32. Audio monitor- YES
33. Gas drops- YES
34. Gripe water- YES, YES, YES! So wonderful for getting rid of the hiccups!
35. I agree with a previous post. White noise of some kind is necessary. I am using a heater in my daughters room right now, will use a box fan when spring rolls around!

Brittany W. said...

Playards- YES
Bassinet- NA
Swaddle Blankets- YES
Crib- YES
SnuggleU- NA
Rocking chair/glider- NO
Activity gym- YES
Bouncer- NO
Bumbo- YES (I like the Prince Lionhart brand MUCH better)
Exersaucer- NO
Jumper- NA
Front Carrier- NO
Stroller- YES
Wet wipe warmer- NA
Changing table- YES
Swing- NO
Lilly Padz- NA
Nursing pillow- YES
Milkies- NA
Nipple cream- YES
Nursing nightgown- NA
Bottle warmer- YES
Bottle dishwasher basket- YES
Bottle drying rack- YES
Highchair- YES
Booster Seat for Meals- YES
Burp clothes- YES
Baby bathtub- YES
Nasal aspirator- YES (the hospital's are the best)
Baby fingernail clippers- YES
Video monitor- NA (but I will buy one for the next)
Audio monitor- YES
Gas drops- NA
Gripe water- NA
Additional Comments/Items?
Diaper bag- YES
Diaper rash cream- YES

Danielle said...

Playards- YES!
Bassinet- No
Swaddle Blankets- YES
Crib- YES
SnuggleU- N/A
Rocking chair/glider- N/A (didn't have but would have been nice)
Activity gym- Yes
Bouncer- Yes- she loved it
Bumbo- No- we borrowed but I wouldn't have bought seeing as little as we used it
Exersaucer- Yes
Jumper- N/A
Front Carrier- Yes
Stroller- Yes- we used slings & the front carrier until she was big enough for the umbrella stroller
Wet wipe warmer- N/A
Changing table- Yes
Swing- Yes- the small portable one was great
Lilly Padz- N/A
Nursing pillow- Yes- we used the boppy for sitting/tummy time
Milkies- N/A
Nipple cream- N/A
Nursing nightgown- N/A
Bottle warmer- N/A
Bottle dishwasher basket- YES!
Bottle drying rack- No
Highchair- Yes
Booster Seat for Meals- Yes
Burp clothes- YES!
Baby bathtub- N/A used foam in big tub which worked fine
Nasal aspirator- YES
Baby fingernail clippers- Yes
Video monitor- N/A But wished we had gotten one
Audio monitor- Yes
Gas drops- Yes but only used a few times
Gripe water- N/A
Additional Comments/Items? A few other must-buys in my opinion- Dr. Brown's bottles, teething gel (my daughter got a tooth at 3 months- I was totally unprepared for that), a few light-weight receiving blankets (we double swaddled her with those under the swaddle blanket) a comfortable sling, MAM pacifiers, and most importantly- a white noise sound machine (we got one that did white noise or music- I love it b/c I put the music part one when she does independent play in her room and the white noise when she sleeps)and black out curtains.

Muffy said...

1. Playards: YES
2. Bassinet: YES (I used a Moses Basket, but same idea)
3. Swaddle Blankets: YES (next baby I will get the kind that zips up, and I will make a baby be swaddled)
4. Crib: YES
5. SnuggleU n/a (but I want to get for next baby)
6. Rocking chair/glider n/a
7. Activity gym: YES
8. Bouncer: NO
9. Bumbo: NO
10. Exersaucer YES (but buy used or borrow)
11. Jumper YES
12. Front Carrier: NO (hurt my back)
13. Stroller: YES (Bumble Ride is a GREAT stroller)
14. Wet wipe warmer: NO
15. Changing table: NO (use a dresser or bathroom counter)
16. Swing: YES (next time I will buy a portable one as well)
17. Lilly Padz: n/a
18. Nursing pillow: undecided
19. Milkies: n/a
20. Nipple cream: YES
21. Nursing nightgown: YES
22. Bottle warmer: YES (but I did not like the Tommee Tippee one we had, definitely it is necessary if you are using it to heat frozen breast milk)
23. Bottle dishwasher basket: undecided
24. Bottle drying rack: undecided
25. Highchair: NO
26. Booster Seat for Meals: YES (huge space saver)
27. Burp clothes: YES (lots)
28. Baby bathtub: YES (we used the PUJ tub & it hangs flat in your shower for storage...great for small house or taking on trips)
29. Nasal aspirator: YES
30. Baby fingernail clippers: undecided
31. Video monitor: YES
32. Audio monitor: YES
33. Gas drops: NO
34. Gripe water: YES (a sanity saver!!! I recommend this to everyone & give it for baby gifts)
Additional Comments/Items? For our next baby, I want to get one of those strollers that is just a "base" and you can clip the infant car seat right on to it, I think it is made by Graco)

Sarah said...

1-Yes
2-No
3-Yes-Aden&Anais, SwaddleMe
4-Yes
5-NA
6-NA
7-Yes
8-NA
9-No
10-Undecided-have one&used with 1st, but may not need it.
11-NA
12-Yes, Ergo much more comfortable than Infantino
13-Yes-We use a heavy duty umbrella version
14-NA
15-No
16-Undecided-using more with 2nd, not always on
17-NA
18-Yes
19-NA
20-Yes-Mustela
21-NA
22-NA
23-Yes
24-No
25-No
26-Yes
27-Yes
28-No
29-NA-use bulb syringe
30-Yes
31-NA
32-yes
33-Undecided
34-NA

Laura Wiebe said...


Pack and play--No
Bassinet--No
Swaddle blanket--No
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--N/a
Rocking chair/glider--YES
Activity gym--YES
Bouncer-yes
Bumbo--Yes
Exersaucer--Yes
Jumper--No
Front Carrier--NO
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--No
Swing--No
Lilly Padz--
Nursing pillow--YES
Milkies--
Nipple cream--No
Nursing nightgown--No
Bottle warmer--NA
Bottler dishwasher rack--NA
Bottle drying rack--Yes
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--YES
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--No
Nasal aspirator--No
Baby fingernail clippers--No
Video monitor--No
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--YES
Gripe water--no

Landonsmommy said...

1. Pack and play - YES
2. Bassinet - N/A
3. Swaddle blanket - YES
4. Crib - YES
5. SnuggleU - N/A
6. Rocking chair/glider - YES
7. Activity gym - YES
8. Bouncer - Undecided - My son was not in love with the bouncer but I am keeping it just in case my next child likes it.
9. Bumbo - Undecided
10. Exersaucer - N/A
11. Jumper - Yes-Even though my son didn't use his for as long as I would have liked.(Once he started crawling he didn't like to be confined and he crawled early)
12. Front Carrier - Undecided
13. Stroller - YES
14. Diaper warmer - N/A
15. Changing table - YES
16. Swing - Undecided- It only got used a few times, maybe next child.
17. Lilly Padz - N/A
18. Nursing pillow - YES - I never used mine for nursing but great for when your baby is learning to sit up - good support
19. Milkies - N/A
20. Nipple cream - N/A
21. Nursing nightgown - N/A
22. Bottle warmer - Undecided
23. Bottler dishwasher rack -No
24. Bottle drying rack -No
25. Highchair - YES
26. Booster Seat for Meals -N/A
27. Burp clothes - YES
28. Baby bathtub - YES
29. Nasal aspirator - YES-
30. Baby fingernail clippers - YES
31. Video monitor - N/A - would have loved one though!
32. Audio monitor - YES
33. Gas drops - Yes
34. Gripe water - YES!

Holly said...

Chronicles of a Babywise Mom: Poll Discussion: Baby Gear:
Playards - yes!
Bassinet - no, our son wouldn't sleep in it
Swaddle Blankets - yes - we liked the swaddleme, swaddlepod, and bamboo swaddle blankets the best
Crib - no, next time I would use a mattress on the floor
SnuggleU - NA
Rocking chair/glider - yes
Activity gym - no - our son loved it, but since I've gone to more of an RIE style of parenting I don't think it is necessary or helpful
Bouncer - yes - we didn't own one and I felt very lacking without it. We borrowed one once and it was heaven.
Bumbo - no - hardly used once we started RIE parenting (having the child use their own muscles instead of devices)
Exersaucer - NA
Jumper - no, we used it about twice. It was never the right size and then I read about all the cons and sold it
Front Carrier - yes - kept me in shape when he was little and I went for walks with him. I used the Bjorn and he liked to face out. The Sleepy Wrap came in helpful, too and was much more comfortable for him but I got it later.
Stroller - yes
Wet wipe warmer - NA
Changing table - yes, we used a make-shift one. It was nice to have things at adult height when he was little
Swing - undecided, I didn't use it much and wish I used it more. It is nice to have but not essential
Lilly Padz - NA
Nursing pillow - no - the Boppy never seemed to offer support in the right places for me
Milkies - NA
Nipple cream - no - I used it once or twice and found it not helpful. The best thing I found was to not use soap on the nipples and to rub milk in if needed.
Nursing nightgown - no, I found a tighter fitting t-shirt was best for me
Bottle warmer - NA
Bottle dishwasher basket - NA
Bottle drying rack - NA
Highchair - yes - made clean-up much easier than when he ate at the table
Booster Seat for Meals - yes - great for when he wanted to be included at the table and got old enough to be cleaner
Burp clothes - yes absolutely! couldn't leave the house without a handful. Cut-up flanel worked as well as the real thing.
Baby bathtub - yes, we had a blow-up duck tub that he used until it got a hole at 18 months. What a water saver and so soft!
Nasal aspirator - yes, we use the kind you can suck the air through
Baby fingernail clippers - yes, we used the cheap ones and they are great and just small enough to be helpful
Video monitor - NA
Audio monitor - yes, made me feel much more comfortable when he started sleeping in his own room
Gas drops - yes, couldn't have done newborn without them - he was so incredibly gassy and they seemed to help.
Gripe water - NA
Additional Comments/Items?
From previous posters, I second the wubbanub, breast pump, baby-size quilt for floor play, white noise machine, and Boppy Newborn Lounger Pillow (loved but not essential - used in place of a bouncy seat)

Hylands teething tablets, ibuprofen and Benadryl - we learned the hard way to keep Children's Benadryl on hand "just in case" even if the child is a baby, particularly for emergencies when travelling. Also our baby was an early teether and we didn't realize that was affecting naps. The teething tablets or ibuprofen helped a lot.

We also went outside every day from the very beginning so sun protection was really important to us:flap hat (from iPlay), UVA/ UVB sunglasses, rashguard shirt (we put it over whatever else he was wearing), and zinc sunscreen

And, separately, for the diaper bag, or when we chose not to take the whole bag, we LOVED THE Fold n Go Diapering kit

Hannah said...

Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--NO - used playpen for sleep
Swaddle blanket--YES
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--NA
Rocking chair/glider--YES
Activity gym--NA
Bouncer--NA
Bumbo--YES
Exersaucer--NO - too much stimulation
Jumper--YES
Front Carrier--YES - The Ergo carrier is wonderful, and it can be a rear carrier, too.
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NA
Changing table--YES
Swing--UNDECIDED - depends on child
Lilly Padz--NA
Nursing pillow--YES - Save your back by having the pillow support the baby.
Milkies--NA
Nipple cream--YES
Nursing nightgown--YES
Bottle warmer--NA
Bottler dishwasher rack--NA
Bottle drying rack--NO - would be yes if we did formula instead of breastfeeding
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--YES
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--UNDECIDED - nice for the first couple weeks, then gets in the way
Nasal aspirator--YES
Baby fingernail clippers--YES - I use little scissors that work well
Video monitor--NA
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--YES
Gripe water--YES
Additional Comments/Items?
Breast pump - yes
Noise machine (especially with #2 and beyond)- yes
Waterproof changing & mattress pads - yes

Unknown said...

Playards - Yes, our daughter slept in hers the first 4 weeks using the bassinet attachment & we've used it for traveling.
Bassinet - N/A
Swaddle Blankets - Yes, MUST HAVE! Cotton ones for warmer nights, fleece ones for chilly nights.
Crib - Yes, we got a pretty solid one used as opposed to getting a flimsier one new.
SnuggleU - N/A but would love to try it
Rocking chair/glider - Yes, or atleast somewhere to sit in the baby room even if you don't plan on rocking the baby to sleep.
Activity gym - Yes, gives little babies something to look at & bat at other than just laying on a blanket.
Bouncer - Yes, more portable than a swing, more upright than an activity gym
Bumbo - Yes
Exersaucer - N/A
Jumper - N/A
Front Carrier - Yes, love my Becco & Moby
Stroller - Yes, and I've enjoyed having the travel system where the infant carseat pops into the stroller.
Wet wipe warmer - No, I think it's ridiculous to get your baby used to requiring warm wipes.
Changing table - Yes.
Swing - Undecided. We were given one, but I wouldn't have bought one. Bouncer accomplished the same thing & was less of a sleep prop.
Lilly Padz - N/A
Nursing pillow - No, waste of money
Milkies - N/A
Nipple cream - Yes, def needed it at first
Nursing nightgown - No, nursing bras yes, but nursing clothes are a waste IMO. Except maybe tank tops for under things.
Bottle warmer - N/A, bottle in hot water has worked fine for us when giving baby expressed breastmilk
Bottle dishwasher basket - No
Bottle drying rack - Yes
Highchair - N/A
Booster Seat for Meals - N/A
Burp clothes - Yes, we have 15 Gerber cloth diapers we use as burp cloths. They are a MUST HAVE.
Baby bathtub - Yes, we have the big one that sits in your tub. There's one position for when they're tiny & another for once they can sit up.
Nasal aspirator - Yes, the snot sucker they gave us as the hospital has been great.
Baby fingernail clippers - Yes.
Video monitor - Undecided, it was a splurge that a family member spoiled us with. Great for easing our first-time-parent fears.
Audio monitor - Yes, especially if baby's room is far from yours.
Gas drops - Yes, We used the little remedies.
Gripe water - N/A

darylee83 said...

Playards- YES, and even double yes for the bassinet feature
Bassinet- N/A
Swaddle Blankets- YES
Crib- YES
SnuggleU- N/A
Rocking chair/glider- YES
Activity gym- YES
Bouncer- N/A (wish I had one though)
Bumbo- NO
Exersaucer- YES
Jumper- N/S
Front Carrier- YES
Stroller- YES
Wet wipe warmer- NO
Changing table- YES
Swing- YES
Lilly Padz- N/A
Nursing pillow- YES
Milkies- N/A
Nipple cream- YES
Nursing nightgown- NO
Bottle warmer- N/A
Bottle dishwasher basket- N/A
Bottle drying rack- YES
Highchair- YES
Booster Seat for Meals- N/A
Burp clothes- YES
Baby bathtub- YES
Nasal aspirator- YES (but the ones I have didnt work and we did manage fine without, though they may still be important)
Baby fingernail clippers- YES
Video monitor- NA
Audio monitor- YES
Gas drops- YES
Gripe water- N/A
Additional Comments/Items? Baby Einstein videos, crib mobile also great

Jody said...

Pack and play--YES
Bassinet--NO
Swaddle blanket--YES
Crib--YES
SnuggleU--n/a
Rocking chair/glider--YES
Activity gym--YES
Bouncer--YES
Bumbo--UNDECIDED
Exersaucer--YES
Jumper--YES
Front Carrier--YES
Stroller--YES
Diaper warmer--NO
Changing table--YES
Swing--YES
Lilly Padz--N/a
Nursing pillow--YES, boppy!
Milkies--n/a
Nipple cream--n/a
Nursing nightgown--YES
Bottle warmer--NA
Bottler dishwasher rack--YES
Bottle drying rack--NO
Highchair--YES
Booster Seat for Meals--YES
Burp clothes--YES
Baby bathtub--NO
Nasal aspirator--YES
Baby fingernail clippers--YES
Video monitor--n/a
Audio monitor--YES
Gas drops--YES
Gripe water--n/a
Additional Comments/Items? LOVE and always recommend a BundleME Carseat cover for winter :-)

Alyssa said...

Playards - YES
Bassinet - NA
Swaddle Blankets - YES
Crib - YES
SnuggleU - NO, IMO you can use a rolled up towel.
Rocking chair/glider - YES, but I'd suggest a secondhand one, if you can get it. Makes it much more worth the price.
Activity gym - NO, nice but not necessary
Bouncer - Yes
Bumbo - NO
Exersaucer - Yes, but it's better if you can get this secondhand too.
Jumper - No
Front Carrier - Yes
Stroller - Yes, but getting one that has more longevity is probably the most useful.
Wet wipe warmer - NO, not at all
Changing table - NO, use the top of a dresser, it has more longevity.
Swing - Yes!
Lilly Padz -NA
Nursing pillow - Yes, it does double dutty as a prop when they are little
Milkies - NA
Nipple cream - No, get the samples from the hospital instead
Nursing nightgown - No
Bottle warmer - Yes
Bottle dishwasher basket - Yes
Bottle drying rack - Yes
Highchair - No
Booster Seat for Meals - Yes, still using ours with our teeny 3.5 year old
Burp clothes - No, use cloth diapers
Baby bathtub - yes
Nasal aspirator - No, the hospital ones are better than the ones you can buy
Baby fingernail clippers - Yes, if this is just the small clipper. Better for kids than the full size.
Video monitor - no
Audio monitor - yes
Gas drops - no
Gripe water - no
Additional Comments/Items?

Peapod Four said...

Playards - yes
Bassinet - no
Swaddle Blankets - yes
Crib - yes
SnuggleU - NA
Rocking chair/glider - yes
Activity gym - no
Bouncer - yes
Bumbo - no
Exersaucer - no
Jumper - no
Front Carrier - no
Stroller - yes
Wet wipe warmer - no
Changing table - yes
Swing - yes
Lilly Padz - NA
Nursing pillow - no
Milkies - NA
Nipple cream - no
Nursing nightgown - yes
Bottle warmer - no
Bottle dishwasher basket - no
Bottle drying rack -no
Highchair - no
Booster Seat for Meals - yes
Burp clothes -yes
Baby bathtub- no
Nasal aspirator - no
Baby fingernail clippers - yes
Video monitor - NA
Audio monitor - no
Gas drops - yes
Gripe water - NA

Valerie Plowman said...

Thank you everyone for answering!

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