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There are too many baby products, too many baby books, and too many blogs telling you what to buy a new parent. In fact, I’ve even shared a few blog posts about baby gifts and what we used during my son’s first few months. When I was pregnant, I wasn’t even sure what types of baby gear I wanted. My registry was full of things I read somewhere or thought I needed. I returned way too many items after my son’s birth, and I have learned my lesson. Just because you read it online or in a baby book does NOT mean your particular family will use it. I’m also a minimalist by nature (believe it or not). I didn’t need 100 receiving blankets or burp cloths. I honestly can’t even remember a time I used a burp cloth with my son. I skipped that whole diaper bag thing (I just use whatever bag I’m carrying), and
Since my son is almost two, I’m here to tell you the down and dirty facts of baby gear and what has lasted this long. It ain’t much, folks.
1. Diapers. Well, obviously these don’t last longer than one diaper change, but diapers are the BEST gift for any new parent. Think ahead and buy multiple sizes. I know it’s nice to receive a TON of newborn sized diapers so the new parents don’t have to run out to buy some, but my son was barely in newborn diapers. Size one diapers are just as necessary (so are size two, three, and even four!). While it has taken nearly two years to reach size five, a diaper stockpile is never a bad thing.
2. Diaper Genie (and refills!). The Diaper Genie was one of those nursery essentials we just had to have. I wasn’t sure how this plastic container would keep the smell away from our home or be effective during those late night changes, but I soon learned just how powerful it was. During the course of my son’s infancy, we had THREE dogs who love to get into the trash. The Genie kept the funk out of the air so the dogs never even sniffed it out of curiosity. While we only have two dogs now, they still remain uninterested in the Diaper Genie and its contents (thankfully). I can only attest to the fact that it’s engineering keeps the smell out of the house and provides an easy way to take tons of dirty diapers to the trash. And, I do mean TONS. I feel like that thing can always hold just one more diaper…
Refills are necessary and a perfect gift as well. I received a few packages of refills at my baby shower that lasted me almost a year. I only now am buying refills for this contraption after all this time. Thoughtful gifts, I tell ya! And, lucky me, the last time I headed out to Target to load up on refills there was a promotion going on. I received a $25 Spa Finder Wellness gift card for purchasing three or more varieties of Diaper Genie at Target. You can redeem this offer too while supplies last! Stock up on Diaper Genie refills, save your receipt, and visit this website: http://bit.ly/1leqgU7.
If you do have a baby shower to attend, consider gifting Diaper Genie refills and give the mama-to-be the $25 gift card as a bonus (or, save it for yourself for being so generous to a new mom!).
3. Books. Lots and lots of books. You would be surprised how many books end up torn, wet, or downright disgusting with a baby. We have gone through several editions of his favorites, but the thick board books have held on this long. Our son loves to turn the pages of the books and point to the various characters and animals. He has a thing for birds, ducks, and DOGS. Bring on the furry board boards! The ones with textures and materials are his favorite.
4. Play yard. It was amazing that our play yard handled the abuse from a baby and two dogs. It was essential to getting things done around the house and just knowing we had a safe place to have our son play.
5. Dr. Brown’s Bottles, bottle warmer, and a rack to dry them on. I purchased a starter kit at birth, and the bottles lasted the entire time we were using a bottle. I replaced the nipples, but I didn’t do it because they were worn or broken. I just felt it was time. The warmer was the best–fast and efficient. A bottle drying rack was key to keeping all those pieces that a Dr. Brown’s bottle has, but it was worth the extra effort.
Bonus: If you make your own baby food, try this food processor. Also, we loved our playpen, crib, comfy sheets from Target, and colorful BALLS of all kinds. His Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza is the BEST toy. It is for ages 6 – 36 months so we have already gotten a lot of use out of it.
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