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For our first I Asked, You Answered I asked the question: What were the most useless baby items you owned?
A reader requested that I also ask the natural follow-up question:
What were the most useful baby items you owned?
The question was posed to my email newsletter subscribers (that’s the only way you get to answer the questions for these posts, so if you haven’t yet, sign up, and make sure to check your inbox after you do. An opt-in email will be sent to you and if you don’t open it, you won’t be put on the list.)
I told them to think outside the (diaper) box. We all know the absolute essentials of having a baby. Obviously they need diapers, clothing, and some form of sustenance, but I wanted to know the other stuff they couldn’t live without.
Here are the answers I received:
“Ergo baby carrier.” -Sharena B.
“I didn’t get one until my third, however the Fisher Price Rock n Play sleeper is a mom’s best friend. It was one thing I purchased (again) when I had my fourth. Oh how I wish I would’ve had it for all my girls!” -Lisa H.
“I love the NoseFrida…the whole idea behind sucking out their snot is pretty gross but it really works!” -Natalie H.
“I made these straps out of scrap fabric; one end with a snap to hook onto highchairs/strollers/shopping carts and the other a pull-through loop to hook onto toys/snack cups/sippy cups. So awesome for a restaurant where you’re picking stuff up all the time or at the store or in the stroller. You won’t lose anything!” -Jackie B.
“[The Itzbeen Baby Care Timer] was the most useful baby product, especially in those exhausting first few months when I was so terribly exhausted. The ‘how many days has it been since I brushed my hair’ exhausted. Both my kids were slow to gain weight, so I had to be very diligent on the feedings. I was so exhausted that this really did become my mental backup.” -Karen P.
“My most useful item was this portable co-sleeper. I was the breastfeeding mom that (against all advice) let my kid drink until she passed out milk drunk. But when I tried to put her in a crib or bassinet she would instantly wake up. With this co-sleeper I could stay skin-to-skin while moving her so she stayed asleep. So this thing saved my sanity and the best part is it was a PIF (pay-it-forward) gift from another mama so it was free.” -Angie B.
What baby items did you find essential?