The website What to Expect, behind the book What to Expect When You Are Expecting (not one of my favorite pregnancy books) asked me to create a list of my favorite baby products.
Though I don’t agree with all the info in What to Expect, I hope that sharing my list will encourage readers to choose more natural and organic options for baby care. The link to my “love it list” is here, but I’ll also share a little more about my favorite products below (including some that weren’t available on their list):
A few of my favorite things…
Ergo Baby Carrier with newborn insert- After a lot of research, I saved up for the Ergo wrap and I wish I’d gotten it earlier. It removed the need for a bouncer, stroller, etc and I especially like that it support’s baby’s hips correctly to help prevent hip related problems.
Moby Wrap- Another safe carrier option and an easier one for tiny babies as it cradles them carefully and with proper hip position. I used this almost every day the first few months.
bumGenius cloth diapers – We made the decision to cloth diaper to save money but also because this was a safer option for baby. It really isn’t much more work and we have much fewer leaks and ruined outfits than with regular diapers. They are one-size and fit from newborn to potty training…
Muslin swaddling blankets- I wish I’d found these blankets with my first baby. They are lightweight and big enough to be a great swaddling blanket. nursing cover, and burp cloth for a baby with reflux! They are cute and very functional!
Homemade baby products – I make all of my own baby products including baby powder, baby oil, diaper cream, etc. Many baby products contain ingredients I wouldn’t use myself and most certainly wouldn’t use on a new baby! Here are the recipes I use.
Medela Freestyle breast pump – I don’t pump the first six months, but when baby is older and I have to be away at times, I pump so that I can keep nursing longer. I like this one because it is very compact, travels easily and is hands free.
Mattress Cover- We have organic mattresses and also use organic mattress covers to protect the mattress.
There are millions of items that we will be told we “need” for taking care of baby, but these essentials are really the only ones I use all the time. What baby items do you always use?