While I have had 4 kids of my own, it has been a few years. My youngest daughter just recently had her first baby in June. I thought it would be good to get first hand feedback on what products she loved, and a few she could have done without.

Lyndsey also blogs at Deadlines and Dirty Diapers between school assignments.

Here is Lyndsey and her sweet Tobyn when he was just a few months old.

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Take it away Lyndsey!

I was glad to share what I have learned so far about babies and baby products! Here are 10 things I couldn’t do without, plus a few I didn’t hardly use. Keep in mind that my son was almost 9 pounds and 21 inches long when he was born!

Things I found useful*:

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1. Bouncy seat- for cooking dinner, cleaning, and on occasion, a quick shower.

2. Mobile on his crib- has bought me time to actually brush my hair and put on some, mascara  some days.

3. Car mirror– I thought I probably could do without this but I’d die if I didn’t have it. Helps me figure out why he’s crying during some of his screaming car rides. WAIT. What am I talking about? ALL his rides are screaming car rides! (SO hoping he outgrows this soon!)

4. Links- magic toys. You can connect anything to them. Tobyn loves his links. When he was just learning to grasp, 2 or 3 links together were the perfect weight and size. Now he loves a long chain of them! And they are great for connecting other toys to his car seat, baby gym, mobile, stroller, and more. This was the best $5 ever spent!

5. Overhead play gyms- Allows him to stretch out and roll all over the floor and stay entertained.

6. Having a bijillion burp cloths. Just trust me.

7. For breastfeeding moms. A nipple shield- I ended up having engorgement issues and Tobyn had great difficulty latching on. In desperation, I tried a nipple shield. It worked wonders and kept me from giving up breastfeeding. Another great benefit of this was that I didn’t ever really suffer from sore, red nipples. We used the shield until the engorgement went down after a week or two and Tobyn could properly latch on. Once he got the hang of it, we transitioned off.

8. Baby k’tan- grows with them. Super comfy to wear. Easy on your back. Tobyn was never little, yet I can wear him and he loves it.

9. Baby swing- I asked for this swing as a gift from family. I know it is a bit fancy (we call it the cadillac) but it has been a lifesaver. Tobyn loves the swinging motion, but he also enjoys the music, the nature sounds, the birds hanging above, and most recently the mirror. I am going to hate when he outgrows this!

10. Co-sleeper- As a breastfeeding mom, I find it easiest to have Tobyn close-by to feed during the night. This co-sleeper is awesome because he can start out sleeping in it, and then I can just pick him up without having to get out of bed or even really sitting up. This attaches TO the bed, so it also serves as a guard to keep him from rolling off the bed if we fall asleep nursing. This is another one of those things I am going to hate when he outgrows (which won’t be long!) We went to a consignment sale looking for a bassinet and came across this. Was a great option and I am so glad we chose it that day!

Here is Tobyn and Lyndsey at about 3 months

Things I could’ve done without:

1. Most of his clothes. If you have any suspicion that your baby will be big, don’t buy newborn clothes. My son wore them for like 2 weeks. And he had way too many of them.

They.grow. so.fast.

2. Diaper Genie. This could have maybe been handy, if ours hadn’t been broken. But it never twisted the bags correctly, and you had to remember to buy special bags for it, along with everything else.

3. Lots of Bottles. If you are a stay at home, Breastfeeding mom you only need one or two bottles. I had gotten like 10 and barely use one.
4. Puj tub. Thankfully this was donated to me and I didn’t spend the 70 dollars on it that I was going to. He got his first bath in it, and it did not hold together after that. Maybe its because my baby was bigger but the snaps that hold the tub together wouldn’t even stay. A great idea since we had so little space in our apartment for storage.  Total waste.

We ended up buying a simple Safety First tub that worked perfectly. And it folds up and fits under the sink!

Baby bjorn. Again, maybe because my guy was bigger but he grew out of this in two months. I was under the impression they grew with the baby, but this didn’t work for us.


Here is my sweet Tobyn (4.5 months) with his hat on, all ready for a cool winter! 

 What things were lifesavers for you? Is there anything that was useless?