Monday, October 26, 2009

top 10 mommy must-haves: the new & revised edition!

Baby products. My most favorite thing in all the lands. The feeling of a soft blanket. The squeek of a new toy. The crisp turn of the wheels on a new stroller. The clean diaper bags that line the shelves. It's almost all too much. Sigh.

Remember my Top 10 Mommy Must Haves post from this summer? No? Well, review my first list, and sit back, grab a baby blanket, a Dr. Brown's bottle full of whole milk, and get ready to read my new and improved list:

1. The Ergo Baby Carrier: Supposedly one of the most comfortable baby carriers on the market. Although it's pricey (around $105 per carrier), it's worth its weight in gold. The Ergo carrier can be used with newborns and toddlers alike. It can be carried in the front or back, similar to a backpack style. Users have said it's so comfortable that they could wear it all day, and their babes love it too! And just when you thought the Ergo carrier couldn't get any better, they surprise you with even more goodies. The carrier even sports a sleeping hood so your baby can take a nap while sitting upright! Does it get any better than that? No. It doesn't.

2. Beaba Baby Cook: If you plan on cooking your own baby food, or at least some of it, then this is the appliance for you! This little thing steams, blends, warms, and defrosts fresh food for your little one. It starts by steam cooking vegetables, fruits, meat and fish in less than 15 minutes, preserving their vitamins and flavors, then purees or blends them to your desired consistency. You can also use it to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods. It also contains no traceable amounts of BPA and allows you to be the one to make your child's food. Definitely a plus when you don't really know what those baby food companies are sneaking into their jars of processed purees! Better save up for this one -- it's about $150.

3. Peg Perego Aria OH stroller: The stroller Mark and I almost bought this past Saturday. This is the lightest stroller I have ever pushed. The special 5-point harness allows your kiddo to have maximum movement. It folds up super easy and it's pretty compact. Mark test-drove it down the aisles of the store, and we fell in love! Plus, can you resist the chocolate brown & bright orange exterior? I know I can't.

4. Peg Perego Carseat: Oh, but what is cuter than matching the adorable Peg Perego stroller with a matching car seat?! Nothing, my DBR*, nothing. This car seat varies from others because it has the best side impact head supports - and they grow with the child! It's light weight, the safest seat in its class, and beautiful.

5. UPPA Baby Vista Stroller: This travel system is really pricey: $669 for the combo. Actually, it's about the same price as the Peg Perego. It, too, is freakin adorable, and the seat is reversible -- so your baby can face you or face the world! The elevated seat is also a plus, so you can be closer to your child. A zip-in weather shield and a mesh bug shield are also included. In case you fancy pushing your baby in the rain.. or if you live in a bug-infested area (like we do..). It's a great buy, and, really.. is there anything cuter than that orange baby buggy? Nope. There isn't.

6. Tummy Tubs: Brittney first introduced these to me, and when I saw them for sale at our local mall, I kind of fell in love. Typical baby bath tubs leave newborns scared, bawling, and you're left with a mess on your hands. Plus a wet baby. And that just isn't a good combo. This tub actually feels like the mother's womb. It eases indigestion, gas, and soothes colic. Since it's smaller, the water stays warm longer, and it makes babies super comfy. While bathing a newborn, the mama should hold the baby's head up by placing a hand under the chin. But as the baby grows (and gains head support), this is no longer needed. These run at $45.

7. Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper: What a neat little invention. Instead of toting a big, bulky booster seat (or high chair) around town, you can simply tote this little wrap in your purse! The wrapper supports your child in a seated position and holds them securely in any grown-up chair. Perfect for your little baby who tries to escape a normal baby seat. The wriggle wrap sells for $50.

8. Skip Hop Palette Plate: This has got to be the cutest feeding tray I've laid eyes on. A healthy meal consists of protein, fruits, and veggies. Even if you have a child's tray with divided sections, juice tends to run everywhere. And, when you have little hands (and lots of fingers) in the plate, things get messy. And gross. And no one wants to eat a green bean that's been shoved in applesauce. Unless that's your thing. And, if so, let me say: ew. The bright colors are just to die for, and it's much easier to encourage a kid to eat "something from each section." You can find one on Amazon or only $28. Totally worth the cash!

9. gDiapers: Brittney also introduced me to these little miracle diapers, as well! They're the cutest cloth diapers on the market, hands down (or booty down?!). gDiapers, which stands for green diapers, consist of a washable, cotton outer little g pant and a plastic-free biodegradable gDiaper refill. They are made of breathable material just like sports clothing. So, babies stay dry and happy and are far less likely to get diaper rash.

To my knowledge, this is the only diaper that can be disposable or cloth. For disposable use, you just slip in a little liner and go about your day! When you have a dirty diaper, you stick it in the toilet, use your SwishStick (a little stick that you stick in the toilet and swirl it around - it automatically breaks down the insert and flushes like a charm). This won't save you any money if you go the disposable route. The little gPants run at $19 each, and each pack of refills is $15. The cloth inserts are $30, so you would save money if you consistently washed and reused. Plus, like with other cloth diapers, you can reuse them with your other children.

10. Crocheted newborn hats: There's really nothing else to say but "Oh my stars, that is SO cute!" Baby hats are so in, and they are so cute and they are so delish. Couldn't you just eat these babes with a spoon!? I know I could. Our future babes will spot yummy hats, such as these.. it just doesn't get any better.

What are your favorite baby products!? I have a few more up my sleeve, but they didn't make this list. Maybe next time!


  1. Oh man, the crochet hats are to die for! Riley has a few, and she is just SOOO cute in them!!! You can get them SUPER cheap on Etsy ;)

    So spill-when is Baby Cox going to reveal himself/herself?

  2. Okay, that UPPA Baby Vista Stroller is almost exactly like the Stokke one we want...except it's half the price! I'd TOTALLY "settle" for the UPPA one if we don't someone get gifted with the Stokke one. Seriously. I'm all about having baby J at mommy level, not ground level.

    And YAY Tummy Tubs & gDiapers! :D I SO cannot wait to use them!

    Oh, and that baby food maker is...the bomb. Ha. Seriously. We're definitely going to have to get one of those. And one of those cute plates to serve the food on. :)

  3. Can't you just picture it?

    "M.. you still need to eat 3 bites of something from the green section. Which section is the GREEN section? Can you find it?"

    You know, like, if she hasn't touched her pears from the green section.. you could use it as a learning tool.. I just LOVE IT! Kinda similar to MckMama feeding her babes using ice cube trays.. only.. way cuter. And with color. If only I could find a travel system really on sale :\ They're so pricey..

  4. ps. I am SO NOT PREGNANT! I promise. Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.

    And if I WERE pregnant, I definitely wouldn't nonchalantly say it on my blog. It would be a big deal. A *big* deal. I promise.. I'm not hiding a baby from anyone!!!! I'd never lie to you, Paigey!

  5. LOL I totally believe you aren't pregnant! I was more going for when can we expect a reveal???? Are you all trying?!?! So exciting!!!

  6. :) My lips are sealed! But.. we totally love kids and can't wait to be parents. But you already knew that ;)

  7. cute I love baby things! THey are coming out with so many new things, and I love it. I really wanted to use cloth diapers but didnt know how to pin them, but those gDiapers they velcro so we'll definitely be using those next time! Oh and there WILL be a next time we arent done having kids by far...just for now! lol

  8. Krista!!! They don't make diapers that you have to pin anymore :] Just velcro and snaps! Idk if we will use cloth or disposable.. cloth diapers are EXPENSIVE.. My sister calculated it for me one night, and gDiapers are more expensive than normal Pampers, and you're spending waaay more if you buy the disposables. BUT they're super cute, and I guess you would eventually save money if you always used cloth ;)

  9. YES! What a cute learning tool! I LOVE IT! :D

    PS Don't hate me...I'm switching to the dark side. I now think we're having a boy. (Okay, so neither side is "dark" but you know what I mean!)


  10. ahhh!! Well, We're sticking to our guns on it being a girl!

  11. You should check out

    It's this amazing website where you can buy new or used (for a reduced price) cloth diapers, then trade them in for bigger sizes as the baby grows. I have some good friends that bought 25 from the website when they were pregnant, and that's all they have used until now (and they still don't need new ones). Their little girl is 5 months old. They said they saved so much money using the cloth diapers from this website instead of buying them from Kids R Us or Target or instead of using disposable.

    Plus, the items most filling up landfills are diapers because they take forever to break down! And that's just gross!

  12. wow.. thanks, Brittany! I didn't know that even existed!!! The disposables for the gDiapers are super cool and a lost easier.. but they're REALLY expensive.. and, if you're on a low budget, I'd rather spend the money on healthy foods for my babe than a fancy diaper :\ but.. cloth diapers to save a ton of money!

  13. totally cute stuff. the bath tub is hilarious! love the stroller - i need that for next time. you've definitely done your research!!!! oh, why is the sling not one of your top 10 - just curious?


  14. because I put a sling on my old Top 10 list, and I didn't want to repeat it. Although I will DEFINITELY be getting a Kangaroo Corner sling.. probably in aqua blue. Refer to my first list to see it! :]

    You also need a Toyota Sienna! Just sayin.


  16. You left out my very favorite item in the whole world. A must have for all mommys and mommys-to-be who actually want to sleep at well as preemies or babies with sensory/nervous stystem troubles. Check it out at and sleep well! :)

  17. wow, I've never heard of that!! Thanks for the tip, Amy!!!