Nothing clutters up a house quite like preparing for a new baby, especially if it’s your first. And, yes, you’re going to need to get some stuff.
But the temptation is to take every last recommendation and get every last gadget and contraption, and before you know it, you’re left with no space and a bunch of junk you didn’t need.
Marketers feed on newly expectant parents.
But some of us don’t want to be eaten. We don’t want to be convinced we need a ton of stuff when we don’t. We look for the basics with versatility and functionality.
We look for simple and minimal.
If that’s you, here are some great products for you to consider. These are things that either myself or a close friend has used and loved. They work well while decreasing the quantity of “stuff” you need.
Top 10 Best Baby Gear Products
1. Baby Jogger City Select stroller. This is not a cheap stroller, but it’s high quality and incredibly versatile. Take my advice, get this stroller instead of winding up with five strollers like I did. Talk about taking up space in the garage! And honestly, I don’t know which to get rid of, because one fits my infant car seat, another functions as a jogger, another fits in my car for trips, and two others are double strollers for different purposes… It’s ridiculous. This one stroller would fulfill all those needs and comes highly recommended by a friend with three little ones who jogs with it regularly.
2. Bath sponge. You don’t need a bulky baby bath. Where are you going to store it anyway? You can simply use your existing tub and lay/sit your baby on this sponge. It works as well as anything and takes up so much less space.
3. Keep your crib bedding simple. Don’t invest in a bulky crib set. Plush bumpers and blankets aren’t only useless, they’re dangerous to babies. Instead, go with a plain breathable bumper and pick out some super cute sheets. Your baby’s bedding will still look amazing, and you’ll avoid a lot of pesky bulk.
4. Aden and Anais swaddle blankets. I’m sure you’ve heard of these. They’re truly very nice. The beautiful thing about them is their versatility. By my second child, I used these for swaddling, burp rag, nursing cover, a light blanket and even a quick diaper changing surface. Instead of carrying 4 things in my diaper bag, I just had one. For me, that was much simpler than hauling around and rustling through needless excess.
5. Phil&Teds Poppy highchair. This is the only product on here I haven’t experienced personally or through a friend. I found it through research after being literally disgusted by the cleanliness of my daughters Chicco highchair (it was impossible to keep clean with so many cracks and crevices for gunk to build up and hide). This looks like a clean mama’s dream come true. I love that it converts to a child’s chair as well.
I ended up getting an Eddie Bauer wooden highchair (because it was free), which is also nice, basic and easy to keep clean! However, the Poppy would probably be the easiest to maintain.
6. Jumperoo. This awesome toy replaces the need for several others. It offers the playtime of an exersaucer combined with the fun and “exercise” of a jumper. Both of my kids loved this jumperoo and spent up to an hour a day happily playing in it, making it well worth the investment for us. Buy this and skip the exersaucer to save lots of space.
7. Baby Bjorn bib. I’ve tried many different bibs for table food, and this is by far the most effective and efficient. And I only ever need one, compared to a drawer-full of cloth bibs! I wash it after each meal when I’m washing the dishes. It dries quickly on the drying rack or can be wiped dry and is ready for the next snack or meal. No machine washing ever.
8. Create a dresser-top changing table. Minimize the need for furniture in your nursery by placing a changing pad such on a dresser rather than using a separate changing table.
9. Convertible swing. I found both a swing and a bouncy seat to be worthwhile baby gear, and both take up floor space. Here’s a two-for-one option to help you consolidate.
10. Convertible crib. This product will prevent the perceived need for a separate toddler bed. I say “perceived” because I had neither a convertible crib nor a toddler bed, and my daughter did just fine going straight to a twin. However, many of my friends have convertible cribs, and they’re practical, functional and beautiful.
These are my best baby gear products for consolidation. What great products have you found?