VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER II: Baby Gear!

Have you heard? I just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy!  He arrived a wee bit early at 35 weeks but we’re doing great!  Now I have to kick things in to high gear for our Virtual Baby Shower!  Did you miss our first post?  Check it out here: Baby Fashionista.

With all the products available on the market, it can be confusing for both new and seasoned parents a like.  What products should you buy and what aren’t worth your time? Here are some of the items that made our wish list, our friends must have list and into our home.

{ disclaimer:  One of the perks of being a blogger is being exposed to the latest and greatest in baby gear and I am so very lucky that these wonderful brands have shown me their latest and greatest as well as donated many of the items mentioned in this post for our Virtual Baby Shower benefiting Hurricane Sandy Families in Need. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and the families thank you as well.  After I recover from my 3RD c-section, I will be safely delivering these amazing gifts to a Hurricane Sandy Shelter. }

 

Must Have Baby Gear

  • Britax is one of my favorite car seat brands who recently introduced the innovative BRITAX FRONTIER™90 and PINNACLE™90 with ClickTight™ technology and little known to many they also make many other amazing products.   We love their Vehicle Seat Protector which promises a non-slip grip which has been crash tested, as well as being super easy to clean.
  • Another Britax accessory we love is the EZ-Cling window shades which provides generous UV protection.  They are easy to re-position and clean.
  • Umbrella strollers, at the end of the day, will always be a MUST HAVE.  Britax has generously donated (5) of their amazing B-Nimble Umbrella strollers to our Virtual Baby Shower.  What’s amazing about this stroller is that it converts to a travel system with their CLICK & GO integrated infant car seat adapter for use with BRITAX CHAPERONE and B-SAFE infant car seats.  It also is compatible with other major infant car seat brands when used with included infant car seat adapter strap, such as Chicco Key Fit, Chicco Key Fit 30, Graco Snugride 32, Graco Snugride 35, and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio.
  • Who doesn’t love Disney?!  Start them out young I say!  We’re just Ga-Ga over the Disney It’s a Small World Collection for LeSportsac and their Voyager Backpack.  It’s got plenty of room and pockets for everything baby needs and who needs somewhere to hang it when you can just toss it on your back.
  • Complimenting the backpack, SwaddleDesigns It’s a Small World Ultimate Receiving blankets made my must have list.  Super generous in size and super soft, they are perfect for baby and so cute!  I love classic vintage Mickey! I also love using SwaddleDesigns blankets as photo backdrops too.
  • I’m a huge lactivist and despite the challenges that a preemie brings, I am still chugging along.  I can’t live without my Dr. Browns Gia Nursing Pillow.  It’s perfect for feeding my itty bitty baby.  The slope gives me just enough support to hold him up and position him just right without me pulling my neck muscle.
  • Finding the right pump can mean everything when it comes to breastfeeding success.  Did you see my post on the right pump at every price point? The Lansinoh Affinity Pro Double Breastpump is our best value coming in at MSRP of $129.99.  It has many features that usually only come with higher end breastpumps like comfort fit flanges, 2-phase expression, portability and a carrying tote.
  • With a preemie, they need a lot of tender loving care.  From skin to skin to being held, hearing mom’s (or dad’s) heartbeat helps them regulate their temperature, conserve energy and many other amazing benefits.  I love using a carrier to keep baby close and we’re loving the Classic Carrier from ultra chic Mamas & Papas, the UK’s favorite baby brand, available exclusively at Babies R Us.  It’s designed with ergonomic comfort and structured support for you and your baby.  Mamas & Papas recently just launched their US e-commerce site at www.mamasandpapas.com and now you can buy direct!
  • The diaper bag… your best friend for the next few years.  JJ Cole makes an amazing line of stylish and yet functional diaper bags.  Our favorite is the Caprice bag which has three handy-dandy carrying options including stroller straps, a padded shoulder strap, and tote handles.  It’s got a spacious interior with (10) pockets inside and out allow you to keep everything at your fingertips.  Standards include insulated side bottle pockets and coordinating changing pad.  All this and it only weighs an amazing 2.2lbs!
  • A snazzy innovative new item on the market is the Li’l Helper Bottle Holder.   Not intended for use without supervision, but it does give multitasking mom’s/dad’s a free minute or two to get things done.  Ergonomically designed to match your baby’s natural nursing posture. Li’l helper is BPA-free with a solid construction that holds most bottle sizes and doubles as a rattle/teether too!
  • Last but not least, my must have includes an air purifier by Honeywell, the Air Genius 5. Having one child with severe allergies, I know the important of quality clean air for my allergy son and for baby.  Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner/Odor Reducer with Allergen and Germ Intelligence Settings offers outstanding air cleaning performance capturing 99.9% of particles, both the ones you can see AND the really small microscopic ones you can’t see.  It offers 5 air cleaning levels and easy-tap touch sensitive controls, you can choose from SLEEP (almost silent operation), GERM (for cold & flu season), GENERAL Cleaning, ALLERGEN (for peak allergen season) or MAX Cleaning Power, depending on your air cleaning needs.  It also oscillates to circulate clean air throughout the space.

What are some of your MUST HAVES?