Our Favorite Baby Products for Year One

Bebiesss!

First of all, this is like, the furthest thing from a sponsored post. These are just my/our/their favorite baby products we used in that first year. Some for cute, some for necessity. But listen, none of these brands know who I am, nor give a tooty loot about this blog.

Second of all, thank you for the sweet feedback a few days ago! I’ve forwarded all of your suggestions to my gal and we’re on it on it.

Third of all, bebiessss!

Bibs, blankies and swaddles

This first chunk o’ items are bibs, blankets and swaddles. We had/have zillions of bibs, katrillions of blankets and bagillions of swaddles. But these, these here are what we loved the most. They’re what worked the best. They make me a better mom. Just kidding I don’t know even know what that means.

1) You almost can’t go wrong with anything from Aden and Anais. A little pricy, yes, but throw a bunch on a register or use gift card money if you have it. We loved the bibs because a) they’re great material, b) they snap so it’s harder for the babe to rip it off, and c) they’re cute designs with a unisex feel. Done.

2) More A&A bibs. But the cut of the bib is a bit sweepier over the shoulders, which I LOVE. Less to clean. On them that is. Sort of. Probably not.

3) Ahhhh swaddling. I gotta say, out of the pile of swaddles that we had, the Halo ones won our heart. It’s like, you can learn to drive a stick, but you’d almost always prefer an automatic. Hi, Halo swaddle. You stick your baby in it, and it velcros over the chest/belly like a dream. SO EASY. You can keep their arms in or out. It zips. No snaps. Long enough in the legs for growth. Done.

4) These plain white A&A blankets are just brilliant. They’re lightweight and super airy, so you can tuck them over your baby in the stroller, or just lay it over the top of the stroller if it’s especially warm. Now that mine are walking gremlin toddlers, they drag these around the house almost like a security blanket. Will will actually drape it over his head like a ghost and I weep every time. You can definitely learn to swaddle with these, too, ya overachiever.

5) Because bibs should be stylish, too.

 

bottles and sippy cups

This next chunk be all about the mouth. Bottles and sippies, yo.

1) I’d like to apologize for the hilariously enormous photo of Dr. Brown’s bottles. I guess I’m not the best at collages. That said, go with Dr. Brown’s and nothing else. We tried lablillions of bottles, and these ruled. They have that blue thing down in the bottle that helps with gas or something. They’re not the cheapest, but they were the BEST for us. Done.

2) Now, I didn’t breastfeed, as previously discussed, so I was all about finding good formula. And you know what, Target’s brand has the very same ingredients as the exprawwwnsive stuff, so we used that. And it was great! Do what you feel is best for your littles, but I’m just saying, this is what I used and digged. Dug? Doog?

3) Now that we’re deep in the dark world of sippy cups, I’m still trying to figure it out. BUT! What I’ve discovered so far is that leaks make me see red. That said, I feel like the Tommee Tippee cups work best for leak spillage. And they ain’t bad looking, either. Done.

4) I’m going to be the hugest walking contradiction right now, but I’m okay with it. These little IKEA sippy cups are pretty good. They don’t have the plug to prevent leaks, so I usually only put water in these, and let the babes have them out back on the patio, or in their highchairs. Besides the simplicity that I’m drawn to, and the fact that they cost like three pennies, they’re the most basic, easiest cups to use. So I DO like to use these for certain occasions. Just don’t put blueberry juice in it while they’re playing next to your new neutral sofa. Lawwwwd.

 

Favorite teethers and pacis

 

Teethers and pacis!

1) I try to go as natural and simple with as much as I can. That said, I was squeally to the max to find that they LOVED these wooden teething sticks. It’s obviously soft wood and safe to suck on. I even teethed on it! Just kidding, that’s weird.

2) Freezer rings always save the day around here. Still. You can find cute freezer teethers everywhere. In most dollar stores, even. We have so many I should probably be admitted.

3) As far as pacifiers, mine ONLY, and I mean ONLY take two kinds. These simple blueish greenish Avent ones are definitely their first pick. My only tip? Buy 15 trillion. Let me take that back, my second tip? Don’t put one of those terrifying animal things at the end of them. Seriously, what is that?

4) They also looooved these old school natural Natursutten pacis. I personally love the look. I’m so glad they see it my way.

5) And lastly (I’m trying to be fast to keep you from gnawing through your veins.), this natural teether was a HUGE winner over here. It’s a ball. It’s a teether. It’s cute. It has texture and slits and rings, oh my! Done.

Baby Products

Baby butts and bath stuff:

1) I figured this one out real quick. Target brand during the day.

2) The more expensive ones at night. The end. Oh wait! We did cloth for the first six months, and it was a good experience! I admire any mama who sticks with it. My patience levels are that of a cheetah through a drive-through, so ‘sposies it is.

3 and 4 because I’m a dumba$$) Okay, as far as bath soaps, lotions, diaper rash cream, yadda yadda YADDA, we use Burt’s Bees and could not love it more. I’ve been a huge BB fan since my early 20s. Have you seen that documentary about Burt? It’s completely fascinating. Watch it! Bzzzzzzz.

 

Baby Products

I can’t believe you actually survived this post. One last group! This is just my “everything else” category.

1) I forgot to talk about Sophie up there with my teethers. I know she’s trendy, but babies loooooove the Sophies. She’s got all these ridges and legs and a head and it’s like utopia for them. Done.

2) I am telling you right now, The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Netflix saved. my. life. The book is amazing, too. I’m not dissing books. Let me repeat, I’m a book lover and believer. BUT, this 30-minute cartoon on Netflix is genius. It’s accompanied by goooorgeous classical music, and the cartoon isn’t super modern and gross. It’s a collection of five shorts, all written by Eric Carle (I like to pronounce that last e like a troll), and it’s just wonderful. My babies have been nothing short of captivated by this animation since they were three months old. Even today, if I need 30 minutes to finish up something, or just sit in peace, THIS IS THE ANSWER. Sorry to scream. I could just kiss Eric CarlE.

3) Baby moccasins. Duh.

4) The beloved IKEA highchair. This thing rules. A) It’s a basic design and that just speaks to me. B) Eaaaasiest ever in the world to clean. C) Comes apart easily for travel. D) Makes for great photos. WHAT, it does. Done.

5) And lastly, a toy. I could write an entire post on toys, but that’s silly. So I’ll just show you one that they seem to dig. A basic little IKEA blue walker to push around and run into things in a mission to destroy my life. But whatever, they’re happy.

And that’s it! I’m four billion % positive that I’ve forgotten something, so please, if you have any questions about anything else, email me or leave a comment below and I’ll definitely hook it up. And honestly, if you have any must-have products that I need to know about, hollaaaa.

 

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24 Responses to Our Favorite Baby Products for Year One

  1. Lesley March 12, 2015 at 7:54 am #
    pssst. Bev...where's the #5 bib from? It's hawt like haute.
    • Bev Weidner March 12, 2015 at 7:56 am #
      Updated! I had a space cadet moment. Again.
  2. Nikki March 12, 2015 at 8:11 am #
    Love this post! Just got the ikea high chair. What crib/mattress are you using?
    • Bev Weidner March 12, 2015 at 8:53 am #
      The crib is from All Modern - it's the Hudson convertible. http://www.allmodern.com/babyletto-Hudson-Convertible-Crib-MIR1124.html And the mattress is from Babies "R Us, but I'm not seeing it on their site anymore. It's a Serta with Sean the Sheep on it. :) http://www.walmart.com/ip/Serta-Nightstar-Super-Firm-Crib-and-Toddler-Bed-Mattress/5983272
  3. Hilah March 12, 2015 at 8:50 am #
    Yay! We were just looking at high chairs and they are all so ugly and/or way over-designed. Totally gonna check out that Ikea one.
  4. Sarah March 12, 2015 at 8:56 am #
    Thanks for this post! I'm due at the end of May, so it is perfect timing. I'm curious - did you use a bouncer/swing for your little ones? I'm stuck on this and am leaning towards the Bjorn Bouncer. I just don't have the space for a swing. Have you seen the Mamaroo? It looks like a spaceship.
    • Bev Weidner March 12, 2015 at 9:17 am #
      We actually did use two little matching floor seat/swing things. BUT, of course I can't find it on Babies 'R Us. They were very basic, with grays and light blues/greens. Leaves on it, I think. We don't have them anymore, or else I'd try and figure out the brand. I'm so sorry! And we did use a door jumper when they got a little older. It's not at all cute, but it keeps them entertained! http://www.amazon.com/Bright-Starts-Playful-Pals-Jumper/dp/B008J1QOIO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1426169846&sr=8-8&keywords=door+jumper
  5. Emily March 12, 2015 at 9:24 am #
    Fellow Arkansan, now Floridian, and momma of twin boys!
    • Emily March 12, 2015 at 10:23 am #
      not sure what happened to the rest of my message... but was wondering if you have tried the moccasins off groupdealz? They are half the price, but ya never know the quality.
      • Bev Weidner March 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm #
        I've not! Looking into this nowwwwww.
        • Emily March 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm #
          Where do you get all the adorable clothes??
          • Bev Weidner March 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm #
            Really all over! Target, Gap, Old Navy, lots and lots of thrift stores, some boutiques, Amazon, American Apparel, etc. Everywhere!
  6. Julie @ Table for Two March 12, 2015 at 9:30 am #
    I think I bought the twins bibs, right?! If so, I WIN cause my present made it on the list. And if I'm completely wrong with this statement, I don't know who's typing this for me cause it's clearly not me. ;) but seriously - pinning this and saving this for you know...in 4 years or something like that :P
    • Bev Weidner March 12, 2015 at 9:33 am #
      You're totally right! You got them the shoulder bibs, which I looooove. And, um, are you sure it's four years away? :)
  7. jessica March 12, 2015 at 11:08 am #
    This is awesome, thanks for sharing!! I'm not due til Sept but I'm pinning ALL THE THINGS for when my brain stops working completely and I don't end up just registering for a massage chair. Although...
  8. Jamie March 12, 2015 at 11:54 am #
    When my little guy was learning to walk his favorite thing in the world to push around was an empty diaper box - perfect height, good edges to hold, slid on carpet or tile or hardwood... I gave one to each grandma, too. = )
  9. Angela March 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm #
    Been following you for awhile and now I am expecting my own set of girl/boy twins. Didn't know you did the cloth diaper thing. I'd love to hear more about what worked for you. I told people I wanted to cloth diaper when I didn't know I was having twins and they thought I was nuts...now they really think I'm crazy! I've appreciated your honesty and sharing your babes along the way. It is crazy to me that I'm going to have a set of gremlins just like the gremlins I used to show my husband on Instagram!
  10. AC March 29, 2015 at 2:07 pm #
    I know this is old- I'm behind on everything- but I have to add my testimony for that ikea highchair. Ours is 11 years old and is still in regular use through our 4th kid and basically looks brand new. I did replace the broken tray once but that was completely due to operator error.
  11. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist April 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm #
    Question! What stroller/carseat monstrosity system did you choose?
    • Bev Weidner April 5, 2015 at 6:26 pm #
      Hi! Okay for the stroller we use the Baby Jogger GT Mini Select. (double, obvs) And for the carseats we use Chicco Keyfit 30. Totally dig all of it!
  12. Ejones April 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm #
    Hello! I found your page through your insta which I saw on my home page. You have some precious babies! I have a quick question, where did you get the sweet little knit elephant toy? Would love it for my 1 year old. Thanks and God bless!!
    • Bev Weidner April 15, 2015 at 9:24 am #
      Hi! Well, the elephant knit toy was from Giggle, but I'm not seeing it there anymore. Ugh! Our friends gave it to us right after the babies were born, so maybe they're sold out? I'm so sorry!
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