So, this post is tilted toward the big ticket items - all of the big baby gear. First, I would highly recommend the Fisher Price Snug-A-Bunny swing. Susan loved it! However, at about 3.5 months of age, when she started doing crunches every time someone laid her on her back, the swing was done. There are other swings, like the one that my parents bought secondhand, that are more conducive for older babies because they are more upright. Susan couldn't use the one at my parents house until she was about 4.5 months old, but she can still swing in it now and loves to. But I would still highly recommend this swing and, if you can find one that suits both newborns and older babies plus gets good reviews, then get that one.
Second, I would recommend the Fisher Price Rock and Play sleeper. I know I spoke about it in an earlier post, but seriously, it only costs about $40 and YOU NEED ONE. Trust me! It is light, portable and a great place to put your newborn! Susan slept in hers day and night for the first four weeks. We transititioned her to the crib at 4 weeks, but the rock and play was still essential after that. We didn't put it up until later. And we even brought it to the beach. GET ONE! (It is one of the most well-reviewed products I have ever seen).
|You can seriously take it anywhere!|
|We eventually bought two, one for upstairs and downstairs.|
|You can't tell, but she is snoozing on a picnic table at a rest area on the way to |
Charleston while the rest of us ate lunch.
|I can go anywhere, including Mama's office!|
I would also recommend the BASIC Pack and Play. We bought the $65 Gracco regular Pack 'n Play. There are a lot of fancy pack-and-plays out there. Feel free to buy one, but I wouldn't. Susan used her Pack 'n Play in our bedroom for naps for a little while. We put it up for a few months and have just gotten it back out to use as a corral pen because she is about to start crawling.
|This is about to happen!|
As far as high chairs go, we love our space saver high chair. It fits into one of our kitchen chairs and doesn't take up any extra room in our kitchen. Plus, it later converts to a booster seat. When we feed her at night, she gets to sit in her spot and eat while we eat our dinner. It is great. The tray is easy to clean, as is the chair cover. And Susan really likes it. Ours is a Fisher Price, I believe, but I know other brands make them. Just be sure to read the reviews.
We have also bought a few big ticket toy items for Susan. One we bought on eBay second hand. It is the EvenFlo Exersaucer. The original, not the new souped-up Exersaucer that is available now. She loves it! It is by far one of her favorite toys. We don't let her spend too much time in it, but she does get to play some. We also got the EvenFlo Jump-n-Go. It is a doorway jumper and she gets such a kick out of it! I would definitely recommend both of these products.
|Fun times in my Exersaucer!|
|Just jumping around. This has been great fun since we had to put the swing up.|