Like most expecting parents, I spent many months in advance of my twin girls’ arrival registering for everything I thought I needed, talking to the retailers, cross checking all of the product reviews, and reading all the blogs. But soon after they were born, I realized my house was full of stuff I probably didn’t need – and the set of things that were truly indispensable didn’t come from that painstaking research. They were the things my friends swore by.
My list includes:
1. Woombie baby swaddle (of course!): After trying countless times to wrap the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets the right way to keep them tied overnight, and finding my girls smart enough to get their hands out of the SwaddleMe velcros, a friend told me about the Woombie. My girls never slept so well. Its easy to put on, the babies can still move, and they’re comfortable. I only wish I’d known about this from Day 1.
2. Fisher Price Rock n Play – despite a recent recall due to mold (which hasn’t been an issue for us in 7 months), this chair has been a lifesaver. We use it for feeding the girls, sitting after eating (especially helpful because of its upright position), and even sleeping, especially in the beginning. Its incredibly easy to fold/unfold and transport. The value these chairs have provided is beyond words.
3. Wub-a-nub – these pacifiers attached to a stuffed animal are genius! They allow babies to hold on to something soft, and they don’t fall out nearly as easily…great gifts too. I owe multiple friends for giving me these early on.
4. The Nose frida – My co-founder and her husband drove 100 miles to get this “snot sucker” in the middle of the night when on a vacation to help their son’s runny nose. It is inexpensive and I too have found it truly indispensable.
5. Mommy hook – this brilliant and simple carabiner lets you carry almost anything on the end of your stroller (especially important given limited storage space beneath so many of the strollers!). Its durable, very reasonable, and I believe a must have.
6. Angel Dear blankets – These breathable blankets come in all colors and styles. They are soft and cuddly, incredibly easy to transport, and the babies love to hold them. My girls couldn’t sleep without them.
7. V-tech Move and Crawl Activity ball – This ball is genius in helping babies learn how to sit. It plays music and moves on its own, encouraging the little babies to hold on to it and work on staying upright. It is reasonably priced and can entertain the little ones for hours.
8. Baby Sleep Sheep – The sheep play a wide range of soothing sounds to help block out noise and put babies to sleep. My girls almost cant sleep without it.
9. Bumkins waterproof bibs – These bibs are the best and I just ordered more. They catch food in a little pocket at the bottom, are waterproof so are incredibly easy to clean, and cover a lot of the baby’s body which is critical.
10. Fisher Price Superstar Singalong Stage – Best toy we have. Great when babies start enjoying mirrors early on, as well as love music and lights. When they start sitting they can play the music themselves and love the interactivity of it. This is a great gift for anytime in the first year.
When I started sending out my own must-haves and don’t-buys to my expecting friends—suddenly the expert!—I thought, “There’s got to be a better way.” So we starting building weeSpring. It’s a resource where you can find out what your friends love, and what they wish they’d never bought. We launched in December and already have almost 10,000 product ratings.
You can see all my favorites and regrets on my profile page. But don’t just take it from me… invite your own friends to tell you what they couldn’t live without!
Melissa Post – Co-founder of weeSpring (www.weespring.com)
Written by Melissa Post – Co-founder of weeSpring (www.weespring.com)
weeSpring.com is a Facebook-integrated platform that empowers new parents to share advice with their friends about the baby products they couldn’t live without – and what they wish they’d never bought. Through a simple, straightforward rating system, new and expecting parents can compare products within a single category, seeing at a glance what all their friends think of the strollers currently on the market. Parents can also browse a trusted friend’s favorites– a feature designed to help parents-to-be who are often overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices they’ll have to make.
Melissa Post (Marketing, Co-Founder) was a former consultant at Monitor Group and a digital marketing guru for American Express. She has always loved connecting people and understanding what motivates them. Having led the redesign of the Amex.com website, she believes very passionately in finding simple, intuitive ways to create engaging and meaningful user experiences. When on bedrest last summer, her friends Jack and Allyson Downey approached her about weeSpring to gauge her thoughts as a potential user. Melissa was shocked something like this didn’t already exist and knew she had to get involved. She hasn’t looked back since.
Melissa is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received her MBA from NYU Stern. She lives in Westport, CT with her twin daughters, husband, and her dog Rusty.
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