Updated: Mar 11, 2020
I can't be without these essentials...
I was a nanny for 7 years. I worked for so many families in Los Angeles. I tried multiple strollers, toys, sippy cups, potty chairs, etc. I think it was a good experience for me because now I get to choose what's good for my baby. I love when I get peoples suggestions on baby products, as I get their opinion on something without having to buy it. -This post contains affiliate links.-
I'd like to share with you which products have worked for me. As you may know, my baby is 9 months old and there are a couple of things that I didn't use with other kids that I wish I knew before.
Where have you been? We found this squeasy snacker in our recent trip to Guatemala. We LOVE it.
It's so easy for Rachelle to grab. It's perfect for her tiny hands. It‘s a sippy cup that she can squeeze. The hole of the mouthpiece is just right for the flow of the water. These Squeasy Snackers come in different sizes. We currently use the 3.5 oz bottle. Eventually we'll upgrade to the 6 oz bottle. They come in different colors, too.
We take this bumbo everywhere. It's so easy to take places. I might be picky, but sometimes I feel like high chairs in restaurants are so dirty so we bring our bumbo. Rachelle loves it. It has a little tray that goes in the back of the seat. You also use the foam insert that comes with it to help your baby sit better. Once your baby gets bigger you can store the insert underneath of the seat. The Bumbo has some safety straps so your baby won’t fall.
Like I mentioned before, I worked as a nanny in Los Angeles. My pet peeve was the strollers. Ugh! I tried so many strollers and some were a pain. Until I tried the BOB. This stroller is rugged, and is sooo much easier to hop curbs than most of its contemporaries. It has a tricycle design with swivel action and actual rubber tires for some impressive stability and handling while brisk walking or jogging. The canopy has a window for peeking in on your little one as well as SPF 50 protection. Also, there is plenty of storage space for blankets, toys, etc. It can be easier on your body. It is worth every single penny. We're planning on getting the double Bob when another baby comes.
This is a MUST have. I used this carrier with all the kids I watched. Now I am using it with my baby. It's so easy to use. It even has pockets so you can store your iPhone, keys, and wallet. What I love about the Ergo baby is that you can use it throughout the years. It's not only for newborns or toddlers. It's for all ages.
This is ideal for babies that are sitting up (5months and up). I love that this seat has safety features. It has some locking suction cups for stability and safety. My baby sits so comfortably in this seat while she splashes away.
Rachelle loves her activity center. The one we use is from Skip Hop. It has a 360 degree rotating seat. It’s great because they can explore around without falling. It has different removable toys with clips that you can configure for visual and tactile stimulation. Once your baby gets older it can be used as a table. It grows with your baby. From all the activity centers I’ve seen this one is the best.
I hope this list helps you a little. I would not suggest it if I would not use them. Do you have any suggestions for me? I'd love to hear them.