Our Favorite Baby/Toddler Products After 2 Years of Motherhood

One of my most frequently asked questions is about our favorite baby products that we’ve used and loved with Charlie. Obviously things have changed as Charlie has gotten older but there are a few items that we have used since day one (and we plan to use for baby #2). You can see more posts about Charlie/baby here

Electronics

Dohm sound machine. The very best white noise machine. Dave and I actually struggle to sleep without one too. It’s portable, subtle, drowns out sound and stays on in our house 24/7. 

First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer. Yes, Charlie still gets warm milk before his nap/sleep. Yes, he is high maintenance. Until we bought this, we used to warm his bottle on the stove (crazy). This ensures a luke warm bottle every single time.

Motorola Portable Baby Monitor. We actually just upgraded to the 2 cameras (so we can view both of our kiddos on one screen) and love it! The picture is super clear and it has amazing range. 

Bedroom

Serena & Lily Bumpers. Let me start by saying that I do not condone using bumpers on your child’s bed until they are fully rolling over, standing up, etc. We initially used these mesh crib bumpers when Charlie was around 9 months old because he kept getting him limbs stuck in between his crib railings. At one year we opted for something a little softer and moved to these Serena & Lily bumpers. They are so soft and easy to clean, too. 

Ubbi Steal Diaper Pail. The only diaper pail that was not only highly recommended to me to reduce smell but actually works! It’s been two years and we are just getting rid of Charlie’s diaper pail and buying a new one for baby #2. 

Feeding

Re-Play Plates, Cups and Utensils. Made from recycled plastics, dishwasher safe and free of anything harmful. We love these colorful dishes for Charlie! 

NUK Silicone Spout Active Cup. This was the only bottle that worked to transition Charlie from actual bottles and remains the only one we use for his milk. We still call it a “baba” because Charlie knows that “baba” means milk and bedtime. Separating his milk “bottle” from the rest of his water cups has made a big difference in our sleep routines.

CamelBak Kids Cup. Our favorite sippy cup! Charlie throws everything and these have proved the most durable. 

OXO Tot Highchair. You guys are always asking about this high chair on my social channels and I can’t recommend it enough! It is easy to clean, comfortable, converts to a youth chair and comes in a bunch of different color ways.

Sleep

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. I talked about how we used the Merlin suit here but I swear this thing taught Charlie how to sleep soundly. You should read more about it here! We used it from 3-6 months and plan on using it for baby #2 too. 

doTERRA Petal Diffuser. Charlie sleeps with essential oils every night. When he was younger we would use Young Living’s Gentle Baby oil but now we just use lavender oil. The petal diffuser is easy to use, stays on for 4 hours and creates a subtle scent throughout the room. 

*I’m really interested in trying the SNOO and the DockATot for baby #2! Any other sleep favorites? 

Play

Melissa & Doug Wooden Activity Board. We have upgraded from puzzles to this activity board and Charlie is obsessed!

Hape City Cafe Play Kitchen. Charlie loves this little kitchen because he can cook eggs like mama and mama likes this kitchen because it is small and compact! If you live in a small space then I highly recommend!

Step2 Cruiser Push Car. We take this thing for a ride at least 5 times per day. Charlie loves it!

Stroller/Car Seat

City Mini GT. We use this stroller daily. It stays in the trunk of my car but is by far the easiest to use and maneuver. Lightweight, easy to unfold and fold up and incredibly durable. 

Bugaboo Donkey Duo Stroller. This is definitely our “nice” stroller which isn’t used as often as I’d like (it is so pretty!). We do use this stroller with just Charlie but will be using it more with the arrival of #2. I love that it can easily extend from one to two kiddos and you can utilize both the seat and the bassinet. It was tough to use downtown because it is heavy/doesn’t fold up easily (and we lived on the third floor of a walk up) but much easier to use now that we have a garage!

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat. I loooooove this car seat. Mostly because Charlie loves it, too! It is safe, comfortable and a great size. I had originally bought a Maxi Cosi seat which in my opinion was wayyyyy too bulky. I can’t recommend the Peg Perego enough! We used the Nuna Pipa infant car seat (for those interested!). 

Did I forget something? Probably! If you have any specific questions feel free to leave them in the comments. I’m obviously no-pro but we have used and loved all of these products! 

Outfit Details:
On Liz: The Great Stripe Tee, Citizens of Humanity Maternity Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Slides, Sonix Sunglasses
On Charlie: Camera Tee, Petit Bateau Leggings, Native Shoes

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