I am FINALLY finishing this series. About time…
To read about many of the big purchases (bed, playpen, stroller, ect.) see Baby Gear – Common Big Purchases. This post is about some of the plethora of smaller, or less common, purchases.
Highchair (I forgot to include this in the big purchases)- I love the one I have! It is a gorgeous wood one that is very simplistic in design. I do not know if I would have bought it (it was a gift), but I do love it. I advise simplistic and small, a chair converter, one that clips to the table, or a tall chair with a fabric tie. No need for a huge highchair.
Rocking Chair – No, this is not a small purchase, but I wanted to include it here because it is more for the parents then the baby. I love our rocking chair, but hardly use it for rocking Natalia. It was a gift, which is nice because I would not have bought one unless I found it for very cheap. Mark uses it a lot when Natalia needs some rocking and mommy needs a break. Make sure it is wide enough to comfortably nurse in, though. Ours is not, which is why I use it more for Christopher then rocking Natalia.
Boppy (Bouncy) Seat- This is the one “seat” (at least designed to be a seat) we use for Natalia. We were given it. It is BIG AND PINK. I didn’t think I’d like it but since she does, I do. She likes it a lot; I like it a lot. Amazing how that works. I would try and find a replacement if it broke, but would never pay full price for one! I found the music box and vibrator unneccessary and ended up taking it off.
Baby Mirror in the car- we like ours, but it’s pretty unimportant at first. It is great for an older kid who is doing extended rear facing, though. With Natalia I can look back and see if she is happy, nice but unneccessary. With Christopher, we are able to talk to him, see him, and he entertains himself with his silly faces. We installed it when Christopher was a little over one and still rear facing. It was beyond incredible. Car stress flew out the window.
|Baby Christopher in his basket.|
Bumbo- it’d be nice, but we use a small round laundry basket with a blanket in it to do about the same thing. I would pick one up at a yardsale if I found one cheap enough, so that I could at least try it out.
Jonny Jump-Up/Exersaucers/Walkers- we chose against these because I can not imagine they are good for a quickly developing childs. I have heard research (but can not remember where) about it leading to the greater possibility of skipping crawling, and also that it supports them in such a way that the kid does not learn to support themselves well. I have also read on various sites about them being bad for the back. Either way, I can not imagine that it is GOOD for a kids development, unless used in extreme moderation, and they are big enough that I would rather not have something so big (expensive and ugly…) that could rarely be used.
Pacifier- We used one for Christopher, but not for Natalia. We prefer not to use one, and even with Christopher weaned him of it at 6 months. I do not think it is a huge deal though and would chose a pacifier over thumb, lip, or tongue sucking.
Flashy/Distracting/Battery Operated/Light Up/Musical Toys- Basically anything with a batteries we avoid (for babies and toddlers). I figure my kids will have a hard enough time learning to focus on “slow things” such as a book, a walk, and an in-person conversation, growing up in our culture without starting them out on fast moving, light up, memsmorizing distraction while young. I really want kids who are able to think outside of the box, focus, and not need to be distracted continually to avoid boredom.
As for musical toys, I’d rather them learn what good music sounds like and appreciate it as an art, not something that happens constantly but rarely sounds good. I much prefer to sing to them. I am not saying I have the world’s best voice, but I think mommy’s and daddy’s singing voice, no matter how it sounds, is better then a few notes of canned clasical music. Have you listened to the music on toys lately? It really does sound horrid.
A Ton of Gadgets and Gizmos- I find a plethora of stuff to be more inconvenient than the convenience most of them are supposed to bring. As such, I intentionally avoided getting a lot of little gadgets and gizmos. Babies really do not take that much stuff!
Blankets- Somehow I missed a place to put blankets in this series. I like big blankets. About 40 – 45″. Recieving blankets do not really do much good. Big fluffy blankets, or quilts, are great for play and tummy time.