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10 Most Useful Baby Products

Sunday, November 06, 2016


Anabela is now 8.5 months and no I won't be one of those parents telling their baby's age in months past year one because I don't want to make people do math in their heads. Life is hard enough as it is!  You know! Those parents who are like 'How old is your baby? Mine is 265 months old." :)

Anyhow, this post is about my 10 favorite most-useful things we got for Anabela and are still using daily and think that these were actually great worth for the money spent. Trust me, we got waaaaay to many things which were are cute but to us were not that useful or totally useless.

If you are on the market for baby things, you might find our experiences useful.

#1 BABY CARRIER - BOBA


Before I gave birth I was never fond of these baby carriers, I always had this misconception that 'hippy mums' wear them, whatever that meant. I thought I could never match it with any of my outfits and that it would be a death of my personal style. :) I could argue that I don't have as much time to put together my outfits now having a 8 months old but I am definitely not walking around in yoga pants and sweatshirts. 

Back to the carrier, in all reality, this was by far the best investment in baby items we did and it's the most used baby item in our house. So as it appears, women who wear this are not some 'hippy moms' but they are women (and men) who have shit to do!

My duola, brought both a wrap and this boba baby carrier for me to try for a week as she said it helped tremendously with her baby who also had colics like Anabela and was a very bad sleeper.  I could not be bothered with a wrap but this carrier was a life saver and it still is! I can cook, clean, work and walk the dog with Anabela sleeping in it, it most definitely helped me get stuff done during the day while it also got Anabela to finally fall asleep.

On a bad side, kids do get used to the closeness and this snugly feeling of being carried all the time so you should be conscious of the time baby spends in it (unlike I was so now I am still using it to get her to sleep and then I transfer her into the crib). 

Boba carrier is easy to wash (hand wash or machine gentle cycle), it has useful pockets and purser strap holder, it has several carry positions (infant carry, back and front) and sleeping hood. You can also nurse the baby easily in it. 

#2 BABY STEAM COOKER - BEABA


When Anabela was 4 months I started looking into baby steam cookers and my friend Iva suggested Beaba. The great thing about this steamer is that it cooks baby meal quite quickly and you can cook 2 different meals at the same time (for ex. fruit and veggies and/or meat) each in it's own pitcher. You may water down the mixture by adding some water left from steaming back into the mixture before mixing it all together. It takes about 10-15 min depending on how much produce you placed inside of the pitcher to make 2 different meals.

I started using it this Summer and at the beginning it wasn't to clear for me how it works, I thought both sides are mixing and cooking/steaming but actually both side (pitchers) are steamers and the right hand one is a mixer, also I learned that you should be very cautious when dosing water as machine might stop working with to much water inside.

The pitchers are super easy to clean, just drop them in dishwasher.

#3 BLOOM BABY HIGH CHAIR - FRESCO CHROME


Bloom Baby Fresco Chrome is definitely very luxurious high chair. This was one of the biggest investments for us when it comes to baby things, but we wanted a high chair which is very versatile and aesthetically fits into our kitchen well with the dining table and chairs. Chrome Fresco with white leather interior was a perfect choice for us. We were also looking to get a chair which Anabela can still use when she starts walking and this is most definitely it as we can lower it completely and use it as a pre-school desk chair for her in her room. 


#4 FISHER PRICE NIGHT LIGHT & MUSIC PROJECTOR


My friend Maja advised me to get white noise playing night light for Anabela. When I was 8 months pregnant we got this Care Bear night light star projector with three different music tunes: white noise, forest and lullabies. It also comes with remote control which you can use to control volume or turn the whole thing on or off.


When Anabela was 6 months old, she stopped having colic but she wasn't staying asleep for long without night light and music. Using white noise and night light kept her asleep for a fair bit longer.

#5 MAM PACIFIERS 


Now when she is teething Anabela is using pacifiers much less then during first 6 months but she still needs one to fall asleep. During the night she ends up dropping it and then wakes up crying and looking for it around the crib. 

My friend Iva recommended Mam pacifiers after we went through about 4 or 5 different types and for some reason this is still her favorite. It seems to sit on her mouth nicely and also has quite a wide nipple and it comes in many fabulous colors along with a sterilized box.



#6 STOKKE ROUND CRIB - SLEEPI


We got this crib in white color, there is also a natural brown wood color and we got the bigger size right away although you can purchase a smaller one. Anabela has a very light sleep and she wakes up on the slightest noise. 

This crib has wheels and brakes so I can just wheel it to the room I am spending the most time in during the day, home office in my case. This way I can have her sleeping next to me as I am working and she wakes up less then when she sleeps in another room further from me.



This crib also has three height levels, when the baby is just born you want to set the crib floor on the highest level and as they begin to sit up and stand you can lower the crib floor and eventually drop one side of the crib and it becomes a bed child can come out on it's own when they can walk.

#7 AVENT BABY BOTTLE STERILIZER


As any inexperienced and overexcited parents we got a lot of things we didn't needed for Anabela even before she was born. This wasn't one of this things. Anabela is 8 months old and we still use Avent sterilizer for Anabela's bottles and pacifiers.

The great thing about Avent's sterilizer is that unlike many other brands this one can fit in most microwaves and you can fit all kind of different shapes, brands and material bottles in it!


 We traveled to Croatia for Summer and there we have smaller microwave then we do in our Barcelona apartment so when we got there we couldn't use the sterilizer we got before she was born from another brand as we never thought about checking if it would fit the microwave.

Due to water hardness it often gets water scale stains which we clean by leaving 1/3 cup of wine vinegar and a cup of hot water in it and then wash it regularly with sponge and it cleans and keeps wonderfully.

#8 ADEN & ANAIS SWADDLE BLANKETS & BIBS



Aden & Anais is one of my favorite baby brands. I love their multifunctional muslin swaddle blankets and we are still using each we got (and we have lots) on thousand different ways daily!

Muslin refers to a finely-woven breathable fabric. It is believed to have originated in Bangladesh during the Middle Ages and it's one of the purest, simplest, most gentle and most perfect fabrics in the world.



You can use the swaddle muslin blanket as burp cloth, tummy time blanket, a nursing cover, changing table cover, stroller cover when the weather is bad or to protect a small baby from bugs or as a sleeping swaddle wrap.

My latest Aden and Anais purchase was a fitting Stokke Sleepi Crib bed sheet, bandana bibs and super soft pajamas.


#9 WOODEN DIDACTIC TOYS - HABA



My boyfriend Ante and I decided to be as conscious as we can be of not letting Anabela play with smart phones, watch TV and iPad and we try to get her wooden didactic/educational toys.  

Educational toys are toys  that can teach a child about a particular subject or can help a child develop a particular skill. The key difference is the child's learning and development associated with interacting with the toy and they are usually made out of wood. The most popular producer of such toys is a German company Haba.

We are taking Anabela to sensory and motor skill development workshops and we noticed there that on top of self-made toys they are using a lot of Haba toys, which Anabela was interested in so we got her some to have at home as well.  


#10 STOKKE XPLORY STROLLER



We looked long and hard, online and offline to find a right stroller.  We had several non-standard conditions on top of the given ones (getting safe, fabulous and comfy stroller for Anabela) that had to be met - height of the stroller handle - my boyfriend is 215 cm and I am 183 cm so do the math! :) Most of the strollers did not work for us as handle could not be pulled up enough. 

Secondly, our building has a fairly small elevator so we had to have stroller which can fit along with one of us (or preferably both + dog) in the elevator. 

We purchased a purple Stokke Xplory Stroller along with the newborn carry basket, Be Safe car seat and a regular high seat that comes with it. The only thing that we used for a very short period was a car seat which became to small for Anabela quite quickly as she is a tall baby so she felt very constraint in it. The car sear served us great for the first 4 months as it easily attaches to stroller base so you don't have to carry also a basket with you when traveling with a car. 


What we love the most about this stroller is how close you are to the baby (even if you are tall like we are). The stroller moves easily and it has many great positions. What I don't like as much is that for me it's quite heavy to pick up and put into the car. Luckily, Barcelona is really stroller friendly and when walking around sidewalks are adjusted for strollers and bicycles. 

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