My Mayawrap has been a lifesaver. Used it on the plane so I could get sleep on a transatlantic flight. My bike trailer now so that we can get out for bike rides as a family.
Most definitely my slings/carriers. So much easier to do things when my LO is attached to me, no need for a stroller and accompanying plastic toys to keep baby entertained. I used several types over the years - and all second hand! Super eco-friendly to re-use someone else's unneeded things than to buy another brand new thing. Less things!!!!
Breastmilk! As far as gear goes my mayawrap and the sidecar for my bicycle. Both allowed me to go anywhere and do anything I needed to do. No huge stroller to lug around just wear the wrap and go. I think it was a lifesaver for both myself and my husband. The sidecar allowed me to ride and get exercise while still feeling like I could see my baby and connect with her on our rides. She loved (still loves) hopping in and going for a ride.
My favorite gear was my sling - hands down!
My favorite baby 'toy' is wooden nesting blocks - they seem to have the most play value of any toy. They were one of their first toys and they are still being played with now that my youngest is 21/2 - just played with in different ways.
I would have to say:
Our Think Baby "feeding system". The bento box and bowls with lids have been used for over a year on a daily basis to bring healthy snacks and lunch along. And they are still going strong. It's nice to know that our DD has food in reusable and non-leaching containers. They are easy to clean, the lids stay on and they are not bulky in the diaper bag.
Also, our Ergo. It is great for my wife and myself (Daddy) to use. Our DD has been in it since birth (20 months now) and loves her carrier. I found it hard to use slings as I have a bad back. The ergo allows me to carry our DD with her weight distributed in a way that doesn't kill me.
Cloth diapers. We use pre-folds, and although they are work we feel good knowing what is against her skin and not in landfills.
Wooden blocks made from scraps from FSC certified wood used in local furniture manufacturing. They will get years and years of use. Expensive but worth it to know that they were made within 5kms of our home by a company that cares about the environment.
Me 40 . Partner to mamacolleen 33 . DD born July 2009 . Twin boys born Nov 2012.
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Love my organic Ergo, don't know what DS and I would do without it.
Also in love with cloth diapering. We use bamboo gFlappers in a variety of covers.
Love my green cleaners, especially since my 3 and 5-year-old DDs love to clean things. Makes me feel ok letting them help out.
Love the Siggs for the girls, especially when out and about. Minimize juice boxes, etc.
Just to be unique (I love cloth diapers, carriers, and breastmilk too!), I love my wetbags! My Leslie's Boutique bag is beautiful, washable, and keeps my diaper bag dry! What a great improvement over plastic bags!
Happy Wife since 12/31/05 ~ Blessed Mama to 2/8/09 and 6/11/11, with on the way due 2/24/14
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Then when my second child was a couple months old (and wearing the same diapers her older brother had used), a friend gave me 18 Motherease one-size diapers. She had received them from a friend who used them with her only child, then my friend used them with her two girls before passing them along to me. I used them with my daughter.
And with her 3 younger siblings.
By that time, they were wearing a bit thin, and weren't really absorbent enough for my growing boy. But they were still in great shape.....so I bought new diapers and passed the MEOS' on to my friend, to use with her newborn who didn't need much absorbency. Now she has bought new doublers for them and is still using them! And I made her promise that she'll give give 'em back to me if I ever have another newborn!
This stack of diapers has a history--almost a legacy! They have helped 4 mothers diaper 8 babies from birth to toddlerhood, and still going strong! How much money--how much square footage in the landfill--have we saved? I'm sure a calculation could be done, but for me the answer is simple & doesn't require a calculator: priceless!
Thank you everyone for participating. :)
Adina mama to B 4/06 and E 8/13/12 (on her due date!)