The best one I owned was a baby back pack. You know the kind used for camping? I love that thing! How about you? Was it a sling or a sidecar? Maybe a special little toy your BB loved?
mei tai hands down.
You know in 1990 it was a cordless phone!!!! (times have changed!) But in 1988 my best baby product was a cd of the nutcracker suite and boyohboy did my baby love when we danced to the music. It cured so much crying…….and I would say that is something that babies STILL love. I teach Kindermusik and I see babies everyday loving to dance to the music, whether they are teething, sleepy, unsettled because of changing schedules etc. Funny how you don't need much in the way of baby "products"!
Ergo Carrier, pretty much could have gone without everything else.
Ergo for sure!!!
Babyhawk, since you can wear them on your back so little!
Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets - Expensive, but so worth it.
aden + anais swaddling blankets
undercover mama nursing tanks
floppy seat for covering shopping cart seats (I use this a ton!)
Earth Mama Angel Baby stuff
There are several that have been mentioned here that are the typical baby products anyone will tell you are great because they really are amazing: carriers (all of the ones that don't crotch dangle are great it really just depends on personal taste IMO--though I'm partial to the maya wrap and the Mei tai) cloth diapers etc.
BUT the one product that really surprised me was a thick little washcloth like towel to put on the baby while I washed her that my mother gave me.
I am a baby product minimalist-- I really dislike baby gadgets and stuff so we didn't do crib co-sleeper moses basket pack and play--or even really toys until she was almost 10 months old-- nor did I use bottles, pacifier, bouncy seats or a stroller etc. I had a boppy like thing because everyoen said how great it was but even that I would forgo in lieu of just using our pillows and carrier next time....
SO when I saw this towel I thought "oh please this the dumbest thing that I have ever seen." and just barely kept myself from saying it out loud. But our apartment the was very, very cold and when I bathed her I decided to put it on her since was there and I thought it would make a cute picture (it was shaped like a duck). Well, my baby loved the feeling of the wet towel over her. I later experimented with a regular washcloth and it worked but not as well. (I think because the cloth is a bit thicker so two washcloths on top of each other would probably work)
So I have to say I love this and will buy one again if I ever have another child (when my baby got older I gave it away to another family with a newborn) the one I had was different but it is something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Babies-Us-Bath-Cozy-Duck/dp/B00BH0SS9W/ref=pd_sbs_ba_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1S6HXA4FR0J2ME3JNFM9
Maybe everyone knows about these but I had never imagined such a thing was necessary or existed and I really liked it.
I'm torn between the baby bouncer (a yard sale find gifted to us by a friend), or the jogging stroller. I'm a minimalist when it comes to baby gear.
The bouncer was a lifesaver. Just about every "why do these products even exist?" list out there lists baby positioning devices. For the average parent, it *is* a ridiculous thing to purchase. For the parent of a preemie, it may be a necessity. We were too poor to buy one. Our home health nurse suggested we place the bouncer right next to our bed at night, prop our little 4.5 lb wonder in it with loads of swaddling blankets, and VOILA! we had a baby positioning device. Goodbye, reflux! Hello, sleep for mommy!
The jogging stroller? Oh-so-wonderful for hitting the local trails, as well as wonderful for running. Schwinn Arrow, best bang for your buck. <$200, no bells and whistles, just a sturdy jogging stroller that disassembles in a jiffy so you can pop it in the trunk. All of the major stress points on the stroller are secured with bolts, not rivets like most $250+ strollers. We had been gifted a $350 jogging stroller that collapsed with the little one in it, because it was manufactured with rivets at the stress points. We walk a lot in this family. We have run 2 strollers into the ground already, and our only child is 3 years old. We still get plenty of use out of the jogger, though she prefers to walk along with us now.
I have to second a mei tai as most-used. Unless you count cloth diapers, of course. I, too am a baby gear minimalist. I don't even know if I'll buy a stroller for the next one. My mom sweetly bought us an Arms-reach cosleeper for DS2, but we mostly used it to store clothes & diapers. I have boobs & cloth diapers & onesies. A mei tai, & what else do we need?
Ergo carrier, now using with 2nd kiddo
Prefolds, 2 kiddos, then great for household/personal cleaning
Are they really worth it? Can't you just use anything with the same size for swaddling? I must admit, I am no big swaddler, but want to try again this time, since I have real back problems and am worried that the carrying around all day won't work...
The thing about the aden + anais blankets is that they are so lightweight for their size. If you tried to use something else that big, you'd find it heavy and bulky. The blankets are pretty multipurpose if you find you don't love swaddling - a nursing cover up, a stroller blanket, a summer blanket bc they are light, a toddler sheet, and so on. :)
Love my Ergo!!