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Best Baby Items #2

To continue my top five run down of the best baby items that we’ve purchased and used in Scout’s first year, the next one is probably not all that useful until you have a walker. We never would have purchased these had I not won a gift certificate to Jillian’s Drawers (fantastic site for anyone who does cloth diapering or wants to find a source for well reviewed, quality baby items), but that said, they are totally worth their high price tag.

2. Stonz Booties and liners

Crocodile Brown

Jason points out that these are the most complimented baby item we own. People are always saying how cute they are when we’re out. These awesome boots are totally soft (sides as well as sole) so they’re great for developing feet. The bottom part is rubbery so they are waterproof in the snow, puddles, and mud. We bought a slightly larger size than we thought we needed in part because we wanted Scout to be able to wear them for a while and also because we bought the optional fleece liners as well and the liners take up extra space in the boot. The boots are lined with a thin fleece and would probably be warm enough for mild winters on their own, but we really wanted something toasty warm and these fit the bill perfectly. They were designed by moms in Canada for much harsher winters than ours so you know they’re going to be cozy.

The bungee cords allow them to cinch down tightly so even though they’re large on Scout, they quickly adjust to fit and stay on tight. She can pull them off if she gets really determined, but most of the time she tolerates them just fine. They come up almost to her knee which is great on cold days because it minimizes how much other gear I feel the need to bundle her in. They also open up wide at the top so they’re really quick and easy to slip on. You can even put them right on over other shoes if you want. When it warms up we can just take the liners out and have perfect rain boots. I’m hoping they’ll fit through next winter as well.

The boots were about $40 and the liners were about $20 making the price tag for these quite a bit higher than any other shoes that we’ve bought, but they really have earned their keep. We use these all the time. Now that Scout wants to walk on her own these boots keep her feet warm and dry even as she marches around on the snow. When we put her in the stroller or carrier I feel confident that they will keep the wind and the cold out. They’re also totally machine washable making them just all around easy!

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Best Baby Items

Yesterday Jason and I got talking about the products that have been the most essential in our day to day life post Scout. We bought so much stuff before she got her and some of it is still sitting, unopened in the closet, and so of it gets used every single day. So I started thinking about what our absolute essentials are:

1. The Ergo Baby Carrier and Insert

Here she is at about a month old sleeping happily in her Ergo at the park.

Here she is at about a month old sleeping happily in her Ergo at the park.

We could not live without this carrier. Period. I would have completely broken down many many times already had I not had this carrier to instantly calm and lull Scout to sleep. Most of the time, 95% of the time I put her in it she immediately calms down. If she’s sleepy she’ll fall asleep in it, while nursing, within 10-15 minutes. If she’s not tired she’ll enjoy just watching me go about my day (hands free) which often allows me to get things done that I never would have without it. The insert allows you to put babies that are under 4 months or so old in the carrier and it is totally worth the money as well.

Baby wearing is pretty common right now and there are a lot of different carriers out there. I honestly have not tried many other carriers. I know there are some that look very like the Ergo, so they might have similar benefits, but I can say from first hand experience that the Ergo holds up to rigorous use extremely well and it does everything that I would want it to do. The only possible down side I might think of is that it is a bit warm in the summer months, but that didn’t stop me from using it for hours a day even in our hot, no AC, Utah home.

We also purchased a Moby wrap which would make my list of least used items. It just didn’t work for us. I found it hard to tie and had a scary incident in it when Scout was very young that has scared me off trying harder to figure it out. The Ergo doesn’t need to be readjusted every time, you just put it on and go. There is no complicated tying and retying. It holds the baby’s weight firmly on your hips so it doesn’t strain your back as much as other carriers. This means that even me, with my bad back, can still carry my 15 month old with easy. AWESOME device.

We hiked the Delicate Arch Trail in Moab (a MUCH harder trail than we were lead to believe) with Scout in the Ergo and she slept the entire time. Quite the workout for me!

We hiked the Delicate Arch Trail in Moab (a MUCH harder trail than we were lead to believe) with Scout in the Ergo and she slept the entire time. Quite the workout for me!

I do recommend staying away from front facing carriers. The “hollow back” position that it creates for the baby is hard on their developing spine and it does not support their legs which creates further strain on the spine. Ideally babies should be facing their caregiver, their back curved in a natural “c” position, and their knees should be held up higher than their hips. That is the best for the back. Also, many feel that outward facing carriers leave no option for an overstimulated baby. In a carrier like the Ergo Baby, the baby can bury his or her face in his caregiver’s chest if he or she gets overstimulated by the world. Makes sense to me!

More from our top five list coming.

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