I live in a big city, so we walk a lot. There's not a lot of room for clutter, and I try to minimize the amount of stuff we collect by buying baby gear that will last through several phases. I also try to limit plastic, and stick to natural fibers when I can. I think it's worth it to spend a little more if something is high quality, extremely useful, and will get tons of use.
"This stroller is a cross between an all-terrain stroller (good for anything more than a perfectly smooth sidewalk), a light jogging stroller, and a convertible/double stroller, all while being slim and maneuverable. I wanted one stroller I could use from my first baby until I didn't need a stroller anymore. This one allows a baby to lie flat, but has room for two kids (or one kid plus a LOT of groceries). Amazing!"
"Got it from a neighbor, so skipped the pricetag. Well made, thoughtfully designed, & despite its size it packs well (Phil & Ted's stroller bag). Weight limit is ~37.5 lbs, so will last several years."
"We got this bag a a gift, and it has worked really well as a gate-check bag for our stroller. We wanted to use it for our Mountain Buggy +one, but it ends up fitting slightly smaller strollers better. There's lots of room between stroller parts to stow other stuff (diapers, clothes, etc.). It just all has to be done at the gate (challenging no matter how good your bag is). This bag rolls up and has a carry strap for when the bag is not holding a stroller. Part of our stroller poked through the bottom of the bag, but in spite of that the bag is still strong and holds together well."
"We have 4 oz & 8 oz. These are great for pumping moms - they work w/Medela pump kit, they're inexpensive, & it's easy to keep multiple lined up in fridge for nanny. Silicone sleeve: KK 100 on Amazon."
"My workplace has these pumps in the lactation area. They are amazing - QUIET, efficient, relatively gently (if that's possible). I wish my insurance covered this for home, too. Heavy, so not portable."
"We wanted a leak-proof, nonplastic sippy cup. We haven't found that yet, but this one is pretty good. The flow on the Nuk nipples is slow, but maybe that's the price for a mostly-leak-proof sippy cup. It doesn't leak unless my child holds it upside down and pushes the nipple against the ground. Unfortunately, that's a new favorite activity."
"This is a great travel chair IF you are going to a place with a table that fits it & is sturdy enough to hold a child on one side! I would love to use this at home, but our table isn't strong enough."
"This "travel" crib sits flat on the ground - so no weight limit. The sloped sides make it more stable than cribs with straight sides. One side unzips, so a child can crawl in and out of it, and mom can lie down to feed a baby in it, then get out and leave the baby sleeping. Dad and other kids can get in this way, too. It's also longer than other portable cribs I looked at, which is important if you want to use it for a long time. I forgot that it is also so light (7 lbs) and packs smaller than similar ones I looked at (e.g. BabyBjorn or Lotus)"
"This is not specifically for a nursery, but we hung it high up on the wall next to the door so we could check it easily, and it has worked really well. It's cheaper than thermometers that are specifically marketed for babies."
"Similar to the Woolino sleep sack, but this one is cotton-only (thick, but no wool). WE got the 2-4 yr version & have been using it for a tall 14+ month-old. Maybe it will keep him from climbing out?"
"I've used this on a dresser top, & a Naturepedic cradle pad on top of my changing table - the cradle pad was cheaper & serves the same purpose, though the contours on this one are nice (for a price)."
"These are double-gusset, sturdy cloth diaper covers that have fit my baby for a year now (with room to grow - now 24-month-old-sized). I like the darker colors/non-white edges because they don't stain much. They are functional and adorable. Last longer than the Flip covers."
"These work well with the Odorless Diaper Pail (14 gallon or 7 gallon). They really do keep the smell from getting out of the pail. We change them less often (haven't changed it in months), and still no smell when closed."
"A great cloth diaper pail. There's a spot in the lid (under the teddy bear) for a carbon filter. When the pail is opened, the smell wafts out, but when it is closed it does not emit an odor. Amazing for cloth diapers. We use it with the Planet Wise pail liner."
"We have used these cloth diapers from birth until 20 months, and they are still going! Our very tall baby is still in mediums and may soon transition to the large size. These have held up very well over time and saved us tons of money!"
"Lets you track your baby's feeding, sleeping, growth, medicines, bathing, & more. We tracked different things at different stages. The feeding/pumping tab was useful first, then sleeping, etc. Don't let it take away from time w/baby. Graphs are great"
"This was the only book I read cover to cover while pregnant. It gave great perspective on how different cultures around the world raise their children by talking about some of the research done on raising children. It shows that there is no one "right" way to raise children - and changes your idea of what is "normal.""
"This is an easy way to keep the door from slamming on a toddler's fingers. It allows us to give our baby free range of multiple rooms without worrying about his fingers. It stores easily on the door handle when we want to close the door. The narrowest part (the middle) is still thick enough that it hasn't broken yet (a different brand broke quickly)."