Last time I wrote about my favorite and least favorite baby products many of you were kind enough to let me know you appreciated those posts. I heart feedback so thought I'd write one more review on products that I liked [and didn't] in the hopes that its helpful. I'm not being paid for any of this, just sharing my thoughts in the hopes its helpful for you [though should a company perchance wish to send me a crate full of organic puffs- I would not say no]. If you find this helpful I'll do my best to do a 12-18 month post!
Nay: Johnsons and Johnsons Baby Products. I never intended to really care all that much how I bathed or lotioned my kid. I mean, I buy generic soap and my skin is fine? Plus I got tons of gifts of bath products and they all were of the generic variety and I figured good enough for me good enough for my kid. I was wrong. All baby skin is surely different. Your kid may have the sturdy stuff impervious to any product or perfume, but my little guy's skin reacted very badly. My doctor suggested we switch to fragrance free and even that didn't work- we ultimately switched to natural lines with minimal chemicals and it was only then that we began to see a difference, though the true difference didn't transform his skin until. . .
Yay: Babyganics Eczema Cream. I'm not sure if Waleed had eczema or not but the skin thing was becoming very problematic and an increasing issue the more he crawled. I tried it all: lotions, olive oil, almond oil, vaseline, hydrocortisol nothing worked until I bought this- it literally transformed his skin from rough and patchy in spots to sweet baby smooth in a matter of hours and we have never had skin issues again. I'm fairly certain this stuff is made of magic.
Nay: Plastic bowls. They line the shelves of grocery stores and baby stores, each with images of a baby plucking an animal cracker with a large grin while the mother gazes on adoringly so I dutifully purchased a pack, filled it with the requisite cheerios and at our next restaurant put it before him and watched as he promptly took the bowl and began practicing for his future ultimate frisbee championship ring [if rings are infact bestowed on frisbee champs, which they should]. Needless to say, mortifying. And no amount of 'don't do that please' works- that bowl is meant to be flung. Maybe when he's older the plastic bowl will work, and maybe your child will be a bit more sensible with their bowls, but for us, it was a massive FAIL.
Yay: Booster Seat. I never got a high-chair [though we went back-and-forth debating it as if the fate of the world rested on this matter alone] and instead bought a booster seat. He's used it since he was six months old and I love it. It saves space, easy to take off when a guest needs an extra chair, and we take it with us to restaurants so he can eat off the tray instead of a bowl. We just purchased this 'Tiny Diner' suction tray you can also use on the go and folds neatly into a purse. Love it also! The booster seat gets an edge over the 'Tiny Diner' for me since with the seat has a tray which helps contain him more. If you have a more sensible child who would never dream of trying to nose dive from a wooden high-chair then the 'Tiny Diner' could be all you need.
Yay: Organic Puffs. I try to do my best to minimize Waleed's consumption of processed foods and while these Organic Puffs are certainly processed since I'm not yet aware of "Baby Puff" trees or bushes, the ingredient list is much shorter with words much easier to pronounce than any of its competitors. They melt in your mouth, and if his jumps, shrieks and claps at the site of the yellow bottle are any indication, they taste pretty good too.
Nay. SUV stroller. Or, Travel Systems, as they are traditionally called. Now I know that some of you wear by these and that's fine for me the sheer poundage made my back ache looking at them as they average out at about 23-28 pounds of pure stroller weight! We used a snap-n-go with his infant car seat and we are thankful we spared our backs the hassle.
Yay. Umbrella Stroller. Because we babywear him a lot, we hadn't had the need to upgrade strollers until now. As opposed to 23 pound strollers, ours is 11 pounds, folds up and can fit into a travel bag you can carry on your shoulder [not sure why anyone would want to carry it on their stroller but the lady on the cover box looks thrilled about doing so]. I don't know if the one we got is the best stroller, but it was affordable and had good reviews.