Sharing some of the brands and things that we used and loved when Baby Henri was born (which is only 12 weeks ago!).
2. I used Dr. Brown bottles for my first kid and wanted something less complicated this time. Comotomo is a great choice with its simple design, which makes it real easy to wash.
4 and 8. Pigeon, a Japanese brand, makes some of the best baby things (used them since first kid from 12 years ago!). I've tried many other baby nail clippers, but only Pigeon's nail clippers don't give me anxiety. They are easy to hold and the blades are tiny, so they fit my babies' nails perfectly. I also like their nose cleaning tweezers - it's one of the things that you didn't think you need, but ended up using a lot. It's better to pull out dirt from the nose with this tweezers than our big adult fingers.
5. I didn't want to get any baby gears, just wanted the nursery to be as simple as possible. Then came this rocker and wow... we were able to get some good sleep at night.
6. Bestest. Softest. Blankets. Ever. They are so soft that my 12-year old got one, too, and uses it as a scarf.
7. Couldn't find a good baby soap that I like from the market, so I searched all over the internet and found this - it's gentle and doesn't have an overpowering scent (infused with chamomile flowers).
12. This sleeping bag is really soft and works for both hot and cold nights.
14. Another "you don't think you need, but end up using a lot" product - this brush helps put diaper ointment on easier and faster. I like that it's gentle on baby's skin, does its job well and my hands stay clean, which makes diaper changing faster.
16. I love this little pillow (using it with caution and always monitoring baby in case of scarification). The crib mattress is pretty firm, so my little one wasn't sleeping comfortably. After using this pillow, her little head stays still during sleeptime and doesn't startle as much.
17. You might wonder what I use this hot water bottle for. With my first kid, she was born during the winter, so putting her into the crib was a little difficult with the mattress being cold when I put her little toasty warm body on it. So I tried putting a water bottle with warm water (not hot) on the mattress to keep it warm while I did the late night feedings and it worked well! LA is still pretty warm (it's November already!), but the few cold nights we fortunately had I used the same trick and it worked great in keeping my baby stays asleep when I put her down. Note: I recommend this one, but if you already have one at home then use that, just make sure it's in good condition and doesn't leak.
18. Part of my goal to support small companies, I got this sweet David Bowie mobile and love it.
19. Feedings get messy. Of most of the burp cloths I've tried, this one is my favorite - it just soaks up all the mess and dries real quick.
20. My husband and I are business owners and there isn't really time to not work. This small bouncer (looks like the small one is only available on Amazon) is what we use to keep baby close to us. It's small in size and light compare to other ones on the market that we can put it anywhere we want.
And if you have any products that you absolutely love, please feel free to share in the comment area and let other parents know! :)