Here is a list of products that we LOVED during pregnancy and throughout the years. If you know me, you know that I am crazy about research and did so excessively when we became pregnant and continue to do so for almost every purchase. This is because I only want the best for our family.

For products and services to make this list they have to not only be good, but in my eyes considered ‘GREAT.’ To be ‘GREAT’ they either have to fall in one of these categories:
– Provided a service that made our lives easier in some way, shape or form
– Feel that now we can’t live without it
– Extremely well-made or great quality (this will be listed after a certain time frame of using the product)
– Made our baby extremely happy

You can buy most of these products from my Amazon baby store of recommended products. Click here.

Amazon.com

First, if you are not a member of the Amazon Mom program, you should be. You can sign up here. Amazon put together this program for mothers (fathers, grandparents, etc) that are taking care of little ones and may find it difficult to be running out of the house to pick up items. Amazon allows you to shop with free Prime shipping. The more baby products you buy, the longer your free shipping gets extended (up to a year). We have found this very useful.

Also, another great program Amazon offers is its ‘Subscribe & Save.’ Along with the Amazon Mom program, if you use this feature you save 30% on your items and they will ship to you every month, two months, three months, etc for free each time. We do this for both our kids’ diapers, wipes and also for our laundry detergent. You can’t get this price anywhere else.

Bonus: If you subscribe to some of the parenting/baby magazines, Amazon has tear away cards (green) with an additional 20% your diaper purchase or $10/off your baby order. I currently know they are in Parents Magazine, Parenting Early Years, Fit Pregnancy, American Baby and Baby Talk. You can use them both together and with the subscribe and save/mom program (30% off) that could mean that your diaper order is 50% off, plus an additional $10. So make sure you sign up for these magazines (most of them are free for new parents). I don’t know how long Amazon will continue to do this promotion.

Pregnancy

Useful Resources – Books
What to Expect When You are Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 6th Edition, by  Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler

Useful Resources – Web Sites
BabyCenter – http://www.babycenter.com

Products
Fetal Doppler Advanced Technology BabyBeat Doppler with Recorder (Model 150A), http://www.babybeat.com (I will be selling mine shortly)
Boppy® Total Body Pillow, for sleep comfort when pregnant
Bella Band by Ingrid & Isabel, http://www.ingridandisabel.com

Labor & Delivery

Products
iPod® Touch (audio), Apple http://www.apple.com
iHome Portable Speakers with Alarm Clock for iPod®, iHome
Flip Ultra HD Video Camera – Flip Video

Baby’s First Year

Useful Resources – Books
What to Expect the First Year, Heidi Murkoff
Parenting with Love & Logic, Foster Cline and Jim Fay http://www.loveandlogic.com
So Easy Baby Food Kit, Fresh baby http://www.freshbaby.com

Useful Resources – Web sites
Wordpress (Free blogging platform): http://www.wordpress.com
YouTube (Video sharing site) http://www.youtube.com

Picasaweb (Photo sharing site) http://picasaweb.google.com
Skype (live video) – http://www.skype.com

Useful Resources – CDs
Lullabies for Babies, Parents brand (Parent Magazine), Target always has that mood music listening section. That where we found it, don’t know if they still have this one. Love it! Brody still likes to listen to it.

Products for Baby
SwaddleMe®, Kiddopotamus
Gerber Nuk Orthodontic pacifiers, Gerber
Baby Einstein videos, http://www.babyeinstein.com
Modern Zoo Baby Blanket, Carousel Designs – Mom Review
Sleep Sheep, Cloud B
Sophie the Giraffe Teether, Vulli
Lovin’ Hug Swing , Graco http://www.gracobaby.com
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, BabyBjorn http://www.babybjorn.com/en/American/
Vicks Germ Free Humidifier, Vicks http://www.vicks.com
Fresh Baby Food Trays, Fresh Baby
Baby Cubes Baby Food Storage, Baby Cubes
Rainforest™ Jumperoo™, Fisher-Price http://www.fisher-price.com
Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym, Fisher-Price http://www.fisher-price.com

Safety 1st Kirby Inflatable tub,– These tubs are great for transitioning between the baby bath and the adult bath tub.
Antonius Clothes Storage System, IKEA – see our closet picture here (we have the white wood tops on them now 🙂
JJ Cole Original Bundle Me, JJ Cole Collections
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers – 180 Count
Pampers Sensitive Wipes

Products for Mom

Amazon Kindle – a great getaway for any mom
Pump In Style® Advanced Breastpump w/ Metro Bag, Medala
Boppy® Miracle Middle Pillow
Itzbeen Baby Care Timer, http://www.itzbeen.com A great way to keep track of everything baby and mom related. Especially right when you are back from the hospital. I use it to keep track of feeding, changing diapers, and also when I need to take medications too. Love it.
All small & mighty, free and clear detergent (HE safe)

Products for Infants/Toddlers

Twilight Turtle – Cloud B
Leapster 2 – LeapFrog

I will continue to keep this list updated and available. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about these products or why I LOVE them, feel free to shoot me an email at andreaandtim@gmail.com and I would be happy to discuss further. I will also be including ‘product reviews’ into my blog posts so make sure to stay tuned. If I do a review of the products stated above, I will link to it here as well. Please know that I have not been paid by any company for my endorsement of these products.

However, I will and do accept free products and services from companies and organizations to give an honest review. For it to recieve a ‘Mom Pick’  recommendation and appear on this list, the product or service has to meet the standards stated above. If you feel that your product is ‘GREAT’ enough to make this list, feel free to contact me at andreaandtim@gmail.com.

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