Our youngest recently turned 6 months. Though I still call her "my newborn baby," I do realize that she is a lovely person in her own right. Absolutely delightful to have around.
The following ten products are getting the most use around our house these days. Actually, we don't have many other baby gizmos and gadgets at all. Simplicity is our style.
Teething Bling by Smart Mom Jewelry - Allow me to introduce you to teething bling - non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free jewelry. Beautiful to look at and safe for baby to chew, the company's pendants and bangles are a boon for new mothers. This is the only necklace I wear because it gives my (toothless) baby something clean to rub her gums on when we are out-and-about. At $18.99 each (+ free shipping on Amazon), the pendants also make a pretty and practical gift for any new mom.
BabyBjorn Babysitter - We have very little in the way of actual "baby gear" in our home. No crib, no changing table, no rocking chair, no swing. That said, we do get good use out of our bouncer. Our 6-month-old sits there when we need to cook dinner, unload the dishwasher, or pop in the shower. The BabyBjorn branded one is beautiful in its simplicity, fitting into family life without cartoon characters and mechanical noises.
ERGObaby Organic Carrier - Doing errands at home and in the city is made simpler with the use of a baby carrier. We've tried over 20 carriers and the ERGObaby stands out as the best bet for your money. Smartly designed for use with babies up through preschool, the carrier offers ergonomic support and great features like a sleeping hood and zippered pocket.
Diono Radian RXT Car Seat - This seat has a steep price tag, but it's also designed to last from newborn to booster...and then can be passed on to younger siblings. The RXT has the slimmest profile of any car seat on the market and is ideal for small cars. We have a Toyota Camry with three car seats in the back so inches do matter.
Inglesina Fast Table Chair - Save on space at the dining room table with this easy-to-set-up seat. Our baby is right at the table, interacting with the family...and there's no cumbersome base to clutter up your kitchen. Plus, there are no trays to detach and clean. You'll also appreciate the versatility; simply unlatch and bring with you when you go on vacation or to dinner at a friend's house. The only downside is that the seat may not fit on all table bases. Available for $49.
DSLR - 6-month-old babies are unquestionably photogenic. Smiley and curious, you don't want to miss catching the magic of this season. Sell all your baby gear and get a camera if you have to. Baby decor is cute, but you won't treasure it in the same way as pictures.
Kirkland Wipes - Even pampers wipes can't compete with the Costco brand. Packaged for ease of use, the wipes offer the perfect amount of moisture without heavy perfumes.
Pants - Crawling babies need extra protection for their little knees. If you're a first time mom and planning ahead for your baby's wardrobe, skip dresses in the 6-12M size (they impede movement) and opt for adorable two pieces, onesies, and stretchy pants.
Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover - I never leave the house without my cover. Although I fully support nursing in public with or without a cover, I feel more comfortable with the coverage of a beautiful piece of fabric. With a cover, I am able to feed my baby in restaurants, at the library, at church, or at the park - without stressing about showing too much skin.
Bella Materna Anytime Nursing Gown - At the end of a long day, it's a lovely luxury to be able to slip into a flattering and soft nightgown. Bella Materna has perfected the nursing gown by making it equal parts beautiful, sexy, and super easy to nurse in. A worthwhile splurge because, if you like it as much as I do, you'll wear it most every day.
Do you have a 6-month-old baby? What are your top product picks?