You never really know what will work for you and your little family until you actually get to use the products gifted/purchased. There are some things that have not quite made it out of their boxes, but I do have some favorites.
1. Henri Bendel Baby Bag
For us women it is easy to fall in love with purses and if you are used to showcasing a nice purse on your shoulder, a vinyl floral or graphic printed baby bag just won’t quite do. I, personally was on the hunt for something different. After months of searching, comparing prices and getting opinions it seemed that 75% of those that I spoke with were willing to go and pay close to $1k for a designer baby bag and the other 25% told me they would not waste all that money on a baby bag that would eventually get dirty…. but there had to be a fashionable bag that would not make me feel guilty if I happened to spill some milk on it and that did not seem super feminine if daddy wore it. I finally stumbled across the BROWN & WHITE BENDEL BABY BAG by Henri Bendel.
Suggested retail price of $348.00
It came with the changing pad inside as well as a convertible strap that allows you to switch it from a shoulder to crossbody bag. It also has tons of space and compartments/pockets both on the inside and outside. The fact that it wasn’t common like some other designer baby bags intrigued me more and luckily enough my hubby bought it for me as my “Push Gift.” I highly recommend it for that modest mommy who still wants to make a fashionable impression.
2. JJ Cole Broadway Stroller
Are you looking for that stylish stroller that swivels, converts, lays flat, turns into a bassinet, can be utilized from newborn to toddler, compares with most high end strollers, but doesn’t break the bank?
Suggested retail price of $450 (which is almost half the price of most strollers in it’s class) the Broadway is just for you.
It comes in a standard black, which makes it gender neutral. If you want to add a dose of color, the canopies come in an array of colors And can be purchased separately.
3. JJ Cole Newport Carseat
Before you purchase what seems to be an “affordable” car seat along with the accessories that are sold separately (neck/head stabilizer, seat bealt cushions and the base)… consider the Newport. Suggested retail price of $200
The Newport brings all the upgraded items (neck stabilizer, shoulder cushions etc) and they are crash tested for their safety. Anything added to your car seat after it is manufactured is not guaranteed to be safe in the event of an accident. This car seat also has a 5 star safety rating. The best perk is that it is easily compatible with the Broadway and can be utilized as part of the travel system.
4. Medela Pump In Style, On the Go Tote
Suggested retail price $269.99
This amazing set has helped a ton. I have been able to nurse and store the extras for my little one and it has a lot of convenient extras that helped guide this new mommy. For mommies on the go, it includes the sleek tote, a portable battery kit and mini ice pack and storage if you can’t utilize what you pump right away. Also, once you open the box, you should find some coupons to help you purchase extra accessories for your pump.
5. Medela Breast Milk Storage Solutions
Suggested retail price of $39.99
This extra accessory kit is worth every penny! Not to mention, if you purchase the pump you get a coupon (I saved $5 with the manufacturer’s coupon.)
It contains storage bags that can be utilized in the freezer and 2 sets of storage bottles.
6. Lansinoh Brand Lanolin Topical Breast Cream
Suggested retail value $12.99
If it weren’t for this tube of goodness I would have been one discouraged mom. As a 1st time mommy, you don’t really know what you’re in for with breast feeding. After my 2nd day, let’s just say I FELT THE BURN!!! Had it not been for this cream, I don’t know how long I would have lasted in the nursing game. I consider it the liquid bandaid for your boobies!
7. Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround
Suggested retail price of $62.99
Our son hates to be swaddled and no matter how many times we try, he pulls a Houdini on us and escapes… We found so much peace having him sleep in the Snuggle Nest. We lay it inside of his cradle at night and during the day we move it to his pack n play. The main reason I love it so much is because it limits the space he has to move around in. Being a newborn, be gets alot of spasms and stretches quite often and when I get up to nurse him I often find him close to the edge of the Snuggle Nest. That leads me to believe that if he had more room to move I’d find him in random positions. Another feature that our newborn loves is that it has an option to play sounds that mimic the womb, knocks him right out! It is travel friendly, has a night light, plays music and is a good option for those that like to have their cuddle bug sleep in their bed.
8. Burt’s Bees Baby
Suggested retail value $6 and up
For years moms have been utilizing Johnson & Johnson baby products in efforts to give their children that fresh baby scent….. but for our newborn, I wanted something purer. We went for the 100% organic Burt’s Bees baby products. They are very gentle on his skin and leave him oh so smooth. One perk is he ends up smelling like a sweet honey bee, correction… mommy’s sweet honey bee. ♡
A lot of these items can be purchased at better deals, you just have to hunt for those promo codes and shop around. I saved tons of money searching for coupon codes, cashback rewards and promos. One of my many tricks is to do all of my online shopping through EBATES. I start all my purchases through their site and see what amount of cash I could earn for that purchase. Yes, they pay you to shop!!! Free money!! Then once I open a tracking ticket, I am redirected to the site I will make the purchase through (Baby’s r us, Walgreens, Target etc). If they have a rewards program, I sign up for it too. Toy’s R Us/ Baby’s R Us have a great rewards program, so make sure you sign up and link it up to your registry. I earn in store rewards every month!
At 2 weeks, these are my favs… as our baby grows, I’m sure I will have new favs… Especially since I have yet to open some of our goodies.
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