Baby Stuff: Brands you love and why (lurkers chime in!)

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Baby Stuff: Brands you love and why (lurkers chime in!)

So, this question was asked in another thread and since it is getting to be that time (woop woop for shopping!) to start buying some stuff or at least looking at it we should talk about baby stuff.

What brands do you love for things you need for baby and why? What brands did you hate and why? Things like diapers, bottles, wipes, etc.

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We tried the Costco brand wipes until we realized that they were just smearing the poop around. I'd go with brand name wipes, or at least not Costco brand!

We used Pampers Swaddlers for the first several months, until they started including the DryMax, and he had a bad reaction to the DryMax diapers. At that point we switched to Huggies. I do think we will try the Pampers Baby Dry this time, though, as they don't have DryMax, and I really liked the way the Pampers worked for my newborn boy. We'll probably have both Pampers and Huggies on hand though.

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I am a brand snob, when I find one that works I stick with it. And if one brand peeves me off I'm done with them LOL!

Diapers: CLOTH Smile Okay, when we use sposies, we use pampers for DD2, but with DS Luvs worked best, with DD1 only Huggies would do so for us it all depends on the baby.

Wipes: I LOVE Lansinoh wipes for newborns. Once they get past a few months old we use pampers sensitive. I don't like regular wipes, they stink and they break out my babies bums.

Bottles: I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Breastflow bottles for bf'ing babies that need bottles. I do use other bottles after they get older but not until they're past about 6 months old or so.

I'm particular with my baby clothes as well. I like soft cottons and tend to stick with Carters brand or Gymboree.

Monitors: they all suck LOL. I can't find a good one to save my butt and I've tried at least 5 brands/styles.

Diaper rash cream: Earth Mama Angel Baby-Angel Baby Bottom Balm is THE BOMB! My DD2 has a supersensitive bum and about 15 minutes in a poopy diaper is all it takes for her butt to become inflamed. This stuff is the ONLY thing that will almost instantly make her butt better.

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For carseats I love: Graco, Britax and (would LOVE to own someday) Sunshine Kids Radian!

Diapers: Pampers BabyDry. I love them. I've tried other diapers but found either they leaked, fit funny or weren't very absorbant. I will be using pampers babydry on new baby too!

Wipes: Huggies! I love how thick they are and I find they do more cleaning than smearing! I use less wipes, so even though the huggies ones are a little more expensive because I use less of them than the generic - the cost works out to be the same.

I never used bottles (DS was EBF until 1, then we just transitioned to sippy cups) I love the Take a Toss sippies. They're easy, innexpensive and DS loves them! They come in a variety of sizes and colours, which makes me a very happy Mama! Smile

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Wipes: I will only use Huggies. I've tried others including several generics and other brands and I've hated them all! So it's Huggies sensitive for us.

Diapers: I found that Huggies again did the trick. I didn't find Pampers to be very absorbent, and she would have major blowouts in them that she didn't have in Huggies. We also had lots of leakage and blowouts in the Luvs. We might try Luvs again this time as someone said they work better for boys, but if I do try them again it'll be with skepticism.

Bottles: I will just stick with the Medela bottles that came with my pump. They are great and I already have all the nipples I need for them.

Carseats: I'm not into spending insane amounts of money on carseats when they all have to pass the same crash testing standards. We have an Evenflo convertible for DD and got a BabyTrend Flex Loc for DS on the way. Both have great crash test rating and were only $100 each, AND they match our car's interior too.

I've tried every diaper rash cream out there and find the Desitin Maximum Strength is the only one that has worked for us at all, so we'll stick with that. Hmmm, that's all I can think of right now.

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I love Bug and Pickle nipple cream - very creamy and easy to apply (not thick and waxy). Seems to do the job (but for me I think that the nipple sensitivity for the first few months is hormone caused more than anything else).
Cloth diapers - preferred Kanga pocket diaper with hemp insert (and like AMP AIO except that they are size specific so that gets costly).
Eco-disposables - really like Bambo nature but they cost a fair bit more than mainstream brands (we use only one at night and cloth during the day so we don't mind).
Have had great luck with almost all natural baby products we have tried including bum creams, bath products etc. Quite fond of California baby bath soap but hard to get in Canada. Now that we have used so many fragrance free products I find the fragrance in some products quite gross.
Used gripe water for a bit but greatly preferred the Oval drops.
Have had many uses for infant menthol chest/foot/back rub during all our colds. And saline drops.

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I love the huggies both wipes and diapers. The wipes are the thick non scented ones. I also love the fact that huggies always has some kind of coupons which helps with the cost.

Bottles: I really liked the Tommie Tippie brand. I didn't get to use them long with DS since he refused bottles early and would only nurse off me.

Clothes: I do a lot of Carter's. I like how they look and fit. They are pretty true to their sizes.

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I'd like to BUMP this thread in case anyone has any other opinions!

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Diapers: CLOTH! Prefolds for NBs and pockets for toddlers. Cloth wipes are also the bomb. I can clean an entire toddler with one cloth wipre. Try doing that with a disposable wipe!

Diaper cream: Hands down, Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm (my post is starting to seem eerily reminiscent of a certain momW's).

Bottles: Any bottle my baby will take, which was none. You name it, we tried it. The only time she ever liked a bottle was when I was cleaning them out recently to give to my SIL. It happened to be a Tommee Tippee.

Breast pump: Medela PISA. A must have for moms who work and pump.

Car seat: Evenflow Triumph. I like it. It contains my baby well in a car.

Stroller: I loves me my BOB.

Baby goop: Weleda calendula oil is great for oodles of things and it smells really nice. Its awesome as a massage oil and it even cleared up some of DDs baby acne and craddle cap. I use a squirt of it in water to make her wipe solution. We've had maybe one diaper rash that took more than a few changes to clear up.

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For carseats I love: .... Sunshine Kids Radian!

We started with one of the "baby in a bucket" kind of car seats with the base that stays in your car, but switched to a Radian when our DS was a little older (can't remember when now). I LOVE this seat. Took a while to search for a deal on one, but I'm glad I did. He's still rearfacing in this and I plan to keep him that way as long as possible.

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diapers- Love the swaddlers for both boys, huggies ALWAYS leaked for us.

Wipes- Huggies thick, THE BEST

Carseats- Graco Safe-T-Seat (I think that's it, the one that goes up to 35 lbs) and the Sunshine Kids Radian.

Clothes- whatever I can get cheap lol, but not walmart, they ALWAYS shrink.

bottles - DS1 was BF and FF he liked the Dr. Browns the best and the Glass Evenflo later on. DS2 turns his nose up at bottles and gives me the baby middle finger when I try LOL. EBF for that boy.

Breast pump- I hate pumping but I bought second hand, an Ameda Purly Yours double electric, FANTASTIC. love it and you can re-sell it because no milk touches anythnig but the horns and bottles Smile

Diaper cream- A&D ointment FTW!! stinky but clears up everything.

Strollers- I hate strollers, I've owned a million and the only one I've liked is my used Peg Perego Pliko, it's compact when folded (a bit long though) and rides well. To expensive to buy new though, unless you're planning on having a buttload of kids LOL. DS2 was supposed to be my last so I didn't go all out on a stroller.

Monitors. I had a Graco one taht wasn't bad, the range wasn't great, it died though and I bought a Fisher Price one from Once Upon a child, it's great and I love it. I also have this no name video monitor that I love love love, I wish I could find a link because it's priced well and works fantastic for the newbie stage.

babywearing- LOVE to babywear and have owned pretty much every one LOL. My all time fave is the Ring Sling. i also love my Ergo carrier and pouch sling. Never never liked the snuggli or Bjorn type carriers, they're not good for hip development either so it's win/win for me Smile

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"Allie01979" wrote:

babywearing- LOVE to babywear and have owned pretty much every one LOL. My all time fave is the Ring Sling. i also love my Ergo carrier and pouch sling. Never never liked the snuggli or Bjorn type carriers, they're not good for hip development either so it's win/win for me Smile

I just started looking into this - I used a pouch sling with my last baby and I liked it a lot, though many times I wished I could shorten it up a bog to carry her higher. So I am looking to get a ring sling for this one - I just discovered them by reading stuff on the baby wearing board yesterday. Do you have a particular brand that you like? I'm trying to find one that's attractive for both me and DH (though I'm not convinced he'll use it), and that is reasonably priced - I don't want to pay $90 or $100 for a ring sling!

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

I just started looking into this - I used a pouch sling with my last baby and I liked it a lot, though many times I wished I could shorten it up a bog to carry her higher. So I am looking to get a ring sling for this one - I just discovered them by reading stuff on the baby wearing board yesterday. Do you have a particular brand that you like? I'm trying to find one that's attractive for both me and DH (though I'm not convinced he'll use it), and that is reasonably priced - I don't want to pay $90 or $100 for a ring sling!

If you're crafty at all you can make one, there's lots of how-to's online.

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Sarahsunshine's DH can make the ring slings quickly and nicely for his buddies to use when they have little ones....so I'd think you ladies could all manage it as well! Wink ( They usually are made with fabric that has fish on it 'cause he's a fishery officer.) DD uses whatever fabric she likes for hers. Since there are several ways to use them, they usually have 2 in use at every outing, one for Ivy (almost 3) and one for Leo (18 months.)

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I love my ringsling! I would be useless trying to make one, I don't have a crafy bone in my body, but my sister makes them and she made me one when I had my son. I love it! Such a life saver! I know with baby #2 on the way it will be even more useful!! Baby #2 is probably just going to live in the sling LOL!

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Yeah, I can sew, and am fairly crafty - but I never have the time to actually finish anything now days! If I decide to make one, I may or may not have it half done by the time LO gets here... I'm way better off just buying one. LOL