Here is a list of the baby things we used the most between 4 and 8 months old! There is no sponsored content in this post. However, it does contain affiliate links. You can read more about that here. Thank you!
A few months ago I posted a little list of the things we used and valued the most during Tootie’s first four months. We’re still many items from that list a ton (the stroller, the humidifier, the muslin blankets, and the bandanna bibs). But as she has grown and changed, she has unfortunately grown out of a lot of these things. We’ve passed most of them on to friends and family, and I sold a few things. I’m going to share a quick little update on the baby stuff we’ve used the most in the past 4 months.
1. Melissa & Doug toys. I listened to their How I Built This episode last year and enjoyed it, so I was keen on checking out their toys. Our neighbor gave us one of the sound puzzles, and it keeps Tootie very occupied—so much so that she got a second one on Prime Day. She also loves the Geometric Stacker, particularly the mesmerizing red ball.
2. Monochrome foam play mat. This was kind of an impulse purchase one day, but it’s ended up being a fantastic investment. We have this upstairs where we have wood floors. I guess we’re getting old, because it was getting uncomfortable to be down on the floor with her for long periods of time. We don’t use the “sides” on this.
3. Stack cups. Highly prized! She really loves these things. Since they are only $4, we bought two sets. We use them in the pool, in the bath, in the car, or just hanging out around the house. They stack up nicely and compact for the diaper bag, too.
4. V-Tech Walker. We actually don’t use this as a walker. The playing part detaches, and you can set it on the floor. There was one day that Ramona opened and shut the little yellow barn down approximately 500 times. But who cares if she’s entertained, right?
5. DIY rattles. I made these after seeing Tootie go nuts for something very similar at daycare. She LOVES these things. We keep them all around the house and car. And don’t freak out—the caps are glued on with Gorilla Glue.
6. Ikea Antilop High Chair. While I love our more expensive high chair, it isn’t as practical as the plain old Ikea high chair. At $23, the Ikea Antilop High Chair With Tray is well worth the money. No nooks and crannies, very little fabric, and cute. So much easier to clean than high chairs with fabric (even vinyl). It doesn’t have a shoulder harness built in though, so we couldn’t use it until Ramona was pretty good at sitting up unassisted.
7. Silicone bibs. IMO, we wasted our money buying the cute Target Cloud Island food bibs (not the bandanna bibs). They stain so easily, and who has time to soak every bib in Oxyclean? These silicone bibs are so easy to clean—just rinse them off and let them dry with the dishes. And they are a great price for two.
8. Practical diaper bag. Speaking of diaper bag…we ditched the more expensive diaper bag we got at our baby shower (I won’t mention the name, but it’s one nearly everyone gets) and got this one off Amazon. It seems like it is sold under different brand names. I saw my friend with one and had to have it. It’s so practical with all of the compartments and even the little bottle coolers in the front.
9. Dr. Brown’s Formula Pitcher. I stopped breastfeeding at 5 months and pretty much drop-kicked my pump to the curb. (Ok, I actually sold it, and it was an awesome pump.) When we switched to formula, this pitcher made our life a lot easier. As did these little formula dispensers while we were on the go.
10. Sleepers. I’ve given up on Carter’s for sleepers. The prints are really cute, and they are affordable, but I swear they shrink a little bit more every time we wash them. I’ve been buying Hanna Andersson sleepers when they go on sale. They are $40 when they aren’t on sale, but I’ve gotten them for as low as $16.50! They seem to last through dryer cycles and are roomier. Plus, adorable prints. We just alternate between two. (Here’s my referral coupon for 20% off your first order.)
11. Sun hat. I love this hat so much, and Tootie gets so many compliments when she’s wearing it out and about. Again, wait for it to go on sale! We have one in navy and one in pink.
12. Amazing Baby Muslin Sleep Sacks. These sleep sacks are great for daycare and naps. Cute patterns. Cheaper than the bigger name brands you find in stores, but comparable quality. They do shrink a bit in the dryer, so buy a size up if your baby is on the upper end of the size range.
13. Diono Radian RXT Car Seat. This seat looks like overkill. But it was highly recommended for small cars, and I got it on a great sale. And let me tell you what—worth every penny for how easy it is to get her in and out of this thing. I hate the car seat in Mike’s car, and while the Cosco car seat is a great backup car seat for the grandparents, it would be very annoying to use every day.
14. Nasal Aspirators. Daycare has pretty much infected Tootie on a weekly basis. We routinely use the Nose Frida contraption, but for the tougher jobs, my coworker recommended this. Mike gave me some side eye when I told him it attached to a VACUUM CLEANER. As my favorite Amazon review says, “Yes it works…yes it’s strange….just buy it.” Oh, and pain killers. We should buy stock in infant Ibuprofen and Tylenol.
15. Disposable changing pads. These are great to have while we’re out and about, especially if you think you might be somewhere without a changing table in the bathroom. These were super for Tootie’s first vacation, too.
Alright, that’s a wrap on this list. I’m thinking we’ll be using many of these items for a while to come, so they are good investments. Keep them in mind when you’re putting together your registries or getting gifts for family and friends!