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10 Baby items that I couldn’t live without & a Best Buy Giveaway! #BestBuyBaby

Our oldest “baby” is now 10. Ten. I don’t know how this happened but it did and I am in complete denial. If there’s one thing I remember about the early days, the sleep deprived baby years, is that when you’re a new parent, the amount of products out there for your baby can be really overwhelming.

So when Best Buy asked me to share what got me through those years, particularly the first year, I instantly thought of several products that were my must have items. But I also started to go over family photos and in those photos, it became really obvious to me what saved my sanity that I probably took for granted at the time.

In order to help you with your shopping needs in honour of Best Buy’s Baby Sale event (which is on right now!), here are my baby products that I couldn’t live without, that got me through the first year with both of my babies.

1) The Fisher Price Jumperoo.Β 

Yes it’s big. Yes it’s bright. It will be one of your favourite items in your home because your child will think it is one of the greatest toys on the planet. Which will allow you to take videos that go viral when your little one is jumping up and down in it like they’re training for the Olympics. They’ve changed the style since we owned ours but this lasted us through 2 babies. It’s one of the best investments for little ones.

Our oldest daughter in the Jumperoo.

And our younger daughter in the same one.

2) A baby monitor. Such this one from Levana.

We weren’t lucky enough to have a video monitor at the time but had we had the chance at having this, we would have gotten it. There is no greater peace of mind than being able to listen in and see your baby when you’re doing laundry, cleaning or just waking up in the middle of the night to check on them. That is, before they wake you up crying.

3) A baby bathtub.

There are a lot of baby bathtubs out there. Some with fancy holders and extra gadgets. But the one we loved the best was a simple one like this one from Boon. The colour of the mat changes colour to ensure your water isn’t too hot. It lasts you through the different stages your baby will go through from laying down as a newborn to sitting up. Bathing a newborn can be daunting for parents and that last thing you need is to worry about is them falling or slipping. This is peace of mind during bath time.

4) A touch thermometer.

This is one of those items that you don’t think about until your baby catches their first cold and you’re standing there going “How can I take their temperature with an adult thermometer?” and then you start to panic. Our girls are 10 and almost 7 and we still use this to this day. You press it on their forehead and it gives you an accurate reading in seconds. No under the tongue, no squirming and holding your fussy baby. Just touch and go.

5) A bouncer chair.

If there is one product I have envy over for today’s parents of new babies, is that your selection of bouncers is so much nicer than ours was. Back then, only the super expensive bouncers fit in with your surroundings and decor. Now? Now you get modern colours and prints and they’re so much more affordable.

When you have an item that will pretty much live in your living room next to the Jumperoo, you kind of want it to look, well, nice-er. Easily the best baby/give Mom and Dad a break invention of the modern parenting years. Think of it as a portable Jumperoo. Our little ones loved ours!

6) A sleep sack like this one from Juddlies Cottage Collection.

There will come a point where your little one will master the ninja kick and free themselves from their infant swaddle blanket. What does this mean? It means your baby will wake you up screaming because they’re cold in the middle of the night. Or their nap. And if you live in Canada, winter alone will have you running to the store to buy a sleep sack. It keeps them cozy, warm and most importantly, safe. There won’t be a blanket for you to worry about and they (and you) will get a better nights sleep.

They come in a variety of sizes and colours and even temperature ratings for different seasons.

7) A travel lightweight stroller.

This is the Summer Infant 3D Lightweight stroller which gets excellent reviews on Best Buy.

One of my biggest regret purchases was buying a travel stroller system (aka car seat + stroller all in one). I never used the big stroller. This was due in part to us living in the city at the time and I walked everywhere using a baby carrier (a point I will get to in #10 of this list) and it was huge and bulky and we had a small compact car. By the time we moved to the suburbs, we donated it. What I would have done instead, is purchased a lightweight travel stroller that reclines back so your baby can nap, that is portable, easy to close and not the size of a Moose.

I then would have invested good money into a long term infant to little kid convertible car seat. I won’t get into car seats on here because car seats on their own could require a power point presentation. I used my lightweight stroller way more than the big one. Lesson learned. PS – if you have twins, obviously you know this does not apply to you. You are my unsung parenting heroes.

8) The famous Bumbo.

When your bouncer chair starts to be “not enough” and yet your little one still needs help sitting, if there was one item that repeatedly showed up in our family photos, it was this. It comes in different colours. It’s great when you want to read with them, let them play with their toys or even have a snack . There’s a version that comes with a trayΒ that you can attach to your kitchen table chairs vs having a separate high chair. Which is great for small space living.

9) The Munchkin Snack Catcher

 

Parents of the world, rejoice. There will no longer be you walking around vacuumi…wait, no I can’t lie. You will still be vacuuming and cleaning up spills and messes. But these little gems, will decrease the quantity that you’re cleaning up. Snack goes out when little fingers reach in and snack stays in when cup is turned upside down. I had one in every colour. When they started on solids, these were game changing.

10) A Baby CarrierΒ 

If there is one item to this day that I emphatically state as my absolute baby must have item, it was my Boba baby carrier. I used it every single day for a year and a half and then some. It was to me easily the best baby product I purchased, hands down. Literally because you’re hands free, which is liberating. Best Buy has a lot of different baby carriers available and while the Boba was best for me for a variety of reasons (including my height and my babies heights), buying a carrier is a very personal decision and it should be made to fit your body. Some women like slings. Others prefer wraps. Find one that works for your needs.

And why was this my favourite baby item? Because I can still remember this day from the photo of us in the pumpkin patch years ago.

We walked everywhere that day. The animal feeding area. The pumpkin patches. The playgrounds. And so many parents were walking around struggling with their giant strollers, getting stuck everywhere and I heard countless parents say “We need one of those,” or “We should have brought the carrier.” At school pick for our older daughter, I didn’t have to lug out the car seat and stroller. Walking through a mall. Walking anywhere. No more waiting for elevators with your stroller. It got to a point where Mom’s would start asking me about it while they were there with their strollers, looking immensely frustrated. I could go on.

It’s one of the reasons I personally loved this combo and the light weight stroller versus the bigger one. It gave me a freedom that I really took for granted. Plus, baby wearing = love and cuddles!

In honour of Best Buy’s Baby Event sale, they want to give one lucky reader a chance to Win a $200 Gift Card to spend at Best Buy! Maybe you’re expecting or know someone who is and you can give them a head start a product that will make their lives easier.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck!

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Contest open to Canadian Residents over the age of 18 only. Contest closes midnight EST Friday Sept 15th, 2017.

Disclosure: This post was brought to you in collaboration with Best Buy as I am a part of the Best Buy Brand Ambassador team. Opinions as always are my own.Β 

88 Comments

  • Reply
    Elisha
    September 8, 2017 at 8:41 am

    This is a very helpful list for me, a first time mom, overwhelmed with information right now! I like that this list is a good mix of infant items and growing baby items that can be used over a longer period of time.

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    Maria
    September 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I must have a good baby monitor

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    Maryanne
    September 8, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Our 3D lite stroller was the best purchase we made. Still using on occasion at 4 years later. While I loved my carrier, we obviously have outgrown that one.

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    Marlene J
    September 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Baby Relax Ridgeline 4-in-1 Convertible Crib – Rustic Natural
    & your pick of the bouncer chair

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    Alison Braidwood
    September 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    A good baby monitor is top of my list.

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    Darlene B.
    September 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    My daughter is expecting baby number one! A baby monitor is a lifesaver.

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    joanne darrell
    September 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    A baby carrier is y must have baby item.

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    pinksuzanne
    September 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    A baby monitor would be at the top of my list.

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    Elaine G
    September 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    A must have is a good baby monitor.

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    jan
    September 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Those bounce chairs save sanity when you want to actually get some housework done!

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    Sue F
    September 8, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I had to have the bouncy chair when my son was younger it made him so happy

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    Justin Bernais
    September 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    When my boy was young the Bumbo seat was amazingly useful.

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    Michelle L
    September 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    No comment

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    Fred Quan
    September 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    the exer-saucer was great for my kids.

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    Hilary
    September 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Sleep sack is my #1 baby item πŸ™‚

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    Yasmine
    September 8, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I’m expecting a baby in November, am woefully behind on any planning and prepping, and loved reading your thoughts on lightweight strollers, carseats, baby carriers, etc. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    dani@lifeovereasy
    September 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    There are a few things on this list that I wish I had at the time! One thing I needed for sure was a baby monitor. Lifesaver!

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    Carolle H
    September 8, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    The baby monitor πŸ˜‰

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    Travelbuds
    September 8, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    A must have is a good baby monitor.

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    Christine Cook
    September 8, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    A baby carrier was essential when my little ladies were babies!!!

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    Alexandria
    September 8, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Great list! I had the similar baby carrier and it was my favorite thing. Used it for both my kids and the passed it on to my brother for my niece.

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    ginette4
    September 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    A must on my list is a baby monitor..it would give peace of mind

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    S D
    September 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    A baby carrier!

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    Kim Six
    September 8, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I’m pretty far removed from baby stuff.. but my list would be very close to yours!

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    Manda
    September 8, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Bumbo

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    Lilac
    September 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Definitely a baby stroller.

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    Pam
    September 9, 2017 at 6:09 am

    My must have would be a fabulous stroller perhaps this one:
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/phil-teds-phil-teds-dot-v3-double-stroller-black-dotprv35/10421517.aspx?

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    Florence Cochrane
    September 9, 2017 at 9:41 am

    A baby swing was my must have baby item.

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    Wendy Hutton
    September 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    a baby monitor is a must have

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    Stephanie
    September 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    A stroller is definitely a must have baby item!

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    dave
    September 9, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    a good baby monitor.

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    Sarah
    September 9, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I love my baby carrier. But I’m glad we waited until K was born to choose it so that we found one that was truly comfy.

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    Judy Cowan
    September 9, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Definitely a baby swing, definitely a great investment.

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    Shirley S
    September 9, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    My must have baby item is the Summer Infant 3D Lightweight Stroller.

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    cartersmom89
    September 10, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Definitely a baby swing! πŸ™‚

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    binabugged
    September 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    A stroller that can be used everywhere… I think sometimes that was the only thing putting my eldest to sleep, the rocking motion

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    Jackie M
    September 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    We just purchased a Graco crib from Best Buy baby sale πŸ™‚

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    Paul A
    September 10, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Must have is a stroller πŸ™‚

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    BobbiJo pentney
    September 10, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    The baby monitor was the most important buy.

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    Soozle
    September 11, 2017 at 7:48 am

    A baby monitor is a must have!

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    Krista Miller (@MillerKrazy)
    September 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I’m a big fan of the NorthStates Superyard Colorplay to keep little ones safe & enclosed but still offers a great space that can be increased or decreased.

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    hmrcarlson
    September 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Definitely a pack ‘n play. With twins both times, it was a great spot for napping as well as for traveling and corraling.

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    Anne Taylor
    September 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    With a new granddaughter arriving in less than a week, my daughter needs a great baby monitor!

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    Melinda
    September 12, 2017 at 12:37 am

    A baby monitor is my must have baby item.

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    tammy ta
    September 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    My babies are 11 & 13- so I will have to say school items would be great!

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    Sherry K
    September 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Summer Infant 3D Lightweight stroller would be great.

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    Joni
    September 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    A stroller is a must have for a new baby. That goes without saying. An excersaucer is also a very important item

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    edmontonjb
    September 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    A swing is my must have baby item. All my babies have loved swinging and it’s nice to get a little break to get a few things done while they happily swing.

    ~Jonnie

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    ivy pluchinsky
    September 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    A good baby monitor and a swing is a must have baby item

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    George Meek
    September 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    When I win I would donate the prize to a needy person…..

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    Karen E. Hill
    September 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    That would be a good baby monitor!

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      kathy downey
      September 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      My must have Best Buy baby item is a baby monitor !

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    Erin W
    September 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    My lifesaver was always a good carrier, no matter how big my daughter got! I’m all about handsfree transportation!

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    Jenness M
    September 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I found a swing and a video monitor were my lifesavers!

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    sharon
    September 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Must have a baby monitor

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    LILLIAN BROWN
    September 12, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    A baby monitor would be at the top of my list to give the parents piece of mind

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    Theresa Jones
    September 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    A great monitor for sure

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    Marsalie
    September 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Mine was the baby carrier. Couldn’t live without it!

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    Lori a Galbraith
    September 12, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    A baby monitor was my must have baby item.

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    Rosanne Robinson
    September 12, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    All of the items from Best Buy that you highlighted are must haves for babies, if I have to pick one would go with the Summer Infant 3D Lightweight Stroller.

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    Angela Jones
    September 13, 2017 at 12:39 am

    I had to have a good baby monitor.

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    Josh S
    September 13, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I really loved having a great stroller for moving around with the little ones. Made things so much easier to get around.

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    Jenny (@jnylala)
    September 13, 2017 at 2:54 am

    A good bouncer chair is a must have! Our daughter loved being in hers when she was a baby!

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    Irene
    September 13, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Thanks for the chance…..so many things I could use, hard to choose one..

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    Juliee Fitze
    September 13, 2017 at 10:08 am

    A video baby monitor to keep an eye on them when they are sleeping .

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    andrea amy (@mommy2fiveboys)
    September 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

    A good quality stroller! For my boys, a baby swing was also a must-have item as well.

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    Treen Goodwin
    September 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

    A good baby swing is on the top of my list πŸ™‚

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    katiegracemarie
    September 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I love the bumbo!!!!!!!!!

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    Jenny Major
    September 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    A good baby monitor is top of my list.

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    michelle tremblett
    September 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I love the baby monitor featured here, looks pretty amazing! We have several babies being born it the family this year and it would make a incredible gift πŸ™‚

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    krisha4444
    September 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    My digital baby monitor was my key baby item but now wanting to have a third it will definitely be a baby carrier

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    Cathy Oppedisano
    September 13, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    The mattress for the baby’s crib must be fabulous to ensure they get their sleep so that’s on the top of my list.

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    Monique L.S.
    September 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    A video baby monitor is great. Some babies make a lot of noise, but are still content and sleeping. Being able to see my daughter and what she was doing meant I didn’t have to go into her room and risk waking her.

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    Jenn Erin
    September 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    A good baby carrier is a must – it needs to be comfy for both baby and mama!

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    Yuen C
    September 13, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    A baby monitor is a must have!

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    Elaine Buonsante
    September 14, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I would opt for the baby monitor, although it was hard to choose.

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    Kevin B
    September 14, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I think the #1 must have is a baby monitor

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    Elaine Beierbach
    September 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Oh -what a great selection of products.

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    julia g
    September 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    The travel stroller is a must for parents who use cabs regularly.

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    Robyn Bellefleur
    September 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    My must have is a baby swing.

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    Laurie P
    September 14, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    the Summer Infant 3D Lightweight stroller would a great purchase from Best Buy!

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    Nancy Montgomery
    September 14, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    A video monitor is the must-have for all parents, especially first-time moms.

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    Jocelyn Grenier
    September 15, 2017 at 12:39 am

    The Surface 3 was my must-have!

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    Carole Dube
    September 15, 2017 at 1:30 am

    A must have is a good baby monitor! Thank you!

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    Dianne G
    September 15, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Besides the basics an Ingenuity Orson ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat Bouncer would be my must have. It keeps your baby happy for a while so you have time to get a few things done without the baby crying.

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    Nicolthepickle (@Nicolthepickle)
    September 15, 2017 at 7:19 am

    A baby swing was my must have.
    I’d really like to try a baby carrier sometime though. That’s my next must have. πŸ˜›

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    Tammy Dalley
    September 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    A new car seat!

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    Lushka Smith
    September 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    A baby monitor for peace of mind.

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