I have made quite a few bad purchases as a mom so far and so I thought I would NOT recommend the following products (and explain what exactly it is that is annoying about each thing).
The image above is a reclining booster by Safety 1st from a few years ago. You can strap it on a regular chair, which is nice. Unfortunately, it has tons of spots where food can get stuck and turn green. Literally the only way to get the junk out was to shake the whole thing upside down relentlessly in the back yard. When you are shopping for a high chair, check for places in the seat where food could fall or get stuffed. It looks like the latest model of this chair has easy-to-wipe padding all the way under the child, so it might work better.
These newborn gowns are super cute, but I personally don’t recommend them for first-time parents. The first days with Ruth were mostly a blur but the problems I had with these are ingrained in my memory. They were so hard to get over the baby’s head, all the way down the body, and over the arms. I think this had to do with the fact that with the first, you feel a little like you are going to break them or something. There are other good infant options out there, so for you first-timers, I’d suggest getting something with some easy snaps down the front.
This is not the exact car seat that we didn’t like, but it’s very similar. I’m sure ours isn’t on the market anymore. Some things that were difficult about our convertible car seat were that when it was facing backwards, we couldn’t reach the adjustment strap on the front bottom because it was angled into our Accord’s back seat. That was frustrating. Then, when it was turned forward, it wouldn’t adjust well either, because the straps in the back of the seat got hung on each other. The seat was also very bulky. Ask your friends for recommendations of a good convertible car seat. They must be designed well since they face both back and front. In addition, I recommend trying it out in your car.
to leave us on a happy note, here’s my “favorite baby stuff” recommendation
These Safety 1st doorknob covers have been extremely useful to keep the kids out of our bedroom, out of their closets during naptime, out of the basement….. need I go on? These are totally worth the investment for peace of mind that your child is not into something unsafe or just something you don’t want them terrorizing :)