There are thousands of baby products out there. Some of them are incredibly useful and some are a complete marketing ploy. We spent nearly $100 on a swing that Sam wanted nothing to do with, while later purchasing a $30 bouncer that literally put him to sleep instantly. So, don’t always judge a book by its cover. After much trial and error, I have compiled a list of what products you may want to consider for your 6-month-old.
I have to be honest, I thought this toy was overrated when I first discovered it, but I was proven wrong. It is the perfect size and shape for Sam to hold and chew. Some people say that it is prone to mold, but I have never had a problem it. Just maybe something to watch out for, especially if it gets submerged in water. It is not a bath toy. It sure puts a smile on Sam’s face as soon as he hears it squeak, so I’m sold.
Amazon – Sophie The Giraffe
After a few hours of picking the same toy or cup off of the floor just to have it tossed again, you will want this holder. It attaches to nearly anything (high chair, shopping cart, etc) and continues to save my sanity on a daily basis.
With any easy open baby gate, you get the safety you need with the ease of actually being able to open it with one hand and walk through. We have other gates, that force us to step over and this gets old very quickly. If you are anything like me, falls are bound to happen.
Amazon – Regalo Easy Open 50 Inch Baby Gate
Buy this. Seriously. I struggled with finding a true diaper bag that was both functional and fashionable. I will admit, I am picky. This diaper bag was everything I wanted and more. It was affordable at just over $100 and had plenty of pockets (even an insulated snack pocket) to keep me organized.
Amazon – Newlie Gail Satchel Diaper Bag
Amazon – BABYBJORN Soft Bib 2-Pack
This is one of those inventions that I didn’t believe would work at first. However, it works flawlessly and makes feeding your little a breeze when you are on the go (or at home). The standard baby food squeeze packs were just too messy and difficult for Sam at first, so this spoon made my life easier.
Every baby is different, so if yours isn’t standing at this point, don’t worry! Sam started crawling at 7-months and standing almost days later. Though he still isn’t walking at 10-months, I have been grateful for this activity table. Once your little starts standing, this is a must.
Amazon – Musical Activity Table
Though I do not have a girl, I couldn’t resist adding this romper! I have several rompers for Sam (the boy versions of course) and they are my favorite spring/summer outfit choice. Comfortable for baby, easy change for mommy. Win, win.
Amazon – One-piece Romper
I cannot resist Ikea, especially since a store just recently opened less than an hour away. That being said, this high chair may not have the bells and whistles that some do, but it is functional and the price is right at $19.99. Where else can you get a new high chair for this price? Plus, I made a few adorable cushion inserts and am obsessed with the look. I will post a how-to for these covers soon.
Ikea – Antilop High Chair
At only $2.99, these stacking cups are probably the cheapest toy you may ever purchase for your little. However, these little things are Sam’s absolute favorite toy right now. He will grab these cups before any of his other much more expensive toys, go figure.
Ikea – Mula Stack & Nest Cups
We have used the Bumbo seat since 4 months and continue to love it. Not only is it great for floor play or a quick meal, but it is also portable enough to take to grandma and grandpa’s house, since they may not have a high chair of their own.
Amazon – Bumbo Multi Seat
Amazon – Sassy Wonder Activity Wheel
Sam is beginning to grow out of his DockATot, which means we will soon upgrade to the Grand. This might be the most expensive item on this list, but for me, it was beyond worth it. My only regret is that I did not purchase this from day one.
There are plenty of Pacifier Clips out there, but this one is too cute to pass up. Handmade braided leather with a beautiful and durable engraved clip. Sam is not as interested in pacifiers anymore, but we have used this to tether small teethers as well. It is a keepsake we will always cherish.
As I mentioned, Sam is standing constantly now, which means shoes are going to be a necessity very soon. These gender-neutral moccasins are adorable and have helped him transition into wearing shoes without a fit.
Amazon – Baby Moccasins First Walkers
Amazon – Organic Teething Ring
Mom needs a little attention here too. I wear jewelry daily, but with a little trying to pull and chew on every necklace I own, I had almost given up hope. Until I found teething necklaces that are safe for baby and still stylish for mom. Best of both worlds.
Amazon – Teething Necklace for Moms
These knee pads aren’t very padded, but rather give baby a grip on slick floors. Our house is nearly all wood, which made crawling a major challenge when Sam was first learning. These finally gave him the grip he needed to take off.
Amazon – Baby Crawling Anti-Slip Kneepads
Now is the time to baby proof if you haven’t already. There are countless safety brands out there, but I have to highlight Ikea’s Patrull collection. They are very inexpensive and functional for outlets, cabinets, doors and more.
Ikea – Patrull Safety
They will get bumps and bruises. That is a fact that all of us mom’s just have to accept whether we like it or not. If you have hard floors and hate the rainbow-colored mats that are sold in stores like I did, these classic gray/white play mats are a great option. It looks similar to a rug in our living room and has saved Sam from countless bruises as he tries to stand up on everything in sight.
Amazon – Foam Play Mat