Monday, February 14, 2011

Mommy Must Haves: Halo Sleepsack Giveaway! {closed}

When I became a mom a little over a year ago, I remember being overwhelmed by all of the baby gear out there. I had such a hard time figuring out what was essential and what was just fluff. How is a mom supposed to know what baby gear is essential? I think the best way is to learn from other moms' experiences. So without further ado, I give you MY mommy-must-have list!

1. Sturdy Crib -- The CPSC recommends not using a crib more than 10 years old, one that has been broken or modified, or one with a drop side. If you choose to buy new, make sure you fill out your product registration card so the manufacturer can notify you if there is ever a recall on your crib.

2. Carseat & Stroller -- There is a huge range of features & prices, so find what features are important to you and go with it. I loved having a carseat that snapped into my stroller, so the little one could stay sleeping while I ran my errands.

3. Diapers -- Lots and lots and lots of diapers! Many people told me only to buy one pack of Newborn size before the baby was born, and then to wait and see as she grew. WRONG! Leaving the house was the last thing on my mind in the first week or two of The Bambina's life. I say buy plenty of little sizes, and exchange them for bigger sizes later as needed. (Even Rite Aid will exchange sizes without a receipt!)

4. Front Carrier -- I'm a huge fan of the Ergo & Belle, but try on a few front carriers & find one that works for you. Front carriers are a great way to have your hands free around the house, and I used mine a lot while traveling and going on walks.

5. Carseat Cover/Bundler -- If your baby will be little during the cold months, a carseat bundler or cover is definitely essential. They keep your babe warm, prevent others from touching (bonus!), and are much safer than simply using a blanket.

6. Nursing Cover -- If you plan to breastfeed, a nursing cover will allow you to be part of the action instead of having to leave the room when your baby needs to feed. And they're essential in public places where you don't have the option to leave the room! I kept one Hooter Hider in my pump bag at work, one in my diaper bag for on the go, and one hanging my coat rack at home for when guests came to visit.

7. Itzbeen Baby Care Timer -- This gadget is a lifesaver when caring for a newborn. No more looking at the clock in the middle of the night and trying to figure out how long it's been since the last feed or change. This keeps track for you! (And if you're breastfeeding, it even keeps track of which side you last fed on.)

8. Bravado Nursing Bras -- I've said it once and I'll say it again - these babies are worth every penny. I now own 4, and they're by far the most comfortable and functional nursing bra around. (I was actually sad to go back to my regular bra when I stopped nursing!)

9. Halo SleepSacks -- What do newborns, babies & young toddlers all have in common? They can all wiggle out of their blankets at night like it's nobody's business. Halo SleepSacks keep your babe warm at night without any risk of SIDS. And if you live in an old house like mine that's drafty, it's the best way to keep them warm at night!


If you're a new mom, check out more discussions here and here and here to see what products other Mommies have on their must-have lists!


And now to the exciting part...

Win it!
Halo has offered one lucky winner a SleepSack in their choice of color & size! These would make a great baby shower gift!

How To Enter:

Disclaimer: This was an unpaid post, and all opinions here are expressly my own. Halo Innovations offered one lucky reader a Halo SleepSack free of charge. Giveaway ends on 2/28/11 at midnight MST. Winner will be notified via email.



27 comments:

BJ said...

swaddle blanket is a must have - saves time and energy!

Megan said...

The ultimate crib sheet from babies r us

Jinii said...

The woombie!

Cameron and Carly said...

my nursing cover was a lifesaver

Kristen said...

The bumbo!

Colleen said...

video monitor!

Cam said...

Carrier!

Coupon Person said...

Love baby sleep sacks. Carters brand are so soft.

Shannon said...

A mommy must have for me is a breast pump. Even though I am a SAHM its nice to have a back up supply for when you are feeling ill or when you want a babysitter! :)

Shannon said...

tweeted. http://twitter.com/#!/shannonforpeace/status/37554883120865280

bridget said...

my must have is a monitor!

Kristen said...

a white noise machine

Barney and Shelby said...

Baby monitor. It gives you so much freedom:) Thanks!
shakenafist@

Hannah said...

A humidifier. We've been so sick this season.

Jenna Z said...

Must have item=NEW car seat!

Steph said...

A baby carrier!



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Rebecca said...

Baby monitor is an ABSOLUTE must - I would have gone CRAZY without it! :)

Rebecca said...

DO I need to do separate posts for every "new entry"? I tried to Twitter Halo, and couldn't find it on Twitter ANYWHERE!

Annalisa said...

@Rebecca - nope, just fill out the form. There is a link to Halo's twitter account in the post above! Here it is again: http://twitter.com/HaloSleepSack

judithelenore said...

My must have is a video baby monitor!

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Amy K said...

The Ergo!! Love it

Debbie said...

My must have is a portacrib. Great for traveling!

Kristen said...
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Catherine said...

Couldn't live without my nursing cover.

Libby said...

lanolin is my new mommy must have.

Teresa said...

loved our boppy pillow

Mandy said...

My must have is a microwave sterilizer.

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