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Newborn Baby Gear We Love (Claire Edition)

Newborn Baby Gear We Love (Henry Edition)

4.5 Months: Baby Gear We Love (Henry Edition)

8.5 Months: Baby Gear We Love (Henry Edition)


Here are the toys and gear that our little Claire loves at the half-year mark!


The IKEA High Chair

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Seriously, the IKEA high chair is the best.  I wrote that I hated my old high chair (which had its benefits but also major drawbacks – mainly the way food stuck in all the cracks of the fabric) and so many of you said to buy the IKEA highchair.  So I went to IKEA and got it.  And I am SO grateful.  For $19, I cannot imagine a better chair.  It’s basically a single piece of molded plastic so it wipes down really easily.  DO NOT buy a $300 high chair – buy this one!  No regrets.


These Munchkin Spoons


I like these spoons because the handle is super long and the actual scooper is soft and small – perfect for little mouths.  Henry likes them, too!


Boba Carrier

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I can’t say enough good things about this carrier.  I had it with Henry and barely used it because he didn’t like facing in, but Claire loves it.  This Boba carrier is REALLY easy to put on (so many aren’t) and feels so secure.  I wish the pockets on the outside were bigger, but there’s room for my phone under her butt and keys behind her neck. 


Our Organic Crib Mattress

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This crib mattress is so nice and supportive.  She sleeps so much better in her crib than in the pack and play… and I know it’s because of the mattress.  To me, it’s worth every penny to know she’s not laying on super chemically-treated surface each night (seriously, some conventional mattresses STINK when you unwrap them).  Here’s our mesh breathable bumper.

Eternal Love Teething Necklaces


These teething necklaces were created a blog reader, and I did a review of them a few months ago.  We love them SO much.  I try to wear one when she’s in the Boba, but it’s also nice to just loop it around my neck before we head out because then I know I have a toy for her – it’s hard to remember baby toys when you’re juggling two kiddos!


Chicco Key Fit Carseat


This was Henry’s car seat, and I love it for Claire, too.  We originally bought it for the ease that it snaps into the base.  Now that I’ve been using it again, I remembered there are so many reason to love this simple but great infant car seat.  It’s easy to use and adjust, and I think it’s probably pretty comfy for her.  My one and only complaint about this seat is that I think it gets hot in the summer, but I suspect that’s a problem for many infant seats.


Chicco Tre Stroller

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I cannot say enough great things about this stroller.  I originally received the Tre as a blog sample and wrote a detailed review of it here (that post also compares it to the BOB Ironman).  Hands down, this is the best stroller I’ve tried.  It is much more compact than many other joggers, so I feel comfortable taking it to places like the mall.  Oh, and the KeyFit carseat drops into the stroller without an attachment, which was great when she was younger.


Sunhat and Rashguard


Moms always come up to me in the park and ask about this sunhat. It’s a nice material that covers her ears and neck – it was hand-me-down from Henry, and it’s so nice that I bought it in a bigger size for him, too.  I also love rashguard swimsuit that she wears because it covers so much skin. 


Honest Company Sunscreen


This sunscreen has a Score of 1 (the best) from the Environmental Working Group, and I feel good about rubbing it all over Claire and Henry.  Like most natural sunscreens, it’s a bit greasy, but not too bad, and it applies easily and evenly.


Toys and More

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Freddie the Firefly

This baby banana toothbrush

Go Baby Go! Ball Poppin Dinosaur

Moo Baa La La La book

The cat’s face

The dogs’ tails

Her silly brother

Bath time in the big tub with her brother

Electrical wires and other highly dangerous hazards (just kidding, but not really – she gravitates towards that stuff!)


What does your baby love?



  • Laura June 29, 2015, 8:42 am

    Besides your jogging stroller, do you find yourself using the regular stroller you blogged about when you had Henry. I’m trying to decided between just doing a jogging stroller or also getting a normal stroller. Seems like people are 50/50.

    • Caitlin June 29, 2015, 9:17 am

      Yes – we still use our City Mini every single day. It’s easier to get in and out of the car so it is the go-to stroller for most things.

  • Anne Weber-Falk June 29, 2015, 9:21 am

    Fabulous blog today. My babies are not babies anymore but it’s good to be up on things because the “babies” are all having babies now. Not my babies but all my friends babies. Whoa, don’t want to do that yet. Nobody’s ready for that. Anyway, thanks for all you do and I love your honesty. You crack me up.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 29, 2015, 11:35 am

    I love that picture of her passed out in her crib! She’s such a cutie!

  • Stephanie @ Kettlebells 'N' Cupcakes June 29, 2015, 12:10 pm

    I have nothing to add to this discussion – but GOSH CLAIRE IS SO CUTE!

  • Julie June 29, 2015, 12:30 pm

    That baby banana thing is a favorite with my baby, too! We also have the same Baby Einstein ball.

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork June 29, 2015, 3:06 pm

    She is such a smiley baby! Too cute!
    Thanks for sharing! Pinning to reference later!

  • Amy June 29, 2015, 4:20 pm

    Does the honest sunscreen work well for you? I was so excited to see it at Costco a month ago but the first time I used it on my 5 year old she got fried! She has never had a sunburn and I was so upset. So my husband and I used it the next time to test it out again and we both got burned. I really like the company but am appalled that their sunscreen is so ineffective since it’s such a serious thing. Maybe we just got a bad batch or something…

    • Caitlin June 30, 2015, 7:55 am

      That’s crazy!!! Did you take it back? Works for me!

  • Carrie June 30, 2015, 3:22 pm

    Claire is absolutely adorable!!! So cute!
    We are TTC at the moment , been trying for awhile now, so if you could send me some baby making vibes that would be great 😉

    Sorry, that was probably a little weird. Ha!

    • Caitlin June 30, 2015, 3:49 pm

      baby making vibes sent!

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