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SP Mommy Rated: Product Reviews for Top 14 Must Have Baby Gear

Mom and contributor Mommyjazz asks SP moms what they think about top 14 baby essentials. Read on to check out their product reviews.

Preparing for the baby? Confused which baby items to get once you see the displays in stores, some products you haven't even heard of? If you need to weigh what's essential, what’s practical or what you can live without, read this article with advice from SP moms. Below are their ratings and opinions you can consider before completing your baby items list.

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1.  Stroller
Must have: 13 votes
Nice to have: 7 votes
It depends: 3 votes
 
Research staff Joy Ann Z. Caldo aka Mommy Jo relates: "Choose multi-purpose baby gear like a stroller that comes with a car seat.

"Strollers like these are very practical for my son Xian because our family loves to go out. You can practically bring it anywhere and it's easy to fold and store. The stroller serves as his instant, comfortable “ride” beside Mom and Dad’s arms and shoulders. It's adjustable so it can also be used as an alternative to high chairs when dining out.

For quick trips to the grocery, we use the basket underneath rather than getting a separate basket. He enjoys the mobility and the rocking effect sometimes makes him fall asleep.

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In getting a stroller consider the safety features like the seatbelt, if it's easy to fold and maneuver, and see if the handle is foam-covered for comfort. We got the four-wheel type with a canopy to protect my son from the weather.

Another great feature would be a basket underneath for storage and to organize his other baby stuff. A good braking / wheel lock system can ensure that it will not roll down. Also, be sure it's made of washable fabric for easy cleaning because babies tend to get messy. Xian is now 17 months and our stroller is still in good condition. He will still happily use it throughout his toddlerhood."
 
Mainymaine thinks otherwise:
"We rarely use our stroller and my son wouldn't sit on it. I'm glad we didn't buy the expensive kind and just got ours as a baptismal present. We used it less than 5 times and now it's just stored in our house so we handed it down to their cousins. When we go out, my son prefers being carried or walking. We don't find strollers useful."

 
2. Mittens, Bonnets and Booties
Must have: 15 votes
Nice to have: 3 votes
It depends: 2 votes
 
Most respondents agree that these are needed only during the baby’s first few weeks of life so it's advisable to buy only a few. Socks are more preferred than booties.

21-yea- old stay-at-home mom Duna aka dunadrinksred goes for mittens and bonnets. "Lo's nails are getting long so she needs to use mittens.

This is a must-have for new moms. When the baby arrives she'll surely have long fingernails since inside your womb the baby's nails grow to their maximum length. Hence, to avoid scratches on any part of your newborn's body (well, the face usually gets all the scratches) moms should put mittens on their baby's hand for the first month or until you get the courage to cut baby’s nails.

Bonnets come in handy when she needs to go out or when it gets too cold. Lo never got to use the booties. The size for newborns are too big. Socks fits better. Having socks is a necessity for newborns especially at night or during cold weathers since their feet are usually the ones that gets colder first than any other body parts."

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3. High Chair
Must have: 15 votes
Nice to have: 12 votes
It depends: 5 votes
 
UAE insurance coordinator Andrea Cecille Akim aka liam's mom shares: "Ever since Liam started eating solid food, we made sure that he will eat with us and this is possible with the use of his high chair. Mealtime is our family's bonding time and we want Liam to be part of it. This way, he can join conversations and at the same time, learn to be independent in eating his meals by observing us. Mealtime is much more fun when Liam is with us on the table. He's the star every time. I also get to finish a lot of house chores when he's seated on his high chair.”
 
For hal, "Some parents find these not useful because some babies don't want to be put in a high chair. It also takes up space so it isn't advisable for those with little floor area. Now there are booster seats that can be strapped to a regular chair and these are portable so you can bring it anywhere. Plus storage is easy.”

 
4. Bottle organizer
Must have: 13 votes
Nice to have: 2 votes
It depends: 2 votes

For a very organized mom like freelance contractor and virtual assistant Myhl Calimlim or mommyheartlovesYuri, having a bottle organizer could be a plus.

"I am a neat freak. For me the bottle sterilizer is practical because it makes the preparation of your bottle easy. After cleaning and sterilizing your feeding bottles, you'll just place it either on your refrigerator or in your room. I like bottle organizers with covers as well.

 

Click here to read about SP moms' reviews for BPA-free bottles, teethers and pacifiers.

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5. BPA-free bottles
Must have: 15 votes
Nice to have: 0 votes
It depends: 3 votes

Online english instructor Biancemer dela Rosa aka caramel_dela rosa says: "It's practical to have BPA-free bottles because these are much safer for our babies. During our time, we got used to sterilizing bottles, not being aware of BPA issues. We thought it was okay, not knowing it could be hazardous for our babies. Now we know better. BPA-free bottless are pricey, but then again, we need to prioritize the safety of our babies.

Just imagine, if you would buy non-BPA free bottles and your baby got sick because of mishandling the bottles, then you would just have to spend a lot for the hospitalization of your baby. I do not see anything wrong in spending too much if it's for the well being of our children. We need to be practical nowadays, but for me it's not going to be wise anymore if we would risk our babies health."

 
6. Teethers and Pacifiers
Must have: 11 votes for teethers
Nice to have: 9 votes for pacifiers
It depends: 4 votes
 
29-year-old Donna Jean Borromeo aka Switlass cannot live without the pacifier. "My baby thrives on pure breast milk, and before we discovered the pacifier we ended up overfeeding her because she tended to want to comfort suck. She didn’t always want to be fed, she would get frustrated and would often cry. She took to the pacifier right away and almost immediately turned into an angelic sweet baby who only gets cranky when she's hungry."

 

Click here to read on about SP moms' reviews on interactive toys and on potty trainers/seats.

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7. Interactive Toys
Must have: 18 votes
Nice to have: 5 votes

According to preschool owner Dyan Cortez or supermom07,
"Interactive toys are nice to have but not a must for me.  What matters to me is the interaction and the playtime that I have with my baby, even if we're just using things that you find around the house, like a blanket or plastic cup. I noticed that most kids enjoy playing with ordinary things and they easily outgrow their interest in electronic toys."

Bakeshop owner Mommy Chat or Snugglebug likes investing on interactive toys. "We invest in educational toys and those that can be used again or handed down because we're planning to have a second baby. We make it a point that toys and books can suit any gender. We do not buy often since usually our relatives buy for my baby. I also don't take all the toys out so he won't get tired of it."

 
8. Potty Trainer/Seat
Must have: 13 votes
Nice to have: 3 votes
It depends: 1 vote

According to Rachel Anne Legaspi Del Rosario aka  Mommy Leng, "For me, it’s practical to get or to have a potty trainer because it's helpful for both the mother and the baby. The baby can be potty trained step by step at an early age. It helps the child learn how to sit on his potty and to develop his communication skills by telling when he needs to poop. It also saves money once the toddler is trained as you don’t always have to buy diapers and by that, you also help the environment by lessening waste.”
 
Marikina mom Wendy Manalo or Wendystar did not find it as useful. "I got the chair type when he was just 1.8 years old. I must say it's not really a necessity. He rarely used it during the month. We ended up accompanying him to the toilet always. Now the trainer is just placed in a corner of the house. My son is 3.9 years old now and he uses the toilet all by himself.  I hope it will work for my second baby so we can get to use it at least."

 

Click here to read on about SP moms' reviews on diaper bags and sterilizers.

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9. Diaper bag
Must have: 16 votes
Nice to have: 3 votes

Michelle N. Hidalgo aka mich_tatsdwayne - shares that it's practical to have a diaper bag.  "When going out, traveling or even during visits to the pediatrician, I use it to keep the baby's stuff (mom's included).

The one I have has 3 compartments and the bottle pocket has straps for the bottles not to spill. It is also insulated to keep stored items warm or cold. I also use it to keep my son's snack. It has space for my son's extra clothing, baby powder, baby wipes, some toys and my valuables like my wallet, my mobile phone, keys and umbrella.

The back part is for diapers, the changing mat and plastic bags (for soiled diapers). I still use it now that my son is already 2 years old and we don't find the need to carry an extra bag. It even has space to stuff in items I buy from the mall. Very convenient."
 
Mommy Jazz's tip: get a unisex design so Dad won't feel silly carrying a feminine tote.
 

10. Sterilizer
Must have: 14 votes
Nice to have: 2 votes
It depends: 1 vote
 
thersie_marie shares: "Our electric bill soared to an additional P300 because anything that produces heat consumes a lot of electricity.

 

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hal prefers the stainless type available at malls rather than pots at home. "It's best to use a separate pot exclusive for sterilizing the bottles and the stainless type is cheaper compared to steam sterilizer. Useful too during typhoons and brownouts.
 
30-year-old nutrition and diet expert Lei aka leilatoto – uses a microwaveable sterilizer.  "A microwaveable sterilizer works fast and is convenient to use. Sterilizing time takes only 6 minutes. It will also depend on your microwave’s wattage settings. 1,000 to 1,200 watts takes only 2 minutes for sterilizing time. 600 to 800 wattage ones take 6 minutes. It's so far very convenient for me. I can take the bottles straight to our room after sterilizing.”

 
11. Car seat
Must have: 11
Nice to have: 6
It depends: 3

Managing partner Weng Olaguer aka churva! shares why having a car seat is a must. "I highly recommend having a car seat for the frequent traveling family. For me it is practical to have one because we usually travel on weekends to visit the grandparents. It can be very tiring if you only have your baby on your lap, add the stress of traffic and baby crying!

Aside from the comfort it provides, it is also a way of securing your child during travel. A rear-facing car seat is suited for infants under 1 year and 20lbs since it supports the neck. What is nice about rear-facing car seats is that they also are multi-functional. Some double as infant carriers or rockers."


12. Bath Tub
Must have: 10 votes
nice to have: 4 votes

IT Consultant France dela Fuerte aka Mommy France shares: "Bath time is both fun and learning for us. Since I am a working mom, I make sure that I personally bathe my child whenever I could.

Having a bath tub has helped me a lot. When Miggy couldn't stand on his own yet, his bath tub kept him secured, away from the slippery bathroom floor. I could even bathe him on a table when he was just a few months old.

It will make things a lot easier especially for a first-time mom like me if all of baby’s bathing needs are within reach. Together with 'fat ducky' (his rubber ducky) and beach shovels, bath time became easier and I didn't have the trouble of 'bribing' him just so he'd take a bath. Miggy has learned the importance of bathing and the joyful moments that come along with it."
 
 

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13. Crib
Must have: 31 votes
Nice to have: 12 votes
It depends: 4 votes

Most respondents suggest that if there's a budget for it and there’s enough space in the house, get a crib only if the baby is old enough to stand. There is also a strong vote to co-sleep with the baby, more because of bonding and breastfeeding reasons.
 
29-year-old Mommy Kae of Batangas aka pinzj says: "My newborn already has his own crib and still uses it at 7 months. Often times, he sleeps with us. Based on what I read about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), you can never be sure of your movements while you're sleeping and the baby might get affected while he needs continuous sleep. If baby is to be placed in a crib, be sure it's clear of anything that can suffocate him.”
 
mommyDARL of Antipolo was excited about getting a crib. "Upon knowing that we were going to have a girl, we bought a pink crib right away and set it up in our room. Now our baby is 3 months old and the crib became a storage box for her stuff. We prefer that she sleeps with us. I still get to use the crib every day to change her diaper and to dress her up after a bath."
 

14. Breast Pump
Must have: 13 votes
Nice to have : 4 votes
It depends: 2 votes

According to 34-year-old stay-at-home mom of 3 Marithe aka MaritheMom, " We can actually do without the help of breast pumps (manual or electric) if only we would learn the proper way of expressing breast milk. It’s a lot faster and with more milk extracted at no cost at all.

In my desperation to express milk for my baby, eventually, I learned the ‘slide-squeeze’ technique. It’s using your hand (the one along the same side of the breast). Hold your breast from the fullest part (your palm resting on the breast, thumb on top, four fingers under) and gently slide it through the nipples and squeeze.

If your nipples get sore from the squeezing, apply a hot compress for a minute then resume. You'll be surprised how fast you'll be able to express more milk than pumping with little time at all.

SP Community newbie and accountant Jane Pedron aka jedai, does not only recommend using breast pumps but also promotes breastfeeding. "I think the first thing to decide on is if you will commit to breastfeeding. I went through great challenges and a thought came to me that I have no medical reasons to quit. If I endured labor and delivery pains I'm sure I can get through this.

Next thing is to arm yourself with people who can be your support group. My dear husband is the leader of that group. He picks malunggay leaves and buys all known foods to increase my milk supply. My mother-in-law cooks for me.

My best friends serve as my inspiration and if they can do it, why can’t I? Here is where the breast pump comes into play. I still think the pump helps to get my milk supply flowing even if I was producing very little milk at first. The breast pump's real value was when I went back to work. It simply optimizes milk expression.

 

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