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Share and learn about the must-have products and brands for parents including what to put on your baby registry, the best car seats and strollers, and more.

Car seat problems?

Does any other mommys struggle with car rides with their babies? My son is 5 months old and he HATES his car seat. He will scream and cry from the time he goes in his seat until we get where we are going and can safely take him out. He is fine when he is in his seat attached to his stroller and we are out & about but as soon as we put him in the car he looses it. Also, when we are parked so... More

  • Sabrina
    1h ago

    Thank you ladies. I will try to look into the mirror or maybe find a song that he enjoys. Thank you so much.

  • Marisa
    18m ago

    My oldest daughter did that, too. Nothing would help. It phased itself out as she got older, and she did so much better facing forward. But we waited until she turned 2. We also used a rear-facing mirror. My 5-month-old daughter is completely different. She hates being put into the car seat and sitting in it, but as soon as she’s in the vehicle she’s silent.

Cry activated recordable soother

I’m able to find cry activated soothers with pre-recorded white noise/songs but can’t find one in which I can record my voice. Does such a thing even exist? I’m hoping to sleep train my baby and something like that would be super helpful.

  • Anna
    Today

    Munchkin White Noise Machine. You can find it on Amazon for about $25

  • Shruti
    Today

    Thanks for the recommendation Anna. However, I don’t see an option to custom record a sound/voice.

Transition from bottles

Please can you recommend what to do when transitioning from bottles. Do you do sippy cups or straw cups?

  • Paige
    Thursday

    Avent makes an awesome variety of sippy cups that have a soft nipple to help them have a smoother transition. Worked great for my baby.

  • Ayo
    Thursday

    Thank you @Paige. Will search for some now

Double stroller

Hey parents! I have a one year old and a baby on the way. I’d like to use the britax b-safe car seat for the new baby and I’m looking for a double stroller that the car seat will lock into with a separate seat for my toddler. There are too many out here, will other brands work with a britax car seat? I prefer a narrow stroller, not side by side. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Wednesday

Which breast pump for FT working mom

I have been using Medela for about two months now, but it seems to lose power over time. I hear a leak somewhere. My breasts still feel full after a twenty minute pumping session. Plus, the machines so freaking loud! My whole office can hear it and its embarrassing. One part finally broke (thanks to my hubby who tried to disassemble it and help me clean the parts yesterday). I am considering... More

  • Sara
    Thursday

    I use the hospital grade Medela Symphony pump (I rent it from the hospital's baby supply shop). It works great and is relatively quiet as far as pumps go.

  • Cheri
    Yesterday

    Recently switched to the Spectra S1 (with the rechargeable battery). So worth it and much better than what I’d been using for the first six months (Ameda Purely Yours). Quieter and better suction (strong but not uncomfortable).

Detangler

What is the best detangler for little kids my son has really curly hair and kinky what’s the beet for his hair so it won’t be so hard to comb

Best universal online registry tool?

Hi! What is the most user-friendly universal baby registry tool? Have seen Babylist mentioned a lot, also the Bump, Amazon, and I found Zola easy to use for weddings so wondering if that might work too? Features I’d like: - Easy to see if an item has been purchased - ideally pass through shipping info if on another site - Ability to do group gifting (ie for a stroller) Curious what you guys u... More

  • Christie
    Wednesday

    Amazon. They have everything. Baby List is good, too, but they really spammed the heck out of me. Target has great clothes, linens and blankets and their registry is well known and great for those who aren't "tech savvy" but still want to get you something from your registry.

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    I used Amazon mainly for simplicity's sake but I've also heard good things about Babylist. I think it's better if you prefer a more curated collection.

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Sunday

Breast pump recommendations??

Hi ladies - first time mom here and wondering which breast pump to get. Things I care about: - easy to use - easy to clean - easy to use at home or at work - ideally won’t require me to be chained to a wall Would love any advice or recommendations, thanks in advance!

  • Christie
    Wednesday

    Spectra S2 was the best! I went through 2 Hygeias and a Medella before that. The Spectra has so many different settings and it is really easy to clean. I feel like it's a superior product.

  • Lindsey
    Wednesday

    Spectra!! I exclusively pumped for 13 months and loved it.

Carseat Struggle in a Truck

We have a 2017 Chevy Silverado Double Cab and are struggling with finding a rear-facing toddler car seat that fits. Does anyone have any suggestions or know of any car seats that would be able to fit? Our daughter is getting way too big for her rear-facing infant carseat and we're officially approaching crunch time to find a resolution.

  • Anonymous
    Sunday

    Our backseat is reeeeeally tiny so we went with the graco slim fit. Honestly you may just go somewhere that’s great with returns and buy one knowing it may not work and you might need to return it for something different.

  • Brittany
    Sunday

    Graco Contender 65 is what I used in the back seat of my Hyundai Veloster which is very compact. It was tight but more affordable compared to others with the same space.

White Noise Machine

How loud should my baby’s white noise machine be? Tonight my MIL told me it’s “probably too loud.” 🙄 The problem is, we have a decently small house and all sounds can be heard from her room, so what do I do?!

  • Andrea
    Saturday

    We keep it pretty loud, but I have to say our kids have slept through loud noises such as drilling and hammering when we had some work done in the house. Despite that we still keep the sound machine on

Best Diaper Bags

Moms: what’s your fave diaper bag for 2 babies(2 under 1 for a few days) Dad’s: what’s your fave diaper bag for 2 babies?

  • Indy
    Tuesday

    A backpack!! I can just throw it in my back and keep it moving... one section for snacks, another for diapering stuff and then extra clothes and blankets... plus my own stuff

  • Bailey
    Today

    @karla -there’s a bunch of different brand of the same style too! Obviously the more expensive ones are more durable and waterproof. I bought a generic brand for $30 and have been pretty pleased with it. I had a backpack diaper back from Walmart and it was so awful!

Nose frida

Does the snot actually go in your mouth? Lol sorry if this is a stupid question!

  • Becca
    Dec 06

    Nuk has a WAY cheaper version works just as great it was only about $6 and has filters with it.

  • Christie
    Wednesday

    Try using saline spray first THEN do the frida. It will break up the mucous more and make the suction more...productive? I got this tip from my pediatrician's nurse.

Stroller Recommendations Needed!

We are needing to replace our Maclaren Triumph stroller. It has basically been used every day for 3 years, through all NYC seasons, on sidewalks, the subway, parks, and everything in between. As much as the stroller has been quite good to us, I had thought that maybe we would look and see what else is out there. From research, it looks like the 2 options for lighter weight, everyday strollers a... More

  • Caroline
    Saturday

    Sorry, just seeing your reply now! For the sidewalk edge you do have to be careful but it’s not specific to Zoe but to any umbrella stroller or strollers with small wheels (my friend who has the yoyo has the same). It’s a good ratio quality/ price and I love the one-hand folding system!

  • Caroline
    Tuesday

    Also you can look at Colugo! New stroller that seems great! I am about to buy it

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Dec 04

Straw Cups

My daughter uses the Tommee Tippee straw cups. They are great with water but when I put milk in them it bubbles out of the straw and runs all over the cup. That being said, what straw cups do you use that work well with milk?

  • Andrea
    Dec 04

    Following! We have the same issue with those.

  • Lynn
    Dec 04

    Munchkin has some with a straw that collapses under a little plastic shield-type thing, but it comes apart as the cup, lid, silicone/flexible straw, plastic straw that connects to the flexible one, and the shield. So it’s a bit to keep up with to make sure it gets cleaned properly. Another one I really like is Nuby with the little snack cups on top. My only complaint with them is that the str... More

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Dec 04

Taking a shower

My 8 month old is constantly on the move. She has started crawling and wants to constantly crawl. I have a skip hop activity center I can put her in for about 10 minutes at a time, a jolly jumper (which I need to supervise her in and is way too big for our bathroom), and a few of the vibrating fisher price chairs that lately she tries to lean forward while buckled in and escape out of them. My ... More

  • Christie
    Wednesday

    I put them in the bathroom with me. I make sure it's baby proofed and give them an activity. Sometimes my son ends up in the shower with me. LOL

  • Raji
    Thursday

    Either before or after her sleep; also nap time or when my husband is home

Car seat

I need suggestions on a car seat. My son is almost at the height limit for his infant car seat so it is time for an upgrade. Thank you!

  • Jackie
    Dec 04

    I was literally reading the reviews on that one and I think I’m going to purchase it! Thank you!

  • Michaela
    Dec 04

    👍🏻 it looks super comfy to me 😂

Help choosing a booster seat for eating.

Hi everyone! Can you please give me your recommendations for booster seats for eating at a table?? I’m looking for something that will hopefully adjust in height, has a 3 point harness, and will hopefully be somewhat easy to travel (although it will mainly be used at home). Also if it is easily cleaned that would be a big bonus. Thank you for your help!!

Car seat sickness (part 2)

I want to thank the moms who took the time to reply to my previous post ❤️ I have reclined the car seat & my baby has not thrown up! 😁 However, he will be facing forward soon, & I’m worried that once he does he will begin throwing up again 😩 I’m curious as to how other moms have handled this. Do I keep the seat reclined while facing forward? I have to read the manual again & see if ... More

  • B
    Dec 04

    True, you can keep rear facing until you hit limits (and many people now recommend that). But also, it is the rear facing part that makes many kids sick. Might not be a problem forward facing. Not sure how close to two you are, but I wouldn’t stress until you try it.

  • Selene
    Dec 04

    You are both right. I thought the limit was 22 lbs, but it’s actually 50! My baby will be turning two in two months, but he’s only 20 lbs, so it looks like we’re far from the forward facing stage. Thank you so much for your help! ❤️

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