The City Mini Single Stroller by Baby Jogger
Don't be fooled, this is not a jogging stroller. It's an everyday stroller. We picked this one out as our one and only stroller once Anna outgrew the newborn snap 'n' go style because 1) We didn't want a bazillion strollers for different purposes, we wanted one-fits-all 2) IMO it works better than the leading expensive strollers like Peg Perego, Bugaboo, etc. but costs about half to one third as much (who wants to pay $500 for a stroller?) 3) Special features- it has by far the best sun canopy and little windows so you can see the baby, an amazing turning radius that takes the touch of one finger to maneuver, it collapses so easily and is not as heavy as others, and I love that it reclines so if baby falls asleep you can give her a little impromptu nap 4) It can go anywhere- street, beach, etc.
I love these CDs I received at my baby shower! Upon first listen I thought they were a little cheesy, but after a few go-rounds I fell in love! And seriously, they are songs meant for little one but they minister to my heart, too :)
Homemedics Soundspa Lullaby
Ok, I know this thing looks weird but it has been really helpful. A coworker gave it to me and said it was the best thing ever, especially if you have a small apartment and/or light sleeper. It's a noisemaker with several white noise sounds or simple lullabies. You can set it to a timer of 15, 30, or 60 minutes, and it works really well. The volume is great and it's sturdy. And get this- it can also project slow moving images on the ceiling or wall that apparently toddlers and older babies are mesmerized by. My friend swears it puts her son to sleep- haven't tried it because they would probably make Anna go bonkers at this point. We take this with us whenever we travel to drown out the noise.
I know, I know, you must be thinking, "Two posts in one weekend? What is going on in that household?" I do believe this is a personal record of mine.