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Product Must-Haves for Newborns (0-12 months): Redmon Deluxe “Weight to Grow” Digital Baby Scale with Memory

Product name: Redmon Deluxe “Weigh to Grow” Digital Baby Scale with Memory

Where can I get it? I purchased my scale from target.com, however, I have also seen it being sold on such sites as amazon.com, walmart.com, and bedbathandbeyond.com.

How much does it cost? I have mostly seen the scale being sold online for $79.99, which is what I paid for mine on target.com.

Why do I like this product? I purchased this scale when Nya was having some issues with weight gain (around 5-6 weeks). While I, at the time, was receiving weight checks at Nya’s doctor’s appointments (at 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 16 weeks, etc.), which provided me with a general understanding of how she was or was not growing, I decided to purchase a scale so that I could keep track of her week gain in between appointments.

Furthermore, my doctor’s office annoyingly only allows (though I now understand why they do it) parents to come in for weight checks if the child has a scheduled appointment or if the child is sick.

Perhaps, most importantly, in my experience, this scale has proven to be very accurate. Often, I will weigh Nya before an appointment to compare what is said on our scale at home versus the doctor’s office scale. So, far, it has never been wrong.

How does it work? After turning the power “on,” you should wait for the scale to read 0:0. At this point, you can place your child on the scale. When the weight is determined, it will appear on the screen. By pressing “m,” or the memory button, you can store this weight in the scale’s memory so that when you weigh your child again, you can more easily chart their progress.

How do you use this product? In the beginning, perhaps to my own detriment, I used this scale a lot! In checking Nya’s weight every day, I would stress over every detail, wondering if something I did that day, hour, minute could have led to such-and-such result on the scale.

Once, however, I began my new approach to parenting and motherhood, I used the scale less, mainly to chart her weight (in months that she does not have doctor’s appointments) for baby books, journals, scrapbooks, etc.

Would you recommend this product to others? I would definitely recommend this product for any moms who would like to have another resource for charting their baby’s weight gain. I say this, however, with one caveat. Unless advised by your pediatrician, I would advise that you NOT weigh your baby every day or, even, every week. As my experience will demonstrate, by focusing too heavily on the daily or weekly fluctuations (or lack of fluctuations) of your baby’s weight, you will not only stress yourself out, but you will also lose sight of the bigger picture.

I would also recommend this product to moms who, like me, would like to keep track of their baby’s weight for the sake of charting it in baby journals, etc.

Product Must-Haves for Newborns (0-12 months): Avent: Express II, Microwave Sterilizer (BPA Free)

Product name: Avent: Express II, Microwave Sterilzer (BPA free)

Where can I get it? I purchased my sterilizer from Burlington Coat Factory, however, I have also seen it being sold at Babies R’ Us, BuyBuy Baby, Target, Walmart (online), etc.

How much does it cost? I have mostly seen the sterilizer being sold for around $29.99, which is what I paid for mine.
Why do I like this product? This sterilizer is super easy to use, super fast, and very convenient. As a breastfeeding, (at the moment) stay-at-home mom, I rarely use bottles to feed Nya. When I do use bottles, it is on occasions when I have to leave Nya with my husband or mom (i.e., to have lunch dates with friends on the weekends, doctor appointments, etc.). Given that I imagined only rarely using the sterilizer for my 5 oz Medela bottles and pump accessories, I wanted an affordable option that would work just as well as the more expensive sterilizers. So far, this product has worked wonderfully!

How does it work? First, you arrange the bottles, nipples, accessories, etc. in the tray. (The instructions for the sterilizer contains pictures showing various options for doing this step.) Then, you fill the basin with 200 ml of water and insert the tray. The instructions contain the wattage requirements and heating times necessary. After about a few minutes, you take the sterilizer out of the microwave, allow it to cool (cooling times are found in the instructions), and then you are ready to use the sterilized parts. It is just that easy!

How do you use this product? In addition to using it for bottles and pump accessories, I, now also use the sterilizer for pacifiers and small toys.

Would you recommend this product to others? I would definitely recommend this product for any moms who are looking for an affordable and convenient option to sterilize their baby’s bottles, pacifiers, breast pump accessories, etc.

Product Must Haves for Newborns: Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller-Luna

Product name: Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller- Luna


Where can I get it? I purchased my travel system at Babies R’ Us, however, I have also seen it available on target.com, Amazon.com, buybuybaby.com, etc.

How much does it cost? I have mostly seen the travel system being sold for around $299.99, which is what I paid for mine.

Why do I like this product?
 When I went to the store to purchase this travel system, I was about 36 weeks pregnant. While not an expert in what to look for in a “great” travel system, I did know that I wanted something 1) durable, 2) lightweight, 3) easy to assemble, 4) versatile, and 5) affordable. I considered the Graco travel systems, but given the overwhelming amount of favorable reviews on the Chicco brand, I decided to go with it.

I decided on the Luna design over the Discovery design because I liked its geometric print. Also, most of the baby accessories that I have are in shades of browns or other neutrals, so it fit right in.

In addition to fitting right in with all of my other baby products, I also liked that this product was easy to assemble, easy to use, and, relatively, light weight. The stroller is rather large, but it still fits in the back of my hatchback comfortably. The carseat, when I was using it outside of the car, fits in most standard sized grocery store carts.

How do I use this product? Before I had Nya, I assumed that I would be a “stroller-only” mom. I often imagined myself, in the first few weeks of her life,  pushing her through malls and very green parks and playground.  When I had Nya, however, I learned that she did not share my imaginative dream. She hated being in the stroller as it took her away from her favorite people- mommy and daddy. So, I, reluctantly, stopped using the stroller altogether and just relied on my trusty Moby Wrap and Baby Bjorn.

While I had little use for the stroller in the first two months of Nya’s life, I did continue to use the carseat, which Nya also hated, but I loved.

Now that Nya is older, I still prefer to “wear” her when we are in public places. Nonetheless, she has a easier time transitioning from being worn in her Baby Bjorn or Moby Wrap to being pushed in a stroller.


Would you recommend this product to others? I would definitely recommend this product for any moms who are looking for a travel system that is both stylish and effective at the same time.