I dont get the 'crotch dangling' thing, my DD loves the baby bjorn and does not dangle. If adjusted and worn correctly they are great.
I would wait til baby is born to purchase any carrier or sling as some babies/Mums just dont like them.
My luxury item is a glider, priceless for hours spent rocking my refluxy baby.
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Hug a bub wrap. I loved it more than my Mei tai and peanut shell slings.
Honestly though, my must buy would be a love me baby wrap me up! They were a lifesaver with DS2!
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Definitely the ergo. We had to spend 4 nights in hospital when DD was 3 weeks old and I was so ill and hooked up to a million IVs so I could barely hold her. The absolute only thing that calmed her down was DP walking around with her in there!
Play gym and our Beco Gemini
Nappy bin! Loved it and so convenient. DD is 2 and 4mths and we're still using it.
I also had no issues with the Baby Bjorn. I never kept DD in it for lengthy periods of time, but for walking places/ around the shops it was fine.
I think Baby Bjorns are ok for teeny tiny newborns, but I think they just look wrong for bigger babies, especially when they're dangling out the front of a parent facing forwards. It just looks awkward and like the centre of gravity is so far forward. With the Ergo, bub is snugly sitting right next to you, and look so much comfier. With that in mind, I think Baby Bjorns are an incredible waste of money, you can't use it comfortably for very long.
As for other things I can't live without, I still use the little rocker chair thing when I have a shower. DD is 12 months and I strap her into it when I shower so that she's not off wandering around the house. As long as she's happy to be strapped into it I'll keep using it.
I also love the high chair. I have a free standing one, which I like because I can move her around depending on what I'm doing. Like she can sit and have a snack while I'm in the kitchen, and I can position her so that she can see me as well as the TV.
My Ergo by far, wish I'd bought it earlier!
I also LOVED my breathing/movement sensor for the cot, the peace of mind was priceless
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Anyway, I loved my baby bjorn, and I'm quite petit! He was a big bubba as well!
Found it invaluable. Also, a sling - awesome, used it HEAPS! I was a single mum so needed lots of carrying help. Apart from those two things, not much at all. He slept with me for the first 5 months
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