Having a baby can be overwhelming, there are so many things out there that you can purchase for your little one. Have you ever wondered what you really need?
Along with continuing to use many of the items that I used when my little guy was 0-6 months. There are a few more items that I have found helpful to have as my little guy grew.
Must Haves for Baby’s First Year 6-12 Months:
Once your little one gets too big for the baby gowns, zipper pajamas are awesome. There are pajamas that button up but the zipper makes it so much faster and easier. Especially if you need to change a diaper during the night. (My favorite Zipper Pajamas are the cotton ones so your little one doesn’t get to hot.)
Our little guy was about 7 months old when he really started to love playing in the exersaucer. It took him a little while to figure out how to jump and play with all the toys on it. He would play in it 2-3 times a day. I just moved the exersaucer to the room I was in and I could get dishes, laundry, etc. done while he played.
We started using the bumbo when our little guy could sit up on his own which was right at about 6 months. We have a Floor Bumbo Seat that someone gave us, I would love to try the Bumbo Multi Seat (Also I love the Aqua Colored one!)
The Bumbo was nice to use because our little guy always wanted to sit up but he would get tired really fast. We used the
bumbo almost every day. When we first started using it we didn’t use the tray, but once Aaron started eating we started using the tray.
An Umbrella stroller is really nice to have as well as the stroller from your travel system. We started using the Umbrella Stroller when our little guy was about 7 months old.
We typically keep the umbrella stroller in our car so that we always have it. It’s nice that it doesn’t take up as much space in the trunk as a larger stroller.
We love using the umbrella stroller at the airport – it’s easy to take through security and it can be collapsed at the gate with one hand if needed. We have also found the umbrella stroller is perfect when you’re traveling and taking bus tours (Especially the ones you get on and off multiple times).
I know there are a ton more toys I could name, but these are the 3 that my little guy loved. (At 16 months, he still plays with the boat and remote a lot!)
A Push Toy
I’m adding a push toy to the list because my little guy started playing with it around 10-11 months. Each child starts walking at different times so some kids will play with this during the first year, others won’t until after their first birthday. We found that having a push toy really helped Aaron learn to walk. He loved playing with it and being able to walk around before he took his first solo step. At our house, we call this toy the baby walker 🙂
There are tons of options for push toys, my favorite are the push and ride. The push and ride toys are great because they play with them longer. Our 16-month-old has just started riding his push toy. (He still pushes it around sometimes.)
What other must have item would you add for baby’s 6 – 12 months old?