Love List: Products for your New Baby

Today’s “Love List” is about Graco products that are newborn essentials.  Giving you her own favorites in this category is Erin, a new mama to the adorable “Peanut” (seriously adorable – we’ve snagged this baby and his smiles for informal photoshoots at the office!).  After you’ve read about the three products Erin loves, be sure to leave us a comment with what your favorites are to be entered to win a Pack ‘n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat this Friday!

Erin Bergstrom, Channel Marketing, 1.5 years at Graco
I was so excited to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with the two most important men in my life, my husband and our little peanut. It was simply perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a better gift than having a nice dinner with the two of them. Happy Valentine’s Day to my boys!

Parents-to-be are overwhelmed with purchasing decisions for baby.  When friends ask for advice on what to buy, I don’t necessarily like to tell them everything we use because that could be information overload.  But – I do always tell them about our very favorite three things: Swing By Me Portable Swing, Sweet Slumber Sound Machine, and the Travel Lite Crib.

I love these items because Peanut loves these items. The Swing By Me is simply perfect to cocoon him and make him comfortable. As a first time mom, I was afraid to leave Peanut anywhere and just wanted to hold him all the time.  After a few days of having him home, I realized that I was going to have to put him down so I could wash bottles, put a load of laundry in and things of that nature.  I had my girlfriend go out and get the Swing By Me and when we set it up, I put it into the recline position and it was a perfect nest for my newborn.  I fell very comfortable letting Peanut rest and enjoy the swing.  The other feature I absolutely love about this swing is that it’s very portable so I can easily take it anywhere in the house or fold it up and take it with us when we go visiting.

I have used the Sweet Slumber Sound Machine in Peanut’s room since we started putting him in his crib at about one month old.  Not only is the Sweet Slumber the perfect size and plays white noise and other soothing sounds, it can also hook into my iPod so that I can play my own playlist of lullabies for Peanut.  On our first overnight trip to Grandpa’s house, I brought Sweet Slumber with me and it was fantastic!  Peanut was comfortable and felt just like he was at home – I would recommend this item to anyone!

Finally, to explain my love of the Travel Lite Crib.  I think this is an amazing product: the benefit of having a playard in a compact size that’s perfect for travel and small spaces.  My husband and I love boating and traveling and we have a cabin cruiser that we enjoy spending the weekend on during the summer.  I was concerned about space because there’s not really enough room in the cabin for a traditional crib.  Thankfully, the Travel Lite Crib does fit perfectly and will make it very comfortable for little Peanut to sleep when we have our overnight trips on the boat this summer.  My husband & I can’t wait to share this love of ours with our new baby boy.

Thank you, Erin, for sharing your “Love List” with us!  Now, it’s your turn: do you love Erin’s favorite products, too, or did we leave off the ones that would make your own “Love List?”  Be sure to leave us a comment and you’ll be entered to win a Pack ‘n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat this Friday!

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22 Responses to “Love List: Products for your New Baby”

  1. Monica Faram February 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I love all of the items you mentioned!! I also love my Graco high chair. :)

  2. Nikki M February 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I have never used the items above, and would love to. With my daughter and the new baby so far, I cannot go a day without using my pack n play!

  3. Emily n February 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Definatly the swing and pack n play.

  4. Crystal Blair February 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Definitely a swing, but since I practice attachment parenting, I have to have either a sling or wrap. :)

  5. Bree February 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    The Swing choice is a really great choice for a newborn essential. For some babies, if mom & dad need to get something done, the Swing really keeps the babies calm long enough for that chore to be finished.

  6. courtney February 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    My favorite thing was the swing we had the lovin hug. I just found out we are expecting again and can’t wait to start shopping for this baby.

  7. Daniela N. February 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    play yard and swing for sure!

  8. Monica February 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    We LOVED our pack n play to travel to the grandparents house! It was a regular-sized one but was oh so handy when we had to make the trek! I love Erin’s list – seems to be just perfect! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway – baby #3 would love a chance to try out the Cuddle Cove Rocking seat! What an awesome idea!

  9. Gretchen February 16, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    I have to say that one of my many favorites is the sound machine. When my son was little we used the womb feature and now that he’s older he goes to bed every night with the lullaby feature. I LOVE that it has the timer so I don’t have to go in his room to turn off the music. Many nights I listen to the music from my room and it puts me to sleep too!!!
    Just 1 of my MANY favorites!

  10. Natalia February 16, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    I can’t imagine how anyone can have a newborn and not have a swing, have an infant and
    not have a pack and play. Mine were Graco’s and I love them!

  11. Jennifer Kruse February 16, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    I’m going to be a first time mom in August and love reading these types of posts because it gives me some interesting things to think about. I’ve been looking at swings and will definitely consider the Swing By Me!

  12. Heather February 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I love our Graco pack n play, carseats (all 4! One for each boy in both cars!), and swing! :) . Love, love, love!!

  13. Andy February 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Your carseats are very high quality. We love our carseat/stroller combo, even once we didn’t need the carseat in the stroller anymore. Many moms have commented on the small fold of our Graco stroller! Love it!

  14. Rhi February 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Our Pack n’ Play with the changing table attached is a LIFESAVER. It’s nice to have a place to change baby downstairs!

  15. Allison February 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Graco brand. Have my car seat seat and stroller from you, and have been checking out this play pen with cuddle cove, looks perfect for what I need! My little peanut due in June will love this stuff and be ultimately comfortable.
    I will also be checking out the swing by me mentioned above.
    Couldn’t ask for a better brand!

  16. Yan L February 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    I am going to be a first time mom in end of March.. so exciting.
    Love all the items mention above but really want to get a Graco pack N play for my little one… =)

  17. Andrea curtis February 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I have not tried any of the items listed, but I love my graco products!

  18. becca February 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    we will definitely have to try out the swing-by-me with our newborn! We love out graco travel system, and would love a pack-n-play as well, as we are constantly traveling to visit friends and family :)

  19. heather goodremote February 18, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Sweet slumber sound machine is the best! My girls won’t go to sleep without it. I love the timer function. When we need anything for our children we check to see if graco makes it first.

  20. Sara Carr February 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    I love my graco ready to grow stroller. It is amazing and fits my families needs perfectly.

  21. Jernise Bush February 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    I have not used any of the products above. I wish to get the Portable Swing for our baby boy that will be here in two months. What made my love list that was left off is the Graco Dynamo Lite LX Travel System. I am so in love with this item and it is amazing thus far. I have not used it since my baby boy is not here yet, but I have used it to push my teddy bear around and it works wonderfully. It is very sturdy, has a lot of space and instead of taking the canopy down, I can just take the netting down to tend to my baby. This should be added to the Love List most definitely!

  22. Kacie McKee February 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Congratulations to our “Love List” Winner Monica Rinado!

    To everyone else thank you for all the great submissions! We loved hearing about your favorite products and how you used them in your daily lives.