Faced with the thousands of baby products on the market today, it's easy to lose your bearings, doubt yourself, overbuy or become paralyzed by decision-making. Conflicting online reviews ("a must buy!"; "don't waste your money!") further muddy the waters of your consumer mind. Being exposed to baby goods has been a part of my day-to-day work life for the past seven years, yet I still made some missteps. However, the good news is I've developed a short-list of items I heartily recommend to friends and, now, to you. Below are my hits and misses as well as what I hope is a bit of general wisdom to guide you as you navigate the baby goods marketplace.