Your Most Surprising, Beloved Baby Gear

Your Most Surprising, Beloved Baby Gear

Julia Cho
Apr 19, 2010

Is there something you ended up purchasing for your baby that you said you never would? AND...did you end up really digging it? Maybe it's a big Elmo doll, an electronic Zebra ride-on toy, or even a television show?

Sure, when you're pregnant you have a lot of grandiose visions of how you'll cloth diaper (and yes, I know many do successfully which is wonderful!), buy nothing but classic wooden toys, and not allow one minute of television until at least age 3.

All those things are great: we love our wooden toys and we still don't have a television at home, but we're really thankful for our alphabet foam tiles. We used to see those ubiquitous tiles at many friends' homes and swear that we would never get them. But we did...and they've been a soft place to land when our little girl was first toddling around, and at 18 months, she knows all of her letters and is working on her numbers, in large part due to this mat.

Yes, we love great children's design that fits into our home, and we love looking at other gorgeous family homes, but sometimes, just sometimes, a product surprises you by its usefulness, or just the smile it puts on your child's face.

Any surprises in your house?

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