1) The Ergo Baby Carrier
I've said it before and I'll say it again - this is the best carrier out there. Easy on the body, babies love it, Hawaii-based business - what's not to love?!
2) Dr Bronners Baby Mild Liquid Soap
Just check out the ingredients list (taken from their website). Nothing even remotely questionable and its sudsy goodness will keep baby squeaky clean. A $15 bottle might last you their entire childhood. This soap is also great for washing bottles, nipples, baby clothes, etc!
"INGREDIENTS:3) Dr Browns Bottles
Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
* CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin"
My kid was super gassy when he was an infant and these bottles did the trick. I like the little cleaning brush that comes with them, too - works like a charm for sippy cup spouts.
4) Shaklee Multi Vitamins (Incredivites)
Shaklee is the only vitamin we would ever allow in this house. The vitamin world is a scary place of uncontrolled, largely unregulated mass production. Shaklee vitamins are made in their own facility, strictly tested, and manufactured at low temps to preserve bioactivity that science simply can not recreate.
I would argue for the importance of supplementing kids diets, and not just the picky eaters. Once my kid stopped breastfeeding we started mashing Incredivites into his food. Now he eats them with his breakfast and he begs for them throughout the day (probably thinks they are candy). And, unlike a lot of children's vitamins (including the uber popular gummy variety), they don't contain anything that would contribute to tooth decay.
5) Blue Sucky Ball Thing
Oh man, I love this thing. There are fancier varieties out there but nothing comes close to the classic original. Any and all runny noses should be approached with this tool. It prevents raw, red noses from constant wiping. It can remove a gallon of snot with just one squeeze. I might still be using this when they hit kindergarten.