**Please note - I worked for 4 years in a baby-stuff shop. I know a thing or two about baby stuffs.
SEWFUNKY BABY SLING - yes, that's an image of me, with toddler D several years ago. This is my #1 can NOT live without product. I am NEVER without this sling. or a version of it. I have many. I won't tell how many. Ring slings, pocket slings, mesh pocket sling, meitai - baby wrap - all from this lovely woman. And to be fair, I am starting off with something that is both a retail store available product AND a home-hand-crafted product. The woman behind these slings (and yes, it is still a 1 woman operation) is amazing - an inspiration. And a good friend.
THE SNACK TRAP. I loved this thing for my FIRST kiddo. She's 5 and I still give it to her on occasion. It keeps the majority of the snacks IN, and she can easily get stuff OUT. To be fair, my 1.5 year old prefers to pull stuff out by the handful and dump it on the floor....but she could do that with anything!
MOTHEREASE AIRFLOW COVERS - the absolute BEST diaper cover I have used - fits well, adjusts at waist and thighs seperately, is breathable, and fits a lot of sizes - very rarely have I had a leak out of these - and when I have, it's either because i've been neglectful and left kiddo in the diaper for like 6 or more house (don't tell anyone i've done that...)or have accidentally left some of the diaper exposed.
SOPHIE THE GIRAFFE - I don't think I need to say more about this. Everyone knows her. She's great. And the kiddo loves her. Both of them. Again, the 5 year old is a goof.
BRITAX CAR SEATS - I won't use another kind with my kids. Check the website. and the ratings. and reviews. You'll be converted. Despite the price.
BABY BJORN POTTY - best design ever. Simple, Easy to use. and the little potty lives in our car for road trip emergencies. Even yes, for the 5 year old.
KETTLER TRIKES - the best of ofthe best. and man did we look around. Ours is on kid 2 and still looks brand brand brand new. and half of the neighbourhood (including 8 and 9 year olds) has ridden ours.
THE TINY DINER - the best travel feeding tray EVER. a little scoop off the table lets food drops land there - not on restaurant or friends' floors, not on laps!
THE TEETHING FEEDER - Actually works amazingly for both purposes!!! When both my daughters were before food feeding age and were teething we'd freeze cubes of formula or breastmilk and put them in the mesh bag for the girls to chew/suck on.... As feeding age came apon us, solid foods that were soft (like pieces of mango, peach, cooked carrots, sweet potato, etc) placed in there gave baby something to chew on for teething, while feeding them at the same time! Worked amazingly for both my picky eater (who hardly ate anything) AND my eats-anything baby (who STILL wants whatever we have whenever we have it and won't take no for an answer)
I do not take myself as an expert, nor is this advice for anyone else entering the world of parenting. These are just things I loved/still love - and have had access to. YES this is a biased account. It is also only a partial list. I did not list anything I can or have made myself. That's a posting for another day.