The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Every year, we present our Buyer's Guide picks (see the April/May 2006 issue of Fit Pregnancy, on sale March 28 to May 29) to help you sort through the masses of products and find those that we find most helpful, safe, innovative and fun, and just make your life easier. But we also wanted to know what our readers think is top notch. Here are the results from our survey.
Top three favorite products:
A nursing/infant support pillow
"We can't live without our Boppy Luxe; it provides comfort and support while I nurse my son, and he loves the feel of the soft chamois fabric."
-- Tia Campbell Peterson, mother of Cooper, 9 months
A swing (Graco and Fisher-Price were the favorites)
"With my second daughter, the swing was a lifesaver. It was the only place, other than on my body, where she wouldn't cry if she was awake. She'd actually sleep in there--which at first I swore I would never let happen, but it came down to one question: Isn't any sleep (regardless of location) better than none at all?"
-- Jenna McCarthy, mother of Sophie, 2, and Sasha, 9 months
A body pillow
"I loved the Comfort-U pillow. I started using it when I was five months pregnant and used it until I gave birth. The Comfort-U enabled me to sleep longer hours, because I could move around without having to readjust anything. Now I'm pregnant with baby No. 2 and plan to use it again."
-- Sandrine Cassidy, mother of Mia, 19 months, and due in July
Runners-up: A bedside bassinet, cotton nursing pads and a diaper pail
Baby skin-care products
3 Dr. Brown's
2 Evenflo Snugli
3 Playtex Hip Hammock
3 Eddie Bauer
2 A+D Ointment
1 Honda Odyssey
2 Toyota Sienna
3 Dodge Caravan