What "works" for different people really varies and it even varies from baby to baby. I got rid of half of my receiving blankets after my son was out of infancy and then when my daughter was born, she had reflux. I ended up buying more receiving blankets. Also, I thought that Bumbos were the stupidest thing ever when I had my son. And don't you know that I bought one to put my daughter in while I was getting my son ready to leave the house (otherwise, if I laid her on her back, she would scream the whole time).