WOW! I can hardly believe that its already been 3 months since Monroe was born. And so the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” While it’s overused, it sure rings true over and over again. My other girls are now 9 and 5, so I was easily out of the baby loop. I space these gals out and it works for us, BUT each time I decide to have another baby, it feels like I’m starting all over again. Yes… with breastfeeding, diapers, potty training, etc, but also with all the baby products. In 3-4 years, somehow everything changes. Well, for the most part they do. I must admit that some baby products stand the test of time. With each baby, I’ve bought less and less because if we’re being honest, babies really don’t NEED much more than to be fed, changed, and loved (and a few other things 😉 However, there are a few items that i believe will make your like with baby just a tad bit easier. Without further rambling, here are my tried and true baby must haves. Why 10? No reason. It really just worked out that way!
This is a new product for me this time around. With Presley and Sailor, we used a microwaveable bottle sanitizer. While it did the job, I would 1000 times over recommend this one over those. This one also dries the bottles which is a huge added bonus. The natural steam sterilization kills 99.9% of germs in just 9 minutes. You choose the lengeth of drying setting you prefer – 30, 45, or 60 minute cycles. This product gives me pieced of mind that my pumping accessories, bottles, and pacifiers are all 100% safe to give to my baby. $99.99
Ensures that your baby’s breastmilk or formula is safely heated to an appropriate temperature. I own one of these and it is such a time saver if you do a lot of bottle feeding. The only reason it’s not a primary item in my top ten is because I’m primarily nursing and pumping. We’ve hardly used a bottle thus far.
Automatically makes ready to feed warm formula bottle. While I personally don’t use the product, all of my formula feeding mommy friends swear by it. It makes their lives so much easier especially for those middle of the night feedings.
Gently press the end of the tube up next to your babies nose, and suck from the straw like end to clear out all the boogers and snot from your babies nose. This is also a product I had not used before, but it’s awesome. The bulb like nose suckers are tried and true, but babies despise those little round things. With the nose Frida, you can stay outside of their nose, clear out the snot, and keep your baby happy.
I used a bassinet with all three of my babies, but the key to buying one that I didn’t know before was to buy one with wheels. If you do this, you can easily move the baby around the bedroom, into your bathroom while you get ready, into the living room with the whole family, or into the kitchen while you cook. You don’t necessarily have to use a specific brand, but I personally use one by Delta Children. It’s affordable, has storage underneath, and does the job.
These are tried and true for all three of my girls. I get asked fairly often what the point of the little animal is. While the animal is soft and nice for your baby to hold on to, I personally love that the animal helps the baby keeps the pacifier in their mouth or close. If my baby spits it out, the animal doesn’t move, so often time she can get it back in her mouth all on her own. I tried several pacifiers just to see if I or my babies like any other kinds better, but every time we’ve gone back to these. They come in a variety of little animals. Monroe currently owns four.
I have used a bouncer seat with each one of my babies. They are lightweight, easy to move, allow the baby to sit up and see, and provide motion. I always just used one that bounced or vibrated, but with Monroe, I got a rocking one and it has been a game-changer. While I’m cooking, folding laundry, homeschooling my older girls, or other activities, I can easily use my hand or foot to gently rock the sit. It usually calms her down, distracts her, or soothes her back to sleep. It’s also an easy product that you can take in your car to take to friends or families’ houses to have a safe place to lay the baby for a bit. Depending on which one you choose, it may not go with the decor, but I’m all about functionality.
Whether you are nursing or not, this is a great product to have. I do use it occasionally to help hold and position the baby, but I also use it to sit my babies up, or for my older girls to use to assist them in holding their little sister. It is also really helpful while bottle feeding. It gives your arm in a comfortable resting position while keeping a good hold on the baby.
The only reason that this product isn’t a primary in my top 10 is because you can only use it birth to 4 months. It provides a comfy place for baby to rest and it moves around anywhere. The first month of Monroe’s life, she often napped in it; on the couch, on my bed, in the crib, etc.
I love baby wearing. This product should probably be in my top 10. I wear my babies from birth until at least one. You can use this particular carrier up until 36 months. My favorite thing about it is how comfortable it is for both baby and myself. The fabric is breathable, it has a great little front zipper pocket for your phone, cash, etc, and it can be folded up inside itself to easily take it with you wherever you go.
Finding a diaper especially for baby number one can be overwhelming. There are SO many on the market and many of them are good. I used a standard diaper bag with Presley. It was good, it did the job, but kind of bulky and hard to carry. With Sailor, i discoverd how much easier a backpack diaper is. It ensures that you are always hands free and it never slips off your shoulder.
I do not use the backpack shown in the picture, but i have friends that do and love it. In all transparency, I use a Louis Vuitton backpack. It was a 10 year wedding anniversary/push present when I had Monroe. It works great as a diaper bag or a regular bag. You can check it out HERE
These are 100% a must have if you’re nursing. They are really great for swaddling your baby, but I also use these blankets as nursing covers. I tie two side by side corners together around my neck and just like that it turns into a lightweight, breathable nursing cover. I also LOVE to use these blankets to wipe up a little spit up instead of also having to pack a burp rag… unless your baby spits up a ton.
I went back and forth over and over on which baby item was my number one. The top two are a total toss-up for me. It all depends on your lifestyle. We have used both of these baby products a ton and I wish I would’ve had them for my first two babies. I have owned approximately 7 strollers between my 3 kids. I’ve had singles and I’ve had doubles, but I’ve never had a stroller as good as the UPPAbaby VISTA. It is the ultimate stroller. It’s compatible with their infant car seat (and Nuna, Maxi Cosi, & Chicco with adapter). It can be a single with the car seat, bassinet, or baby/toddler seat. It can be a double with various combos of the different seats, and it can even be a triple with their stand on ledge. From the second I tried out the stroller, I could feel the difference in this one compared to my previous ones. This stroller pushes easily, has an adjustable handlebar to accommodate various heights, and a large basket to hold all of the extras underneath. With Monroe only being 3 months old, we have primarily used our VISTA with the bassinet. If you’ve had a baby before, you know they typically don’t love to be strapped down (at least my babies haven’t), so the bassinet provides them a safe and cozy place to sleep, kick, and ride. One of my favorite accessories that is included is the bug net. I put it on anytime we’re going to be outside for more than a few minutes. UPPAbaby thought of everything when they designed this stroller from the extendable canopy to the washable fabric. You will not be disappointed if you choose this stroller.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPPAbaby. All opinions are 100% mine.
This is another baby product that I would NOT go without if we end up having more babies. I didn’t have it with my first two girls, but I’ve used one with Monroe since the day I brought her home from the hospital. I made the decision to put it inside of her bassinet for sleeping and she sleeps like a dream (recommended by me, not the company). The closeness of the tightly covered cushions makes your baby feel safe and secure almost as if they’re being held. I typically slide Monroe’s bottom clear to the end so that cushions are touching her everywhere but her head and chest/stomach. We also use this for safe lounging inside and outside. I can put it on the floor, on my bed, on the couch, etc and lay her in there without fear of her rolling out. I went ahead and got a cabana to use outdoors. It easily slides around the bottom of the Dock-A-tot and provides shade with the waterproof fabric. We also travel often and this is what we have been bringing with us for sleeping/playing. It’s lightweight, travels easily, and the cover comes off and is machine washable. The deluxe+ dock is what we have and is recommended from birth to 8 months.
At the end of the day, every baby and family is different. These are the products that have worked best for our family. With each child, the list of “necessities” has gone down. When you have your first baby, you buy ALL the things. We ended up not using half of them. Let me know if you love any of the products on my list and what you would add. At the end of the day, babies need lots of love, breakmilk or formula, and of course, a few diapers!