As a mom of 3, I have had my fair share of baby items in my life. Before my first child was born, I had not had a lot of personal experience with babies. I had no idea what they needed and was completely naive to the millions of baby products that were available.
Before going to register for gifts, I scored blogs and magazine articles for all of the “Must Have Baby Items”. Needless to say, I walked into Buy Buy Baby and about had a panic attack and had to turn around. How could a tiny human need SO MUCH STUFF?!
5 years and 2 more kids later, I wish I could go back to that stressed out girl and say CHILL! You don’t need 98% of this stuff. Then, I would hand her this list of must haves, and walk away into the night like a ghost ninja.
Behold, my list of MUST HAVES (Please note, there are obvious things that people MUST HAVE for a baby (car seat, crib, stroller). I did not include those in this list. This is more of a list of not so obvious things.)
1 // PACK N’ PLAY
Don’t think twice about adding this one to your registry. It will come in handy in so many different scenarios. At one point, my son’s pack n play acted as his bed while we tried to figure out the whole room situation at our house. We have taken our pack n’ play to grandmas, on vacation and across the ocean – it has as many travel miles on it as we do. It is also great to have when you need to put your baby down for a few minutes while you take a quick shower or attempt to utilize the restroom in peace.
I have had the fancy pack n’ play with all of the changing stations and other doo-dads and I have had the more basic one with just the little bassinet attachment (pictured above). Depending on how much you want to spend, they are both fantastic.
2 // BABY TOWELS
Buy them by the truck load and splurge on the thicker ones. My first two kids were pukers. The standard burp cloth had nothing on them and I regularly ran around town with a baby bath towel slung over my shoulder, or lining my pillows etc. The thin ones are crap. Do not waste money on them. You will be disappointed! My oldest is 5 and I still use her thick baby towels to dry her off at the pool! They are that good!
3 // A TUB
Get that baby a tub! When I was pregnant, I was always perplexed by commercials of people bathing their babies in the kitchen sink. I never understood that. I rinse chicken in the sink. Why would I put my baby in there? Do I want to give my baby a salmonella bath? No, I do not. A baby tub was a must have. This is similar to the one that I had, and is $19.99. You do not have to spend an asinine amount of money on a baby tub. This simple one, will serve the same purpose as the super expensive one. I used mine for all 3 kids and it was a life saver. Tiny babies are slippery when wet and having a safe place to bath them was of a relief.
4 // A GREAT DIAPER BAG
I am a straight up cheap skate. I will try to find any way that I can to spend less money on something. A lot of times, that means I end up with a lower quality item. Usually its no biggie and I just deal with it but after throwing stupid amounts of money away on one diaper bag after another, I finally decided with my 3rd to spend the dang money and get a good bag. Hallelujah! What a difference it makes! I had been salivating over the Fawn Design diaper bag my whole pregnancy and as much as it pained me to spend the money (the bag was $160) I can honestly say it was 100% worth it!
My bag wasn’t falling apart after 3 months of use! How can this be!? Oh wait, it’s because I spent more than $25 on it. Diaper bags take a lot of abuse so save yourself the headache and invest in a good one right off the bat.
5 // A BABY CARRIER
My beloved, lost Ergo carrier.
Start wearing your baby as soon as you can. Especially if you have multiple kids. Wearing your baby keeps your hands free so you can get all the things done! I also find that wearing my baby, helps me to keep peoples icky hands far away. I can dodge people much more easily if the baby is attached to me and not in a stroller or carseat.
I have worn all of my kids so I have had my fair share of baby carriers. With my first child, I had an Ergo which I, for the most part, loved. My one complaint was that I could not wear the baby forward facing with the one that I had. This carrier unfortunately was lost in an Irish ice cream shop (devastating) so when I had my second child, I decided to try a Moby wrap. MISTAKE! The Moby that I had was soooo thick and it did not mix with the FLA heat.
With baby #3, I was so excited to receive a Wildbird Co. ring sling. I used it a few times and felt like an etherial, earth woman. My baby was curled up close to me and I had this beautiful sling with gorgeous fabric flowing behind me. The only problem was that I could never get the dang thing to fit right. How do those tutorials make it look so easy?! Am I broken?! I must have attempted to wear that sling 100+ times and only got it correct about 4 of those times. It is for sale if anyone is interested!
We currently use a Baby Bjorn. I like that I can wear the baby a million different ways and that it can accommodate babies as little as 8 pounds without any extra insert.
6 // SWADDLER
My kids all liked to be swaddled. I would swaddle them any time they went to sleep and I firmly believe it is what helped them sleep so soundly. I like swaddlers vs. blanket swaddles because inevitably, I would wake up and see the blanket half way over my babies face. It freaked me out! Sleep was so much better with these little swaddlers. I did not have to worry about blankets over the face. Plus, your baby looks like a cute burrito. WIN WIN!
7 // NOSE FRIDA
Sucking out snot has never been so fun! After your baby is born, the hospital will supply you with a bulb syringe to clear out any secretions from your babies mouth or nose. It serves its purpose well enough in the beginning but when your baby gets their first cold, the Nose Frida is the only thing that works to get the snot out. It is also oddly satisfying to use. Weird but true. Thank you Sweden for this life changing invention and at $14.99 it is a steal!
8 // MEGA SPLURGE ITEM // OWLET BABY MONITER
The best thing about having multiple kids, is that by the time you get to the 3rd, you already have the majority of the items that you need. This leaves you some wiggle room in the budge for some non necessities. I lost so many hours of sleep with my first two kids because I would constantly get up and check to see if they were breathing while they were sleeping. I would stick my finger under their nose or watch their chest rise. I was so tired. The Owlet is a device that monitors your babies oxygen level and heart rate while they sleep. The price is staggering at $299 (It was less expensive when I purchased it 1 year ago) but the peace of mind if has given me is priceless.
Do you have any other must have baby items?