I have had a few expecting moms ask me what products are my “must haves” and I shy away from calling them my must haves because all babies are different, so what Baby G loves may not work for other babies. This is a list of the products we love, that make our life a little easier.
First, if you plan on having baby showers, I recommend asking for books instead of cards. It helps build your child’s library early. I also recommend registering for said books so you don’t end up with 3 copies of Green Eggs and Ham 🙂 Unless you want extra copies for grandparent(s)’ house.
Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original
Since the womb (we have picture evidence), Baby G likes to have his hands up by his ears. Most swaddles keep baby’s hands down at their sides. We tried several swaddles and all were failures because of his desire to have his hands up. I learned about this swaddle from Emily of The Sweetest Thing and it is a hit. It’s super soft and one of the best features is the two way zipper. Makes for easy diaper changes without having to take the swaddle off completely.
Burt’s Bees Baby Organic Cotton Fitted Crib Sheet
We have these sheets in navy blue and gray. They are SO soft and have a super snug fit on the mattress.
Nanit Plus Video Wall Mount Baby Monitor
One of the most expensive purchases, but worth the price. This baby monitor comes with an app so we can check in on Baby G from anywhere. This is great when the hubs is working and wants to see him. We use the app on our phones, but also added it to an iPad for when others are caring for him.
Burt’s Bees Baby & Dottie Bee Organic Cotton Muslin 3-Pack Swaddle Blankets
What I like most about these is how light weight and versatile they are. They are great for everything from swaddling, to covering the car seat, to putting on the floor as a “mat,” or being used as a burp cloth or nursing cover. They have a variety of designs too!
Burt’s Bees Baby & 5-Pack Organic Cotton Burp Cloths
Speaking of burp clothes, these from Burt’s Bees are also some of my favorite. Baby G tends to leak milk from the sides of his mouth when he eats so these burp clothes are thin enough to tuck under his chin to catch all that spillage. Side note: I also like the ones from Cooper Pearl because, on the contrary to these, they are thick and absorb spit up quickly! Plus they have the cutest designs. I mean look at this milk and cookies burp cloth!
Kiinde Twist Gift Set
Our friends told us about this product line and let me tell you, it does make things simple. I pump straight into the storage pouches and when we’re ready to feed Baby G the milk is warmed in the pouch and then inserted into the feeding bottle and a nipple gets attached to the top of the pouch. It eliminates the need to pour milk from storage pouches to a bottle. Less opportunity to spill that precious liquid gold. Now that we are supplementing with formula and adding rice cereal we do pour the breast milk into the bottles, but pumping into these bags for storage is still great. I also like to use them if we are out and about, just because bottles take up a lot of room in a diaper bag and this system doesn’t.
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack
For cleaning, we like this drying rack so the excess water drips down to the bottom. Since we are in an apartment with limited counter space, the “grass” version fits better, but I know a lot of people have the “lawn” which is larger.
Milk Snob Multifunctional Cover
Just like the name says, multifunctional, it is a fitted infant car seat cover that also can be a nursing cover, on shopping carts, high chairs and more.
Playtex Diaper Genie
Perfect for all those stinky diapers. Enough said.
FridaBaby DermaFrida the SkinSoother Silicone Bath Brush
The nurse in the hospital will use a soft bristled brush for baby’s first bath and you should totally take that home with you. We use this product now though and Baby G loves having his hair washed.
Boppy Sea Explorers Tummy Time Pillow
Pediatricians say tummy time should start immediately. Seems like most babies don’t like it, I get it, it’s like if we were going to work out. No one likes to work out, especially an infant. We used this a lot in the beginning to help prop him up on his tummy, but as he has gotten stronger we use it less and less. I also liked to place him on it on his back on his play mat so he was slightly elevated and could look around.
Marpac Dohm Hushh Sound Machine
Great for on the go white noise. We’ve placed it in his car seat, stroller, and crib when traveling. The charge lasts for awhile!
nuna PIPA Lite LX Infant Car Seat & Base
In the beginning, the hubs spent hours researching best car seats and we registered for one, but then we were at Nordstrom one day and saw the nuna PIPA and loved how light weight it is…just 5 pounds. Which saves your arm and back when you add your baby to the weight. There is also a zip out extension inside the canopy that has hidden magnets for easy attaching at the foot area. It’s great for when I don’t want to use the Milk Snob cover. Again, a pricier product, but with the safety ratings plus the light weight feature, I was sold!
nuna 2019 TAVO Stroller
Like the car seat, the hubs researched strollers and we registered for a different one. Then a friend learned we had purchased the nuna PIPA car seat and suggested we look into their strollers. The stroller we originally registered for featured a “ripcord” style folding feature. Essentially, a cord in the center of the stroller you pull to activate the fold. We even went so far as to purchase a used stroller with this feature. I found it challenging and to be honest, difficult. When I tested the nuna stroller it was a matter of using a single hand to pull two levers and folding it. I was sold! I told the hubs it was a must have! (See, I went back on my word and said I have a must have, but this one is worth the money.)
This has been a lifesaver when I need to set Baby G down for a few minutes. He loves all the settings (especially the car ride setting). The seat also reclines so it is great for short naps. He would fall asleep in it a lot more often as a newborn than he does now. Overall we love this!
Gas and Digestive Discomfort Medicine (Mylicon and Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water Night Time)
From the beginning, Baby G had a lot of tummy related issues (reflux, gas, etc). We eventually learned it was related to a dairy sensitivity. Now that we have that sorted out we do not use these products much, but in the beginning they were very helpful. Always consult your child’s pediatrician before use though!
Another piece of advice when building your registry, register for items beyond those first couple of months. Many times you are loaded down with all the goods to care for your newborn, but when it comes time for things like solid food or more advanced toys, you are purchasing them on your own. I made sure to add things like bowls, trainer cups, utensils, bibs, and a few development toys to get us beyond those first several months.
If you are an expecting mom, I hope you found this post helpful. If you are a mom, share your favorite products in the comments so others can see! Until next post…xoxo Becca
On August 15 we welcomed Baby G into the world! He was 1 week past his due date and stubborn to enter the world. Many bloggers share their birth story and I thought I might too, but turns out most of it was a blur and nothing about it was textbook. The important part is Baby G made his arrival safely and now we get to enjoy everything about him.
He is the spitting image of his father and has the best hair for a mohawk! See the cuteness below 🙂 Every nurse commented on how much hair he had and that blond babies rarely have that much hair. I think he’s pretty darn cute! Honestly, I could share all 70 newborn photos with you, but I won’t!
What’s the 4th trimester? Yeah I hadn’t heard of it until he was born. Turns out it starts at birth and goes until the baby is 3 months old…which happens to be today! It’s like I planned this post 😉 haha
Sooooo, “how’s it going” you ask? Parenthood is equal parts loving/rewarding and challenging. Before even leaving the hospital we were learning alongside him and on the fly. Luckily the nurses at the hospital we delivered at are amazing and gave us a lot of information and support. While generally he is a very happy, easy going baby there were many nights of endless fussiness that included screaming and arching in pain. It took us awhile to learn he had a dairy sensitivity (he was negative for a dairy allergy) which was resolved within a few days of me cutting dairy from my diet. I had been dairy free for years before becoming pregnant, but while pregnant ate a ton of dairy! I miss ice cream and other dairy based desserts, but I would rather skip it than him be in pain.
How are the dogs adjusting? Like everyone predicted, Mia is obsessed with him and wants to be his best friend. She is constantly at his side, licking him, hangs out with him during tummy time. She even brings him toys like he’s going to miraculously throw it for her! haha She’s the sweetest. Lexi on the other hand is very standoffish. She’s never mean, she just prefers to provide protection from afar. She’ll occasionally sniff him or lick his hand and then return to her “post” to keep watch.
How was your return to work? His transition to daycare? I spent 12 weeks on maternity leave and I’m so glad I took the full time. I returned to work last week and while it’s bittersweet to leave him at daycare each morning, I have enjoyed the return to a schedule/routine and adult interaction. Who know adult interaction would be something I missed (yes, me, the introvert). He transitioned to daycare pretty easily. As I mentioned, he’s a happy, easy going baby so he’s cool with anyone who is willing to hold him. We were fortunate enough to get into a great facility where a friend works and she checks on him. The hubs and I also co-advise a student organization on campus. One of the members is one of his teachers so that’s also very comforting. He seems happy there. Although…he’s a week in and already caught some germs 🙁 I feel bad for him because he has congestion and constantly has a crusty nose. Welcome to the next several years of my life right?!
I think that’s about all I have to update you on. Again, I don’t know what this blog will look like going forward, but I will keep it active and you can return to any of my posts in the future. Until next post…xoxo Becca