Baby gear must have list 



This is  a little collection of a few things you probably know you need for your new baby, but want an opinion as towhat to buy or put on your registry.  As well as few things you may not have heard of.  Especially if you or someone you know is having their first baby! This post is riddled with affiliate links, just warning you now. Also I have more ideas for baby shower gifts listed  here Baby Shower Gift Ideas for the Clueless.  See also Baby & Toddler Book Suggestions.


Sound Machine

Marpac Dohm Sound Machine. The sound machine isn’t something we even considered when creating a registry. It was one of those gifts I thought about returning.  But OH so THANKFUL we didn’t.  This is a lifesaver.  We keep a pretty quiet house so any noise is something E heard and still hears.  We take this on all of our trips too, older houses seem to carry more sound and when big groups of family get together noises seem to be plentiful.  This brings him a little home comfort and peace for all. 

Baby Lounger

Boppy Newborn Lounger – Geo. We were told about the lounger by family. They loved it and so did we. You probably have heard of the Boppy Nursing Pillow (adorable one with a fox and an owl here) which is also wonderful and quite the arm saver.  It was nice to be able to keep our newborn close everywhere while he was sleeping.  This is where he slept on some of his first trips too.  Not only are they cute but they aren’t super huge, they keep your baby at an incline and almost cuddle them, which is apparently awesome for colicky babies and babes who have a little reflux.

Butt cream

These are a few of our favorite butt creams we’ve tried.  They all seem to work great. my favorite part of these three, besides the working part, is that they don’t seem to linger on your fingers forever even after multiple washings. So you can eat you at some point in the day without tasting diaper cream.  Boudreaux’s is my mom’s favorite from when I was a baby.

  1. A & D
  2. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee
  3. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

Aquaphor

Recommended to us by our pediatric doctor to help with little E’s eczema. And apparently mine and also the hubs.  Neither of us knew we had eczema until E came along.  You take care of yourself so much better when you have a child! Just to add I’ve never had any problems other than dime sized patches, my whole life that my mother explained as dry skin and that I needed to moisturize better.  The husband hasn’t ever had any problem until these last couple weeks, and the Aquaphor has helped him tons!

Gripe Water/Gas Drops

Mommys Bliss Gripe Water. Gripe water, we had a huge hiccup problem, supposedly hiccups can be a sign of tiredness and I DO believe it.  However, these seemed to cure our hiccups and they are all natural.  Plus this brand doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge because it doesn’t mold, like some of the others on the market.  The original is fennel flavored and not terrible tasting, yep I tried it. They also have apple, flavorless, and drops for constipation, which we haven’t tried but if the problem should arise for a future child I not hesitate to try this brand.

Car seat with base and stroller

We ended up with the Chicco Bravo Stroller Trio System.  It folds up fairly nicely and you can use stroller with or without the Car Seat.  I love that you can leave the base in the car add another for your husband or grandma or nanny’s vehicle so there is constant swapping and readjusting! You can buy it all separate or as a trio but we do love how it maneuvers and has couple cup holders and a basket down below for all those extras you need for baby! Or you know if you decide to take off your jacket or need a spot for a picnic blanket.

  1. Chicco – Bravo Stroller Trio System
    1. Carseat and Base
    2. Stroller
    3. Extra Base

Bottles 

Dr. Browns bottles these were recommended to us by family as well. The standard size (NOT the wide mouth) fit our Medela pump travel system. So I was able to pump directly into most of his bottles,  which was great.   Although, now they have some sort of options bottle (feel free to tell me more about them if you’ve used them)! They also now have them in colors, pink, blue, lavender. And for those of you who prefer glass over plastic they carry them in glass too and you can buy them with or without silicone sleeves as seen below!

  1. Wide Mouth
  2. Standard

We learned E did better with the wide mouth bottles when he was little because  he’d put the entire little nipple in his mouth and get too much air. Speaking of nipples having the bigger sizes on hand would have been helpful you will eventually need to graduate in size as your little one grows!  Here you can find Level 2Level 3, and Level 4 wide mouth nipples.

Boon Products

We saw these and thought it was just the cutest way to make decor out of the necessities.  I will say my favorite is the Silicone bottle brush because it keeps you from scratching the inside of your bottles which could create spaces for mold to grow! Yuck!

  1. Drying Grass
  2. Silicone Bottle Brush
  3. Boon Stem

Glider

We received ours on loan from a family member.  I guess they heard we were looking and offered it up.  I think that was a total a win-win.  They needed it stored and we wanted one.  We use it everyday for reading and rocking! We are so grateful thank you B family! This one here is similar to the one we use. If we buy one in the future I would go with the same model no hesitation, however if I sat in one of those big chair gliders and loved it I may consider going for a fluffy swivel glider type.  I just took a quick glance and saw they make swivel glider recliners! WHAT?!.

Muslin swaddle blankets

E was a hot baby.  So having muslin blankets that were breathable was awesome.  Some people swear by the Aden + Anais brand and they have some super adorable sets with prints like this indigo one. Check out this Winnie the Pooh set, or this completely heart melting Bambi set.  I am getting baby fever just looking at all the new prints.  Ours were from target, and I must confess I love them, I think they were/are Swaddle Designs brand.  This is a super cute woodland theme pack by them. I may get roasted for adding this but honestly I think this brand is softer than the Aden + Anais swaddles but that could just be the ones I felt and not consistent to all of their swaddles.

Diaper Bag

So when shopping around for a diaper bag I let D in on the selection process.  I wanted him to either have his own, or one that we could both be comfortable carrying around.  I showed him both the black & grey skip hop versions and he liked the grey?! I think I was partial to the black but I have fallen in love with our grey one.  It has a nice amount of pockets and isn’t too small or too big and has a couple spots for bottles or cups.  It also now comes in Stripes, what they call Feather, Chevron, and a cute colorful triangle pattern.

Sippy Cups

Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup. I saw these before I even thought about getting pregnant and knew we had to have them.  I was amazed.  They aren’t 100% leak proof especially if you drop them but turn one upside down and you’ll see their magic work. I probably should mention E prefers to drink water or juice out of these and we have a completely different cup we put milk in that we go at our local grocery 4 for a $1.  He likes that he can take the lids off.  Which is why we only usually allow them for milk, at home and supervised.  He is actually proficient at drinking out of glass cups.  Yeah my MIL just thought it was crazy watching him drink out of a baby glass the other night while we Facetimed.  The Munchkin cups are our on the go and less supervised drinking glasses!

Milk Saver

Milkies Milk Saver. I breastfed and for those of you who will be new to this. Be forewarned the other boob with leak, while your nursing.  This little contraption catches it and saves it! Amazing! I bet you’d be shocked to kow how much you were losing into pads. Plus is saves money on Disposable Nursing Pads (this is the kind I preferred to me they felt less noticeable, and one thing as a new mother I had no idea I’d need right away), only thing is you have to buy more bags to store that extra milk in but thats a good problem to have! I will add I wish I would have had 2 so I wasn’t constantly washing and drying them in the beginning but I made it work with one! 

Wubbanub

I was so against those pacifiers with animals hanging from them.  I would NEVER let me child use one.  We got one as a gift from a couple of our closest friends.  I begrudgingly opened it one day.  The first time I gave it to E was more as just a toy to play with in the car.  He was crying and a put it in his carseat with him, he was very little at the time.  He quieted and when I glanced back he had managed to put the paci in his mouth and I was a changed woman.  When he got lost briefly my mom bought 2 more identical frogs on amazon, one for her house and one for mine incase I forgot to bring it over because I did that way too often.  See all the oh-so-adorable animals they have!

Well there you  have it my product reviews that I give my new mom friends. So here it is for all the world.  Good luck out there new parents!

If you haven’t yet started your registry for your new baby you can register on amazon from here! I get like $3 if you do. ūüôā haha

  1. Baby Penquin
  2. Dragon
  3. Elephant
  4. Fox
  5. Hippo
  6. Frog
  7. Turtle
  8. Monkey
  9. Lamb
  10. Dino
  11. Puppy
  12. Kitten
  13. Lion
  14. Tiger
  15. Longhorn Bull
  16. Duck
  17. Giraffe
  18. Little Mouse
  19. Owl
  20. Zebra

 

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Baby shower Gift ideas for the clueless

Holy moly my tiny squishy baby!!!


Before I became part of this Mom world I now live in, I had no idea what to get expecting parents.  Even with a handy registry list to shop from.

Now with a little mom experience under my belt, I take a look at what they have on their registry and pick one or two things from it. ¬†I also use my best judgement to pick out one or two things from my/our favorite everyday baby items. ¬†I try to go for the items I think they specifically would love but probably didn’t know about.

Check out my baby gear must have list blog post for more in depth reading about the following picks!

  1. Sound Machine
  2. Boppy Lounger
  3. Boppy Nursing Pillow
  4. Diaper Cream
  5. Gripe Water
  6. Carseat & or Stroller or an Extra Base
  7. Bottles, yes even for the breastfeeding mommy
  8. Bottle Nipples
  9. Bottle Rack
  10. Bottle Brush¬†– just don’t let your husband scrub a super sharp knife with it
  11. Muslin Swaddles
  12. Diaper Bag
  13. Milk Saver
  14. Nursing Pads
  15. Wubbanub – (tons of animals to choose from are at the bottom of the post here)
  16. Wipe Clutch
  17. Books Рsee my suggestions here
  18. Wrap Carrier

MY SELECTIONS

I try to make this a mix of utility items that will be tossed and an item or two that they will hopefully keep forever and cherish.


Here’s what I call utility or disposable items:

Diapers, Diapers, Diapers¬†and more Diapers. ¬† On average I’d wager that most babies will use about 4 boxes of NB size diapers and around 4-8 boxes 1’s. E grew super fast so he graduated to 2’s sooner than the average baby. ¬†(Something to consider when you buy diapers is that everyone goes for NB.) Then you have exhausted new parents lugging a tiny baby and boxes of diapers to the store with hopes they’ll exchange them. ¬†Please, please! don’t let me scare you into not getting the diapers just be mindful and attach a gift receipt to ease their tired heads. ¬†I remember a cousin of Danes who got us a box of 2’s and and giant box of wipes. THANK YOU, thank you! H family! We loved the Pampers Swaddlers, I have a sensitive nose and other diapers I could smell the pee even if it was just a tiny bit and I preferred the seeing the blue line to smelling when a diaper was wet.

Wipes and lots of wipes. Having them in bulk is so convenient. I’m not scared of HUGGIES¬†wipes, after that fiber glass drama. ¬†In actuality they are my go to wipes. I have nothing against pampers or even honest wipes. Huggies just worked for us.

Nursing pads. I had no idea I’d need them like ASAP after baby. I did make some reusable ones but wasn’t super comfortable wearing them in public. ¬†I really liked the lansinoh brand. I wish I would have tried some reusable, hopefully I can try them a next time.


Probably not on their registry

Nipples of the graduated sizes, Level 2 ,Level 3¬†and so on¬†for their bottle brand of choice. This would take a little digging into their registry to make sure you got the correct nipples for the corresponding bottle. However, I’m sure they’d think about how clever you were once they needed them.

Travel Wipe Pouch.¬†Now this one item is kind of disposable and kind of cherishable. I love our clutch and clean¬†travel wipe pouch. It will wear out with lots of use but don’t be surprised if they go out and buy a new one when it finally does. It’s¬†totally¬†worth the money. Its more durable than a ziplock that eventually gives way too and better at keeping kids out than the little containers I remember from the early 90’s that always seemed to break and dry out your wipes. ¬†Plus you can refill them!


Cherishable gifts.  (Or at least hopefully.)

Muslin swaddles.¬†Go with adorable prints that are timeless or fit the theme of the nursery or shower. ¬†Something that reminds you of the parents to be. ¬†Maybe a print that is completely one of a kind. Or go with a print is just so sweet you can’t resist. ¬†You never know what baby is going to attach to and I personally just think babies dragging around blankets is soooooo cute.

Books. I throw in one or two of my favorite kids books. ¬†Sometimes I may find one at the store that seems relevant to the parents to be, or fits the theme of the shower. We love the foot book, hand hand fingers thumb, the happy lion, Goosie, & triangle. I’m currently working on a top 10 or 25 kids book blog post. We love books at our house, see my post about Reading in our House, for a couple of our favorite books, or Baby & Toddler Book Suggestions for a ton. I know I have at least a couple blog posts in me about books so come back if you need more ideas later too!


 

Other Ideas that might be on their registry that are great to get

  1. Carriers I loved my boba wrap
  2. Carseat
  3. Stroller
  4. Diaper Bag
  5. Boppy and or Boppy Lounger

If you’re checking this out because you read one of my other blog posts about baby items and haven’t created a baby registry you can do that on amazon from¬†here.

Baby shower Gift ideas for the clueless

First Blog Post

I really just want to see how this works. At least in the inner workings of wordpress.  Do I want to create blog posts or do I just create new pages.  Bare with me here people.  Those of you that are out there reading this anyways.  For playing along here is a picture of…(please hold while I select said picture) me iceskating while pregnant.  I was not very far along and we were with a bunch of friends and NO ONE knew we were expecting.  I would have been THAT wife who holds the group back from doing fun stuff.  I was careful and didn’t fall.  AND D was very protective.

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