I’ve gotta admit it, I’m in nesting mode. I’ve been re-arranging baby’s room, clearing away clutter, and gathering essentials necessary to make my first few weeks with baby a breeze. The crazy thing is, I’m finding that I actually do need more baby stuff. I’ve found with the second pregnancy you learn which products worked and which didn’t.
To help aide my fellow mama’s and to steer them towards some pretty ah-mazing products that are sure to simplify life, I’ve put together a Guide to Newborn Essentials:
1. Medela double pump: The Pump In Style is great because it’s hospital recommended, fairly quite, painless, and gets the job done faster. Good news- most (if not all) insurance companies now will pay for your breast pump. Just contact your provider. I already did so and the process is simple. You pick your pump (yes, a Medela double pump is an option!) via their chosen provider and 30 days prior to your delivery, you’ll receive the brand new pump. Now you’ve freed up $250 to spend on other baby items :).
2. Medela Tender Care Lanolin: just throw this ointment into your basket and trust me and a mass of many other mama’s, that this item is God sent. Oh and your nips will thank you too ;).
3. Hands free breastpump bra: because it’s nice to have your hands free and able to do things for the 20 minutes you are stuck pumping. Just think, you can get in the Facebook and Instagram time you crave. That’s what I call multi-tasking.
4. Nursing pillow: My only experience is with a Boppy pillow and it was a good one. Although My Breast Friend (seriously who comes up with these names?) is a great option too. I believe you will be fine with any type you register for. The one helpful tip is to order an extra cover for those spit up’s and projectile vomits that will definitely occur.
Also, a favorite of mine is the Boppy travel pillow which is perfect for all Mom’s on the go (just stash in your stroller). For a mama who had a c-section, this pillow made nursing easier when I was out on the town, as it didn’t put any pressure on my birth-battle wound.
5. Halo Bassinest: hands down this is my favorite item! It’s new to the market and when it launched a few months ago I knew it was going on my registry. Perfect for any Mom (regular birth or c-section) because it allows you to safely co-sleep with your child, the bassinet swivels which allows you to get in and out of bed easier, one of the sides lower to allow for pulling your child in and out of, etc. Honestly, I could talk forever on this bassinet but instead, check out this video.
6. Nuna Travel Crib: I recently became aware of this product and have to say, where was it when I first was researching travel cribs/playpens? I love it because it provides BOTH a baby crib and a toddler crib/playpen. Most on the market only provide a low-to-the ground crib or are tacky to look at.
7. Ollie Swaddle: my relationship with this swaddle company began when they first started following me on Instagram. I’m following them too and I’m so glad because I found out why this swaddle stands out above the rest. Not only is there velcro to make swaddling easy, but the bottom portion opens easily to allow for you to change your babies diaper without having to unswaddle (and possibly wake up) your baby. I picked up this swaddle because I know my future sleep deprived self will thank me. Right now, Ollie World is hosting daily savings up till Christmas. I’m sure your 2 am-sleep deprived self with thank you too, so treat yourself to one :).
8. Aden + Anais: the Holy Grail of muslins you can do no wrong with any of their products. I personally love their crib bedding because of the soft and breathable material.
9. Fisher Price Cradle and Swing: okay, so I’ll admit this swing isn’t one of the more modern looking and will take a decent chunk of space in your home, but it’s practicality out wins any con. You’ll never know which swinging motion will sooth your baby to sleep and this swing provides both a side/side and front/back rocking motion. Yay, for all-in-one features (and sadly a rare feature for swings out on the market.)
Carrier: I can’t pick just one. It’s like picking your favorite kid. I just can’t go there. Instead I’ll have to share why I’m loving these 3 carriers.
10. Solly Baby wraps are a California-based and family ran business whose wraps are American made. You gotta love supporting locally, right? But besides that, their product are awesome! The material is breathable unlike its counterpart, the Moby. Not to mention, it comes in a rainbow of colors (I recently picked up 2 because I was that indecisive between colors), and when you’re not wearing the Solly Baby, you can store it in it’s attached pouch.
11. Baby K’tan: a strategically sewn “wrap” you simply throw it over your shoulders and with a quick tie with the sash, you’ve got yourself ready to carry your newborn. Bonus points because the Baby K’tan comes in a “Breeze” and “Active” material to allow for more breathability and active lifestyle.
12. Ergo 360: it’s about time Ergo added the feature of forward-front-facing. This is an overall good carrier that will be sure to last babies’ first year.
13. Puj: the sleekest bath tub around because it can lay flat while stored. Not to mention it’s plush foam-like material is beyond any comparison available. If you are a frequent traveler, the Puj Flyte is even more compact but with the same amazing qualities as the original.
14. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy diaper bag: I wanted to desperately not love this diaper bag. But after going through 2 other (not so bad) diaper bags, the Boxy bag fulfills all my check marks. A combination of the carrying style (backpack/tote), wipeable material, magnetic closure, and plenty of storage space has been a lifesaver for this mama who is always out and about. Having twins, two kiddos, or just need a bit more room? Try the Abundance which is just a larger version of this top-quality diaper bag.
15. Stokke Tripp Trapp: this was another one of those purchases I made after my original high chair ended up not fulfilling my long-term needs. I originally bought a Bloom high chair because of its contemporary look, but it failed to work for me past 18 months. What makes the Tripp Trapp high chair superior is that it truly is functional for a lifetime. It grows with your baby into an adult while still not sacrificing a modern style. The other high chairs on the market can’t fit to slide up against the family table, leaving your child an arm’s length away.
16. Wubbanub: the simplest of inventions, this toy and soothie combination stops the soothie from falling out of your baby’s mouth. You’ll no longer have to tediously bend over to pick up a soothie. Trust when I say, pick up one or two of these. Here’s a tip: once your child has grown out of the pacifier phase, you can cut off the soothie and allow your child to continue to play with their cuddly little lamb.
17. Sofie the giraffe teether: another “it” item for your baby. I don’t know of any other toy a baby loves more than this. My son especially loved his and to this day I’ll catch him squeaking it around while he’s enjoying creative play. It has become such a sentimental toy that I’m contemplating buying our new baby his very own Sofie to love.
Here’s another subject like the carriers (mentioned above) that I can’t just pick one. Sadly, there isn’t a stroller that fulfills every need, but these strollers certainly are the best of the best and here’s why:
18. BOB Revolution: the perfect all-terrain stroller that is equally good for jogging as it is a city stroller. I often wondered why they market themselves as a jogger when the BOB really does wonders in a city. After all, not all streets are perfectly paved so this bad-boy of a stroller can handle cobblestone, gravel, and even my most relatable option- the beach.
19. Uppababy G-Luxe: the best of the best when it comes to lightweight strollers, this glorified umbrella stroller shines bright (
like a diamond). One of its top-selling points is that you can start using it at 6 months rather than the usual year for umbrella strollers. I use it traveling (see post here) and when I know I’m going to be in an area where the aisle-to-rack ratio is snug, I throw this stroller in the backseat of my car. Good news for 2015 the Uppababy G-Luxe is releasing it also as a double stroller. You can bet I’ll be getting my hands on one for sure.
20. Baby Jogger City Select: if I was smart and asked myself if I was going to have more than one child fairly soon after my first, I would have bought this stroller 2 years ago. I’m obsessed with the City Select because it’s slim (no worrying about moving through tight spaces), it can accommodate both a single and a double seat with plenty of room for both children, there is a large shopping basket underneath, and lastly the boogie board for your older child to hop on makes it my #1 stroller choice. Oh, and if those features don’t win you- it fold down easily and is pretty lightweight. Score!
21. Doona: coming to the US in 2015, this stroller is genius for combining itself as a car seat and stroller in one. You simple pull out the car seat and with a push of a button the stroller wheels pop down!
(Want even more stroller options? Honorable mentions go to: Uppababy Vista and the Bugaboo Donkey for their multi-use qualities.)