There are so many products that everyone says you have to have when you have a baby. Unfortunately, a lot of them are right. Baby’s really are expensive. Luckily, a lot of the products you can use for more than one baby. As I’m packing for our move and thinking about baby #2, I’m realizing how little I’m going to need for him/her.
So, I thought I’d write up a little list of my favorite baby products. I know there are a lot of blogs like this out there, but I’m the In-the-Middle Mom. I’m not a 100% organic, chemical-free, hippie mom… but I do try to keep as many bad substances away from my kids/household. I’m not a “there’s no such thing as holding your baby too much” mom… because for crying out loud, I need to set the kid down once in a while. And a lot of our parenting style has really just come to us as we went, and we learned what worked for Lily and us.
Here are my 10 must-have baby products for those first 6 months…
I could go on and on about this milk storage system! If you plan on pumping and storing your milk, Kiinde is such a great product. The storage bags attach straight to your pump (the kit comes with adapters for basically every brand of pump). You simply pump, twist the cap on, and store! Then when it’s time to feed, you thaw/warm it in the bottle warmer, pop it into the bottle frame and snap on the nipple. The kit comes with a slow, medium, and fast nipple (and Lily took to them really fast). There’s no transferring of milk from pump bottle to bag to bottle!
Some tips: If you fill the bags all the way (which is what I did to save on bags), they’re too big to fit into the organizer that the kit comes with. I actually just stored all of my bags in recycled boxes/paper bags. And if you’re like me, you won’t fill a whole bag in one pumping… so, I just condensed the two bags into one (so yes, a little bit of transferring). And if I still didn’t quite fill the 6 oz., I’d put the bag in the fridge and filled it completely the next pumping.
Also, if you go to the Kiinde website, you can get a free starter kit (just pay shipping/handling).
We love the Babyganics line. It’s one of the more affordable organic, plant-based baby brands. We use the Babyganics shampoo/body wash, lotion, sunscreen (the spray is the best for application), and hand sanitizer. We also used their laundry detergent when Lily was a newborn.
Some tips: As safe as their insect repellent is, it’s very greasy. I keep the travel size in her diaper bag, but I definitely prefer using the Epoch Baobab Body Butter from Nuskin. Go to my girl, Bri Watts, at her shop B. Marie’s Flowers to grab this great bug repellent!
3 – Boppy Pillow
This was an absolute lifesaver when Lily was a newborn. Not only is it awesome for nursing, but it’s great for just propping up the baby. I would just hold her in my lap with her head on the Boppy. And as she got a bit bigger, we would set her in the pillow so she was sitting up more. Then, we used it for tummy time. And later, when she was sitting but not quite able to balance yet, we’d put the Boppy around her. It’s so great for the first 6 months!
Some tips: Definitely get a cover for your Boppy! It’ll constantly be getting milk and spit-up on it. And for one step further… get two covers so you have an extra when your washing the other.
4 – Travel System
A carrier car seat that simply clicks into the base in the car and also clicks into a stroller is a major must-have. There are a ton of different routes you can take with this. Lots of brands and most strollers have adapters for different carseats. However, we really loved our Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System. For a fairly good price, you get everything you need!
Some tips: Getting an extra base if you change cars often is always a good idea. Also, if you’re like me and go for walks a lot (or go to the zoo every week), you might like a jogging stroller. We got a jogging stroller when Lily was a bit older and I absolutely love it. I’ll talk more about it in my 6-12 months must-haves blog.
5 – Swing w/ Rocker
The whole swing/rocker/bouncer thing can be so overwhelming as a new mom. There are so many different options from inexpensive bouncers to ridiculously expensive swings. At the last minute, we ended up grabbing this Graco Duet Sway Swing with Portable Rocker and it ended up being a fantastic purchase. It’s fairly small, so it didn’t take up too much space in our living room. It’s a simple swing that can swing either front-back or side-side. The seat can easily be removed and just be a portable rocker. We used it both ways until Lily was about 6 months.
Some tips: It’s corded, which is nice to not deal with batteries, but we had to use an extension cord so the swing could be more in the middle of the room. It’s also not the biggest seat if you have a really big baby.
6 – Diapers/Wipes (obviously)
I thought I’d just share with you my go-to’s for diapers and wipes. Thanks to Costco, we are a 100% Huggies family. We buy the large boxes of Huggies diapers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes. We’ve tried other brands of diapers, and really liked the quality of the Huggies better. We gave the Kirkland brand wipes a chance once when they were out of the Huggies and we will definitely not be purchasing those again. I also love that the Natural Care wipes have natural ingredients that are more gentle.
Some tips: Costco does not sell the newborn size diapers, so it’s actually a great time to experiment with different brands. Also… have a diaper party before baby comes! We didn’t and we regret it… our friends who did it all received enough diapers for like a year!
7 – Sound Machine
I thought these seemed so silly before I had Lily. But, she is now 16 months and we still use it every night. It’s really more about drowning out background noises than the actual sound. We have this very simple and inexpensive MyBaby SoundSpa Lullaby, and it does the trick just fine. We put it on the ocean sound fairly close to her crib and it runs all night. I actually have no idea if it makes a difference because we’ve rarely not used it.
Some tips: This particular machine is only $25, and we don’t use any other functions except the ocean sound. I don’t recommend spending any more than this. But I do recommend getting a second portable battery one. This would have come in handy when traveling and we never did get one. (Note for baby #2).
8 – Aquaphor
This stuff… I tell ya what! A fellow mom gave us a tube of Aquaphor as shower gift, and I honestly have never tried anything else because it’s worked so well for us. It heals Lily’s diaper rashes so quickly. It’s clear, so no mess (and comes right off your own hands on a diaper so no need for that silly applicator). She also got chapped skin in all of her fat rolls when she was tiny last summer, and Aquaphor always did the trick. And my favorite part… no smell! My husband and I have used it on our own cuts and burns too.
Okay, this might seem a bit overboard, but I swear it’s been so nice for us! We have an Echo Dot in the nursery that controls the Kasa Smart WiFi Light Bulb. Believe me, you’ll thank me when you’re running into the nursery, holding out a baby that has poo running down her leg and you don’t have to try and turn on the light switch with your elbow. Just a simple “Alexa turn the light on” is all you need. Not to mention when it’s sleepy time, “Alexa turn the light to dim” is quite nice.
I also ask Alexa almost every day what the weather is as I get Lily dressed. We use the Dot to listen to music. And here’s how ridiculously indecisive I am… I hate deciding between all of her outfits every day because they’re all so cute, so I say “Alexa pick a number 1-10,” and I count from one end of her closet to pick what she’s wearing.
10 – Playpen
A playpen is definitely necessary for traveling. We have a the Chicco Lullaby Baby Playard and we love it. Super easy to set up and take down. It has the napper and changing table which are great for newborns. We actually had this in our living room when Lily was first born and she was in the napper a lot. The storage on the side is really handy. It also has a “bassinet” setting where the mattress sits up higher for newborns. Then you can remove the frame and put the mattress at the bottom when they’re older.
Tip: Invest in the Playard sheets, because baby’s stain stuff. Enough said.
I hope this helps all of you parents-to-be as you create your registry! Stay tuned for more must-have blogs in the future. Next up will be my Must-Haves for 6-12 months and later, a blog about the baby products that are not quite as necessary.
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