One of the things I get asked a lot by newly pregnant friends or new mamas in general is: what are your must have baby items??! When I was pregnant, my number one hormone was nesting in the form of research. I kid you not I think I looked up and read about every product on the market. My happiest decision was our stroller: The Uppababy Vista. Of course, they’ve come out with a new one (only minor changes) since I’ve had Evie and I was forced to quickly learn that my new version of “technology changes quickly” is going to be about baby items. Sigh. Anyway, I’ve tried to break my lists up into age appropriate categories and will split them into separate posts so it’s not so overwhelming. First, we’ll start with Newborn 0-4 months! All images below are clickable :)!
Newborn (0-4 months)
Why I Love(d) These Products:
1. Uppababy Vista Bassinet: Clearly, I have an obsession with our stroller. But, for the newborn days I’ll highlight the bassinet! It’s included with the purchase of the stroller and I absolutely LOVED strolling the neighborhood with tiny baby Evie sleeping in her bassinet. It easily clicks off the frame which means I would bring the bassinet inside, with her STILL sleeping, and set it on our bed while I showered post walk. Hello convenience! I also included the maxicosi adapters because those are what worked with our particular carseat. So, for the first 4 months I just had the frame of the stroller in the back of my car and would click the carseat in it when out and about. It was my glorified snap-n-go with a HUGE storage basket underneath :).
2. Nuna Pipa Infant Carseat: I love this carseat for several reasons: it’s lightweight, it looks pretty/sleek, it’s black and gray, and it has a built in “paparazzi shade.” This was so convenient for a sleeping babe or for walking around the mall when you don’t want people breathing germs all over your precious baby. You just unzip the canopy, pull out the shade, and it magnetically grips to the sides of the carseat. Brilliant.
3. Ergo Cool Mesh 360: I loved the cool mesh because without a doubt, when wearing a baby, the baby gets a bit sweaty. Body heat in the summer is no joke. I loved the Ergo for doing house chores, walking about outside, cookouts, etc. Perk: Spyros loved wearing her in it too. We had the cool mesh infant insert which helped us out a lot during those itty bitty days!
4. Mamaroo: This was worth it’s weight in gold to us. Evie LOVED it. It was a lifesaver during mealtime when I was cooking dinner or whatnot. She took many a morning nap in the Mamaroo. The infant insert was super necessary for several months so she wasn’t swimming in the seat! We never used the bluetooth feature to play music, but she loved the heartbeat sounds, etc.
5. aden+anais swaddles: They are amazing. I registered for the colors listed above and loved how gender neutral they were (since we didn’t find out the gender). They are so soft and lightweight – I always had one in my diaper bag and in my car to snuggle her up in when we were in the air conditioning because ACs were blasting, it was a HOT summer. I think we had like 10+ of these swaddles scattered all over the house – they became burp clothes, blankets, nursing covers, etc. during the first several weeks! You’d be amazed how many swaddles you can go through in a day!
6. Sleeper Gowns: You don’t want to deal with snaps or zips 2,000x a day when changing diapers. You just don’t. Honorable mention: these short sleeved snap t-shirts. Plain and boring, yes. But, Evie lived in them for a few weeks because: babies are always swaddled so who cares what they are wearing and the amount of blow outs was impressive.
7. Halo Sleepsack Swaddle: Every baby is different and there was a lot of trial and error. But, we finally figured out that she could break free from regular blankets and got smart and put her in her “straight jacket” swaddle. It was a game changer for us. It is also great that you have the option to NOT swaddle in their arms as they transition out of the swaddle, but, you can still wrap it tightly around their little bodies so they feel secure!
8. Boppy Lounger: This was our #1 most used item. We wound up co-sleeping for the first 3ish months and used this half of the time (technically a no-no, I know, but mama’s gotta do what mama’s gotta do). Since this time, I’ve learned about dock-a-tots and am 100% getting one for our next babe. BUT I know we will still love the boppy lounger because: it has a slight incline which is great for any potential acid reflux + is so small it’s easy to bring anywhere to have a safe place to lay the non-mobile, non-rolling baby. The boppy came in the kitchen, bathroom, on the sofa, outside, to friend’s houses, etc.
9. Boon Drying Rack: This still lives on our kitchen counter. It was/is amazing for drying pump parts and bottles. Also great for wine glasses. Just saying.
10. Comotomo Bottles: Best bottles for a breastfed baby! The bottles are supposed to mimic the feel and shape of a boob. Evie rarely gets bottles, but it’s nice to know that she will take this one with ease. They also come in this bigger size which we used as she got older, but the smaller slow flow was best at first! They also come in green, but I of course went nuts for all things pink after she was born!
11. Mam Pacis: The only pacifier our little lady would take. Obsessed with these. They are cute, lightweight, and come in different sizes – the newborn size was great for us because it didn’t take up half of her sweet little face!
12. Hands Free Pumping Bra: Not glamorous, but necessary. I started pumping to get a little stash going pretty early on and this was a lifesaver. Nobody should sit there holding the pump to their boobs for 10, 15, 20 minutes! Not fun. No.
13. My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow: Oh how I wish I would have taken this gem to the hospital instead of the boppy nursing pillow. This was a LIFESAVER while navigating the early days of breastfeeding. It snaps on to you so you can stand and nurse while holding the baby if needed (I speak from experience) and you can adjust it around your waist to help do the “football hold” and more. It also has a spot to tote your water bottle because if you’re like me, the second you start to nurse you realize your water is nowhere near and you are all I’M SO THIRSTY – OH MY GOSH – WHERE IS MY WATER!?
14. Kiinde Breastmilk Storage Bags: Last but not least, the best breastmilk storage bags ever. Literally they are fool proof. The top TWISTS off making spills way less likely. If you’re a nursing Mama, you know that it is normal to cry over spilled breastmilk!!! They freeze easily, have this awesome storage tower, you can even put them in the dishwasher and re-use them! They are magical.