When you find out you’re expecting, you’re immediately bombarded with products you just absolutely need for your baby. It can get very overwhelming very fast. Do I really need a $500 stroller? Why are there so many different types of bottles? Is a swing worth the money? I get it, I had a lot of the same questions. There are so many options and so many people telling you to buy one thing or another. So I compiled a list of the 10 items that actually we use on a daily basis. Just a heads up, this post contains affiliate links and I will get a little bit of money if you buy anything. Check out my full disclosure policy here.
DR. BROWNS BOTTLES
When we ended up switching our son to formula, the hospital had been giving us ready to feed bottles. Unfortunately, those are way more expensive than powder and out of our budget. So, that first day home, we got to play “which one of the 12 million bottles will he take?” Of course, he took the one single type of bottle we only had one of. Thank God for Amazon Prime, honestly. He loves these Dr. Brown’s bottles! They have a nice vent in them, as well, which lessens the amount of air he swallows and makes him way less gassy than traditional bottles. The only downside is that there are more pieces to clean, but I’ll take that over a colicky angry baby any day!
Arguably one of the most important items you’ll need for your baby is a diaper bag, and since you’ll be hauling it around EVERYWHERE, you want one that can hold a good amount of baby things, is sturdy, and worth the money. Look no further than this HaloVa Diaper Bag. It has a ridiculous amount of storage, is comfortable as hell, and can take a beating. Plus, how cute is this print? We’ve gotten quite a few compliments on this bag and I just love it so much.
I bought this wubba simply because we love dogs and I thought it would be adorable. Spoiler alert: it’s freaking adorable. Not only that, but it’s really the only type of binky he’ll take! He likes to cuddle with the puppy when he naps in my arms and plays with it too. Definitely a good investment in my opinion. Plus, look how content he looks napping in this picture!
This may sound dramatic, but this swing has literally saved what tiny shreds of sanity I have left. The past month and a half, my son loves this thing. It gets him to sleep on particularly rough nights, it calms him down when he’s extremely fussy, and it’s convenient for those times that the PPD hits hard and I just need a minute to go outside and cry while he’s inconsolable and screams his head off. Plus, it plugs into the wall, so you don’t have to worry about changing batteries constantly. I mean, unless you want to use the added chair vibration.
This chair is the greatest thing ever. For the first month or so, my son HATED the swing. He’s scream and cry and just generally throw a fit. Thankfully, he’s passed that now, but in that first month, this chair was amazing. It vibrates, as well as plays music, and it’s super soft! It was great for calming him down between feedings and getting him sleepy. Now that he’s a little older, he reaches for the cat and mouse that dangle from the top and giggles to himself if I move them. Plus, he can sit in it while I write and is close by without needing to be held all the time. It’s also great when you want to shower and have him in the bathroom with you. Definitely recommend.
You know how I said I didn’t realize the baby’s skin was so sensitive as a newborn that even sensitive wipes made him break out with a diaper rash? This is what we ended up using after that happened. Pamper’s Pure wipes are amazing. They’re 99% water, so they work on even the most sensitive skin. His rash was gone within 24 hours of switching. They’re a little pricier than the wipes you can get in bulk packs from Target, but they’re so worth it to know your baby isn’t uncomfortable.
When I first got pregnant, I told myself that I was just going to get a convertible car seat and baby wear everywhere. Who has time to drag a car seat around everywhere, especially one that he would outgrow within a year? Let me tell you what, we’ve already gotten our money’s worth with this travel system. Not only is the car seat super easy to install in any car, but the stroller is the easiest thing to collapse and travel with. Plus, since giving birth, my back is so completely messed up that babywearing is out of the question. It definitely makes trips to the zoo a million times easier!
I recommended the baby items that have been beyond helpful for us, but every baby is different. Some of you may only use half of what I listed, and some may not use any at all! There are a million different baby items on the market these days, what are your must haves?