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Monday, February 24, 2014

What are your must-have registry items?

Years ago, I wrote about our entire baby registry, but since then a few products have stood out as MUST-HAVES. These five baby items, below, made parenting so much easier, and I recommend them to all my pregnant friends and relatives...

1. Phil & Ted's hook-on high chair. When Toby was born, our then-apartment was so small that we couldn't fit a high chair into the kitchen. So we clipped this cute little chair to our kitchen table, and it worked really well.

2. Sophie the Giraffe. Every baby I know is obsessed with Sophie. She's fun to chew, she squeaks and she's French!

3. BabyBjorn Travel Crib. This light, SUPER easy-to-use travel crib was a splurge, but it was SO worth it. We've brought it on every vacation, and Anton actually sleeps in the travel crib every night at home these days, too.

4. Cotton onesies. Nothing is cuter than a baby in a white onesie, don't you think? And you can get five of these for less than $20.

5. My Brest Friend. I loved this pillow, which you wrap around your waist while breastfeeding to keep your baby supported. Without this, my back and arms really ached. A total lifesaver.

Plus, a sticker pad for the older sibling! We gave Toby this make-a-meal sticker pad the week that Anton was born, and he played with it while I was breastfeeding and resting during those hazy days. It kept everyone happy:)

We often order products from Diapers.com, which delivers within two days. You can easily create a baby registry, too, which I wish I had known about with our boys! They have some awesome perks, like the option to wait to ship registry items up to six months past your due date (if you don't have room for everything right away), and getting a 10% discount six weeks before your due date, so you can buy all your remaining registry items. Create a registry here, if you'd like.

Gift for all readers: Diapers.com is offering 15% off when you buy gifts from a friend's registry (or when you buy gifts for yourself off your own registry). Just enter the code REGISTRY15 when you check out. This offer applies only to registry purchases and excludes diapers, wipes and formula; good through April 30, 2014; one use per household. Additional restrictions apply.

What are your must-have baby items? What do you recommend to friends and family? And big congratulations to the expectant mamas out there! Hope you're feeling well :)

(This post is sponsored by Diapers.com, a site we love and use all the time)

85 comments:

KristyK said...

A Baby Bjorn carrier or some sort of sling for those first couple months. Sometimes baby just doesn't want to be sat down but you have to get stuff done and carriers are the best invention to help with that. I also strongly believe in the Diaper Genie diaper pail.

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, totally! i loved the ergo.

kyracross said...

The list you posted awhile back was such a blessing when all confused when I was starting to plan. Love all of these things too. White onesies. Agreed. The best and my favorite. I am so sad that she is almost done with them. Thanks Joanna! xo

Christine said...

LOVED my brest friend that I got as a hand me down from my cousin. Made breastfeeding my first baby so much easier and comfortable. I recommend it to everyone expecting.

Unknown said...

Yes! My baby loves loves Sophie. Funny how she's such a 'thing'.

The Miracle Blanket saved us because baby girl houdini'ed out of swaddles and hated those velcro swaddle blankets.

Also getting surprising use out of the baby gym - something I thought was totally just an extra turned out to be an essential.

Unknown said...

Yes! My baby loves loves Sophie. Funny how she's such a 'thing'.

The Miracle Blanket saved us because baby girl houdini'ed out of swaddles and hated those velcro swaddle blankets.

Also getting surprising use out of the baby gym - something I thought was totally just an extra turned out to be an essential.

Anna Smith said...

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib was a lifesaver. That and a sound machine (we've been through 3 of them if anyone can recommend a good one that lasts...) and also I'm really big into SAFE products for mom/baby/home and love the California baby line as well as products from Beautycounter. In fact, I love them so much, I signed up as a consultant. Check it out here: anna.beautycounter.com or email me!

Leigh Anne and Sandy said...

Nosefreida! I give this to EVERYONE I know with a new baby. It looks weird and gross but it is not, and honestly when you truly need it you won't care!

Nook Lily Pad--these are great soft surfaces to set the baby down on in your own home, or carry with you (I do NOT travel light)...

also a bouncer or swing for the bathroom so you can take showers and get dressed when you are by yourself. I really like the Nuna Leaf, but I also had a very inexpensive fisher price one that got the job done and was very light and easy to carry from room to room.

anniematic said...

I was JUST looking through your registry guide the other day - thanks so much for the update with top must-haves! Do you have favorite bottoms to pair with white onesies for babies in colder climates?

Hemingway said...

Boppy pillow! Four or five Kissy Kissy snap-front gowns (so soft and SO easy with a newborn for changing diapers, etc) Miracle Blanket swaddle (was our sleep savior for the first 4 months) Wooden Montessori teething rings- they were the first thing he loved to grasp and gum. A really beautiful, quality baby blanket or stroller blanket. Nosefrida snot sucker. To name a few!!!

Lauren Fraley said...

Joanna - is it incredibly weird that I'm dying to hear Anton's birth story? I loved Toby's (and Alex's POV!) and would love to hear more about how your experience differed from child to child!

andrea nicole said...

For us, it was the trusty Miracle Blanket and a white noise machine. The Nosefrida is pretty great too. And I second the recommendation for the Brest Friend. I found it was WAY more supportive for mom + baby than the Boppy.

New Mom and the City said...

I couldn't live without the Baby Bjorn babysitter seat, especially since it's so portable and light you can drag it around the house or fold it flat to take in the car. And in my opinion, the best sound machine is by Marsona (you can find it on amazon)

www.newmomandthecity.blogspot.com

Playground Prepster said...

Great list! We survived thanks to a few of those. I love love love the Nose Frida and always give it as a gift. The ergo was crucial for us from 4 months - 2 years. I'm planning on purchasing the infant insert for our next babe.

E. and Baby P. said...

for us it was the ergo, the miracle blanket and the sleep sack.

Karelys Beltran Davis said...

I would say some high quality pure essential oils. Sometimes a dab of lavender or chamomile can soothe a baby that is fuzzy and you can't medicate it.

As much as I love doing things naturally I am so goal oriented so when I have a headache or when I am feeling drifty I down some tylenol no problem or drink loads of coffee. You can do that with babies! so good natural essential oils can be life saving!

An amber necklace has really helped with teething and the pain of growth spurts. I never had issues with the kid messing it with.

And even though this isn't a product it has really helped me. Taking baths together! sometimes I am just so tired! so if I get in a warm bath and hold my baby (later on just let him play) I kill two birds with one stone. Not ideal and not as relaxing but at least you don't have to do two things separately when you are soooo tired!

Lauren Modeen said...

Does anyone know if the BabyBjorn travel crib would be suitable for a brand new infant? Ie; a place to sleep the day coming home from the hospital? I was thinking of getting a Pack and Play with a newborn insert for this purpose, but I like the idea of something lighter!

tina bumblebee said...

My #1 registry must have that I preach to every new mom is the Fisher Price Rock and Play. That thing saved my LIFE and has for so many moms that I've suggested it to :)

Meg G said...

Thank you, Joanna! Your list was so helpful when I was doing my registry. I was terrified of the onesie at first, so the white long sleeve snap tees were amazing. Also the aden & anais swaddle blankets--they are so soft and just get better every time you wash them.

Joanna Goddard said...

omg, YES to the baby gym!! anton is obsessed with it and it allows parents time to cook dinner, take a quick shower, etc.!! we love ours :)

Joanna Goddard said...

kyra, we put toby in onesies until he was 3 :) i couldn't bear to stop!

Joanna Goddard said...

annie, yes! we have anton wear onesies with mabo pants. i love them so, so much, and they last forever. http://mabokids.com/

Rudey R said...


Two of those are gifts I like to give: cotton onesies from the Gap, and Sophie la Giraffe (since I'm a French teacher) and it is too cute! I also really love trumpette socks.


My Brest Friend is truly the best! I loved it so much I even brought it with me to the hospital for my second daughter.

Joanna Goddard said...

lauren, i would love to share! thank you for the really sweet comment. it has taken me so long to get organized to write the post—it was so different from toby's! i'd love to share and do a he said/she said :) thank you for the nice note. xo

Michelle Urban said...

I love, love, love the Hudson Baby Organic Receiving Blankets. These gems make the best swaddling blankets. They wash up perfectly, you can stuff them in your bag or purse, use them as a light stroller/car seat blanket, make a great breastfeeding cover for mom and baby......I cannot say enough good things about the receiving blanket. And not to mention super affordable. The blue and pink version via Amazon are under $10 and the white are slightly more.

Every new parent must have a few of these handy.

Rosie Busch said...

The Ergobaby is amazing! My daughter can't help by fall asleep every time she's in it because she's so cozy. White noise was a lifesaver!!! We used The WhiteNoise baby app for the iPhone/iPad. So many different sounds and never goes bad. Just turn the phone on airplane mode when your using t near baby!

Amanda said...

Great list. I'd say if you're breastfeeding, then a couple of good quality, soft and comfy bras, and some soft nursing pads. Some of them are so itchy, and that's the last thing you want when comfort is so key in those early days! I loved the hotmilk bras, I live in the UK, so had to order them online, but they are amazing!

Jessica Thiessen said...

All of those items are fantastic must-haves. I also couldn't live without some sort of carrier. It was the only thing that keep our little boy from crying most of the day.
ALSO, those curved pillows are a LIFE SAVER if you have to get a c-section. It keeps weight off of the incision.

face said...

These posts are so great/helpful!
Our sweet girl is now 11 weeks old, and our "must-haves" are a bit different!! We actually loved and used everything on our registry except for our fancy Stokke bassinet (we bed-shared then built a co-sleeper instead). Our must haves:
-unbleached indian cotton prefolds (for everything! in all sizes)
-the baby k'tan & sakura bloom sling (she slept through dinner parties, walks, grocery shopping, art openings and movies in these! well, for 9 weeks. now she looks around, but is calm/ content in one of these)
-hudson organic baby blankets (so inexpensive and perfect! we did not like the aden+ anais ones for swaddling at all)
-boppy pillow & bjorn balance (both things were given to us/not on our registry and we thought we would never use them! wrong! such lifesavers)
-lanacare wool cap (so, so sweet and cozy. i was teary when i found she had outgrown it)
-organic unrefined coconut oil (for baby tushes, dry patches, and add lavender or other oil for massage)
-under the nile sleep gowns (she has worn them from week 1---now and still has room! they are wonderful)
-goat milk onesies
-baggu bags (you can just toss everything in there and go!)
-white noise app for car travel (+maxi cosi pria carseat that we love)
-GroVia diapers-- all in ones, hybrids and newborn aios, + prefolds+ snappis we love our cloth diapers.
-wooden rattles/teethers
-a meal train!! our friends brought us delicious dinners for two weeks. it was outstanding.

Inari said...

I wrote about the same thing here: http://momnari.blogspot.com/2013/07/must-haves.html

One of my suggested items may seem a little controversial, but honestly, it saved my household's life.

Betsy said...

We have ONE must-have: the Puj tub. I give it to everyone and even my husband goes around telling people about it. Check it out!

ohhh said...

- Philips Avent blender/steamer is great, saved us tons of money and I can make my baby the freshest food possible, adjusting every tiny detail as she is growing.
- Aden & Anais swaddle blankets - these have been used for swaddling, baby sunshade, baby mosquito net, and now, in the colder months, as a bath towel :)
- Also love the Phil & Teds highchair :) sooo convenient for travelling or just taking it to visit friends or grandma.
- Anna bag, as I hate the too-obvious-can't-take-anywhere-without-the-baby diaper bags, but this one is super lovely and well made. http://etsy.me/1mtb4Qr
- Nosefrida is great! And when the baby is healthy, it's awesome as a toy :D Baby loves to chew on it (no teeth yet)

Jennie said...

Weleda calendula nappy change cream is THE best baby bum cream and has a gorgeous smell!

Liz M C said...

Swaddlers (the wrap, not the diaper) and bouncer seats. The bouncer was perfect for when I needed to take a shower and hubby wasn't home to watch Charlie. Id sit it on the bathroom floor, strap him in and peek out of the shower to keep an eye on him.

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions said...

I love this. I get asked all the time so like you I made my own list last week... well updated it last week. It kind of changes after the second babe! Mine has a few more than five items on it though! http://acollectionofpassions.com/blog/favorite-things-for-babies-and-toddlers

IF I had to pick five? Nosefrida, Solly, Ergo, Aden+Anais Swaddles... and the Snuza monitor.

xo

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions said...

I love this. I get asked all the time so like you I made my own list last week... well updated it last week. It kind of changes after the second babe! Mine has a few more than five items on it though! http://acollectionofpassions.com/blog/favorite-things-for-babies-and-toddlers

IF I had to pick five? Nosefrida, Solly, Ergo, Aden+Anais Swaddles... and the Snuza monitor.

xo

Liz M C said...

Oh Lordy, and how could I forget nursing pads! I must've gone through hundreds of them the first year. I originally bought the cotton reusable kind because I thought it was so cool and green. HA! When my son was a week old we went to a friend's Super Bowl party and I wore my eco cotton pads. By the 4th quarter I had leaked through my shirt AND sweater and it had dripped down to my belly button. My husband couldn't understand my subtle "we need to leave NOW" hints, so I unzipped my black hoodie and "flashed" my milk soaked grey tank top. He was like "Oh crap, WE DO NEED TO GO!!"

The Johnson and Johnson pads were my favorite and seemed to hold the most amount of liquid.

alishalouise.com said...

Great post! My daughter may be the only kid in recent history who didn't give two hoots about Sophie. The things we loved/love and would have had a hard time living without:

1. Footed cotton pjs. Easy on and off, feet stay warm, cozy and so cute on baby.
2. Miracle blanket. The very first time I tried it, my child fell asleep within 5 minutes. I almost cried with relief!
3. Sound machine. Still invaluable. You can make a normal amount of noise just one room over and they sleep soundly.
4. Boppy/Breast friend
5. Target nursing bras. I ended up buying so many different sizes as the months went on that I ditched the expensive ones. They held up pretty well!
6. Bouncer/swing. Often the only place our brand new babe would soundly sleep.

Probably many more, but I found several things I thought I needed right away (crib, high chair, toys, clothes other than cute pjs or onesies) I definitely didn't!

Sarah Nau said...

LOVED our Aden & Anais swaddle blankets--they were so versatile and we still use them (big bro is 2.5, little one is due soon!) Also, the Nosefrida Snotsucker is a must-have. So helpful for little congested noses.

Also, I wish I had known about weespring.com when I was pregnant. An awesome resource of must-haves, rated by those you trust--friends and family! You have to check it out!

babymama said...

OMG muslin swaddling blankets from aden + anais! they are a little expensive but so well made. Now that Logan is bigger he sleeps with them as loveys, they are great for stroller blankets, burp cloths, everything. I love them.

madiebaby said...

Those are good ones, especially the Bjorn travel crib. We registered for a Pack n Play and returned it for the pricier-but-way-better Bjorn. I'd add to the list: Ergo baby carrier, Aden & Anais muslin swaddle blankets, some kind of play mat/baby gym, a swing if you can't get a hand-me-down one, some kind of baby seat/bouncer (we liked the snugabunny), and a good sound machine. NOT the sleep sheep, which turns off after 45 minutes (waking baby up!) We love the HomeMedics Sound Spa (check Amazon). I feel like such a pro now with my all-of 6 month old! :)

Scout and Rice said...

Agree with all of your must-haves! Especially the Bjorn travel crib. I was hesitant to pay so much for it in the beginning, but it has been a life-saver.

I'd also add an Ergo or other carrier - it was perfect for those times that you needed to duck in/out of stores and didn't want to get an entire stroller out of the car.

Stephanie said...

I love Under the Nile burp cloths, sleep sacks for when they outgrow/refuse swaddling, Naty by Nature diapers, Butt Paste, and the pacifiers with stuffed animals on the end!

Melissa McCoy said...

Thank you for this. My head is spinning at all the things to think about for my upcoming first baby. Nice to have some pointers!

Michal Conger said...

Thanks for this! :) I'm making my registry for our first two (twins!) and have been wondering what some must-haves are besides the usual swaddles and slings. :)

Sarah F. said...

I second or third those who recommended the nose frida!! Lifesaver!!!

Renae said...

Well, since I had a baby who would only nap on us (on the my brest friend pillow) or in his swing - I would say the swing my friend brought over - total game changer for us.

icecreamandbuckets said...

A baby bjorn carrier or an ergo (we wound up with both but used the BB for when Logan was really little).
I found face washers were a life saver, we used them instead of wipes to start with.
Also lots of swaddle wraps or cotton nappies especially when breast feeding and your milk has a tendency to squirt every where!

darla harker said...

Wow everyones comments are great and your list too! I'm a mom of 7 so things have changed from my first to this one. A must have is a great diaper rash cream. My hometown pharmacy makes their own and it works better than anything i've found. I too love aden & anais, brest friend pillow,sofie, a great pacifier and tons of burp cloths. I live in Canada so I have a fleece/waterproof zip up thing for my carseat. Goodluck with your little ones and most importantly take a little notepad or your phone with you and record all the special moments immediately so you don't forget.

Ashley said...

NosFrida snot sucker. LIFESAVER when the little one is sick. I just bought four to keep on hand for baby gifts.

darla harker said...

Wow everyones comments are great and your list too! I'm a mom of 7 so things have changed from my first to this one. A must have is a great diaper rash cream. My hometown pharmacy makes their own and it works better than anything i've found. I too love aden & anais, brest friend pillow,sofie, a great pacifier and tons of burp cloths. I live in Canada so I have a fleece/waterproof zip up thing for my carseat. Goodluck with your little ones and most importantly take a little notepad or your phone with you and record all the special moments immediately so you don't forget.

Brooke said...

That baby bjorn travel crib looks amazing! I am in the process of filling out registries and I am soooo thankful for this discount! Thank you!

Anne Hill said...

totally agree with all of these! I would all the velcro swaddle blankets though- life savers!

Heather Emaus said...

So funny how some things on these must haves were must haves for us, too! I Second the gym! Our little baby loves to play on the gym (we call it getting her workout). IKEA makes a very nice-looking wooden one, which was way prettier than any other I found.

I also NEEDED a good breast pump! Unfortunately, I had to go back to work so a good one was key!

Oh! And our little girl was in the 99th percentile and outgrew the sink-tubs very early, so we needed to run out and get a bigger bath (which I was hoping to avoid, as it takes up so much room, but she loves bath time so it's worth it :)

Barret said...

I love your blog - It is one of my daily must-reads. But there are no MUST-HAVES for a baby (well besides nourishment and diapers and love), it is so frustrating to see bloggers always writing about all these products that new moms feel pressured to have and spend money on when in reality they are not at all MUST-HAVES. And I completely understand sponsored posts as a way to generate income and support the blog but this one was a little too forced in my very humble opinion.

Wendy Wainwright said...

I've found the gifts I appreciated and used the most - and now give - are really nice blankets ("really nice" doesn't have to mean really expensive). For whatever reason my son was never interested in Sophie the Giraffe. I had the Moby carrier which works well when they are very little (well I'm very little, it worked for longer on my husband). Ditto to basic onesies. I found, after my son was born, that I liked him to be in pajamas at night and day clothes during the day (fine line there). But rather than buy outfits I just bought some very basic pieces and mixed and matched them.

Wendy Wainwright said...

We use the Phil and Ted's travel crib and I wouldn't put a newborn in it, the mattress isn't flat and our son rolls around on it - he's 16 months now. We used the pack n play in our bedroom for the first five months. We have the "bassinet" one, it's not the one with the bassinet and changing part, just the one that has a sort of shelf to raise the bottom up much higher. We paired it with the 3" dream on me mattress - you can get it on Amazon. Portable crib sheets suck, I wound up using basic carter's sheets and just tucking them in really well.

Olivia ten Kate said...

Please can you share which book you used for sleep training? Sounds as though it went well for you!

Gabrielė said...
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Gabrielė said...

Dear Joanna,

I love your blog and your stories always feel so personal.

I have recently introduced nursery mobiles into my little shop of handmade joy, please check them out, maybe you or your readers will find them interesting - I would love if my little bunnies would find more new loving homes :) https://www.etsy.com/listing/170368658/white-nursery-mobile-baby-crib-mobile?ref=shop_home_feat_1

mhunter said...

Baby Aquaphor: the only product that worked on my daughter's diaper rash
Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Baby Nasal Relief: clears baby's nasal passages of any nighttime snot and boogers
an Ergo carrier: the most soothing way to get my baby to sleep (plus it's super comfy and I love wearing it everywhere!)
Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse: one of the only things that would get our baby to sleep at night (she's since outgrown it, but it sure was a lifesaver in the younger stages)
Playtex cups: these cups do not leak! At all! Do yourself a favor and only buy this brand!
Honest Company diapers: cute designs and environmentally friendly
Honest Company wipes: the only wipes I've found that don't stink
Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo: has the most subtle and pleasing fragrance

mhunter said...

Baby Aquaphor: the only product that worked on my daughter's diaper rash
Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Baby Nasal Relief: clears baby's nasal passages of any nighttime snot and boogers
an Ergo carrier: the most soothing way to get my baby to sleep (plus it's super comfy and I love wearing it everywhere!)
Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse: one of the only things that would get our baby to sleep at night (she's since outgrown it, but it sure was a lifesaver in the younger stages)
Playtex cups: these cups do not leak! At all! Do yourself a favor and only buy this brand!
Honest Company diapers: cute designs and environmentally friendly
Honest Company wipes: the only wipes I've found that don't stink
Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo: has the most subtle and pleasing fragrance

Laura said...

The flexibath foldable bathtub by prince lionheart is amazing! When our son outgrew the kitchen sink but was still too tiny for the bathtub this thing was awesome. I highly recommend to anyone when their child is no longer an infant but not yet a toddler. Great product. Sleep sacks were also a life saver with our son. I think we have a million of these things. I hope our soon-to-be daughter enjoys them as much as he did :)

MollColl said...

Summer Infants mini co-sleeper, Rock and play, miracle blanket, Medela hands free breast pump, swaddle designs sleep sack (for colder months) and our savior - the baby swing (we have the lamb one).

timogloria said...

I WISH we had the Baby Bjorn travel crib! We received a pack 'n play despite voicing we didn't want one. I loved my Phil and Ted's nest until my son was about 5 months old. It's a MUST HAVE for anyone who travels a lot with a tiny baby. I wrote about my favorite products here....

http://www.timogloria.com/2013/02/27/most-used-baby-products-the-first-month/

Nicole Lam said...

We have the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib, too, and we didn't realize when we got it for our first child how useful, versatile and easy it would be. Now, it too, is on my list of must-haves and I like it much more than the pack-n-play (which is basically our diaper changing station for downstairs). I also recommend lots of blankets of various sizes and thickness. They're just nice to throw down while your little one rolls around on the floor or to let them snuggle up to during naps. Onesies are a must, but also the footed sleepers (especially in the winter time). I know it can be a pain with changing diapers, but it's just so nice to have them all bundled up in one piece of clothing and know that they're little toes aren't getting cold and they're little legs are protected when they start crawling around.

I have a question for you, though. My good, good friend is pregnant and has already started her registry. My husband and I have 2 kids, so I wouldn't say we're experts, but we've definitely been there, so we know what works and what doesn't. Do you volunteer information/helpful tidbits to your pregnant friends or do you wait for them to ask? Our approach has been to wait for them to ask. We figure it's their time, it's their first child, so let them figure out what they want/need and if they have questions, they know where to ask. But some things I see or have heard them say, I kind of am like, "that's not going to work." And because I love them, I don't want them to make the same mistakes we did, but at the same time, I don't want to step on toes. What do you think and what has your approach been? Thanks, Joanna!

collette said...

Expensive. I loved getting secondhand stuff to protect the environment. Babies grow out so quickly and you save so much.

marni zarr said...

love the sticker pads. how perfect for an airplane ride!

margaux said...

i got a lot of the stuff from the first registry you posted. we splurged for the travel crib too, and we love it!

some things we couldn't have lived without (well, we would've LIVED, but these things made life infinitely easier):

- we, personally, hate onesies. no baby (or parent) enjoys the process of putting it on. we loved the kimono-style or side snap shirts/onesies. gerber and carters makes cheap white ones. planning on buying a heap more for baby #2.

- babylegs. easier than taking pants on and off for diaper changes esp b/c we were doing cloth. also so cute.

- zutano booties. they can be worn with or without socks, and b/c they snap around the ankle, they STAY ON! unlike any baby sock ever.

- a slingling. my child hated chest-facing carriers, but once she hit 5 months, i started carrying her in this in the hip carry. she loved it (still does at 23 months), and it folds up simply and doubles as a nursing cover. b/c it has no buckles you can wear your baby all the way thru security at the the airport. a lifesaver when traveling alone.

- the swaddle strap (an arms-only swaddle). great for warm weather months when a full swaddle is too much. also good for transitioning out of the swaddle (can strap down one arm) http://www.annaandeve.com/swaddle-strap

- marpac dohm white noise machine. our daughter's bedroom was right next to the kitchen for the first year of her life. this helped cancel out some of the clutter.

i wanna hear your 2nd baby must haves! what did you invest in for anton?

Larissa said...

I used your list from Toby when figuring out what to get for our first! So nice to see an update...and especially what it is nice for Toby to have while you nurse the baby. I always wonder how on earth people manage to nurse a newborn with an active toddler/preschooler around!

My slightly unorthodox must have is a a huge exercise ball, like the kind you use in Pilates or yoga. It was so great to sit on in my 3rd trimester and great for early labor. But I really fell in love with it once I had a newborn. We would hold our newborn in our arms and bounce to soothe him. It worked like a charm! Now he likes to play with it. I also loved having the Baby K'Tan, Aden & Anais swaddles, Roobeez, and the bouncer.

Aly said...


my 5 would be:
- the nosefreida snotsucker! those bulbs they give you at the hospital barely did anything - and when your baby gets its first stuffy nose or cold, you will be so happy you have it!!
- the baby k'tan. more comfortable for mama and baby than the ergo (which requires a bulky infant insert when the baby is small) and soooo much more user-friendly than the moby! it takes less than ten seconds to get it on and pop your baby in (whereas the moby always seems to take an eternity).
- activity mat! we have a skip hop one. easy to disassemble for travel, easy to drag into the kitchen or bathroom so you can drink coffee or bathe with two hands!
- halo sleepsacks for crazy people like us who didn't swaddle, or for that period of time when you're supposed to phase your baby out of swaddles. it's a wearable blanket - and it does have a velcro arm swaddle attached if you choose to use it.
- target nursing bras (surprisingly chic!) and nursing pads (no one told me that when you nurse on one side, you soak the other side!)
- babygap onesies. we bought the 'first favorites' onesies and pants - so comfy and classic, and they wash well. and trumpette socks - the only ones that stay on (and they are ridiculously cute).

Anniefrancesmiranda said...

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Mina said...

We also thought long and hard before we splurged on the Baby Björn Travel Cot but my husband always names it as the best baby item we ever bought!
For me, I think our baby nest and our angelcare monitor with the breathing alarm have been must-haves. I just couldn't relax and sleep properly until we had the movement sensor in place.
I also love white onesies - but in the beginning, our kids have lived in Gerber side-snap shirts. With a Halo sleep sack swaddle on top - midnight diaper changes were a breeze.
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Kate Neal said...

I am newly pregnant and registering is so overwhelming to me! Thanks for these ideas!

RG said...

Honest wipes are the BEST! I have tried probably ten different kinds and they are the right level of moisture, have the best texture and are non-toxic so I can wipe his face, hands, whatever and I feel ok about it. Also my Beco Gemini is the carrier I swear by. Right now we are getting a lot out of V-Tech battery powered toys which light up, talk and are super duper annoying (as well as ugly as sin), but entertain our 7 month old for minutes at a time (which is a lot!). I could go on, but that's what comes to mind right away.

I second the desire to hear Anton's birth story! Also, you were struggling with names and then pulled out a dark horse - how'd you decide???

Mia said...

A wrap or sling for carrying around a newborn is wonderful, your partner can wear it while you relax or you can put the babe in it and get a little work done around the house. We also loved the lessons in Happiest Baby on the Block, and will be re-reading it to prepare for our second, arriving in April!

tuesdayswithbea said...

I have everything on your list and totally agree...except for #5. I hated my pillow like that! Didn't you find it awkward to get the piece behind your back if you had the baby in your arms and were trying to sit down. When i was totally sleep deprived and trying to nurse right after bea was born, i probably cried at least once because of that pillow!

meredith said...

i second the baby bjorn travel crib! it's awesome. also the graco sound machine (we've tried a bunch), primo infant tub (bigger than most so it lasts for longer), and a boppy newborn lounger. those loungers were my lifesavers in the first 6 months with my twins!

Rosie said...

Definitely agree with the brest friend, but would add those swaddles with velcro (foolproof!); white noise machine (like the sleep sheep) and Cake Lingerie nursing bras and tanks (nice fabric is SO important!) to this list.

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ewessel said...

Our number one item is the Keekaroo Peanut Changer. When J has an open air accident, all we have to do is wipe it down, no extra laundry!

Rounding out our top 5 are the miracle blanket, Skip Hop portable changing station, Aden and Anais burpy bibs, and the Wubbanub.

Rk Toronto said...

Baby carrier - the Bjorn was great for the nb days - no fiddling with an insert. Now we use an ergo, which I like for the waist support. If I had to do it again I'd get a Beco though - easier to put on by yourself, good fr the very beginning, and baby can face forward but w comfort of ergo. I love the removable drool covers for the straps too!

Also white noise app for iPhone. Magic! Just turn on airplane mode near baby.

My breast friend pillow saved me the first couple weeks breastfeeding (the secret is to put it on before picking up baby - I hardly took it off those first few weeks!).

Video monitor - I don't love the model I have but being able to check on baby without disturbing him is amazing.

A&a swaddle blankets, for everything but. Wash well, look gorgeous, dry quickly, sunshade/blanket/burp cloth/nursing cover. So worth it. I didn't find them great for actual swaddling - we used the swaddle me Velcro kind.

Phew, only 5 items is hard! Other things we loved - activity gym and diaper changing clutch by skip hop - still use both every day at 7 months. Black and white images above the change table. First thing he was ever interested in. I could go on ;)

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evdv said...

A moby is great to keep your baby close but also hands free! We love wubbanub pacifiers, velcro swaddles, and an activity mat. Cloth diapers have also been awesome for us. Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

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