As a new mom trying to figure out what you need on your baby registry is tough because there’s so many products to choose from. What will baby actually need? That’s a good question. Every year someone comes up with some genius idea to improve an existing baby product or a idea for simplifying, organizing or keeping baby entertained that you just must have. Some of them will make life easier, while others leave you feeling like you just wasted your money because your baby doesn’t even like it but it’s cute as hell and you had to have it.
There are so many baby gadgets and products to choose from at all price points. As a mom-to-be you can look all over the internet and find thousands of shopping list but you won’t find one like mine that will give you the honest truth of what’s a necessity (we’ve all fallen for a gimmick or two) and what you might just want because it’s nice to have. Here’s my baby list that’s practical, trendy and will tell you where to splurge if money is no object.
30 Baby Product’s I Won’t Live Without:
1. Vick’s Filter Freeze Cool Mist Humidifier -Need
This humidifier is nice to have when your baby has a cough and is congested. It helps ease that discomfort. This machine in particular is awesome because it’s quiet. Nobody wants baby to wake up right?! Plus, it doesn’t need filters so you can save some of your coins by not having to purchase filters all the time.
2. Raw Shea Butter Baby Excema Cream-Nice to have
This is raw shea butter by ashes Moisture is great for babies with eczema or sensitive skin. I highly recommend. It keeps baby moisturized, soft and lessens breakouts.
3. The Cozy Cover-Need
The cozy cover is god sent during the winter months for moms on the go and great for transporting baby at night. It keeps your baby nice and warm and protected from cold weather. I appreciated this so much when it was raining. It’s water-resistant and stops the air from going into your child’s car seat. I think my son preferred it all the way zipped up and closed during nap time because he would sleep longer with it like that.
4. A Newborn Pillow-Nice To Have
My son’s uncle bought this pillow as a baby shower gift and my son loved it second to laying on my breast. I highly recommend this item or anything similar because anything that will aid in your child getting more sleep so you can get shit done is ultimately what you’ll need.
5. Learn and laugh with puppy walker-Nice to have
I swear this walker is what helped my son learn to walk so fast. He started walking at 9 months to the day. It helped build up his leg strength and made walking fun. It was fun and encouraging. What I like most about it is that he is still able to play with it now. He used it to sit and play as an infant and continues now to enjoy the music and hands on learning activities.
6. Dr. Brown Natural Flow Bottles-Need
There so many bottle options and the Dr. Brown are my favorite because they preserve nutrients in breast milk, decreases spit up and help with gas. Gas can make a newborns stomach upset which leads to a fussy baby. Therefore, getting bottles that help air flow save your baby from experiencing tummy pain from air trapped. Their Internal vent is ideal for colicky babies. Just make sure to properly seal your bottle so it doesn’t leak. Watch YouTube if your struggling.
7. Boppy Nursing Pillow-Nice to have
Even if you don’t breastfeed The Boppy Nursing pillow is great for making bottle feeding more comfortable. Since babies don’t have any neck strength when they are born these pillows are also very effective at propping baby up so you don’t always have to hold them. I’ve tried a few other baby pillows and this one will always be my favorite. I used mine for breastfeeding, tummy time, when I needed baby to chill out in one spot and when my baby was learning to sit up.
8. Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System-Splurge
I say splurge on your stroller but only if it’s a travel one. The ability to pop and click from the car to your stroller will save you lots and lots of time when on the go. This stroller in particular is very versatile and appealing. It grows with your baby and has everything you need when your on the go. It has good storage space, a removable snack tray, and nice terrain tires. I loved the look and all the features of this stroller.
9. Teething Toys-Need
This 2-in-1 silicone teething pacifier is amazing it had multiple different shapes and sizes and really helped soothe my babies teething pain. Besides baby Tylenol a good teething toy will help with your baby’s teeth breaking through their gums. My sons aunt actually custom made his teethers but you can find similar products like these everywhere. I like these because you could connect these to his pacifiers, as well as his clothes for easy access for use.
10. Fisher Price Tummy Time-Nice to have
I am a big fan of the Fisher Price brand. They make good baby products to stimulate your child from day 1. I picked this tummy time because of the colors, teething toys and the fact that I could teach my baby to recognize a few animals.
11. Ready! Deluxe Baby Nursery Kit-Need
This box has 30 essential baby items you will need. I’ve seen a few varieties of this same concept but this one is the best. It has everything you can think of to ensure your prepared for you baby’s first year. It includes everything for health and grooming, from fingernail clippers to keeping track of your babies feedings and it comes in a nice little storage box to keep you organized.
12. The NoseFrida-Need
This product is a lifesaver. The best snot sucker ever. It literally gets all that snot out of your sick baby so they can breath easier. It is a million time’s better then those old school booger bulbs. It doesn’t harm the baby and is natural. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I can’t imagine life without one.
13. Fisher Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker-Nice to have
This Rocker is great for hand and eye coordination plus it vibrates to soothe baby. It’s perfect for entertaining baby while your trying to get work done around the house. It’s nice that it’s washable and has lots of room for baby to grow. Now that he’s older he loves to watch Elmo in it.
14. The Baby Briefcase-Need
This baby briefcase helps keep all your newborn records and paperwork organized in one spot. It’s one of my favorite gifts to gift to new moms because I love using this. It’s nice to have a place you can keep your child’s birth certificate and important documents. It also cute and makes traveling with your baby’s stuff more convenient.
15. Swing-Nice to have
Swings are nice to have but save your receipt because I know a lot of kids that hated them even with all the bells and whistles. I like the swings closer to the floor because I can get down on the floor and play with my baby. I get paranoid about the ones in the air because with baby #2 when she got to big and could move I thought she could tip it over, which was pretty scary so I don’t buy them anymore.
16. Breastfeeding Cover-Nice to have
While you don’t need a cover up in public it’s nice to have some privacy sometimes. I used it a lot in public mainly around kids. I just didn’t want them coming up to me disturbing me and staring me down while I was breastfeeding. I even like the fact that I could change my baby’s poop diaper underneath without having to go to the bathroom.
18. Lulla Go Deluxe-Need
This bassinet was nice. I don’t like co sleeping with new borns. It scares me. I have this fear I’ll roll over and smother my baby so I just don’t take those chances. For a bassinet it is a must purchase. The great thing about this one is that it’s padded and the sides allow good airflow. The Lulla Go Deluxe is easy to move around and doesn’t take up much space.
19. Bloom Fresco Highchair-Splurge
This modern high chair was designed by dads. Who would have ever thought this eye candy would actually be as functional as it is. It comes in a few different colors and can be matched really well with decor if your thinking about a high chair that will look great in your dining area. I definitely recommend splurging on this item because it grows with the baby, meaning you’ll get a longer use out of it. What I like the most about it is that it adjusts to your table height so baby can enjoy dinner with the family.
20. Infantino Carry On Multi-Pocket Carrier-Need
If you plan on getting shit done get a carrier. Baby’s love being close to mom. With a carrier you can move and grove with baby strapped safely to you. As they grow you can turn them around and they love watching the world around them. The best feature of this carrier is the quality. It’s very thick and sturdy material. I felt like the straps were very secure because you can adjust them to your comfort. I even liked the color and the many pockets to put my keys and debit card when running quick errands. Using a carrier is more convenient in some cases. I personally liked having the option to bring both my carrier and stroller so if my baby didn’t cooperate in the stroller I could strap them to me and move around hands free. My only recommendation is that before you buy one try it on.
21. Cashe Crib-Splurge
This crib is beautiful. I absolutely love it but it is not a necessity. You will need a crib but this crib is on the higher end. I just wanted it because of the look I was going for with my baby’s side of the room. It matched perfectly with the wall decor and the other furniture in my room. Very good quality and super easy to put together if I did it with no help.
22. Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub-Need
This tub is versatile. It grows with your baby through three stages. My son loves it and I do too. It gave full support when he was an newborn and seated support as an infant. Now he enjoys it without the sling and lots of bath toys. I like that it has a hook that you can hang it up on your shower rod when your finished to let it air dry and get it out of the way.
23. Playtex Diaper Genie Complete Diaper Pail-Need
I use the diaper genie for mostly poopy diapers. It helps eliminate the smell. I keep it in my room next to the changing table so I can easily dispose of my diapers. Most newborns go to the bathroom hourly and taking a poopy diaper to the dumper outside your house just isn’t feasible all the time. I’ve used this product with every child and will always put this on my baby registry.
If your breastfeeding you definitely want to invest in a good breast pump because it will be your best friend for the next year or so. Splurge on one that is easy to use, easy to travel with, quiet and works. I went through a few different ones until I found the Spectra. It is by far my favorite. It doesn’t need a zillion parts to function, it’s gentle on your nipples and barely makes a peep.
25. Tory Burch Diaper Bag-Splurge
Once you become a mom your diaper bag will double as a purse so get you a cute one you can be proud of. I went with a black Tory Burch diaper bag because it was fashionable but practical. It had compartments for everything I needed and came with a changing pad. I get so many compliments from other moms. I definitely feel like this was one of my best purchases because I love it that it matches my style. As a mom we give up so much but this item represents me as a mom. It says mommy hasn’t lost herself.
I fell in love with the Kiinde system when it was time for me to go back to work. The milk storage bags can be attached to any breast pump, then after pumping can be converted straight into a bottle that you can later dispose. This is the best system I’ve used as a pumping mom. Also, in unlike other bags I felt like I could see how many ounces I actually pumped. The best part is after a long day of work I didn’t have to clean bottles.
Babies skin is so sensitive that you must wash all their cute little clothes in hypoallergenic laundry detergent to make sure you don’t irritate their skin. Dreft is a brand that I trust to be gentle on my kids skin and I make sure I stockpile this stuff. You just never know when your little ones will have a blow out. Trust me you’ll be washing daily and be glad you got this. It’s good on all types of fabrics and formulated specifically for kids.
28. Infantino Go Gaga! Musical Travel Bar Activity Toy-Nice to have
This toy entertained my son when he was in his car seat. I highly recommend this toy especially for long car rides.
29. Evenflo ExerSaucer Activity Center-Need
If you can’t tell by now I’m all about getting all your moneys worth and this entertainment center is worth it. It helps baby get exercise, has plenty of activities to keep them busy and there’s a snack tray on it. My son drooled a lot on this toy and I like that it was easy to wipe off. It has three adjustable height settings and will give you more time to be hands free.
30. Dapple-Nice to have
I was gifted this soap and appreciated it. Using it made me feel good about my babies bottles being nice and clean.
Babies need so much stuff right?
Baby stuff can be pretty pricey. Kids are expensive enough let’s not waste our money buying things you don’t really need. This baby list should clear up what’s actually worth spending your money on. What products did you buy after reading this post and fall in love with? Let me know.