Must Have Baby Products!Feb 18, 2022
I’ve seriously had moments where I feel a genuine love for certain baby products that are so cleverly useful and not to mention helpful as a new mama and so I thought I’d put together a little list full of some of my favorites. I catch myself all the time saying, “This is my favorite _!” I know I can’t be the only one. So here is a breakdown of necessities that really made an impression that you’ll be utilizing day in and day out.
Okay, let’s get into it because I just put my daughter down for her nap. I’ve successfully transitioned my 14-month-old to 1 nap per day and now she and I are working on getting her to sleep longer through her 1 nap since she mostly cat naps for 30-45 minutes, which isn’t enough time for her to wake up happy and rested till her bedtime at 8PM. And let’s keep it real, 30 minutes isn’t enough time for me to have a moment to sit here and write to you all. With that said…
Here is a list of some of my favorite baby product must haves. All the little gizmos and gadgets and teeny tiny things for your precious little duckie that make it that much easier. Hope it saves you time, which is a commodity! Happy shopping!!
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1 - Car Seat/ base. I loooooove the Nuna PIPA RX car seat and base we have from Nordstrom! It’s so simple yet sleek. You can really appreciate the quality of this product and know your little one will be safe and sound. The base makes it quicker, easier and quieter for when getting in and out of the car while baby is sleeping, and the stroller attachment (listed below) is wonderful so you can easily attach your napping bub to some wheels and be off. As far as the base goes, I do recommend it because it is tested and rated to help in case of an accident by taking some of the force by impact. It also secures the seat to the actual seat of the car according to type of seat, for example (40/20/40 seat or bucket seats or what not). Also, if you're traveling and worried the base is way too heavy, you are able to leave the base and safely and securely fasten the car seat with just the seat belt, if need be.
2 - Stroller/ adapter (Car seat attachment). Okay… I am 5 feet tall and petite. I searched and searched the internet to find a stroller that would be perfect for my petite frame because everything is oversized, bulky and massive! This stroller is wonderful. It packs as a carry on while traveling with a shoulder strap, lightweight as possible and the perfect size to not feel like I’m strolling a full-size shopping basket around. Plus, the tires are all terrain so we can get into all the stroller hike adventures we can think of. If only there was a one stop stroller shop! It’s so hard to stroller shop. And don’t suggest BuyBuy Baby because they did not have all the options I was considering when I was in the market. I purchased this stroller based off youtube videos with never having seen it in person till it arrived. I LOVE our stroller.
3 - High chair/ disposable highchair covers. Stylish, lightweight, simple. Must I say more? Our baby is now able to pull up to our dining table without the highchair tabletop attachment and she loves it. She definitely feels like a big girl in her highchair. Also, we are able to take it to restaurants and family visits to make life simpler. If we aren’t able to bring our highchair I searched and found these lovely highchair covers to put over ones at restaurants. Sometimes I wonder if those ever get cleaned because they always seem to be full of food.
5 - Baby Monitor. The baby monitor we chose is great because it’s hack proof, my favorite feature and it can do a full sweep of the room as well as move up and down so your able to watch if baby is mobile. It also reaches a far distance so If I want to do a workout while baby sleeps 2 floors up, it is possible. You can also talk through the monitor to your baby. I recommend also purchasing a second camera to have in a different room since the 2 cameras can link to the same monitor. This way you won’t have to move it every time baby naps in a different room or remove it when you're traveling.
6 - Diaper Genie/ bag refills. An absolute necessity. We have the grey one!
7 - S curve Nail File. Instead of clipping nails, try filing. It’s so simple and can’t hurt baby. Best part about it! Babys nails grow pretty quickly and are pretty sharp, so this is a necessity, no way around it. You’ll find the design very manageable with a squirmy little one.
8 - Earth mama Diaper balm. This product is WONDERFUL!!! One of my favorites I really should have put this at the top. This diaper rash balm works wonders! Also, you can put this on any scratches baby has anywhere on her body. Smells great and the whole family can use it too!
9 - Snack Containers. Snack containers are a must when you're on the go. I chose silicone so it’s shatter proof and able to be gripped easily by tiny hands. A great use for these is to pack your tiny things like a pacifier or clip holder inside while out and about. Baby utensils fit here as well. Aside from the fun colors, they are snug as a bug under a rug to not let your snacks free inside your diaper bag.
10 - Baby Toothbrush. The baby toothbrush I recommend is currently out of stock. I’d wait for it and check back because I haven’t found another like it. The bristles are extremely soft for babies’ new teeth and sensitive gums. Baby can also chew on it as a teether while waiting for more teeth to come in since it has a silicone exterior.
11 - Dish Rack. I was gifted this dish rack over two others I had on my registry, and I’ll be honest. I am so happy about it because this rack served its purpose. I was able to hang, drape, set and fit so many bottles and teeny tiny things here that I wouldn’t have been able to on the other racks. It’s also very cute and has counter appeal!
12 - Bottle brush. Keeping your babies’ dishes like bottles, teethers and pump supplies clean are an absolute must especially in the first stage of being. These brushes helped do so and I actually kept one upstairs and one downstairs. Helpful tip: If you live in a two story or more, grab the largest pot you have and keep it upstairs near nursing/pumping station. Fill it with soapy warm water and continue to fill it with dirty bottles, pump supplies and any dishes to keep them from crusting with old milk. When it’s time to wash it’ll be much easier, and you won’t have to run a basket full of things up and down stairs while caring for your little one.
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