top ten baby must haves

I’m a little late on this one, but figured I’d weigh in anyway. Except for #1, these are not really in any kind of order, even though they are numbered 🙂

Beats the Boppy by a mile. This will be my go-to shower gift for moms-to-be who plan to breastfeed as it made life so much easier for me in the beginning. I still use it, but it’s not as critical as it was in the early days.
Can’t see them at all through your clothes. Love them.
I wish I’d had this from the beginning. Baby sleeps in it for a long time and it’s so nice to have both hands again!

4) One piece oufits that snap/zip all the way up (like this)

So much easier than those over-the-head kind – baby appreciates them so much.

5) California Baby products

After hearing that Johnson & Johnson No More Tears has formaldehyde that numbs baby’s eyes, we opted for the more pricey California Baby Tea Tree & Lavendar shampoo>, which is also tear-free but all natural. It smells great and has helped with cradle cap. The Calendula cream is also great – clears up little skin irritations and again with that wonderful aroma. We’ll be trying the sunscreen this summer and I’m looking forward to their baby bubble bath, too!
We got our Graco car seat from my cousin who had her twin boys last year, and put the stroller base on our registry. It is so convenient and you don’t have to wake the baby after a stroll or car ride!
This pump is working out great for me. Will be essential when I return to work.

8) Swaddling blankets

We started out with the Halo Sleep Sack with Swaddle, then moved on to the SwaddleMe. Both have worked well in keeping our little guy snug and swaddled most of the night (I say most because he does manage to get out of them on occasion). These worked better for us than a regular blanket swaddle since he is a strong dude.
There is probably a cheaper version of this, but we got two of them from cousin (see above re: cousin’s twin boys). We have one in the car seat and it works really well for keeping baby’s head from lolling all about. The other one travels around from swing, to Pack n Play, etc. to keep his head from lying flat (I’m paranoid about needing the helmet). Love this product.

10) A toy that plays music – we have this one

This is a life-saver when I need a few minutes to get something done. I even bring it into the bathroom and put it next to the bouncy seat when I shower. S loves looking at the glowing tummy and the music keeps him quiet for about 10-15 minutes. We need to get more toys like this one.


Filed under baby stuff, parenting

3 responses to “top ten baby must haves

  1. >Thanks so much! I am compiling a list of must haves and must dos and yours will be in it.So good to hear it from people who have been there, done it and got the t-shirt and sore nipples to prove it!

  2. >We use CA baby shampoo too. Is there really formaldehyde in J&J!? That's crazy!

  3. >Awesome list! Thanks! 🙂

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