First, check out this post on making a Strategic Baby Registry, because it’s important in my opinion!
Alright, let’s dive in:
Advent Glass Bottles
Hear me out before you roll your eyes at glass bottles. First, we are HARD on our things and we’re 8-months in with zero broken bottles. Second, I love that I can throw them in the dishwasher with this dishwasher rack for the bottle parts. Third, they are glass! I can even put them in the microwave. We’ve LOVED them.
Baby Bjorn Bouncer
(I’m so passionate about this one that… it has its own post)
I LOVE the dockatot. It is not recommended per dockatot (so please do your research and check with your doctor), but full disclosure my babies slept in them as infants and I’d put it right in the bassinet! I would even travel with it for a baby bed on the go! But even for lounging or napping next to mama…it is the BEST little comfy place to lay down your baby.
Highly recommend an alternate cover for blowouts, spit up, all that type of fun mama stuff to look forward to! Haha
Baby Breeza Formula Pro Advanced
And the “Pro Advanced” version IS worth it. Here, we are passionate about supporting mamas in feeding their baby HOWEVER THEY WANT TO…if formula is in your game plan at some point or it becomes part of the plan…this is the best. It’s like Keurig for formula. It’s SO EASY AND WONDERFUL.
I’ve tried them all. This is the best. And your infant DOES need to be swaddled and will learn to like it! @takingcarababies has the best tips and a demo on how to use this swaddle on her Instagram! I like it because it’s breathable, easy to use, and grows with the baby! You can even use this when they are older (under their arms) as a sleep sack. Don’t let the price tag scare you, because it’s one-size-fits-all, you won’t have to buy the next size up and sneakily spend more money that way. One or two of these swaddles is all you need!!
Lovevery Play Gym
It’s so much more than a typical play mat (and not ugly)…I’m really a minimalist with baby toys. This play mat is such a great solution and if they need more toys…empty pack of baby wipes does wonders! Haha
This is the one product that I don’t have, but will 100% getting if we have another baby! Its GENIUS. I hate lugging our heavy car seat with my baby to drop my toddler off at “school.”
A few more:
Boppy Nursing Pillow + Cover (whether you’re nursing or not; it’s great for bottles too!)
Portable Sound Machine or pack of 2
Night Light (for the middle of the night feedings)
Boppy Baby Carrier (ACTUALLY easy to use; clips in the back & smooth almost yoga pants material)
Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Mini
MAAM Pacifiers (the only type my babies liked)
Snot Sucker (Gross but it works!)
Organic Gripe Water
Honest All-Purpose Balm (I use everywhere; even as diaper rash cream!)