Backyard Toddler Toys for Summer
July 18, 2016
Backyard Toddler Toys for Summer
July 18, 2016
Must-Have Baby Registry Items
April 13, 2016
Baby Blanket – I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that you’ll want to get some blankets for your baby, but here are a few I’d recommend throwing into the mix!
Bassinet – Maybe you haven’t thought about the sleeping arrangements for your new baby yet (or maybe you have), but a bassinet is a great thing to have at the beginning of your little one’s journey. My son only slept in his for a few weeks before being moved to his crib for the nighttime, but I used it all around the house. When he slept, I moved him around with me while I was doing whatever I was doing. I would even position it outside the bathroom door with the door open while I showered (we have glass shower doors) so I could see him and kill two birds with one stone. In retrospect, I think this product was also very helpful for us because baby’s head is slightly inclined which is great for babies with GERD (like our son had but we did not know it at the time). Either way, it’s a great piece of equipment to have!
High Chair – Many, many options out there for high chairs. Many good, many not so good. My recommendation is the Inglesina chair because it is portable, clamps onto a variety of surfaces and is fairly compact. I would recommend keeping some kind of upholstery cleaner (e.g. Resolve Upholstery Cleaner) on hand to wipe it down after a feeding too. It cleans up nicely when cleaned right after feeding time.
Inglesina High Chair, $69-$84
Bouncer – I do not personally have this bouncer (yet), but have heard many, many great things about it! Apparently, it mimics the movement of Mommy’s body so as to recreate babies environment in the womb. What baby wouldn’t love that?! Swaddle that babe in the Mamaroo and call it a day!
4Moms Mamaroo, $240
Bath Tub – You will definitely want some sort of tub for your little one. I’ve included the Primo Eurobath on my registry for baby #2. The reviews for this tub look great and depending on which way you put your LO into the tub it’s great for growing with them. Some other “tubs” I have tried are the Blooming Bath, Puj Flyte tub, Inflatable Duck Tub, Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather and the Primo Infant Bath Tub Seat.
Primo Eurobath, $22
Thermometer – A thermometer is a thermometer. It just depends on how much of a battle you want to make for yourself getting that temperature reading. We opted to get a temporal thermometer similar to this one so as to not have to shove one up our baby’s bum. And lord knows it’s near impossible to hold one in a babies closed mouth long enough to get an accurate reading, am I right? This one listed below is great because it has dual options as far as usage and great ratings.
Baby Monitor – We’ll be trying the Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor for baby round #2. Again, great reviews on Amazon. We did not feel the need to have a visual of our baby sleeping, which can save you some significant $$. BUT, if you feel more comfortable having a video monitor you can find a highly rated option here. Some of my friends have also suggested this Motorola brand monitor and the Summer Infant monitor with wifi.
Portable Crib – I think this is quite self-explanatory I have the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with the newborn napperstation and we’ve been pleased with it. Very easy to set-up and take down!
Baby Book – If you are one who wants to record memories and milestones, I would suggest snagging up a baby book before your LO arrives. I love the My Baby Book as well as the other books made by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, such as The Belly Book (to document your whole pregnancy), The Big Sibling Book and The Grandparent Book. They’re all great! Be ready to set aside some time for documentation though 😉 Oh, and I highly recommend looking into using FoxPrint for any photos you may want to put into the books. The 3×3 prints fit perfectly.
My Baby Book, $12
Humidifier – Will come in handy if/when baby is congested.
Diaper Bag – We were lucky enough to receive two diaper bags. One that my husband loves and one he wouldn’t be caught dead carrying. I’ll let you guess which one is which The Diaper Dude bag really is a great bag. Functionally it serves most of the purposes you would hope to have in a diaper bag. The one thing I don’t care for is the changing pad that comes along with it and trying to store it. The other bag we received is a Vera Bradley bag and I love this one because the changing pad snaps into its own side pocket that zips down and allows the changing pad to easily fold out and be used. Overall, they are both great diaper bags and reasonably priced. I also recently purchased another diaper bag because I fell in love with it. Haven’t put it to use yet, but if you want to check it out it’s the Rambler Satchel listed below!
Changing Pad – One of those mundane things you will want to have but you might forget to put on your list! Changing pad + changing pad cover(s). I would suggest having a minimum of two covers. They will get dirty and fast! I’ve recently spotted at Target some changing pad covers that are able to be wiped clean — click here
Pacifiers – These can be tricky. You will find that you’ll want to approach these as you will with bottles; a larger variety with small amounts of each. All of my friend’s babies (or at least what FELT like all of my friend’s babies) loved the WubbaNub pacifiers. Our son wanted nothing to do with them. He did, however, love the MAM pacifiers, so that’s what we rolled with. Best to test a few different styles out before buying a bunch of one kind that your child may end up hating.
Baby Carrier – I think most Mom’s are satisfied with all the different brands of baby carriers. We have the Ergobaby and the Moby Wrap and I love them both. I used our Ergo more for hiking outdoors (has a bit more structure to it) and the Moby around the house and/or out shopping. With the Ergo, keep in mind that you may want to get the infant insert if go this route.
Bottles – You’ll want to try a large variety of bottles to see what works best for your baby. We had many different kinds of bottles and found that the Dr. Brown’s bottles worked best for our little guy who was quite gassy and had GERD. I would’ve given anything to be able to use any other bottle that didn’t have a million pieces to wash though!
Swaddles – When my husband and I brought home our first child we determined he hated being swaddled. He hated being swaddled because we were both terrible at swaddling! Easy Swaddles and Swaddlepods saved us many lost hours of sleep! Aden and Anais and Summer Infant are two brands we’ve tried and love them both.
Baby Lounger – The Boppy Newborn Lounger is by FAR my favorite purchase that I made for our first child. I used it every single day for the first few months (at least). I used it only for letting our son nap and lounge in it. There is a newer product on the market that boasts a variety of uses called the DockATot. Both appear to be great products, but you will find the price difference is great. I would recommend either one depending upon how much you want to spend, but I would consider the lounger a necessity. Visit dockatot.com to see the many uses for the DockATot lounger.
Sound Machine – Our son is 18 months old now and there has not been a single day since he was born that we haven’t used his sound machine (and it still works great!). We have the myBaby SoundSpa and have loved it, but I’ve also seen many rave reviews for the DOHM sound machine. The DOHM is twice as much as the myBaby SoundSpa, but both options should be taken into serious consideration so everyone in your house can catch some Z’s!
Crib – We kept it fairly inexpensive and purchased a crib through target.com. This is the one we opted to go with, which is a 4-in-1. We’ve been happy with our choice and will be using the same crib for baby #2 on the way this month!
Breastpump – I have a Medela breastpump and have been pleased with it. If you have health insurance, be sure to check and see if they will cover any if not the whole cost of your breastpump. They may require you to obtain a Rx from your baby doctor, but this will save you a significant amount of money!
Dresser – So, lucky us! I love to refurbish older furniture and my family happens to have a lot of old furniture floating around for some reason. We’ve been lucky enough to score a dresser for both of our children from my family and have used them not only as dressers but as changing tables as well. It has worked great for us for our first child so we’ve decided to go this route with baby #2 as well.
If you’d rather just buy one, this one from IKEA is quite nice looking and affordable!
Hemnes Dresser, $249
Glider – We did a rocker for our first son’s room and a recliner for baby #2’s room. The rocker we purchased was a steal as far as price goes, but it wasn’t the best rocker so I’m not going to recommend it. The recliner we have hasn’t been tested out enough by me to say yay or nay. I’m recommending this glider based on reviews from others. You will spend a significant amount of time in this chair, so you really want to be sure it’s everything you want it to be. One thing I will mention about whatever chair you choose is that it is nice for the chair to have wings on top to rest your head against for those late night feedings.
Dorel Asia Swivel Glider, $280
Car Seat – We went with the Graco SnugRide Click Connect series which we loved! You can purchase the click connect stroller frame for the car seat which makes it very easy to transfer baby from car to stroller without waking your little one up.