16 Baby Essentials From The Baby Cubby!

January 31, 2017

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16 Baby Essentials From The Baby Cubby, by All Things Mommy www.allthingsmommy.net
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So, you’re having a baby and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the surplus of baby products, each product with a variety times 10. I won’t be the first to tell you that there are a lot of baby products out there that you do not need. Many of them are, in fact, completely unnecessary, but the pretty packaging is hard to resist.

This, however, is a list of items from The Baby Cubby that you are going to want to have when baby arrives.  If you are one of the lucky ones living in Lindon, Utah you should pay them a visit. Did you know that they offer drive-up ordering!? Moms! Dads! You do not even have to get OUT of your car! THAT is genius and why hasn’t every children’s store followed suit?

Below you will find each item pictured above with a short description and the link on where to purchase on their site.

  1. Tea Collection Footed Pajamas in Frost & Spray – Zippers! Enough said.
  2. Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs Burp Cloth (2 pack) – Aden + Anais bibs are notoriously soft and these have the added bonus of 2-for-1 bib and burp cloth! Plus, they cover more surface area than most other bibs. The more coverage the better!
  3. 4Moms Infant Tub – I wish they made this tub in my size! Have you guys ever checked this brand out? I have tried a variety of other baby tubs, but somehow this one escaped me. This tub allows clean water to flow in while the dirty water flows out. Amazing. No more soapy water getting into your little ones eyes! This tub also has a built in temperature gauge!
  4. Nuna Mixx Stroller – There’s nothing worse than a stroller that is hard to fold/unfold and doesn’t maneuver well. THIS stroller is the exact opposite. It’s high-quality everything. The majority of the fasteners on the Nuna Mixx are magnetic (brilliant!) and it boasts several different ways for baby to sit in the stroller, has many add-on options, comes in a variety of colors and I’m guessing it will outlive you. This package includes the bassinet, which looks ridiculously comfortable and is suitable for babies up to 20lbs.
  5. Owlet Baby Vitals Monitor – Let this monitor take your nighttime worries away. It monitors your baby’s breathing and alerts you if their oxygen level or heart rate drop below normal allowing you enough time to get the help you need. It has an app for the iPhone available, so you can receive alerts via the base station as well as on your phone. It is perfect for moms & dads concerned with moving their baby into their own room. It also comes with three different size booties to grow with your baby up to 18 months.
  6. Nuna Pipa Car Seat w/Base – Pairs perfectly with the Nuna Mixx Stroller for an additional seating option and easy transition to and from car/stroller. Perfect for those times when baby falls asleep in the stroller (always happens!) and you don’t want to wake them up to move them to their car seat.
  7. Ju Ju Be Be Neat Bib -This bib has a magnetic closure to make for easy on-off.  It is reversible with a crumb catcher pocket on the bottom.  Made out of teflon so stains don’t stick, but is soft and flexible so baby is comfy.  AgION Antimicrobial Lining which kills germs, bacteria and all of the bad stuff. Yes, please! Kill all the bad stuff, all day long.
  8. Ubbi Diaper Pail – This is not the diaper pail I currently have, but I’m not against switching to it. I’ve asked around and this one sounds like it does an incredible job at trapping the poo scent in. Plus, you don’t have to buy special bags for it; you can use regular garbage bags for the baby poo!
  9. Crib/Changing Table Bundle – You guys, this beautiful baby furniture bundle is currently on sale! A crib + mattress, changing table/dresser for less than $1,150 (with a great neutral color option for boy or girl, in my opinion). And guess what? This also includes $100 in gift cards to The Baby Cubby as well as the Owlet Baby Vitals Monitor! That is a steal of a deal.
  10. Ju Ju Be Diaper Bag – The zipper on the main compartment zips all the way down on both sides of the bag for easy access; no more blindly digging! Color coded tabs on each pocket to keep track of which kids items are in each compartment. It has a structured bottom with luggage feet making it great for daytripping or as a carry-on while flying. It even has crumb drains?! Which I did not even know was a thing, but I want it.
  11. Boon Flair Pedestal High Chair – My friends who have the Boon Flair Pedestal High Chair looooove it. It doesn’t have any cracks or crevices for food and what not to get caught in. It has a pneumatic lift to easily adjust it to the height you need (think of a hairdresser’s chair) making it easy to pull up to fit underneath a dining table if you’d like. Six caster wheels allow you to pull to desired destination with ease minus scratching surfaces (would work better on tile, wood or any type of hard flooring vs. carpet). It has a 5-point harness system for safety, removable seat cushion + tray for easy washing (can be washed in dishwasher), a lock which can easily be engaged with a pump of your foot and great color options to boot!
  12. Dock-A-Tot Baby Lounger – I don’t think there is any item I used more for my babies in the early months than a baby lounger. I did not have this specific one, but everything I’ve read about it and based on reviews it is quality and a worthwhile purchase. Trust me, you will get PLENTY of use out of this. Especially considering this lounger can be used for resting, tummy time, diaper changing, co-sleeping plus more for babies NB-8 months old.
  13. Avent Baby Bottle – More than likely you are going to want to have a bottle or two handy, whether to give mommy a break or if breastfeeding doesn’t work out as well as you’d hoped. The Avent brand is easy to clean, won’t leak in your diaper bag or cause nipple confusion and is all natural and BPA free.
  14. Bumbo Floor Seat – Another one of my very favorite baby products is the Bumbo! It’s like having an extra set of hands, but not. If that makes any sense? Very portable, designed for babies who cannot sit up on their own yet which leaves you hands-free to do other tasks, yet your baby can still feel involved by being close to you. Seat has a harness strap for safety and can be used up until the age of my-legs-are-too-fat-to-squish-into-the-leg-slots.
  15. Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier and/or Happy Baby Wrap – I personally have an Ergobaby (love it!) and a baby wrap (not the Happy Baby brand). I love my Ergobaby for times when my movements are more intense (i.e. hiking). I’ve found that it holds everything in place a little bit better than a wrap (“everything” being my baby). The Ergobaby 360 Carrier is an improvement upon the one I have and allows you to carry your baby in four different positions; front-inward, front-outward, hip and back. I’ve found it’s nicer to have a wrap handy for around the house where I want my movements to not be as restricted. Great for wearing baby while cooking, doing laundry, etc. They are ideal for carrying baby in warmer weather and this particular brand can support your babe up to 25lbs.
  16. 4Moms MamaRoo – I feel like they should’ve called this the wombie. The MamaRoo mimics the motions felt by babies in the womb. Obviously this has to be the most soothing piece of baby equipment on Earth then, right? I think yes.

 

More About The Baby Cubby

Absolutely everything they do is driven by what they believe. They believe that moms are superheroes, that being a mother and a parent is the hardest and most important job in the world. They believe that children can bring out the best in everyone and remind us to live in a world filled with magic & innocence. They believe there is more to life than making money and they regularly give back to charities for mothers and children through in-store events, fundraising, and donations.

They have set themselves apart from other baby stores in that they offer drive-up shopping, hundreds of hours spent researching the products they choose to sell in their store in a “good, better, best” format, QR codes on price tags, iPads available for you to do your own research on products, couch and play area, and massages for purchasing patrons.

Their mission is to create an innovative, convenient, and fun shopping experience for parents. They’ve done just that. Parents, they are here to be a resource for you throughout this journey. On their website you will find a list of links under ‘Resources’ with buying guides from strollers to diaper bags among many others. So, the next time you are in need of a baby product or some baby advice remember that The Baby Cubby is here to help!

 

 

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This post was sponsored by The Baby Cubby®.

Must-Have Baby Registry Items

April 13, 2016

 

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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!

The Organic “Everything” Baby Blanket  by Parade Organics, $22-$28; Hudson Baby Chevron Fleece Blanket, $9-$11; Cotton Muslin Quilt from Little Unicorn, $50

 

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!

Fisher Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, $48

 

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.

iProven Forehead and Ear Thermometer, $45

 

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.

Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor, $99

 

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!

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard, $173

 

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.

Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, $50

 

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!

The Diaper Dude Bag, $52; Vera Bradley Diaper Bag, $70; Rambler Satchel, $65

 

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

Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad, $18

 

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.

WubbaNub, $14; MAM (2-pack), $6

 

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.

Ergobaby, $119; Ergobaby Newborn Insert, $37; Moby Wrap, $40

 

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!

Dr. Brown’s Newborn Feeding Set, $16

 

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.

Aden + Anais Easy Swaddle, $20; Summer Infant Swaddlepod (2-pack), $17

 

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.

Boppy Newborn Lounger, $30; DockATot, $185-$290

 

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!

myBaby SoundSpa, $20; DOHM Sound Machine, $50

 

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!

Simmons Kids Madisson Crib ‘N More, $300

 

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!

Medela Pump In Style Advanced, $205

 

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.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 Infant Car Seat, $187