Baby items have come a long way in the 4 years since I had my last baby. Or maybe I was just clueless the first time around haha. Spending years in the baby industry forces you to know and love all the best baby products out there. I'm sharing twelve products that I wish I would have had with my first baby and I'm really not sure how I lived without them first time around ;)
1. All in one stroller
Our top pick is the Uppababy Cruz for a few reasons. It's the only lightweight stroller (only 20lbs) that still has all the bells and whistles. You can change the seat from forward to backward, travel system-friendly (compatible with most popular carseats on the market), attach a ride on board, one step fold/stands when folded, full recline, and the basket is giant. It's also beautiful and easy to use. Win win! I've researched strollers for almost a year now haha (I'm a researcher to a fault) and no other stroller in it's class tops the Cruz for me. Since you're not getting the bassinet, it's a lot more affordable than the Vista. However the Vista is an awesome option if you're looking for a double stroller.
PS they have a fun promo going on right now with this exact model. 5 lucky winners will get their purchase reimbursed if they find the golden ticket in their package! Check out the details HERE.
2. The Dockatot
Lots of buzz about this new baby product! Awesome solution for co-sleeping, which we didn't plan with our first but it was the only way he'd sleep. It happens. It's also great for transitioning from cradle to crib and pretty genius for traveling. I've read awesome reviews about how babies sleep really well in their Dockatots, which is all any new parent craves....am I right? Tripp sleeps the best in his!
3. Nice plush Carseat
our top pick was the Nuna Pipa. I was sold after I read this review. You can check out the full review here! Plus it uses the same adapters as the Maxi Cosi, which means it's compatible with the Uppababy strollers. PS the Dream drape is an amazing feature! Look how cozy Tripp is with the memory foam, I wish my seat in the car was this comfy :)
4. Moses Basket
This Plum and Sparrow basket is beautiful and timeless! This will be baby's bed for the first few months, and I can't wait to pack it up for park naps, pool naps, and more! Also love how the dock a tot fits inside!
5. All the baby carriers
Carriers weren't as big as they are now when my first, Fin was a baby. After my sister had her twins she'd let me use a wrap for one twin while shopping and my mind was blown. I loved the cuddle time with my nephew, and he snoozed away while I shopped....HANDS FREE! Definite game changer for both doing chores around the house and running errands. Plus extra baby cuddles are always a good thing, they grow so fast! Since then there have a been a lot of new carriers and I'm going to talk about my three favorites. In my opinion all are must haves since they are all for different stages and occasions.
Solly Baby - Perfect for those newborn days and the fabric is the softest thing you've ever touched.
Wildbird Ring Sling - I just love the look of slings, the easiness and of course the breathable, durable linen fabric.
Happy Baby Carrier -Finally! A soft structured baby carrier made of my favorite fabric.....LINEN! Linen is ideal for hot weather (a must living in Vegas) since it's breathable and lightweight. It's easy to use since it's a structured carrier, no tying or slinging required! Although it's different than other structured carriers, it's actually 30-50% lighter than all others on the market! And since it's soft-structured it fits in your diaper bag. Bonus is it has a pocket with a sun cover and has room for extra storage. I'm pretty smitten about this carrier you guys.
Recap: all carriers are wonderful for different reasons. Although if I could only choose one it'd be the Happy Baby carrier since it's the most versatile. From newborn to toddler, quick errands to hiking in the mountain...this one takes the cake!
6. Sink Tub
Puj Tub makes a simple tub, it's easy to store, easy to use and sink baths are the bees knees.
7. ToteSavvy Insert
You should know by now that I'm an organization freak. ToteSavvy makes these awesome organizers. I went with the mini, which fits perfect inside my Fawn bag with room for extras. I love that I can easily switch bags, or if I don't want to tote around my entire diaper bag I can just throw the insert into the bottom of my stroller or the car. Genius.
In my bag insert is the softest diapers and wipes you've ever felt by Parasol Co. Hands down best diapers and they're cute! Also in my bag is the Comotomo bottle. Best bottle for breastfed babies! My son has no troubles switching back and forth.
8. Leather changing mat
Gathre makes these awesome mats, we use them for everything. I have almost every size haha. I love the simple design and that it looks stylish while still being easy to clean. The micro size can easily be put into your diaper bag for diaper changes and we also use at restaurants as a table mat! Then we use the Highchair mat for easy clean up under the high chair and small crafts. Last, we have the All-purpose mat for pretty much everything else: picnics, crafts, play-doh time, and more!
9. The Ollie Swaddle
This swaddle makes nighttime swaddling a breeze. Velcro is my new best friend for swaddling, nobody got time to use a swaddle blanket every diaper change during those gruesome night feedings/changes. Besides, my son can Houdini out of all swaddle blankets, but not the Ollie. This one has awesome moisture wicking fabric, has ONE SIZE (hallelujah for not having to buy more), and the bottom opens for easy diaper changes! SOLD!
10. The Owlet
Peace of mind and better rest is priceless for any new parent. The Owlet smart sock 2 uses and app to pair with a comfy sock to track baby's heart rate and oxygen levels while sleeping. No more all nighters watching babies chest move up and down!
11. The best at home breast pump
After much research I've decided on the Spectra S2 breast pump for this baby. I exclusively pumped for 10 months with my first, so a nice pump is so important to me (even though I'll try to avoid exclusive pumping this time around haha). Find out how to easily get a free pump with your insurance in this blog post.
If you don't plan on pumping much than this manual suction pump is for you. I'm going to buy one of these for every mother I know. I have a crazy amount of milk in the first few weeks, breastfeeding is the messiest thing ever and I soak pads like every hour and I can soak like 4 bath towels from the side baby is not feeding on (ok maybe I'm exaggerating a bit), but it's messy you get the idea. I had NO IDEA how much milk was being wasted until I used this on the boob that wasn't being fed on. I easily get 4 oz. per feeding....hello milk storage! Best part is it's only $9 for two. I also use to take off the edge of engorgement if baby sleeps longer between feedings and use in the car in case of engorgement emergency and I can't get home right away. Packing the pump is a pain and cleaning it is even worse. This is SO SO simple. I was skeptical that a simple suction could get so much milk out but I almost get as much as when I pump. My mind is seriously blown over this product and this is not sponsored haha I just love it that much! I bought two sets, one for the diaper bag, one for where I nurse at home and a couple for the car.
12. Quality baby wash and lotion
If you've followed my blog for a while you know that my first had extremely sensitive skin/eczema. I'm pretty passionate about Tubby Todd because it helped his skin so much!! Every new mom should have their Basics Bundle on their registry. I love all their products but I cannot live without the hair & body wash, everyday lotion, and the all over ointment. The all over ointment is what saved Fin's severe eczema and I recommend it to every mom I come across that asks how we healed Fin's skin.